At Trinity, worship stands at the center of who we are and who we are becoming as Christian people. Worship is the primary means by which our hearts and minds find both unity and personal uniqueness. The core pattern of worship in the Episcopal Church’s tradition is threefold. In the Holy Eucharist we are fed the bread of heaven and the cup of salvation so that we may become the Body of Christ for the life of the world. This is the Church’s primary act of worship on Sundays and other Feast Days. We also say the daily office, the daily prayer of the Church that includes readings and prayers. Finally, we engage in personal devotions, the private prayers of each person expressing his or her unique relationship with God. Some are drawn to intercession, others to contemplation or meditation, still others to adoration.
“Eucharist” means thanksgiving. The Eucharist is the event in which Christians become grounded each week in a fundamentally grateful approach to life. In the Holy Eucharist we come together, share a meal and experience our deepest selves in community with others and with a loving God in the person of Jesus. Through the Eucharist we gain strength for our lives and participate in the pattern of all Christian life-letting go and turning our lives over to God to be used in service to the world. Baptized Christians of all ages or denominations are welcome to participate in and receive communion at Trinity. We celebrate the Eucharist on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. throughout the year.
The Daily Office is the Church’s daily act of prayer. Whether said in a group in a parish church or as an individual with morning coffee, the Office is our participation in the Church’s daily praise of God. Different psalms, readings and prayers are appointed for each day. At Trinity Church we encourage and train members to make use of some form of the Daily Office as part of their prayer life. The Office is also used at the beginning or end of meetings and educational events. For a web resource in observing the discipline of saying the Daily Office, go to: http://www.missionstclare.com/english/index.html
God has a unique relationship with each of us. While that uniqueness is developed as part of a community, Christians also need ways that are specific to their own individual and personal style to express their relationship with God. Personal devotions are a way to do this. Through personal devotions, a person can experiment with forms of prayer that deepen intimacy with God and further illuminate experience in the light of faith. Some will make use of contemplation or meditation; others will be attracted to intercession or praise; still others will be drawn to adoration or dialogue with God. At Trinity Church we occasionally offer “schools of prayer” to introduce members to various forms of personal devotions.