Worship

Service Schedule | Communion | Children in Worship | Sanctuary | Organ | Choir | Weddings

Our Lord speaks and we listen. His Word bestows what it says. Faith that is born from what is heard acknowledges the gifts received with eager thankfulness and praise. Music is drawn in­to this thankfulness and praise, enlarging and elevating the adoration of our gracious giver God. Saying back to Him what He has said to us, we repeat what is most true and sure. Most true and sure is His name, which He put upon us with the water of our Baptism. We are His. This we acknowledge at the beginning of the Divine Service. Where His name is, there is He. Before Him we acknowledge that we are sinners, and we plead for forgiveness. His forgiveness is given us, and we, freed and forgiven, acclaim Him as our great and gracious God as we apply to ourselves the words He has used to make Himself known to us.

The rhythm of our worship is from Him to us, and then from us back to Him. He gives His gifts, and together we receive and extol them. We build one another up as we speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Our Lord gives us His body to eat and His blood to drink. Finally His blessing moves us out into our calling, where His gifts have their fruition. How best to do this we may learn from His Word and from the way His Word has prompted His worship through the centuries.  We are heirs of an astonishingly rich tradition. Each generation receives from those who went before and, in making that tradition of the Divine Service its own, adds what best may serve in its own day—the living heritage and something new.  (Excerpted from Introduction to Lutheran Worship)

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Service Schedule

You are invited to worship on Sundays at 10:00am.  We celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month.

The recently published Lutheran Service Book provides a rich variety of service orders and hymns for worship at Trinity.  Worship and sermon themes generally follow the Church Year and its appointed Scripture readings.

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Special Services

During Lent we have special services on Wednesdays at 7:00pm with special themes related to the season.  Other special services include Thanksgiving Day at 10:00am, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on December 24 at 7:00pm, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day at 10:00am, and Maundy Thursday and Good Friday at 7:00pm.

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 Holy Communion

Trinity celebrates the Sacrament of Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month.  Because partaking of Holy Communion in a church-body is a profession that you agree with the doctrines of that particular church-body, visitors and guests who are not currently members of another congregation of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod are kindly asked to please make an appointment to visit with the pastor before taking communion at Trinity. For more information you may consult the tract Questions About Communion Attendance.

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Children in Worship

Often, guests and prospective members ask if children are welcome in the worship service. Of course, what they mean is, “My child is young and can sometimes be ‘active.’ Will this upset anyone in the church?” No! We love having children in worship, learning that it is a place for them to be, getting used to participating in the worship service as they grow up.  If they make some noise, that is just their way of praising God!  We have children’s “quiet bags” available and children’s sermons about every other Sunday.  The article Children in Worship from the LCMS Department of Worship has great ideas for helping make worship a meaningful experience for children.

We do have a parents’ room adjacent to the Sanctuary for those parents who need to step out with a child, equipped with speakers so that you can hear the service while out with your children. 

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Sanctuary

Our beautiful Sanctuary, constructed in 1958, provides a worshipful setting for our services.  A special feature is the large, east-facing stained-glass window above the altar, which floods the Sanctuary with colorful light.  As a tribute the name of our congregation this window features symbols of the three Persons of the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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Organ

Trinity is blessed with an excellent, historic pipe organ and several fine organists.  A piano and a Roland keyboard are also used to enrich our worship.

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Choir

Trinity has a strong tradition of an excellent Choir, which sings for worship several dozen times a year.  We are blessed with extremely fine acoustics in our Sanctuary and balcony, which enhances our singing and enriches our worship experience.  All are welcome to participate!

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Weddings

A couple’s wedding day is one of the most significant, memorable events in their lives. Because of the deeply emotional nature of this day, those who wish to hold their weddings at Trinity will usually have a close attachment either to Trinity in particular or the Lutheran Church in general.  If you do not have a Lutheran background but are interested in finding a new church home as you begin your new life together you are invited to contact Pastor Vogts about taking our Adult Information Class to become members.

Weddings by the pastor of Trinity are generally limited to when at least one of the couple is a member of Trinity, or a member of another congregation of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS).  This courtesy is also extended to members of the Lutheran Church-Canada (LCC), Association of American Lutheran Churches (AALC), and several other Lutheran bodies in the United States, as well as the several dozen Lutheran bodies worldwide with whom the LCMS is in fellowship and has exchange agreements.  It is possible to use the facility and have another pastor perform the ceremony, perhaps from your home congregation, only if he is affiliated with the LCMS or one of these Lutheran bodies.  

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), North American Lutheran Church (NALC), and Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) do not have such an exchange agreement with the LCMS.  Therefore, the pastor of Trinity generally does not perform weddings for those affiliated with the ELCA, NALC, or LCMC, and it is not possible for ELCA, NALC, or LCMC clergy to conduct weddings at Trinity.

If you wish to discuss having your wedding at Trinity, please introduce yourself to the pastor following a worship service and request an appointment with him.

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