At the heart of our worship life together is God’s invitation to the table. We believe that this altar is not Trinity’s table. It’s not even a Lutheran table. It’s God’s table. And because it is God’s table, all are welcome to share in the feast of Holy Communion, to receive the gifts and grace of God with open hands.
What to Expect
We are a “liturgical, sacramental church.”
The way we worship comes from traditions that have been passed along for just about 2,000 years. And we call this our “liturgy,” from the Greek word meaning, “the work of the people.” The “liturgy” is the work of the people.
We are also a “sacramental church.” We believe that God uses very mundane, everyday things like water, bread, and wine to remind us over and over again of God’s promise of grace and forgiveness. The promise of God is attached to something we can see and feel and taste. So we practice two sacraments: Baptism, our “adoption” into the family of God, and Communion, our family meal together.
Parking and Entrance
The main parking lot is right on Broadway, just two blocks south of Walnut. There is also parking on the south side of the church across the street on Arndt Street. The main entryway faces Broadway.
As you come in, you’ll find an elevator to your right. At the top of the stairs, the worship space (sanctuary) will be to your left. Restrooms are to the right (down the hallway) and the lounge, for coffee and treats after worship, is just to the right of the entryway. Enjoy your visit and please feel free to ask any friendly looking neighbor if you have any questions or concerns!
Is there a “Dress Code”?
Yes. We definitely prefer that people wear clothes. Other than that, we’re not too picky. In God’s eyes there is no distinction between a three-piece suit and jeans and a t-shirt. You are more than welcome either way.
Are children welcome?
Yes! Worship is for EVERYONE. Kids are given “activity pages” and crayons as they enter. We also have a special sermon just for kids during worship. You are welcome to bring simple snacks for young children (small bags of cereal, graham crackers, goldfish crackers, etc.). During communion, it is up to parents or guardians to decide if you would like your child to receive the bread and wine or juice. If not, all children are welcome to receive a blessing.
Worship Space for Kids and Families
You are encouraged to bring your little ones into the sanctuary for the worship service. There’s a small table for them to color at or play. If your little ones need a short break, you are welcome to bring them to the room at the back of the sanctuary. There are large windows and speakers to be able to see and hear the service and some space for little ones to “get some of the wiggle out.”
“Communion” is what we call our family meal together during worship. And the family that eats together stays together, so we eat together every time we gather for worship! What we believe is that in this tiny gift of bread and wine (or juice!), we receive the fullness of God’s promise of presence and forgiveness. If that’s what you’re after, then you are more than welcome at God’s table.
Instructions for communion are generally given at every service. But in case the pastor forgets, just follow the lead of the person sitting next to you! And we always have gluten-free and non-alcoholic options available. Just let the servers know. If you prefer for whatever reason to not receive communion, you are welcome to come forward with your hands folded to receive a blessing.
Service Sign-In Sheet
If you’d like a visit from the pastor or just want to give feedback about your experience, we’d love to hear from you! Please fill out the sign-in sheet located in the small brown folder at the end of the pew.
What about Sunday School?
Sunday School for ages 3 and up happens twice a month, right after worship in the sanctuary during the school year. Please call the church office to confirm dates if you’re interested.
How long is the service?
Depends on how long-winded the pastor gets. Usually about an hour.
Lutherans love to eat together! Just about every week after worship, we gather for coffee and some simple treats together. You are more than welcome to stay for coffee and conversation! Once worship has ended, just follow the crowd out the door! Coffee is outside the entry to the lounge and treats are inside the lounge. There is a basket for donations, but this one’s on us!