Overview One of the things that links Anglicans of all nationalities and cultures around the world is our liturgical worship rooted in common prayer. No matter which pew you sit in around the world, Anglican worship is connected by the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Table. Having said this, any priest who has celebrated at an unfamiliar altar knows that the first thing that is asked of the Chalice Ministers and the Altar Guild is, "How do you worship here?" We Episcopalians--American Anglicans--share one Book of Common Prayer, yet due to architechture or local custom dating back to The Exodus, each parish has its own look and feel of a common liturgy.
There are few "cradle Episcopalians" at Holy Trinity. Most of our membership come to the Episcopal Church from somewhere else: a Baptist marrying a Roman Catholic, or a Methodist who wants to dance, or a Roman Catholic who has divorced; you know the routine! Rather than call our worship style "Anglo-Catholic", we call it "Anglo-Baptist!" We are neither high church nor low church; we are somewhere in the middle. We use sanctus bells, reverence the altar, refrain from incense and have no idea what Anglican plain chant is! Since most parishioners are on second or third knee replacements, genuflection is almost unknown.
Since we have a history of long-serving priests, this means we go long periods of time worshiping the way the rector du jour chooses. Our current worship pattern, coming from a rector of 14+ years, is to change liturgy by the liturgical season. Maybe the rationale was to prevent us from getting into liturgical ruts! We are, however, very flexible and we look forward to a new rector to bring us new visions and new ways to think about worship!
Music Let's be honest. We are a bit musically-challenge. This is complicated by the fact that keyboards are driving trained organists out of business. We have gone for over a year without an organist. The saving grace is that our Allen AP-3/AP-4 electronic organ has a MDS-Expander and an Allen Smart recorder. We have the ability to record organ pieces in MIDI format and play back during the service. We have saved over 300 hymns in MIDI format and have been able to utilize these hymns for regular Sunday worship. We have paid worship leaders who also operate the organ MIDI player during the service. It would be wonderful to have a real organist, but this has worked well for us. In addition, the microphoned voice helps lead a hesitant congregation in singing.
We use two hymnals in worship: Episcopal Hymnal 1982 and The Celebration Hymnal: Songs and Hymns for Worship.
Lay Worship Volunteers Currently, all our Lay Worship Volunteers are on a four-week cycle: Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, Ushers, Altar Guild and Hospitality. If someone has to be gone, the volunteers are very good at arranging their replacement in advance.
After trying Children's Church at many different times, it is currently scheduled from 10:30 a.m. (the same time as our second Sunday Service) to about 11:15 a.m. The kids in Children's Church and the Nursery are then brought into the worship service during the announcements to sit and take communion with their families. Because of this peculiar scheduling, the children are in Children's Church during the Liturgy of the Word and are not available to serve as acolytes. Our Eucharistic Ministers serve as adult acolytes. This is a loss for our 10:30 a.m. worship service, and we are interested in exploring new ideas about doing both Children's Church AND having the young children serve as acolytes.
REGULAR SERVICE TIMES:
SUNDAYS 8:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist-no music 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist-with music 10:30 a.m. Children's Church
WEDNESDAYS 12:00 noon Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing
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