Sundays: 8 & 10:15 a.m. The Holy Eucharist—The Holy Communion, The Lord’s Supper
The Episcopal Church invites you to take your place at the Table of our Lord.
Our celebration of The Holy Communion at 8 a.m. is generally quiet, without music, and using very traditional language for prayer (Rite I in the Book of Common Prayer, 1979). Periodically, we will use other forms for celebration of The Holy Eucharist, including those from additional worship texts of The Episcopal Church. On Easter Day, we always have music, and our choir joins us for a festival celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
At 10:15 a.m., we celebrate The Holy Eucharist in Word and Sacrament, with music and with a choir. Generally, we use contemporary language (Rite II in the Book of Common Prayer, 1979). Other forms for celebration from additional texts provided by The Episcopal Church are also used. "Hymnal 1982" is our primary hymnal but songs are also sung from Lift Every Voice and Sing II. which is in every pew. As licensing permits other texts from "Wonder, Love, and Praise" are sung.
Although you can depend on the service to be from The Book of Common Prayer, 1979 or from supplemental authorized texts, you may find young people reading lessons one Sunday, or, very occasionally preaching. The Rector is the usual preacher, but our Deacon preaches monthly, and others licensed to preach or who are practicing the art of preaching will periodically be in the pulpit. On Pentecost, a large number of people read the Gospel, in a variety of languages. On Palm Sunday, 2009 a Readers’ theater was presented of "The Passion." During each Easter Service flowers are placed on a cross by members of the congregation. During Advent, banners are presented each week depicting one aspect of the Advent Season. All Saints’ Sunday (on or just after November 1), a variety of voices read the names of those who have departed, and a congregational procession goes to the Memorial Garden, weather permitting, to place the names of those who we pray for on small crosses that are placed in the ground.
The foundation of the music program is in the English Choral tradition with the addition of contemporary music as well.
The Adult Choir is open to all who like to sing. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:15 to 8:30 pm in the Church. The Adult Choir sings at the 10:15 am Eucharist every Sunday from Mid-September through June. Warm-ups are on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am in the Church.
The Trinity Chorale is new this year and everyone is welcome to participate in this community chorale. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Church. We will sing 3 concerts per year.
John Hawn, our Minister of Music, and is a native of St. Louis. He has led church music programs in several different areas across the country. John is beginning his third year at Trinity.
Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m.
This is a small, informal service, where anyone may share in reading lessons and leading intercessory prayer. We move to stand around the altar during the blessing of the bread and wine, and most weeks the calendar, "Lesser Feasts and Fasts" is followed.
Special Weekday Worship
Thanksgiving: 7 p.m. Wednesday
Our practice is to celebrate Thanksgiving in a shared evening service with members of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration. We do this the night before Thanksgiving, alternating between St. Charles and Lake
St. Louis. Our choirs present an anthem together, and we vary in who preaches and who celebrates among the clergy of our two churches. We bless an offering of canned or boxed food and money, which is distributed to a food pantry in St. Charles
County. In 2009, our joint-service will be held at Transfiguration
Church in Lake
Christmas Eve (December 24): 5 p.m. & 11 p.m.
Christmas Eve is a festival occasion. The 5 pm Service is a Christmas Pageant or other special presentation telling the story of the birth of Christ in word and song. This Service celebrates the Holy Eucharist with banners, candles and carols. The 11:00 pm Service begins at 10:30 pm with special music by the choir, the Minister of Music and the congregation. “O Come All Ye Faithful,” begins our formal, joyful worship at 11:00 pm Service with a procession of banners, candles and carols. The Holy Eucharist is celebrated with the Service ending in the singing of "Silent Night" by candlelight.
Christmas Day (December 25) 11 a.m.
In this small, quiet Communion service, with carols and organ, but without choir, we continue our celebration of the birth of Christ. Children present assist with the sermon, and everyone sings as loudly as possible.
Epiphany: January 6
When the Feast of the Epiphany (12th Night) falls on a weekday, we celebrate that event in a special service, again with candlelight, prayer, Communion, and song. Following this service, we enjoy an Epiphany cake, and then we gather to take down all the Christmas greenery in the church.
Ash Wednesday: Noon & 6:30 p.m
Both services use the Ash Wednesday Liturgy in the Book of Common Prayer, 1979 and Holy Communion. The evening service includes music.
During Holy Week, the week which begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Eve, we offer several opportunities for worship:
Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday): 7:15 p.m.
This service commemorates The Last Supper, and Christ’s conversation and sharing with the disciples. The service includes Holy Communion and the Stripping of the Altar every year; on alternate years we offer foot-washing. Following this service, people are invited to stay and keep watch in prayer in hour-time-slots during the night.
Good Friday: Noon and 7 p.m.
Worship on this day commemorates the Crucifixion and Death of Jesus Christ. The service at Noon includes Communion from the Reserve Sacrament. The service at 7 p.m. includes the Stations of the Cross or another form of prayer and reflection. Both include a reading of The Passion of Jesus Christ from John’s Gospel.
Easter Eve (Holy Saturday) The Great Vigil of Easter: 8 or 8:30 p.m.
This service begins in the dark, pierced by a fire. We hear readings from Holy Scripture by candlelight; in somewhat more light we baptize and renew our baptismal promises; as we sing, “Glory be to God on high,” we flood the church with light, ring bells, and celebrate the Resurrection with the bread and wine of Communion. Following this service, we have a late-night party, continuing our celebration with food and fellowship.
Opportunities to Assist in Worship
Every worship service at Trinity involves much planning and many people, not only those we see at the altar, in the choir, or ushering and greeting; but also people who prepare the altar and clean up after worship; those who wash and iron altar linens, shine silver, and straighten books. Below are various roles one can play in worship:
Children, youth, and adults who carry torches, the Cross, the Gospel Book, assist at the altar, light and put out candles, carry incense, and assist the priest and deacon are called acolytes. Those who wish to minister in these ways are trained for the various tasks and are scheduled on a rotating basis for Sunday morning worship and special services.
Members of the Altar Guild work behind-the-scenes, as it were, to make sure that everything we need for worship is ready for use. The altar guild includes people who order supplies, polish brass and silver, wash dishes, trim candles, iron linens, scrape candle wax out of the rug, and organize special events, such as the Hanging of the Greens (on or after the Fourth Sunday of Advent). Members of the Altar Guild members work in teams, and usually have fun in this ministry.
A Lector is a child, youth, or adult trained to read lessons from Holy Scripture at worship. At Trinity
Church, lectors come up to the lectern from their seats in the congregation to read the first lesson of the day. People of all ages who can read clearly and well are invited to offer themselves to this ministry. Lectors are scheduled a month at a time for Sunday morning at 10:15 and at other special service.
Worship Leaders (Licensed Lay Readers & Chalice Bearers)
On Sunday mornings and at other services, persons trained at Trinity but licensed by the Bishop read lessons, prayers, lead psalms, and serve at Communion. These persons also may lead or assist at funerals, and can lead the congregation in services of Morning and Evening Prayer or other parts of other services. To be a worship leader, one must be at least 16 years old and a Confirmed member of the parish who regularly attends worship and contributes to the life of the church. Training is provided on an as-need basis, with yearly “refresher” meetings for all those who are part of this ministry.
Our Greeters are the first people you meet as you enter the Church and they will greet you to Trinity and offer you a name tag. If this is your first visit to Trinity, our Greeters will invite you to sign the Register and ask an Usher to give you a seat beside a member of our congregation. After the Service, the Greeters will invite you to have a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate in the Reception area and introduce you to other members of Trinity.
The first person to meet you as you approach the church for worship will be an usher, a person trained not only to hand you a bulletin and lead you to a seat, but also to assist at the Offertory and be alert to special needs of those present at the service. In an emergency, it is an usher who will summon an ambulance or organize a building evacuation. Ushers assist not only on Sunday mornings, but at funerals, weddings, and other special services, as needed.