One of the things that I became aware of in the course of the new rector search process, and which has been affirmed since my arrival at Trinity, is the diversity of ways that the people of Trinity encounter God and the sacred in our worship. There are those in our community who connect deeply with the liturgies of the Book of Common Prayer and the more traditional elements of ritual that go with them, and who find a sense of the sacred in receiving Communion at the Altar Rail. There are others who rejoice in an altar placed closer to the congregation, who find God in other images and expressions not necessarily found in the Prayer Book, and who connect deeply with what I would call a “more free” feel to the liturgy and in music drawn from more contemporary sources.
The challenge for me, and for us all, is to honor this diversity in our worship life, without creating so many different service times that the community becomes disconnected and disjointed. Toward that end, we are beginning a new cycle of liturgies. It is my hope that this cycle will, over the course of each month, engage each of us in a way of worship that is most meaningful to us. I have great confidence in the generosity of spirit of Trinity people, so that if the liturgy we are experiencing on a given Sunday is not your favorite, you will nevertheless be able to rejoice in the knowledge that it is connecting deeply with other members of our community.
I welcome and encourage your feedback as we experience this new cycle. None of it is set in stone, and if it seems prudent to make some adjustments as we go forward in our journey together, we will certainly do so.
May God bless us richly, as we seek to meet God in our worship together.
September Liturgical Cycle (10:30)
September 6 – Enriching Our Worship liturgy, with Center Altar
September 13 – Book of Common Prayer, Rite II, with High Altar
September 20 – Book of Common Prayer, Rite II, with High Altar
September 27 – Adventure Sunday, with Center Altar
Monthly Cycle Beginning in October
First Sunday of the Month – Book of Common Prayer, Rite II, with High Altar
Second Sunday of the Month – Enriching Our Worship liturgy, with Center Altar
Third Sunday of the Month – Book of Common Prayer, Rite II, with High Altar
Fourth Sunday of the Month – Adventure Sunday, with Center Altar
Please note that we will use different Eucharistic Prayers (the prayer the presiding priest says over the bread and wine) on each of these Sundays. On the third Sunday of each month, we will use Prayer C from the Prayer Book, which involves the congregation in the prayer itself. We will also sing the Psalm on the first Sunday of the month, as well as including the Confession of Sin. Our music will also tend toward the more traditional on the first Sunday, though we will retain the sung Creed and sung Lord’s Prayer we have been using.
When there is a fifth Sunday, we will have a special liturgical experience. The next such Sunday is November 29, and we will have a special liturgy to celebrate and observe the beginning of Advent.
Please note that I am aware that there are many in the community who long for and appreciate an opportunity for contemplative prayer in community. Frannie, Beth and I will be discerning, with others, how this need might best be addressed. We welcome your input and ideas. – Matthew+