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How We Worship

Like all Lutheran churches, worship at Holy Trinity is centered upon Word (the Gospel) and Sacrament (Baptism and Holy Communion). What makes worship at Holy Trinity unique is the deep emphasis placed on liturgy and music.

We worship in the evangelical catholic tradition of the Lutheran Mass, meaning that we maintain many of the worship practices and customs inherited from the early Christian church. This includes the use of vestments by the clergy and worship assistants; the chanting or singing of the liturgy, readings, and psalms; regular celebration of Holy Communion; and the occasional use of incense. Some of this might sound familiar if you are acquainted with the Catholic or Anglican/Episcopal Mass. Indeed, we at Holy Trinity dutifully observe the early reformers’ proclamation that “we do not abolish the Mass, but religiously maintain and defend it.” (The Defense of the Augsburg Confession, Article XXIV)

The rich Lutheran musical tradition handed down from Luther and Johann Sebastian Bach is also alive at well at Holy Trinity. Visitors to Holy Trinity will have plenty of opportunities to sing throughout the service in the form of hymns, psalms, and prayers, and it is not uncommon to find yourself singing in four-part harmony with your neighbors in the pews. Music at Sunday morning mass is provided by the Parish Choir of Holy Trinity, which provides anthems and motets in addition to leading congregational singing. The Bach Choir of Holy Trinity leads music at Bach Vespers. Both choirs are led by Director of Music Donald Meineke.