While Trinity is a small church, it’s part of a huge, international church, the Anglican Communion. In order of distance from its doors, Trinity is part of Region XV, the eighteen Episcopal churches in the Charlottesville area, in the Diocese of Virginia. The Diocese is part of the Protestant Epsicopal Church in the United States. And the Protestant Episcopal Church is part of the world-wide Anglican Communion, which also includes churches in 44 countries and 85 million people.
What do we believe? We have a simple but comprehensive statement called the Nicene Creed: “We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the rhird day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptisem for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.”
What is our spiritual life like? We gather together for worship each Sunday, and follow one of several liturgical options found in the Book of Common Prayer. Most frequently, we celebrate Holy Eucharist, a service consisting of prayers and scriptural readings that follow a three- year Lectionary cycle for the first half, and Holy Eucharist, or communion, in the second half. We welcome all to our communition table, or Altar, and we offer communion to anyone who has been baptized, and blessing to anyone not baptized. The Book of Common Prayer has other services, including Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline, as well as services for Baptism, Confirmtation, Marriage, and Funerals. We take seriously our Confession of Sin:”Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us;that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen” …
… as well as the dismissal at the end of the Eucharist: ” Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord, Amen.”
Our ministries take place on Sunday as well as other days. We offer breakfast most Sundays, between 8:30 and 9:15 am. We offer Christian Formation for all ages from 9:15-10:15. Even if you’ve never participated in Sunday School, or small group spiritual discussions, you are more than welcome, and you will find that you are not alone. During most of our Sunday services, we offer a time for community reflection on the readings and the sermon, a time when worhsippers can ask questions or provide personal testimony or comments on those parts of the service. And after our service, we have a fellowship time to meet and greet old friends and new. During the fall, winter, and spring, we have small group sessions during the week for those who can’t particpate on Sunday mornings to explore a variety of topics. And many of our ministries, such as Bread and Roses, Home Communion/visitation, take place on other days at other times.