Worship – Trinity conducts two services: a Rite 1 Eucharist at 8 am, contemplative and quiet, without musical accompaniment; and, a Rite 2 Eucharist at 10:30 am with choir and instrumental music. Current Sunday Bulletins Both services are included as liturgical rites in The Book of Common Prayer.
Choir & Music – parishioners provide choral music for Sunday and special services under the direction of the Choir Master, and offer pre-service instrumental music at selected services.
Altar Guild – cares for the liturgical vessels, linens, and other appointments used in the liturgy. This group prepares the Lord’s Table for all services and special occasions.
Flower Guild – prepares floral arrangements for the altar on Sundays and seasonal liturgical services. Parishioners may provide funds for flowers to honor or memorialize loved ones. After services, the Flower Guild rearranges them into small bouquets for distribution to members and friends in the community who are home-bound, in hospitals, or nursing homes.
Verger – a lay minister who assists the clergy in the conduct of public worship, leading the procession for special services such as Easter and Christmas.
Acolytes – a lay liturgical assistant who carries the cross and assists the priest at the altar.
Lectors – read the first and second lessons during the Sunday services, as well as special occasions such as Christmas and Easter.
Greeters/Ushers – welcome members and guests, provide order of service bulletins, ring the bell to signal the start of service, guide parishioners to communion, and open the doors during the recessional hymn.
Healing Ministry – members who feel called to pray for others are available at the altar rail prior to the 10:30 am service for private prayer, including the laying on of hands. At this weekly service, Prayers of the People includes names and petitions written in Trinity’s prayer notebook by worshippers.
Eucharist – Communion of the body and blood of Christ is the normative liturgy for Sunday worship. In it, we are forgiven our sins, nourished and strengthened by the “real presence” o Christ in the wafer and wine of communion, and then sent out into the world to do Christ’s work. All are welcome to receive communion in Trinity Church.
Holy Baptism – the full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church. In the waters of baptism we are lovingly adopted by God into God’s family, which we call the Church, given God’s own life to share and reminded that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ. The Episcopal Church recognizes any baptism performed with water in the name of the Trinity.
Confirmation – one of the seven sacraments of the Episcopal Church, in which a member makes a mature commitment to Christ and receives the laying on of hands by a bishop for the blessing and gift of the Holy Spirit. Classes are held annually in advance of the bishop’s visit.
Holy Matrimony – the celebration and blessing of two persons in a lifelong union in Christian marriage. Trinity offers wedding guidelines, available through the church office, for those wishing to be married in our church.
Funerals – the prayer book provides rites for burial of a baptized Christian, including anthems, psalms, scripture readings, and prayers, in both traditional and contemporary liturgies. The burial rites include the Apostles’ Creed, a special form of prayers of the people, the commendation over the body or ashes, and a committal service at the burial site. The burial office is an Easter liturgy. The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) offers hospitality with a luncheon or reception after services for member’s families.
Evensong – a sung Evening Prayer service with choral accompaniment. Trinity offers Evensong on the Friday evening preceding our annual Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour, held the first Saturday in May.
Special Services – Trinity offers special services during Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter. These services include Advent, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; Lenten studies; and Holy Week services on Palm Sunday, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday, plus an Easter Sunrise Service at Lafayette Park.