Last Spring, many Trinity families discovered an unexpected blessing as they worshiped God in their living rooms. In spite of everything that we lost in not being able to gather our congregation for worship, there was still a richness to that time together and in God’s Word, a richness that Paul described in Colossians chapter 3: “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God.”
In many ways, worship in our living rooms resembled worship in the early church. There was an intimacy as God’s people gathered, and the hearing of God’s Word was coupled with conversation. And so it should be no surprise that the Word of Christ was dwelling in us richly as we asked questions, learned from one another, and watched one another apply God’s Word to our lives.
The purpose of every worship service is to receive the gifts of God and respond to Him in prayer and praise, and the Connected service is no exception. The service will still include singing, confession and absolution, scripture reading, sermon, prayer, and communion, but it will also include time for God’s people to engage in conversation about the Word of God and to carry one another’s burdens to the Lord in prayer. The Connected Service will recapture some of the best aspects of our in-home worship, but this time without having to sacrifice the joy of gathering together with the rest of the body of Christ.
Where is the Connected Service held?
In the gym, with seating by families around socially distanced tables.
When is the Connected Service?
10:45am on Sunday Mornings, beginning November 8th
What will be included in the service?
Music (contemporary), Confession and Absolution, Scripture Reading, Sermon, the Creed, Prayer and the Lord’s Supper.
How will we celebrate the Lord’s Supper?
Communion will be similar to outdoor worship, using elements that are gathered by worshipers before the service and then consecrated during the service.
What Covid-19 precautions will be in place?
The seating will be socially distanced. Masks are not required by Trinity, but the mask mandate (and associated exemptions) apply until it expires or is rescinded.