Sacred Mysteries

Trinity Church is a gathering around the risen Christ, who we believe is, by God's power, present for us in certain symbols. In our tradition, the symbolic practices and objects which signify that Christ is present among us are called "sacraments." The two central sacraments that define us as a church are baptism and the Eucharist. Baptism is a ceremonial washing and a symbolic participation in Jesus' death and resurrection; it is how people become members of the Church. The Eucharist is a shared meal in which we commune with God and one another, as we anticipate the future kingdom, where together we will commune with God forever. Trinity Church believes that in this act of sharing a simple meal of bread and wine, the risen Jesus is truly present among us, transforming us by love and grace, and enabling us for service. Trinity practices "open communion," which means that every person is welcomed to approach the altar with us, and to share in our fellowship at the Lord's Table, where there are no strangers, outcasts, nor unwanted guests. All are welcome to come and be fed.

We also share in other sacraments, which we believe also signify Christ's active and gracious presence among us:

Trinity's ordained ministers are called priests, because we believe that when the Church ordains women and men to the ministry, God makes them participants in Christ's own priesthood, making them agents of grace and love who work to reconcile people to God and to one another. In the Episcopal Church, the three kinds of ordination to ministry people receive are ordination to service (Deacons), to priesthood, and to administration (Bishops). Contact one of our priests if you are interested in discernment for ordination.

Each week during the liturgy, the church makes a collective confession of our sin—our failure to love God and love others—and after our confession, the priest will declare God's forgiveness. This is called "absolution," and the whole act is called the sacrament of reconciliation. At Trinity, you can also schedule a private confession with the Rev. Paul Jeanes.

Trinity baptizes infants, and when they grow to be old enough to take ownership of their own Christian faith, those baptized as young children take part in what is called confirmation. When someone is confirmed, she or he is prayed for and blessed by the bishop. If you are interested in baptism or confirmation, please contact the Rev. Paul Jeanes.

Trinity celebrates the love and formation of new families in marriage, which we believe symbolizes the love that Jesus showed for us in dying for us, and in the family of God that Jesus invites us into. Trinity welcomes to the sacrament of marriage traditional, heterosexual couples, as well as same-sex couples.

Finally, we are well aware of our human frailty. It is our practice as a church to regularly pray for the sick and for those who have died. Additionally, in times of sickness and when people come to the end of life, our priests are available for special prayers and the service of anointing the sick. For information about pastoral care or funerals, see our Contact page.