Worship & Music
Worship Life at Holy Trinity
Holy Trinity uses a broad repertoire of liturgy for a rich worship life that follows the church year. Whether worshipping with organ, piano, guitars and drums, each service is designed support the gathered assembly in its thanks and praise to God.
The regular Sunday morning schedule centers on the Holy Communion service of the whole community at 10:30 with a wide array of choirs and worship assistants. This serves as the regular family meal time of the congregation each week.
Morning Prayer is also available each Sunday at 8:30 as an additional worship time to accommodate a congregation the size of Holy Trinity. This simple service of lessons, preaching and communion is led by the pastor and musician.
The worship services are also offered seasonally: Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Wednesdays in Lent (midday and evening), Holy Week Evening Prayer, Maundy Thursday (midday and evening), Good Friday and Easter.
Please contact Minister of Music Joshua Brodbeck to learn more about and volunteer for these opportunities to serve during worship at 8:30 or 10:30 each Sunday.
- Acolytes: process with worship torches and assist with the offering and holy communion
- Assisting ministers: serve as the voice of the congregation by leading prayers throughout worship and assisting with the sacraments
- Communion Assistants: help with the distribution of communion
- Lay Reader: receive advance copy of Sunday lessons to practice reading them for worship
- Ushers: distribute bulletins, collect offering, and provide direction during holy communion
Altar Ministry Team
This group prepares the sanctuary and communion elements for each worship. Contact Altar Ministry Leader Chris Grabenstatter to learn more and get engaged with this team.
Ecclesiastical Arts Ministry Team
This group studies and develops opportunity for using the arts to magnify our worship life together. In particular, they are considering stained glass windows, a new sanctuary cross and other chancel furnishings. Contact Arts Team Leader Sharon Kokot to learn more and get engaged with this team
Music Ministry at Holy Trinity
Adult singers who lead the congregation in song at 10:30 each Sunday and other seasonal services. They sing a wide range of music directed by Minister of Music Joshua Brodeck. Rehearsals on Thursday evening at 7:30.
Children who sing or play bells as scheduled at the 8:30 or 10:30 worship service. Directed by Minister of Music Joshua Brodbeck, they rehearse on Thursdays at 6:00 after our shared family supper at 5:00.
Utilizing three ranks of concert quality bells, this adult group supports worship as scheduled at 10:30 on Sundays. Directed by Minister of Music Joshua Brodbeck, the group rehearses at 6:30 on Thursdays.
Those who enjoy playing guitar, keyboard, drums and other instruments provide music leadership with special liturgies for several sets of Sundays each year. Directed by Minister of Music Joshua Brodbeck, this group rehearses as announced.
Baptism is a celebration of the love God has for all God’s children. As the entrance into God’s family, all baptisms at Holy Trinity take place among the gathered assembly at worship. The Bible passages for worship on these Sundays are particularly meaningful for a baptismal service:
- The Baptism of our Lord (second Sunday in January)
- Pentecost (7 weeks after Easter)
- All Saints Sunday (first Sunday in November)
- Other dates may be arranged with the Pastor
- We generally do not conduct baptisms during the penitential season of Lent and Advent
In the week before a scheduled baptism, Pastor Steve will visit with the family engaged for instruction and review about the service itself. If you would like to learn more or schedule a baptism, please contact Pastor Steve Wachtman or the church office.
What should we do first?
- The bride and groom are invited to familiarize themselves with Holy Trinity’s wedding ministry, which includes three visits with the pastor:
- Introductory visit with the pastor.
- Follow-up visit with the pastor with a guided conversation around the Prepare-Enrich Marriage Expectation Online Survey.
- Third visit to plan and walk through the wedding worship service.
- Couples interested in participating in our marriage preparation ministry are invited to check the pastor’s calendar and the master church calendar to identify a possible wedding and rehearsal date. Holy Trinity’s master calendar can be found by clicking on the Church Calendar link at the top of this page or the church’s home page at engagedbygrace.org
- If a suitable date is available, the couple is invited to complete and submit a Facility Request Form including any anticipated donation. Applications are only accepted from Holy Trinity members.
- All requests will be accepted or declined within seven days.
- Schedule initial meeting with Holy Trinity’s wedding liaison for tour of church and review of facility request form. Determine specifics regarding:
- Date and time of ceremony and rehearsal
- Size of bridal party and # of wedding guests
- Identify location of bridal party’s pre-ceremony preparation areas.
- Share a copy of the Wedding Guidelines and Worship Service Planning Resource with lessons and vows (available from the pastor)
- Discuss arrangement of pews ($200 fee required if different than church schedule)
- Review timeline and service guidelines (e.g. no flash photography during service, altar decorations, pew decorations, aisle runner, flower petals etc.)
- Contract directly with organist and/or other musicians.
- Schedule sessions with Pastor with regard to marriage ministry preparations.
- Schedule future meeting(s) w/wedding liaison as needed regarding logistics.
What should we consider as we get closer to the ceremony? (about 30 days prior)
- Wedding service guidelines promote the real-time worship of God’s people. As such, when and where can we take pictures?
- Before the pastor begins speaking and after he or she is finished, photographers may take any pictures anywhere.
- Once the pastor has begun talking and until he or she is finished talking, all pictures must be taken
- without flash
- from the back wall of the sanctuary.
- If group photos will be taken, will you want any with the pastor?
Other Frequently asked questions
What kind of music can we use?
- Music during the service must be performed live.
- Recorded music may be used before or after the service.
What kind of decorations can we use?
- No flowers or decorations may be placed on the altar.
- Dripless candles can be ordered by the church and used with floor cover.
- Pew decorations can be utilized providing no adhesive is used.
How and when can we get into the church building?
- The church building will be open 2 hours prior to the service and one hour after which should allow ample time for preparation and photographs.
- Arrangements can be made if flowers need to be delivered earlier.
- In an effort to maintain a timely schedule, it is helpful for the bridal party to remain in their respective preparation areas once guests begin to arrive.
What about Seating and Other Arrangements?
- Determine seating for family, readers, and soloists.
- Latecomers should be seated through far right and far left glass doors
- Determine placement of guest book and attendant(s).
Will there be a receiving line following the ceremony?
- Consider where the receiving line will be to allow for space and time.
What if someone needs childcare during the service?
- The nursery in the basement may be utilized as long as the bridal party provides their own adult supervision.
- The space should be cleaned up so as to leave the room as it was found.
What kind of send-off can we have?
- Birdseed or soap bubbles may be used.
- Outside as the couple leaves the church.
What other details should we consider?
- Snacks for bridal party
- Emergency kit (needle, thread, bandages, personal hygiene items)
- The church building will be locked once you leave for offsite pictures or the reception so please take all personal items with you at that time.