Worship & Music

Worship & Music

Worship is Vital – Here is Why!

Worship is the Primary Expression of our Love for God

Martin Luther, one of the leaders of the protestant reformation, which resulted in the creation of the Lutheran church, wrote, "Faith is a living, bold trust in God's grace, so certain of God's favor that it would risk death a thousand times trusting in it. Such confidence and knowledge of God's grace makes you happy, joyful and bold in your relationship to God and all creatures. The Holy Spirit makes this happen through faith. Because of it, you freely, willingly and joyfully do good to everyone, serve everyone, suffer all kinds of things, love and praise the God who has shown you such grace."

Worship is the primary expression of our love for God and is an integral part of our relationship with God, with each other, and a vital part of our life and lifestyle. For example, we can include worship at the heart of our prayer by praising Him and by being in God's presence in an open loving and intimate way, as the Holy Spirit empowers us. We also worship by doing all that we do for God, and in doing so, we become a living sacrifice set apart for Him.

Jesus said that the first, and greatest, commandment is "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength". By far the most common word for worship in the New Testament is the Greek word "proskuneo" which occurs 66 times which literally means "I come towards to kiss".

This is the language of intimacy and love, and worship is an intimate response to the love that God offers us. Worship is the first mark of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and a natural response when we first commit our lives to Christ.

Christians worship God, through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Christ is at the heart of worship, because it is Jesus Christ who makes it possible for us to know that God loves us.

Worship is the first priority of a Christian life-journey, and so it follows that the main purpose of the church is to offer praise and glory to God. Whereas we may often speak and think as though the church is "for us", the truth is that the church exists primarily to build the Body of Christ which is the community of believers. What any service of worship does (or does not do!) for us - teaching, comfort, inspiration - is truly a by-product of the central purpose, which is to worship God.

Two Services One Community in Christ

We recognize that people come from different backgrounds and that Christians worship Jesus Christ in different ways. At Trinity, we have two services that differ in style, but not in substance, seeking always to bring faith and daily life together in the Body of Christ.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. Praise Worship
The style of the praise worship service brings worshipers together using a less formal approach. The focus in this service is upon worshipping through contemporary Christian music led by Trinity’s praise band, applying God's Word to our lives through scripture reading and the sermon, and through personal and congregational prayers. A children’s message is offered, each Sunday.

Sunday 11:00 a.m. Evangelical Worship
People of various ages have expressed a need for meaningful rituals to feed heart and soul and glorify God. Our evangelical worship at Trinity strives to meet this need using any one of the many orders for worship from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal.
Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday to be fed by the presence of Christ among us. In this service we listen for God's voice speaking into our lives through the Holy Bible, the proclamation of God’s Word, the hymns we sing, in personal and congregational prayer and in greeting one another in the peace of Christ.

Jesus said, "Let the Children come"
While children of all ages are welcome in worship, if you desire to give your children a break from sitting in the pew, we have different options for different ages.
During Worship, you can take advantage of these activities for young children.

Trinity offers a staffed nursery where you can trust that your child will be watched in an enjoyable, safe environment. The target age group for the nursery is infants through age 4.

Activities for Children During Worship
For children who prefer, quiet bags and worship bulletins are available for them to pick up and take to their pew. The bags are filled with small toys and activities in case busy minds tend to wander during the service. Always included as part of both services is a children's message, which attempts to help even the youngest disciple to hear God's voice in their life.

Time For Fellowship
Following each worship service, everyone is invited to join in Christian fellowship as we share the love of Christ through conversation and refreshments.

Faith Formation (Sunday School) for all ages!
Because our Christian faith is a life long journey of spiritual growth and maturing as believers, from September through May, we offer a time to learn and to grow during the Sunday Faith Formation Hour - 9:45-10:35 a.m.; please come join the fun, the fellowship and the joy of coming to "know Christ" and God's will for our lives!

Music at Trinity
The Praise Worship Musicians are a group of singers and an ensemble of various instrumentalists who lead the music weekly at the Praise Worship service in the Fellowship Hall. This team of dedicated people also work closely with the pastor in the planning process of this service. Praise Worship is our contemporary weekly liturgy held at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Membership is open to people of all ages. Rehearsals are held primarily on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. or at the discretion of the director. Instruments used include piano, electric keyboard, acoustic and electric guitars, string bass, flute, saxophone, drums, and others.

Music plays an important role in the life and worship of our parish. Trinity is proud of the diversity in the music programs. Many different styles of music have been embraced by the congregation, from the music of "masters" to the more contemporary styles of music of today's Christian composers.

Martin Luther, writing on the subject of music said, “I wish to see arts, principally music, in the service of Him who gave and created them. Singers are never sorrowful, but are merry and smile through their troubles in song. Music makes people kinder, gentler, more staid and reasonable. I am strongly persuaded that after theology there is no art that can be placed on a level with music; for besides theology, music is the only art capable of affording peace and joy in the heart.”

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA) of Hagerstown, Maryland