Trinity holds Sunday worship services at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. every week, except on 5th Sundays, when we all come together to worship at 10:00 a.m. The 8:00 service follows the lively Chicago Folk Service format, accompanied by piano and jazz combo. The 10:30 service is a traditional Lutheran liturgical service, accompanied by organ and enhanced on most Sundays by Trinity’s Vocal Choir, Handbell Choir, Cherub Choir, and/or special music contributed by various congregation members. All of our Sunday morning worship services center around Holy Communion and offer Children’s Church and nursery care.
Trinity offers nursery care for infants through prechoolers, during Sunday worship services, during Sunday school, and during the weekday MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meetings. The nursery is coordinated by our paid Nursery Attendant.
Children through grade 6 have the option to be excused from the middle part of the worship services, after the Children’s Sermon, to participate in Children’s Church. During Children’s Church, children leave the worship area with a staff member to have a short lesson and activity related to the Bible readings and theme of the day. Children are escorted back to the worship area in time to participate in Holy Communion and the remainder of the worship service with their families. Children’s Church is not meant to replace Sunday School, which is a longer period of instruction, with classes for all ages, held between the worship services. Rather, Children’s Church allows young children to participate in worship in an age-appropriate manner. They spend some time in the congregation’s worship service, at the beginning and the end, but they step out in the middle to engage with the Bible readings in a way they can understand, while older participants are listening to the sermon.
During the worship service, the pastor invites children forward for a few minutes of conversation about the Bible readings and the theme of the day.
Chicago Folk Service
Trinity’s 8:00 a.m. worship service uses the “Chicago Jazz Service” setting. This upbeat service is accompanied by piano, electronic keyboard, electric bass, electric guitar, and drum set. The Chicago Jazz Service follows a set pattern of prayers and songs that uses the same general wording as the elements of a traditional Lutheran service, but with a very different musical feel. The worship service always includes Holy Communion and offers a children’s sermon. The music leaders are accomplished and experienced musicians who play in other bands locally, but who get up early on Sunday mornings “for the beer” (as musicians say when they are just playing for the love of it).
Traditional Worship Service
Trinity’s 10:30 a.m. worship service uses various traditional Lutheran settings taken from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, the hymnal of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This more formal service is accompanied by organ, with occasional use of piano. The adult choir sings weekly during the school year, and the handbell choir and cherub choir make frequent appearances as well. The worship service always includes Holy Communion and offers a children’s sermon. The two organists are highly-trained musicians who also perform and teach in other capacities around the Dayton area, in addition to their duties at Trinity. Trinity is committed to sharing the gifts we have in the rich Lutheran musical tradition and repertoire and our excellent musicians.
The Vocal Choir is comprised of adults with a love of singing. They sing during the 10:30 a.m. traditional liturgical service on most Sundays during the school year. The Vocal Choir practices weekly on a weekday evening. Practice times are posted on the church calendar.
The Handbell Choir plays during the 10:30 a.m. traditional liturgical service one or more times monthly on Sundays during the school year. Most participants are adults, but children with the required degree of attention and commitment are also welcome and have successfully participated. The Handbell Choir practices weekly on a weekday evening. Practice times are posted on the church calendar.
The Cherub Choir is comprised of children as young as four years old. They sing for special occasions during the 8:00 and/or 10:30 a.m. Sunday services during the school year. The Cherub Choir members practice during part of the Sunday school time on Sundays as needed to prepare for special events.