We do Communion. What that means is that at the center of our weekly Sunday worship we provide the ritual sharing of bread and wine in remembrance of Jesus doing the same thing with his friends and colleagues. In fact, as we read and understand the Gospel, providing hospitality at the meal was central to who and what Jesus was all about. In a society with a rigid caste system that separated people by gender, age, income, and religion the fact that Jesus hosted a table open to all – including the one who betrayed him – is challenging and provocative. We rehearse the same thing each week.
At Trinity, preaching matters. It is not the dispensing of doctrine, dogma, and morality and insisting upon everyone believing in and following a party line. Rather, our preaching invites the hearers to allow their thoughts to follow the word or whisper they hear in the course of the sermon – whether or not it is what the preacher is actually saying. Preaching is a relationship between the life of the preacher opening to his or her life to the lives of the hearers, who in turn open themselves to the sermon.
Weekly sermons are posted and accessible via a dropdown on our main page, or for sermons and additional spiritual writings you can visit The Rev. Cameron Miller’s website: www.subversivepreacher.org.
Our music program is in transition. Our new lead musician, Lisa Gibson, is a gifted and talented pianist who provides both accompaniment for congregational and choral singing, but also instrumental solo for meditation and reflection. She plays on Sunday morning and soon, beginning in October, at our new “Wednesdays@8(pm).”
Our choir too is in transition and we are in the process of discerning our need for professional choral leadership. In the meantime, a wonderful group of volunteers support congregational singing as well as providing anthems, while enjoying the gift of singing and fellowship.
Trinity also has a proud tradition of offering special concerts for the larger community and welcoming musicians from Western and Central NY, as well as some groups from NYC. Our next concert will be in December (TBA), a return of our new “Celtic Christmas” tradition.
On many Sunday mornings after the coffee hour, there offer special “conversations” offered and open to all. These begin at 11:25 and end at 12:10. The following program schedule is set to begin this fall.
First Sunday Sermon Discussion – Beginning October 7th
An informal conversation about the sermon that morning, or items brought forward from other recent sermons.
Second Sunday Book Group – Beginning Sept. 9th
An on-going group discussion of a book, but general and accessible enough to welcome those who have not read it.
Third Sunday – Open for Vestry and/or special events
Fourth Sunday Christianity 101/Episcopal Church 201 – Beginning Oct. 28th
Working with ‘big ideas’ or themes within our religion and denomination, this group explores each with open minds and generous hearts.
Fifth Sunday Potluck – Beginning Sept. 30th
Bring a dish to share and join in this casual celebration of community – no agenda, just food and conversation.