About Worship

At Triumphant Cross we encounter God through Word, Sacrament, and by being together.

We hear the Word in music and song, Scripture readings, and prayer.  We use a liturgy, which is a specific order of prayers and hymns.  We also use a lectionary, a schedule of Sunday Bible readings used by many churches.  We experience the Sacrament by sharing Holy Communion every time we worship.

Each worship service is made unique by different music, the children’s sermon, the regular sermon, and prayers.  While our worship feels familiar to those acquainted with a Catholic or Episcopal service, it’s easy to follow for everyone.

Children of all ages are welcome to worship, but if they wish, parents may bring them to the Nursery Care provided during worship. Just off the sanctuary there is a “Crying Room” from which you can hear and see the service while attending babies.

Musical Worship at 9:00

Our music has the high quality you’d expect from a larger richer church. We are blessed to have a number of very  talented musicians in our community who bring their gifts to bear in a variety of forms in our weekly worship.  In addition to regular anthems from our liturgical choir, our bell choir adds a special touch to our worship from time to time. The songs and music they provide uplift, inspire, and sometimes even challenge us.

Both choirs include all ages from high schoolers through senior citizens and are open to all. Vocal choir practices Wednesday evenings 7:30 – 9:00. Bell choir meets Sunday mornings at 11:00.

Guest musicians, members of the congregation with musical talents, make occasional appearances as God leads. Examples are amazing flute and piano duets, solo voice accompanied by piano, and voices accompanied by guitar.

Word

Expect to come away with something solid to chew on.  Each week members of the congregation read lessons from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, followed by a message from one of the Gospels (one of the first four books of the New Testament).  As to what passages are read when, we generally follow the Revised Common Lectionary shared by Christians the world over. This week’s lessons include

A sermon will generally weave together the day’s lessons with contemporary ideas and experiences, creating a rope to support your faith

Prayer

Prayer time mid-service is alive. Congregation members have a chance to speak aloud if they wish. Some weeks we hear many spoken prayers, each one closed with the congregation’s response, “Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.” Sometimes the prayers are all silent within our hearts. Either way is OK.

Holy Communion – Our Sacred Family Meal

The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper–also called the Holy Communion or the Eucharist–is central to our weekly worship life.  You are invited to join us in sharing Christ’s sacred meal.  Our savior’s body and blood nourish our faith, forgive our sins, and form us as living witnesses to God’s promise of unity, justice, and peace.

At Triumphant Cross, children typically begin preparing to receive Communion for the first time during their 3rd grade. Those who do not wish to receive, of any age for whatever reason, are welcome to come to the altar for a blessing.