At the beginning of the service each Sunday I state that Trinity Church is a place defined by its Mission: “welcoming all to worship and walk with God.” Then I urge the congregation to join us in our Welcoming Collect where together we pray.
Almighty God, dwelling among us, we ask that you will send to Trinity Episcopal Church all those who are joyful and glad, or may be hurting and in need. Help us to “welcome the stranger” as we look together for answers in our lives. Prepare us through worship this day to receive all people as Christ would. Give us a discerning spirit so that everyone who crosses our threshold feels embraced by your loving spirit; and then as we strive to build up the body of Christ, let us do so with hope and joy in our hearts. Amen.
In his book The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, Jon Meacham suggests some workable approaches that have bearing on both our church life, as well as our national civic life.
-Tell the truth about who we are as citizens, and express our opinions.
-Believe in our values, and stick to what is important
-Interact with those who have different opinions than we have.
-Respect every fact, honor truthful information, and deploy reason.
-Find a critical balance, and keep history in mind.
These recommendations parallel our Christian virtues and values affirmed in our baptismal covenant. As ambassadors of Christ we strive to continue in the apostles teaching and fellowship. Furthermore, with God’s help we claim we will endeavor to:
-Persevere in resisting evil; when we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord.
-Seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourself.
-Strive for justice and peace among all people, and
-Respect the dignity of every human being.
In light of the increasing amount of hate and violence erupting throughout today’s world, it is important to pause for a brief time of quiet and silence before we celebrate our regular Sunday liturgies. That designated moment helps to frame our reason for being present in church, in tune and harmony with our Mission Statement – “Welcoming All to Worship and Walk with God.”
The Rev. E. F. Michael Morgan: Priest-in-Charge
Trinity Service Schedule
Sundays 9:30am Rite II Eucharist
Church School and Infant Care is provided during the 9:30 a.m. service.
247 Willey Street Morgantown, WV 26505