ALL ARE WELCOME!

And Jesus said, "When I am lifted up, I will draw all people to myself."




Whoever you are, wherever you are on your spiritual pilgrimage, you are a cherished child of God and are welcome in this place.

Holy Trinity is a Community of Proclamation. What we proclaim by word, example and liturgy is the Good News of Jesus Christ. That Good News is well summarized in Paul's Letter to the Ephesians:
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God..." (Ephesians 2:8)

We realize that too many people feel that salvation, the very wholeness and acceptance that God wants for ALL people, is out of their reach; they feel that they are not worthy, and that they could not do enough to win God's favor. We don't believe that's true for a minute. Sure you have a past, but so do all of us, and it can be redeemed for a future that is bright.

We have quite a number of outreach ministries and programs in our church, but they are not there to help us work our way to salvation. They are there as our response to the salvation that is already ours. You see, when you know that you are loved that much, you can't help but reach out in love for others.

If you are looking for hell, fire and brimstone theology, You probably won't find it here.
If you are looking for a church that says, "When I want your opinion, I'll give it to you," you will not find it here.
If you are looking for a church that peddles guilt and shame, you will not find it here.
If you are looking for a church that labels people, judges people, or in any way would suggest that some people fall outisde of the salvation of God, you will not find it here.

We are not a church that says "you had better subscribe to a specific list of beliefs or your membership will be in question." We are a Sacramental Church. We issue the invitation, "Come and join us in a Holy Communion. Come and break bread with us. Come and celebrate the free gift of salvation that our God has so graciously given us through Jesus Christ. Come, let us explore our faith together." We do not worship on Sunday mornings out of a sense of duty, but out of a sense of joy-filled gratitutde.

We do hold that the Bible is the word of God. The Holy Spirit worked in and through the authors of the various books in the Bible, and it contains God's truth for the world. We are not, however, literalists. We do not take one passage out of context and then generalize from it. We take the Bible as a whole, and we see every word through the love and forgiveness of Jesus. Members of Holy Trinity Church are allowed great latitutde in their interpretation of Holy Scripture and of theology in general. Someone once said, "The Episcopal Church is a catholic church in love with freedom." That is certainly an apt desciption of Holy Trinity Church.

The word "catholic" means "inclusive." We understand that we do not have the right to draw circles, and to extend an invitation to some, but not others. God accepts everyone and we are God's church! We celebrate the all-inclusive love of Jesus Christ by striving for "unity in diversity," not "uniformity."

Neither your social status nor your sexual preference are ever used as "entrance exams" in our church.
Everybody will be received with open arms and considered Holy before our gracious God. Our Communion table is open to everyone of all ages. Our altar does not belong to us, but to God who welcomes ALL people to receive the Blessed Sacrament. The only requirement to receive Holy Communion here is that you be spiritually hungry.

If you are looking for a church big enough to meet you wherever you are on your spiritual journey, but small enough for people to remember your name, then Holy Trinity Church is the place.


 
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