We cordially welcome all to worship with us and participate in our congregation's life..
Our Services are an opportunity to worship the holy Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - pray, and share Communion with fellow Christians.
Our worship is participatory - the congregation is actively involved, in prayer and ministries complementing priest. The term “liturgy” means “work of the people,” and in the Episcopal Church the people get a workout!
Our worship services include Holy Communion and all are welcome to receive.
We welcome all ages to attend all of our worship services. A children's corner is available in our Hoyt Room, adjacent to the Sanctuary, for children, newborn to age 4, on Sundays from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m.
Worship at Trinity Memorial
The worship of God is at the heart of all we do at Trinity. Building on our Anglican tradition, we celebrate two services of Holy Eucharist on Sunday mornings, at which all are welcome.
Our main service, preceded by a musical prelude, begins at 10:00 am. This service is also being live-streamed at https://bit.ly/trinitybinghamton . Bulletins for our services can be found at TrinityMemorial.org/bulletin .
Our early service, which we used to start at 8:00 am in the past, will meet as follows:
- From Oct. 17 2021 until the end of Pentecost, Nov. 21 2021, our early service will start at 8:30 am;
From Nov. 28 2021 (the First Sunday of Advent) until Feb. 27 2022 (the Last Sunday of Epiphany) there will be no early service;
From Mar. 6 2022 (the First Sunday of Lent in 2022), we will resume our early service at 8:30 am.
Our early service is a spoken liturgy for those wishing a more quiet, contemplative worship experience. Our 10 a.m. liturgy includes choir and congregational singing and organ music.
Worship in the Episcopal Church
Episcopal worship is participatory. The congregation is actively involved, rather than passively listening to the clergy for an hour. The term “liturgy” means “work of the people,” and in the Episcopal Church the people get a workout! - spiritually and physically. We respond to the spoken word, participate in prayers, and, as physically able, sit to listen, stand for the Gospel and praise, or kneel for prayers as an act of humility before God.
Our worship services are drawn from the Book of Common Prayer. The Prayer Book, as it's also known, contains the forms for celebrating the Holy Eucharist, as well as for daily worship. The Prayer Book also includes services for various special occasions, such as Weddings, Baptisms, and Funeral Services. Some services, such as weddings for a same-sex couple have been agreed to in the Episcopal Church since the revision of the Prayer Book in 1979, and we are happy to celebrate these.
Holy Eucharist - Holy Communion
The Holy Eucharist celebrates the hearing of God’s word, and the responding to God’s word by sharing in the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ at Holy Communion. The Holy Eucharist includes praising God usually by reading three Scripture lessons, affirming the Church’s statement of faith, praying for ourselves and the world around us, confessing our sins and receiving assurance of forgiveness, and recalling and making present Jesus’ Last Supper.
Church Year and Calendar
The Episcopal Church observes the traditional Christian calendar in which we move through the life of Jesus during the course of a year. The season of Advent, during which we prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas, begins on the Sunday closest to November 30. Christmas itself lasts twelve days, after which we celebrate the Epiphany, the visitation of Jesus by the magi at which the light of Christ breaks out into the world. Lent, the forty days of penitential preparation for Easter, begins on Ash Wednesday. The most deeply spiritual time of the year takes place during the Holy Week before Easter in which we commemorate the last days of Jesus on earth, culminating in his resurrection on Easter Sunday. During the Easter season, we focus particularly on the risen Christ in the early Church, culminating in Pentecost, fifty days after Easter, when Jesus’ followers were filled with the Holy Spirit and sent into the world to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.
During all of these seasons, the Scripture readings are appointed for their relevance to the events being commemorated. During the rest of the year in the season after Pentecost, the New Testament is read sequentially each Sunday so the congregation can experience the total teaching and experience of Jesus and of the writings of the authors of the letters contained in the New Testament of the Bible.
Our Clergy and Sunday Services Ministers
In the Episcopal Church, our ordained ministers are referred to as bishops, priests, and deacons. The priest in charge of a parish may be called a Rector or Priest-in-Charge. We also commission lay persons as worship leaders, lectors, Eucharistic ministers, and acolytes to assist the priest at worship. (See also Worship Support).