Worship at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alameda

Worshiping at Trinity Lutheran

Each Sunday we worship at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. We gather together to hear God’s Word and share the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Our worship is liturgical in that it follows the pattern of traditional Lutheranism. It involves many members and includes a children’s sermon every week. A time of fellowship with coffee and cookies follows the 10:30 service.

Holy Communion is offered at all Sunday worship services. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday except on the first Sunday of the month.

Visitors are happily welcomed!

What to expect when you visit Trinity on Sunday morning

Since visiting any church for the first time can be a little intimidating, we’ve put together the following information that we hope will answer your questions and reduce any anxiety that you may have about what to expect when you visit Trinity. To learn more, just browse around the rest of the site, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments.

Trinity has two Sunday services of worship:

  • The 8:00 service is small (12-18 people) and quiet (abbreviated liturgy and no music except one hymn suggested by the congregation). You will pick up a bulletin on the table in the entryway. As you enter you will be greeted by others who attend the 8:00 worship service regularly. Holy Communion is received by the congregation standing together around the table and sharing the bread and cup with one another. There is no child-care at 8:00.
  • The 10:30 worship service is larger (60-80 people) and includes full liturgy, music, children’s sermon, and participation by many leaders within the congregation. Child-care is offered during this worship service. ¬†Children are invited to begin worship with us and stay through the Children’s Sermon at the beginning of the service.

Getting Situated

Trinity is located at the corner of Morton and Central Avenues in Alameda. Although we have no parking lot, you can use the gas station across the street as it is closed on Sundays. The building is fully wheelchair-accessible. The restrooms are in the Narthex (the entryway). Greeters in the Narthex will give you a bulletin, gladly answer any questions you have, find you a seat, and help you if you need assistance getting in.

We will not make you stand up or embarrass you!

Relax, we will greet you with smiles and handshakes, and welcome you to worship with us.

What should I wear?

God accepts us as we are – no matter who we are, what we do, or how we dress. We do not have a dress code. Worshipers at Trinity wear anything from jeans and tee shirts, to pants and golf shirts, to suits and ties. Please wear whatever you feel is most comfortable for you in this setting.

Can I take Communion, and how does it work?

We have an open table Trinity. All Christians are welcome to commune. People may come forward for a blessing if they do not wish to commune, otherwise they can remain in their seats. After the sermon and the offering, greeters will indicate when it’s your row’s turn to approach the altar. If you choose to participate, join the line, and when you reach the front the pastor will place in your had a piece of bread and say, “The body of Christ given for you.” You will then dip the bread into a cup of non-alcoholic wine while the assisting minister says, “The blood of Christ shed for you.” If you wish to take communion but are unable to walk to the front of the church, just notify the greeter, and the pastor will bring the bread and wine to you in the pew.

 

Altar at Trinity Lutheran in Alameda