TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH | 371 DELAWARE AVENUE, BUFFALO, NEW YORK 14202 | 716.852.8314 | 716.852.2551 FAX
There are many ways to worship and often churches get stuck in one mode and once there, are lulled into believing their particular style is the only or best way to worship God. The Episcopal Church, of which Trinity is a member congregation, is especially prone to such erroneous thinking. At Trinity we keep pushing ourselves to open our hearts and minds to question our assumptions about worship.
Because different people are inspired and moved by different elements and styles of worship, we strive to offer as broad and as inclusive a range as possible. Find out more about our regular Sunday worship opportunities to which we add special events from time to time. All are welcome to join and participate in any of the services held at Trinity. During special times in the year there are additional services, but our weekly services include:
THURSDAY at 7PM was created to be a bridge between Episcopal worship and the spirituality of 12-Step recovery which is used by hundreds of different types of recovery groups and millions of people throughout the world. 12-Step Spirituality is not a defined body of wisdom or particular collection of books and sayings, and even predates AA. We can trace the roots back through the Oxford Group (an Episcopal evangelical movement) to the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and even to the Desert Fathers and Mothers.
We could even say that 12-Step Spirituality is the combined knowledge and experience of all those who have used spiritual surrender and the 12-Steps as a passage to recovery, and the things they have learned along the way. We are fortunate at Trinity to include in our community many who have journeyed toward liberation with the 12-Steps and so we look to share what we have learned, as well as celebrate the presence of God in our midst.
THURSDAY@7 has formed a strong service-oriented community. Unique music, provided by a group of volunteer musicians, reinforces the 12-Step message.
WEDNESDAY at 11AM was intended as a moment to pause and rest in the arms of community. This small but dedicated group of people, honoring a longstanding tradition, use Rite 2 in Trinity’s most traditional service. This is an informal gathering that begins by dividing up leadership of the readings and prayers, then settling in with a moment of silence before beginning the worship. The Communion prayer is said together standing around the altar, and then the bread and wine is passed from person to person. Worship is followed by coffee and conversation about the readings just heard.
Sermons are found on the Sermon page. Click here.
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP at 10:30AM is the primary gathering of our community. A celebratory service that is intentionally welcoming and challenging, open and inclusive, for spiritual inquiry no matter what your religious or spiritual tradition, or even if you have none.
Trinity takes welcoming seriously. Excellent organ and ensemble music provide a peaceful time for centering before worship. With the bishop’s blessing we have ventured outside the rubrics of the Episcopal tradition; Trinity is redefining what it means to be Episcopalian. Challenging preaching has been a hallmark for generations, addressing a community that prefers to live in the questions rather than be given the answers.
Courtyard in the Summer - We use summer worship in the courtyard as a way to experience who we are without the formal setting of “the big house.”
SUNDAY at 7PM offers spirituality without all the religion. In an effort to make room for those who are searching for spirituality yet allergic to church, the service is demonstrably non-Christian. Combining soft jazz music and candlelight, seating in the round, and readings from many religious traditions, this quiet service focuses on individual spirituality.
Trinity@7 incorporates readings from the mystics of Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Sufi, Hinduism and Christianity as well as contemporary poetry and prose from all over the world. Syncopating each reading is live jazz featuring Krista Seddon and culminating in a brief reflection from one of our clergy and a participatory candlelight meditation. Even those who thought they were put off by organized religion of any kind discover that the simple eloquence, safety and pervasive peace of Trinity@7 is compelling. Trinity@7 is truly a distinctive form of encounter with the holy.