Being built together by God's Spirit…
In December of 2000, Trinity Church opened the doors to a new building on a hill overlooking our city. Our building is built out of man-made "stone," but the people of God – the Church – are each uniquely shaped living stones. Ten years later, as we continue to gather in worship and community, God’s Spirit shapes and fits together the lives of His people into a spiritual house for the sake of the world (1 Peter 2:5).
…to proclaim Jesus Christ in our broken world.
Because we turned from God, we live in a world torn apart by alienation, oppression, injustice, and fear. We see problems in our lives, our community, and our world. But God is reconciling the world to Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ. We are excited to share Him and what He is doing. In faith, we live our lives within that grace. In hope, we proclaim Jesus Christ to others as a source of healing and wholeness. In love, we boldly live and serve in our world (2 Corinthians 5:18).
Trinity traces its roots to the 1790s, when a small group of people met in Washington to worship. The parish was officially organized in 1844. From 1863 until 2000, the parish met in the same small building on the campus of Washington and Jefferson College. In 2000, Trinity moved to our current location on the hill overlooking the city of Washington.
Today we are a diverse group of folks from all walks of life seeking to follow Jesus together. The core values listed below express the particular character and culture of our community.
United in Christ; Diversified by Grace
“… One body, one Spirit … One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all…. But grace was given to each….” (Ephesians 4:3-7). We acknowledge that Jesus Christ is both Lord and Savior of the world and that all aspects of our lives are under his Lordship. We further acknowledge that God expresses His grace uniquely to each of us by granting us different gifts and manifestations of the Spirit, and by giving us varying perspectives upon the life of faith. Therefore, we commit to yielding ourselves individually and corporately to Him, desiring that our unity together as a community of faith be centered upon our common confession of Jesus Christ as Lord. In love, we seek to honor the different expressions of His grace among us, and commit ourselves to listening to and learning from each other.
Expectant and Willing Hearts
“By faith Abraham … obeyed and went even though he did not know where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8). Giving praise to God for His transforming work in our midst, we are reminded that we are called to remain open to on-going growth and change by His grace. We recognize that God’s call to us may involve significant change and risk-taking. Therefore, remembering God’s miraculous work in our past, we seek to remain open to God’s work in our midst and attentive to His particular call to us, knowing that our obedience may involve significant change and uncomfortable risk-taking.
“Ascribe to the Lord the glory of His name; worship the Lord in His holy array.” (Psalm 29:2). We are created for worship and recognize the importance of gathering weekly as a community to celebrate God’s character and greatness. God calls us to worship and we acknowledge that it is in worship that God is present, transforming, healing, and renewing us as His people by the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, in all of our worship experiences, we seek to celebrate God’s character and His redemption of the world. We embrace worship that is liturgical, sacramental, and Eucharistic, though practiced in various styles.
“You are the salt of the earth …. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:13-14). We acknowledge our Savior Jesus Christ’s call to be His people and to proclaim Him and His Kingdom in the local community and the world. Therefore, we unashamedly embrace that call to be witnesses of the Gospel in both word and deed. We seek to encourage and empower each other to be members of His body in the world.
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8). We are called by God to practice hospitality and to extend grace to all. Therefore, we strive to welcome and accept others into our community, acknowledging ourselves as broken people reaching out to a broken world. We seek to provide others with an opportunity to explore faith in Jesus Christ in a warm and accepting atmosphere and to provide opportunities to enjoy each other’s company through a variety of joy-filled, often intergenerational gatherings.
“Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1 Peter 2:10); “Bear one another’s burden and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2). Based on Jesus’ example of community with His disciples, we believe that faith is best nurtured in relationships with other followers of Jesus. Therefore, we seek to develop relationships with one another wherein we may model the life of faith; give and receive forgiveness, encouragement and support; hold one another accountable; and bear each other’s burdens in the Lord.
“Do not conform … but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”(Romans 12:2). We are shaped as Christ’s followers throughout our lives. Our learning is life-long and rooted in Scripture, to the end that our lives will be transformed toward the character of Christ.
Therefore, we seek to provide a variety of challenging learning opportunities for people of all ages and maturity in their faith.
“And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and provide in abundance for every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8). All that we are and all that we have comes from and belongs to God. Therefore, we give of ourselves and the resources entrusted to us, for the advancement of God’s kingdom, as a fundamental expression of trust in God’s provision and in thanksgiving for what God has done for us. We encourage prayerful consideration of the scriptural principle of tithing.
“… In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving make your requests known to God.” (Philippians 4:6). Prayer is essential to every aspect of our life in the Lord Jesus, and Scripture constantly admonishes us to pray. Therefore, we commit to prayer as the essential foundation of our life together, and as a community seek to develop a pervasive, rich discipline of prayer in its many varieties. We also commit to beginning and ending all our gatherings with prayer, and to call for particular times of prayer and fasting when facing significant events in the life of our community.
Karen Stevenson (Rector)
Ben Hughes (Curate)
Dr. Mark Stevenson (Deacon)
Shannon Sims (Music Director)
Michele Chase (Bookkeeper)
Tina Crino (Sexton)
Claudette Clarke (Organist)
Being Anglican means we are not alone. We didn't make the gospel up, and we we didn't invent a clever new way of being a church. In fact, we are really not all that unique - and that's a good thing. Our Anglican heritage connects us to millions of other Jesus followers around the world, and it ties us into a long history. It informs our liturgy (the way we worship God) and our understanding of the gospel. We are not Anglican because we like wearing funny robes and singing old songs; we are Anglican because being connected to the worldwide historic church helps us to know and proclaim Jesus better.
We are a member of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) and the worldwide Anglican Communion. The ACNA was founded in June of 2009 as an Anglican province that unifies 100,000 Anglican Christians in the United States and Canada in 700 parishes and 28 dioceses.
Anglican Christians are part of a worldwide communion uniting millions of Christians in more than 160 countries. Anglicanism is the third largest denomination, after the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches. There are approximately 80 million Anglicans worldwide who share a way of worship, church order, and the celebration and sharing of the sacraments (especially Baptism and Holy Communion). Anglicanism melds the rich history and traditions of both catholic and protestant Christianity. Anglican congregations bring together vibrant faith in Jesus Christ, a commitment to the trustworthiness and authority of Scripture, the beauty of liturgical worship, and an expectation of the powerful work of the Holy Spirit.
Today there are four essential elements of Anglicanism, as stated by the Lambeth Conference of Bishops in 1888:
1. Our faith is centered on God’s gracious and redemptive work in Jesus Christ and summarized in the creeds, particularly the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds.
2. We believe that the Bible is the Word of God and that it has unique authority in our lives. It holds all things necessary for salvation (2 Timothy 3:16), and is the rule and ultimate standard of faith. As Biblically-faithful Anglicans, our churches teach the whole Bible and how it applies to our daily lives. We believe that God’s love for the whole world, expressed in Jesus Christ, is Good News that we are called to share with everyone.
3. We believe that Christ ordained the sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist. Anglicans also recognize and use five additional historical sacramental rites, namely: Confirmation, Marriage, Ordination (of bishops, priests and deacons), Reconciliation and Unction (anointing with oil for healing)
4. The church is under the governance of the historic Episcopate. Our historical roots go back a long way with bishops in historic succession to the very earliest days of Christianity. The role of bishops is to provide pastoral and spiritual oversight and to ensure faithfulness to the Scriptures in the church of God.