a little bit about us
Visiting a new church can be a little intimidating. What do I wear? Will I know the songs? Do I have to take communion? Well relax. We want you to come as you are. Take a moment to watch this brief video sharing the experiences of some of the people at Trinity, we hope it helps.
Parking is tough in San Francisco. But we have a few spots picked out, hopefully making it a little easier for you to join us this weekend.
"Trinity Kids" currently focuses on children ages 0-8 years old. We work hard to keep them engaged and excited, with each lesson taught in an age-appropriate manner through singing, games, Bible stories, and take-home devotions. During their time together, our children are often being taught the same content that their parents are learning in our main service.
Our Sunday gatherings are best described as a little traditional meets decidedly relaxed. We have a time of singing, prayer, personal reflection, and teaching from the Bible. Everyone is welcome! Feel free to come as you are, and bring a few friends.
What kind of church is Trinity church?
We think it is all too easy to jump under an umbrella or get behind a label, so here's to not doing that. Instead, we are a relatively new church that is both learning and committed. We are learning from our surroundings, our experiences, and from everyone who joins us. We are also committed to the good news of Jesus Christ, the hope of the world, unvelied to us in the Bible and the historic Christian expressions of faith. As a diverse group of believers we come together around the universal statement of the historic Christian church – the Apostles creed. At the same time, people of all political, social and personal perspectives are welcome to discover more about the person of Jesus with us.
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What is the "good news"
“The gospel is not just the illustration (even the best illustration) of an idea. It is the story of actions by which the human situation is irreversibly changed.” -Lesslie Newbigin
There is no greater message to be heard than the message of Jesus Christ. But as important as that is, sadly it is often given to massive distortions and over simplifications. We think we're sharing the gospel when we declare, ‘you can have purpose in your life’, or ‘you can add meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those things are true, and they’re all important, but they don’t get to the heart of the gospel.
The gospel is called the ‘good news’ because it addresses the most serious problem that you and I have as human beings, and that problem is simply this: God is holy and He is just, and we are not.
The reason the gospel is such good news is because it assures us that when we aren't good, or when our world isn't good to us, somehow because God is good, He is at work, restoring, and saving even the worst of people and their circumstances. When we hear this gospel and believe, we are accepted by God, not on the basis of our life but on His Son's (Jesus). The gospel tells us that Jesus lived the life that we should have lived and though it was unwarranted, died the death that we deserve to die - that we might share in his joy as if we accomplished everything that He did. As we say quite often, the gospel isn't fair but it is very very good.
Why so Liturgical?
You may have noticed that our Sunday morning worship service follows a pretty consistent rhythm and flow. This is called a liturgy and has been a long standing Christian tradition for many churches throughout history. In fact, in some form or another, every church on earth follows a set pattern, some just might feel more formal than others. If you are not familiar with our form of worship, we have provided the names and explanations for each movement in our liturgy below.
Call to Worship: The call to worship is directed to the people; by God; through the worship leader or pastor. It is an act that brings the worshiping community into being, an invitation of sorts, to reflect on the goodness and greatness of who God is.
Call to Confession/Assurance: We do not plead for mercy and forgiveness. Rather we take seriously the free offer of Jesus, that by His life, death, and resurrection we are forgiven truly and completely. This compels us to confess honestly and wholeheartedly.
Offering: The Christian does not give out of guilt or coercion, but out of gratitude and hopefulness of mission. We believe Jesus’ gospel can change the world, so we invest our time, treasures and talents toward that end.
Prayer of Illumination: Just as it sounds…We ask that the Lord would open our hearts and minds to the heights and depths of His love for us in Christ through the truth of the scriptures.
Scripture Reading: Scripture is the ongoing conversation between heaven and earth, between Christ and his church, between God and his children. It not only ties us to the past; it binds us to the living Lord both here and now.
Sermon: The sermon is not a carefully crafted reflection on the Christian life anymore than it is an entertaining or inspirational message, meant to capture the attention of an audience. Rather the sermon is a clear, direct proclamation of God's word, with the sole intention of better unveiling the central figure of the story: Jesus of Nazareth.
Confession of Faith: When we confess together the Apostle's Creed, we affirm our continued belief in the cornerstones of our faith; a faith that has been confessed and believed from the times of the Apostle's themselves.
Communion/Eucharist: Through our prayers and the sharing of bread and wine we are joined to Christ and through Christ to each other. At the table we remember what God has done for us. The past event of our Lord's death, resurrection and ascension comes into the present so that its power once again touches us, changes us, and heals us.
Benediction: To bless in the name of the Lord, and send away with the guarantee that the Lord will go with you. That’s what a benediction is. It is a “good word” pronounced over the Lord’s people in the Lord’s name.
What is the Christian Calendar?
The Christian calendar tells the story of God and His people by dividing the year into two major segments, each lasting approximately six months. The first part tells the story of Jesus – beginning in Advent with the anticipation of His birth and stretching all the way to Pentecost with the sending of the Holy Spirit. Following in this great tradition, the second half, known as "Ordinary Time," focuses intently on the way we too are called to live out the story in real time. Think of it as a call to apply and act.
So as we let this great story unfold each year, may we hear it again, fresh and new, and find ourselves to be more than hearers – that we might discover ourselves to be participants, because Jesus’ story has become our own.
If you are interested in more detail about the specifics, please check this link here.