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FAQ’s

Q: How long has Trinity been in Sierra Vista?
A: The first services were held in 1977, and the congregation was established in the Fall of 1978. Our building, the Fellowship Hall, was built in 1982, and our Sanctuary was added in 1992.

Q: What kind of a church is this?
A: We are committed to being a liturgical, historic, traditional, Christian, Bible-believing, Christ-preaching, Gospel-centered congregation. We began our work in Sierra Vista with about a dozen people. We now have nearly one hundred fifty members.

Q: What is a Liturgy?
A: From the very beginning the Christian church has had a certain set order for its worship. That is, there is a regular pattern repeated every Sunday. In fact, the pattern we use is actually much the same as that used ever since Adam worshiped God in the days after Creation. This pattern was also followed by others such as Noah, Abraham, David, and Jesus. This pattern is called the “liturgy.” This word literally means our “service” to God.
The pattern of the liturgy is – We come before God; God speaks to us; We respond. Thus, our liturgy always goes something like this:
+ We call upon God to be with us and bless our worship; this is often referred to as the INVOCATION.
+ We admit our sinfulness, ask, and receive God’s forgiveness in Christ Jesus; this is called CONFESSION and ABSOLUTION.
+ We sing special hymns of thanks to God; or PRAISE.
+ We hear portions of the Bible, or SCRIPTURE READINGS, for our learning and encouragement;
+ We sing hymns of praise, and offer God our gifts of thanks; or OFFERINGS.
+ We go to God with our concerns and requests in PRAYER.
+ We receive forgiveness of sin, peace with God, and strength for our faith in the LORD’S SUPPER.
+ Finally, God dismisses us with His blessing, the BENEDICTION.
The same basic pattern can be seen in each of the four different services we use during the month, and even in all our special services. The nice thing is that once you become familiar with these services, they become easy and comforting. They connect us with believers over the centuries; with the Apostles and Jesus, the Prophets, and the Patriarchs.
When you enter the Church on Sunday morning, you’ll be given a folded sheet of paper we call a “bulletin.” It tells you what “Order of Worship,” or “Liturgy” we will be using. Also included are the hymns, readings, and Sermon theme for that Sunday. It also contains announcements of church activities for that week.

Q: How will I know what to say, and when to say it?
A: Since we worship in a corporate or group style, everyone follows the liturgy in the hymnal. You won’t be asked or expected to say anything by yourself.

Q: Do I have to sing?
A: You will notice that there is a lot of singing in our services. Singing has always been a part of the worship of believers, more in some services, less in others. No, you don’t have to sing. But, God loves to hear you. Be assured, no one will laugh at you. So, sing out, even if you’re a little off-key! Here is what our Lord has to say in Psalm 95:1 “Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.”

Q: Will I be expected to participate in the offering?
A: If you don’t know anything about our church, or exactly what we believe, you may not want to support our ministry. That’s O.K. This is the job of our own members. Please don’t feel obligated to contribute. Give only if you want to, what you want.

Q: Won’t I feel out of place in a strange church?
A: You might. But don’t hesitate to ask lots of questions. Remember that at one time or another most of our members were new here too.

Q: What happens if my children get too noisy?
A: First of all, we want you to know that we welcome children of all ages to our worship services. More importantly, God does too! We also believe that it is very important for even the youngest children to become familiar with church and learn to participate in the regular Sunday service. Still, we know that children can become restless during the service. When this happens, we have a nursery in the Fellowship Hall where the service can be followed on a TV monitor.

Q: May I take communion here?
A: Sure, you could. But that’s not the question. The questions are: Should you? And would you want to?
The Bible gives the members of a Christian congregation certain responsibilities when it comes to Holy Communion. He expects us to know if those who wish to partake of the Lord’s Supper with us recognize that Jesus’ true body and blood are really present here in this sacrament, and if they agree with all the other clear teachings of the Bible.
There are many people who do not accept Jesus’ words, “This is My body…This is My blood,” as well as many of the other clear teachings of the Bible. Therefore, since we don’t know you, we will want to ask you a few questions before you commune. Depending on your answers, you may find that you are not in agreement with us, and thus would not want to proclaim a unity with us that does not exist by taking communion with us.

Q: What if none of the members even talks to me?
A: We teach all our members to make a special effort to greet and speak to visitors. But, as with everything else in this hectic world today, sometimes our members get so involved with a committee meeting, or catching that friend or family member before they leave, that they forget to speak to the visitors.
We apologize if we give you the impression we don’t notice you. Forgive us for our oversight. Your visit is important to us. You are important to us. Please give us a chance to serve your spiritual needs. That’s what we’re here for.

Q: What if I don’t want to join your church right away?
A: We understand that no one likes to be pressured, especially when it comes to something as personal as religion. Let us know when and if you want to learn more about our church and all our teachings. Until then, you’re always welcome, even if you never join.

Q: To which Church Body do you belong?
A: Trinity is currently a member congregation of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, commonly known as “The WELS.”

Q: What are some of your main annual activities?A: Our main activities include:

  • Chili Cook-off – Last Sunday in January
  • Imposition of Ashes – Prior to Ash Wednesday worship service
  • Passover Seder – Maundy Thursday evening
  • “Easter” Brunch – After Resurrection Sunrise service
  • Bratwurst Supper – First Sunday in July
  • Ice Cream Social – First Sunday in August
  • Heritage Sunday Pot-luck – Third Sunday in September
  • Oktoberfest Pig-roast – Reformation Sunday
  • Holiday Mexican Fiesta – Second Sunday in December

Q: How can I find out more?
A: There are two ways. First, our Pastor has a Bible Information Class which he sets up on an individual basis. Here he goes through all the many teachings of the Bible, and how they are presented in our church. You are free to ask questions, even debate with the Pastor.
There is no cost for this class. You may attend whenever you like, quit at any time, and completion of the class does not commit you to membership.
Another way to find out more about our church is to ask the Pastor to visit you in your home. Simply make the request on the Visitor Card, or ask the Pastor directly after the service.

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Service Times & Map

Sunday

Adult Bible Time: 9:00 AM

Children's Bible Time: 9:00 AM

Worship: 10:25 AM

Fellowship: 11:30 AM


Tuesday

Bible Break 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM


Wednesday Worship for Advent 12/7 to 12/21

6:00 PM - Light Supper

7:00 PM - Vesper Service

Trinity Orthodox Lutheran Church
4422 Snyder Boulevard
Sierra Vista, Arizona 85635
P: (520) 458-5897

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