Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
1412 W. Illinois, Midland, Texas 79701
The Liturgy and Worship Council is responsible for co-coordinating and executing all services held in the Church. It consists of the following positions: Chairman, Altar Guild Sacristan, Choir/Organist Master and a representative from Acolytes, Flower Guild, Lay Readers, Ushers and the Rector or Senior Warden.
The Council meets three to four times a year preceding major holy seasons. Beyond those meetings there is weekly communication among the members concerning pending services. Contact person: Robert Stewart
Every Sunday morning spirits respond to the music of corporate worship as the choirs lead and inspire us in singing God’s praises
The Music Ministry at Holy Trinity provides a program of graduate choirs which gives people of all ages an opportunity to grow in faith and Christian leadership through music. It is a comprehensive program which will prepare our children, young people and adults for a lifetime of service to Jesus Christ and His Church. The choir experience includes the teaching of great hymns and anthems of the Church, skills in singing and music reading, and special fellowship activities. Each of our choirs is open to and encourages new members, both the greatly experienced and the dedicated and sincere beginner. The only qualification is a true desire to be of service to God and the Church.
I am new on the Holy Trinity staff but have been in the area for over 25 years. We are in a rebuilding program at the time with lots of enthusiasm and desire to see growth both in numbers and talent. Currently we have almost 40 persons involved in choirs and I would anticipate that number to grow significantly as we look for creative ways to enhance our worship experience. We have a tremendous facility and resources to support this program.
Bert Bostic, Choir Master email@example.com
The Junior Choristers begin in the first grade and continue through the sixth rehearsing on Wednesday's from 4:45-5:30. They sing in the 10:00am worship through-out the school year in the fall, during Advent, Lent, Palm Sunday and Easter. Plans for the 2010 choir season will be to begin a children's handbell or hand-chime choir.
The Adult Choristers
The Adult Choristers primary function is to provide quality music in the 10:00am worship. In addition they provide a special worship experience during the season of Advent and Lent/or Eastertide. The Adult Choristers also sing for funerals and other special services. Rehearsals are on Wednesday from 7:00-8:00pm. To join contact: Bert Bostic, Choir Master firstname.lastname@example.org
Holy Trinity Handbells
Holy Trinity Handbells provide music for worship as a choir and in various smaller groups. They ring solo works and accompany the congregation on hymns, the Adult Choristers on anthems, and in various parts of the worship experience. They rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-6:45pm.
Weekday Healing Services
On Monday evenings at 5:15pm Holy Trinity offers public services of healing with the laying on of hands and anointing (Holy Unction). This healing ministry is grounded in our Lord's own healing ministry and that which the apostles exercised in his name. The healing services our offered as part of the service of Holy Eucharist, since our clergy feels that the sacrament of healing is best placed in the context of the Paschal Mystery. Healing unites the sick person with Jesus in his suffering and death, and thereby also in his resurrection. The anointing of the sick is the sacrament of resurrection and life in Christ.
This ministry, open to all confirmed boys and girls in the fifth grade or above, provides an important and wonderful opportunity to serve at the altar and assist the clergy in services on Sunday mornings, as well as funerals, weddings, and other special occasions. Contact: Don Olive
Women of the Altar Guild, who work in teams, prepare the church for all worship services, baptisms, weddings, and funerals. They keep the silver polished, care for the vestments of the clergy, and have charge of the candles and linens as well as the wine and communion wafers for the Holy Eucharist. Contact: Kim Jones
Guild members help the members of the wedding party with pre-wedding logistics pertaining to the use of the church, and also act as a liaison between the celebrating priest and those involved in wedding preparations. The Cana Guild takes its name after the town of Cana where Jesus performed his first miracle by changing water into wine at a wedding there. Contact: Parish Office.
The Flower Guild is responsible for arranging all flowers in the sanctuary and Children's Chapel throughout the year, including weddings, funerals, festival days, Christmas, Easter, as well as for all Sunday services.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Lay Eucharistic Ministers are trained by the staff, licensed by the Diocese of Northwest Texas and commissioned by the Bishop to assist in special functions of worship. They read the Scriptures during Sunday worship services, and help serve the bread and wine during Holy Communion. In addition, these ministers take communion to homebound and hospitalized parishioners. Contact: Mark Wheeler.
Ushers are responsible for escorting parishioners and visitors into the sanctuary on Sunday mornings and other special occasions, handing out service bulletins and taking up the offertory. They also assist in directing the congregation to the front to the church during communion. Contact: Chas Howbert