Worship Team

We help provide musical, liturgical, and other support for the sharing of God’s love and spirit, as expressed through many forms of worship.

Our worship ministries include: Sunday morning worship and music planning, Special seasonal worship, Assignment and training of worship assistants for each service, Support of adult choirs, bell choir, liturgical dance group, and drama productions.

The Season of Advent

Posted by Mark Donahue on Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 11:18 AM

Awake! ~ Worshipping in the Dawn  (December 3-24)

“Awake!” captures the focus of our Advent worship experiences.  When one awakes in the early dawn on a clear day at this time of year, the sky turns from the near-black to deep, brilliant blue before the sun appears.  Before the sun actually appears, the hushed sounds of the early dawn trigger anticipation of the bright, new day ahead.  In our Advent worship, we are awakening to the “dawn” of the new church year before Christ’s birth, anticipating in wonder what and how the Lord of Light will impact our lives, communities and world.  

When you arrive at HTELC to worship, the color and decorations in the entrance and gathering area remind us that we are waking to the birth of Christ.  As you walk into the Sanctuary, the overhead draping’s rise toward the light above as a reminder that our Advent journey is not short-term and stationary, but one that encourages us to experience all the elements of preparing for the birth of Christ.    

The Sanctuary is highlighted with deep, royal blue – the color of Advent – in the altar clothes, banners, Advent candles, stain-glassed windows and garland bows.  Advent blue is even in the vestments of the worship leaders.   On close examination, you’ll see blue in the   iridescence of the overhead draping’s - as well as green, red and white, other colors of the upcoming church year.

The worship service itself also helps us to Awake! in  preparing  for and anticipating the coming of Christ the King.   A different family each week lights the Advent candles using a common simple hymn at both worship services.  The weekly lectionary readings and sermon each week change to as we focus on the various aspects the Advent journey.    The choirs use music that enhance our Advent journey.

On some Advent Sundays, our worship services will be boosted by contributions from the liturgical dancers, bell choir, Confirmation students and others.   There will be one service on Sunday, December 17, the Children’s Christmas Program.

May your Advent journey awaken you to the peace, hope and grace of Christ in your life! 


Why Royal Blue Is the Advent Color

Throughout most of the northern hemisphere, both royal blue and deep purple were historically used by and for royalty because those dyes were rare and expensive.   Early Christians assumed these color choices to symbolize the spiritual royalty of Christ the King.  In many mainline churches today, including ours, royal blue is now the Advent color in contrast to  the penitential deep purple of Lent.   

The Worship Team's Vision Statement

Posted by Mark Donahue on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ 11:53 AM

Returning to two Sunday Worship services.

Starting on Sunday September 10th, the Sunday two worship service format begins again for 2017- 2018 program year. The first Sunday worship service begins at 8:30 AM, with a “contemporary” approach and the second Sunday worship service begins at 11:00 AM, with a “traditional” approach.

During the time between these two worship services, members and guests of all ages can share in fellowship, partake of continuing biblical study and/or share thoughts in adult forums.

Come join us!

Worship and Music Teams Vision Statement

The three Worship and Music teams (8:30, 11:00, and Wednesday night) have adopted a vision statement to be used in the formation of our worship services. We would like you to read the Vision Statement, reflect upon your worship experiences by reflecting upon two questions and then share your answers to members of the Worship and Music teams.


Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church will increasingly offer inspiring worship which propels us to live out Christ in daily living, in which the Holy breaks into our lives and builds a Christian community through liturgies that are carefully crafted and rehearsed, music that is singable, memorable, participatory and flexible, and all liturgical arts. We do this for the glory of God for the sake of the world.


Reflecting upon your worship experience, what are the ways that our worship services bring you closer to God, thereby accomplishing our vision statement?

What are some ideas about worship and music that you feel we should consider to help us bring God into our lives, helping to achieve our vision statement?


Steven Bauer, Chris Berg, Leslie Lynne Darling, Ron Indorf, Dorothy Kasik, Julie Moore, Glenn Oswald, and Rich Swiatocha

Our prayers go out for God’s comfort for those effected by Hurricane Harvey.

Summer Worship & Music

Posted by Mark Donahue on Thursday, June 29, 2017 @ 2:11 PM

Our summer worship is underway. All summer services take place at 9:30 am through Sunday, September 3.  Here are some special services for this summer:

  •          July 9: Worship and Organ recital by Laura Belanger
  •          July 16: Hymn Sing during the service
  •          August 13: Worship service with The Greatest Gift, gospel group.
  •          There will also be an outside worship service in July and in August.

We hope to see you all for summer worship!

Worship Assistants handbook

Posted by Mark Donahue on Thursday, June 29, 2017 @ 2:10 PM

The Worship and Music team is putting together a Worship Assistants handbook to describe the roles of each type of worship assistant. There are many of you who have or are currently serving as a worship assistant. We would like each of you to contribute in the writing of the job description for the various assistants. Please submit a description for any and all worship assistant roles you for which you participated in the past or presently. Notes and letters can be put in Yvonne Topping’s mailbox or emails can be sent to Mark Donahue, our office coordinator. Please consider doing this soon!

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