Holy Trinity is a church zealously committed to not allowing busyness, numerical growth, buildings, programming or preoccupation with “success” to trump relationships. A place where guests are warmly welcomed and regular attenders know and are known by others. Where real life-on-life community and discipleship take place. Where people are dead serious about deepening their relationship with the Lord, growing in Christlikeness, loving their neighbors and communicating the good news of Jesus in word and deed. Where everyone chips in, serving others in the power of God’s Spirit with the gifts He gives us. Where compassionate outreach to our community and the world is a natural outgrowth of our gratitude as God’s “beloved ones”.
Deeply rooted in the historic Christian tradition, yet responsive to contemporary issues and concerns, the church is a gathering of broken and blessed people seeking to live lives of faithful discipleship in our fractured, post-Christian world. It weaves together elements of the ancient, evangelical and continuationist traditions into a tapestry of worship, discipleship, fellowship and service.
The worship services observe the ancient four movements that have characterized divine services from the earliest days of the Church (and, before that, the Hebrew people), not in a slavishly mechanical way but as general rhythms informing our time together. The four movements are: (1) Gathering – where we call God’s covenant people to worship Him, following His gracious invitation to join our High Priest and the multitudes in heaven surrounding God’s throne, confessing our sins, celebrating His forgiveness, entering His courts with praise, humility, reverence and gratitude (2) Communing – through song and sacrament, enjoying the fellowship of God and the redeemed community, (3) Listening – carefully and prayerfully attending to God’s holy Word, which nourishes our souls and guides our lives, responding to it in faith, and giving prayerful attention to whatever prophetic words God might be speaking to us and through us, and (4) Sending – Receiving God’s benediction of grace as we reengage our world in the love of Christ and the power of His Spirit, doing the “good works” that God “prepared in advance for us to do” (Eph 2:10).
The services are not a one- (or three- or ten-) person show but involve many different men and women` using their Spirit-given gifts of teaching, exhorting, leading, worshipping, praying, prophesying, etc. We discover the depths of God’s Word together. We hear testimonies weekly of what God is doing in and among us. We offer prayers for those needing it at each service for salvation, physical healing, emotional healing, etc. Holy communion is celebrated weekly. Select liturgical elements—responsive readings, scripture readings, traditional prayers, the Apostle’s/Nicene Creed, benedictions, etc.—guide our worship in responsiveness to the Holy Spirit.
Our worship is embodied, using the whole of who we are in grateful adoration of who God is, working against a purely rationalistic, cognitive or intellectual approach to God. Raising our hands, kneeling, prostrating, bowing, making the sign of the cross are common expressions of awe and love in Christian worship and welcomed here.
The church follows the course of the liturgical calendar, which essentially retells the story of Christ each year, helping us to “retrace His steps” as part of our own spiritual journeys. This is not a rote devotion to an inflexible model but a general pattern of living that helps us imaginatively participate in the biblical narrative.
Our name, “Holy Trinity” expresses the centrality of the triune God in our individual and corporate life. God—Father, Son and Spirit—is the source, means and end of all existence (Rom 11:36). “Holy Trinity” seeks to preserve the mystery of God’s beauty and holiness in its infinite wonder, without reducing God to manageable size. We are deeply aware that everything we are and do grows out of the being, plans and actions of the blessed holy Trinity.
Salvation isn’t a legal fix to avoid hell; it is a matter of being taken up into the loving embrace of the Father, Son and Spirit, sharing with them the affection, laughter and life they’ve shared from eternity past, having the substance of our beings transformed in the process. But salvation doesn’t stop with us. We are chosen and called to “image” Him to the rest of creation, re-presenting Him to those around us in compassion and truth. As we live out His love, righteousness and grace, we demonstrate to the world what He is like, sharing with others our time, possessions and selves in love, just as Jesus gave Himself in love to us.
Holy Trinity is one new expression of the Body of Christ in Chico. We do not imagine it to be the only expression nor the “best”, but merely one that authentically grows out of both the Biblical story and God’s unique calling on us as a localized expression of His larger body. Holy Trinity celebrates and supports all our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the city as they faithfully preach the Gospel and represent Christ in word and action.