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Located at the corner of High & Court Streets in the heart of Olde Town Portsmouth.  

From Norfolk/Virginia Beach traveling Interstate 264 W, take the Downtown Portsmouth Exit just after the Downtown Tunnel, keep right to Downtown/Crawford Street.  Turn left at the light (Court Street). Trinity is 3 blocks on the left.

From Suffolk traveling Interstate 264 E, take the last exit before the tunnel towards Crawford Street. Turn left onto Court Street, Trinity is 3 blocks on the left.

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Worship is at the heart of our life together.  It is reverent and rooted in tradition.  Our gathering sends us forth to live as God's people in the world.  Here you will find a spiritual home where all are welcome, where we treasure the diversity of the whole human family, and where we grow into a more authentic, real community.

As a community, we have a heart for mission, a passion for justice, an openness to questioning, and a deep reverence for the earth, the wonder of life, and the presence of God in both suffering and joy.

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Through the ages the basic pattern for Christian worship on Sunday has included both the reading of scripture and Holy Communion.  The liturgy of the word has its origin in the Jewish synagogue service of scripture readings, psalms, hymns, and prayers.  The Eucharist is what makes Christian worship unique as we share the bread and cup, remembering the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Weekly communion is a deep source of spiritual nourishment and we observe this practice at both Sunday services.

All baptized Christians (including children who have received Eucharistic instruction) are welcome at the Lord's Table and others are invited to come forward for a blessing. The assembly may receive the wine from a common cup or by intinction. Gluten-free wafers are available upon request.

Elizabeth Votive

Holy Water stations are placed at each entrance to the church, reminding us that baptism is at the heart of our Christian identity, for it is our entrance into the community of faith.  The water is a visible reminder of the day-to-day character of Baptism.  As you enter the church, you are invited to dip your hand in the water and  make the sign of the cross, a way in which we use our bodies to remember the covenant God make with us at the font of rebirth.

The paschal candle is placed next to the baptismal font, to show that in baptism we share Christ's death and resurrection.  It is lighted at baptisms and funerals revealing that in death our baptism is complete as we share Christ's victory over death.

The sign of the cross has been made by Christians since earliest times.  Originally a small cross was made with the thumb on the forehead. Later, the sign was made as we make it today, with the whole hand from forehead to breast and then from shoulder to shoulder.  We make the sign of the cross in remembrance of our baptism. The sign of the cross reminds us that worship involves our whole bodies, not only our minds and hearts.  An outward gesture such as this can help to shape our inner spirituality.

Our liturgy is made up not only of words, music, and ritual actions, but also of silence.  Prayer is more than speaking to God; it can also be seen as a stance of openness to the presence of God. In our busy and noise-filled lives it is often very difficult to be still and savor silence. The brief periods of silence in the liturgy are an important balance to the words and music of the service.  Silence before the confession and following the sermon allow a few moments for personal reflection or peaceful quiet.

The Christian life is shaped and disciplined not only by teaching and instruction in the faith, but first and foremost through worship.  Participation in the liturgy, with its hymnody and music, plays a crucial role in forming Christians, young and old.  Music, apart from its association with texts, participates in the proclamation of the Word as it faithfully reflects in its own terms the honesty, integrity, truthfulness, beauty, and winsomeness of the Gospel; it is never simply functional or utilitarian. At Trinity, we affirm that music as God's creation and gift requires a concern for craft and integrity of composition.

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