Worship Space

0405151019aOn Advent III, in December 2006, we began worshiping in our new church building. The building was designed for worship according to The Book of Common Prayer. Although it is a contemporary space, it has ancient, medieval, and Renaissance features designed to enrich our worship through an appreciation of our heritage. The acoustics in the new building are outstanding and have won raves from orchestras and choirs that have performed in it.

The flexibility of the worship space allows for many uses beyond Sunday Eucharist. Again, this flexibility marks a return to the practice of the great churches and cathedrals of England and Europe that served as everything from markets to hospitals when necessary. We believe that God in Christ is truly present there whenever and for whatever reason we meet.

Holy Trinity worships from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. Our worship is reverent but not stuffy. We try to balance the mystery of the faith with its joy. We also believe that children learn the faith by being present for worship. Therefore, children are welcome to all our worship services. Nursery care for children up to age six is available at the 10:30 service on Sunday, but parents are welcome to have their children with them for the entire service.

Labyrinth

One outstanding feature of our worship space is the labyrinth set into the tiled floor.

Holy Trinity's Labyrinth

photo credit: James Robinson, Fayetteville Observer

Labyrinth walking in an ancient practice used by men and women of the Church for spiritual centering, contemplation and prayer. Entering the serpentine path of a labyrinth, the walker walks slowly while quieting their mind and focusing on a spiritual question or prayer. They are used for walking meditation to assist us in finding peace and clarity, managing stress, assisting with decision making, self-exploration and reflection.
A labyrinth can also provide the opportunity to examine goals, assess talents and abilities, make decisions, and evaluate progress, both personally and professionally. Others view walking a labyrinth as a metaphor for life’s journey – a journey to your deepest self, where you come back into the world with a clearer understanding of yourself. It is seen and used for different reasons by different individuals.

DSC_9046 A labyrinth is not a maze. It has only one path to the center and back out, which is the meaning of the term unicursal (one line). It has no blind alleys or dead ends. The path twists and turns back on itself many times before reaching the center. Once at the center, there is only one way back out. In this way, it symbolizes a journey to a single destination (such as a pilgrimage to a holy site), or the journey through life from birth to spiritual awakening to death.

Holy Trinity’s labyrinth is open for walking the first Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. Docents are on hand to explain and assist, and an orientation video is shown at 7:00 sharp. We invite everyone to come and try this ancient spiritual practice.