At Trinity UCC our worship is a joyful blend of traditional and contemporary styles as we meet to praise of God beginning at 10:00 each Sunday morning. From the bells of the carillon, which are played most weeks, to hand chimes and rhythm instruments played by worshippers, music is an integral part of worship. Our adult vocal choir and handbell choir offer music from fall till spring; in the summer, special music is offered by congregation members and friends. Youth and children offer an entire worship service in December and provide worship leadership along with adults throughout the year. Likewise, communion is celebrated by children and adults alike—all are welcome to join us around Christ’s table on the first Sunday of each month.
Some of our special worship services include our candlelight Christmas Eve and the first Sunday following Easter. During Lent, we gather for a special services including Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
Although we are mindful of the traditions of our worshippers, we are also always open to new suggestions for meaningful worship as the need arises (e.g. drama, prayer vigils, and taize aspects). All are welcome to all of our worship opportunities, to partake of the sacrament, and to participate as fully as one wishes.
Come and make a joyful noise unto the Lord!
Featuring the only manually played carillon in Bucks County and the first American made set of carillon bells (1929), this 90 year old Schneider Carillon was initially installed at the church’s original site in North Philadelphia. When the church relocated to Bucks County in the 1960s, the carillon was moved and housed in its current open steel structure atop a small playing cabin.
The first two octaves of bells (24) of the Schneider Carillon were cast in 1929 by the Meneely Foundry in Watervliet, New York and presented by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schneider in memory of their Belgium‑born parents. Since these bells were cast in New York, the Schneider Carillon has the distinction of being the first conceived and produced, American-made manual carillon in North America. Up to that point in time, carillons were imported from France, England, or The Netherlands. Because of this distinction and historical importance, the carillon received multiple grants for its renovation in 1999-2000.
Additional octaves were added in 1955 and 1976 respectfully. There are now 49 bells comprising a fully chromatic 4‑octave carillon. The bourdon weighs 1.5 tons; the smallest bell a mere 13 pounds.
Close to 100 years old and making it's way up from the original church site in Philadelphia, this remarkable organ contains hundreds of pipes contributing to a vintage, robust, and divine sound. Believe it or not, the church design has this magnificent instrument at the heart of it. This is an original Austin organ, Opus 1678 , dating back to 1928. It is marked with 3 manuals and 20 ranks and when cranked up to full intake, the organ fills the entire church and beyond with music that fills heart and soul reaching further still upwards to resonate with the heavens above. We are blessed to house such an instrument.
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