Spiritual Formation

Spiritua Formation
The Trinity Lutheran College community centers around learning, service, worship, and prayer. Engaging our Christian faith in traditional and creative ways, we share the common purpose of equipping one another for lives that serve Jesus Christ.

The worship life at Trinity is an experiential learning laboratory, where emerging leaders are living out their faith in authentic and innovative ways that will shape tomorrow’s church. The Trinity community is engaged in this shared mission, and together—students, faculty, staff, guests, and friends—we join in the work of making disciples, discerning vocations, and seeking to proclaim the Gospel in a manner that is meaningful and powerful in our complex and ever-changing world.

Trinity is committed to the spiritual growth of each student. In order to facilitate spiritual growth, both individually and corporately, each member of the community is encouraged to participate regularly in our Chapel and Community Building.

Chapel worship is an interactive experience that draws from the deep resources of the Christian tradition while seeking new and innovative ways to engage and express our shared spiritual journey—particularly though the arts. Rooted in our Lutheran identity, Chapel draws on the gifts of all the members of our community—both within Trinity and in the wider community. If you have a way in which you’d like to contribute to the life of worship at Trinity, contact the Campus Pastor. 

Each person is encouraged to worship regularly with and participate in a local congregation. 

Spiritual and Vocational Conversation and Counseling

The campus pastor is available to all members of the Trinity community for conversation, pastoral counseling, support in time of crisis, and prayer. Pastor Samuelson is also a great resource person for helping with discerning your vocation, navigating the stress of college, and connecting you to spiritual resources and communities.

Pastor Erik also coordinates our first year experience course—Vocation and Formation—which will give you opportunities to have deep conversation with your peers, encounter faculty members in a more personal way, and help you get up to speed on the rich resources available to you in the Living-Learning Community of Trinity Lutheran College.

Worship Opportunities

Chapel: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11: a.m.

Three times a week our entire community pauses to read scripture, reflect, pray, and worship together.  Chapel services are rooted in Lutheran Christian understandings of worship, scripture, and sacrament, while drawing on a wide variety of Christian practices and worship styles.  Chapel is a participatory time when our entire community is invited to share our gifts to the glory of God—and we often experiment with creative ways to worship.

Mondays: Service of the Word
A time of community worship centered in scripture featuring students, faculty, staff, and guests leading music, speaking, and facilitating interactive worship.

Wednesdays: Holy Communion
Along with preaching and music, we gather around the Lord’s Supper.  Visiting clergy, or our campus pastor, preside at the table—which is open to all Christians regardless of denominational affiliation. 

Fridays: Community Prayer
A time to share prayer concerns (ours and from others), to spend some time in prayer together (and for one another), and work together to encourage and support prayer efforts at the College. We also experiment with different forms of prayer—Taizé, Holden, Iona, interactive, labyrinth, ancient forms, etc. 

Other Opportunities:

Emmaus Community: Sundays 6-7 p.m. in the Commons
Three area Lutheran Churches and Trinity Lutheran College are partners in this emerging missional community that gathers for weekly communion, innovative worship, and missional work in the community.  Emmaus also sponsors quarterly events to serve the wider Everett community.  “The Rides of March” is taking place March 18th with Irish Food, Craft Root Beer, Music, and distribution of Everett Transit bus tickets to those who need them.  www.emmaus-community.org

Prayer and Praise:  Tuesday Evenings (check schedule for times and locations)
A student led worship service centering on prayer and praise.

Refuge: Thursday Evenings (check schedule for times and locations)
A student-led worship service that is sometimes experimental, sometimes very casual, always a time of encounter with God and other another.

Sunday Worship at Local Congregations
Contact Pastor Erik for more information about local congregations.  We also, from time to time, make “field trips” to various congregations in the wider regional area.  Church of the Apostles, Church of the Beloved, Matins at St. Mark’s Cathedral, and Mars Hill are on our list for this semester. 

Student Prayer and Bible Study Groups
Contact the Spiritual Life Commissioner for more information

Service Projects
Our Campus Ministry office organizes college wide service projects and experiences.  Contact Pastor Erik for more information.

Chapel Planning Class
This one-credit class meets weekly to plan chapel worship, and through that experiential learning to empower students to grow in their ability to plan and lead worship.  Also, this group experiments with creative and innovative worship forms.

Tuesday Nights with the Missionaries
Our Missionaries in Residence host a weekly evening gathering for students with food, discussion, and prayer.