Church of the Holy Trinity is an Anglican congregation in Syracuse, New York. Founded in 2007, we purchased our current building as a permanent place of worship for our young parish in 2015. We are an intimate thriving Anglican parish making our home at 4876 Onondaga Road, Syracuse, New York. Join us if you are looking for a church which takes the Bible seriously, worships with traditional yet lively liturgy, and is open to the work of the Holy Spirit.
What are we all about as a church?
We are all about the gospel: the message of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, who lived a perfect life for us and died the death that we deserve in our place.
We believe that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit in a perfect Trinity of three Persons, yet one God. Jesus, the second Person of the Trinity, is both God and man. His death takes away the sin of the world, and he calls each of us to receive the free gift of salvation, through putting our trust in him, and to follow him as his disciples.
Our job is not to be perfect (and God knows that we are not), but we are forgiven in Christ. We are called to grow as disciples of Jesus and to bear witness to the gospel. We do this through our collective worship, our personal prayer and scripture reading, our seeking to follow his leading through the Holy Spirit, and by telling others about salvation through Jesus Christ.
We are Anglicans, meaning our worship is historical, liturgical, and connected to others around our country and the world. This faith in Jesus is relevant for our lives today. We are called to follow Jesus as our Lord and God in communion with others. Join us!
Our parish is Biblical. We take the bible seriously as God’s eternal word spoken for today.
Our parish is Liturgical. When we get together for congregational worship, we use the liturgies of the Eucharist, Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer based on the historic creeds of the Christian faith and the liturgy of the church throughout the ages.
Our parish is Spirit-Filled. We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us as we seek to spread the Good News of the salvation of Jesus Christ to our community.
Our parish is welcoming. It is a new congregation, hence we are all newcomers. We worship the LORD and God who created us in his image, redeemed us by the sacrifice on the cross of Jesus Christ as a substitionary atonement for our sins, and calls us to a life of holiness in this life and with him in his resurrection.
What is the Bible and why is it important?
At our church the Bible is considered the primary and most authoritative way in which God speaks to us. We believe that the Holy Spirit inspired the entire process of the creation of scripture to insure that what we have in our hands is the word of God and God’s principal way of revealing his will to us.
The Bible is God’s revelation to the world. We are not free to ignore it, change parts of it which we find uncomfortable, or to come up with tortured interpretations which allow us to accommodate it to the cultural fads of the day. We must take the scriptures seriously, and use them to follow the LORD's directions to us as Christians.
Why Liturgy Rather Than a Worship Service of Spontaneous Prayer?
Our Sunday morning worship follows a pattern of liturgical prayer which is two thousand years old. Our liturgy helps us relate to God through confession, thanksgiving, praise, petition, intercession, and adoration. The creed reminds us of the Holy Trinity (our namesake). Confession calls us to reflect upon our sin and ask God's help to amend our ways. Eucharistic prayer reminds us that Jesus makes a covenant between God and man. Holy Communion allows us a time to partake of Jesus just as the apostles did at the Last Supper. Hymns and songs contain words and music to engage us with God in his many aspects. The lectionary of three Bible readings walks us through the entire Bible so we engage with all of scripture, and not just part of it.
The Holy Spirit is vital to our identity and our worship.
The Holy Spirit is that person of God who comes to the individual Christian and dwells in us to lead and guide us. He points to Jesus. He is mentioned in the Old Testament. He came upon the apostles on the Day of Pentecost and continues to be active in the church.
The Holy Spirit continues to be alive and active in each who know Christ and seek to follow him as Lord and God. We have seen in our midst the gifts of healing and answered prayer. We know that without the work of the Holy Spirit, the Christian life is a dead set of beliefs which, while true, does not much affect the life of the Christian. But with the Holy Spirit working in the hearts of Christians, there is an aliveness and immediacy of God to his people.
Key points from the Jerusalem Declaration | FCA/GAFCON | June 2008
- We rejoice in the gospel of God through which we have been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
- We proclaim and submit to the unique and universal Lordship of Jesus Christ.
- We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God written and to contain all things necessary for salvation.
- We uphold the four Ecumenical Councils and the three historic Creeds [and] the Thirty-nine Articles.
- We rejoice in our Anglican sacramental and liturgical heritage.
- We uphold the classic Anglican Ordinal as an authoritative standard of clerical orders.
- We gladly accept the Great Commission of the risen Lord.
- We are mindful of our responsibility to be good stewards of God's creation, uphold and advocate justice in society, and to seek relief and empowerment of the poor and needy.
- We are committed to the unity of all those who know and love Christ and to building authentic ecumenical relationships.
- We celebrate the God-given diversity among us...acknowledge freedom in secondary matters...[and] pledge to work together to seek the mind of Christ on issues that divide us.
In the year 325 A.D. the bishops of the church gathered in the Turkish city of Nicea to decide how to deal with the claims of people who held many divergent beliefs about God the Father, Jesus the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit. These bishops wrote a statement of faith.
That statement, known as the Nicene Creed, is a definitive statement which describes what a Christian should believe about God. Whether you are an Anglican, a Roman Catholic, a Baptist, or a Christian who worships in a congregation unaffiliated with any denomination, the beliefs of the Nicene Creed are common to all Christians. We use this creed as a prayer in our worship services. It is a link among Christians of this age, and a link to believers going back 1700 years and before.