Who we are
The word “Synod” in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod comes from the Greek words that mean “walking together.” It has rich meaning in our church body, because our congregations voluntarily choose to belong to the Synod. Diverse in their service, these congregations hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. The congregations of the Synod are “confessional.” They hold to the Lutheran Confessions as the correct interpretation.
Would you like to know more about the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and presentation of Biblical doctrine? Contained in The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, these statements of belief were put into writing by church leaders during the 16th century. The simplest of these is Luther’s Small Catechism. The Augsburg Confession gives more detail on what Lutherans believe.
Who Is Jesus?
For hundreds of years, Christians around the world (Lutherans included) have answered the question “Who is Jesus?” by repeating one of the church’s most ancient creeds: the Apostles’ Creed. The word “creed” simply means “I believe.” The Apostles’ Creed summarizes in a few short statements what the Bible teaches about the true God.
The creed begins: “I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.”
According to the Bible, there is only one God, the almighty, all-knowing Creator of all, who mercifully provides for the needs of His creatures. In love, God originally created human beings in His image: perfect and sinless.
In sinful pride, our first parents rebelled against God and brought sin, death and suffering to the entire human race. But God’s love for His sinful creatures could not be quenched. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to rescue sinful humanity by His perfect life, redeeming death, and glorious resurrection from the dead.
Thus, the creed continues: “I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.”
According to the Bible, Jesus is both true God and true man. He is one with the Father and the Holy Spirit from all eternity: three persons, but only one God (the “Triune God”). But He is also true man, a human being like us in every way-except for sin. As true God and true man, Jesus lived the perfect life that we could never live.
He suffered and died on the cross to pay the price for all of our sins. He rose from the dead to seal and proclaim His victory over sin, death and the devil. Then He ascended into heaven where He rules in power and glory, until the day when He returns to judge the living and the dead.
Jesus has done everything necessary to accomplish the salvation of all people. Therefore, the Bible’s answer to the question, “How can I be saved?” is a very simple one: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” [Acts 16:31]. According to Scripture, salvation comes not by “living a good life” or “trying to be a good person,” since “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” [Romans 3:23]. Salvation is a free gift of God, which comes through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” [Romans 6:23].
The third and final article of the Apostles’ Creed explains how faith in Jesus is possible. The creed concludes: “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.”
According to the Bible, we are not able to trust in Jesus by our own strength, power or wisdom. The Holy Spirit, working through the Gospel-the Good News about Jesus Christ as revealed in the Scriptures-enables us and empowers us to believe.
The Holy Spirit also sustains and strengthens our faith and makes us members of Christ’s body, the church. Joining with other believers to hear God’s Word and receive His sacraments (Baptism and the Lord’s Supper), we receive forgiveness for our sins and strength to live lives that are pleasing to God and bring blessing to us and to others. We look forward in hope and eager anticipation to Christ’s second coming, when He will bring us and all believers to our true, heavenly home, where the glory and beauty of God’s creative work will be fully and perfectly restored.
Trinity Lutheran Church, along with The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod practices “Close, Closed, or Fellowship” communion. With this practice, we stand firm on our belief that this sacrament should be celebrated in the unity of faith. We kindly ask any non-member visitor to speak with one of our Pastors before attending the Sacrament here for the first time. We have an understanding of the Sacrament that is different from what is taught by some other Lutherans and all other Christian denominations. In addition, we believe that it is a communion of fellowship and agreement in all we believe, teach, and confess as Lutheran Christians. We want you to understand our beliefs and practices before you commune with us.
Every communicant should sign and mark an attendance card before approaching the Lord’s Table.
Holy Baptism is not just plain water, but it is the water included in God’s command and combined with God’s Word. What’s so special about a handful of simple water? Nothing, until God connects His Word to it! In Baptism, that is exactly what God is doing. He combines His life-creating and life-giving Word with the waters of Holy Baptism, and thereby we are born again of water and the Spirit (John 3:5)
Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Matthew: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt.28:19). It works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare. Which are these words and promises of God? Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Mark: “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16)
Kantor Lock – Organ / Music Director.
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Trinity has been blessed with a talented and committed group of individuals. The purpose of music in the Lutheran Church has been consistent throughout the ages: To teach that we are saved by faith in Christ Jesus not by our own merits. Trinity continues to regard this practice of great importance in our music.
We incorporate the following groups into our Divine Service:
- Adult Choir
- Childrens Choir
- Adult Handbell Choir
- Childrens Handbell Choir
- Various Brass, and Woodwind Instruments
The Trinity Lutheran Church Council contains the following boards:
- Member Care
- ECLC – (Early Childhood Learning Center)
- School – (Christian Education)
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