Our Lord speaks and we
listen. His Word bestows what it says. Faith that is born from what
is heard acknowledges the gifts received with eager thankfulness and
praise. Music is drawn into this thankfulness and praise, enlarging
and elevating the adoration of our gracious giver God. Saying back to Him what He has said to us,
we repeat what is most true and sure. Most true and sure is His
name, which He put upon us with the water of our Baptism. We are
His. This we acknowledge at the beginning of the Divine Service.
Where His name is, there is He. Before Him we acknowledge that we
are sinners, and we plead for forgiveness. His forgiveness is given
us, and we, freed and forgiven, acclaim Him as our great and
gracious God as we apply to ourselves the words He has used to make
Himself known to us.
The rhythm of our
worship is from Him to us, and then from us back to Him. He gives
His gifts, and together we receive and extol them. We build one
another up as we speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and
spiritual songs. Our Lord gives us His body to eat and His blood to
drink. Finally His blessing moves us out into our calling, where His
gifts have their fruition. How best to do this we may learn from His
Word and from the way His Word has prompted His worship through the
centuries. We are heirs of an
astonishingly rich tradition. Each generation receives from those
who went before and, in making that tradition of the Divine Service
its own, adds what best may serve in its own day—the living heritage
and something new. (Excerpted from
Introduction to Lutheran Worship)
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You are invited to worship on Sundays at 10:00am.
We celebrate Holy
Communion on the first Sunday of the month for most of the year, and
on the first and third Sundays of the month during the winter. You
may consult our weekly worship bulletin
for more information. It is generally updated on Saturday evening
for the following Sunday service.
The recently published
Lutheran Service Book
provides a rich variety of service orders and
hymns for worship at Trinity. Worship and sermon themes
generally follow the
Church Year and its
appointed Scripture readings.
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During Lent we have special services
on Wednesdays at 7:00pm with special themes related to the
season. Other special services include Thanksgiving Day at 10:00am, Christmas
Eve Candlelight Service on December 24 at 7:00pm, Christmas Day and
New Year’s Day at
10:00am, and Maundy Thursday and Good Friday at
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Trinity celebrates the
Sacrament of Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month for most of
the year, and on first and third Sundays during the winter months. Because partaking of Holy
Communion in a church-body is a profession that you agree with the
doctrines of that particular church-body, visitors and guests who are
not currently members of another congregation of The Lutheran
Church-Missouri Synod are kindly asked to please make an appointment to
visit with the pastor before taking communion at Trinity. For more
information you may consult the tract
Questions About Communion
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Children in Worship
Often, guests and prospective
members ask if children are welcome in the worship service. Of
course, what they mean is, “My child is young and can sometimes be
‘active.’ Will this upset anyone in the church?” No! We love
having children in worship, learning that it is a
place for them to be, getting used to participating in the worship
service as they grow up. If they make some noise, that is just
their way of praising God! We have children’s “quiet bags”
available and children’s sermons about every other Sunday. The article
Children in Worship from the LCMS
Department of Worship has
great ideas for helping make worship a meaningful experience for
We do have a parents’ room adjacent to the Sanctuary
for those parents who need to step out with a child, equipped with speakers so that you can hear the
service while out with your children.
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Our beautiful Sanctuary, constructed in 1958,
provides a worshipful setting for our services. A special
feature is the large, east-facing stained-glass window above the
altar, which floods the Sanctuary with colorful light. As a
tribute the name of our congregation this window features symbols of
the three Persons of the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
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Trinity is blessed with an excellent, historic
pipe organ and several fine organists. A piano and a Roland
keyboard are also used to enrich our worship.
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Choir and Tone Chimes
Trinity has a strong tradition of an excellent
Choir, which sings for worship several dozen times a year, as well
as a Tone Chimes Choir. See the
picture at the top of this page of them performing together at
Christmas. We are
blessed with extremely fine acoustics in our Sanctuary and balcony,
which enhances our singing and enriches our worship experience.
All are welcome to participate!
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A couple’s wedding day is one of the most
significant and memorable events in their lives. Because of the deeply
emotional nature of this day, those who wish to hold their weddings
at Trinity will usually have a close attachment
Trinity in particular or the Lutheran Church in general. If
you do not have a Lutheran background, but are interested in having
your wedding at Trinity and finding
a new church home as you begin your new life together, you are
invited to contact Pastor
Vogts about taking our
Class to become members.
Weddings at Trinity are generally
limited to when at least one of the couple is a member of Trinity, or a member of another congregation of the
Synod (LCMS). This courtesy is also extended to members of
several other Lutheran bodies in North America, including
the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), Evangelical
Lutheran Synod (ELS),
Association of American Lutheran
Lutheran Church-Canada (LCC),
well as the
several dozen Lutheran bodies worldwide with
which the LCMS is in
fellowship and has exchange agreements.
Subject to approval by Trinity’s pastor, it is possible to use
such as the Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, or Shelter House, for a
wedding and have someone other than Trinity’s pastor perform the
if the officiant is a pastor associated with the LCMS or another of
these particular Lutheran bodies. However, the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), North
American Lutheran Church (NALC), and Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ
(LCMC) do not have such an exchange agreement with the LCMS.
Therefore, the pastor of Trinity generally does not perform weddings
for those affiliated with the ELCA, NALC, or LCMC, and it is not possible for ELCA,
or LCMC clergy to conduct weddings at Trinity.
Using any of Trinity’s facilities for weddings or
receptions is also governed by the limitation stated in the
congregation’s Constitution: “No property of any kind of this
congregation, including but not limited to the Sanctuary, Fellowship
Hall, Shelter House, and church grounds, shall be used for any activity
which conflicts with the confessional standard set forth in Article III
of this Constitution, including but not limited to weddings, funerals,
and other religious services, and receptions, celebrations, and other
events, both religious and non-religious. Determination of eligibility
shall rest with the Board of Elders, in consultation with the Pastor.”
(Article X – Doctrinal Conformity in Use of Church Property)
If you wish to discuss having your wedding at Trinity, please introduce yourself to the pastor following a
worship service and request an appointment with
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Those anticipating they will eventually have their
funeral at Trinity Lutheran Church and/or burial in Trinity Lutheran
Cemetery are encouraged to pre-plan certain aspects of their funeral
and burial with Trinity’s
Pastor. He is happy
to meet with you about this, or our
Funeral Planning Worksheet can simply be submitted to him for placement in the church’s
Funerals are generally conducted by Trinity’s
Pastor for members of Trinity Lutheran Church or those with whom he
otherwise has a pastoral relationship.
Because a funeral is a worship service, funerals at Trinity may only
be conducted by the congregation’s Pastor or other Pastors affiliated
with the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
Though a funeral is a time for family and
friends to remember and give thanks for the deceased, as noted above it is also
considered a Lutheran worship service, especially when held at the
church. It is therefore
suggested, though not required, that the order of funeral service
and hymns be from our congregation’s hymnal, Lutheran Service
Book. Other hymns, solos, and items like poems that
are desired by the family but not found in our hymnal may also be
used, so long as they do not conflict with Lutheran teaching.
For example, the song “Ave Maria” is a prayer directed to
the Virgin Mary, which is contrary to Biblical doctrine (1 Timothy
2:5), and therefore should not be included in a Protestant service.
Rather than eulogies given by family or
friends, it is suggested these memories and sentiments be
communicated to the Pastor for inclusion in his sermon or the
obituary that he will read as part of the service. Rites recognizing service in the military, law
enforcement, firemen, etc. are welcome.
However, rites of fraternal organizations such as the Masons
are not appropriate, either as part of the funeral itself or at the
Pastor cannot participate in funerals or committals, at any
location, which will include rites by such fraternal organizations.
Funerals and/or visitations can be held at
either the church or the funeral home, depending on the wishes of
The services of Trinity’s Pastor, use of the
church, and burial plot in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery are provided
without charge. However,
gifts and donations are appreciated, especially for upkeep of the
cemetery. The actual opening of the grave and other matters
associated with the committal are arranged by the funeral home and
included in their overall cost for the funeral.
Trinity’s organists are happy to play for your
loved one’s funeral. Payment
for their services is generally included by the funeral home as part
of their overall cost for the funeral.
If not, please provide the organist with an honorarium. Trinity’s ladies group will be happy to serve a
funeral luncheon in our Fellowship Hall.
The family can have it catered or otherwise provide the food
to be served, or can reimburse the ladies group for the cost to
purchase food that they prepare.
In good weather some may desire to hold the funeral luncheon
at Trinity’s Shelter House adjacent to
our cemetery. It is an excellent facility and beautiful setting,
and can be used without charge if not otherwise
because the Shelter House does not have a full kitchen, the family
or a caterer they engage will need to prepare and serve meals held
there, rather than Trinity’s ladies group.
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Trinity Lutheran Cemetery
Trinity Lutheran Cemetery is owned and operated by Trinity
Burial plots are provided
without charge to members and former members of the congregation
and immediate family.
Donations are appreciated to help with upkeep of the
Please note that since 1868 Trinity has
followed an “old world” custom of making burials in our cemetery
in chronological order of death, without the possibility of
reserving adjacent plots for spouses or other loved ones.
Please keep this in mind if it is important for you to be
buried next to your spouse or other loved ones, as there can be
no exceptions to this practice. There are several other cemeteries in the
vicinity where adjacent plots can be purchased. The funeral
service, visitation, and funeral luncheon can still be held at
Trinity, with Trinity’s Pastor conducting the funeral and the
committal held at the other cemetery.
Because Trinity Lutheran Cemetery is
consecrated ground and an integral part of the congregation’s
property dedicated to serving the Lord in accordance with the
teachings of the Lutheran Church, committal services or other
graveside rites or ceremonies in our cemetery can only be
conducted by Trinity’s Pastor or other Pastors affiliated with
the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
Both upright headstones and flush grave
markers are allowed in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.
To ensure proper placement that will not
disturb or impinge upon other graves, and proper installation
that will avoid maintenance issues, all permanent headstones and
grave markers must be acquired through and installed by a funeral home
or other professional monument firm; be of good quality granite,
marble, or other durable stone suitable for such purpose; and
have a proper footing.
Grave liners or burial vaults are required
in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery to alleviate maintenance issues
from soil subsidence.
It is strongly encouraged that
headstones and grave markers
give testimony to the Christian faith of the deceased.
That is the primary purpose of a Christian grave
monument, not only to mark the location of the deceased’s grave,
but to bear witness to their saving faith in Christ and
assurance of eternal life.
Many fine examples of such sayings and Bible verses can
be found throughout our cemetery. It would be helpful to note
Funeral Planning Worksheet
you would like on your
headstone or grave marker.
Although wide latitude is allowed in the
design of such monuments based on the preferences of the deceased or
family, because Trinity Lutheran Cemetery is consecrated ground
obviously nothing can be permitted on a monument, either
wording, symbols, or pictures, that is contrary to Christian
propriety or Lutheran teaching.
Examples include any kind of
profane images or inscriptions; non-Christian or expressly
non-Protestant religious symbols or sayings; and Masonic symbols. In the unlikely event that a monument is
installed that includes something inappropriate, Trinity
Lutheran Church will work with the family to have it corrected,
but ultimately reserves the right to have the monument altered
or removed. If you
have any questions about what you would like included on a
monument please consult with
Also, funeral homes and other monument providers are
happy, and actually prefer, to provide the Pastor with a proof
for approval before creating and installing a monument.
Please consult with Trinity’s Pastor if you have any other questions about funerals at
Trinity Lutheran Church or burials in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.