Summer Schedule

Summer Service Schedule

Trinity, Boulder Jct – 9:00 AM – Divine Service

Bethel Lutheran Chapel in Presque Isle will begin June 25 until Labor Day weekend

Service time: 11:00 AM

Spring Clean Up Day

Come and join us Saturday, May 20th for our spring clean up day around the building and grounds at Trinity.

Bring gloves, yard tools, etc. We need your help! Thanks!

The Light of Easter shining upon the darkness of fallen humanity

by Pastor Frahm

The light of Christ shines upon this dark and rebellious world that lives in lies, death, depravity, and much danger. The resurrection of our crucified Lord Jesus Christ stands in testimony of God’s love toward sinners. We baptized believers in Christ are not left to our own resources but have the proclamation of the Gospel of salvation that means that our sins against the infinite holy God are forgiven because of the atoning sacrifice of the Lamb of God. But wait! There’s more. This pardon of grace in Christ means also that we are being restored to the immortal, holy, humanity God intended and then some as we shall dwell in tlhe new heavens and new earth.

The incarnation of the eternal Son of the Father, who is of one essence with the Father, his humble, holy life, and His passion, death and bodily resurrection are the assumption of genuine humanity into God to pay the wage of all human transgression that we might become again by baptismal adoption and eucharistic nourishment what we were divinely designed to be. Human beings are not merely souls with a body or bodies with a soul. Neither are we merely material bodies only, as if the mind or soul were only the brain with electro-chemical reactions amounting merely to deterministic neurological programming. However we are both body and soul. A human being, as God made Adam and Eve, is body and soul and mind together in unity. Therein lies part of the tragedy and horror of our enemy death. It separates what God has joined together in the very creation of human life made in His image. And this is why murder in any form is so utterly despicable. We are not set apart from animals merely by degree.

To be a man or a woman is to be an instantiation of the image of God by His will and purpose. What is not according to God’s will and purpose is sin and its concomitant of death in its spiritual and physical dimensions. But the crucified and risen Jesus Christ have won the victory over these enemies and has silenced the accuser, Satan. We live in the historical time of the achievement of the new reign but in the shadow of the old which is falling and fading, to be put away for good on Judgement Day. The contrast between the light of Christ and the darkness of death and the devil will become more apparent. We are baptized into Christ, into the uncreated Light, and that cannot be overcome. Pray that by the Holy Spirit, the Word of God would work in you continually the power of the Light and the redemption that is ours. Pray that the Lord would keep you steadfast in that reliance until we shall behold the fulfillment of all things with our own eyes in flesh of immortality. Let us hold fast our confession without wavering and without distraction. Let us give and speak words of grace in Christ freely as we have received and offer up the sacrifice of thanksgiving generously that the Gospel would be preserved where we are place by God and where the Lord would send His Gospel into the world for the life of the world. Let us not grow weary but keep a loose hold on this world and latch on firmly to that which is eternally ours. And may the Spirit of Truth grant us wisdom to live and navigate the rough seas of this life knowing that the Lord is with us in the boat of His holy Church.

The Lutheran Confessions on God’s Purpose when you Endure Suffering and Afflictions in life

“Furthermore, this doctrine [eternal election] provides glorious consolation under the cross and amid temptations. In other words, God in His counsel, before the time of the world, determined and decreed that He would assist us in all distresses [anxieties and perplexities]. He determined to grant patience [under the cross], give consolation, nourish and encourage hope, and produce an outcome for us that would contribute to our salvation. Also, Paul teaches this in a very consoling way. He explains that God in His purpose has ordained before the time of the world by what crosses and sufferings He would conform every one of His elect to the image of His Son. His cross shall and must work together for good for everyone, because they are called according to God’s purpose. Therefore, Paul has concluded that it is certain and beyond doubt that neither ‘tribulation, or distress,’ neither ‘death nor life,’ or other such things ‘will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord’”

(FC SD XI 48–49, emphasis added). 

A Lutheran Understanding of Sound Christ-Centered Hymnody in the Divine Service Context

by Rev. John A. Frahm III

The Lutheran Church was historically known as “the singing church.”   The Lutheran Church is the church of such composers as Johann Sebastian Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude, Johann Pachelbel, Michael Praetorius, Hans Leo Hassler, and many others.   There is a particular form of hymn that is uniquely identified with the heritage of the Lutheran Church, known as the “chorale.”   Pre-Reformation hymns that Lutherans carried over were often known as “plainsong” based upon more melodic version of ancient chants.   Many of these canticles and chorales were turned into beautiful cantatas and other works by these classic Lutheran composers and joined to rich hymn texts which preached the Word of God. 

However, in America, many of the hymns some think of as “old Lutheran” hymns are really those associated not with our Lutheran heritage but with American tent-meeting revivalism and those of “gospel” radio programs from the early twentieth century.  These hymns reflect not Lutheran understandings of the Bible but primarily Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal or Presbyterian –- modern practices likewise.


The Latin phrase “Lex orandi, lex credendi” means the principle of prayer or worship is the principle of what is believed.   Or put more smoothly, how you worship and what you say shapes what you believe (and we would say, vice versa).   What you believe should shape how you worship.   Being a Christian is learning that fact for a lifetime.

Another way to say this in straightforward Lutheran terms is: doctrine determines practice.   Your confession of the faith determines what you sing, how you worship, and the proper administration of the Word and Sacraments.   Sound biblical doctrine is how the content of hymns and liturgy are evaluated.   The Scriptures and our Lutheran Confessions (the Book of Concord) are how we evaluate our practices.   Faith bears fruit in life.   Because of this Lutherans want hymns that preach the Word of God accurately and faithfully and are Christ-centered and not “me-centered.”   They are to teach not just express the sentiment of the one singing or composing the hymn.   For this reason old Lutheran hymnals often provided biblical citations to show the Scriptural basis for the hymn applications.   For Lutherans a hymn is a “sung sermon” delivered among the congregation members to one another and the pastor.   Other churches do not necessarily see them this way.

This means that for Lutherans there is a specific relationship between the hymns and the Scripture readings for the day in the Church Year.   In fact in the long tradition of the Lutheran Church there are specific hymns provided for the “Hymn of the Day” before the sermon.   A good hymn applies a biblical text properly to you.  A good hymn isn’t about your self-expression but comforting you with the good news of salvation in Christ.  A good hymn recognizes the continuity of Christians through the centuries.   And being a Christian is life-long learning.   Faith needs rich hymn texts that teach rightly.  Weak hymns undermine the faith.


Music is powerful but this power can be both negative and positive, and not simply from the perspective of taste or preference.   Music can manipulate the emotions and senses greatly regardless of context or purpose.   But in the Divine Service music cannot simply be a matter of choice or personal preference.   Neither is it a matter of a tune just being “easy” to sing.   Some of the most sturdy and lasting tunes often take some practice to learn at first.   (Repetition is very valuable in that regard).   Be patient when learning a new hymn rather than rejecting the hymn outright immediately because it is “too hard.”   Some of the best tunes take some repetition to learn.  Be diligent to learn patiently.

Our old sinful nature (“the old Adam”) does not worship God but himself.  Music for the specific context of a church service (the Divine Service) needs to fit that purpose but also be in agreement with our Lutheran confession of the faith.   Sometimes we are exposed to things when we are growing up that are inconsistent with our confession of the faith.  Sometimes we learn there are treasures in the attic we were not shown in our childhood.  It is like seeing the fine china used at your grandparents house for the first time.   The fitting response is not to object to it, but to rejoice in it – though it is new to you, but not new.

The music is there in much the same way that the pastor is there for the liturgy.   It is there for the sake and purpose of the Word and Sacraments.   The music vests the voices of pastor, congregation, and choir.   Music in this way serves as John the Baptist did in relation to Jesus – preparing the way, pointing the way to Jesus.   And this also is important as pointers or symbols are not the thing themselves.   But they have importance in directing us to what is most important and real.   The Word is greater than the music.  Music humbly submits to be a John the Baptist of sorts.   The music reflects that we are in the world but not of the world.  The music and text should reflect our confession of faith.


 The first table of the law commands us to have no other gods and to not misuse the holy name of God.   In liturgical music, God’s Word, rightly divided, comes first as setting the priority and purpose of the Services of God’s House.   In other words, hymns aren’t religious entertainment but to reverently and joyfully teach the whole counsel of God throughout the seasons of the Church Year, in the holy presence of God in the Divine Service.   We come as sinners who live from the forgiveness purchased by our crucified, risen, and glorified Lord who is present there with us.   The hymns should reflect this truth.  Good church music recognizes the continuity of Christians and the church down through the centuries as well as the presence of the heavenly hosts among us, the communion of saints.  For Jesus promised that the gates of hell will not prevail against His church.  We confess the unchanging faith that was once for all delivered to the saints (Acts 2:42; Jude 3).   The church has a culture of its own that extends not only across the world but across time in centuries and millennia.  Our way of worship is received not created anew from a blank slate each week.   The eternal message of Christ is the most relevant thing there is.   Solid hymns teach us this if we are humble to learn more.

The church in this world is countercultural.   We don’t expect to blend in and should not try.   Our citizenship is in heaven and our way of worship will reflect that if we let the Word shape us..  Entertainment with a religious veneer doesn’t convert people Romans 10:17; 1 Corinthians 2:14). The text of a hymn for the Divine Service should be evaluated for more than whether it is easy, emotionally moving or vaguely “uplifting” and mentions God in a generic way.   It should be Christ-centered, rightly apply Law and Gospel, and express clear biblical truth for the congregation.   The text must be doctrinally sound as well as poetic.   It is about Gospel comfort not our mood.  The music or tune of a hymn should fit the text in a fitting way for its liturgical context before the presence of God for the delivery of the Word of God and sacraments.   We set the music to the text which is Scripturally sound and reflects a mindfulness of the church gathered before the Lord’s presence to be fed, instructed, forgiven, sanctified, with prayer and thankfulness.   It should say more about the Lord and what He has done rather than about me.   The tune should reflect the message of the text and setting of the Service rather than manipulate the emotions regardless of the text.   What a Christian might find helpful or uplifting outside of church might not yet be suitable for the Divine Service.  But all of this is so that we might be built up in faith in Christ and His Word.

Quote from Luther’s 1535 Galatians commentary

“God is the God of the humble, the miserable, the afflicted, the oppressed, the desperate, and of those who have been brought down to nothing at all. And it is the nature of God to exalt the humble, to feed the hungry, to enlighten the blind, to comfort the miserable and afflicted, to justify sinners, to give life to the dead, and to save those who are desperate and damned.”

[Martin Luther, Lectures on Galatians (1553), American Edition LW, 26:314


It is important that we remain strong in Christ, depending upon the gifts Christ gives in the Divine Service, to be instructed, comforted, absolved, fed, and strengthened in the fellowship of the Church to remain strong amid the culture-political, as well as the dark spiritual enticements, pressures, and attacks the Church in the world increasingly endures in these latter days of the old creation. Ponder and pray upon these biblical passages as you consider how the Lord Himself is with you and bestows upon you all that you need in what He provides for body and soul. Christ has already won the victory over sin, death, and the devil!

Jude 3 —  Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.

I Peter 3:13-17 — Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

James 5:7-11 – Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. 8 You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. 9 Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. 10 As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.

Hebrews 10:30-39  — For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.32 But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, 33 sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. 34 For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. 35 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. 37 For,“Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay;
38 but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” 39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.

I Timothy 6:17-19 — As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

2 Thessalonians 3:13-15 – As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. 14 If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.

Colossians 3:1-4 – If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Philippians 4:6-7 – …do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:27-30 – 27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

Romans 1:16-17 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Acts 2:42 – And they continued steadfastly in the Apostles’ doctrine and fellowship in the breaking of the bread and in the prayers.

Quotation from First LCMS President, C.F.W. Walther:

The Book of Concord should be in every Lutheran home. If a person isn’t familiar with this book, he’ll think, ‘That old book is just for pastors. I don’t have to preach. After working all day, I can’t sit down and study in the evening. If I read my morning and evening devotions, that’s enough.’ No, that is not enough! The Lord doesn’t want us to remain children, blown to and fro by every wind of doctrine; instead of that, He wants us to grow in knowledge so that we can teach others.”

Walther, Essays for the Church vol. 2, 51

If you would like to order a copy of The Book of Concord for your study and growth go to CPH and order here (various sizes and cover types available at different price points).

2023 Midweek Lenten Schedule

This year at Trinity we are trying a different schedule for midweek services. We will be having morning services instead of evening services as we had in the past. Please note and join us:

Ash Wednesday Divine Service with voluntary imposition of ashes & the Lord’s Supper

February 22, 2023 at 11:00 AM

Midweek Lenten Matins Service – sermon series – “The Passion of the Christ According to St. Luke”

Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 11:00 AM.