The Divine Service: Bowing Before the Throne of the Lamb with Angels, Archangels, and All the Company of Heaven, Receiving Christ’s Spoken and Sacramental Gospel

18 For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest 19 and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. 20 For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” 21 Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, 23 and to the assembly[a] of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

25 See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27 This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, 29 for our God is a consuming fire.

Excerpt from Hebrews, chapter 12

At the outset we [Lutherans] must again make the preliminary statement that we1 do not abolish the Mass, but religiously maintain and defend it. For among us masses are celebrated every Lord’s Day and on the other festivals, in which the Sacrament is offered to those who wish to use it, after they have been examined and absolved. And the usual public ceremonies are observed, the series of lessons, of prayers, vestments, and other like things.


Of the Term Mass.

78 The adversaries also refer us to philology. From the names of the Mass they derive arguments which do not require a long discussion. For even though the Mass be called a sacrifice, it does not follow that it must confer grace ex opere operato, or, when applied on behalf of others, merit for them the remission of sins, etc.

79 Leitourgia, [liturgy] they say, signifies a sacrifice, and the Greeks call the Mass, liturgy. Why do they here omit the old appellation synaxis, which shows that the Mass was formerly the communion of many? But let us speak of the word liturgy.

80 This word does not properly signify a sacrifice, but rather the public ministry, and agrees aptly with our belief, namely, that one minister who consecrates tenders the body and blood of the Lord to the rest of the people, just as one minister who preaches tenders the Gospel to the people, as Paul says, 1 Cor. 4:1: Let a man so account of us as of the ministers of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God, i.e., of the Gospel and the Sacraments. And 2 Cor. 5:20: We are ambassadors for Christ, as81 though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ’s stead, Be ye reconciled to God. Thus the term leitourgia agrees aptly with the ministry.

Excerpts from the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article XXIV

A project you can help with at Trinity this summer

In the past few years we have been doing some catch up on building maintenance for Trinity Lutheran Church. In recent years we’ve repainted Trinity, then Bethel in Presque Isle, and this summer we plan to repaint the parsonage and make a couple of other repairs. While we are going to be doing the painting on the house with volunteer labor, unlike the church painting, we will still have expenses in regard to supplies and equipment. If you would like to help with this project please mark donations specifically for this project.

PLEASE NOTEonly donate to this project above and beyond your regular offerings. The purpose of these designations is to fund the project beyond the regular operating funds of church rather than take away from them. Thank you for keeping this point in mind as well.

2021 Summer Schedule – June 26/27, 2021 through Labor Day Weekend

Starting the weekend of June 26-27 in 2021 our schedule will normally be the following below through Labor Day weekend.

Saturday Evenings

Campfire Bible Study – 6:30 PM in the side yard at Trinity at the firepit – bring a camp chair and a Bible

(if it rains – we’ll move inside to the Bible study room)


9:00 AM – Divine Service with The Lord’s Supper – Trinity, Boulder Junction, WI

11:00 AM – Service of the Word – Bethel Lutheran Chapel, Presque Isle, WI


Join us for Ascension Divine Service!

Thursday, May 13th at 5:30 PM

Christ has ascended on high to fill all things as God and man!

Can you help support Trinity’s ministry in the northwoods for future generations?

Financially Support Trinity Lutheran Church, Boulder Junction


Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) of Boulder Junction, Wisconsin and our seasonal chapel, Bethel Lutheran Chapel in Presque Isle, Wisconsin (not far from Marensico, MI), serves the north central vacation area of northern Wisconsin in Vilas and Oneida counties and southern parts  of Upper Michigan.    We are here as an outpost of the biblical gospel of Jesus Christ, confessing salvation by grace alone through faith alone, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We are a traditional congregation of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS).   We uphold classical Lutheran ways of worship or liturgical practice.    The Bible, catechism, and hymnal are central to our life together.    We hold to the inspiration and inerrancy of Holy Scripture, and the effectiveness of the Word of God.   We hold a high view of the holy sacraments as instruments of the Holy Spirit and the Lord delivering to us forgiveness, life and salvation.   We uphold the biblical view of creation, of marriage between one man and one woman, and the sanctity of human life.   We hold firmly to the Holy Scriptures and the Book of Concord in teaching and practice.

We are privileged to serve as a key outpost of the truth of Christ where people retire, rest, and vacation and where some find a place for their careers,     We believe it is important to maintain a solid Lutheran presence here despite the challenges.   Many congregations in these kinds of areas struggle or close due to economic, demographic, and other challenges.   We pray that by the Lord’s mercy and the generosity and commitment the Holy Spirit will work in the hearts of those who benefit from our ministry and presence here in Boulder Junction and Presque Isle, Wisconsin, so that we can continue for years to come and perhaps even expand our efforts as resources allow.

To that end, we do not apologize but heartily invite your prayers for us as well as your regular financial support.     Many of our members go south for the winter to warmer climates.    Other members work in the very seasonally affected tourism industry.  Likewise the demographics of our area continue to give challenges.    Support from visitors, seasonal worshipers, and other concerned Lutherans helps us continue, take care of needs, and proclaim the gospel in all the places where our members live, work, rest, and serve.   Please consider an occasional or monthly offering to support the Lord’s ongoing service to us here through the Word and Sacraments in an orthodox Lutheran manner.   We are grateful for your support and your support is a response of gratitude for all that the Lord has done for you in body and soul, in everyday life and in salvation from sin and death.    Thank you for your generous and prayerful consideration.

Trinity Lutheran Church

PO Box 24

Boulder Junction, WI  54512

The Lord grant you steadfastness and the peace of Christ in 2021!

We continue with Divine Service on Sundays at 9:00 AM and Bible Study at 10:30 AM following the service.

We appreciate your continued prayers, encouragement, and offerings of financial support in these challenging times, and especially during these more sparse winter months in the northwoods. Our sincere appreciation is extended to you so that we might continue to have a confessional Lutheran presence for the Divine Service and the teaching of God’s Word in Vilas County where many live, retire, vacation, and otherwise visit for recuperation. More people are coming to this area as they are able to telecommute and take advantage of our improving broadband internet capabilities while enjoying the outdoors and the pace of life afforded by the woods of northern Wisconsin and upper Michigan.

If you wish to send a donation or offering via mail, please send to:

Trinity Lutheran Church

PO Box 24

Boulder Junction, WI 54512-0024