Sunday Morning Divine Service
9:00 AM – at Trinity, Boulder Junction – The Lord’s Supper is celebrated weekly at Trinity
10:30 AM – Adult Bible Study in the fellowship hall – (Sept. through May)
11:00 AM – Bethel Lutheran Chapel, Presque Isle, WI – Morning Service of the Word (p.5 TLH) – This service runs only during the summer months.
Wednesday Evening Services in Advent and Lent
7:00 PM at Trinity
OUR LITURGICAL LIFE TOGETHER
Our way of worship is received. Christians live from what they receive in Christ through His designated means of the Word and the Holy Sacraments. The way of worship that we follow and adhere to is all about getting ready for these divine gifts, giving thanks for them and responding to them.
The historic liturgical forms or orders of service inherited from the generations and centuries of Christians who have gone before us in the faith stand as a testimony to the continuity of the church through the ages and the faithfulness of the Lord who shepherds His Church. For this reason we seek to avoid forms of worship or songs that contradict or downplay that clear confession of the Lord’s Word or that would undermine our heritage.
The services at Trinity follow the historic patterns of worship known by Lutherans and commended by our forefathers in the Lutheran Confessions. To be truly relevant, one must proclaim things which are eternal, confessing the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3). Come and hear the good news and learn to worship Christ in reverence, joy, and awe, bowing down before the throne of the Lamb who was slain and yet lives.
REGARDING ALTAR FELLOWSHIP AT TRINITY:
Ordinarily, only those who are currently confirmed members of our Lutheran church body, or those in our fellowship, partake in the Lord’s Supper. While we share the name “Lutheran,” our church is not in fellowship with the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) because of doctrinal divergences. We ask that visitors who wish to commune to speak with the pastor prior to the service. It is helpful if you can come early to do this or during the week.
If there is not sufficient time before hand please wait until you can speak with the pastor. Instruction is available regularly and upon request for those who wish to become communicants in our congregation and fellowship. Our goal is that those who commune do so in unity, with instruction, and preparation.
In this life we endure the sadness of differences between Christians in their beliefs, but we anticipate the day when, with all the saints united, will will be together at the eternal banquet of Christ in heaven. At that time it will no longer be necessary to divide out false teachings by bearing witness to the Lord’s doctrine, for then we will be united in understanding and confession of the faith, perfectly sanctified.
But that time is not yet, such witness is still to be given today so that the Lord’s people may be protected from any new (false) and manmade teachings that contradict the properly understood Scriptures (1 Timothy 1:3, 1 Timothy 4:1). This is why Trinity follows the historic and biblical pracstice of closed communion, where all who commune at this altar of the Lord bear witness to their oneness in confessing the same apostolic doctrine and faith prior to communing together (Acts 2:42).
The Great Commission in Matthew 28:16-20 bids us to “teach all things” from the Lord and so unity in the whole counsel of God cannot be side-stepped by us, no matter how much we desire to welcome new friends to our fellowship in Christ’s Word and Sacraments. While some Lutherans may diverge from this practice of closed communion (or “practice it differently”) this is a historical Christian, Lutheran, and Missouri Synod practice as well that is implied in a right understanding of Scripture. As pastors and congregation declare in the words of the Large Catechism of Martin Luther, everyone admitted to the Sacrament will have been baptized and will have learned and affirmed (in current status) the content of the Catechism.