The purpose of this study is to review the historic Lutheran confession of the Lord’s Supper and then to consider the practices, and also the rites and ceremonies, which accompany the Lord’s Supper.
- Introduction to the Study (Tradition; The Sacrament of the Altar [Small Catechism])
- Elements (Bread; Wine)
- Verba (Consecration, Elevation, Adoration)
- Communion in Both Kinds and Concomitance
- Means of Distribution (Eating and Drinking; Distribution [Bread and Body, Wine and Blood, Chalice, Intinction]; Physical Posture)
- Communing (Catechesis, Communion, and Confirmation; “Closed Communion” and “Close Communion”; Guests; Frequency; Celebrants and Assistants)
- What Happens When … (How Much?; Relicta, Reservation, and Reconsecration)
Wednesdays, 10:00 am
The life of the Church appears quite messy to the human eye. Yet beneath the ragged and bloodied clothes of the Church’s history is the ongoing glorious work of God to proclaim His grace, even as He uses frail mortals to proclaim the Gospel to all nations.
The present study is entitled In Quest of Reformation. This era is studied in five broad categories: 1) The Conciliar Movement (Conciliarism developed during the 14th and 15th centuries; the ultimate authority in ecclesiastical matters was a church council.); 2) John Wycliffe (An English reformer (ca. 1320 – 1384); a renowned professor of theology at Oxford); 3) Jan Hus (Known in English as John Huss (ca. 1369 – 1415); a priest, philosopher, rector of University of Prague, and church reformer); 4) Girolamo Savonarola ((1452 – 1498), an Italian Dominican friar, preacher in Renaissance Florence; known for destruction of art and culture, call for Christian renewal, denunciation of clerical corruption, despotic rule, and exploitation of poor); and 5) Mysticism and Thomas Kempis (Emphasis on personal piety and direct access to God. Thomas Kempis (ca. 1380—1471), a German priest serving in the Netherlands, well-represents mysticism in his book The Imitation of Christ.)
A study guide is provided.
1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 7:00 pm
Trinity Women’s Group Bible Study meets on the first and third Wednesday evenings of the month. All women are welcome to gather for a “bring your own meal” with fellow congregation members in the Parish Hall at 6 pm, followed by the Women’s Bible Study at 7 pm. Together, we enjoy study of the Word, prayer, fellowship, as well as a variety of service activities. Bible Studies cover varying topics and are led by different women who desire to share their gifts of teaching and leadership.
1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 7:00 pm
The men’s fellowship in the Word will be a study of the Book of Acts. A study guide will be provided.
Fridays, 8:00 am; please call first
Though called “The Pastoral Epistles” due to their recipients, these letters of St. Paul are significant for pastors and people alike. St. Paul is not writing a “how to” manual on what it takes to be a “good pastor” or have a “good church”. Rather in these epistles he clearly sets forth the importance of first knowing, and then preaching, teaching and practicing sound doctrine in order to clearly confess The One True Faith. Specifically Paul addresses the following false teachings that were confronting The Church:  Myths and Geneologies (1 Timothy 1:3-7; 6:3-5,20),  Subjection to the Law (1 Timothy 1:7)  Asceticism—(1 Timothy 4:1-5); and  Denial of Christ and His Atoning Work—(2 Timothy 2:17ff).
Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m.
For 90 minutes we read the upcoming Sunday Gospel in Greek and discuss the text’s grammar and meaning.
The aim of Christian education in Trinity is never just to teach a “subject,” but a living faith. This faith centers in Christ and our life in the Body of Christ, the Church.
Since this life has its source and growth in Baptism and the Holy Communion Service, we never look upon Christian education as something separated from the Church’s worship. Rather, all our education aims at participation in the church services, primarily the Holy Communion Service. The Christian education and training of children is the duty of parents.
Topics vary from contemporary issues to biblical books to doctrinal studies. Books of the Bible are studied as well as various topics pertinent to our Christian faith. At various times there are adult instruction/review courses for those desiring to review the faith.
Sunday school classes meet every Sunday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. There are classes for children who are 2 (with parent) through grade 12. Our dedicated teachers and helpers strive to provide Christian instruction through Bible stories and how they apply to the children’s every day life.
During the last week of July / first week of August the congregation hosts a vacation Bible school
Classes are conducted for the people of God, whatever their ages. Sunday school is held for the children, and Bible classes are offered for young people and adults. The Sunday school is not worship, but instruction and edification in the Christian faith. With our arrangement, everyone has the opportunity to attend both Sunday school and church every Sunday.
Catechesis (as described below) may be conducted on Sundays but is built around the schedules of the families, that is, the pace and schedule are overseen by the needs of the family.
This Primer introduces the child to Bible stories, the Small Catechism, and liturgical (church) language.
Catechesis toward Communion
For this instruction, the catechumen is not of a particular chronological age.
“Catechesis toward Communion” reads Dr. Luther’s Small Catechism. At the conclusion of the instruction, pastor and parents determine if he or she is prepared. This preparation includes at least a clear confession of faith in the Gospel by means of reciting by heart the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer, as demonstrated in a review by the parents and pastor; and by being examined and absolved by the pastor (Individual Confession and Absolution); and by verbally expressing the desire to receive Christ’s Body and Blood for the forgiveness of sins.
There is no preset schedule for the length of this catechesis. I begin when the catechumen is ready, and the catechesis concludes when the catechumen is prepared.
Catechesis toward Confirmation
This catechesis may occur at any time after Catechesis toward Communion has been completed. This catechesis is a two-year overview of the Old Testament and New Testament, with two concurrent reviews of the Small Catechism. There is no September to May schedule—the catechesis begins and proceeds at the pace of the catechumen.
A catechumen has completed Catechesis toward Confirmation when a child in the Christian Faith who can recite by heart the Small Catechism of Dr. Martin Luther with Explanation, who has been examined and absolved, and who is able to confess the faith and answer the questions placed upon confirmands in the Rite of ConIirmation found in the Lutheran Service Book, and who is able to show a basic knowledge of the Scriptures.
Confirmation is not a “graduation.” It marks the continuing growth and maturation of faith; this includes an expression of membership with all its duties, privileges, and blessings. Among these duties is the continuation of Christian service in the local congregation, including a regular corporate study of God’s Word, and priestly service to the nations through one’s vocations.
Membership Classes for Adults
In these classes the teachings of the Scriptures and the worship of the Church are introduced. Adults are given the opportunity to mature in one’s life in Our Father’s grace in the Lord Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The classes also serve as a “refresher” course for those who were confirmed in the Evangelical Lutheran confession as children.
Weekday Bible Classes for Adults
Various adult Bible classes throughout the week are conducted. All members should also devoutly read the Bible daily at home. Other suggested reading includes The Lutheran Witness, the various periodicals to which the library subscribes, the many volumes in the church library, as well as the helpful books published by the LCMS.