Trinity Lutheran Church

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This We Believe

Teach, Love and Serve Christ

Lutherans are steeped in grace.  From the earliest days of Martin Luther’s protests and his emphasis that salvation comes to us by "grace alone" - through "faith alone" - and is revealed through "scripture alone" - to the founding of our congregation on the North Shore (1909), with its Hauge Synod pietist beginnings, Lutherans in Hovland have had an unmistakable message to proclaim: God has claimed you, and all of creation, through the saving work of Christ. There is nothing you can do to merit this gift. It is entirely the work of God in you. Trinity stands firmly in this five-century-old Reformation tradition.
 
Today, we are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), which is a confessional church, meaning that we hold to the historic creeds of the church—the 4th century Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed .  In these creeds, faith in a triune God—three persons—is articulated as the foundation of the church—a church that is “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.”  We believe that the church is the body of Christ in the world (1 Corinthians 12) and through her, God is bringing about a New Creation, working to establish a reign of peace, justice, and healing to the nations (Isaiah 11:1-9).  Indeed, we are the very hands and feet of God’s saving work in the world, marked by the cross of Christ and sealed by the Holy Spirit, as we “proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26).