Are you looking for inspiring worship that provides an experience where worshippers of all ages can connect to God and grow in their relationship to Jesus Christ? Please join us every Sunday for worship in the sanctuary accompanied by pipe organ, choirs, brass and special music. Word and sacrament ministry is at the heart of Trinity Lutheran. It is here where people gather for scripture, music, prayer and the good news in word, water, bread and wine. Holy Communion is offered every Sunday. Services include responsive readings, sung liturgy and familiar hymns from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW).
Services during the school year are held every
Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
During the summer season (Memorial Day - Labor Day),
worship services are offered every Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
History of Trinity's Sanctuary
The first service held at the original Trinity Lutheran Church building was July 6, 1884. This was a bare bones structure that was later expanded to accommodate the ever-growing congregation. It was later replaced with a spacious Gothic brick structure in 1916. An early morning fire destroyed that building on April 5, 1950. In its place stands our beautiful sanctuary that holds nearly 700 worshippers.
Formed in the shape of a cross, the church is traditional in its arrangement. Standing forty-two feet high, our spirits lift heavenward in praise and supplication. We are reminded of the power and the majesty of God. The glow of the sun comes through the stained-glass windows throughout the Sanctuary to create a warm, reassuring environment.
Music in the Sanctuary
Worship in the sanctuary is led by organ with musical offerings from soloists, Trinity Brass, Joyful Ringers (bells), Cathedral Choir, Youth Choirs and Children’s Choirs. Before 1989 only congregational singing was used in Trinity's worship services. A.J. Wright organized the first choir in 1898 which consisted of 16 to 18 young people who were interested in singing. Now worshippers of all ages take part in the many choral opportunities at Trinity. To learn more about Trinity's choirs, click here.
The first pipe organ to serve the Trinity congregation was installed in 1919. It was completely destroyed, together with the sanctuary, in the April 5, 1950 fire. The current pipe organ was installed in 1957 and remodeled several times to consist of 45 ranks and 2,560 pipes. The organ continues to serve the congregation and the community as it leads and inspires congregational worship and serves as a teaching and recital instrument, both for the church and Concordia College. Organist Peter Nygaard has served at Trinity since 1986.
Trinity Brass, founded in 1997 by Dave Zielinski, is a brass ensemble that graces the Sanctuary about once a month. Nathaniel (Nat) Dickey is the Director of Trinity Brass. Nat is an assistant professor of music at Concordia College teaching low brass and conducting the Concordia Symphonic Band and the Cobber Athletic Band. As a professional trombonist he currently holds the positions of principal trombone with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, lead trombone with the Jazz Arts Group of Fargo-Moorhead, and trombone with the Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome.
Art in the Sanctuary
So many pieces of art grace our sanctuary. A faceted-glass window, positioned above the front entrance, welcomes, comforts and confronts people both inside and outside the church. Measuring 12 by 22 feet with 66 inch side sections, it was created by Hauser Stained Glass Studios in Winona, MN.
Climaxing the chancel is a vertical wood panel with a carving based on John 15:1-7: "I am the vine, you are the branches." Designed and carved by Arnold Flaten, it took nine weeks to complete. At 8 by 35 feet, this beautiful piece of artwork is enjoyed by all who worship in the Sanctuary. Two more works, both of laminated oak, accompany this piece: the pulpit and lectern.
The 58 by 75 inch pulpit refers to the scripture passage Isaiah 55:10-11: "As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return ut nil they have watered the earth, making it blossom and bear fruit and give seed for sowing and bread to eat, so shall the word which comes from my mouth prevail. It shall not return me fruitless without accomplishing my purpose."
The 34 by 44 inch lectern bears the cross, the hammer beating swards into plowshares, the vine, the fruit and the pruning shears.
To learn more about the artwork at Trinity, click here!