Calendar At A Glance

Mon, Mar. 19 7:00 pm | Chicago Sitting Meditation Group Wed, Mar. 21 9:30 am | Wednesday Morning Eucharist Wed, Mar. 21 10:00 am | Wednesday Study Wed, Mar. 21 7:30 pm | 12-Step Groups Thu, Mar. 22 5:30 pm | Service Opportunity: Lakeview Pantry

Sunday in Lakeview

9:00 & 11:00 a.m. + 1218 W Addison


Saturday Night in the Loop

5:00 p.m. + 637 S Dearborn

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COME AWAY from Chicago to take a breath and to reflect on our baptismal call to care for the earth. Together, we will explore the theme of “re-creation” and what it might mean for renewal, healing and transformation—both for ourselves and for the planet. Together, we will pray, commune, reflect, and act to re-create ourselves and our world.

Weaving together liturgy, eco-justice, and spirituality, the retreat will be led by Aana Marie Vigen, Ben Stewart, and Pr. Craig Mueller. We are thrilled that two Holy Trinity members known for their writings and commitment to eco-justice will be present. Aana Marie Vigen is professor of Christian social ethics at Loyola University and Ben Stewart is professor of liturgy at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Gather, worship, and converse with some of the other wonderful folks from our congregation, both HTLakeview and HTLoop. Make some new connections!

WHERE: Loyola Retreat and Ecology Campus is located near Woodstock, IL, an hour and a half northwest of Chicago. It is an ecologically friendly campus with 100 acres of prairies, savannas, woodlands, wetlands, and ponds. Meals are created from scratch and use only locally sourced and fresh ingredients.

CAR POOLING: Depending on where you live it may be possible to arrange a car pool with others.

METRA NORTHWEST LINE: There is a stop in nearby Woodstock and we can arrange a pick-up there at 5:45 pm or 7:00 pm. On Saturday we can take you to catch a 4:48pm departure from Woodstock. See the full schedule for all stops.

COST: $100 includes dorm-style room and three meals. Couples will be able to share a room as each room has two single beds. Others will have their own room. The bathroom down the hall includes private showers and private stalls.


We will begin at 7:30 pm Friday evening. Supper is available for those who can arrive by 6:00 pm.

5:00 – 8:00 pm Check-in

6:00 pm Dinner for those who can make it

7:30 pm Worship, Introductions, Mixers, and Socializing


5:48 am (Optional) Sunrise Liturgy outside

6:15 am (Optional) Yoga, morning stretch, and meditation with Craig

7:00 – 8:30 am Breakfast

8:45 am Morning Prayer and Session 1 (Ben Stewart, liturgical connections)

10:00 am Free time

10:30 am Session 2 (Aana Vigen, theological/ethical connections)

Noon Lunch

1:30 pm Session 3 (Craig, spiritual connections) followed by walk/outside time

3:00 pm Final Conversation: What’s next?

4:00 Depart

Register here. Pay online here or put a check in the offering plate/mail to the church office.


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Serve a Meal at The Crib Saturday, March 17 + 7pm

Volunteers from Holy Trinity will prepare (at HTLC, enter at 3609 N. Magnolia doors) then serve a meal at The Crib youth shelter (at Lakeview Lutheran, 835 W Addison). We need volunteers to provide food items, cook, and serve the meal. To sign up and find more information, head to, or speak to Ken Duckmann.

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This seminar is offered prior to baptismal Sundays for expectant parents, parents with newborns, those planning a baptism in the coming months, or others who would like a refresher on the meaning and theology of baptism. All parents planning to have a newborn baptized are asked to attend this seminar at some point before the baptism of their firstborn child.

Baptism isn't a one-time event--it's for life! Topics of the seminar will include baptismal theology, the role of parents and sponsors, and scheduling a baptism. RSVP required to Pastor Sevig, prior to the seminar.

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Saturday - March 24

+ 5pm - Procession with Palms and Mark Passion - HTLoop

Sunday Of The Passion/Palm Sunday – March 25

+ 9am and 11am – Procession with Palms and Mark Passion (gather outside, weather permitting) - HTLakeview

Maundy Thursday, March 29

+ 7:15pm- Liturgy of Maundy Thursday - HTLakeview (Corporate Confession, Footwashing (optional), Eucharist, and Stripping of the Altar)

Good Friday, March 30

+Noon – Good Friday Liturgy - HTLoop (40 minutes; Joint service with Grace Episcopal)

+Noon – Good Friday Service – (Stations of the Cross) - HTLakeview

+6:30pm – Liturgy of Good Friday - HTLoop (Joint service with Grace Episcopal)

+7:15pm- Liturgy of Good Friday – HTLakeview (St. John Passion, Bidding Prayer, Procession of the Cross)

Easter Eve, March 31 (no service at HTLoop)

+7:15pm - The Great Vigil of Easter, followed by champagne reception – HTLakeview (Blessing of the New Fire, Easter Proclamation, Readings, Baptism, First Eucharist of Easter)

Easter Day, April 1 + 9am and 11am - Festival Eucharists – (with brass, timpani, and choir) – HTLakeview

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The Holy Trinity Anti-Racism Team is Inviting you to take a field trip with us on Sunday March 18 to visit Trinity United Church of Christ. We will be organizing car-pools from the Loop and from Lakeview. Just email Pr. Ben if you'd like a ride Otherwise you can take public transit and meet us there for the 11am service. Either way, let Pr. Ben know if you're coming so we can look for you when we get there. Trinity UCC is the home church of the Obamas and is known for being "unapologetically black, unashamedly Christian." Please join us!

Recent Blog Posts

  • Now consider the cross. After all, it is a bizarre and mysterious thing when we process. We lift high a pole with a cross on it. We make the sign of a cross on our bodies. On Good Friday we lift high a wooden cross over our heads. And then following ancient tradition, we come forward to honor this cross by bowing, touching or even kissing it. We look on this cross—a sign of rebellion, sin and death. And it becomes for us life, resurrection, and healing. Antivenom!

  • Big word in this weekend's sermon: supersessionism, the idea that Christianity is the new, improved version of Judaism. We need to talk about it.

  • And with all of the senseless gun violence going on in our world, we are struggling with this very question right now. The ultimate truth is that the only instrument of death that will ever lead to life is the cross, and it is because Christ transformed the cross to become an instrument of life.

    So let us too beat our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks, transforming what once only brought death into that which cultivates life from the earth. And if Christ can transform the cross to become an instrument of life we too, as disciples, can be transformed to be instruments of life for the sake of the whole world.

  • Each week during Lent this year, the first reading from the Hebrew scriptures is a different covenant story. It is in the liturgy that we are given words to arise out of the silence and nothingness, out of the desert terrain of nature and our lives. In studying ancient Israel’s worship, Walter Bruegemann says that “The world is remade each time the liturgy is enacted.”

    After being in the desert–in the middle of nowhere–I am now captivated by it, both literally and spiritually. I may not go back to Namibia but I will venture to the American Southwest with new eyes and an open heart.

    As we enter the Lenten desert, I assure you will be surprised by what you find in emptiness, in silence, in nothingness, in the middle of nowhere. It just might be the road to resurrection.

Greetings from Pastor Mueller

Holy Trinity is unlike the churches most of us grew up in. Because it is fluid and ever-changing, the congregation has a remarkable spirit of openness and vitality. Yes, we value our Lutheran heritage and the ancient roots of our liturgy, yet we delight in a faith that is ever new and infused with a message for the needs and concerns of our contemporary world. As somebody recently put it: Our faith is two thousand years old, but our thinking is not.