Calendar At A Glance

Sat, Oct. 1 5:00 pm | HTLoop Eucharist Sun, Oct. 2 8:30 am | Eucharist Service Sun, Oct. 2 9:30 am | Sunday School Sun, Oct. 2 10:30 am | Eucharist Service w/ Pet Blessing Sun, Oct. 2 11:45 am | Children's Choir Rehearsal

Sunday in Lakeview

8:30 & 10:30 a.m. + 1218 W Addison

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Saturday Night in the Loop

5:00 p.m. + 637 S Dearborn

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Pet Blessing Sunday - Oct 2 - 10:30am

Join us for Holy Trinity's 18th annual Blessing of Animals on October 2 at the 10:30 a.m. service. The pet blessing is held each year on the Sunday nearest the feast of St. Francis which is October 4. Bring your pets or stuffed animals and invite your friends and neighbors.

The 8:30 service will be pet-free on that day.

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Join us during worship on October 9 at our 10:30 a.m. service
Bach's Cantata #51, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen (“Shout for joy to God, all lands”)

Soprano Kari Balck will be accompanied by strings and trumpet in this bright and uplifting solo cantata of praise by Johann Sebastian Bach. Harpsichordist Jason Moy will play a portion of Bach’s Goldberg Variations as pre-service music that day, and will lead the Cantata from the keyboard.

Holy Trinity Introduction + Oct 12 + 7pm

Are you a newcomer to Holy Trinity? Have you recently moved to Chicago and would like to put down some roots in the city? Join us on Wednesday, October 12, 7:00 p.m. for an HTInroduction. Enter on Magnolia Street; 383 parking passes will be provided.

Come and learn about Holy Trinity and its ministries, and ways you can get connected. Whether you plan to be in the area a short or a long time, whether you are a lifelong Lutheran or of another or no religious background, or even ambivalent about church, you are welcome here! We will provide information on membership or associate interested for those who are ready for that step.

+ Speak to Pr. Mueller for more information.
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Book Group Meeting

Eat, Drink. Read.
The book group will be meeting on Monday, October 17 at 7:30 PM at the home of Marji Shannon, 1158 E 54th Place #2. We'll be discussing Between the World and Meby Ta-Nehisi Coates. If you like to read ahead, we'll be discussing Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal in November.

Please join us, whether or not you have time to read the book!

Organ Recital - Jonathan Oblander - Oct 30 4pm

Guest organist Jonathan Oblander is the Tonal Director for the Berghaus Organ Company and Minister of Music at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Oak Park. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from Valparaiso University, and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. He has served a number of churches musically, most recently including Grace Lutheran, River Forest. Jonathan is a stunning performer. Don’t miss this program of great music, including works of Whitlock, Vierne, and Reubke.

Reformation Kick-off Event November 6

Sunday, November 6 + 11:45 am (Following the 10:30 am service)

Potluck Meal (please bring a main course, salad or dessert to share)

As we begin a yearlong observance of the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation, join us for a program on Martin Luther: who he was as a person, reflections on his legacy, and what it means for the church in the future.

Speakers:

  • Dan McAdams, Professor of Pscyhology at Northwestern Univeristy 
  • Aana Vigen, Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Loyola University
  • Joel Cruz, Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Elmhurst College and Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
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Recent Blog Posts

  • In economics, there is a theoretical economy in which everyone’s basic needs and desires are met because in this theoretical economy, most goods can be produced in great abundance with minimal human labor needed, so much so that they become available to all very cheaply or even freely.  

  • Mercy, mercy, mercy, mercy…mer-cy!

    That’s how Pastor Mueller ended his sermon last week. “Let mercy change you,” he said. Now I realize that everyone was not present last week to hear that challenging and inspiring sermon; when Craig sang a popular song from the OJ’s and then changed the words from money to mercy. But in it he admonished us to think about the rigged systems we are engaged in everyday, and to let our lives be filled with, and led by, Christ’s mercy.

  • The system is rigged. I can imagine the prophet Amos saying something like that. He cries out: Hey you, hear this, you that trample on the needy, you that bring to ruin the poor of the land. Amos is condemning a system in which dishonest, shady practices benefit the rich at the expense of the most needy. In other words, when people care only about themselves.

  • Loss. It’s relentless. You can’t make it through a week let alone a day without experiencing a loss of some kind or another. No, this doesn’t mean that we’re losers, it just means we’re human, and loss is an inevitable part of our experience.

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.