Calendar At A Glance

Thu, Feb. 22 5:30 pm | Service Opportunity: Lakeview Pantry Sat, Feb. 24 5:00 pm | Common Solutions Sat, Feb. 24 5:00 pm | HTLoop Eucharist Sun, Feb. 25 9:00 am | Choir Rehearsal Sun, Feb. 25 9:00 am | Eucharist

Sunday in Lakeview

9:00 & 11:00 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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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 serve.htchicago.org, or speak to Ken Duckmann.

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LENTEN BREADBAKING RETREAT

Saturday, March 10, 10am-3pm

Leaders: Karol Weigelt, LCPC, (spiritual director and baker) and Pr. Craig M. Mueller

Lent is a traditional time for fasting and reflection. In our busy lives of instant gratification the process of baking bread invites us to gain strength from engaging in a communal and prayerful process of mixing ingredients, kneading and waiting. The breadbaking retreat begins with tea and introductions and the fast is broken with a eucharist and a simple meal of vegetarian soup and fresh bread. In the spirit of the Lenten fast you are invited to fast during the day as you are able. A simple bread recipe will be provided and no previous experience is needed. You will go home with a fragrant, nutritious loaf of bread into which you have added your prayers and hopes. There will be reflection and discussion as the dough rises and later bakes. Please bring a mixing bowl and wooden spoon and an apron if you wish. Suggested donation: $15. Sign-up at the back of the church or e-mail the church office (office@htchicago.org).

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Lenten Contemplative Worship

A quiet service of music and word featuring Marty Haugen’s beloved Holden Evening Prayer.

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Many on our Antiracism Team, Church Council, and staff have participated in antiracism workshops to work on dismantling racism in our church and in our synod. If you are interested in learning more (or are new to council, a Sunday School teacher, or staff member), please consider one of these upcoming workshops. The Metro Chicago Synod subsidizes most of the cost; Holy Trinity will cover the rest (not including late registration fees). Contact Barbara Wahler ribitmsw2004@yahoo.com for more information; register at anotherpebble.org.

March 15-17 - St James Commons, 65 E Huron

April 26-28 - LSTC, 1100 E. 55th Street

July 26-28 - Loyola University, Damen Student Center, 6511 N. Sheridan Road

October 18-20 - Chicago Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Avenue

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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

+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

Recent Blog Posts

  • 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.

  • ...Maybe the image of a broken heart is especially poignant today. Poet Gregory Orr speaks of hearts broken open but not apart. “Some say you’re lucky / If nothing shatters it. But then you wouldn’t / Understands poems or songs. / You’d never know that beauty comes from loss.”

    Maybe you first think of a time you were jolted by a lover. Yet we are also brokenhearted at times of loss, grief, helplessness. Our hearts break when reading the news—in other words, what we do to one another in war, oppression, and all forms of hate . . . what we are doing to the earth due to human arrogance and consumption...

  • For many Lent is a time to "give something up" like sweets, meat or alcohol. This "fast" can be a balance to our over-indulgent lives and prepare us for the feast of Easter.

    The traditional "disciplines" of Lent are fasting, almsgiving and prayer. You might want to consider your own ways to incorporate these aspects into your Lenten observance. Lent can also be a time to take something on for the season.

  • Just as the voice from heaven announced Jesus as the beloved one, we too are transformed and named beloved in our baptism. We are made new in the light and love of Christ and we are invited to let the light of Christ shine through us in our prayers, in our giving, through our acts of mercy, compassion and justice, so that others, too, may see that we are changed by the glory of God in us. In this meal and in the waters of baptism we are transformed to live life anew, confident in the one who transforms us from the inside out.

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.