Wherever you are in your spiritual life,
you are welcome at Holy Trinity.
Our theology reflects the Lutheran emphasis on grace, and the need for continuing reformation of the Church as it seeks ways to speak the gospel powerfully to contemporary culture.
Holy Trinity is vibrant, progressive, and diverse.
Many were raised Lutheran but lots of others were Roman Catholics, other Protestants, or sometimes nothing at all.
many in our congregation are in their 20s and 30s, reflecting our neighborhood. We have a number of people who come to church alone, either because they are single or their partner/spouse does not attend.
We welcome families with young children. In fact, there are more than 70 children under age 10, including many infants. The LBGTQI+ community is well-represented and there are a number of same-gender couples, some with children.
Our Worship is Ancient and New
We celebrate a multi-sensory liturgy based on ancient patterns and rituals that go back to the early centuries of Christianity. We gather each Sunday to hear the scriptures and wrestle with their meaning for our lives today, and share the sacred meal of bread and wine before departing to serve a world in need.
Though ancient, worship is always fresh and new as the gospel of Christ comes alive for our contemporary context.
Our services are multisensory. Our liturgies are contemplative. Our worship is user-friendly. Sermons are relevant to contemporary issues and struggles.
Open to the Mystery we connect, strengthen and serve with joy.
Connect, strengthen, serve with joy
Act with courage
Be radically inclusive
Cultivate empowering relationships
Delight in God's beauty
Engage with intention
We welcome all without exception. Whoever we are, whatever our religious or spiritual background or how we feel about church, whatever the color of our skin, our sexual and gender identities, God welcomes us here. God's acceptance of us all compels us to stand against racism, sexism, heterosexism, xenophobia, classism, ageism, ableism and all forms of hate and prejudice.
Saturdays at 5:00 PM (S. Loop)
Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday with gluten-free options
Holy Trinity uses a liturgy based on ancient patterns and rituals: a rich fare for mind, body, and soul. It is ecumenical yet with a distinctive Lutheran flavor, infused with inclusive language and images for God.
We're formal and informal. Most folks dress casually yet our liturgy involves robes and processions. There is a sense of tradition, yet blended with warmth, relevance and openness.
Holy Trinity has a strong connection with the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and each year we have one or more seminarians as part of the ministry team.
Our Ministries include:
We believe that we are called to live our faith in the world as we work for justice and seek the good of all.
Through ONE Northside we address issues such as affordable housing, hate crimes, mental health, youth homelessness and access to health care.
With the South Loop Campus Ministry we provide weekly meals and hospitality for those experiencing homelessness.
Our Endowment Fund provides grants to a wide variety of local ministries in Chicago. In addition, we give approximately 10% of our offerings to support ministries through the Metropolitan Chicago Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Weekly scripture/topical study Wednesdays at 10:00 am on Zoom.
Sunday Small Bytes, forum for conversation and discussion on a variety of topics
Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 10:30 AM
Holy Week & Easter 2022
Palm Sunday/Sunday of The Passion – April 10, 2022
9:30 a.m. Procession with Palms, Saint Luke Passion, and Eucharist
Maundy Thursday – April14, 2022
7:30 p.m. Liturgy: Corporate Confession, Footwashing (optional), Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar
Good Friday – April 15, 2022
3:00 p.m. Liturgy: (Saint John Passion, Bidding Prayer, Procession of the Cross)
7:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross (online only)
Easter Eve - April 16, 2022
10:30 a.m. The Three Days for Children
7:30 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter, followed by sparking beverage reception
(Blessing of the New Fire, Easter Proclamation, Readings, Baptism, First Eucharist of Easter)
Easter Day - April 17, 2022
9:30 a.m. Festival Easter Eucharist
“I was looking for a small church within my neighborhood where I could attend weekly Sunday masses and found Holy Trinity. I was raised Catholic and was nervous to attend a Lutheran church but have been extremely surprised. I've felt nothing but welcomed and accepted since I attended my first mass. The community is extremely warm and every Sunday is a wonderful break from the craziness life brings. The choir is amazing, the sermons are relevant and you never know what to expect whether it be a baptism or pet day!
Craig Mueller, Lead Pastor
Pastor Mueller grew up in Longmont, Colorado and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in music education. For two years he served as Minister of Music and Education at Pilgrim Lutheran in Indianapolis. He attended the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and spent his internship year at St. James Lutheran in Kansas City, Missouri. His first two calls were associate pastor positions at Resurrection Lutheran in Chicago and Gloria Dei Lutheran in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was called as pastor of Holy Trinity in 1999.
Michelle Sevig, Associate Pastor
Pastor Michelle L. Sevig grew up in Anoka, Minnesota a suburb of Minneapolis. She received her B.E.S., with an emphasis in Special Education and Elementary Education, from St. Cloud State University.
She was very active in her church as a youth and young adult and felt a call to ministry while in high school. Three days after graduating from college she began seminary at Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Ben Adams, Associate Pastor
Pastor Ben is a justice seeker, a peace maker, a nature lover, a music collector, a dancer, a karaoke star, a traveler, a Michigander, a wrestling coach, a husband, a dog dad, an uncle, a brother, and a friend.
Pastor Ben actually served as a ministry in context seminarian with Holy Trinity all the way back in 2011-2012 when he was in his second year at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
David Brackley, Minister of Music
David Brackley had an early start in his career as a church musician, having begun piano study at the age of five, and becoming a church organist at age eleven. His piano study continued through his high school years, and his first organ study was with Lillian Robinson, then chair of the organ department at Moody Bible Institute where he enrolled as a Sacred Music Major in the fall of 1971