Trinity Lutheran Church Clinton

Week after week, our bulletin announces what St. Paul records in 1 Corinthians 1:23: “We Preach Christ Crucified.” We believe it. We expect to hear it.

We are a confessional Lutheran member Congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

Horus Ruins Christmas

This is for one member in particular. But it's become a classic. Have you heard the claim that Christmas was originally a pagan holiday? Check out the first comment too.

Hey, did you know that the life of Jesus was stolen from the Egyptian God Horus? Oh, you know stuff about Horus? Well, I mean it was stolen from Mithras. Oh,...

Luther’s Tower Experience — Pastor’s Class Notes, Reformation Sunday 2017, Pr Rolf Preus Luther’s Tower Experience: Martin Luther Finds the Gospel St. John and Trinity Lutheran Churches Sunday, October 29, 2017 We date the Reformation back to October 31, 1517 when Martin Luther, …

Luther’s Tower Experience — Pastor’s Class Notes, Reformation Sunday 2017, Pr Rolf Preus Luther’s Tower Experience: Martin Luther Finds the Gospel St. John and Trinity Lutheran Churches Sunday, October 29, 2017 We date the Reformation back to October 31, 1517 when Martin Luther, …

Luther’s Tower Experience — Pastor’s Class Notes, Reformation Sunday 2017, Pr Rolf Preus Luther’s Tower Experience: Martin Luther Finds the Gospel St. John and Trinity Lutheran Churches Sunday, October 29, 2017 We date the Reformation back to October 31, 1517 when Martin Luther, …

Luther’s Tower Experience — Pastor’s Class Notes, Reformation Sunday 2017, Pr Rolf Preus Luther’s Tower Experience: Martin Luther Finds the Gospel St. John and Trinity Lutheran Churches Sunday, October 29, 2017 We date the Reformation back to October 31, 1517 when Martin Luther, …

For Culturally Illiterate Science Reporters, Canaanite DNA Yields Occasion to Slap Bible Around | Evolution News

Sometimes the science that people say disproves the Bible actually gives evidence that the Bible is right. Just because people hate God's word doesn't mean they know it. The science story itself is fascinating and to all appearances solid. How will they spin it?

An honest question deserves an honest answer The Church doesn’t need to consult humanity to gain understanding of all its excuses for despising God’s Word. What the Church needs is to understand God’s Word herself.

The Church Is His We care for foreigners. But it is not the Church’s duty to solicit their arrival by means of promoting public policy. It is the Church’s duty to preach the Gospel to all who need to hear it.

[04/13/17]   Holy Week 2017

Maundy Thursday - 7:00 pm
Good Friday - 7:00 pm
Easter Matins - 7:00 am
Easter Breakfast - 7:30 am
Easter Divine Service - 9:00 am

The Imperishable Charm of Lutheran Hymns - Steadfast Lutherans We just celebrated the Festival of the Reformation. A central part to the success of the Reformation was the hymnody. Lutheran hymnody took the world by storm nearly 500 years ago. Though one of the first hymnals only contained 25 … Continue reading →

Behold a Host Arrayed in White

Verse: 1 (of 3). Behold a host, arrayed in white, Like thousand snow-clad mountains bright, With palms they stand. Who is this band Before the throne of ligh...

The Duty of Parents The duty to teach children is the primary duty of fathers and mothers.

[09/20/16]   Memory verse for the week:

Put on, then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, and if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (Colossians 3:12-13)

[09/20/16]   “Therefore we ought and must constantly maintain this point, that God does not wish to deal with us otherwise than through the spoken Word and the Sacraments. It is the devil himself whatsoever is extolled as Spirit without the Word and Sacraments.”

—The Smalcald Articles, Part III, Article VIII, 10

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(Written by Pastor Rolf Preus, February 1990.
Edited by Pastor John Preus, September 2011.)

Jesus Christ is true God and true Man. He is God of God from eternity, and man, born in time to His mother Mary. He spent the last three years of His earthly life performing amazing miracles that proved that He was not a mere man, but also God. These miracles were never simply for the sake of wowing His audience. They were always acts of mercy and kindness. When Jesus did what only God could do, He not only revealed the power of God, He revealed the love of God. He healed the sick, cast out demons, raised the dead, calmed storms, gave sight and hearing to the blind and deaf. Most importantly, He forgave sins. Only God has the authority to forgive sins.

When Jesus left His last will and testament to His Church before He died, He provided us with what is no less of a miracle in our midst. With bread and wine He gives His own body and blood for us Christians to eat and to drink for the forgiveness of all our sins. This ongoing miracle that Jesus faithfully performs in His Church is not intended to show great power such as with healing illnesses or calming storms. But it is a more precious miracle than any of these, because it gives us the forgiveness of our sins. For where there is the forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation.

The central article of the Christian religion is that we are saved by the body and blood of Christ shed for us for the remission of all our sins. Without this doctrine, true faith is impossible. This is why Jesus tells us to celebrate His last will and testament in remembrance of Him. In this Sacrament, our faith is focused on what God gives to us for eternal salvation. That is why we celebrate it so often.

And that is also why “we preach Christ crucified” (1 Cor. 1:23). St. Paul tells us that as often as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes (1 Cor. 11:26). When we receive the Lord’s Supper, we preach a sermon, no less than when your pastor preaches a sermon. We proclaim that the very body and blood we receive here is that which was once given and shed on the cross to make full atonement for all our sins. What a wonderful confession we make! At the altar, we proclaim the central article of our Christian faith, just as your pastor must do in every sermon he preaches from the pulpit.

In fact, at the altar where we receive the body and blood of Christ in the bread and wine, we proclaim everything that is proclaimed in that church. After all, “are not those who eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar” (1 Cor. 10:18)? When we commune, we partake, that is, we participate in everything that is taught at that altar.

This is why we do not commune at churches that teach contrary to the pure Word of God as we are taught here. It is not possible to preach, or say Amen to, two contradictory sermons. And so we only commune at churches that teach and confess the same thing that this church does, to whose altar we have joined ourselves as members of one body. We do not commune at churches that teach falsely, since then we would be preaching a sermon we don’t believe. And so, for the same reason, we do not here commune those who preach contrary sermons at other altars. St. Paul writes, “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Cor. 1:10).

A lot of people like to call this “close” Communion. But, of course, Communion is always close. That’s what the word means: to have something in common. And that is exactly why Communion must be closed. What fellowship, after all, can the light have with the darkness (2 Cor. 6:14)? St. Luke tells us concerning the first Christians, as it stands beautifully written on the wall of our fellowship hall, “they continued steadfastly in the Apostles’ teaching and fellowship and in the breaking of bread and in prayers” (Acts 2:42). Those who took part in the “breaking of bread” (the Lord’s Supper) are the same as those who “continued steadfastly in the Apostles’ doctrine.”

This word “fellowship” (koinonia) is the same word as “communion.” God creates fellowship between us. We don’t. It is God who creates His Church where we have all things in common with Christ. He does this through the doctrine of His chosen Apostles – by means of the Gospel that is both preached into your ears to believe, and placed into your mouths to eat and to drink.

Closed Communion sure seems to be closed minded to most observers. But the union we have with God, which God Himself establishes, is the only basis for the union we enjoy with each other. That is why we confess the Gospel of Jesus Christ clearly and without compromise by refraining from going to altars that teach error. And that is why we invite our guests to learn this Gospel as God has graciously preserved it here at Trinity Lutheran Church: in order that through this Sacrament, they, with us, might have all things in common with God.

J.S. Bach - Easter Oratorio, BWV 249

Christ is Risen! So Sing We Alleluia!!!

Dear congregation,

In Johann Sebastian Bach’s Easter Oratorio, his 40-minute dedication to the Resurrection of our Lord begins with such exuberant joy and happiness that it nearly brings one to tears. It is amazing what music can do – how it tells a story and demands that you be a part of it even as it so tenderly invites you in. As Martin Luther said, “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” This joyous music that Bach wrote represented the power and glory and beauty of the Resurrection of Christ.

But after this musical introduction (4:00), Bach slinks into a very mournful melody. You can almost hear the dim light, the women plodding to the tomb with the heavy mass of emptiness inside, and the low sun trying with all its might to breach the horizon. What are they doing? They are looking for death. They are looking for him who died. They want to deal with death in the only way they knew how. They wanted to mourn. In hopelessness this is all they had. But God wanted to give them more.

Suddenly, in Bach’s Oratorio (7:17), the same joyful and triumphant music returns. But this time, it is not just music. It is the word of God. The beautiful voice of singing finally adorns this brilliant composition (7:40). Even before music, this is the greatest treasure we have in the world: singing and hearing and speaking God’s word. An angel tells them, as I have here translated it from the German, to come hurry up and run, come into the grave where Jesus was. Let laughter and contempt for the grave fill your hearts, for your Savior is risen! What a beautiful way to express what the Gospels tell us.

The music goes from inexpressibly joyous to sad, and then back to this inexpressible joy. Why? You know. You who have followed our Lord by listening to his word, learning of his love, and meditating on his holy Passion this past Holy Week – you know. And the crescendo finds its apex and resolution in the resurrection of him who is the Life.

As music expresses doctrine, we learn to appreciate the life of Christ. And so we learn to appreciate the life of Christ for us. And so also, we learn to find in the music a reflection and narration of our own life. We have our ups and downs both spiritually and emotionally and even physically. Life is given. Life is taken away. Days of gladness are followed by seasons of sadness. But the music – if, of course, it is accompanying the holy gospel which is the greatest muse of all – ah, then the music reminds us and leads us to where all resolution is found: in the glorious resurrection of him who isn’t just the Life, but who now gives us life, so that with Job we can say in the face of the most mournful melody, “Blessed be the name of the LORD.”

When the music of life’s joys grows somber, listen for the music to give way to the voice of singing. Listen for the gospel preached to you. Come to church. Read your Bible. Come to Bible class, and pray to God who blesses you – both despite and even through the crosses that seem to rob life of joy. In the cross of Jesus you shall find the joy of divine compassion even under the weight of what you must bear. Christ is risen for you! This may not seem at all times to be the solution to your troubles, but it is. As Mary ceased her weeping at the voice of Jesus speaking her name, so your risen Lord who even now tends Paradise as the great Gardener of our souls will speak your name on the last day. And even now the message of reconciliation and the hope of glory has your name written on it. His song is for you. Amen.

In Christ,

Pastor John Christian Preus

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[03/17/16]   But worthless is my sacrifice, I own it;
Yet, Lord, for love's sake Thou wilt not disown it;
Thou wilt accept my gift in Thy great meekness
Nor shame my weakness.

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656 Fifth Avenue South
Clinton, IA

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Phone Number: (563) 242-5328 (563) 249-6357 Mailing Address: Trinity Lutheran Church (Pastor John Preus) 656 Fifth Avenue South Clinton, Iowa 52732 Email Address: [email protected]

Opening Hours

Monday 12:00 - 23:59
Tuesday 12:00 - 23:59
Wednesday 12:00 - 23:59
Thursday 12:00 - 23:59
Friday 12:00 - 23:59
Saturday 12:00 - 23:59
Sunday 12:00 - 23:59
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