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On the Eve of All Saints day, October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg, German.  Luther offered the following prefix to his thesis:

"Out of love for the truth and from desire to elucidate it, the Reverend Father Master of Arts and Sacred Theology (later awarded a Doctorate of Theology), and ordinary lecture therein at Wittenberg, intends to defend the following statements and to dispute them in that place.  Therefore he asks that those who cannot be present and dispute with him orally shall do so in their absence by letter.  In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen."  

Thesis 1:  Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ in Saying, "Repent ye, etc." intended that the whole life of his believers on earth should be a constant penance.

In this, the 500th year of the posting of the 95 theses, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and all of Christendom for that matter, would do well to focus their message on the proclamation of the Gospel in light of the text fragment from Matthey 4:17 that Luther referenced. 

The true essence of the Reformation is the Spirit-taught knowledge that the holiness Luther sought for so desperately that he might be righteous and loved by God, was won for him by the suffering, death, and resurrection of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and imputed to him by the faith that was given to him in his baptism.  Therefore it is still proper to celebrate God's reformation because the true message of salivation is still all about Jesus. 

To Celebrate the love of God in Christ Jesus, who again reaffirmed through Luther that his Son is our only hope for eternal life and the true head of His Church on earth, you are cordially invited to our:

Choral Vespers Service on October 22, 2017 at 3:00pm to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and the 170th Anniversary of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of the U.A.C. 

 Organist and Choir Director: Dr. John Behnke, Trinity Milwaukee

Assisting organist, choir Directors: Brian Heinlein, Trinity Sheboygan; Trudy Schmalz, Trinity, Milwaukee. 

Choirs:     Trinity mixed choir and members of mixed choirs from throughout the LC-MS South Wisconsin District.  Choral selections will include several new arrangements written especially for this vespers service. 

Preacher:  Pastor Hunter Hofmann, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, UAC

Liturgist: Rev. Dr. John C. Wille, South Wisconsin District President, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

 

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession was founded in 1847.  The current church building was constructed in 1878.  Trinity is on the National Register of Historic Places and it also has been placed on the city of Milwaukee historic register.  Trinity's pipe organ was built by the William Schuelke Company of Milwaukee in 1879 and has its own designation on the National Historic Register. 

The "Music at Historic Trinity" committee is a group of Trinity members who offer resources and opportunities to present and enjoy God's gift of music in Trinity's magnificent 1878 sanctuary.