Our Faith and Mission
Sacraments and Rites
Please click HERE for information about baptism, confirmation, wedding ceremonies, funerals, and memorial services at Trinity.
Trinity and the broader Christian community
- Metro DC Synod, our regional community
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, our national community
- Reconciling in Christ, our commitment to inclusion of the LGBTQ community
- Lutheran World Federation, our community around the world
Celebrating 500 Years of Reformation
As a communion, we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation in 2017. Study guides available HERE from the Lutheran World Federation explore the following themes — chosen to carry us into the next 500 years:
Liberated by God’s Grace.
As Christians liberated by God’s grace, we are free. Free to love and serve our neighbor, free to be a responsible citizen in the world and free to be a good steward of God’s creation.
Salvation – Not for Sale
Salvation is God’s free gift— this is the central message of the doctrine of justification. It expresses a clear critique of concepts that treat salvation as a commodity on the “religious market.”
Human beings – Not for Sale
Every person is created in the image of God and must be fully respected in her/his dignity and integrity. Practices that create or increase poverty need to be critically addressed by churches.
Creation – Not for Sale
Nature has to be fully respected and protected as God’s good creation, entrusted to human care. It cannot be subject to exploitative human domination nor can its resources be exploited as commodities.
From Conflict to Communion: Preparing for the 500th Anniversary
Martin Luther posted his “95 Theses” on a church door 31. Oct. 1517. While the Reformation fractured Western Christianity, Catholics and Lutherans have been committed to dialogue for the past 50 years in an effort to restore full unity. The report, From Conflict to Communion, presents the results of this dialogue. Published in 2013, this report from the Lutheran-Catholic Commission on Unity looks at the central points of Luther’s call for the reform of the Church, the points addressed later by the Council of Trent and, especially, the Second Vatican Council as well as issues that still divide Catholics and Lutherans. The report closes by observing that, “The beginnings of the Reformation will be rightly remembered when
Lutherans and Catholics hear together the gospel of Jesus Christ and allow themselves to be called anew into community with the Lord.”