Ev. Trinity Lutheran Church of Clinton MA

A confessional Lutheran Congregation in the heart of Central Massachusetts

About ETLC

Our Mission Statement

Before He ascended into heaven, our Lord Jesus Christ commissioned His Church to make disciples of all nations – by baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and by teaching them to observe all things that He has commanded (Matthew 28:19-20).

Therefore, as we strive to fulfill this “Great Commission,” we, the baptized people of God gathered by His grace at Evangelical Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton, Massachusetts, commit ourselves to:

  • the preaching and teaching of the Law and Gospel and the administration of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper for the goal of repentance and the forgiveness of sins in Jesus’ name;
  • the regular reception and use of the Gospel and the Word of God in all its public forms: preaching, teaching, Lord’s Supper, liturgy, absolution, and the mutual sharing of the Gospel in Christian fellowship;
  • ongoing catechesis (instruction) of all ages from the Holy Scriptures, the Lutheran Confessions, and the evangelical liturgy and hymnody of the Lutheran tradition;
  • prayer, both corporate and private, for all needs and circumstances of people, and the encouragement of every member in the daily devotional life of study and prayer;
  • building up our fellow members in love;
  • promoting and guarding purity of doctrine and practice; this involves joyfully promoting Biblical Christianity/Confessional Lutheranism; this also involves combating false doctrine and practice;
  • faithfully living out our calling and position in life as a member of Christ’s royal priesthood seven days a week, and the intentional outreach by the congregation to the surrounding community;
  • being faithful stewards of all that God has given us; this includes first-fruits, proportionate giving of offerings, both corporately and individually, as a tangible and concrete expression of our gratitude to God for His manifold gifts to us;
  • the recruiting, training, and support of future pastors and teachers of the church and the support and sending of missionaries, at home and abroad, in cooperation with other congregations who share a common confession of the Christian faith with us.

Our Worship Schedule

1st Sunday after Labor Day through June
9:00 am Sunday School & Bible Study
10:00am Sunday Worship

July through Labor Day weekend
9:30 am Sunday Worship

Sunday School and Bible Study recess from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend

Holy Communion (more below) is celebrated on the following occasions:

Every Sunday of the month;
Major feasts of the Church Year: Easter, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, Christmas Day;
Festivals: Reformation (last Sunday in October) and All Saints (first Sunday in November)
On other occasions specifically indicated in the Worship on Special Observances list above.

About the Lord’s Supper, or Holy Communion

Scripture teaches that, in the Lord’s Supper, the bread and wine we receive in our mouths is simultaneously the true body and blood of Jesus, crucified and raised for our sins. This He gives to all who partake as a certain guarantee of our forgiveness, won by Him 2,000 years ago on Calvary’s cross.

Rev. Martin Luther, in his Small Catechism,explains it this way: The Sacrament of the Altar (another name for the Lord’s Supper) “is the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the bread and wine, for us Christians to eat and to drink, instituted by Christ Himself.”

The benefit of the Sacrament, as Luther further states, “is shown us by these words, ‘Given and shed for you for the remission of sins‘.”

Who Should Partake of Holy Communion at Trinity?

In his Small Catechism, in answer to the question, “Who receives (Holy Communion) worthily?” Rev. Luther has written, “He is truly worthy and well prepared who has faith in these words, ‘Given and shed for you for the remission of sins’ . . . for the words ‘for you’ require all hearts to believe.

Lutherans also believe that the Lord’s Supper is a celebration of the oneness of doctrine and practice that we share. Furthermore, instruction and commitment to our confession prior to receiving the Sacrament is essential both for the spiritual well-being of the one communing as well as the statement we make as Christians communing together. Therefore, we respectfully ask that only current, confirmed members, in good standing, of Lutheran churches in doctrinal fellowship commune with us, for our belief is that unity at the altar presupposes unity in doctrine (1 Corinthians 10:14-21; 11:17-34).

“Lutheran churches in doctrinal fellowship” would include, by and large, those of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod or of Lutheran church bodies in full altar and pulpit fellowship with the LCMS (e.g. the Lutheran Church–Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England, etc.). Except for the American Association of Lutheran Churches (AALC), this fellowship does not currently include any other Lutheran church bodies headquartered in the United States, and only the LCC in Canada. The fellowship does not include the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), nor does it include the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). It does, however, include some of the Lutheran church bodies from many countries around the world. The fellowship does not include European Lutheran state churches (several nations have them), but in some of these countries, there is a free and independent Lutheran church body with which we are in fellowship instead.

The division within visible Christianity is a sad fact that we all should work and pray to overcome. However, reception of the Lord’s Supper at this time by Christians not fully united with us would imply a oneness of confession that does not yet exist and for which we all must pray. We ask you to join us in praying for the unity of the Church in the confession of the true doctrine.

If you have questions about our practice, or would like to inquire about the process of joining our confessional fellowship and thus being able to commune with us in future, we warmly encourage you to speak with our Pastor.

An abbreviated version of these statements on Holy Communion may be found in our church bulletin issued at each Sunday morning Divine Service. This statement is an elaboration on the bulletin announcement.

Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord…
1 Corinthians 11:27

Contact Pastor Paul Gramit:
Phone: 978-365-6888 or Email

Ev. Trinity Lutheran Church, 117 Chace St., Clinton MA
Phone: (978) 365-6888
Member Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod – Unaltered Augsburg Confession

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