A Beautiful Place for Worship

Trinity's grand sanctuary can seat 1,250 worshipers.

Trinity’s grand sanctuary can seat 1,250 worshipers.

I first came to Trinity Lutheran Church last year, while on assignment for the ELCA¬†and I fell in love with the congregation’s beautiful, 178-year-old historic building. I asked for permission to return and photograph the building and a couple of weeks ago I was able to do just that.

Trinity's 181-foot steeple was erected in 1957.

Trinity’s 181-foot steeple was erected in 1957.

Like a lot of churches recently, the congregation’s numbers have shrunk and most Sundays the grand sanctuary is empty while the congregation has service in a smaller chapel on the ground level.

Sunday service is held in Trinity's smaller chapel.

Sunday service is held in Trinity’s smaller chapel.

It would be a cliche to point out that buildings aren’t made like they used to; but, they really aren’t. The stairwell leading up to the choir balcony wouldn’t ever have been used by more than a small percentage of the congregation. Still, the trim work around the window, door, and baseboard were given the same attention as in the rest of the building.

Beauty waits to be discovered at every corner.

Beauty waits to be discovered at every corner.

I really enjoyed the time I spent at Trinity, both the Sunday I was happy to share service with the congregation and the morning I spent in silent reflection photographing the building. I felt that both the people and the spaces welcomed me graciously. I hope that the building can be preserved for many more generations.

The ceiling's massive rosette is in perfect balance with the size of the grand sanctuary.

The ceiling’s massive rosette is in perfect balance with the size of the grand sanctuary.

You can find more images from Trinity on my website.

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