The Society of the Holy Trinity
founded September 1997
The Society is a ministerium (order) of pastors who have been ordained in Lutheran churches throughout North America. In a time of doctrinal confusion and moral uncertainty, we support one another in remaining faithful to the promises spoken at ordination into the Church's ministry.
Society of the Holy Trinity 2015 General Retreat, Mundelein, Illinois, USA
The Lutheran ordination rites are imbedded in these realities:
* In Baptism we are plunged into the Crucifixion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ
* Baptism draws us into the Life of the Holy Trinity
* Baptism rescues us from the realities of sin, Satan and death.
The ordination promises confess that the Holy Scriptures are the Word of God and the norm (or rule) for the church's faith and practice. Lutheran pastors accept, teach and confess the three ecumenical creeds: Apostles', Nicene and Athanasian. They also believe the Lutheran Confessions (The Book of Concord) to be a true witness to and a faithful unpacking of the Holy Scriptures.
Immersed in the Lord's Scriptures and Sacraments, the ordained pastor carries and reflects the Lord's Life to an absorbed, afflicted and agonized world. The Society assists that carrying and reflecting by encouraging obedience to Jesus Christ, by using the daily prayer offices and the daily lectionary of the Church, and by studying the Scriptures, the Confessions, the church fathers and the church's tradition.
The Society reminds its members that through Lord's Word and the Son's Cross we are stirred and sustained to be faithful carriers and reflectors of the Lord's Life. The Lord's Word comes to us through the Scriptures and impacts us at Baptism. It continues to stream into our lives through the Lord's Supper and Forgiveness. Through the practice of prayer and worship on a daily and weekly basis, the Word continues to make its way into the church's life and for the sake of the world's people. The Word is most visibly expressed in the Son's Cross which breaks the world's life apart and sets people within the Life bursting from his Resurrection. This is why, in a time of doctrinal confusion and moral uncertainty, we encourage and support one another in remaining faithful to the promises spoken at ordination into the church's ministry.
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Posted -- 24 March 2007
Updated -- 26 September 2015