First Lutheran Church of the Trinity, Chicago

First Lutheran Church of the Trinity

I found another church here in Chicago that rings the bells during the Lord’s PrayerFirst Lutheran Church of the Trinity. Perhaps this is a specifically Lutheran tradition?

This Lutheran church was the third in the city and the first one south of the Chicago River. The church formed in 1865, although the current building they occupy was built by them in 1912.

The three bells were cast by Stuckstede in 1913. Here are two of the fine beauties.

First Lutheran Church of the Trinity

First Lutheran Church of the Trinity

The congregants were German immigrants, and bible verses in German grace the bells.

Smallest bell: In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I am not afraid; what can flesh do to me? Psalms 56:4

Medium bell: But we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God 1 Corinthians 1:23-24

Largest bell: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy spirit be with all of you. Amen 2 Corinthians 13:14

Thanks, Rich Albrecht, for showing me the bells!



2 thoughts on “First Lutheran Church of the Trinity, Chicago

  1. Thanks for your notes about First Trinity. St James is a “sister” church of ours founded near the same time. I had told you about our “daughter” Holy Cross at 31st Place & Racine and a sister St Matt. at 21st near Damen whose people I could get you in touch with who very well might allow a look at their bells…

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