Trinity Lutheran Church

In this place...

Teach, live,
and Share Christ's Love

Welcome to Trinity Lutheran Church in Hovland, Minnesota.  Here at Trinity, God provides a beautiful worship space, building, and gardens.  This is a place for worship and gathering where the Sacred meets the everyday. Here we are taught by the Holy Spirit, strengthened to live Christ by who we are in families, workplace, stores, or over a simple cup of coffee with a friend.  We are continually encouraged by the Holy Spirit to open our doors further to provide a greater welcome, and to remember Jesus said, “whatever you have done for the have done for me” (Matthew 25:40).  

Strengthened by worship, Holy Communion, and a place of respite and rest, we also head out our thrown open doors to live Christ by widening our invitation to worship, faith, and community.

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This Week at Trinity

Worship is central at Trinity!

Sunday Worship

Sundays, 9:00 a.m., Worship with Holy Communion or Service of the Word
In the sanctuary unless otherwise noted.

Sunday worship is also live streamed on our YouTube channel.

Ship of Longing

On September 30, 2023, a votive ship was "raised" at Trinity. Designed and built by Mark Hansen, founder of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, these ship models are very common in churches in the Nordic countries, especially Denmark. It is called the Ship of Longing. Boat of Longing is the title of a book by Norwegian-American author Ole E. Rolvaag, who taught at St. Olaf College. The ship honors those lost at sea (or on Lake Superior) and carries the pain and hopes of those who mourn loss. This particular boat took a year to build, and is appropriately named Valhala. Trinity produced a short video about the launch of the Ship of Longing and the construction of the current church building by members and students from St. Olaf College under the leadership of professors Arnold Flaten and Howard Hong.

WDSE, PBS North, aired a short feature on the construction of the votive ship. In this Slice, Mark Hansen discusses the construction of the knarr.

events & happenings


Each Sunday, 9:00 a.m.  Worship with Holy Communion followed by coffee time.

Special Events

July 23, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., Summer Series, A River Runs Through It.
  "Rivers of Faith in the Church’s Song" led by Pastor Bill Beckstrand. Hymn sing accompanied by stories and theological reflection on how rivers give witness to the journey of faith. Program followed by pie and ice cream.

August 20, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., Summer Series, A River Runs Through It.
  "At the Headwaters of all Life: Rivers that Flow Through Scripture" led by Pastor Mark Ditmanson. The story of grace begins and ends with rivers. Pastor Mark invites us to consider again how important rivers have been and continue to be in the story of all life. Program followed by pie and ice cream.

September 27, Friday, Summer Series, Feast of Creation.
  6:00 p.m. Fishcake Dinner
  7:00 p.m. "Feast of Creation" led by Pastor and Professor Ben Stewart. What if the global church had a major festival (like Christmas and Easter) that celebrates creation?

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