Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Part IV from Wanamingo: Touring Trinity Church March 24, 2016

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Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 Second Avenue, Wanamingo, Minnesota.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 Second Avenue, Wanamingo, Minnesota.

THE LUTHERAN CHURCH STANDS solid on a corner lot a few blocks off Wanamingo’s Main Street. Brick strong. Enduring strong. In the faith strong.

The cornerstone of this ELCA church is dated 1922, to the left in this photo.

The cornerstone of this ELCA church is dated 1922, to the left in this photo.

A cornerstone on Trinity Lutheran Church simply notes LUTHERAN CHURCH 1922. I know nothing more about the history of this congregation, of this building.

The beautiful sanctuary as photographed from the balcony.

The beautiful sanctuary as photographed from the balcony.

That matters not. For I appreciate churches like this which are lovely houses of worship. For these truly are houses to the families of faithful. Therein, worshipers, if not related by blood, are related by the commonality of faith and lives shared. They truly become family in joy and in grief.

One of my favorite stained glass windows in Trinity is this one of Ruth gathering grain to help support her mother-in-law. The window is partially covered by the balcony.

One of my favorite stained glass windows in Trinity is this one of Ruth gathering grain to help support her mother-in-law. The window is partially covered by the balcony. To me, this window symbolizes deep love and devotion to family.

This trio of stained glass windows rises above the altar.

This trio of stained glass windows rises above the altar.

One of the windows flanking the side of the sanctuary.

One of the windows flanking the sanctuary.

Within the walls of an aged sanctuary like Trinity, visual symbols of faith embrace those who enter therein. Intricate stained glass windows shine the light of grace and of Scripture.

One can only imagine the messages delivered from this sturdy pulpit.

One can only imagine the messages delivered from this sturdy pulpit.

The sturdy pulpit with its handcarved trim looms as a time-honored place for preaching of the Word, the wood dulled by the hands of many preachers.

Balcony pews.

Balcony pews.

Worn pews reflect the history of generations.

Another view from the church aisle.

Another view, this from the center church aisle.

Art, history and a heavenly presence prevail. It is here, within the walls of Trinity. Visually. And in spirit.

BONUS PHOTOS:

The risen Lord centers the trio of stained glass windows above the altar.

The risen Lord centers the trio of stained glass windows above the altar.

A basket holds church bulletins and other worship essentials.

A basket holds church bulletins and other worship essentials.

Church mail slots.

Church mail slots.

A final message for worshipers is posted on a window next to an exterior front door.

A final message for worshipers is posted on a window next to an exterior front door.

FYI: Please check back next week for more posts in my “from Wanamingo” series.

© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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20 Responses to “Part IV from Wanamingo: Touring Trinity Church”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    I always love a church with stained glass windows. There is just something about the beauty of each colored pane of glass that makes me grateful to be in a church building that has those depictions to remind me of what our journey on earth should be about. Thanks for sharing.

  2. The beauty of the old churches is beyond the modern designs by 100 fold. Although the cost in today’s dollars is probably greater, the value of those magnificent edifices of the past is priceless.

  3. treadlemusic Says:

    What stories are held within those walls!!! With my Catholic background, I can totally appreciate those gorgeous stained glass windows…..and the woodcarvings are amazing!!!!!!!

  4. Beautiful Inside and Out – love the Psalm – thanks so much for sharing 🙂 Happy Day – Enjoy!

  5. lovely photos, Audrey.
    I love churches.
    The stained glass, old pews, pastors, priests!
    Even the smell of the hymnals!
    How Are You? xx

  6. randy Says:

    I did’nt catch this when in the church,but the pews in the bacony are probably from the “old” church.

  7. Jackie Says:

    again, we share a love for old churches, the stained glass window are a thing of the past and oh, how beautiful they are! I love the inside of this church, what a beauty she is! I have not sat in a pew for years, our church converted to chairs many years ago when we built the new worship center. They also seem to be a thing of the past. Lovely post Audrey, beautiful photo’s as always.

  8. Just beautiful – my goodness those windows – the glass holds its colour so beautifully.. c

  9. Love love love especially the worn out pews

  10. Dean T Fredrickson Says:

    Thank you for all the memories and sharing my beautiful ‘home’ church. I was baptized and confirmed there. The baptisms, confirmations, weddings, & funerals of both family & friends are all brought back to me looking at those lovely images. A teary eyed thank you for your sharing & vision.


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