We are a traditional Lutheran congregation, Holy Trinity Lutheran, that gathers every Sunday for the mass. We are part of the ELMD in Finland with some thirty congregations in Finland.
Right from the start, Christians have devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, breaking of bread and prayer, Acts 2:42. The mass is a service in which we receive the Holy Communion. We hear the Lord addressing us in his word and Jesus offers freely his body and blood for the forgiveness of our sins. The Sacrament of the Altar can be received by baptized Christians who need Christ for the forgiveness of their sins and who commit themselves to the Bible and the Lutheran Confessions in their doctrine and lives.
Holy Trinity Lutheran
Sunday 10.30 am
Leinikkitie 36, 01350 Vantaa.
NOTE: Enterance via Asterinkuja.
Pay a visit to us!
+ pastor Jussi Halonen
jussi.halonen(at)lhpk.fi, 044 069 7579.
Worship service for your life, congregation for your home!
All Christians need for themselves a congregation of their own. The images used by the New Testament of Christians as building stones (1 Pt 2:5), as sheep in the flock (Jn 10:14-16), as branches in the vine (Jn 15:1-5) or as parts in the human body (1 Cor 12:12-13) lose their meaning if parts are viewed without the entity. For what is a stone without a building, a sheep without a flock, a branch without a tree, or a body part severed from the body? They are simply empty miserable and useless, aren’t they? The New Testament does not know of Christians without a congregation, but the baptism that joins us to Christ, also joins us to other Christians.
“For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body…” (1 Cor 12:13)
The Christianity of our day is however branded by the very same idolization of individual freedom, seen everywhere is our society. In the society round about us people see and idolize the individual freedom to realize their own potential, to live according to their own values, desires and ideals – without any responsibility for others, for themselves and for their own choices before God. The consequences of the path chosen are well known to us: many have found the freedom to live without any contacts to their relatives, in the isolation of broken relationships and bridges burned behind them; freedom to fear meeting a neighbour, freedom to turn their heads when meeting a familiar person in the street, freedom to live away from their own children or freedom to live lonely lives within their marriages, under the same roof, imprisoned by silence. Ultimately fallen people’s desire to live as their own gods free from the Law of God is the same kind of reaching out for freedom that the lizard’s tail experiences in the hands of a little boy, severed from its body. Many Christians yearn in their hearts to have, apart from contact with God, also contact with other people. This follows the great tragedy of our time: the incredible versatility in the market of religions! People who have turned their backs on God nevertheless have a yearning for God in their hearts. This yearning is in all of us, the handprint of our Maker shows in us and is in us. Therefore in this society alienated from God all kinds of religious as well as spiritistic groups continue to grow. Such a spectrum of religions was met by Paul in his day when he spoke to the citizens of Athens:
“What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.” (Acts 17:23)
How should we respond to this multiplicity? How can we separate good and healthy groups from the wrong ones that bind us up? What if my own local parish no longer proclaims the pure Law and Gospel from its pulpit? Where can I find for myself a Lutheran congregation with a merciful spirit without getting imprisoned to a sect or a legalistic Christian group?
St Matthew’s Lutheran Congregation exists so that Christians living in the vicinity of Hämeenlinna could find themselves a safe and a merciful congregation, a spiritual home where they can without fear rejoice over the Gospel together with other sisters and brothers. St Matthew’s Lutheran Congregation exists that our children might have – while we are waiting for Christ to return – a possibility to grow in a traditional Lutheran congregation.
St Matthew’s Lutheran Congregation
Why does our congregation preface its name with “Saint”? Aren’t the members of our congregation miserable sinners, that is, quite ordinary people? Yes they certainly are. The holiness of the congregation, which we believe and confess to, is Christ’s holiness, given out of mercy to cover the sinner before the Father. Because of what Christ did, God already now ascribes all of Christ’s righteousness to us, even though we still cannot see it with our eyes. One day in Heaven everything will be pure and complete. Frequently what we see in the congregation is broken, incomplete and scraped by sin. There are no perfect people in St Matthew’s (Rom 3:23)And yet we can gather as a congregation every Sunday in the presence of our Great Healer Jesus Christ, to confess our sins to Him, who gives all of Himself to cover the sinner.
“In myself I am a poor miserable sinner, but covered by the Groom’s robe I am snow-white. I am a pure beautiful lily in the garden of my Master, I am the ripened harvest because of His great mercy.” (Finnish Hymnal 621:3)
Why does our congregation so emphatically announce that it is Lutheran? What significance does the confession have, aren’t Christ-centredness and the Biblical faith the most important things? Yes they are, which is why we want to be Lutheran. The Lutheran Confessions are Christ-centred and Biblical. Jesus Christ is no longer in the stable in Bethlehem or by the empty cross in Jerusalem, but He is amidst His own every day to the end of times, (Mt 28:20). This is why we don’t have to ride a time mobile for 6,000 kilometres/4,000 miles and 2,000 years to get to Jesus. Nor do we have to go to the Holiest of Heaven before God to see Jesus, as that may be life dangerous to a sinner!
‘But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim).’ (Rom 10:6-8)
This is why the Lutheran Confessions emphasize that Christ is where He has promised to be: amidst His own. Mary Magdalene who once arrived at the empty tomb went back to the disciples in despair saying: (Jn 20:2) The Lutheran Confessions give us a clear answer to this question. The Lord is present where He has promised to be. The Confessions point everywhere to Christ and His own promises of grace. The Lord comes to you in the promises of God’s Word (Jn 14:18). The Lord comes to you in the Words of the Absolution, which He wants to proclaim to His own through the installed pastoral office. (Jn 20:22-23). The Lord comes to you in Baptism which He instituted (Matt 28:19), in which He takes you as His own, gives you a new birth and grants the Holy Spirit to be your Guide and Light. Jn 3:3-6, Tit 3:5) The Lord comes to you in the gift of Holy Communion (Mt 26:26-28, Mk 14:22-25, Lk 22:19-20, 1 Cor 11:23-25), in which He gives you Himself, His true Body and His true Blood (1 Cor 10:16) in the blessed bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins.
St Matthew’s Lutheran Congregation meets for worship services at 13 Tykistöntie, Hämeenlinna, at 11 am every Sunday. You are all welcome to our worship services. Holy Communion can be served to baptized Christians who need Christ for the forgiveness of their sins and who commit themselves to the Bible and the Lutheran Confessions in their doctrine and lives.
If you wish to know more about our congregational activities, doctrinal teaching, Holy Communion practices or anything else, don’t hesitate to contact Pr Markus Nieminen (markus.nieminen(at)luthersaatio.fi, +358-50-439 6125).