Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances… 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Who can attend worship at St. Paul?
We invite you to worship with us whether you are:
A Christian from another church body
A person of faith of any religion
Not really much of a believer
At the altar for Holy Communion, we welcome all baptized Christians who believe that Christ is really present in the bread and wine.
Babies and children are especially welcome at St. Paul's. Baptized children may receive Holy Communion, regardless of their age. We understand that little ones need to move around and sometimes make noise. When a child really needs a break, there’s a little area in the narthex at the back where parents can take them to find a soft toy and help them calm down.
What is worship like at St. Paul's?
At St. Paul's Lutheran Church, we worship in the historic liturgical tradition of the church catholic. That’s small-c catholic, meaning “universal”—we worship the way the church has worshiped for a long, long time. Our worship is centered around Word and Sacrament.
We read the Bible because we believe it contains the Word of God. Most of the time we read three Bible lessons and sing a Psalm. We also sing and pray the Bible! Many of our hymns and our prayers come from the Bible. At St. Paul, we love to sing, and our wonderful organ and great acoustics makes singing God’s Word fun and rewarding.
Oh, and there’s a sermon, too! The sermon generally applies the Bible lessons of the day to our daily lives. Martin Luther said that proper preaching includes both Law, which shows us why we need God, and Gospel, which shows us God’s love freely given to fill our need. Sermons are usually 15-20 minutes long.
At the heart of our worship—and of our lives—is Baptism. In Baptism, we die to ourselves and are reborn in Christ. God accepts us as beloved children, even though we’re not worthy of such a great gift. Baptism is about what God does for us and to us and in us, not about what we believe or know or do. So Lutherans baptize infants as well as adults. If you would like to be baptized or have your child baptized, please contact the pastor.
At the heart of every Sunday service, as well as festivals such as Christmas, is Holy Communion. We believe that the bread and wine is “the body of Christ given for you, the blood of Christ shed for you,” as the ministers say to each communicant. We leave the altar fed with God’s great love for us, forgiven our sins, and strengthened for a life of service to others.