SERVICE TIMES

Sunday Worship: 10:00am
 

NURSERY CARE

Nursery care is available for infants and young children while their parents participate in the 10:00 service.  However, children of all ages are warmly welcomed to worship with their parents too.  Children are not required to be in the nursery, but nursery volunteers are ready to help provide care if needed.  Also, school-aged children third grade and younger are welcome to participate in age-appropriate activities and stories in the nursery after the children's message time so their parents can listen to the sermon.

FIRST TIME VISITORS

Welcome to St Paul Lutheran Church
On behalf of everyone at St. Paul Lutheran Church, it is my joy to welcome you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.   The people of St. Paul are a people who are honest about the human condition and honest about God.  We know we aren’t perfect.  We know that we have failures and fears and faults. Yet we are also honest about the way God is present in our human condition.  In Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit, God gives us forgiveness and faith and freedom.  So whatever your background or interests, your dreams and your talents, your quirks, achievements, and life stories, you are welcome at St. Paul.  If you’re looking for a congregation that will tell you to put away your questions, then this probably isn’t the place for you.  However, if you’re looking for a congregation in which people of faith wrestle with questions together, share God’s love together, and proclaim the life changing good news of God together, then this could very well be the place for you.   When we gather together on Sunday mornings, our services of worship follow a rich, historical liturgy through our use the hymnal Evangelical Lutheran Worship.  We celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion every Sunday, and we believe that Christ is truly present in this meal (which is called “real presence”), even though we don’t know how he is present.  We simply trust him when he said “This is my body.  This is my blood.”  The sacrament is administered at the communion rail with flat bread and wine (and grape juice) in individual cups.  In terms of music, we praise God with hymns accompanied by an electronic organ, piano, choir, and occasional guest musicians or soloists.  Our times of worship together on Sunday morning run about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes.   So, after you check out our website, check us out in person.  We look forward to having you with us on Sunday morning.  We’ll see you then!  

In Christ,
Pastor Kurt Lammi

BELIEFS

Lutherans believe in the Triune God - the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – as revealed to us in the Bible.  This God, who creates and loves all of creation, is revealed to us in the person of Jesus Christ, and is present to us by stirring up faith within us and by renewing the world. Lutherans also believe that we humans live in a paradox.  We are both saint and sinner at the same time.  This means that we are broken people who are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves.  Our sinfulness is evident, for example, in our loneliness, fear, despair, and violence.  However, we are also forgiven by God’s abundant grace given to us in Jesus Christ.  We do not earn this salvation; rather it is a free gift of God.  In baptism, we are baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection and called to live in that new life that has been given to us. Part of living out this new life involves living in community as God’s people, particularly as the Christian church throughout the ages and around the world.  As part of this larger church, we express shared statements of belief called creeds.  The three shared creeds are The Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed.  As part of the Lutheran church in particular, we hold to the confession of our faith as given in the Augsburg Confession and all of the documents of The Book of Concord. For more information about what we, as a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, believe, see http://www.elca.org/Faith/ELCA-Teaching

DAILY BIBLE READINGS

DAILY LECTIONARY FOR APRIL 2017

Reprinted from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts. www.commontexts.org In this month’s lectionary, there are two sets of readings listed for Sun April 9.  The first set is for the procession with palms.  The second set is for an emphasis on Jesus’ passion. There are two sets of readings listed for Sat April 15.  The first set is the readings for that day if Easter Vigil is not celebrated.  The second set is the numerous readings used for Easter Vigil.  There are also two sets of readings for Sun April 16.  The first is for the celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord during the day and the next set is for that celebration in the evening. 

5th week in Lent
Sat Apr 1 – Psalm 130 / Ezekiel 36:8-15 / Luke 24:44-53
Sun Apr 2 – Fifth Sunday in Lent – Ezekiel 37:1-14 / Psalm 130 / Romans 8:6-11 / John 11:1-45
Mon Apr 3 – Psalm 143 / 1 Kings 17:17-24 / Acts 20:7-12
Tues Apr 4 – Psalm 143 / 2 Kings 4:18-37 / Ephesians 2:1-10
Wed Apr 5 – Psalm 143 / Jeremiah 32:1-9, 36-41 / Matthew 22:23-33

6th week in Lent
Thurs Apr 6 – Psalm 31:9-16 / 1 Samuel 16:11-13 / Philippians 1:1-11
Fri Apr 7 – Psalm 31:9-16 / Job 13:13-19 / Philippians 1:21-30
Sat Apr 8 – Psalm 31:9-16 / Lamentations 3:55-66 / Mark 10:32-34
Sun Apr 9 – Passion Sunday or Palm SundayPalms: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 / Matthew 21:1-11 // Passion: Isaiah 50:4-9a – Psalm 31:9-16 / Philippians 2:5-11 / Matthew 26:14—27:66 or Matthew 27:11-54
Mon Apr 10 – Monday of Holy Week – Isaiah 42:1-9 / Psalm 36:5-11 / Hebrews 9:11-15 / John 12:1-11
Tues Apr 11 – Tuesday of Holy Week – Isaiah 49:1-7 / Psalm 71:1-14 / 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 / John 12:20-36
Wed Apr 12 – Wednesday of Holy Week – Isaiah 50:4-9a / Psalm 70 / Hebrews 12:1-3 / John 13:21-32

Three Days—Easter
Thurs Apr 13 – Maundy Thursday – Exodus 12:1-4 [5-10] 11-14 / Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 / 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 / John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Fri Apr 14 – Good Friday – Isaiah 52:13—53:12 / Psalm 22 / Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 / John 18:1—19:42
Sat Apr 15 – Holy Saturday (other than the Vigil) – Job 14:1-14 or Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-24 / Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16 / 1 Peter 4:1-8 / Matthew 27:57-66 or John 19:38-42
Sat Apr 15 – Resurrection of the LordEaster Vigil – 1: Genesis 1:1—2:4a / Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26 // 2: Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18; 8:6-18; 9:8-13 / Psalm 46 // 3: Genesis 22:1-18 / Psalm 16 // 4: Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21 / Exodus 15:1b-13, 17-18 // 5: Isaiah 55:1-11 / Isaiah 12:2-6 // 6: Baruch 3:9-15, 32—4:4 or Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21; 9:4b-6 / Psalm 19 // 7: Ezekiel 36:24-28 / Psalm 42 and 43 // 8: Ezekiel 37:1-14 / Psalm 143 // 9: Zephaniah 3:14-20 / Psalm 98 / Romans 6:3-11 / Psalm 114 / Matthew 28:1-10
Sun Apr 16 – Resurrection of the LordEaster Day – Acts 10:34-43 or Jeremiah 31:1-6 / Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 / Colossians 3:1-4 or Acts 10:34-43 / John 20:1-18 or Matthew 28:1-10
Sun Apr 16 – Resurrection of Our LordEaster Evening – Isaiah 25:6-9 / Psalm 114 / 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8 / Luke 24:13-49
Mon Apr 17 – Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 / Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21 / Colossians 3:5-11
Tues Apr 18 – Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 / Exodus 15:1-18 / Colossians 3:12-17
Wed Apr 19 – Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 / Joshua 3:1-17 / Matthew 28:1-10

2nd week of Easter
Thurs Apr 20 – Psalm 16 / Song of Solomon 2:8-15 / Colossians 4:2-5
Fri Apr 21 – Psalm 16 / Song of Solomon 5:9—6:3 / 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Sat Apr 22 – Psalm 16 / Song of Solomon 8:6-7 / John 20:11-20
Sun Apr 23 – Second Sunday of Easter – Acts 2:14a, 22-32 / Psalm 16 / 1 Peter 1:3-9 / John 20:19-31
Mon Apr 24 – Psalm 114 / Judges 6:36-40 / 1 Corinthians 15:12-20
Tues Apr 25 – Psalm 114 / Jonah 1:1-17 / 1 Corinthians 15:19-28
Wed Apr 26 – Psalm 114 / Jonah 2:1-10 / Matthew 12:38-42

3rd week of Easter
Thurs Apr 27 – Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 / Isaiah 25:1-5 / 1 Peter 1:8b-12
Fri Apr 28 – Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 / Isaiah 26:1-4 / 1 Peter 1:13-16
Sat Apr 29 – Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 / Isaiah 25:6-9 / Luke 14:12-14
Sun Apr 30 – Third Sunday of Easter – Acts 2:14a, 36-41 / Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 / 1 Peter 1:17-23 / Luke 24:13-35