Worship

St. Paul's Lutheran Church joyfully retains the reformed historic liturgies of the evangelical catholic church with their beautiful Gospel focus. We do not do this merely for the sake of tradition. In our world of constant change and loss of reverence, these tried and true forms are reverent and faithful theological settings for the principal reasons of our being assembled together by our gracious God: to receive our Lord God’s unchanging Gospel Word and Sacraments for our forgiveness, life, and salvation. Indeed, at a time where more and more Lutheran churches have abandoned historic liturgical worship in favor of so called "contemporary style" services, St. Paul's is unwavering in maintaining rich, Gospel-centered liturgical forms at all its services. These liturgical forms include:

  • The Divine Service - (Gottesdienst) the principal Sunday morning communion service.
  • Matins - (a historical morning service) occasionally prayed during the week.
  • Vespers - (a historical evening service) occasionally prayed during the week.
  • Evening Prayer - (a liturgical variation on Vespers) prayed on most Wednesday evenings.

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These historic and Lutheran liturgies unite and direct our community to learn and confess the one true Christian and apostolic faith summarized in the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds. As a confession and expression of the one true saving faith, Lutheran liturgy directs and forms our life of prayer as we pray, praise, and give thanks to God and seek to love and serve our neighbor. Lutheran liturgical worship greatly helps us self-centered sinners to turn our attention away from ourselves, our feelings and personal performance, and directs our attention to the Gospel-filled Scriptures with their testimony to God's redemptive history from the good news proclaimed in the Garden, to Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and Elijah, all the way to the promise fulfilled in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Our liturgical practice at St. Paul's Lutheran Church sets us apart from the popular non-denominational evangelical churches so common today. Here you realize that Christian worship and the Gospel message have been present and active long before the start of "Community churches" and contemporary Christian rock and roll music came on the scene. At St. Paul's be prepared to hear and receive the Word of God as we open the Lutheran Service Book and follow a printed liturgy, chant or speak canticles, psalms, and prayers, confess creeds, and sing hymns accompanied by an organ. At the heart of it all we have liturgical services with Christ, not just ourselves, ... and we're thankful for it!


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