a welcome from the pastor
Word and Sacrament
Thank you for visiting the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church website! You probably noticed on the homepage the words, “Connecting people to Jesus without all the gimmicks.” Well, at St. Paul’s that’s what it’s all about.
See, it’s easy to get caught up in the frills and fluff of all the stuff we “do” and in so doing forget about why we’re here. And these days, churches seem to be getting more and more gimmicky. They try and “sell” themselves by all their programs and events, through their exciting and extravagant forms of worship, through words like “dynamic” and “authentic”, all to attract your attention and keep you engaged with the show, sort of like watching a sitcom on TV.
But here at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, we trust in God and His Word to draw you to repentance and faith. We trust in the Sacraments to sustain you and give you strength and hope. We trust in the things that have always made Christianity what it is: Jesus and His free gift of forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life.
No, we’re not here to scratch your back or tickle your ears; we are here to give you Jesus — to “connect you to Jesus,” no more and no less.
So, if you’re tired of the gimmicks and the sales pitches, then come and hear Jesus, and taste and see that the Lord IS GOOD!
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
Attending a Confessional Lutheran church, one of the first things you’ll notice is the very traditional setup of the sanctuary, the traditional dress of the clergy, the traditional hymns and liturgy, and the orderliness of the service. If you come from a less formal church, our formality can seem a bit odd.
Not to worry! We print and display our liturgies in the paper bulletins, on our screens, and of course in the hymnals. Yet, you may wonder why we follow such a formal, liturgical order? After all, most churches in the USA have gone to a more informal style and make use of more modern musical forms. Why not us?
The short answer: The Christian church has, for nearly 2000 years, used reverent, formal, orderly worship forms. Even the Apostles and early church fathers embraced orderly, reverent worship. The forms you see in many churches today is, by comparison, very young and untested with time. Further, since the 1960’s church membership has been in steep decline, and those who confess to be Christian in the USA have continued to drop. Since it was at about the same time that churches began to fully embrace modern worship forms (for the sake of growing the church) it is clear that these forms are not accomplishing what they are created to do: grow the church. But, the traditional forms, the orderly worship, the “God to Us” aspect of the ancient forms has worked for most of the age of the Church. Therefore, we not only question modern forms, we see no reason to embrace them. It’s just common sense. If something isn’t working, don’t keep doing it.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
children and teens
Something for everyone to embrace
St. Paul’s has a growing Sunday School program as well as a Jr. and Sr. Youth program where your kids will have opportunities to learn, pray, worship, laugh, sing, play, and enjoy fellowship with other Christians.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
In-depth, Bible-centered study
These aren’t your soft-core, spiritual milk sort of Bible studies! At St. Paul’s, adults are exposed to an in-depth and challenging study two times a week. Join us Sunday mornings after the service and Wednesday nights at 7:00 for adult Bible Study.