Reflections on Chattanooga

Horrific.  Heinous.  Terror.  Evil.  Sin. All are words that only partially form our attempt to fully describe the shooting in Chattanooga. Fear.  Hate.  Revenge.  War.  Exterminate. All are words I’ve heard used to describe what our nation’s response should be to Chattanooga. We belong to God’s household.  We, as God’s household, are built on the…

Let The Children Come To Jesus

I have heard it said that our church is not very biblical.  Really? Jesus said: “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the realm of God.  Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the realm of God like a child shall not enter it.”  And Jesus…

Pentecost Renewal and Prayer

A Prayer at Pentecost (Use with your family, or, if you live alone, read the first aloud and the bold silently as if others are reading it aloud or singing as they surround you.) One: Creator God, who came to us as Jesus the Christ and who fills us with the Holy Spirit, breathe in…

Kindercottage Month at St. Paul

              For St. Paul UCC folk and our friends! May is Kindercottage month. We are raising money to help them while Illinois State funds are delayed, and asking all confirmed members still in high school to help pull this off. Here is what is happening and how you can help:…

Easter: Over or Just Starting

Easter is a marvelous day.  Lenten contemplation is over.  God’s newness is now proclaimed in Christ’s resurrection.  From contemplation to Death to Resurrection, God’s promises are proclaimed as fulfilled.  Yet let us never think of Easter as being over.  Easter faith is just beginning.  It is this new vision for life now and life eternal….

Christmas Eve at St. Paul

YOU ARE INVITED TO CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE AT ST PAUL  Come worship at any or all of our three distinct services: 6:30 p.m.: Service of Scripture and Carols: Alleluia Ringers and God’s Super Singers Nursery available 8:30 p.m.: Service of Scripture and Carols: Chancel Choir 11:00 p.m.: Service of Word and Sacrament: Adult Bell Choirs

Candlelight Vigil for Peace and Non-Violence

A silent candlelight prayer vigil for peace and non-violence will be held at 6:00 p.m. on the steps of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Columbia, IL  on the evening of the Ferguson grand jury announcement.  If the announcement is made on Wednesday, the vigil will still take place and the Community Thanksgiving Service will…

Worship. Love. Go. Do.

Churches of the United Church of Christ of southern Illinois (the Illinois South Conference) gather each fall for their annual meeting.  It is a wonderful reminder that the ministry of Jesus Christ spreads beyond the communities where our local church resides.  Yes, there are wonderful ministries we do at the local level, but there are…