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…

Fearless in Ministry

Fearless is one of those words that people often hear differently. For some, fearless is heard as reckless.  For others, fearless means possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurance. Fearless, as a word of faith, is more like the second definition; or, in addition to that definition, to challenge one another or to dare one another,…

No Greater Cause (a Sunday preview)

Rev. M. Craig Barnes once gave a stewardship sermon: “No Greater Cause.”  He begins: If CNN pollsters asked for your approval rating, you may say your church is doing fine.  Or you could point to a change or two you would like to make.  But what if the pollster asked, “Do you believe the church…