The Holy in Holy Week

From palms to teaching to eating with best friends, these are the things that make for the holy.  From betrayal to denial to keeping your distance even as your best friend dies, these are the the things that destroy holy community.  From grieving to visiting to astounding news to God’s presence when there should be…

Your Statement of Faith

Our eighth graders are putting the finishing touches on their faith statements.  These faith statements are as diverse as their personalities.  Yet at the heart of each of these statements is the expression of their relationship with God and all of humanity.  Hear them this coming Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service.  As Holy Week…

We Are One

We believe the United Church of Christ (UCC) is called to be a united and uniting church. “That they may all be one.” (John 17:21) “In essentials–unity, in nonessentials–diversity, in all things–charity,” These UCC mottos survive because they touch core values deep within us. The UCC has no rigid formulation of doctrine or attachment to…

One Great Hour of Sharing

Our special offering on Sunday, March 30, unites us with all who are in need.  The gifts that we offer today will be used for concrete ministries that further God’s work in the world.  In Matthew 25, Jesus told his disciples where to focus their ministry: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome…

Mardi Gras is over, are you ready for Lent?

The Feast of Carnival (literally translated: Farewell to Meat) also known as Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday) is preparation for the Lenten Fast. Lent is the forty days (not counting Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Holy Saturday during which we prepare our hearts and our lives for the experience of the Last Supper, the Cross,…

From Mountaintop to Routine

From Mountaintop to Routine We have heard it from campers at the end of a week at DuBois Center.  We have heard it at the end of a weekend retreat.  We have heard it at the end of the best vacations.  “I wish we could just stay here forever.  This is what life is supposed…

Singing Our Faith   Have you ever taken the time to look in the back of a hymnal?  Look at the different categories of hymns.  Where are your favorites?  Are they praise hymns?  Assurance?  Church Triumphant?  Are they choruses?  Faithfulness?  Creation?  God’s Presence?  Jesus as Friend?  Do that some time.  Take time to look in…

The State of the Church

Consider Your Call.  Jesus called fishermen and they left all of their nets and boats and followed him.  If you cannot leave all of your nets, try leaving one of them.  If baptizing the entire world is too overwhelming a task, find someone (maybe just one person) that you can see as your evangelism world…

Disciple: Living Out Baptism

For all of the staff that we have here at St. Paul (all part-time except the pastors), we are a church of people responding to the call of Jesus Christ.  The secular world calls them volunteers.  The church calls them disciples, that is, followers.  For when you teach Sunday School or are a youth advisor…

Souper Bowl of Caring!

Super Bowl is coming! More importantly, SOUPER BOWL is coming!! While you enjoy the BIG GAME or even just the commercials you have the opportunity to help feed people in need. St. Paul’s Junior Youth have been participating in this national, youth lead, campaign since 2003!! Over just  the last four years they have raised and given…