Christian Basics

This past Sunday, I shared in worship that sometimes we try to make the faith too complicated.  Using the Letter of James as a basis, we explored the essence of Christian Basics.  James assumes that we have faith, but implores us not just believe in Jesus, but to live out the faith.  During our devotional…

Be the Light

According to the Gospel of Mark, “Everyone is searching for Jesus.” But in our searching, live out the Three Great Loves: the love of children, the love of neighbor, and the love of creation.  I can imagine each of you, and our congregation being fully illuminated more often, closer to God more often, and understanding…

The Season of Epiphany

The season of Epiphany (God’s revealing in Jesus) helps the church understand why we need to be the church to the world.  The church of Jesus Christ is to be the light that reveals the Christ to the world through our actions.  God is calling us to a ministry of hospitality for all who are…

Baby Jesus – New Year – God’s Newness

We have listened to the angels, gathered with the shepherds at the manger and anticipate the coming of the magi who continue to follow the star.  As the new year is upon us, we remember the happenings of the previous year, gaze at the present realities and look forward to the coming year with great…

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…

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…

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