Going Solar: Love of God’s Creation

Just in the past week I have noticed changes in a field of corn that I pass on my drive to church.  The transformation has begun from dark green to golden.  It touches that part of my personality that loves God’s creation.  Last night, the half moon lit up the night sky so that you…

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…

Lenten Journey

Lent begins tomorrow with Ash Wednesday.  Historically, the season of Lent began as an intensive final period of preparation for those catechumens (converts under training) who had been set apart, after considerable preparation, to be baptized at the Easter Vigil (which, in those days, was observed the Saturday before Easter and concluding with sunrise on…

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…

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…