Worship at St. Paul's
What is the purpose of worship services? 
Worship is an important part of a Christian’s faith and life. In God’s house, God’s people step away from the distractions and difficulties of daily life and gather as a spiritual family in the promised presence of God himself. You still may be asking yourself. What is the purpose worship?

We join together with our brothers and sisters in faith each Sunday and call upon God to be with us. We join together to admit our sins and how we failed our God. We join our voices together in hymns of prayer, praise, and proclamation. We join together in speaking the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian creeds to express the faith that we share. We join together in prayer. These are all things we do in worship.

However, above all else we gather each Sunday for what God does for us. In worship, God calls to us through his Word. God calls the worshiper to recognize his or her sinfulness through the message of his law. God does not leave the sinner to despair, but he lovingly calls the sin-burdened worshiper to hear the sweet good news of sins forgiven. Through his Word, God instructs, strengthens, equips, and motivates his people for lives of Christian service. God not only comes to us in worship through his Word, but also in his sacraments. Through the sacrament of Baptism, God places his name on the sinner and adopts him or her as his dearly loved forgiven child. Through the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, God offers to us together with the bread and wine the very body and blood of Christ that was sacrificed for our sins. In worship, with every syllable of his Word that is proclaimed and sung, God assures us of what he has done for us. This is what makes worship such an important part of a Christian’s faith and life; it directs us to God’s grace and love centered upon his Son, Jesus Christ. It will fill us with joy that continues long after the time of worship ends.

Psalm 122:1 - I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

 
What to expect when coming to worship at St. Paul's?
Where to sit?
  • Feel free to sit wherever you’d like, whether the front or the back. If you need help, there are greeters at the entrances of the visiting area. They will be glad to help. Also, any member would be willing to assist you.
What to wear?
  • Come as you are. We aren’t worried about what you’re wearing. We will be glad to see you coming into God’s house to hear his message of forgiveness.
What about children?
  • Children of all ages are welcomes at St. Paul’s. We encourage children and parents to hear God’s Word together. We have a children’s message that is before the sermon. We also have Sunday school lesson between services for the children at 9:15am.

What is worship like at St. Paul's?
When it comes to receiving the blessings God has given us, we use a form of worship that is called liturgical worship. This form of worship has its roots in the early Christian church. The center of liturgical worship is Christ. Some parts of the liturgy stay the same each Sunday. Thus Christ is proclaimed each and every single Sunday. Some parts of the liturgy change every week. These changes are based on the appointed calendar for the church. To learn more about this style of worship, choose one of the following categories. We also have posted some video portions of the our service. Take a look and get familiar with our worship service even before you come.  

    Why is the pastor wearing a robe?
  • The robe, which is called an alb, is designed to cover the pastor’s body and clothing, taking the focus off of the pastor and reminding worshipers that he is a representative of God. Most of the time the pastor wears a white robe. The color white also reminds us of the robe of righteousness that Christ has given us. For the church season of lent and funerals, the pastor wears a black robe. 
    Invocation
  • Every worship service begins “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” These are the same words spoken at baptism; therefore, this beginning reminds us that we enter God’s presence to worship him because he made us his dearly loved children through baptism.
    Confession and Absolution
  • After the invocation, we humbly come before God to confess our sins to him. We acknowledge that we have not always done what God asks. Then we gladly hear his proclamation that every sin has been forgiven. Why do we do this every Sunday? We sin daily and need to hear this assurance of our sins forgiven regularly. We can never here this comforting news too much!
    Song of Praise
  • After the confession and absolution, we sing a song of praise. In response to the forgiveness given so freely to us, we join our voices to praise God.
    Prayer of the Day
  • Each Sunday there is an appointed prayer for that Sunday. The content of the prayer changes depending on the season of the church year and fits the theme for the Sunday.
    Psalm of the Day
  • The book of Psalms has been used as the song book for God’s people for thousands of years. We still use it that way today. Each Sunday has an appointed Psalm to sing that fits in with the theme of the Sunday.
    Verse of the Day
  • This little song prepares us to hear the message of the Gospel lesson. Each Sunday it is based on the theme of the day.
    Three Readings
  • First Lesson – The first reading is usually taken from the Old Testament. This helps us remember all of God’s plan for our forgiveness, which began in the Old Testament and was fulfilled in the New Testament. The Old Testament reading is the first reading unless it is being used for the basis of the sermon.

    Second Lesson – The second reading is usually taken from one of the New Testament letters. These are the books of the Bible after Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Typically they apply God’s Word specifically to the believer’s life.

    Gospel Lesson – This reading is taken from one of the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. We center our service around this reading because it tells of events in the life of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We stand when the gospel is read in honor of the words and works of Jesus.

    If you are interested in reading the lessons before you come to worship click on this link. http://www.whataboutjesus.com/worship/worship-helps-archive Then selected the Sunday which is coming up. The coming Sunday is on top of the list.
    Singing Hymns
  • Part of worship is raising our voices together to proclaim God’s Word through song. Each Sunday there are usually four hymns and they are chosen based on the central message of the readings. These hymns also help us to focus on what our loving God has done for us.
    Sermon
  • The sermon is based on one of the three lesson for the Sunday. The Sermon proclaims how God’s Word applies to the Christian. It shows us our sin. It shows us our Savior. It shows us our response.

    We record each sermon and place them on our website. Click HERE if you wish to listen to any of our sermons.
    Confession of Faith
  • After the sermon we confess what we believe. We do this with the words of the Nicene and Apostle’s Creeds – both of which have been used in the Christian Church for almost two millennia.
    The Lord's Supper (Holy Communion)
  • The Lord’s Supper is offered the second and fourth Sunday of the month. This is a confession of faith as we unite with our brothers and sister in the faith to receive it. We approach God’s altar to receive the body and blood of Christ for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our faith.
    Prayer of the Church
  • We join to pray to God about specific joys and troubles in our church and in the Church around the world. This is followed by the Lord’s prayer.
    Benediction (closing blessing)
  • We receive the same blessing that God gave to the ancient Israelites. In it, we hear one last assurance of God’s love and care.
The Church Year
Our church follows a calendar and it is called the chruch year. It helps us order our worship and follow the life of Jesus. Here are the different seasons of the church year with a short explanation for each of them. 
    Advent
  • The beginning of the Church year is the season of Advent. This is a four week period, which leads us to Christmas. Advent means “coming”. Therefore, beginning at the end of November we look forward to celebrating the coming of Jesus as a baby in Bethlehem and also look forward to his coming at the end of the world.
    Christmas
  • During the twelve days of Christmas, we celebrate the coming of God as a man to save us.
    Epiphany
  • This is the season of the church year following Christmas. The word epiphany means “appearing”. This season begins with us remembering the appearing of the star that led the wise men to Jesus. This season we also consider how Jesus appeared to his disciples and how he began his ministry of revealing himself as the Savior. This season focuses us on how Jesus is God’s promised Savior of all people.
    Lent
  • Lent is a time of quiet contemplation of the serious nature of our sins. This contemplation leads us to see the depth of Christ’s love for us when he died on the cross for our sins. The alleluias are removed from the worship service.
    Easter
  • Easter breaks us from the sorrow of Lent. Easter is the most important season for Christians, because without Christ’s resurrection our faith would be worthless. Therefore, the days of Easter are the highest of holy days for Christians. We rejoice in Christ’s victory over sin, death, and the power of the devil and joyfully sing alleluia again.
    Pentecost
  • The day of Pentecost is 50 days after Easter. On that day, God poured out his Holy Spirit on Jesus’ disciples. The season of Pentecost also covers the entire second half of the church year. During Pentecost, we focus on how Christ’s teachings apply to us and our faith.
The Colors Used in Worship
Along with our church year calendar, we also make use of various colored paraments. Paraments are pieces of cloth that cover the various parts of the front of the church. These pieces of cloth are colored to reflect the season of the church. Here are listed the various colors and short explantations for each color.

White
The color of purity, perfection, eternity, and joy. Used on festival days like Christmas and Easter.

Red
The color of zeal (fire) and martyrdom (blood). Used on days when we focus on the power of the Holy Spirit in zealous and faithful believers.

Green 
The color of life, refreshment, regeneration. Used most during the Sundays after Pentecost to remind us of the growth of our faith and the church as we hear Christ’s teaching.

Purple
The color of royalty, but also of sorrow and repentance. Used during Lent and Advent. Blue may also be used for Advent.

Black
The color of mourning, humility, and death. Used on Good Friday.