We are currently experimenting with a new camera system for developing a higher quality production on our YouTube channel for playback a few hours after the service. This will allow us to get around the issue with popup ads that interrupt the service and allow us to perform better camera angles that live stream does not provide. If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding our video ministry please contact us.
We will be broadcasting selected services on this page.
- Sunday 10:30am
"Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all." (2 Corinthians 13:11, 14)
I've never been all that great at goodbyes. There is such a finality about them that makes me uncomfortable and sad. Whether it was saying goodbye to my childhood friend, my grandfathers when the Lord called them home, or people who I have spent years with, I just never know what to say. But do goodbyes have to be final? Are they really forever? Of course not.
I always love how Paul writes the closings of his letters. They are filled with encouragement and love. What a great reminder that we strive together to live the lives that God has called us to. That even though we are separated for a time that we are still brothers and sisters in Christ who think about and pray for each other.
And that's exactly how I feel about all of my family at St. Paul's. While my family and I leave for a field of ministry, my love and concern for all of you is not diminished. I will still encourage and pray for all of you just as I trust you will for me. So while we will say goodbye, it's only temporary. Whether it's a reunion in months or years from now, or the perfect gathering of all believers in Heaven we will see each other again. That truth gives me great joy and peace as I am getting ready to leave the place that my family has called home for these past four years. Leaving behind friends and people we care about we have to say goodbye. But it's not forever. We will see all of you again. Until then "brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all."
There has been much rejoicing in recent months because the price of gasoline has greatly decreased. News articles mention the plummeting prices of countries that furnish crude oil. This has also had a positive impact on car sales. People are more apt to buy cars that consume less gasoline.
Petroleum based products propel many cars and will soon heat many homes. This leads to a more important question – what "fuels" God's people. The answer sounds overly simple but has always been true. Jesus living in us gives us energy for the tasks we are privileged to carry out. The Apostle Paul put it this way, "The love of Christ compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died" (II Corinthians 5:14). God works several great miracles. He sent Jesus to redeem us. He sent the Holy Spirit to cause us to believe in Jesus!. Jesus lives in us to give us strength for present and future service.
The prophet Isaiah put it this way, "He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint" (Isaiah 40:29-31). How does God do this? The way he has always done it. Fuel for the present and the future comes through Word and Sacrament. The best mileage comes when you are a student of the Scriptures. Fill your tank regularly in worship, personal Bible reading and/or group study.
J.A.M. stands for Jesus in the Afternoon for Me. J.A.M. is a Wednesday after-school program for children in grades 1-5. All are welcome to attend especially those who do not have a church home or Sunday school.
Children gather in St. Paul's fellowship hall after arriving from their school (they can get shuttled by bus from their school to St. Paul’s--Ask your child’s bus driver for details). The sessions begin with a snack, free time (games), a Bible lesson (beginning around 3:50), singing and craft. Children are to be picked up at 5:00 p.m. You can register your child when you bring them or by clicking the link below to our online registration form.
J.A.M. is FREE and a fun way for your child to learn valuable lessons for life and bring them closer to God.
For more information click on the link below to the J.A.M. handbook or call St. Paul's church and school office 783-2552 extension 0.