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
It sounds kind of strange – Epiphany. Almost everyone knows the Christmas season focuses on Jesus' birth. Many know that the Lenten season refreshes our memory about Jesus' passion and leads to the celebration of Jesus' resurrection at Easter. But what is Epiphany?
The Epiphany season begins January 6. This is sometimes referred to as the "Gentile Christmas." Gentiles are non-Jewish people. The account of the Wiseman finding Jesus is usually read on Epiphany. We celebrated Epiphany on Sunday, January 3. A musical group from Milwaukee, Branches, were guest musicians. Jesus came for everyone. That's worth celebrating.
The word "epiphany" means "to show forth." Jesus showed he came for everyone and he is fully man/God. Jesus' miracles are often highlighted during Epiphany. After he changed water into wine the Scripture says, "This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory and his disciples put their faith in him" (John 2:11). Use the season of Epiphany to reaffirm Jesus is both God and man. He came to this earth for you.
The End is Coming
We would agree that it is impossible to predict the exact date of Jesus' second coming (advent). But that he will come is a fact. Jesus himself said so. "Keep watch." (Matt 24:42) Since we don't know the exact date when we all will face our Maker and Judge, we need to be ready. How do you or I stay ready and keep watch?
We ask ourselves a few key questions. In whom do I solely trust for salvation? For whom do I live? We can answer both questions with one word: Jesus. Because Jesus has already won for us the gifts of forgiveness and eternal life, we want to live for Jesus. We want to show that we belong to our Savior, that we are his disciples, that he means so much to us that we want others to know by what we say and do.
God has promised to help us stay ready through his holy Word and his sacraments, baptism and holy communion. "The end is coming" When? We simply don't know. Therefore, we need to be ever ready and vigilant, remaining constant in faith. We are nurtured in Christ by reading the Bible, by recalling the significance of our baptism, and by partaking of the Lord's Supper. Then we can live our lives in peace with one eye to the skies, knowing that Jesus will return in glory to take us to glory.
Dealing with the Stress of the Season
Have to study for exams! Shopping has to get done! Decorations need to be put up! The house has to get cleaned for all the guests! Special church services/school activities need to be planned! The stress can pile up. There's a lot to be accomplished and not always that much time to do it. But the whole point of Advent and Christmas is peace, not stress. You see, there's a much bigger source of stress in our lives. The guilt of sin piles up...the nagging knowledge that you've messed up horribly...the doubts about God's love and forgiveness. Christmas is all about dealing with the serious stress of sin because Jesus was born in a manger to die on a cross to pay the full price for every one of your sins.
What better way to deal with the stress of the season and the stress of sin than coming to God's house and hearing about Christ's coming. What less important seasonal stuff could you eliminate or just cut back on to hear what your Savior tells you about His coming. During the month of December, seek out Advent devotional times here at church or at other area sister congregations. Amid the hustle and bustle of this special season, may you and yours find much needed peace and relief from stress in the message of our Savior's miraculous birth!
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.