Worship: an outward expression of our love for God and each other.
Worship at St. Paul’s:
We are currently worshipping at 9:30 on Sunday mornings, outdoors as weather permits.
In normal times, this describes our worship offerings:
- At 9:30 on Sunday mornings, we celebrate Holy Eucharist. We alternate between using a traditional language service and more contemporary language. The prayers in both services are beautiful, but not quite the same, and we try to be open to God speaking to us in a variety of ways. Some of our services make use of traditional hymns, some employ contemporary music, and others still have no music for an atmosphere of contemplative silence.
- Reconciliation: God offers us forgiveness from our sins. Sin is the seeking of our own will instead of the will of God, thus distorting our relationship with God, with other people, and with all creation. Sin has power over us because we lose our liberty when our relationship with God is distorted. As we reflect on our lives, sometimes our sins weigh heavily on us: the remembrance of them is grievous unto us, and the burden of them is intolerable.
If you need help and counsel, then go and open your grief to a discreet and understanding priest, and confess your sins, that you may receive the benefit of absolution, and spiritual counsel and advice; to the removal of scruple and doubt, the assurance of pardon, and the strengthening of your faith.
The Reconciliation of a Penitent is available for all who desire it. It is not restricted to times of sickness. Contact the priest if you are interested in the sacrament of reconciliation.
- Weddings: If you want to get married in the Church, congratulations! The Episcopal Church teaches that "marriage is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God." To begin the process of marriage preparation, please print, read, and complete this form, then bring it to church and talk to the priest after a Sunday service about how to continue with the marriage preparation process. You will need to meet for multiple premarital counseling sessions, which include planning the wedding. If either of you has been divorced there are additional preparation requirements, including getting permission from the Bishop.
- Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble. We welcome everyone to the Church through Baptism, from the youngest infants up to the oldest adults if you have not been baptized. Infants are baptized so that they can share citizenship in the Covenant, membership in Christ, and redemption by God. The promises for infants made and carried out for them by their parents and sponsors, who guarantee that the infants will be brought up within the Church, to know Christ and be able to follow him.
If you or a child in your family seeks baptism, come to church and talk to the priest after a Sunday service about how to proceed. Baptism is a joyful occasion and we are delighted you are considering it, but does require some preparation, which will usually involve several meetings with the priest before the big day. Baptisms are ordinarily held during the principal church service on All Saints' Day in November, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord in January, the Easter Vigil in early spring, or Pentecost seven weeks later.
- Confirmation: For people baptized as babies or very small children, but raised in the church, this is a time for teens or adults to get some understanding of the vows that were taken for them by their parents and god-parents and to make a decision whether to affirm and continue what was done for them so long ago. Baptized Christians who came to the Episcopal Church as adults can also take advantage of this sacrament to continue their faith journey. It requires meeting with the priest for education in a personal faith. Confirmation services are led by the bishop with groups of other congregations in the region.
- Ministry to the Sick: If you or a loved one is ill, please contact the church. First and foremost, we can pray for you. Additionally, if you desire a visit with prayers for healing or the sacrament of anointing of the sick, the priest can make appropriate arrangements. If you or a loved one is homebound or hospitalized and unable to worship with us, we can also make arrangements for Eucharistic Visitors to bring communion, or for a priest to visit to celebrate communion with you.
- The Burial of the Dead is arranged by calling the Church Office. Please note that the priest works for the church part time and has another job, so there are some dates and times for which he will sadly not be available for funerals.