St. Paul Lutheran Church

  Renew.  Rejoice.  Reach Out.

We’re so happy you’re here and hope to see you in worship. We welcome you and your children to come as you are. All are welcome here!


We worship each week to:

  • Fill our cups; life can be tough, and it’s helpful to share in the burden and to hear a message of hope, love, peace, and grace
  • Remind us about what’s important (our relationship of love with God and one another)
  • Rejoice in the grace that is freely given to us through Jesus
  • Connect with a community of people who share our values

Walking into a new church can be intimidating, so we want to help answer your questions 

before you arrive to make your visit as enjoyable an experience as possible.

 

We live in God’s abundant love and grace and love and serve one another as we walk through the journey of life together.


We know that everyone experiences and meets God in different ways, so we incorporate a variety of music, prayers, and even different translations of scripture for a multi-generational and multi-cultural community. To this end, we rotate different styles of worship from week to week, sometimes worshipping in a more traditional manner with the Lutheran service liturgy and classic hymns and sometimes worshipping in a more contemporary style with a special music team leading worship with non-traditional selections of music and prayers. The majority of our worship services are a blending of the two styles of worship so that we can honor the grounded beauty of our heritage’s traditions while blending today’s vibrant worship innovations.

During worship we practice “open table communion” which is a fancy way of saying that all are welcome to join us in communion regardless of age and who desire the presence of Christ and God’s grace represented by the bread and wine.

What is liturgy?

Lutheran liturgy — or the structure of the way we worship — draws from a rich heritage of Bible readings, prayers, sermons, creeds, ritual, and song. Our worship services through the use of liturgy celebrate the grace of God we find in both the Old and New Testaments. Some of our oldest traditions are Jewish in origin, some have been passed down to us from the earliest followers of Jesus, and some reflect the Lutheran church’s roots in Roman Catholicism, while others incorporate today’s language, musical styles, and understanding of the spirit-led community we are called to be.


Children are welcome in worship! We encourage families and children to attend worship together to experience God as a family through the music, message, and prayers.

We have an activity center for kids at the main entrance to the church, complete with books, crayons, and soft toys to bring to your seat. We also have an unstaffed nursery off of our Lower Level Fellowship Hall (directly beneath the sanctuary) equipped with an audio feed of the worship service for the times when a little more privacy or play space is needed.

Each week prior to the sermon we have a children’s message that reflects the day’s lessons. Following the children’s message, we invite all kids ages two through fifth grade to join us for Kids’ Church (our Sunday School program) from approximately 9:30 to 10:15. Read more about Kids’ Church and our youth ministries here or see "What happens between services?" below.


Yes! We mean it when we say that we welcome and serve all people regardless of age, race, gender, marital status, sexual orientation or identity, social class, spiritual background, physical or mental challenge, homelessness, or former incarceration. Whatever your walk in life, together we walk with Jesus.


Each Sunday between services (10:00 am to 11:00 am) we hold a variety of fellowship and education sessions for people of all ages!

Our fellowship hour between services in the room directly beneath the sanctuary for you to enjoy conversation, connection, and refreshments. During this time we also celebrate special events and hear special presentations from our community members and young adults.

During this hour we also host adult education forums, September through May, with a wide range of topics reflecting the interest of our congregation. Topics have included music’s effect on Alzheimer’s, financial planning, spiritual pilgrimages, and the Protestant Reformation among many others. View this week’s announcements for the most up to date listing of topics.

While technically running from approximately 9:30 am (following the Children’s Message at the 9:00 am service) to 10: 15 am, we can't talk about education without talking about our Sunday School program which is called Kids' Church!

Our children walk over from the sanctuary and gather together on the 3rd floor of the education/office wing (across the courtyard from the worship entrance) for a prayer and music before splitting into two groups, ages two through second grade and grades three through five. Each group participates in a themed lesson with Bible verse and corresponding activity at their level.

Children ages two through second grade need to be picked up in their classroom. Children grades three through five are released at 10:15 am.


We are a Lutheran church affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), one of the largest Christian denominations and the largest Lutheran denomination in the US. Within the ELCA, we are a part of the Montana Synod which you may see referenced from time to time.

The ELCA affirms that “together in Jesus Christ we are freed by grace to live faithfully, witness boldly, and serve joyfully.” The ELCA believes in forgiveness and reconciliation; dignity, compassion, and justice for all; inclusion and diversity; openness to change; and the faithful stewardship of God’s creation and gifts. Read more about these values here.

As Lutherans, we are a community of people searching, serving, and living in the grace of God. As a church, we strive to actively Renew our Faith in God, Rejoice in God’s Grace, and Reach out in God’s Love.

The Lutheran denomination grew out of the teachings of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation. Luther believed that we as a people are saved by grace through faith and not by our own actions, a grace that is given to us as a gift from God, part of God’s unconditional love for us. Furthermore, he believed that reading scripture was crucial in understanding God’s grace and cultivating one’s faith.

Thanks in part to Luther, today we have numerous translations of the Bible that help to capture the words and stories of the original authors in a way that still resonates today. We explore a few of these translations in our worship services to encourage a new perspective, including the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) and a more contemporary translation called The Message (MSG).

What does “evangelical” mean?

Sometimes the word “evangelical” within the name of the “Evangelical Lutheran Church in America” can be a bit confusing because the word “evangelical” has been given a different meaning in today’s lexicon that’s associated with a negative and sometimes extreme connotation. The original meaning of the word “evangelical,” however, is all about proclaiming the “good news” or gospel of Jesus: to love God and love and serve one another, and that’s a meaning we can claim and honor joyfully!


We know that living and growing in our faith happens each and every day, not just on Sundays. You may wish to explore your faith through discussions, education seminars, fellowship gatherings (such as a small group, dinner group, or one-on-one mentoring), book studies, Bible studies, and/or retreats. There are activities aplenty for everyone, but if you don’t see what you’re looking for here, would you consider if the Spirit perhaps calling you to cultivate a new offering? We are always open to new ideas!