Encouraged by decreased COVID cases, increased vaccinations and the County Health Department modifying the numbers for gatherings, we are planning for limited in-person Sunday worship beginning Palm Sunday, March 28. The total number of people will be no more than 50, and those who feel comfortable worshipping (masked and safely spaced) in the sanctuary may sign up for the 9:00 or 11:00 service on Palm Sunday and the 8:00 or 10:00 service on Easter, April 4.
If you are in the high risk category, especially if you’ve not yet been vaccinated, we encourage you to continue sheltering at home. St. Paul will still be videoing the services; the difference will be that services will be live-streamed on Sundays, rather than being recorded on Tuesdays for the following Sunday as we’ve been doing.
Safe gathering procedures will be in place. Details of this plan can be found at the end of this week's bulletin or by calling the church office (406) 549-4141.
Reservations are required for in-person attendance at all worship services at this time.
Disclaimer: These plans are subject to change should the COVID situation change!
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We worship each week to:
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We Believe: that God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are real.
We Believe: that all people are deeply loved and forgiven by God, and we live in and by God’s grace.
We Believe: that we are called to love and serve one another in the way taught and shown by Jesus.
We Believe: that we are called to be stewards of the earth and to work for peace and justice for all.
We Believe: that we are not perfect, so we strive to live by faith until we die and are raised to new life.
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. Both of our Sunday worship services are the same service, so come as you are to whichever service best suits your or your family’s needs.
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.
Absolutely! We love having children 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 our very own PrayGround at the front of the church where kids are welcome to join our Youth Director, Rebekah, during the service for quiet activities and to learn about worship in ways they can see and understand. For those kids who would prefer staying with their family, we have books, crayons, and soft toys that they can take from the PrayGround to bring to their seat. All kids are invited up to join us for a Children's Message each week prior to the sermon that reflects and makes sense of the day’s lessons. 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.
Worship previously included a time for our Sunday School program but has recently been transformed and is now part of our expanded GROW program which you can read about on our Children, Youth, and Family Ministries page here.
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 is 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, climate change and creation care, and the Protestant Reformation among many others. View this week’s announcements for the most up to date listing of topics.
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 Holy Spirit is perhaps calling you to cultivate a new offering? We are always open to new ideas!