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Sunday Worship 9:15 am
Tuesday Worship 4:30 pm
The Universal Christ
I want to share with you four books I read in 2019, all by a Franciscan priest, Father Richard Rohr. In truth, I’ve been sharing them with you all year long. They changed my preaching and how I hear the gospel. Now you can consider the source and perhaps even share them as Christmas gifts:

•    The Universal Christ, 2019; 272 pages
•    Falling Upward, 2011; 240 pages
•    Breathing Under Water, 1989; 160 pages
•    Adam's Return, 2004; 280 pages

First, The Universal Christ. From the publisher:

From one of the world’s most influential spiritual thinkers, a long-awaited book exploring what it means that Jesus was called “Christ” and how this forgotten truth can transform everything we see, hope for, and believe.
Reading this book was a spiritual journey. It spoke to my head and heart, exploring both the bible and theology and daily practices that enlarge the soul. I’m considering using this book for a Lenten book study. Stay tuned!
You can “try before you buy” by listening to the podcast based on the book, “Another Name for Every Thing.”
To buy, search for “The Universal Christ” at

Thanks be to God,
Pastor Clark Olson-Smith
Faith Question For The Week
“You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance,” said John the Baptizer.

Advent is more a cold shower, than a warm bath. It’s a four-week wake up call. This week, John the Baptizer stars as our drill sergeant.

I bet there’s a real-life John the Baptizer in your own life, past or present. Who holds you to a higher standard and truly motivates you to strive for excellence? Who doesn’t let you off the hook? Who can you count on but who refuses to do any hand-holding? You might be tempted to say, they cause you problems, but in truth, they reveal the problems you’re ignoring and then stand back so you can have the soul-building experience of fixing them yourself.

You’ve probably heard Pastor Clark say, “Worship, like the life of faith, is about participation, not perfection.” John the Baptizer would say, “It’s not about spectating either.”

If you think St. Paul Lutheran Church is a venue for religious entertainment, John demands you think again. It’s a training ground. He accepts whatever enticement  brought you here, but he’s sending you home with a list of chores to clean up your act. One who is more powerful than him is coming, and he doesn’t want you to miss Jesus Christ in the flesh.

Ask Jesus, “What fruit of repentance would you have me bear this week?”

Reminders, News, Events
Community Christmas Sing-A-Long
Featuring St. Paul's Bell Choir

Immanuel Lutheran Church
Camanche, IA

Sunday, December 8, 2019
from 4-6 pm
Light dinner will be provided
We need your help with the Community Christmas Dinner this year. We are in need of food donations and volunteers to help with the event. Please sign up to help . Sign up sheets are availble at the the church in the back of the sanctuary. 
This year we will again collect the Music of the Coins in December. Please bring and hear your coins ring up music for ELCA World Hunger. 
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This weeks events at
St. Paul

Sunday, December 8
2nd Sunday of Advent
Worship 9:15 am

Tuesday, December 9
Worship 4:30 pm
Executive Committee 4:00 pm

Wednesday, December 11
CCC Choir 4:15 pm
Tintinnabulum 5:15 pm
Vocal Choir 5:15 pm
Confirmation at Zion 5:45 pm
Adult Bells 6:15 pm

Sunday, December 15
3rd Sunday of Advent

Worship 9:15 am

December Epistle Click Here
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Here is the video link of last weeks sermon.
This Weeks Readings


This year the following Advent Devotional books will be available at the church:
"Let the Heavens be Glad"
"Wonders of His Love"
"Hope-Full Living"
"His Name is Jesus"
"Arise and Shine"
"Lighten Up for Advent"
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