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This Week at Saint Paul Lutheran Church
715 S. 3rd Street, Clinton, IA 52732
Given the severity of the pandemic in our area, Council made changes to worship, office hours, and church activities to help protect the health of St. Paul people and our neighbors.
  • Worship will be online only through and including Sunday, January 17.
  • The office will be open Mondays 8a to 1p and by appointment only on other days
With recent positive news about a vaccine, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Let your eager anticipation of returning to joyful, song-filled in person worship--and all other new normal activities--be known in the way you draw close to one another in prayer and love and service to others. Christ, our true light, shines ever brighter.
This Weeks Readings
January 3, 2021
Second Sunday of Christmas

Jeremiah 31:7-14

Psalm 147: 12-20

Ephesians 1:3-14

John 1:(1-9)10-18
Worship December 27, 2020
Worship December 27, 2020  First Sunday of Christmas

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December 27, 2020

PRELUDE              Still, Still, Still
Pastor Aleese Kenitzer, Shepherd of the Cross Lutheran Church, Muscatine
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.
GATHERING SONG Angels We Have Heard on High – ELW 289
Ensemble, Zion Lutheran Church, Princeton

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Jesus, the bright Morning Star, shines light in the world.
By day and night he shines for all to see.
Jesus was born in the midst of injustice and poverty
that the world may see the justice and richness of God.
God so loved the world that God sent Jesus,
so that all who believe in him may not perish but have eternal life.
Jesus is the light of the world.
Jesus is the light of our lives.
Sing to God a new song!
A song of hope, joy, and peace around the world.
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray. Gracious God of heaven and earth,
you have thrown a lifeline to us in our darkness—
a beam of light that shines through Jesus.
Though born in a manger, he is the firstborn of all creation.
Though crucified on a cross, he is the Lord of life.
Fill us with the wonder and joy of his presence in the world
and in our hearts.
READING           Hebrews 2:10-18
GOSPEL                 Luke 2:22-40
SERMON               Bishop Amy Current

HYMN OF THE DAY  Of the Father’s Love BegottenELW 295
                                                Pastor Richard Webb, Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines

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Holy God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor,
at the birth of time your Word brought light into the world,
and throughout the ages, you proclaim newness of life.
For your wondrous Word, we thank you, O God.
We thank you, O God.
In the fullness of time, your Word became flesh,
to shine in our world’s darkness,
to speak peace to all people,
and to welcome us as members of your family.
For your loving Word, we adore you, O God.
We adore you, O God.
Grant us now the gift of your Spirit,
that held, nourished, and protected by your Word,
we may live as your children,
bearing your goodness throughout the world.
For your powerful Word, we praise you, O God.
We praise you, O God.
All glory to you, holy God,
now and forever.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.

SONG          In the Bleak Midwinter
                        Pastor Susan Bantz, Lutheran Living Senior Campus, Muscatine


BLESSING FOR RETIREMENT   Pastor Paul Ostrem, Assistant to the Bishop, is retiring Dec. 31, 2020

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow!
Praise God, all creatures here below!
You are the shepherds telling the story.
We tell it in the streets and across the land.
You are the wise ones worshiping with thanksgiving.
We worship with gifts of song and service, talents and treasures.
You are the angels announcing peace.
We live with joy and go now in peace.
Almighty God, Father, ☩ Son, and Holy Spirit,
bless you now and forever.

SENDING SONG                  Good Christian Friends Rejoice –ELW 288
            Chime Choir, Faith Lutheran Church, Eldridge
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Go in peace. Christ is with you.
Thanks be to God.
POSTLUDE                  Lo How A Rose E’er Blooming
                                    David Krueger & Robin Wagner, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids
Worship Leaders:
Bishop Amy Current
Shonagh Current Giere
Emily Harlynn
Val Harlynn
Kathy Smith
Gary Smith
Pastor Paul Ostrem
Carol Ostrem
Pastor Erika Uthe
Charlotte Uthe
Frankie Uthe
Music provided by:
Shepherd of the Cross Lutheran Church, Muscatine
Pastor Aleese Kenitzer
Zion Lutheran Church, Princeton
Roger Huff
Jon Dohrmann
Sheila Bosworth
Holly Mangels
Joan Huff
Pam Opolka
Shauna Bullard-Kane, accompanist
Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines
            Pastor Richard Webb
Lutheran Living Senior Campus, Muscatine
            Pastor Susan Bantz
St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids
David Krueger
Robin Wagner, Organist
Faith Lutheran Church, Eldridge
            Linda Szemkus
Beth Ann Anderson
Linda Golinghorst
Neal Becker
Susan Becker, Director

Thank you worship musicians, leaders, sound, and A/V technicians.
Blessings to Pastor Paul Ostrem on his retirement on December 31, 2020.
Merry Christmas!
From Bishop Current and the Office of the Bishop staff
Southeastern Iowa Synod, ELCA
Music © Public Domain, arrangements by musicians or used by permission.
Lessons and Carols Christmas 1 Liturgy from
License number: SAS006842 Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.
Blessing for Retirement: from Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.
Thanksgiving for the Word: Copyright © 2020 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
This document may be reproduced for use in your congregation as long as the copyright notice appears on each copy. Permission is granted to reproduce this material for local, non-sale use only.

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Typically Mary is in the office Monday-Wednesday mornings from 8-12. 
If you need to reach the church office calls are being forwarded to her during normal business hours of Monday-Friday 8-1.
The phone number for the church is 563-242-4102 option 3 for Mary
You can also reach the church office through email at

We appreciate your faithful giving.
  • You can mail your offering to the church at 715 S.Third Street Clinton, IA. 52732
  • There is a locked mail box to the right of the door that you can also put your offering in it if you would like. 
  • There is a link on the website where you can give electronically if you would like to give that way. 
  • We will continue to do weekly deposits during this time. 
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