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.
Christmas Eve worship will be online only.
Christmas Meal leaders are making arrangements for take out and delivery only and no dining in.
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.
Consider also your giving to God through St. Paul. Give now online by clicking here. Or by mailing a check to 715 South Third Street, Clinton, IA 52732.
A modified in-person worship has resumed for those who wish to attend in person. For those who wish to remain home we will live stream the service on line each week.
You get to invest in calling people to worship, feeding hungry people, and nurturing a sense of community and hope despite the isolation and uncertainty. Your gifts mean even more now, in these economically chaotic times.
Worship December 24, 2020 Nativity of Our Lord 1: Christmas Eve Areas highlighted in pink below will link you to the readings.
Christmas Eve worship
Prelude: Carol and Maureen duet
Call to Worship: “Christmas Rejoicing,” Handbell choir
Opening Hymn Oh Come All Ye Faithful
Litany for Christmas Eve
The wonders of God’s Love come to us again this night Oh come, let us adore him.
Here is good news of great joy for all the people. Oh come, let us adore him.
To you is born this day a Savior, who is Messiah, the Lord. Oh come, let us adore him.
Christ is born! Emmanuel….God is with us. Oh come, let us adore him.
Prayer of the Day
Anthem: Still Still Still
Old Testament reading
New Testament Reading
Anthem: “Night of Silence,” Luther College Nordic Choir
Hymn “What Child is This?” Destiny Carter, Juliana Clark, and Carrie Willoughby.
Prayers of Intercession
Handbell Anthem: “He is Born” Handbell Choir
The Lord be with you. And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.
It is indeed right, our duty and our joy…
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:
Gloria from “Angels We have Heard on High”
Holy One, the beginning and the end, the giver of life:
Blessed are you…
… Let us proclaim the mystery of faith: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
… We look with hope for his coming. Come, Lord Jesus.
… Bring the gift of peace on earth. Come, Holy Spirit.
Candlelighting with Silent night
The people who have walked in darkness have seen a great light. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.
Those who dwelt in the land of deep darkness, on them the light has shined. We have beheld Christ’s glory, glory as of the only son from the father.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given. In him was life and the life was the light of all people.
Arise, Shine for your life has come! And the Glory of the Lord has risen upon us.
Blessing & Dismissal
Go in peace. Share the gift of Jesus. Thanks be to God.
Postlude: Carol and Maureen duet
Prayer Requests —For Max Bailey, Jackie Cannon, Kelly Cullen, Kevin Donahue, Vince Donahue, Mitch Drury, Lisa Gerwulf, Diane Guntzel, Nancy Grant, Pauline Ferguson, David Keefer, Rick Kowzic, Margaret Laipple, Mary Miller, Dorothy Pietscher, Donna Santiago, Jen Schau, Fern Schilling, Lois Schmidt, Payton William, Glory Reynolds, Renee Herrig, Carolyn, Karla, Kathleen, Kayla, Jeremey, Jordyn.
—For the homebound: Darlene Clausen, Jean Luckritz, Irene Nielsen, Sherry Walling, Ardena Zirbes
—For those in care facilities: Edith Beferd, Betty Chekal, Barb Echelbarger, Marian Edwards, Bob Farwell, Joan Guidebeck, Evelyn Hubbart, Gene Otten, Marge Marlowe, and Peggy Young