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.
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 27, 2020 First Sunday of Christmas Areas highlighted in pink below will link you to the readings.
December 27, 2020
PRELUDEStill, Still, Still
Pastor Aleese Kenitzer, Shepherd of the Cross Lutheran Church, Muscatine
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
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
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. Amen.
WORD READING Hebrews 2:10-18
GOSPEL Luke 2:22-40
SERMON Bishop Amy Current
HYMN OF THE DAY Of the Father’s Love Begotten – ELW 295 Pastor Richard Webb, Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines
THANKSGIVING FOR THE WORD
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.
LORD’S PRAYER 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. Amen.
SENDING SONG Good Christian Friends Rejoice –ELW 288 Chime Choir, Faith Lutheran Church, Eldridge
DISMISSAL 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
Bishop Amy Current
Shonagh Current Giere
Pastor Paul Ostrem
Pastor Erika Uthe
Music provided by:
Shepherd of the Cross Lutheran Church, Muscatine
Pastor Aleese Kenitzer
Zion Lutheran Church, Princeton
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
Beth Ann Anderson
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.
From Bishop Current and the Office of the Bishop staff
Southeastern Iowa Synod, ELCA