New worship schedule begins May 20

News | April 9, 2018

With unanimity and enthusiasm, the St. Paul Congregational Council voted to begin a new permanent schedule on Sunday, May 20, 2018. The St. Paul staff, which deliberated extensively on all of the issues related to a schedule change, was integral to the planning phase.

A Sunday morning learning session about the change will be held on Sunday, April 29, 10:45 a.m., in the Luther Loft. Staff and council are also available for questions at any time.

Four key reasons to explore a change in the worship schedule shaped the conversations that led to the final plan.

▶ The schedule will offer an opportunity to enjoy one worship schedule that can work for the entire year without requiring a separate summer schedule.

▶ Worshipers at the current 11:45 a.m. Open Spirit contemporary service would love for the bulk of that service to move into the morning.

▶ Planners expressed a strong desire to have all of the weekend worship services start on quarter hour intervals.

▶ With Sundays becoming increasingly full of activity in American culture, our leadership wants to make Sunday worship as manageable as possible for busy schedules.


Beginning Sunday, May 20, 2018

7:45 a.m. Worship

9:00 a.m. Worship

11:15 Worship (contemporary)

5:30 p.m. Saturday worship remains at its standard time

10:20-11:05 a.m. Sunday morning learning for all, starting Sept. 9.

“My hope is that all of us can come to embrace this new day. The decision to implement the plan was made very deliberately with St. Paul’s best long-term interests in mind,” said Peter W. Marty, senior pastor. “I can assure you that these new times will not alter the quality or character of our worship or the integrity of our learning opportunities that you have come to count on.

“Most of all, I want to thank you for your patience as we find our way together into this new arrangement. The Lord has been the guiding light for everything our church does. I am confident God will walk with us through this next chapter as well,” Pastor Marty said.

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