For those who need God

Is coming to church worth your time and effort? We think so.

Worship_easterWorship is for those who know their need for God. From all over the Quad Cities, people come carrying broken hearts or nagging questions. They bring hope for belonging to a community and to a mission bigger than their own lives.

It could just be that St. Paul needs you as much as you need the church. There’s a service just right for your weekend rhythms.

  • Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.: A more quiet service
  • Sundays at 7:45 a.m.: An “early bird” service with traditional sung liturgy, preaching, and special musical ensembles.
  • Sundays at 9 a.m.: A traditional or blended liturgy with choirs, preaching, and a children’s message.
  • Sundays at 11:15 a.m.: Our Open Spirit contemporary service, with a more informal style for music leadership and preaching. A children’s message is included.

Holy Communion

All of St. Paul’s weekend services include Holy Communion. God’s gifts of bread and wine assure us of Christ’s forgiveness and presence in our lives. The Lord’s Table is open to believers of all Christian traditions. Come and eat.

Let the children come

We believe that children belong in worship. When you worship together in a regular way, the presence of God is built into family life. Children receive a special welcome:
• Sunday services at 9 and 11:15 include a children’s message. (Grown-ups love them too!)
• Emergency bags stuffed with soft toys, books, and crayons are available.
• Staffed childcare is available on Sundays as needed.
• Audio speakers broadcast the service in the Gathering Area and the Nursing Moms’ Room, if your child needs a break from worship.
• Children’s choirs add special joy to worship.

Listening for God

At St. Paul, we aspire to more than individual spirituality. We value “the center.” We ground our lives in the glories of communal worship, each and every week. Together, we listen for God. We sing songs of praise. We discover hope. We give thanks. We welcome all.

Malachi 3:1-4

The Coming Messenger 3 See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; 3 he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness.[a] 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

Hebrews 2:14-18

14 Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. 16 For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters[a] in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

Luke 2:22-40

Jesus Is Presented in the Temple 22 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), 24 and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon;[a] this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.[b] 27 Guided by the Spirit, Simeon[c] came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28 Simeon[d] took him in his arms and praised God, saying, 29 “Master, now you are dismissing your servant[e] in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” 33 And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 34 Then Simeon[f] blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 35 so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.” 36 There was also a prophet, Anna[g] the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child[h] to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. The Return to Nazareth 39 When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.