What to Expect

What should I wear?

At. St. Paul's, you'll find that some worshipers dress in semi-formal attire, to remind themselves of the importance of worship. Others will come in casual clothing. We're not concerned about what you're wearing, we'll just be happy to see you!

Are children welcome?

Yes! Throughout the Bible, worship is described as something for people of all ages. We believe the best thing a parent can do for their child is worship with them. If you child is noisy during the service, don't feel bad! If your little one needs a break, there is a cry room located just off the church entryway.

What will the service be like?

We strive for worship that is Christ-centered and participatory. We believe all worshipers have a role to play in proclaiming the good news of Jesus' death and resurrection. The pastor proclaims the Word of God in the sermon, and the congregation joins in through hymns and prayers.

What is a sermon?

In the sermon, the pastor addresses God's people with the 2 main messages of the Bible. He will speak of our sinfulness and our need for a Savior. He will also speak of God's love for sinners and what Jesus did to forgive us. These 2 messages are the Law and the Gospel, and God works through them to strengthen our faith.

Why worship?

Sometimes worship is called a "service." When we worship, we are not serving God - we don't have anything that he needs. Rather, God is serving us. Through his Word and Sacraments he gives us forgiveness of sins and strengthens our faith in him.

Why worship in-person?

If you were invited to the wedding of a close friend, would you try to attend in-person or simply watch online? Our society is in the middle of a loneliness epidemic. What we need is not more time alone, but rather more time together with others.