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Every Sunday morning at 10:30

Intergenerational Worship. The organ, piano, djembe drum, hammered dulcimer, and often the folk harp are instrumental in helping us worship God. We have an accessible entry. Fair Trade Coffee Hour follows worship. On the first Sunday of each month, we celebrate Communion, which is open to all.

Our Sunday morning schedule

10:20 | The Explorers Room opens for infants, toddlers, and 3s. These youngest ones are also welcome in worship.

10:30 | Worship begins. Children of all ages attend the first part of worship with their families.

11:00 | Midway through worship, children age 3 to Grade 8 depart for Sunday School. On the first Sunday of each month, children only depart for a 25-minute Chapel Time before returning to the Sanctuary to participate in Holy Communion.

11:30 | Fair Trade Coffee Hour. People of all ages linger a while to enjoy good company--and good food.

This Sunday's bulletin

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

August 25, 2019

10:30 am


Journeying together toward deeper faith, justice, and love for all




LIGHTING THE CANDLES                              


PRELUDE                               Come Holy Ghost, Lord God                     by Armsdorf

                                                          Canon in D-Major                             by Pachelbel

                                                                                                            Geoff Olson, organ




                                                                               Cindy Mueller, Interim Lead Minister


*GATHERING SONG           O My Soul, Bless Your Creator                              STUTTGART


*CALL TO WORSHIP                                                                                                    

One  We gather to praise you, O God,

All     You are a fire we cannot touch. You are a song we cannot quite sing.

One  You are a sea whose bottom we cannot search and a sky clouded over in endlessly changing patterns.

All     But, even so, your fire warms us, your song stirs us.

One  Your waters wash us and quench our thirst. You shine on us and in us.
And we praise you.                                                                            









Sometimes we are so certain of what is possible. Sometimes we assume situations cannot change, that we cannot change. O God, sometimes we must make you laugh with what we are so sure of. Or perhaps we make you weep. In this time of silence, dear God, show us our false assumptions. Teach us that where we see inflexibility, you may see possibility. Where we see endings, you may see beginnings. Open our eyes to what you would have us see.     ~ see credits,below


Please continue in silent prayer and meditation


SILENT MEDITATION & INTERLUDE                                    Diana Carlson, piano



One  The good news of the gospel is that we do not face anything alone.
In our fears, in our joys, in our routines, God is present with us.

As we turn and begin again,

All     We know God loves us and we are forgiven! Amen.         




Offer a smile, a handshake, or a hug as a sign of the peace of Christ


*SUNG RESPONSE                     Masithi (Sing Amen)                                                     #30

                                                          All sing three times

(Sing amen) Amen, we praise your name, O God.

(Sing amen) Amen, we praise your name, O God.

(Sing amen) Amen, Bawo, amen, Bawo, amen, we praise your name, O God.




A SPECIAL TIME WITH YOUNG PEOPLE                 Hannah Campbell Gustafson



Children             God be with you,

Congregation    And also with you.


Young people may return to sit with their families




A READING FROM THE PROPHETS     Jeremiah 1: 4–10                       Rick Panning


A READING FROM THE GOSPELS        Luke 13: 10–17



SONG (all, seated)            How Lovely Is Your Church, O Lord                           ST. ANNE

You give your Spirit’s blessings here then send us from this place

To challenge hatred, greed, and fear with gifts of love and grace


At times we’re filled with troubling doubt: “I’m old!” “I’m young!” “I’m weak!”

Yet you who sent the prophets out will give us words to speak.


How lovely is your church, O Lord, when we are serving you!

For when we serve the lost and poor, your love is shining through.

From Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor, Words © 2009 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. Used by permission.

MESSAGE                                                                                                  Cindy Mueller



PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE                                                                                       

Response    One:    … God in your love,

                              All:        Hear our prayer.



Our Father/Mother, who art/isin heaven, hallowed/holybe thy/yourname.
Yourkingdom/kindomcome, thy/yourwill be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: for thine/
is the kingdom/kindom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.




THE INVITATION                                                                                                        


SOLO         Gifts of the Spirit (When Our Lord Walked the Earth)         PERSONENT HODIE

                                                trad. German  |  words by John L. Bell and Graham Maule

                                                                   John Rynders, soloist  |  Diana Carlson, piano


When our Lord walked the earth,

all the world found its worth;

as declared at his birth,

God became our neighbor,

granting with his favor.



Power to speak and heal,

Grace to know what's real,

Wisdom, insight, and faith,

Love and understanding.


Through his life, through his death,

through each gesture and breath,

Jesus joined faith and deed,

model for our caring,

showing and yet sharing.  Chorus


Sing aloud and rejoice,

clap your hands, raise your voice,

for with unnerving choice,

God in love has found us,

and displays around us.  Chorus


*OFFERTORY RESPONSE (all)                                                           OLD HUNDREDTH


From all who dwell beneath the skies, let the Creator’s praise arise!

Let the Redeemer’s name be sung through every land, by every tongue! Amen.



Surprising, delighting God, you give us much, and we return a portion. Bless our gifts. Send them out to delight and bless your world, to heal and renew, to lift up and celebrate. With thanksgiving for all you make possible, Amen.




*CLOSING SONG (all)            Lead On, Eternal Sovereign                       LANCASHIRE


Lead on, eternal Sovereign, we follow in your way;

Loud rings your cry for justice, your call for peace this day:

Through prayerful preparation, your grace will make us strong,

To carry on the struggle to triumph over wrong.


Lead on, eternal Sovereign, we follow not with fear,

For in each human conflict your words of strength we hear:

That when we serve with gladness, you will not let us fall,

Our trust is in your promise that love will conquer all.


Lead on, eternal Sovereign, till sin’s fierce war shall cease,

And all your saints together will sing a hymn of peace;

Then all in your dominion will live with hearts set free,

To love and serve each other for all eternity.



One  From burden to blessing,

All     We go forth to share God’s promise with the world.

One  From shadow to celebration,

All     We go forth to share God’s promise with the world.

One  From forgotten to forgiven,

All     We go forth to share God’s promise with the world.

One  And God’s eternal blessing of light, of love, of grace, be with you always.

All     We go forth to share God’s promise with the world. 


POSTLUDE                          Prelude and Fugue in A-minor          attributed to Bach


The Postlude is a time of worship and meditation for many people.

You are invited to remain and enjoy the Postlude in silence

or depart to the lobby for fellowship and conversation.


Rev. Cindy Mueller Interim Lead Minister  |  Rev. Clare Gromoll Associate Minister

Hannah Campbell Gustafson Sabbatical Faith Formation Leader

Judith MelanderDirector of Music  |  Geoffrey Olson Organist


credits  |  Call to Worship, Prayer of Longing, Assurance of God’s Grace & Unconditional Love, Prayer of Dedication, Blessing to Send Us Forth Adapted from Season of the Spirit FUSION worship materials, Pentecost 1, 2013.



Today  |  August 25

  • 10:20 am   Explorers Room opens (infants & toddlers)
  • 10:30 am   Worship  |  Sanctuary
  •   11:30 am   Fair Trade Coffee Hour  |  lobby
  •   12:15 pm   Ministry of Mission & Outreach  |  Conference Room

Monday August 26  |  Office closed

  •   7:00 pm   Widening Circle Women’s AA  |  Fireside Room

Tuesday August 27

  •   9:00 am   Epistle mailing  |  Fireside Room
  •    1:30 pm   140th Anniversary Planning Group  |  Conference Room

Wednesday August 28

  •    6:30 am   Women’s AA  |  Fireside Room
  •    5:30 pm   All-Church Cookout @ Lake Josephine

Thursday August 29

  •    6:30 am   11th Step Meditation  |  Fireside Room
  •    5:30 pm   Membership Committee  |  Conference Room

Friday August 30

  •    6:15 pm   OA  |  Fireside Room

Saturday August 31

  •   9:00 am   Men’s AA  |  Great Hall
  • 10:00 am   Tending the rain gardens (weather permitting)

Sunday September 1  |  Baptism of Serafina Elen McCain

  • 10:20 am   Explorers Room opens (infants & toddlers)
  • 10:30 am   Worship with Communion for All  |  Sanctuary
  •   11:30 am   Fair Trade Coffee Hour  |  lobby
  • 12:30 pm   Called to Care support group  |  Fireside Room

Unique offerings

Evensong Service with Folk Ensemble | Monthly, September through May

Our next Evensong service will be September 15.

Click here for a short video about this service. 

MissionFest is September 8

Special services and experiences

Palm Sunday

Our Palm Sunday service ushers in Holy Week with songs, a giant Jesus figure, and the waving of palms--reminiscent of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, beginning the days leading through the Last Supper, his arrest, crucifixion, and death, and resurrection on Easter morning.

Health & Wholeness Sunday

Health & Wholeness Sunday was March 11. The theme for both the breakfast and worship was Caregiving. 

German language services 

Every year, to honor the heritage of the founders of this now-diverse community, we offer two German language services--a Good Friday service and a Christmas service (third Sunday of Advent).

A Light in the Darkness | December 21, 7:00 pm

This annual Christmas Solstice service offers an exceptional time of reflection in a busy time of year. A Light in the Darkness also provides a special opportunity for travelers who will be unable to attend Christmas services with other members of their communities. 

Tenebrae service on Good Friday

We also hold a service of Tenebrae (or shadows) on Good Friday. It features a dramatic reading of the Passion story as recounted in the Gospels, as well as moving music and the enveloping darkness as Jesus Christ moves through death and departs from us. Many find that attending this service is an essential step on the journey to more fully appreciating the powerful message of Easter.

Totenfest | All Saints Sunday

Throughout Christian history, the church has celebrated the lives of faithful people who have died. Totenfest is the distinctive practice that grows out of the Evangelical tradition of the United Church of Christ. Because of our congregation's German heritage, Totenfest has always been an important remembrance for us, celebrated near the end of the church calendar year and closely associated with All Saints Day.


credits  |  Call to Worship, Prayer of Longing, Assurance of God’s Grace & Unconditional Love, Prayer of Dedication, Blessing to Send Us Forth Adapted from Season of the Spirit FUSION worship materials, Pentecost 1, 2013.

Worship Times

Sunday Morning

10:30 am
Nursery and toddler care provided
Sunday School for children
11:30 Fair Trade Coffee Hour

Evensong Service 
with Folk Ensemble

3rd Sundays @ 5:15 pm,
September through May,
except Easter Sunday.
Light refreshments follow

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