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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
Worship Series: Who Are You?~ Proclaim Transformation
February 23, 2020
10:30 am

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


PRELUDE                                Prelude #15 in D-flat Major                                   by Chopin
                                                         ‘Largo’ from Xerxes                                  by G.F. Handel
                                                                                 Diana Carlson, piano  |  Anna Meek, violin

LIGHTING THE CANDLES                                                                             Cade Sullivan

We light candles to symbolize the light of Christ in our midst


                                                                                                                             Clare Gromoll, Associate Minister


In this moment of stillness, we quiet our minds and open our hearts

*GATHERING SONG(all)       Arise, Your Light Is Come                                 FESTAL SONG

Arise, your light is come! The Spirit’s call obey;
Show forth the glory of your God which shines on you today!

Arise, your light is come! The mountains burst in song!
Rise up like eagles on the wing; God’s power will make us strong.

*OPENING PRAYER                                                                                            Aidan Jewell

One     Holy and loving God, we boldly claim the promise of Christ—
that where two or three are gathered in that holy name, Christ is present.

Many  With Christ among us, we know the power of your love for us.

One     With Christ among us, we see your glory in each other.

Many  With Christ among us, we believe we can do all things
through love’s strength at work in us.

One     Set our hearts on fire with compassion!

All       Send forth your word and let there be light! Amen!

CHORAL ANTHEM          Obey the Spirit of the Lord    Spiritual, arr. Robert de Cormier
Stephanie Litz, soloist

I'm gonna sing when the spirit says sing

O I'm gonna sing when the spirit says sing

I'm gonna sing when the spirit says sing

I'm gonna obey the spirit of the Lord.


I'm gonna sing when the spirit says sing, hallelujah!

Gonna sing when the spirit says sing, yes,

I'm gonna sing when the spirit says sing,

I'm gonna obey the spirit of the Lord.


I'm gonna shout when the spirit says shout, hallelujah!

Gonna shout when the spirit says shout, yes,

I'm gonna shout when the spirit says shout,

I'm gonna obey the spirit of the Lord.


Let the earth be glad, O let the sea be moved,

Let the fields be filled, be filled with joy!

Obey the spirit of the Lord.


I'm gonna sing when the spirit says sing, hallelujah! etc.


Let the skies rejoice, O let the mountain sing,

Let the heavens shout, O shout with joy!

Obey the spirit of the Lord.


I'm gonna sing when the spirit says sing, hallelujah! etc.


I'm gonna pray when the spirit says pray

I'm gonna pray when the spirit says pray

I'm gonna pray when the spirit says pray


I'm gonna obey the spirit of the Lord.


For the earth is His, He made the hills,

And He sits on a heavenly throne!


I'm gonna sing when the spirit says sing

O I'm gonna sing when the spirit says sing

I'm gonna sing when the spirit says sing

I'm gonna obey the spirit of the Lord.


PRAYER OF LONGING(all)                                      Cindy Mueller, Interim Lead Minister

One     Merciful God, your people are parched from the heat of our own sin.

Many  Flow among us! Flood all peoples with your grace and mercy!

One     Life-giving God, your people grow cold as the world’s grief takes its toll on us.

Many  Our hearts and souls lie bare before you, God. Manifest your presence here.

One     Let your voice be heard in the silence of our spirits and the roaring in our ears.

All       Let your acceptance waft over us like a summer breeze, your calm and
comfort envelop and cradle us. Let your love fill us with joy. May others
sense your presence in our hearts and see you in our actions. Amen.

SILENT MEDITATION & INTERLUDE                                    Diana Carlson, piano

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S GRACE                                                                                       


*SUNG RESPONSE (all)       We Are Marching in the Light of God

Children & Youth may come forward during the singing

Siyahamb' ekukhanyen' kwenkhos', siyahamb' ekukhanyen' kwenkhos'. (2x)
Siyahamba, Oooo! Siyahamb' ekukhanyen' kwenkhos'. (2x)

We are marching in the light of God, we are marching in the light of God. (2x)
We are marching, Oooo! We are marching in the light of God. (2x)


A SPECIAL TIME WITH YOUNG PEOPLE                                                                        

Children & Youth may come forward during the singing

YOUTH MINISTRY RECOGNITION  |  Hearing from our Youth Group and their leaders





UNISON DEDICATION (all)                                                                                               

Julia and Aidan, your lives have been given to you, to your parents, and to all of us as gifts from God.
We—your parents, sponsors, and congregation alike—dedicate you and rededicate ourselves to God.
We promise to continue to do our best to be channels of God’s love for you, to teach you the ways of Jesus,
our Friend and Savior, and to empower you through the Holy Spirit. May the light of God’s loving concern
never cease to shine upon you and through you.



Children: God be with you,

Congregation: And also with you.

BAPTISMAL HYMN          Child of Blessing, Child of Promise                       STUTTGART

During the singing, young people age 3–Grade 4 may leave for Sunday School

READING FROM THE GOSPELS       Matthew 17: 1–9                            Griffin Lawrence

MESSAGE                                                                                                   Rev. Clare Gromoll


PRAYERS FOR TRANSFORMATION                                                           Julia Wallinga


Response    One:    … God, in your love,

                        All:      Hear our prayer.


There are different versions of the prayer Jesus taught, which is why we offer choices.
Please know you are welcome to recite the version that is most familiar or comfortable
to you. We want to make this prayer meaningful for all who choose to share in it.

Our Father/Mother, who art/is in heaven, hallowed/holy be thy/your name.
Thykingdom/Your kindom come, thy/your will 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/yours is the kingdom/kindom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.


OFFERTORY                                    Abide With Me                             by William H. Monk

                                                                                                                arr. Heather Sorenson

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*OFFERTORY RESPONSE (all)                                                                   OLD HUNDREDTH

O God, may we who bear your name
by gentle love your grace proclaim,
Christ’s gift of peace on earth declare
and your anointing spirit share. Amen.

*PRAYER OF DEDICATION (all)                                                                                         

Mighty God, we dedicate these gifts and our very selves to your way of empowering
love. Stay with us as we share in the risks and challenges of living our faith. By your
powerful Spirit, turn our fear to courage and our confusion to confidence. As your
glory shone in the face of Jesus, so shine in our hearts and lives. Amen.

*CLOSING SONG (all)     We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding                       see insert

                                                                 verses 1 & 3                                                                 


POSTLUDE                                  The Lily of the Valley                          by William S. Hays

                                                                                                                          arr. Mark Hayes

We carry the light of Christ out into the world!

The Postlude is a time of worship and meditation for many people.
You are invited to remain and enjoy the Postlude in silence
or to depart to the lobby for fellowship and conversation.
Please join us for our Fair-Trade Coffee Hour.

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

Judith Melander Director of Music  |  Geoffrey Olson Organist


Today  |  February 23
Baptisms of Aidan Jewell and Julia Wallinga  |  Chili/Soup Cookoff Youth Fundraiser

  •   10:20 am   Explorers Room opens (infant & toddler care)
  •   10:30 am   Worship  |  Sanctuary
  •    11:00 am   Sunday School  |  various rooms
  •    11:30 am   Chili/Soup Cookoff Youth Fundraiser  |  Great Hall

Monday February 24  | Office closed

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

Tuesday February 25

  •    5:45 pm   Nominating Committee  |  Conference Room

Wednesday February 26  |  Ash Wednesday

  •    6:30 am   Women’s AA  |  Fireside Room
  •   6:00 pm   Ash Wednesday meal  |  Fireside Room
  •    6:45 pm   Ash Wednesday service  |  Sanctuary
  •    7:30 pm   Creation Justice Task Force  |  Conference Room

Thursday February 27

  •    6:30 am   11th Step Meditation  |  Fireside Room
  •       Noon   Soup & Substance  |  Fireside Room
  •    1:00 pm   Seamsters  |  Fireside Room
  •    6:45 pm   Childhood Center Annual Meeting  |  Fireside Room
  •    7:00 pm   Ministry Board  |  Fireside Room

Friday February 28

  •     6:15 pm   OA  |  Fireside Room

Saturday February 29

  •    7:30 am   2nd Men’s AA  |  Great Hall
  •    9:00 am   Men’s AA  |  Great Hall

Sunday March 1  |  First Sunday in Lent

  •    9:00 am   Milestone Event (Grades 3 & 4)  |  Worship Around the Year  |  Fireside Room
  •    9:00 am   Childcare (infants–Grade 5)  |  Explorers Room
  •   10:20 am   Explorers Room opens (infant & toddler care)
  •   10:30 am   Worship with Communion for all  |  Sanctuary
  •    11:00 am   Chapel Time
  •    11:30 am   Fair Trade Coffee Hour  |  lobby
  •       Noon   Ziplock care kit assembly  |  Fireside Room
  •  12:30 pm   Called to Care support group  |  Fireside Room
  •    6:30 pm   Confirmation  |  Fireside Room

Unique offerings

Evensong Service with Folk Ensemble | Monthly, September through May

Our next Evensong service will be February 16. 

Click here for a short video about this service. 

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 (3:00 pm, usually on the third Sunday of Advent).

A Light in the Darkness  |  December 20, 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. We celebrate Totenfest every year on All Saints Sunday, the first Sunday in November.


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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Saint Paul 55105
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