Worship with us online
To help prevent the spread of COVID, we're not meeting in person as a community at this time. But we are offering livestreamed services on Sunday mornings at 10:30. Join us at that time by clicking here. You can also find recent services by clicking here.
Palm Sunday | March 28
Remembering Jesus’ march into Jerusalem for Passover, days before his arrest and death.
Palm Sunday worship will remain online this year, but will be filled with special music and joyful HOSANNAs! Click here for the service and here for the bulletin. After worship from Noon-2:00 pm, we'll “Pack the Palms” for our annual effort to donate food, personal care, and household items to MN FoodShare. Stop by with your items, or bring them during the days before and after and leave them in the marked bin in the entryway off the parking lot.
Maundy Thursday | April 1
Remembering the Last Supper, and Jesus’ betrayal and arrest that followed it. Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and broke the bread and poured the wine. Maundy comes for the Latin word for command, because at the Last Supper Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment: that you love one another.”
Join us for a family-friendly Maundy Thursday service at 6:30 pm via Zoom. Here's the Zoom link. The bulletin link will be posted here soon. As you join us online, have handy some bread and juice/wine for Communion and a bowl of water and washcloth for handwashing.
Good Friday | April 2
On Good Friday, or “Holy Friday,” we remember Jesus’ death on the cross. The Tenebrae Service is a series of readings, coupled with candles being extinguished, that take worshipers through the last words of Christ.
A recording of our Good Friday service is available here. You can also click here for the bulletin. Our service is going to be rich and haunting with music, drama, and liturgy.
We're also hosting a German-language Good Friday service again this year. That service is posted here.
Easter Sunday | April 4
Easter is the day we remember Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed!
Please join us online for our livestreamed Easter Sunday worship. Click this link for the service at 10:30 on April 4, and here for the bulletin.
This year we'll offer our annual German-language Good Friday service again. The service will be posted at this link.
Because of the surge in COVID cases, we are not holding our monthly Evensong services at this time. Please check back later for updates on when we will resume.
Looking forward to when we can come together for these services again, we invite you to click here to see a short video about Evensong at St. Paul's UCC.
Special services and experiences
Our Palm Sunday service ushers in Holy Week with songs 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. We'll livestream our service this year as we're not worshiping together in person yet.
Tenebrae service on Good Friday
We traditionally hold a service of Tenebrae (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 this service is an essential step on their journeys to more fully appreciating the powerful message of Easter. Check back soon for the link to this year's service.
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). See the flyer above for information on this year's Good Friday service.
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 liturgical 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.
A Light in the Darkness
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.