St. Paul United Methodist Church
Welcome from the Pastor
If you are thinking about coming back to church or maybe trying church out for the first time, I hope you will give St. Paul United Methodist Church a try! St. Paul is a congregation of welcoming people who love God and who want to make a difference in their community.
When you arrive for worship at 11 am, you can come on in and find a seat wherever you are comfortable. (And by the way, you can wear whatever you are comfortable in. Most Sundays you will see me in jeans). Our music is a blend of traditional hymns with the occasional more contemporary song tossed into the mix. There is a time for greeting one another during the service where we get up out of our seats and move around the sanctuary.
The sermon usually lasts somewhere between 15-20 minutes. I try to give special attention to teaching about the cultural and social context of the biblical passage(s), but my main goal in preaching is always to help us hear the way God is speaking to us and guiding us today as individuals and as a community.
We celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of every month and during other special times of the year. If you haven’t had much experience with this practice, it can feel a little bit confusing. In short, when we share in the bread and the grape juice (which we use instead of wine like some other church denominations do), we are experiencing the love and presence of Jesus in a way that we can taste, touch, smell, and see. Jesus invites us all to his table! While we can never fully understand everything that happens when we share in Holy Communion, we know that Jesus meets us there. There is a reason why the United Methodist Church calls it a “Holy Mystery”!
We also share in the practice of healing prayer with anointing on the third Sunday of every month. This is an opportunity to seek prayers for healing – spiritual, physical, or emotional – for yourself or for someone else. There is nothing magical about anointing oil; it is something we use as a sign of the presence and work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
When worship concludes, you are invited to join us downstairs in the fellowship hall where there is always a delicious assortment of food and plenty of coffee! We hope you’ll take the time to get to know us!
Even though I, myself, am still the new kid in town, having started as the new pastor July 1 of 2016, I can tell you that you will find St. Paul United Methodist Church to be a congregation of welcoming people. I already feel at home, and I know you will too!
– Pastor Cindy+
You can reach Pastor Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org