Sunday Worship Services at 8am and 10am Wednesday Worship Service at 5:30pm (September-April)
What are the Worship Services Like?
The 8 a.m. Service with Eucharist ( more traditional Rite I language is used; think "thee" and "thy") is held in the Chapel. This is a smaller service that does not have accompanied music.
10 a.m. Main Service with Eucharist (contemporary Rite II language) is held in the main church. There is music at this service led by various groups including the Chancel (adult) Choir, Joyful Noise Youth Choir, St. Paul's Brass, St. Paul's Bells and outside musicians. A staffed nursery for infants and toddlers is available (although babies are always welcome in church!) and a KidsWord program for preschool -3rd grade is offered during the first part of the service. A coffee hour with provided beverages and treats is served in the parish hall following the 10am service.
Wednesday evening 5:30 p.m. Service (held September-May) This is a simple service with Eucharist and organ/piano/guitar led music. Informal reflections on the lessons for the upcoming week take the place of a sermon. It is a smaller, more informal gathering, so everything sits in the front pews.
Here is what worship looks like at St. Paul's. This booklet walks through a typical service:
Children: Children are welcome in our worship! We love the sound of children and families gathered together. Children are encouraged to sit with, and worship with, their parents for as much of the worship time as possible, so that children learn from parents how to participate in worship.
Bulletins contain activities and coloring sheets based on the Sunday readings; it's okay, adults can fill in the word searches too:) Children's worship boxes are located at both entrances.
Nursery: When children become restless and they need to move, the nursery is staffed during the 10am service and available for infants to 36 month old children. The nursery includes a changing area and dedicated nursing area.
KidsWord: We also offer a special time for preschoolers through grade 3 to actively engage in the first part of the service in a welcoming environment in our children's room. They are called forth after the opening song and prayer and led to the children's room where they engage in song, story, crafts and games; they return to their family at the sign of peace.
Hearing Devices: Hearing devices are available at the Welcome Desk.
Handicap Parking: Designated handicap parking spaces are located near the Greysolon Road entrances and on Superior Street..
Handicap Access: Our worship is located on the second floor that can be accessed by an elevator.
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What to expect when you walk through the doors....
It can be a little intimidating walking into a church for the first time. Maybe you are new in town, or maybe it’s just been a long time since you’ve been to church, or maybe you have never been to a church at all.
You will feel welcomed:
We extend a warm and unconditional invitation to you to worship with us. The sign says “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You,” and we mean it; whether you are just visiting in town, or searching for a community that will embrace you as you are.
You will not be embarrassed:
When you visit St. Paul’s, you will be welcomed with a smile and simple greeting. You will not be singled out in any way, nor asked to stand before the congregation and introduce yourself. You will worship God with us. Should you wish to know more about St. Paul’s or the Episcopal Church, the clergy, greeters, and members will gladly answer your questions.
Your entire family is welcome. All members of your family, regardless of age, may participate in the service. For the convenience of parents, we have a staffed nursery during the service for 0-3 year olds and a children’s church for preschoolers-2nd grade, but infants and toddlers are also welcome to stay in church with their parents.
When you enter the church:
Greeters will welcome you and provide you with a booklet called a bulletin that will assist you in following along with the service. It lists the songs, page numbers and special prayers that will be used during the service.
The service is a celebration of the Holy Eucharist, which means “thanksgiving” in Greek. We give thanks for what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. It is also known as Holy Communion, because in it we commune with God and also with each other as the Body of Christ.
The first part of the service is called “The Liturgy of the Word,” in which God’s acts in history are recalled through scripture and applied to our lives in a reflection given by the priest (sermon). The second part is called “The Liturgy of the Eucharist,” in which we repeat the words and actions of Jesus’ last meal with his disciples and make that story our own.
All are welcome to receive communion at the table of the Lord. Greeters will assist you in coming up to the altar rail. The priest and lay minister will offer you the bread and wine consecrated as the body and blood of Jesus Christ. To receive the bread, simply place your hands together, palms facing upward and the priest will place the bread into your hand. To receive the wine, simply guide the bottom of the cup that the minister will hold toward your lips and take a sip. If you wish to receive a blessing rather than the Sacrament, simply cross your hands over your heart as a signal for the priest. Gluten free hosts are also available for those unable to consume wheat.
Dear Parents With Young Children in Church
You are doing something really, really important. I know it’s not easy. I see you with your arms overflowing, and I know you came to church already tired. Parenting is tiring. Really tiring. I watch you bounce and sway trying to keep the baby quiet, juggling the infant carseat and the diaper bag as you find a seat. I see you wince as your child cries. I see you anxiously pull things out of your bag of tricks to try to quiet them. Read more