Worship & Divine Service
It is in worship that God gives us His gifts and we respond in prayer and praise!
Our style of worship is liturgical, which means that our services follow a pattern that has been used by Christians since the time of the Apostles! It is Christ-centered and focused on the Good News of forgiveness in Jesus. We believe that "faith comes by hearing" (Romans 10:17) and so we gather regularly to hear God's Word and be strengthened in our faith and life.
Don't worry though, we're not too formal here. In our liturgy we simply hear God's Word and promises spoken to us, learn about Christ's forgiveness, and recite Scriptural truths that remind us that God desires that all be saved and that until Christ returns we are here to serve our neighbor. St Paul Lutheran uses the newest Lutheran Service Book. If you are a visitor and have any questions about the worship service, simply ask anyone at St. Paul LCMS- they'll be happy to help you!
We Believe, Teach, and Confess
- That there is one God in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- That every person is conceived and born in sin (original sin), and deserves temporal death and everlasting damnation for both original and actual sin.
- That Jesus Christ is the incarnate Son of God, born of the virgin Mary, was truly crucified, died and was buried, and rose again in His body on the third day. He ascended into heaven, and will come again on the last day to be our judge.
- That a person is saved (justified) entirely by God's grace, through faith, which is created by the Holy Spirit where and when He pleases.
- To obtain this faith, God instituted the Office of the Holy Ministry (preaching office). Through the means of the Word and the Sacraments the Holy Spirit creates saving faith.
- Believers must do good works, but they are not to trust in them for their salvation.
- There is one, holy, catholic (Christian) Church, with Jesus Christ as her head.
- The Sacraments of Holy Baptism and the Lord's Supper are to be retained in the church, as well as the gift of Absolution.
- That the Augsburg Confession of 1580 (of which the above items are a summary of the first thirteen articles) is a true and faithful exposition of Holy Scripture.
- The books of the Old and New Testaments are the true, inspired, inerrant Word of God.
- The rest of the Book of Concord is, like the Augsburg Confession, a true and faithful exposition of Holy Scripture, and we subscribe unreservedly to it.
For a simple understanding of our doctrine, we invite you to read Luther’s Small Catechism or to read about what congregations of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod believe and practice at LCMS.org