"When Anglicanism is at its best, its liturgy, its poetry, its music and its life can create
a world of wonder in which it is very easy to fall in love with God." - Urban T. Holmes, III
The people of St. Paul's invite you to come and share our sacred space.
Come to enjoy the beauty of stained glass and carved wood, to sing
hymns that capture the devotion of the early church and modern times,
and to hear the Word of God proclaimed and preached.
Come especially to join us in prayer as we celebrate every Sunday the
Holy Eucharist of our Lord, the food and drink of eternal life.
Come to experience the holy and to fall in love with God.
We are a laughing and loving congregation, and we look forward to welcoming you among us!
A letter of welcome from Mother Susan...
Welcome to St. Paul's Episcopal Church and thank you for finding your way here.
At St. Paul's, you will find
that the worship of God is central to who we are and what we do. Our
worship is liturgical, that is, it follows rites and patterns that have
been handed down through the years by faithful Christians. These rites
are found in our Book of Common Prayer. And it is this "praying in
common" that connects us to God and to each other and to all the
faithful who have gone before us.
Our main service on Sunday
(almost) always includes a celebration of the Holy Eucharist or
Communion, what other traditions may call the Lord's Supper. We come to
the Lord's table to receive the bread and wine, which for us becomes
the Body and Blood of our Savior Jesus Christ. Again, as we are
strengthened for our Christian journey with this holy food and drink,
we are connected to God and to each other and the those who have walked
the Way of Christ before us.
Essential to our worship is the
careful reading and the attentive hearing of the Word of God found in
the Holy Scriptures. The sermon is intended to help worshippers
understand and probe more deeply into the word they've heard and to
find what the Holy Spirit is saying to them here and now.
A difference that you will find
in the Episcopal encounter with scripture is that we humbly admit that
God, as revealed in his Word, is more vast and more subtle that the
human mind can fathom. Therefore, we don't try to make the Bible a list
of rules or a playbook for figuring out whom God chooses to save. God
has promised to reconcile all of creation to himself at the coming of
his kingdom, and we trust in God to keep his promise.
I hope that you will come and
share worship with us. All are welcome here, no matter who you are or
where you're from; no matter if you share our faith, are of a different
faith, or have lost or never found your faith. Come and pray with us.
May you be blessed with the peace of Christ.