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     Welcome to the St. Paul Lutheran Church website. We hope this site will help you learn more about us and our witness for Christ. We strive to recognize and nurture the Christ in ourselves and each person that we encounter along the way. Our church is a thriving community of believers, and lovers of the word of God.  It has a long tradition of outreach and service to its members and the community. We hope you will join us for service on Sunday to experience for yourself the fellowship of Christ.

 


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St. Paul Lutheran Church Union, MO


Worship Bulletins


Sunday Worship Service

Divine Worship 3/22/2020

Divine Worship 3/29/2020 and Childrens Bulletin 3/29/2020


Midweek Worship Service

Midweek Service 4/1/2020

Midweek Service 3/25/2020

Midweek Service 3/18/2020



 


18 March 2020

Greetings from Rev. Lee Hagen our District President and Pastor Mat,

Greetings in the name of Jesus, our suffering servant! “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” During this Lenten season, we focus not on our fears, but on true peace in Christ; not on the sickness all around us, but healing in Christ. For the wounds of Christ are the only true cure for what has ailed humanity since the fall into sin. In the midst of our anxiety over the latest breaking news, we still have the message of Good News of Christ’s new life that brings comfort to our troubled hearts weighed down by what our world now faces.
On Sunday, Missouri Governor has called for a ban on mass gatherings of more than fifty. This posed a challenge for many congregations to think through how to provide for the spiritual welfare of their members. But Monday saw the release of the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America which called for a limit of social gatherings to not more than ten people. While there is some question as to whether this applies to churches, we should certainly give consideration to these guidelines. As Lutheran Christians, we find ourselves at a complicated place where we are called to love God and His Word on one hand and to love our neighbor on the other hand. We are not being denied those rights afforded to us in the First Amendment. Rather, we are being asked to not make full use of our rights as St. Paul does in 1 Corinthians 9.
Although, churches may respond differently, we are united in our zeal for God’s Word and our concern for the needs of the weak and lowly among us during this pandemic. In Romans 14, St. Paul expressed concern for the weaker brother so that one would not pass judgment over another, but that they would bear with one another in love. This is certainly our Lord’s call to His Church for a time such as this. My hope is that we would not burden consciences but would be charitable toward one another as we seek to faithfully serve the people of God and our neighbors. DP, Rev. Lee Hagan.

This email is to inform you that due to the potential and growing danger of Corona Virus, the elders, the officers of the church, and I have decided to cancel ALL activities at St. Paul through the end of the day on Sunday, March 22nd. This includes cancellation of this Lenten service, ALL Lenten dinners, confirmation classes and this Saturday’s reconciliation seminar. It also includes anyone using the church as a meeting place for other church or non-church activities, even if the activity is under 10 people. Due to the fluidity of the situation, we will assess the situation each weekend and decide the following week’s church and service schedule. If you are part of a group that meets at St. Paul, please make sure that all in your group are informed of these changes, especially participants that may not be members.
For this week and possibly into future weeks, we will be sending out a video of our condensed Wednesday Lenten service sometime tomorrow as well as the Sunday service on Sunday. It is our plan to post and email written devotions, video devotions, or other tools on a daily basis starting on Thursday to help and encourage you through these difficult days. We are also looking at videoing other services from the hymnal like, Matins, Vespers, Morning Prayer, Evening prayer, Compline, and others, connecting the Word of God with our people in new ways. These would be sort of a tutorial of how the head of the household can lead and minister to his or her own family through times of crisis. We’re also preparing the ability to sign out hymnals for people to follow the services at home and to sing together at home since music paired with God’s Word is a great balm in times of trial.
At this time, please consider the church building closed and do not come to the building. While the secretaries, Vicar, and I will be working from our church offices for now, we cannot risk even a common cold because symptoms of sickness result in a 14 day quarantine. Please understand that we are in the building because of our work to video record resources for you, and respect this notice that the building is closed.
I encourage anyone needing pastoral care for non-emergencies to call the church office at: 636-583-2209. For pastoral care emergencies you can call Pastor Mat at: 734-625-4483 or Vicar Ricky at: 734-620-8902. We will then assess the care situation and create a plan. We are currently working on a plan to meet the needs of our shut-ins as well without increasing their risk of exposure. We’re investigating approaches together with other congregations in our circuit and will keep you updated through phone and email blasts. If you can help, call the church office to sign-up as a volunteer to do shopping or deliver food for someone in a high-risk group, Sue Steele is managing the both lists.
Please keep me, vicar, and our beloved St. Paul Lutheran Church in your prayers as we continue to walk through this difficult time with God’s grace, mercy, and love through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!

Trusting in God’s promises,

Rev. Mathew A. Hayter

 

 

  



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208 W. Springfield Ave.

Union, MO 63084
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