Mar
20
7:00 AM07:00

Battle of the gods: Lent mid-week series

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Please join us for one or all three opportunities to worship with us today:

7AM - Holy Communion
12PM - Bible Study and BYO lunch
7PM - Evening Prayer

The goal of this series is to have a life-changing encounter with the true and living God through key Scriptures. We can understand the uniqueness of our Triune God better in contrast to man-made religion. The gods of this world come from human imagination; true religion defies and transcends imagination. In this series, we will not only identify but also celebrate who God is for us.

Together, we will re-experience the creation account, the Exodus, and other biblical events through a new lens—false religion. This will not swell us up in pride but help us grow in faith and thanksgiving for the true and living God.

We welcome you to join in our lively discussion.

March 13 Creator: Mesopotamian gods vs. YHWH
Genesis 1:1-5,14-19,26-28; 2:1-3

March 20 Redeemer: Egyptian gods vs. YHWH
Psalm 78

March 27 Sovereign: Canaanite gods vs. YHWH
1 Kings 18:20-40

April 3 Savior: Babylonian gods vs. YHWH
Daniel 3

April 10 Father: Hellenistic gods vs. Jesus Christ
Acts 17:16-34

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Mar
20
7:30 PM19:30

Book Club: The Triumph of Christianity; How a forbidden religion swept the world

Book Club - Triumph of Christianity

Join us for a guided discussion on this book by early Christian historian Bart Ehrman that weaves a rigorously-researched answer to the question, “How did a religion whose first believers were twenty or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire became the official religion of Rome, converting some thirty million people in just four centuries?”

The book shows, through a readable narrative, how a handful of charismatic characters used a brilliant social strategy and an irresistible message to win over hearts and minds one at a time. This humane, thoughtful and intelligent book upends the way we think about the single most important cultural transformation our world has ever seen—one that revolutionized art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics, economics, and law.

For those of you who’ve attended Pastor Johnson’s Adult Bible Forum: Paganism, this text will be familiar to you. Pastor’s discussion on world religions aims to cultivate respect for people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds, gain a greater appreciation for the uniqueness of Christianity, and develop skills to help us winsomely communicate our faith to people around us who are religious but not in the conventional Christian way.

Beginning on Wednesday, March 13, we will meet regularly on Wednesdays during Lent from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the First Saint Paul’s Lounge. During Lent, we invite you to join us at 6:00 p.m. for a BYO dinner (dessert and coffee are provided) before the 7:00 p.m. Lenten Evening Prayer Service, then stay for the book club until 8:30 p.m.

Books are available at the church beginning Sunday, March 3 ($12 while supplies last), or you can buy a copy of the book online any time. If you have questions, please call Marlo Schulz-Kittl in the church office at 312-642-7172 or email mschulz@fspauls.org.

Book Club Schedule

Wednesday meetings 7:30-8:30 p.m.
March 13- Chapters 1-2
March 20- Chapters 3-4
April 3- Chapters 5-6
April 10- Chapters 7-8

Thursday meeting 7-8:30 p.m.
May 2 – Chapter 9, Wrap up

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Mar
27
7:00 AM07:00

Battle of the gods: Lent mid-week series

Lent.jpg

Please join us for one or all three opportunities to worship with us today:

7AM - Holy Communion
12PM - Bible Study and BYO lunch
7PM - Evening Prayer

The goal of this series is to have a life-changing encounter with the true and living God through key Scriptures. We can understand the uniqueness of our Triune God better in contrast to man-made religion. The gods of this world come from human imagination; true religion defies and transcends imagination. In this series, we will not only identify but also celebrate who God is for us.

Together, we will re-experience the creation account, the Exodus, and other biblical events through a new lens—false religion. This will not swell us up in pride but help us grow in faith and thanksgiving for the true and living God.

We welcome you to join in our lively discussion.

March 13 Creator: Mesopotamian gods vs. YHWH
Genesis 1:1-5,14-19,26-28; 2:1-3

March 20 Redeemer: Egyptian gods vs. YHWH
Psalm 78

March 27 Sovereign: Canaanite gods vs. YHWH
1 Kings 18:20-40

April 3 Savior: Babylonian gods vs. YHWH
Daniel 3

April 10 Father: Hellenistic gods vs. Jesus Christ
Acts 17:16-34

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Apr
3
7:00 AM07:00

Battle of the gods: Lent mid-week series

Lent.jpg

Please join us for one or all three opportunities to worship with us today:

7AM - Holy Communion
12PM - Bible Study and BYO lunch
7PM - Evening Prayer

The goal of this series is to have a life-changing encounter with the true and living God through key Scriptures. We can understand the uniqueness of our Triune God better in contrast to man-made religion. The gods of this world come from human imagination; true religion defies and transcends imagination. In this series, we will not only identify but also celebrate who God is for us.

Together, we will re-experience the creation account, the Exodus, and other biblical events through a new lens—false religion. This will not swell us up in pride but help us grow in faith and thanksgiving for the true and living God.

We welcome you to join in our lively discussion.

March 13 Creator: Mesopotamian gods vs. YHWH
Genesis 1:1-5,14-19,26-28; 2:1-3

March 20 Redeemer: Egyptian gods vs. YHWH
Psalm 78

March 27 Sovereign: Canaanite gods vs. YHWH
1 Kings 18:20-40

April 3 Savior: Babylonian gods vs. YHWH
Daniel 3

April 10 Father: Hellenistic gods vs. Jesus Christ
Acts 17:16-34

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Apr
3
7:30 PM19:30

Book Club: The Triumph of Christianity; How a forbidden religion swept the world

Book Club - Triumph of Christianity

Join us for a guided discussion on this book by early Christian historian Bart Ehrman that weaves a rigorously-researched answer to the question, “How did a religion whose first believers were twenty or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire became the official religion of Rome, converting some thirty million people in just four centuries?”

The book shows, through a readable narrative, how a handful of charismatic characters used a brilliant social strategy and an irresistible message to win over hearts and minds one at a time. This humane, thoughtful and intelligent book upends the way we think about the single most important cultural transformation our world has ever seen—one that revolutionized art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics, economics, and law.

For those of you who’ve attended Pastor Johnson’s Adult Bible Forum: Paganism, this text will be familiar to you. Pastor’s discussion on world religions aims to cultivate respect for people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds, gain a greater appreciation for the uniqueness of Christianity, and develop skills to help us winsomely communicate our faith to people around us who are religious but not in the conventional Christian way.

Beginning on Wednesday, March 13, we will meet regularly on Wednesdays during Lent from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the First Saint Paul’s Lounge. During Lent, we invite you to join us at 6:00 p.m. for a BYO dinner (dessert and coffee are provided) before the 7:00 p.m. Lenten Evening Prayer Service, then stay for the book club until 8:30 p.m.

Books are available at the church beginning Sunday, March 3 ($12 while supplies last), or you can buy a copy of the book online any time. If you have questions, please call Marlo Schulz-Kittl in the church office at 312-642-7172 or email mschulz@fspauls.org.

Book Club Schedule

Wednesday meetings 7:30-8:30 p.m.
March 13- Chapters 1-2
March 20- Chapters 3-4
April 3- Chapters 5-6
April 10- Chapters 7-8

Thursday meeting 7-8:30 p.m.
May 2 – Chapter 9, Wrap up

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Apr
10
7:00 AM07:00

Battle of the gods: Lent mid-week series

Lent.jpg

Please join us for one or all three opportunities to worship with us today:

7AM - Holy Communion
12PM - Bible Study and BYO lunch
7PM - Evening Prayer

The goal of this series is to have a life-changing encounter with the true and living God through key Scriptures. We can understand the uniqueness of our Triune God better in contrast to man-made religion. The gods of this world come from human imagination; true religion defies and transcends imagination. In this series, we will not only identify but also celebrate who God is for us.

Together, we will re-experience the creation account, the Exodus, and other biblical events through a new lens—false religion. This will not swell us up in pride but help us grow in faith and thanksgiving for the true and living God.

We welcome you to join in our lively discussion.

March 13 Creator: Mesopotamian gods vs. YHWH
Genesis 1:1-5,14-19,26-28; 2:1-3

March 20 Redeemer: Egyptian gods vs. YHWH
Psalm 78

March 27 Sovereign: Canaanite gods vs. YHWH
1 Kings 18:20-40

April 3 Savior: Babylonian gods vs. YHWH
Daniel 3

April 10 Father: Hellenistic gods vs. Jesus Christ
Acts 17:16-34

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Apr
10
7:30 PM19:30

Book Club: The Triumph of Christianity; How a forbidden religion swept the world

Book Club - Triumph of Christianity

Join us for a guided discussion on this book by early Christian historian Bart Ehrman that weaves a rigorously-researched answer to the question, “How did a religion whose first believers were twenty or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire became the official religion of Rome, converting some thirty million people in just four centuries?”

The book shows, through a readable narrative, how a handful of charismatic characters used a brilliant social strategy and an irresistible message to win over hearts and minds one at a time. This humane, thoughtful and intelligent book upends the way we think about the single most important cultural transformation our world has ever seen—one that revolutionized art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics, economics, and law.

For those of you who’ve attended Pastor Johnson’s Adult Bible Forum: Paganism, this text will be familiar to you. Pastor’s discussion on world religions aims to cultivate respect for people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds, gain a greater appreciation for the uniqueness of Christianity, and develop skills to help us winsomely communicate our faith to people around us who are religious but not in the conventional Christian way.

Beginning on Wednesday, March 13, we will meet regularly on Wednesdays during Lent from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the First Saint Paul’s Lounge. During Lent, we invite you to join us at 6:00 p.m. for a BYO dinner (dessert and coffee are provided) before the 7:00 p.m. Lenten Evening Prayer Service, then stay for the book club until 8:30 p.m.

Books are available at the church beginning Sunday, March 3 ($12 while supplies last), or you can buy a copy of the book online any time. If you have questions, please call Marlo Schulz-Kittl in the church office at 312-642-7172 or email mschulz@fspauls.org.

Book Club Schedule

Wednesday meetings 7:30-8:30 p.m.
March 13- Chapters 1-2
March 20- Chapters 3-4
April 3- Chapters 5-6
April 10- Chapters 7-8

Thursday meeting 7-8:30 p.m.
May 2 – Chapter 9, Wrap up

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Apr
14
9:30 AM09:30

Palm Sunday Service

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Palm Sunday begins what is traditionally called Holy Week. Also called "Passion Sunday," this service begins with the procession of palms and reflects the contrasting attitudes toward Jesus that were on display during the days leading up to his crucifixion. What begins with "Hosanna!" (Lord, save us) will end with "Crucify, crucify!" We will hear a longer, dramatic portion of the sufferings and death of Jesus this day. 

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Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Maundy Thursday Service

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Maundy Thursday occurs on the eve of our Lord’s crucifixion, ushering in the holy three days (Triduum) of preparation for the Resurrection of our Lord (Easter). During this service, we commemorate the institution of the Lord's Supper (Holy Communion) and Christ's commandment that we should love one another as he has loved us; the word "Maundy" refers to this mandate.

Toward the end of the service, the altar is stripped—furniture, vessels, and adornments are removed—just as Jesus was stripped before his crucifixion. This prepares us for Good Friday, the continuation of the three-days, culminating with the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ from the dead during our Easter Vigil.

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Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Good Friday Service

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Good Friday continues our observance of the holy three days (Triduum) as we prepare for the risen Christ. The name may come from an older name, "God's Friday," but it is certainly GOOD. It’s not a day to feel sorry for Jesus because of his suffering and death. It is a day to feel good because of the good gifts Christ won for us on this day.

This is also a time we hear St. John's unique account of the crucifixion which is sometimes sung by the choir. The service does not end in a benediction or closure because the service continues the following day at dusk for the Vigil of Easter.

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Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Easter Vigil

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The Easter Vigil is a multisensory celebration of the Resurrection of Christ. From beginning to end there is a striking movement from darkness to light, fasting to feasting, grief to gladness, old to new, and death to life. It is a journey that begins with Creation, recalling God’s redemptive acts in history, and climaxing in the greatest triumph over sin, evil, and death—the Resurrection.

Our celebration will begin on the church patio around a fire. From there, we process into the church with candles, we remember our Baptism by being sprinkled from the Font, and we receive Christ’s Body and Blood in Holy Communion. We taste, see, hear, touch, smell, and experience the goodness of God during this special service.

The Easter Vigil is the third of three services beginning with Maundy Thursday, continuing Good Friday, and culminating on the Saturday evening before Easter Sunday. Please join us for this beautiful and powerful service!

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May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Book Club: The Triumph of Christianity; How a forbidden religion swept the world

Book Club - Triumph of Christianity

Join us for a guided discussion on this book by early Christian historian Bart Ehrman that weaves a rigorously-researched answer to the question, “How did a religion whose first believers were twenty or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire became the official religion of Rome, converting some thirty million people in just four centuries?”

The book shows, through a readable narrative, how a handful of charismatic characters used a brilliant social strategy and an irresistible message to win over hearts and minds one at a time. This humane, thoughtful and intelligent book upends the way we think about the single most important cultural transformation our world has ever seen—one that revolutionized art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics, economics, and law.

For those of you who’ve attended Pastor Johnson’s Adult Bible Forum: Paganism, this text will be familiar to you. Pastor’s discussion on world religions aims to cultivate respect for people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds, gain a greater appreciation for the uniqueness of Christianity, and develop skills to help us winsomely communicate our faith to people around us who are religious but not in the conventional Christian way.

Beginning on Wednesday, March 13, we will meet regularly on Wednesdays during Lent from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the First Saint Paul’s Lounge. During Lent, we invite you to join us at 6:00 p.m. for a BYO dinner (dessert and coffee are provided) before the 7:00 p.m. Lenten Evening Prayer Service, then stay for the book club until 8:30 p.m.

Books are available at the church beginning Sunday, March 3 ($12 while supplies last), or you can buy a copy of the book online any time. If you have questions, please call Marlo Schulz-Kittl in the church office at 312-642-7172 or email mschulz@fspauls.org.

Book Club Schedule

Wednesday meetings 7:30-8:30 p.m.
March 13- Chapters 1-2
March 20- Chapters 3-4
April 3- Chapters 5-6
April 10- Chapters 7-8

Thursday meeting 7-8:30 p.m.
May 2 – Chapter 9, Wrap up

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Mar
13
7:30 PM19:30

Book Club: The Triumph of Christianity; How a forbidden religion swept the world

Book Club - Triumph of Christianity

Join us for a guided discussion on this book by early Christian historian Bart Ehrman that weaves a rigorously-researched answer to the question, “How did a religion whose first believers were twenty or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire became the official religion of Rome, converting some thirty million people in just four centuries?”

The book shows, through a readable narrative, how a handful of charismatic characters used a brilliant social strategy and an irresistible message to win over hearts and minds one at a time. This humane, thoughtful and intelligent book upends the way we think about the single most important cultural transformation our world has ever seen—one that revolutionized art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics, economics, and law.

For those of you who’ve attended Pastor Johnson’s Adult Bible Forum: Paganism, this text will be familiar to you. Pastor’s discussion on world religions aims to cultivate respect for people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds, gain a greater appreciation for the uniqueness of Christianity, and develop skills to help us winsomely communicate our faith to people around us who are religious but not in the conventional Christian way.

Beginning on Wednesday, March 13, we will meet regularly on Wednesdays during Lent from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the First Saint Paul’s Lounge. During Lent, we invite you to join us at 6:00 p.m. for a BYO dinner (dessert and coffee are provided) before the 7:00 p.m. Lenten Evening Prayer Service, then stay for the book club until 8:30 p.m.

Books are available at the church beginning Sunday, March 3 ($12 while supplies last), or you can buy a copy of the book online any time. If you have questions, please call Marlo Schulz-Kittl in the church office at 312-642-7172 or email mschulz@fspauls.org.

Book Club Schedule

Wednesday meetings 7:30-8:30 p.m.
March 13- Chapters 1-2
March 20- Chapters 3-4
April 3- Chapters 5-6
April 10- Chapters 7-8

Thursday meeting 7-8:30 p.m.
May 9 – Chapter 9, Wrap up

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Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

Guest Choir: University of Sioux Falls

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“...be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Speak to each other with psalms,
hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and
make music in your heart to the Lord.”

Ephesians 5:18b-19

We’re delighted and thankful to have the University of Sioux Falls Choir participating in our mid-week Lenten Evening Prayer Service on Wednesday, March 13, beginning at 7 p.m.

This sixty-voice choir from a small Christian liberal arts college will fill the sanctuary with beautiful sounds as part of the service and will sing additional selections afterwards.

Admission is free and open to the public. There will be a free-will offering at the end of the evening to help support the choir’s mission.

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Mar
13
7:00 AM07:00

Battle of the gods: Lent mid-week series

Lent.jpg

Please join us for one or all three opportunities to worship with us today:

7AM - Holy Communion
12PM - Bible Study and BYO lunch
7PM - Evening Prayer

The goal of this series is to have a life-changing encounter with the true and living God through key Scriptures. We can understand the uniqueness of our Triune God better in contrast to man-made religion. The gods of this world come from human imagination; true religion defies and transcends imagination. In this series, we will not only identify but also celebrate who God is for us.

Together, we will re-experience the creation account, the Exodus, and other biblical events through a new lens—false religion. This will not swell us up in pride but help us grow in faith and thanksgiving for the true and living God.

We welcome you to join in our lively discussion.

March 13 Creator: Mesopotamian gods vs. YHWH
Genesis 1:1-5,14-19,26-28; 2:1-3

March 20 Redeemer: Egyptian gods vs. YHWH
Psalm 78

March 27 Sovereign: Canaanite gods vs. YHWH
1 Kings 18:20-40

April 3 Savior: Babylonian gods vs. YHWH
Daniel 3

April 10 Father: Hellenistic gods vs. Jesus Christ
Acts 17:16-34

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Mar
6
7:00 AM07:00

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Please join us for one or all three opportunities to worship with us today:

7AM - Holy Communion and imposition of ashes
12PM - Drop by for imposition of ashes, or stay for Bible study and BYO lunch
7PM - Evening Prayer with Holy Communion and imposition of ashes

On Ash Wednesday, we begin a season of reflection and turning away from destructive paths towards ourselves and others.

The ashes represent our mortality.

The ashes in the sign of the cross remind us that our lives are in God's hands, that he sent his Son to die for us on the Cross and rose again from the dead so that we would have the assurance of eternal life.

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Mar
3
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Paganism

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If you want to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the Bible and the uniqueness of our Christian faith, you’ll want to join the next six-session Adult Bible Forum titled, “Paganism.”

If you want to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the Bible and the uniqueness of our Christian faith, you’ll want to join the next six-session Adult Bible Forum titled, “Paganism.”

This is week 3 of our discussion on pagan religions and paganism in the Old and New Testaments, over the last 2,000 years, and today.

Studying paganism throughout history helps us to gain a greater appreciation for the uniqueness of Christianity and to cultivate greater respect for people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds.

Equipped with this deeper understanding, we can develop skills that help us winsomely communicate our faith to people around us who are very spiritual, but not in the conventional Christian way.

We welcome your thoughts, stories, and questions in this class.

This is the third of the six classes in this seriers. We’ll skip a few weeks so watch this website and the First Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church Facebook page for additional dates.

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Feb
24
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Paganism

Adult Forum - Paganism.jpg

If you want to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the Bible and the uniqueness of our Christian faith, you’ll want to join the next six-session Adult Bible Forum titled, “Paganism.”

Week 2 of our discussion on pagan religions and paganism in the Old and New Testaments, over the last 2,000 years, and today.

Studying paganism throughout history helps us to gain a greater appreciation for the uniqueness of Christianity and to cultivate greater respect for people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds.

Equipped with this deeper understanding, we can develop skills that help us winsomely communicate our faith to people around us who are very spiritual, but not in the conventional Christian way.

We welcome your thoughts, stories, and questions in this class.

This is the second of the six classes in this seriers. We’ll skip a few weeks so watch this website and the First Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church Facebook page for additional dates.

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Feb
17
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Paganism

Adult Forum - Paganism.jpg

If you want to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the Bible and the uniqueness of our Christian faith, you’ll want to join the next six-session Adult Bible Forum titled, “Paganism.”

During these sessions, we’ll be discussing pagan religions and paganism before Abraham, in the Old and New Testaments, over the last 2,000 years, and today.

Studying paganism throughout history helps us to gain a greater appreciation for the uniqueness of Christianity and to cultivate greater respect for people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds.

Equipped with this deeper understanding, we can develop skills that help us winsomely communicate our faith to people around us who are very spiritual, but not in the conventional Christian way.

We welcome your thoughts, stories, and questions in this class.

The first of the six classes is on Sunday, February 17 at 11 a.m. We’ll skip a few weeks so watch this website and the First Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church Facebook page for additional dates.

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Feb
3
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: The Apostle Peter - Great Faith, Human Weakness, God’s Grace

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It’s during this, the Epiphany season, that we commemorate the confession and call of St. Peter. So it is fitting that this Sunday, February 3rd, Dr. David Rogner, chair of the Department of English at Concordia University Chicago, will lead our Adult Bible Forum about the life and work of the Apostle Peter.

David’s presentation features paintings and poems depicting five events in the life of St. Peter, beginning with his call and his bold profession of faith, but will also examine his moments of weakness and denial.

The presentation concludes with Christ’s post-resurrection meeting with Peter and Christ’s call to “feed my sheep.”

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Jan
27
10:45 AM10:45

Tailgate Potluck & Trivia

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Let the games begin!

Our Tailgate & Trivia Bowl is a fun way to taste a selection of great food and snag your favorite recipes to use for your own super bowl parties. Bring your favorite tailgate dish and several copies of the recipe to share. Prizes and bragging rights go to the winners in each category: appetizers, meats, salads, and desserts.

And that’s just part of the fun!

You can compete for prizes during several trivia rounds covering topics from the arts, pop culture, the Bible, sports, and more. Invite a group of friends to come to church with you and be on your trivia team.

Free will donations will help support our First Saint Paul’s teens who are headed to the National Youth Gathering this summer. Held every three years since 1980, this Christ-centered event provides students with many opportunities to participate in choir, orchestra, dance, service projects, and worship with up to 35,000 others daily; a chance to hear speakers on topics relevant to teens and learn more about their own Lutheran identity; a chance to meet fellow believers from around the world and to have fun.

Checkout: http://www.lcmsgathering.com/ for more information.

Tailgate & Trivia organizers are asking for volunteers to help set up and decorate the fellowship hall on Saturday and to serve and clean up on Sunday. They also need volunteers to judge the tailgate dishes and select winners in each category. What a tasty and fun way to volunteer.

Contact Marlo Schulz and Megan McGinnis.

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Jan
19
8:30 AM08:30

New Member Orientation

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If you’re interested in learning more about First Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, please join Pastor Johnson and Marlo Schulz, Director of Outreach & Family Ministries, for two new member orientation sessions. We gather in Pastor’s office for a lively discussion on the basic tenants of the Christian faith, our Lutheran heritage, the history and ministry of First Saint Paul’s and various timely topics of interest to participants.

We look forward to getting to know you better and welcoming you into the First Saint Paul’s family. If you’re interested in joining us, please call the church office at 312-642-7172, or email Pastor Johnson or Marlo Schulz

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Jan
12
8:30 AM08:30

New Member Orientation

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If you’re interested in learning more about First Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, please join Pastor Johnson and Marlo Schulz, Director of Outreach & Family Ministries, for two new member orientation sessions. We gather in Pastor’s office for a lively discussion on the basic tenants of the Christian faith, our Lutheran heritage, the history and ministry of First Saint Paul’s and various timely topics of interest to participants.

We look forward to getting to know you better and welcoming you into the First Saint Paul’s family. If you’re interested in joining us, please call the church office at 312-642-7172, or email Pastor Johnson or Marlo Schulz

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Jan
6
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Prophetic Imagination - Jesus the Prophet

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From mid-October through early January, using Walter Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets in the Bible beginning with Moses and ending with Jesus. Their boldness, clarity, and passion for the Kingdom of God in the face of worldly chaos and partisanship will help us walk the straight and narrow and find God's peace.

This discussion should help all of us navigate the current culture of partisan politics, religious extremism, and general anxiety about the world. It will help us as individuals and as a church find our voice to speak where God speaks and in a way that amazes and inspires those who come across our path.

October 14, 2018 - The Prophet Moses
October 21, 2018 - Kingdom Theology
November 11, 2018 - The Gift of Prophecy
December 2, 2018 – Amazement
December 9, 2018 - The Prophet Elijah
December 16, 2018 - The Prophet John
January 6, 2018 - Jesus The Prophet

We invite you to join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, followed by refreshments and fellowship before we begin our study.

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Dec
31
7:00 PM19:00

New Year's Eve Holy Communion Service

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Please join us at the turn of the year as we meditate on endings and beginnings, knowing that all the world’s time begins and ends in God. We watch and keep vigil for the coming of God’s justice.

Holy God,

your beauty shines forth from the manger

and your love flows from the cross.

As you gather us around these signs

of your love come among us,

warm us to extend your care

among the hungry and all in need.

In Jesus’ name we pray.

Amen.

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Dec
25
10:00 AM10:00

Christmas Day Holy Communion Service

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On this Christmas morning, the people of God gather to celebrate the birth of the Word made flesh, Christ our Lord. Luke recounts the familiar story of shepherds and angels; John’s gospel tells of the Word that dwells among us, full of grace and truth. The meaning of Christmas is made clear: the light shines in the darkness. It is in the liturgy that we encounter the Word made flesh—in the people of God gathered together as the body of Christ, and in the meal around the holy table. We go forth to be bearers of light as we proclaim this good news to all the ends of the earth.

God the Creator who delights in you,
Jesus the Savior who is born for you,
and the lifegiving Spirit who shines on you,
☩ bless you and keep you in hope and peace.

Amen.

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Dec
24
7:00 PM19:00

Christmas Eve Holy Communion Service

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We welcome you to join us on a long winter evening as we gather to proclaim the coming of the light.

Music by First Saint Paul’s Choir and the Metropolis String Quartet:
Jeri-Lou Zike, violin
Thomas Yang, violin,
Dave Moss, viola
Craig Trompeter, cello

Pre-service music by the quartet begins at 6:40 pm

Isaiah announces that the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Paul reminds us that the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. In the familiar account of Christ’s birth, the evening sky is bright with the heavenly host singing, “Glory to God in the highest.” Amid our broken world we proclaim that the Prince of peace is born among us. God comes to us in human flesh—in Christ’s body and blood—so that we may be bearers of divine light to all the world.

God the Creator who delights in you,
Jesus the Savior who is born for you,
and the lifegiving Spirit who shines on you,
☩ bless you and keep you in hope and peace.

Amen.

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Dec
21
7:00 PM19:00

Longest Night Prayer Service

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Cast all your cares upon God, for he cares for you. In the darkness, let’s anticipate the coming of the Light of the world.

During the Christmas and New Year season, not everyone feels like celebrating. Grief, illness, aging, depression, loneliness, unemployment, and loss can be magnified. Even those who are not struggling with losses may feel the stress of preparations and expectations around Christmas. In the Northern Hemisphere, December 21 is the longest night and winter solstice.

Please join us for this unique worship experience.

Many of us bring a brown-bag supper to enjoy in the company of First Saint Paul’s community members and guests. We welcome you to be at home among us.

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Dec
19
7:00 PM19:00

Advent Service: The Prophet Jesus - Fulfills Advent

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Join us in anticipating the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ this Advent season. Using Ralph Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets Elijah and John who show us how to prepare for the promised Savior, and the prophet Jesus, who fulfills that promise.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on the three Wednesdays in December before Christmas, we come together for a short, mid-week Advent evening service of prayer and meditation.

Wednesday, December 5: The Prophet Elijah - Prepares for Advent
Scripture: Malachi 4:1-6; Matthew 17:1-13

Wednesday, December 12: The Prophet John - Prepares for Advent
Scripture: Luke 1:5-17

Wednesday, December 19: The Prophet Jesus – Fulfills Advent
Scripture: Luke 4:14-30

We also invite you to join in fellowship while enjoying coffee and dessert in the lounge before each Advent service beginning at 5:45 p.m.

We encourage households or groups of members to get involved in our celebration of Advent.

First, invite you to host one of the Advent Fellowship Hours on December 5, 12, or 19. Hosts bring sweets for roughly 20 guests, and arrive at 5:30 to make coffee, set up and clean up before the service at 7 p.m.

Or, light a candle on the Advent wreath during the Sunday Divine Worship services on December 2, 9, 16, or 23. The pastor will invite you forward at a designated time during the services to light the candle(s).

Please add your name to the sign-up sheets on the church bulletin board or call the church office at 312-642-7172.

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Dec
16
4:00 PM16:00

Christmas Concert - Joy to the World

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Joy to the world, the Lord is come; Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room
And Heaven and nature sing; And Heaven and nature sing
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing

Bring in the holiday season with First Saint Paul’s Chicago choir and soloists accompanied by orchestra and organ.

This year’s concert includes favorite choral pieces and opportunities to sing along with the choir and orchestra. There will be plenty of favorite Christmas carols along with new and familiar carol settings by Carl Schalk, Jonathan Stahlke, Paul Bouman, Richard Proulx, Michael Praetorius, and others.

A candlelight reception follows. Print a parking pass at http://bit.ly/2AXUurq to park for free in the Franklin School lot two blocks west of the church on W Goethe St.

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Dec
16
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Prophetic Imagination - The Prophet John

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From mid-October through early January, using Ralph Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets in the Bible beginning with Moses and ending with Jesus. Their boldness, clarity, and passion for the Kingdom of God in the face of worldly chaos and partisanship will help us walk the straight and narrow and find God's peace.

This discussion should help all of us navigate the current culture of partisan politics, religious extremism, and general anxiety about the world. It will help us as individuals and as a church find our voice to speak where God speaks and in a way that amazes and inspires those who come across our path.

October 14, 2018 - The Prophet Moses
October 21, 2018 - Kingdom Theology
November 11, 2018 - The Gift of Prophecy
December 2, 2018 – Amazement
December 9, 2018 - The Prophet Elijah
December 16, 2018 - The Prophet John
January 6, 2018 - Jesus The Prophet

We invite you to join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, followed by refreshments and fellowship before we begin our study.

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Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Advent Service: The Prophet John - Prepares for Advent

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Join us in anticipating the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ this Advent season. Using Ralph Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets Elijah and John who show us how to prepare for the promised Savior, and the prophet Jesus, who fulfills that promise.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on the three Wednesdays in December before Christmas, we come together for a short, mid-week Advent evening service of prayer and meditation.

Wednesday, December 5: The Prophet Elijah - Prepares for Advent
Scripture: Malachi 4:1-6; Matthew 17:1-13

Wednesday, December 12: The Prophet John - Prepares for Advent
Scripture: Luke 1:5-17

Wednesday, December 19: The Prophet Jesus – Fulfills Advent
Scripture: Luke 4:14-30

We also invite you to join in fellowship while enjoying coffee and dessert in the lounge before each Advent service beginning at 5:45 p.m.

We encourage households or groups of members to get involved in our celebration of Advent.

First, invite you to host one of the Advent Fellowship Hours on December 5, 12, or 19. Hosts bring sweets for roughly 20 guests, and arrive at 5:30 to make coffee, set up and clean up before the service at 7 p.m.

Or, light a candle on the Advent wreath during the Sunday Divine Worship services on December 2, 9, 16, or 23. The pastor will invite you forward at a designated time during the services to light the candle(s).

Please add your name to the sign-up sheets on the church bulletin board or call the church office at 312-642-7172.

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Dec
9
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Prophetic Imagination - The Prophet Elijah

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From mid-October through early January, using Ralph Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets in the Bible beginning with Moses and ending with Jesus. Their boldness, clarity, and passion for the Kingdom of God in the face of worldly chaos and partisanship will help us walk the straight and narrow and find God's peace.

This discussion should help all of us navigate the current culture of partisan politics, religious extremism, and general anxiety about the world. It will help us as individuals and as a church find our voice to speak where God speaks and in a way that amazes and inspires those who come across our path.

October 14, 2018 - The Prophet Moses
October 21, 2018 - Kingdom Theology
November 11, 2018 - The Gift of Prophecy
December 2, 2018 – Amazement
December 9, 2018 - The Prophet Elijah
December 16, 2018 - The Prophet John
January 6, 2018 - Jesus The Prophet

We invite you to join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, followed by refreshments and fellowship before we begin our study.

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Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

Chicago Choral Artists: A Candlelight Christmas Concert

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First Saint Paul's is honored to host Chicago Choral Artists for this traditional holiday concert featuring choir, strings, and oboe, comprised of carols and anthems for the season, including Bach's Cantata #121, Christum wir sollen loben schon. Watch a short video of what CCA is up to.

Guest artists this year include the Kontras String Quartet, recent artists-in-residence at Chicago's classical and arts radio station, WFMT 98.7FM, with oboist Christine Janzow Phillips.

Buy tickets in advance online or 773-658-9799, or at the door before the concert: $25/Adult, $20/Senior, $10/Student. Print a parking pass to park for free in the Franklin School lot two blocks west of the church on W Goethe St.

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Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

Advent Service: The Prophet Elijah - Prepares for Advent

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Join us in anticipating the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ this Advent season. Using Ralph Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets Elijah and John who show us how to prepare for the promised Savior, and the prophet Jesus, who fulfills that promise.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on the three Wednesdays in December before Christmas, we come together for a short, mid-week Advent evening service of prayer and meditation.

Wednesday, December 5: The Prophet Elijah - Prepares for Advent
Scripture: Malachi 4:1-6; Matthew 17:1-13

Wednesday, December 12: The Prophet John - Prepares for Advent
Scripture: Luke 1:5-17

Wednesday, December 19: The Prophet Jesus – Fulfills Advent
Scripture: Luke 4:14-30

We also invite you to join in fellowship while enjoying coffee and dessert in the lounge before each Advent service beginning at 5:45 p.m.

We encourage households or groups of members to get involved in our celebration of Advent.

First, invite you to host one of the Advent Fellowship Hours on December 5, 12, or 19. Hosts bring sweets for roughly 20 guests, and arrive at 5:30 to make coffee, set up and clean up before the service at 7 p.m.

Or, light a candle on the Advent wreath during the Sunday Divine Worship services on December 2, 9, 16, or 23. The pastor will invite you forward at a designated time during the services to light the candle(s).

Please add your name to the sign-up sheets on the church bulletin board or call the church office at 312-642-7172.

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Dec
2
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Prophetic Imagination - Amazement

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From mid-October through early January, using Ralph Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets in the Bible beginning with Moses and ending with Jesus. Their boldness, clarity, and passion for the Kingdom of God in the face of worldly chaos and partisanship will help us walk the straight and narrow and find God's peace.

This discussion should help all of us navigate the current culture of partisan politics, religious extremism, and general anxiety about the world. It will help us as individuals and as a church find our voice to speak where God speaks and in a way that amazes and inspires those who come across our path.

October 14, 2018 - The Prophet Moses
October 21, 2018 - Kingdom Theology
November 11, 2018 - The Gift of Prophecy
December 2, 2018 – Amazement
December 9, 2018 - The Prophet Elijah
December 16, 2018 - The Prophet John
January 6, 2018 - Jesus The Prophet

We invite you to join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, followed by refreshments and fellowship before we begin our study.

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Nov
22
10:00 AM10:00

Thanksgiving Day Worship

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Well over 3 and a half centuries ago, strengthened by faith and bound by a common desire for liberty, a small band of pilgrims sought out a place in the new world where they could worship according to their own beliefs. On this national day of Thanksgiving, we gather together to rejoice, be glad and give thanks for God’s many blessings. 

In today’s Divine Worship Service, we join in thanks for the sweet comfort of the Gospel, the forgiveness of our sins by the blood of our Lord Jesus, the promise of our resurrection to eternal life; for the joyful companionship of the Church; for God's Word that is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path; for the gifts of Baptism and Holy Communion; for our pastors and everyone who faithfully serves us; for God's many gifts.

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Nov
18
11:00 AM11:00

Consecration Sunday Luncheon

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We invite you to a special luncheon after worship on Consecration Sunday. RSVP today, including all members of your household who are able to attend. Dave Samber of Polo Café brings us the most delicious seasonal menu yet:

Menu: Great Autumn Salad, Baked Crab Cake Nuggets, Baked Dates wrapped w/Country Bacon, BBQ Grilled Boneless Pork Chops, Homemade Sauerkraut, Vegetable Stir-fry tossed w/Sweet Chili Sauce and Worcheshire Sauce, Four- Cheese Mac ‘n Cheese, White Corn Tortilla Cajun Chips and Tomato Cilantro Salsa, Baked Crème Brûlée French Toast Stix, Mini Pretzel Rolls & Butter, S’Mores

Following lunch, we will give thanks for God’s faithful guidance around a bonfire on the patio, followed by S’Mores for everyone prepared by our youth.

We know that it takes all of our church community acting in faith through a commitment of their time, treasures, and talents, to make the ministry of First Saint Paul’s possible. On Consecration Sunday, each of us makes our annual financial commitment to First Saint Paul’s mission.

We approach giving from a biblical perspective, where all giving is based on our need to give in response to God’s unconditional love. Various ministries within the church offer numerous opportunities to serve as a way to give our time and talents. And our financial commitment to giving is not merely in order to pay the bills, but as a way for each of us to grow spiritually in our relationship with God.

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Nov
11
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Prophetic Imagination - The Gift of Prophecy

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From mid-October through early January, using Ralph Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets in the Bible beginning with Moses and ending with Jesus. Their boldness, clarity, and passion for the Kingdom of God in the face of worldly chaos and partisanship will help us walk the straight and narrow and find God's peace.

This discussion should help all of us navigate the current culture of partisan politics, religious extremism, and general anxiety about the world. It will help us as individuals and as a church find our voice to speak where God speaks and in a way that amazes and inspires those who come across our path.

October 14, 2018 - The Prophet Moses
October 21, 2018 - Kingdom Theology
November 11, 2018 - The Gift of Prophecy
December 2, 2018 – Amazement
December 9, 2018 - The Prophet Elijah
December 16, 2018 - The Prophet John
January 6, 2018 - Jesus The Prophet

We invite you to join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, followed by refreshments and fellowship before we begin our study.

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Nov
10
5:00 PM17:00

Jazz Vespers and Concert Set

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Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan is known, in part, for holding the very first jazz worship service in the 1960s. Jazz ministry was established at Saint Peter’s with luminaries like Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Strayhorn being among those attending and playing regularly. As Saint Peter’s Church website says, "By nature, jazz is an open art form, always growing and exploring new edges to music making. By nature, the church, too, is always listening anew to the voice of God and holding all people in a safe and creative environment to explore what it means to be people of God."

On a recent trip to New York City, our Pastor Tom Johnson enjoyed Saint Peter’s Jazz Vespers on several Sunday evenings. He enjoyed these unique worship experiences so much that he’s invited Ike Strum, music director for jazz ministry at Saint Peter’s, to bring a jazz ensemble to First Saint Paul’s in Chicago as part of a greater, midwestern tour.

The Ike Sturm Ensemble is a family of friends and musicians playing original, contemplative music and creatively leading congregational song at Saint Peter’s Church (the “Jazz Church”) in New York City and around the world. Featuring world renowned soloists Melissa Stylianou (voice), Godwin Louis (saxophone), Tim Albright (trombone), Chris Dingman (vibraphone), Zach Harmon (drums) and Ike Sturm (bass/compositions).

Please join us on November 10, at 5:00 p.m. as we begin with a Jazz Vespers Worship Service followed by a brief reception before the concert set at 6:30.

If you would like to help support bringing this unique worship experience to First Saint Paul’s Chicago and making these musicians feel at home here, please click the DONATE button below, then select Jazz Vespers from the lisit and enter the amount you’d like to contribute.

Thank you for helping us make these musicians feel at home in Chicago and at First Saint Paul’s.

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Oct
21
11:00 AM11:00

Adult Bible Forum: Prophetic Imagination - Kingdom Theology

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From mid-October through early January, using Ralph Brueggemann's book Prophetic Imagination as our guide, we look at the inspirational work of the prophets in the Bible beginning with Moses and ending with Jesus. Their boldness, clarity, and passion for the Kingdom of God in the face of worldly chaos and partisanship will help us walk the straight and narrow and find God's peace.

This discussion should help all of us navigate the current culture of partisan politics, religious extremism, and general anxiety about the world. It will help us as individuals and as a church find our voice to speak where God speaks and in a way that amazes and inspires those who come across our path.

October 14, 2018 - The Prophet Moses
October 21, 2018 - Kingdom Theology
November 11, 2018 - The Gift of Prophecy
December 2, 2018 – Amazement
December 9, 2018 - The Prophet Elijah
December 16, 2018 - The Prophet John
January 6, 2018 - Jesus The Prophet

We invite you to join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, followed by refreshments and fellowship before we begin our study.

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