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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.

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
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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Aug
26
11:00 AM11:00

First Saint Paul's Annual Church Picnic

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Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to join us for an afternoon of food, fun, games, and fellowship at First Saint Paul's annual church picnic at the corner of LaSalle and Goethe in Chicago. We’ll grill some hamburgers, brats, and hot dogs on our beautiful patio, and have plenty of ice-cold beverages on hand for all to enjoy.

In the pot-luck tradition, we ask anyone who can come to bring a favorite food item to share. Typical favorites include salads, fruits, chips, snack trays, and of course, desserts. If you can't bring something to share, please join us anyway. There’s always plenty to eat. 

Please let us know how many of your family and friends will be attending either on the sign-up sheet in the church entryway or in the comments section of this event page on Facebook. If you can also let us know what you plan to bring, it helps us plan for a variety of popular foods.

If you really want to have some fun, contact the church office at 312-642-7171 if you’d like to help with set-up, serving, grilling, and clean-up. If you have any questions, please call the church office.

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May
20
9:30 AM09:30

Pentecost: Birthday of the Church

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Please join us for worship on Sunday, May 20, as we celebrate Pentecost, the birthday of the church.

On the first Pentecost, the eleven apostles were gathered in Jerusalem for a harvest festival. There, they received an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the form of tongues of fire and they began speaking in languages other than their own. On that day, they became human instruments of the Holy Spirit, courageous proclaimers of the Gospel, calling and gathering believers into the Church of Christ. This is the day of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church.

Today, we pray for the continued outpouring of the Spirit on people of every nation and language. We invite you to wear something red as a reminder of the tongues of fire and the blood of Jesus and the martyrs. There will be a special birthday cake during fellowship hour, and strips of red cloth to tie on our fence as a symbol of Pentecost.

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Dec
24
7:00 PM19:00

Christmas Eve Holy Communion Service

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This year, Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, the evening of the Fourth Sunday of Advent. As you might imagine, week four of advent and Christmas Eve have very different messages.

In the morning, we will sing the favorite hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” In the evening, we will once again have the Metropolis String Quartet, with Jeri-Lou Zike, playing an extended prelude and during the service.

We hope that you will consider attending both services.

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Dec
10
9:30 AM09:30

Children’s Christmas Program - The Wonder

We welcome you to join us on Sunday, December 10 as the children and youth of First Saint Paul’s share the Good News of Jesus birth. Through their telling, we experience the story of Ben, the dreamy son of a Bethlehem innkeeper who helps his family, and us, see the wonder of the baby born in a manger.

A special note to our families with children, we will rehearse at 11 a.m. on Sundays November 5 and 19 and December 3. On Saturday, December 9, there is a dress rehearsal at a time soon to be announced. This is a time for our families and children to help prepare Christmas Gift Bags for our Community Meals guests and enjoy an evening meal together.

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Oct
29
9:30 AM09:30

Reformation Sunday: 500th Anniversary Celebration

Join us this Sunday as we observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. We will be singing a new hymn commissioned especially for this celebration.

Jesus, Author of Salvation - A Hymn for the Festival of the Reformation

The idea for a commissioned piece to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation came from Sara Dornacker, a faithful member of First Saint Paul’s congregation and of First Saint Paul’s Choir. Sara was actively involved in many aspects of service to others, especially to those in greatest need, and had a true vision of the church as a changer of society. She understood the importance of the upcoming anniversary and supported the venture with a gift that made the commissioning possible.

Dr. David Rogner, a current member of First Saint Paul's and the church choir, was asked to write a text that reflected the Reformation Solas: grace alone, faith alone, scripture alone, with Christ at the center. Dr. Rogner’s text emphasizes a traditional Reformation message in a personal and devotional way. The message of the Reformation in “Jesus, Author of Salvation” is less upon the ‘church militant’ than upon reminding us that the truths Luther preached during the Reformation are still working to reform the hearts and lives of individual believers today.

Robert A. Hobby, an acclaimed composer and an active church musician serving Trinity English Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana, composed the tune. He is a frequent performer and clinician and has had many national leadership roles in professional and church activities.

Sara Dornacker died in the Lord on February 8, 2015. To honor her life of faith, dedicated service to her Lord, her leadership and her vision, the tune of this hymn-anthem has been named "Dornacker." We thank God for the grace and blessing that He provided to so many through Sara’s life.

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Aug
27
11:30 AM11:30

Church Picnic

Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to join us for an afternoon of food, fun, games, and fellowship at the First Saint Paul's annual church picnic at our church on the corner of LaSalle and Goethe in Chicago. We’ll grill some hamburgers, brats, and hot dogs on our beautiful patio, and have plenty of ice-cold beverages on hand for all to enjoy. You’ll want to taste the beer Pastor made during his beer-brewing demonstration in January.

In the pot-luck tradition, we ask anyone who can come to bring a favorite food item to share. Typical favorites include salads, fruits, chips, snack trays, and of course, desserts. If you can't bring something to share, please join us anyway. We'll have plenty. 

Please let us know how many of your family and friends will be attending either on the sign-up sheet in the church entry way, or in the comments section of this event page on Facebook. If you let us know what you plan to bring, it helps us plan for a variety of popular foods.

If you really want to have some fun, contact Mike C. who is coordinating a team of volunteers to help with set-up, serving, and clean-up. If you have any questions, please call the church office at 312-642-7172.

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Apr
16
10:45 AM10:45

Easter Celebration Breakfast

We invite you to join First Saint Paul’s church family for our Easter Sunday festival service on Sunday, April 16, at 9:30 a.m. as we celebrate the Risen Christ.

Immediately following the service, we welcome you to share Easter Breakfast with us, served in our Fellowship Hall. The continental breakfast menu includes a breakfast sandwich buffet, deviled eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, assorted pastries and muffins, and coffee, tea, and juice.

To help with planning the meal, please RSVP through Evite, or add your name to signup sheet on the desk in the church narthex.

We hope that many of you will join us on this special day and that you will invite others to share in the joy of the Resurrection with us. Thank you, Sue Wente and Gretchen Randall, for your thoughtful service and bringing us together for food and fellowship.

We welcome you to be at home among us.

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Dec
18
4:00 PM16:00

Christmas Concert

Following a more than 40-year tradition, the First Saint Paul's Church Choir featuring soloists and orchestra, will present their annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 18 at 4 PM in the church sanctuary. Admission is free.

The First Saint Paul’s 2016 Christmas Concert program features seasonal music including the lovely Christmas Day by Gustav Holst based on familiar carols and selections from Handel’s Messiah. In recognition of the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the program also features selections by composers directly influenced by the Reformation movement.

The choir, soloists, and orchestraunder the direction of Steven Wente, cantor and music director at First Saint Paul's and accompanied on the organ by associate Cantor Margaret Danilovichwill also lead the assembly in familiar hymns and carols. 

Everyone is invited to join in fellowship with musicians and guests at a candlelight reception following the concert. Free parking is available at the nearby Franklin School parking lot, just west of N Wells St between W Goethe St and W Evergreen Ave.

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Nov
24
10:00 AM10:00

Thanksgiving Day Worship Service

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 afforded by the Church; for God's Word which is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path; for the gifts of Baptism and the Eucharist; for our pastors and everyone who faithfully serves to us God's best and highest gifts.

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Oct
30
9:30 AM09:30

Reformation Sunday

Join us this Reformation Sunday as the Reverend Dr. John Nunes, President of Concordia College New York, leads us in worship.

What is the Reformation? Martin Luther's timeless explanation of the Apostles' Creed is a simple and eloquent summary of what the Reformation was all about then and still is today.

I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them. He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all I have. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life. He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil. All this He does only out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me. For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him. This is most certainly true.

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