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Nov
17
10:45 AM10:45

Consecration Sunday Worship and Celebration Luncheon

Consecration Sunday at First Saint Paul's Chicago

Our Fall Stewardship Campaign theme for 2019 is God is ever giving—Let gratitude your banner be! This text is from a new hymn titled You Saints of God, Glad Voices Raise, with lyrics by First Saint Paul’s member David Rogner and music by Jonathan Kohrs. We will sing this hymn several times during the Fall Steward Season to remind us that God gives us everything we need; and to respond to God’s many gifts with gratitude not only through financial contributions but with our time and talents in service of the First Saint Paul’s mission to Proclaim Christ, Nurture Faith, Serve Others.

What is Consecration Sunday?

We know that it takes all 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 commitment to support First Saint Paul’s mission. 

As Christians, 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 at First Saint Paul’s offer numerous opportunities to serve by giving our time and talents. And our financial commitment to giving is not merely in order to pay the bills, but a way for each of us to grow spiritually in our relationship with God.

For three Sundays leading up to Consecration Sunday, Pastor Johnson will lead us to consider God’s generous love for us and our spiritual need to respond:

October 20 - What has God given me?
November 3 - Let us pray: How can I respond to God’s love and generosity to me?
November 10 - What commitment can I make to service as part of this faith community in the coming year?

Each of these three Sundays during worship, we will hear God’s Word as it relates to stewardship and participate in all-ages activities that will help us understand how each of us can be good stewards of the gifts God has given us. During Fellowship following these services, Marlo Schulz-Kittl, our director of family ministry and outreach, will present activities to engage us in thinking about stewardship in the week ahead, preparing us to prayerfully consider and fill in our Plans for Giving forms on Consecration Sunday. 

During the Consecration Sunday worship service

Today, we complete our Plans for Giving forms and place them in the offering plate as it passes. Then, Pastor will consecrate our Plans for Giving at the altar. This offering is the first act of consecration on Consecration Sunday!

After the worship service

We invite everyone to a free Consecration Celebration Luncheon. Dave Samber of Polo Café has created a special luncheon menu again this year. Everyone in our First Saint Paul’s households is invited to this free feast of love. The menu includes some of our First Saint Paul’s favorites—pork chops, sauerkraut, bacon-wrapped dates, crab-cake nuggets, and baked crème rûlée French toast—as well as a variety of other brunch food, including plenty of vegetarian options. You can find a complete menu on the sign-up sheet in the church narthex and on the church bulletin board.

Near the end of the meal, Jan Seefeldt, our financial secretary, will announce the number of Plans for Giving commitments received and the amount committed for 2020.

After the meal

As the Lord taught us to pray in Psalm 141, “may my prayer be set before you like incense,” we end our Consecration Sunday celebration by consecrating our thank-yous and commitments to service in a Prayer Fire on our patio. This prayer fire is the second act of consecration on Consecration Sunday.

The Stewardship Committee welcomes you to participate prayerfully in this year’s Fall Stewardship Campaign activities. Please join the First Saint Paul’s community of faith for worship on any or all of these Stewardship Sundays. We especially welcome you to worship on Consecration Sunday, November 17, and for the Consecration Celebration Luncheon and the Prayer Fire that follows.

If you and members of your household plan to attend the Consecration Celebration Luncheon, please add your name and the number of your household members planning to attend to one of the two sign-up sheets — on the bulletin board in the church hallway and on the table in the narthex. You can also RSVP by calling the church office at 312-642-7172 (be sure to leave a message if you get voicemail), or RSVP to the email invitation you receive if the church office has your email address on file. 

We welcome you to be at home among us.

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Sep
8
9:30 AM09:30

2019 Fall Programs Kickoff

Fall Programs Kickoff

Please join us on Sunday, September 8 as we kick off our fall programs with worship at 9:30 a.m. followed by fellowship and refreshments. Then we’ll pack school kits for Lutheran World Relief as we learn more about fall program opportunities for all ages.

Packing school kits for Lutheran World Relief is a fun and meaningful all-ages service opportunity for everyone in your household. If you’d like to donate needed items, you can buy items listed below (please, only those items listed) and bring them to the church by Sunday, August 25th. You can also serve by bringing your spare change to church on August 25th for our “Change for Change” children’s coin collection during the worship service. The change collected by our kids is used to buy additional supplies. Our goal is to pack 80 school kits.

If members of your household have taken part in our programs in the past, this is an opportunity for you to catch up with friends and learn about new programs this year. If you’re new to the area, new to First Saint Paul’s or just want to learn about our fall program offerings, you won’t want to miss this.

See what's in store as we as a community of faith continue to proclaim Christ, nurture faith, and serve others in the strong name of Jesus. We welcome you to be at home among us.

Call or email Marlo Schulz-Kittl for more information. 312.642.7172

School Kits Shopping List

  • FOUR 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper, approximately 8” x 10 ½”; no loose leaf paper

  • ONE 30-centimeter ruler or a ruler with centimeters on one side and inches on the other

  • ONE pencil sharpener

  • ONE pair of blunt scissors (safety scissors with embedded steel blades work well)

  • FIVE unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers

  • FIVE black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)

  • ONE box of 16 or 24 crayons

  • ONE 2 ½” eraser

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Jun
9
9:30 AM09:30

Pentecost: Birthday of the Church

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Please join us for worship on Sunday, June 9, as we celebrate the Festival of 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. Look for strips of red cloth tied to our fence as a symbol of Pentecost. Then, stay after the service to enjoy a special birthday cake during fellowship hour.

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Apr
21
9:30 AM09:30

Easter Sunday - He Is Risen!

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Easter Sunday, or Resurrection Sunday, is the day we celebrate the risen Christ. Through Jesus' death and resurrection, he has won the victory for us over death, our sin, and evil. And so, we sing, "This is the feast of victory for our God!" and sing our Alleluias once again.

The Easter Festival Service of Worship begins with our children and youth carry Alleluia banners and flags as they follow the cross into the sanctuary, joining the congregation and choir in singing hymns of joyous praise to our risen Lord.

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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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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
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
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
10
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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Apr
3
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
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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Mar
20
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
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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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
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
5
7:00 PM19:00

Advent Service: The Prophet Elijah - Prepares for Advent

Advent Services 2018.jpg

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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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
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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Sep
9
9:30 AM09:30

Fall Programs Kickoff

Fall Programs Kickoff

Please join us on Sunday, September 9 as we kick off our fall programs with worship at 9:30 a.m. followed by fellowship and refreshments. Then we’ll pack school kits for Lutheran World Relief as we learn more about fall program opportunities for all ages.

Packing school kits for Lutheran World Relief is a fun and meaningful all-ages service opportunity for everyone in your household. If you’d like to donate needed items, you can buy items listed below (please, only those items listed) and bring them to the church by Sunday, August 26th. You can also serve by bringing your spare change to church on August 26th for our “Change for Change” children’s coin collection during the worship service. The change collected by our kids is used to buy additional supplies. Our goal is to pack 80 school kits.

If members of your household have taken part in our programs in the past, this is an opportunity for you to catch up with friends and learn about new programs this year. If you’re new to the area, new to First Saint Paul’s or just want to learn about our fall program offerings, you won’t want to miss this.

See what's in store as we as a community of faith continue to proclaim Christ, nurture faith, and serve others in the strong name of Jesus. We welcome you to be at home among us.

Call or email Marlo Schulz-Kittl for more information. 312.642.7172

School Kits Shopping List

  • FOUR 70-sheet notebooks of wide- or college-ruled paper, approximately 8” x 10 ½”; no loose leaf paper
  • ONE 30-centimeter ruler or a ruler with centimeters on one side and inches on the other
  • ONE pencil sharpener
  • ONE pair of blunt scissors (safety scissors with embedded steel blades work well)
  • FIVE unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
  • FIVE black or blue ballpoint pens (no gel ink)
  • ONE box of 16 or 24 crayons
  • ONE 2 ½” eraser
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Aug
26
8:45 AM08:45

Summer Choir - All Are Welcome

Summer Choir

This is our last Summer Choir of 2018. What luck it is the same day as our church picnic! You can come to sing; Stay to eat, drink and enjoy the company of your family and ours.

For our last summer choir session of the year, we'll sing a venerable favorite, Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring." You know this tune very well, but did you know it is the most common English title of a piece of music derived from the 10th and last movement of the cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 ("Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life"), composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1716 and 1723?

Under Bach’s design, the triplets (DUM-da-da DA-da-da DA-da-da DA-da-da . . .) form a choir-song of praise to Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, our joy and our strength. Even when the light, bright major chords give way to the minor key, signifying the turning of life’s circumstances, the Christian’s confession remains the same: Jesus is mine; what shall I fear?

Summer choir is simple. You don’t need to have sung in a choir before. This is a unique opportunity to meet people in the First Saint Paul’s congregation who enjoy singing while learning to sing a beloved song with a familiar melody. There’s no long-term commitment and all ages are welcome.

We’ll begin with a short rehearsal at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, August 26th. Then together, we’ll help fill the 9:30 a.m. worship service with music.

Of course, you'll want to stay for all the fun of the church picnic immediately following the worship service.

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Aug
5
8:45 AM08:45

Summer Choir - All Are Welcome

Summer Choir

We're having so much fun in Summer Choir. It's a real joy for everyone who comes to sing, and for everyone participating in the worship service. Won't you join us again (or for the first time) or Sunday, August 5 for the next chance to make music with the First Saint Paul's church family?

We’ll begin with a short rehearsal at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday morning. Then together, we’ll help fill the 9:30 a.m. worship service with music.

Summer Choir is simple. You don’t even need to have sung in a choir before. This is a unique opportunity to meet people in the First Saint Paul’s congregation who enjoy singing while learning how to sing a piece of choral music. There’s no long-term commitment and all ages are welcome.

We invite everyone to join Summer Choir. You don’t have to be a member of First Saint Paul’s or any community of faith. Just visiting? That’s great. Consider this an informal way to meet people in the First Saint Paul’s community with a common interest; music.

If you'd like some time to review the sheet music before the 5th, you can send us your email via private message on Facebook and we'll email a copy to you. Or, simply pick up your copy on Sunday morning the 5th.

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Jul
8
8:45 AM08:45

Summer Choir - All Are Welcome

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Our first Summer Choir on June 24th was a real joy for everyone who came to sing, and for everyone participating in the worship service. Won't you join us again (or for the first time) or Sunday, July 8 for the next chance to make music with the First Saint Paul's church family?

We’ll begin with a short rehearsal at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 24th. Then together, we’ll help fill the 9:30 a.m. worship service with music.

Summer Choir is simple. You don’t even need to have sung in a choir before. This is a unique opportunity to meet people in the First Saint Paul’s congregation who enjoy singing while learning how to sing a piece of choral music. There’s no long-term commitment and all ages are welcome.

We invite everyone to join Summer Choir. You don’t have to be a member of First Saint Paul’s or any community of faith. Just visiting? That’s great. Consider this an informal way to meet people in the First Saint Paul’s community with a common interest; music.

If you'd like some time to review the sheet music before the 8th, you can send us your email via private message on Facebook and we'll email a copy to you. Or, simply pick up your copy on Sunday morning the 8th.

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Jun
24
8:45 AM08:45

Summer Choir - All Are Welcome

Summer Choir

Have you ever wondered how church choirs make such beautiful music during worship services? You can find out by joining members of First Saint Paul’s church family for Summer Choir. We’ll begin with a short rehearsal at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 24th. Then together, we’ll help fill the 9:30 a.m. worship service with music.

Summer Choir is simple. You don’t even need to have sung in a choir before. This is a unique opportunity to meet people in the First Saint Paul’s congregation who enjoy singing while learning how to sing a piece of choral music. There’s no long-term commitment and all ages are welcome.

We invite everyone to join Summer Choir. You don’t have to be a member of First Saint Paul’s or any community of faith. Just visiting? That’s great. Consider this an informal way to meet people in the First Saint Paul’s community with a common interest; music.

If you'd like some time to review the sheet music before the 24th, you can send us your email via private message on Facebook and we'll email a copy to you. You can pick up a copy in the church choir loft June 17th, or simply pick up your copy on Sunday morning the 24th.

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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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Mar
31
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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