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(Updated December 14, 2020)
Greetings in the name of Jesus, our coming King!
As we approach our celebration of the birth of Jesus, we wanted to let you know what expect as you attend the Christmas Eve services this year at St. Paul’s. As you plan to attend Christmas Eve/Day worship services (5:00pm, 7:00pm, 10:00pm, & 10:00am), we are asking that you consider the following:
BEFORE YOU COME TO WORSHIP . . .
AS YOU COME TO WORSHIP . . .
AS WE WORSHIP . . .
2020 has given us a challenge as we gather for worship. But we are committed to try to make our Christmas Eve/Day worship services as “normal” as possible given the circumstances. We know that with your help and attention to these items, it can help us plan and assist you in making our worship services meaningful and safe. God’s blessings as you join us in worship as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus!
Pastor Karl Koeppen & Pastor Michael Hanel
For online services, click here.
Audio services will also be airing SUNDAY MORNINGS FROM 9:30AM-10:00AM on local radio station WKAN AM 1320 / 101.3 FM and also stream online at WKAN.com and on their app.
We try to maintain a lively presence on our Facebook pages, but many of our members do not use Facebook. If you learn of someone who has a special need, please let us know. If you feel like there is something you can do to help fellow members, please let us know that as well. The offices are still open so if you do not use email, you can call us at (815) 932-0312.
If you are in a position to keep giving, please maintain this practice. If you need to mail in your offering, you can do that, but it may be easier for you to set up online giving.
In-person school is currently underway. Parents, keep in touch with us on FastDirect
Our Online Services – video and audio options make this a great way for you to worship together in your homes
Our Sermons – these can be listened to on your web browser or via podcast
Online Giving – this is an incredible economic challenge for many people, unfortunately it is likely going to cause financial challenges for the church as well, please continue to support our ministry as God so blesses you
Lutheran Hour Ministries Daily Devotions – these are the Lenten devotions we had available at church
Where is God Now (60 devotions) – special Portals of Prayer devotional resource
Luther’s Small Catechism – also available in app stores for mobile devices
21 Days Together - a series of video devotions by LCMS pastors
Weekly Lectionary Readings – These are the scheduled readings we use in church each week
Weekly Prayers – If you need help with prayers, there are weekly prayers provided by the LCMS for your use
Order of Daily Prayer and hymns (a PDF) – this can be used in your homes as devotions/worship time
KFUO – LCMS radio station available over browser or app, has worship services on Sunday morning at 8am, 10:30a, and 6pm. See their schedule for other great shows.
Worship Anew (formerly called Worship for Shut-ins)
Trinity – Herscher – our sister congregation does Facebook live posts of their Sunday service
Risen Savior – Manteno – our sister congregation does Facebook live posts of their Sunday
Our Savior – Momence – our sister congregation does not live stream, but Pastor David Juhl posts his sermon text on his website
Lutheran Public Radio – You can listen to sacred music or Issues, Etc. Talk Radio
The Word of the Lord Endures Forever podcast – this is a little unwieldy to navigate, but he completed a looooong devotional series on the Gospel of John that I think is FANTASTIC
Bible Project – this site has soooo much content on it. Check out a few of the videos. I can’t vouch for all of the stuff 100% but overall I REALLY like what they do
CPH FaithCourses video studies (free for a limited time) (I had to click through a Facebook ad and unlock the courses)
Lutheran Hour Ministries LEARN courses – these are free once you make an account
Answers in Genesis – tons of resources here
The Bible App [Google Play] [App Store] – easy access to multiple Bible translations and devotions (but the quality and theology of devotions varies widely) – there are MANY other Bible apps, but this one is probably the most popularly used
The Chosen [Google Play] [App Store] – this is a video series on the life of Jesus and you can watch the first season through this app for FREE. I haven’t watched all of them, but what I watched was VERY GOOD
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