Worship at St. Paul
We use a combination of settings and hymns from:
Recently we have added Caribbean and Blues settings on occasional Sundays. Several times during the year we have healing services.
Besides our pastor in the chancel we also have assisting lay ministers who write the prayers of the people and assist with the Eucharist. Other lay ministries include the deacons who also assist with the Eucharist, which is offered at every service, and the two acolytes and the crucifer who process with the pastors, the assisting minister and the deacon. The acolytes help with Communion and light the altar candles before the service starts.
Other lay ministries include those who serve as lectors, as ushers and greeters, as providers of the bread we use for communion and as welcome center hosts. Another important ministries is accomplished by the Altar Care people. They are not in the chancel on Sunday morning during the service but without them we could not have a praiseful worship service.
Because we use a variety of liturgies, many of us respond more to one kind than another. But we support each other, give to each other what feeds our souls; and we participate together each Sunday.
While we encourage children to be in the worship service, there is a nursery, staffed with a permanent adult and volunteer helpers, available during worship services.
Music at St. Paul
It takes visitors to St. Paul several weeks to form a true picture of the musical breadth underlying St. Paul's worship. From one Sunday to the next, the music selection may be a varied as a Gospel Blues service, a Baroque cantata or a Caribbean Mass.
There are no traditional or contemporary services to choose from: the reality is a blending of styles and renewal. Music is valued as a means of God's spirit, contributing to a fresh worship experience each week.
Saint Paul is richly blessed with resources for music-making: from a 55-rank Skinner pipe organ to digital workstations, with numerous performers of all ages who share their talents to the glory of God. The sound of worship spans several centuries, sometimes in the same service, giving God's people many expressions of praise.