Welcome to St. Paul Lutheran Church. At St. Paul, we value sharing God’s grace through Christ with love, prayer, worship and service. We are a community with room and a place to belong for everyone. We provide numerous opportunities for the study of God’s word, fellowship and service for all ages. Our Sunday School involves students in hands-on participation in the Biblical stories and we value cross-generational interaction in faith development so that we can link home and congregation together.

We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), as well as a partner in the Grosse Pointe Ecumenical Parish. We gather around the Word and Sacrament each Sunday and have various classes and events throughout the week for us to stay connected together. If you are a first time visitor, you can learn more about us on our welcome page.

Forever In Grace, Pastor Justin Dittrich

Worship with Communion: 9:30 am
Education Hour: 10:45 am

Office HoursTel 313.881.6670
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am to 4 pm

News & Announcements

ARAR Cottage Meetings

There are several Cottage Meetings available for ARAR. Clink this link for the latest information. If you would like to sign up for one of these meetings please email the office at info@stpaulgp.org.

Tuesday Mornings with Justin

Are you looking for a more in-depth foray into the scriptures?  We invite you to attend our Timg_5355uesday morning Bimg_5352ible Study group.  Pastor Justin leads out in a group discussion every Tuesday from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m in the Harms Fireside Room.  The discussions focus on the coming Sunday’s readings as taken from the Revised Common Lectionary.  While the readings follow a three-year cycle, the conversations vary as each participant brings his or her own unique perspective to the conversation.  We look forward to seeing you there. Follow the link below for a look at this week’s readings http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/.

“Listening for God’s” Next Meeting

what-women-fearOur women’s book club, “Listening for God,” began a new book this November.  Because of the busy holiday season, they will next meet at 7:30 pm on January 11th.  Any interested woman should bring her own copy of Angie Smith’s What Women Fear (available at the GP library, amazon, or as an e-book).  We will read and discuss one or two chapters each month.  The topics are designed to be applicable to any stage of life and address how faith helps with those things that cause us fear.  We would love to have more women join us and gain a blessing from the sharing of our faith and the friendships formed in this group.  Please call the office for the meeting address @ (313) 881-6670.

Pastoral Notes

This Sunday…

Sunday, January 15 is a “Lutheran Lens” Sunday! 

Join us for Worship at 9:30 a.m. and afterward in the Bethany Room for a Grace In Action update presented by Pastor John Cummings.  Grace In Action is an ELCA church in Southwest Detroit supported by St. Paul.

Simultaneous to the Grace In Action presentation, the youth Sunday School will focus on the Baptism of Jesus.

 

 

“Always Reformed, Always Reforming” New Year Update – January 3, 2017

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ARAR Update

All of our team leaders are in place for the cottage-meeting phase of this year-long reformation.  However, we still need hosts.  If you are willing to open your homes for a series of group discussions between now and the end of February, please contact Rick Grenzke or Pastor Justin.

Through these cottage meetings, we hope to discover how the Holy Spirit is working in our church and better understand what kind of Church we are becoming.

More information is soon to come.  Watch your emails, Facebook and check our narthex for the when and where.

Below is an overview of the process for your reference.

Step One: (Present – February)

  • Cottage meetings will be held in congregant’s homes, coffee houses, or at St. Paul to determine our guiding questions for this process of discovery and the areas we would like to further reform.

Step Two: (March – June)

  • Church-wide, interactive meetings will take place to find solutions and actions for our guiding questions.

Step Three:  (June – October)

  • A draft of our reformation directive will be written by the ARAR team, considered by the congregation and ultimately, received on Reformation Day 2017—the Reformation’s 500th anniversary.

Please keep this process in your prayers and as opportunities arise please give your heart, mind, and time to this process.

Christian Education is moving out of the classroom to engage people in active faith and to build relationships.  It will now be called Faith Formation to encompass the many activities we do to build relationships, serve others, learn and grow in our faith.  Click link for more details.

Prayers of The Church

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Prayers of Intersession 1/15/17

Called to be a light to the nations, let us pray for God’s justice, peace, and healing. (A brief silence.) Gather us in, gracious God. Bring together all creeds and all kinds. Bring together in unity all people of the Christian faith. Form us in worship into your united people. Send us out as one in you, proclaiming your glory and serving all. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Fed with bread and wine, Christ’s body and blood, make us eager to care for your good creation. Send us to pick out to tend to our damaged nature. Helps us to pro protect field and forest, Land and water and homes and animal habitats. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for all the nations of the world. Help us to reach out to the places where the scandal of hunger resides and where war abides. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Quell the anxieties of all who wait for healing and hope. Bring hope to all whose life is a struggle and filled with despair. Send us to care for those who suffer. We pray for Jim, Sara, Dean, Matthew, Aaron, Marsha, Matthew, Shirley, Erich, Elizabeth, Sandy, Karen, Betty, Shirley, Linda, Dan and Hannah. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

Open us to see how our congregation abounds with every spiritual gift. Send us out to share our abundant gifts and proclaim your steadfast love. Hear us, O God.

Your mercy is great.

We thank you for the faithfulness of your prophets especially Martin Luther King Jr. Strengthen our faith in you. Send us out to proclaim and live your justice boldly. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for our renewal of vision and mission in our “Always Reformed, Always Reforming” process.  We pray for our work with Grace in Action, a ELCA mission Congregation in Southwest Detroit. Hear us oh God. Your mercy is great.

Receive these prayers in the name of Christ, the light of the world, who is one with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

Amen.

 

375 Lothrop Road
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Tel 313.881.6670
Fax 313.881.6189

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