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

Prayer Vigil

The dates have been set for our monthly Prayer Vigil for Peace.  Please make plans to join us at 7:00 p.m. on March 20th, and April 24th. We will be using the video series, “Stations of the Cross,” filmed in Jerusalem on the Via Della Rosa.  This devotional series is hosted by Rev. Eric C Shafer.

To watch a brief introduction to the video series, please click the link: Introduction.

Cottage Meetings Are Underway

There are several Cottage Meetings available for this first stage in our Always Reformed Always Reforming process. Click this link for a Cottage Meeting Schedule. If you would like to sign up for one of these meetings or host a meeting 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,” meets monthly in members’ homes on a rotating basis.  The group is currently reading chapters 4 and 5 of Angie Smith’s What Women Fear (available at the GP library, amazon, or as an e-book). 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. Any interested woman should bring her own copy of the book to our next meeting on Wednesday, February 8th at 7:30 p.m.  Please call the office @ (313) 881-6670 for this month’s location.

Pastoral Notes

This Sunday…

February 26 is our Jazz Service.

Make plans to join us as we experience music’s enlivening effect this Transfiguration Sunday.  Much practice has gone into preparing for this biannual, musical celebration.

Following our worship hour we have a        “God’s Work. Our Hands” activity.

In preparation for a Thrivent Builds Worldwide mission trip to Jordan, St. Paul is sponsoring a soup and bake-sale fundraiser. Donations of baked goods and soups are welcomed and may be brought to St. Paul Friday or Saturday from 2:00-4:00 pm. Sunday’s sale will begin after the worship hour.  Please come and support our 2017 mission team.

 

“Always Reformed, Always Reforming”– An Overview

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We are currently in the “Cottage Meeting” phase of this process. Follow our progress using the link in our Cottage Meeting article found on the left column of this page.

ARAR Overview

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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Called to be a light to the nations, let us pray for God’s justice, peace, and healing. (A brief silence.) Make the church in every land holy as you are holy, O God. Join the voices of rich and poor, young and old, friends and enemies, in praise of you. Orchestrate harmony among us. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for clean air, clean water, and clean soil. Renew the sky, land, and waterways. Teach us how to care for the earth as you desire. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for an end to war and for peace throughout the world. Prosper the work of peacemakers, erase hatred, and stop violence. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for all who live with cognitive disorders or eating disorders. Provide them with supportive communities. Restore the forgotten; comfort the mourning; heal the hurting. We pray for Lynne Beaupre and Andrew Vendzuh (Ven-zoo). 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.

We pray for all who are discerning a call to ministry and those who accompany them. Empower them with your grace and wisdom to continue building on the foundation of faith we have in Jesus Christ. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We give thanks for the faithful departed especially Kenneth Boerner and Dana Marie Backstrom. Hold them in your loving embrace. Breathe your Spirit of peace into them. Hear us, O 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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