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Prayers of Intersession 9/24/17

Open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we pray for the church, the world, and all of God’s creation. (A brief silence.) Let us pray for the church and its ministry. Unite us in one Spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God, you provide for all our needs. We pray for those who are homeless, jobless, or hopeless. We pray for those who are forgotten, ignored, or isolated. We pray for all in any need. We pray for Jim, Sara, Roger, Linda, Pat, Richard, Sara, Dean, Matthew, Kevin, Aaron, Marsha, Matthew, Shirley, Elizabeth, Erich, Karen, Betty, Shirley, Linda, and Dan. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Oh God, free your people from the chains that bind. Help us to do the hard work of the heart.  We give thanks for our Rummage sale. Now may the resources we collect pay forward the work of your kingdom. We pray for Lutheran World relief and our School supply collection. We pray for the Always Reformed, Always Reforming process. May our insights be food for thought and give strength for mission. We pray for those who pick up where the disaster of Hurricanes have left.  Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for Jerusalem, every city and town, and every country for those who dwell in them in faith and in reverence of God, and for their peace and security,

Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

For the people of Israel and Palestine, and all people living in the midst of conflicts and wars, that they might know the peace that is your gift and your will, for all who work for a just peace, Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

For those who bear fruit and do good work in God’s holy churches, for those who remember the poor, the widows, the orphans, the strangers, the refugees and the needy; and for those who have charged us to remember them in our prayers,

Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

For all Christians throughout the world, who have been united in one Spirit and called to live in unity, may the Holy Spirit empower us to commit ourselves to seeking and showing the unity of the body of Christ and with our gifts to care for one another in the bond of peace. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Into your hands, gracious God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting the power of Christ and the gifts of the Spirit. Amen.

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

“Always Reformed, Always Reforming”



What’s the Next Step in the ARAR Process?


On October 8th the poster boards were removed, and the ARAR Team is now creating a list of directives which will be posted for your comments.  The final Reformation Directive document.  will be communicated to the congregation on Sunday October 22nd.

On Reformation Sunday, October 29th, the congregation will be asked to pledge their support for the Reformation Directive by signing a pledge page to be attached to the document.


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.

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

A “Thrivent Builds Worldwide” trip to Jordan

Since 2014 members from St. Paul have participated in annual church-supported Thrivent Builds.  A group of 12 from St. Paul just returned from the Jordan Valley where they assisted in building a three-bedroom home for Fahmi Naser Khashan and his family.  To catch up on the latest news out of Ammar Ben Yasser, Jordan check out Stephanie and Elizabeth mission trip blog.

SE MI WELCA to hold “Reform, Relax, Renew” Devotional – Oct. 14

Join local Women of the ELCA for a day of devotion and worship time, a walk around the beautiful Holy Cross labyrinth, and relaxation activities.  The event will be held from 9:30 – 3:30 on October 14 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 30560 Six Mile Rd. in Livonia.

Registration forms are available here or on the WELCA board in the hallway.  The cost for the day is $15, and childcare will be provided.  If you are interested, please contact Peg Upmeyer for carpooling.

Prayer Vigil For Peace – Sept. 25

Held every fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 pm, these evenings begin with a short video followed by a discussion.  Everyone is invited, and there is no preparation needed.  The next vigil will be held on Sept. 25th in the Bethany Room.  The prayer forum used is entitled, ACT Palestine Forum Prayer. A link to the organizations website may be found here.

Donate to Hurricane Relief

Photo by Erich Schlegel, Getty Immages

The following is a list of ways to send immediate financial aid to the hurricane relief efforts in Houston, Texas:

  • Give online at  Click the “donate” button and give to “Hurricane Harvey.”
  • Mail your donation to:  Gulf Coast Synod Disaster Fund; 12941 North Freeway; Suite 210; Houston, Texas 77060; Memo: Hurricane Harvey
  • Send a text to (281) 738-2165 with the amount you would like to contribute.  Include the dollar sign ($) before the amount. Example $25.
  • Give through your congregation.  Make checks payable to your congregation indicating “Gulf Coast Synod Disaster Fund” (designated Houston Flood 2017) and place your gift in the offering plate.
  • You can also give to Lutheran Disaster Response, a highly reputable ELCA organization that supports case management primarily through local providers, like Lutheran Social Services.  They give by need and not by creed.  Learn more about giving to LDR at


“Listening for God’s” Next Meeting

After a summer break, our women’s book club, “Listening for God,” will resume meeting September 13 at 7:30 pm in the Harms Fireside Room.  The discussion will focus on Elizabeth Stroud’s #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER,  My Name Is Lucy Barton. The group meets monthly and newcomers are welcome to join any time.

This Sunday . . .

Join us for our worship hour this Sunday at 9:30. We will have our Milestone for Stepping into Sunday school as our Sunday school Classes begin. We will also hear from members of WELCA about there trip to the tri-annual gathering.