We Preach Christ Crucified
St. Paul’s Lutheran Chapel is a congregation of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.
Being “Lutheran,” our congregations believe and confess the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired Word of God and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. We also believe and confess the three Ecumenical Creeds, namely the Apostles’, the Nicene, and the Athanasian. We believe and confess that the documents contained in the Book of Concord of 1580 are in agreement with the one scriptural faith.
At St. Paul’s, we use the traditional liturgy, cycling through the five orders of the Divine Service found in the Lutheran Service Book. It is called Divine Service because of the emphasis on the persons and work of the Triune God in the service. Services begin at 10:30 AM every Sunday and include the Lord’s Supper. There’s no particular dress code; wear whatever is comfortable.
About 10:15 AM or so, the ushers will greet people at the interior entrance to the Chapel. You can get a Sunday Morning Worship Bulletin (worship service folder) from one of them. If there are no ushers present when you arrive, look for a stack of bulletins on the pew just inside the Chapel entrance.
Prior to the Divine Service most people gather in the student center until about 10:25 A.M. It’s a great time and place to meet people and get your questions answered before the service. Pastor Mons is usually at the interior entrance to the Chapel at about 10:20 AM. You can feel free to talk to him then or catch him beforehand if you see him. He’s pretty easy to spot: he’ll be the one in the clerical collar.
The atmosphere in worship is a little formal but always friendly! Please don’t worry about “making a mistake.” If you get lost just ask the people around you for help. They’ll be more than happy to lend a hand.
We practice Closed Communion and our communion policy is printed out in the bulletin. If you have any questions, please ask Pastor Mons. He is more than happy to talk to you. Each Sunday we have many visitors who don’t commune with us. Many of them remain in the pew. Some, however, come forward to receive a blessing. If you wish to receive a blessing, please join the communion line and simply stand with your hands behind your back. This will indicate that you would like a blessing.