Welcome to St. Paul Lutheran Church!

We invite you to come and see what is happening here, to Come Share the Spirit and the Gospel life of following the footsteps of Jesus. We’ve been here on Cape Ann for over a hundred years: a loving, sturdy, sustainable, community church, in one of the most beautiful parts of New England. We serve the towns of Cape Ann and beyond.  Our strength is our faith, our joy is in Christ, our love is active in service to our neighbors near and far.

Sunday Services begin at 10:00 AM., except during summer (July and August), when services begin at 9:00 a.m.  Join us for coffee and refreshments after the service. Office Hours are Tues.-Thurs. 10:00–3:00 p.m. If you have any questions, you may email us: office@stpaulcapeann.org, or call: 978-283-6550.

A message from our Church Council: St Paul is a community that strives to follow Jesus’ example of unconditional inclusion. We ask for your suggestions, support and prayers while we move as a congregation, as Lutherans, as Christians, as beloved neighbors and as global communities toward this goal. As custodians of a house of God, we welcome all persons: all ages, genders, sexual orientations, races and faiths; including non-believers and persons curious about faith.

News:

  • Holy Week and Easter Services Services During Holy Week: April 9th: Palm Sunday with Procession and Palms.10:00 a.m. April 12th: Wednesday Evening Healing Service, 7:00 p.m. April 13th: Maundy Thursday Dinner Church 6:00 p.m. April 14th: Good Friday Tenebrae Service, 7:00 p.m. April 15th: Holy Saturday–the church is open for prayer from 9:00-5:00. April 16: Sunrise Service: Good Harbor Beach 5:50 a.m. (Sunrise is at 5:59–park ...
  • Small Catechism Study: Wednesday Evening 7:00 p.m. During Lent, we have been studying the Small Catechism as have many churches in the ELCA. Each session is open, so even if you have not been to earlier ones, feel free to join us in the Library at 7:00 p.m.
  • Lent Potluck Brunch-March 5, 2017 On Sunday, March 5th, we will hold a Lent potluck brunch, sponsored by Parish Life, immediately following the worship service. Begin Lent with a simple repast and fellowship with each other.
  • Today, Jan. 8th Sunday School off. Sunday Worship is ON Sunday morning Worship at 10:00 a.m. is ON this morning. However Sunday School is cancelled. We will have our Sunday School EPIPHANY PARTY on JANUARY 22nd at 9:00 a.m.
  • Hours during Christmas Week NEW YEAR’S DAY Worship Service will begin at 10:00 a.m. We will have coffee and refreshments afterwards, if you would like to bring something to share. Pastor Anne will be making mulled cider, with oranges, cloves and cinnamon. We don’t have any eggnog currently, so if you would like to bring some, please do. This week: ...
  • CHRISTMAS SERVICES Christmas Eve worship begins on Saturday, December 24th at 7:00 p.m. Lessons, carols, holy communion and candlelight. Christmas Morning worship begins on Sunday, December 15th at 10:00 a.m. Come celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord with us! The office will be closed during the week between Christmas and the New Year. New Year’s Morning worship will begin on ...
  • Advent Meditation and Prayer for Peace–Wed. Dec. 21, 7:00 p.m. This Wednesday, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary, we will be a holding an evening of meditation and prayer for peace. Each 20 minute period of silence will be interspersed with short readings or prayers. We are offering this at the request of several parishioners who feel a need to pray for peace, to ...
  • Advent Evening Songs and Prayers: Dec. 14, 7:00 p.m. A beautiful Advent evening of songs, chants, readings and prayers led by local folksingers Michael O’Leary and Amy Lohman and Pastor Anne Deneen. The center of the evening is the story of Mary, Mother of Jesus. Please join us for a lovely, quiet, honoring of the invitations of Advent: waiting, receptivity, inner quiet, joy and ...
  • Christmas Fair–Saturday, Dec.3rd The St. Paul Annual Christmas Fair will be held this Saturday, December 3rd, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A wonderful array of Christmas decorations, white elephant items, greens, baked goods and other treasures will be available, as well as Fish Chowder, coffee, and nisu. Santa may make an appearance. Set-up for the Fair begins ...
  • Advent Family Wreath-making Advent begins on November 27th. During the Sunday School hour that morning, families will have a chance to create Advent wreaths for use during the season. Candles, wreath forms and are provided, though if you have a wreath ring from past years, please bring it. Please also feel free to bring extra greens or favorite ...

From the Pastor’s desk

  • Lent V–Questions from Working Preacher Tomorrow is the Fifth Sunday in Lent. The Sunday scripture readings are powerful affirmations of life in the midst of death: the valley of dry bones in Ezekiel 37:1-14; a heart-searching song in Psalm 130; a consideration of life in the Spirit in Romans 8:6-8, and finally the raising of Lazarus in John 11:1-45. Working ...
  • Refugee Sunday Sermon–The Rev. Alice Erickson On February 19th, 2017–we held a Refugee Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The Rev. Alice Erickson, a local pastor with long experience in refugee and immigration work preached a marvelous sermon. Here it is! Refugee Sunday Rev Erickson Sermon During the weeks since, we have sponsored a collection of needed items for NuDay Syria, along ...
  • Epiphany and the Baptism of Our Lord Sunrise glitters after a snowstorm; every crystal of snow reflects the light. The world shimmers with it. On Epiphany, we celebrate the Light of Christ, that shone for the Magi, that shines in Jesus’ baptism, that shines on us, brighter than a sunrise after a snowstorm. Come and celebrate the great “manifestation” of our Lord ...
  • 4th Sunday in Advent We had our Christmas pageant at church this week. I have to say, it was wonderful to celebrate the Nativity, an act of joyful resistance and a declaration of hope into a world in need of goodness. The Nativity: Good news for everyone. A child is born. Hope emerges from a womb of darkness, ...
  • Advent Week 1 We were blessed, as we began the First Week of Advent, to receive three new members to St. Paul Lutheran Church. During the sermon, the three of them offered their reasons for wanting to be a part of this community. The homily addresses the theme of “arriving” in Advent. We give thanks for those who ...
  • Thanksgiving Prayers–Gratitude for Creation The following Thanksgiving prayer is adapted from an Iona resource called Celtic Prayers from Iona. It seemed particularly beautiful for this year, because of its compassion for creation, and our stewardship of this island earth we call home. O Sun behind all suns I give you greeting this new day. Let all Creation praise you, Let the daylight ...
  • “All the Verses II” Last Sunday, October 23rd, the Pastor was ill. The congregation experienced the priesthood of all believers as all came together to help lead worship service. Laurie Jamieson was willing to preach, again, and on short notice. Below is her sermon–the audio, and the printed version. All the Verses II The Gospel today tells the story of ...
  • “All The Verses” Stewardship Theme for 2016 On Sunday, October 16th, we were blessed to hear the preaching of Laurie Jamieson, one of our gifted lay preachers at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Laurie is also our very gifted Stewardship Director, inspiring us each year to consider the blessings of this church and our ministry together. Each year, when we open our Stewardship ...
  • Of Mustard Seeds and Mulberry Trees. This morning’s sermon was a communal sermon, focusing on Mustard Seed faith at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The congregation helped tell the story. The painting below is The Mulberry Tree by Vincent Van Gogh–a mulberry tree appeared in Jesus’ parable this morning from Luke.
  • Sermon from Sept.25th This is a teaching on true contentment. It comes from knowing who we are, and the Lord we follow. I never thought of Jesus as particularly content, at least as I understood contentment. But, then, considering the question in relationship to the prophetic voice of Amos, Psalm 146, Paul’s teaching to Timothy, and Jesus’ parable ...

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