Advent and Christmas Services

WINTERSONG: A CELTIC ADVENT MEDITATION on Wednesday, December 19th, 7:30 p.m. with folk singer Michael O’Leary and harpist Carol McIntyre. This is a lovely, reflective time of music and prayer, with readings for the season. Please join us. Freewill donation.

ALL CHURCH CHRISTMAS PAGEANT, Dec. 23rd at the 10:00 a.m. worship service. Led by the Sunday School, this is a marvelous time of telling the Christmas story together, lots of carols, lots of love and laughter.

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE, Dec. 24th, 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to this festive service with Christmas lessons and carols, candlelight and Holy Communion.

CHRISTMAS MORNING: Dec. 25th, 8:00 a.m. A wonderful way to begin Christmas Day in a service of Word and Sacrament. Come, all ye faithful, and worship.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

There will be an interfaith Thanksgiving service on November 19th, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., hosted by the First Baptist Church, in Gloucester. Interfaith clergy from Cape Ann and members of our various congregations will lead the worship. Music is by John Hicks.  Please join us for this time of prayer and song.


Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. during Lent, we hold a mid-week contemplative worship service at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. This year, we are sharing stories, poems, art, songs, that speak to us of our experience of God’s love.


Palm Sunday: March 25th, 10:00 a.m. with procession of the palms.

Wednesday: March 28th: 7:00 p.m. Holy Week Healing Service in the sanctuary.

Maundy Thursday: March 29th, 6:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Dinner Church. A family friendly vegetarian meal, during which we share the Lord’s Supper, Maundy Thursday scriptures, songs, and reflect together on the Great Commandment: “love one another as I have loved you.”

Good Friday Tenebrae Service: March 30, 7:00 p.m. A solemn, prayerful service commemorating the events of Jesus’ death, with the Seven Last Words, and Veneration of the Cross.

Holy Saturday: From 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. The church will be open for prayer.

EASTER SUNDAY: 6:15 a.m. at Good Harbor Beach, Ecumenical Sunrise Service.

EASTER AT ST. PAUL–10:00 a.m. Festive Eucharist, with special music, flowers, a marvelous joyful morning, with an Easter Egg Hunt after the service.

Annual Meeting: January 28th, 2018

This Sunday, January 28th, we will hold our Annual Meeting immediately following the 10:00 a.m. Worship Service. If you are available to help set-up and clean up, provide food, or other assistance, please call the church office 978-283-6550, or write us, and let us know! Set-up is Saturday morning! Annual Reports are available in the church office. Thanks everyone for a wonderful year!

Advent and Christmas Events

During Advent, there are several events here at St. Paul to enter the season of waiting and preparation. Christmas Services are listed below as well.

On Wednesday Evening, 7:00 p.m. , Dec. 13: Advent Evening Prayer and Reflection: The Gifts of Advent. This is a time of reflection, prayer and conversation about the gifts of this season–this Wednesday, we’ll focus on the gift of patience.

Sunday, December 17th, at 10:00 a.m. Christmas Pageant! The congregation and Sunday School of St. Paul will hold our Annual Christmas Pageant. Everyone is welcome to be a part of this; costumes are provided on the spot! It’s a wonderful time! We hope you will join us.

On Wednesday Evening, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 20th: WinterSong! A Celtic Advent Meditation. Local folksinger Michael O’Leary and Celtic harpist Carol McIntyre will present a beautiful evening of Celtic music related to Advent and midwinter. All are welcome. Freewill donation for the musicians.

Sunday, December 24th 10:00 a.m. : The Fourth Sunday of Advent. This is a Sunday that lifts up the life and ministry of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, her wonderful song, “The Magnificat,” and what she means for us as an exemplar of faith.

Sunday, December 24th 7:00 p.m.: Christmas Eve! Please join us for a Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols, with Holy Communion, come to the manger and sing with all creation: Glory to God in the Highest, and peace to all people on earth.

Monday, December 25th, 8:00 a.m.: Merry Christmas! Join us for a lovely early Christmas Morning worship service, with carols, Holy Communion, and plenty of Joy!


Ecumenical Evensong–Reformation 500

You are invited to a special event:

 St. Paul will host an Ecumenical Evensong service

Sunday, October 15 at 6:00 p.m.

in observance of the

500th Anniversary of the Reformation


We are delighted to share this time with you!

Joining us will be the St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Annisquam Village Church choirs. We will sing the Lutheran Book of Worship’s beautiful Vesper Service and the combined choirs will perform

“Grant Peace We Pray” by Mendelssohn and

“Fairest Lord Jesus” by Russell Schulz-Widmar

Please join us for a lovely evening of prayer and song!


Address: St Paul Lutheran Church 1123 Washington St, Gloucester
Accessibility: The service location is wheelchair accessible via elevator
Parking: There is a large parking lot at the Church
Information: Contact the church office at 978-283-6550


October: Reformation 500

During October, we have several opportunities to consider the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Here is a short list of what we are doing:

  • On October 9th at 7:00 p.m., Jonathan Rundman, a Finnish-American folk/rock composer and musician, will be offering a Hurricane Relief concert at St. Paul. Jonathan has performed at St. Paul in the past, and he was recently featured in a short video produced by the ELCA Refo500 team. We had scheduled the concert well in advance of the hurricanes that devastated areas along the Gulf Coast, the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico. Now with the need so great, Jonathan has kindly agreed to change the focus of his concert to benefit hurricane relief.
  • On Sundays in October, during worship, we’ll be singing pieces composed by Martin Luther, especially his hymn settings for the parts of the service. Last Sunday, for example, we sang “Out of the Depths” for our confessional prayer. This Sunday, we’ll sing a Luther “Kyrie.”
  • Five members of the congregation are designing a history of our church starting in the 16th century to the present time which they will present on Reformation Sunday.
  • On October 15th, 6;00 p.m. we’ll be holding a special Ecumenical Evensong at in the sanctuary, with two other churches, St. John’s Episcopal Church and Annisquam Village Church to mark the Reformation 500th anniversary, singing the Vespers setting from the Lutheran Book of Worship, and choral pieces Mendolssohn’s “Grant Peace We Pray,” and  Schulz-Widmar’s “Fairest Lord Jesus.”
  • During October on Wednesday evenings, I am teaching a class called the Four Pillars of Lutheranism, on key Reformation insights with which we still reckon. We’ll also be looking at Declaration on the Way, to see how far we have come since October, 1517.
  • On October 29th, Reformation Sunday, we’ll have a special morning of worship, and a gathering after church during Fellowship Hour to mark the occasion.
  • Our Stewardship theme this year is taken from the notion of a Reformation garden. We are calling it: Abundant Garden: Beloved Community. Each week, we’ll honor the Lutheran insight of the “priesthood of all believers,” in the garden of our beloved community.

We hope you will come to any and all of these occasions. It’s only once every 500 years! Come and learn about who we are, where we have been, and where we hope to go.


Jonathan Rundman Concert–Monday, October 9th, 7:00 p.m. Hurricane Relief Benefit


St. Paul Lutheran Church


Minneapolis, MN – Minneapolis-based folk/pop songwriter Jonathan Rundman will perform at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Monday, October 9th, 2017.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9th 7:00 p.m. (doors at 6:30 PM)

Freewill Donation: all ages welcome


St. Paul Lutheran Church

1123 Washington St.

Gloucester, MA, 01930


Born and raised in the isolated Finnish-American communities of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Jonathan Rundman has been writing songs and performing across the country since he was 18 years old. He emerged on the national music scene as a Chicago-based touring artist, generating rave reviews in Billboard, The New York Times, Performing Songwriter, Paste, and countless regional publications. Now living in Minneapolis, he continues to tour and record. Jonathan’s songs can be heard on radio stations across America, in Scandinavia and England, and have been featured on television’s Ellen Degeneres Show and CBS This Morning. Jonathan has toured in New England several times, and has appeared at St. Paul in the past.


In 2017 Rundman released the new solo retrospective album Reservoir, collecting his best songs of the new millennium.

Deftly navigating between folk music, garagey rock, sophisticated pop, and Americana, Rundman proves to be one of the country’s most ingenious and persistent independent songwriters.


“bright, catchy indie pop” NEW YORK TIMES

“clever phrasing and fresh rhymes” PERFORMING SONGWRITER

“accessible and crafty pop-rock” CHICAGO DAILY HERALD