Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Lenten Journey to Easter


Mid-Week Lenten Worship at 12 noon and 7 pm
Wednesdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5
Mid-Week Lenten Dinners at 5:45 pm same days
Scripture used during the Lenten worship services is based on the Psalms. The noon service will be quiet communion with healing liturgy. Copies of the Psalm Devotion booklets created by members' submissions are available for personal meditation.

A Lenten Journey: Biblical Stations of the Cross
Fridays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, and April 7 at 12 noon
Lent is a reflective time that is guided by our lectionary, liturgy, and hymns in our worship. In our personal devotions there are many options and journeying the way of the cross is a tradition that has its earliest forms observed and recorded beginning in the late 4th century. Please join Pastor Lorrel Strom-Jensen on Fridays during Lent at noon in the sanctuary to journey through the Biblical Stations of the Cross. Through scripture, hymns, and prayers we will follow the way of the cross and ponder the connections to this path that we experience daily in our own lives.

Sundays in Lent
March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2 -- 8:30 and 11:00 am Worship
Both Sunday morning services will be using the Holy Communion Worship setting based on the Deutsche Messe (German Mass) by Franz Schubert. The green booklets are in the pews. Please refer to your bulletin for hymns, readings, Gospel Acclamation, music, and announcements.

Palm Sunday, April 9
8:30 and 11:00 am Worship
Palm Sunday will be different this year for St. Paul's. It will actually be "Palm Sunday." For a number of years, the church has celebrated the day beginning with the story of the Palm Sunday arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem and then moved on through the service reading the full Passion Narrative. We have decided to concentrate on the Palm Sunday story and let people hear the Passion story as it unfolds on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil on Saturday. We hope you will join us for all the Holy Week services in preparation for the joy of Easter Sunday morning.

Holy Week

The Paschal Triduum, the three sacred days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, have been experienced as one celebration marking the central events of the Christian faith. Neither Thursday nor Friday liturgy ends with a benediction, which would conclude the worship. That is reserved for the end of the Vigil of Easter.

Maundy Thursday, April 13
12:00 noon service -- Holy Communion
7:00 pm service -- Holy Communion and washing of feet
On Maundy Thursday, we are commanded to love one another as Christ loves us. This is demonstrated by the washing of feet. As this was the night Jesus instituted the Holy Communion at the Passover meal with his disciples, we come to the Lord's Table. This day's worship concludes with the stripping of the altar.

Good Friday, April 14
12:00 noon service -- This Far By Faith -- The Way of the Cross: stations of the cross with hymns and readings
7:00 pm service -- Tenebrae Service
On Good Friday, we come to hear the story of community's disobedience and Christ's obedience even unto death for our benefit. This is done by reading the Passion.

Vigil of Easter, April 15
7:00 pm -- The church marks the gift of light at creation, readings mark the acts of salvation. The new life of the resurrection is celebrated in remembrance of Baptism and the banquet at Holy Communion.

Easter Sunday -- Resurrection of Our Lord, April 16

8:30 am Worship
9:30 am Easter Breakfast in Trinity Hall
10:15 am Egg Hunt for children (bring a basket)
11:00 am Worship

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

February -- Full of Fun, Fellowship and Food

We can sometimes have a very dreary February, weather-wise, so we are making sure we have lots of great events to participate in and chase those winter blues away.

Preschool Spaghetti Supper -- Wednesday, Feb 1 at 5:45 pm
This will be the 6th Annual Preschool Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser. Menu includes spaghetti with homemade sauce, meatballs, garlic bread, salad, and cookies for dessert. Proceeds provide scholarships for the preschool. Support the Playground Renovation project by purchasing a cake, slice of pie or other sweet following the Spaghetti Dinner.

Valentine Big Band Bash -- Saturday, Feb 11, at 7:00 pm in Trinity Hall
Time again for our fabulous Valentine's Day Big Band Bash and dessert pot-luck. Come and enjoy the sounds of the Durham Jazz Orchestra, an 18-piece big band plus vocalists. Their music will have you on the dance floor which is provided! Bring along a dessert to share if you wish and we'll celebrate the holiday in good fashion. Open to all, families as well -- kids love the music and also partake of the dance floor!

Mix-It-Up Supper -- Wednesday, Feb 15 at 6:00 pm
The Continuing Conversation group is back with an International Mix-It-Up meal. This time, the format will be more pot-luck. You are invited to prepare a dish to share: a sign-up sheet is on the Reservations bulletin board. Categories include entrees, side dishes, breads, and desserts. If cooking is not in your skill-set, come anyway. There is always enough food!

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper -- Tuesday, Feb 28 at 6:00 pm
Shrove Tuesday is also called Fat Tuesday (in New Orleans, Mardi Gras) because on this day, households would use up the fatty foods and cooking fat which would not be used during the forty days of Lent. As in the past, we'll party with the finest pancakes, sausage, and applesauce!

Thursday Bible Study Class is beginning a new study in February on the Lord's Prayer. We will be using a book on the Lord's Prayer written by Rev. Dr. J. Warren Smith who is a professor at Duke Divinity School. This study will invite us to an active prayer life, an invitation to re-imagine the prayer as a confession of the Christian faith, and a guide for meditation on the words of the Prayer. Pastor Scott Anderson will be leading the class. Please join us on Thursdays at 10:30 am in the conference room.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Advent and Christmas

December has arrived!
The month of November seemed to just fly right by. We had our first Wednesday night in Advent with supper at 6 pm and worship at 7 pm. Please plan to join us for the remainder: Wednesdays, December 7, 14, and 21. Supper is at 6 pm with menus consisting of light suppers. Worship at 7 pm "Tidings of Comfort and Joy: A Midweek Advent Series Worship, is Holden Evening Prayer liturgy and preachers are Rick Lischer, Laura Wind, Bill Dahl, and James Demmel.

It's Christmas Pageant Time!
Rehearsals take place on Saturdays, December 3 and 10 at 10 am. The pageant will be on Sunday, December 11 at 5 pm followed by the traditional Lasagna Dinner, all in Trinity Hall. All are welcome to come and see the children and youth present the pageant in their own fashion. Then you are invited to stay for our Lasagna Dinner which also includes salad, bread and desserts.

Lessons and Carols Service & Concert
Friday, December 16th at 7 pm
This event is very similar to a hymn sing with scripture readings, anthems, bell choir, and lots of congregational singing. Open to the public!

Helping Others in Need
The Women's Connection is requesting donations of two bags of one of these items: white potatoes, apples, oranges, and tangerines. These items will be collected now until December 12 and will be delivered to the pantry of the Urban Ministries of Durham.

Christmas Worship Schedule
Christmas Eve Services, Saturday, December 24 -- All services celebrate Holy Communion
4:00 pm - Family service
7:00 pm - Candlelight service with Handbells
10:00 pm - Candlelight service with the Senior Choir

Christmas Day Service, Sunday, December 25
11:00 am (no 8:30 am service) -- Christmas Carol sing with Holy Communion

Name of Jesus -- Sunday, January 1, 2017
11:00 am (no 8:30 am service) -- Traditional Lessons and Carols Service with Holy Communion

The church office will be closed December 26 through December 30.

Friday, September 16, 2016

October Fall Happenings!

We are having a Silent Auction!
On Wednesday, October 12 at the Oktoberfest celebration this year we will have a silent auction. We are asking for donations such as gift baskets, babysitting, weekend cottage, fishing trip, golf game, house cleaning, and anything else you can think of that someone else would want to bid on. If you know of businesses who could contribute something that would be terrific. Proceeds will benefit Trinity Hall Kitchen, Camp Agape, and our Troop 12 Cub Scouts. For details on the Silent Auction, contact Bess Line.
More details on Oktoberfest:
Wednesday, Oct 12 beginning at 5:45 pm will be our Oktoberfest celebration. If you have a dish you think would go well, contact Karen Hassett asap as we are planning the  menu.  The "Rusty Pipes" band from Croasdaile will be on hand from 5:45 to about 6:25 to play great music for us. We will start the evening with pre-dinner snacks and the meal will begin about 6:15 pm. There will be a sign-up sheet coming soon so we can get an estimate of numbers attending. This will be our only Wednesday night meal in October.
Michael Burkhardt Hymn Festival
On a different "note" there is the Michael Burkhardt "Living Voices of the Gospel" festival on Sunday, Oct 16 at 4:00 pm in the sanctuary. This is inspired by Luther's belief that music is a living voice of the Gospel, and is in light of the upcoming celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. This hymn festival will highlight the hymns of Martin Luther, paired with hymns of a variety of times and places.

Yard Sale!
Start gathering items to bring to our annual yard sale! The sale takes place on Saturday, Oct 22 beginning at 7:00 am. We will accept small items at this time in the smaller room in Whitesell Hall. After the Oktoberfest, we will then receive items in Trinity Hall until the sale on Oct 22. Start fall cleaning and clear your extras before the holidays. We hope for everything to be in good working order, useable, wearable, etc. Keep in mind our "regifting" category which is for "essentially new" items that people can give as presents. Items not sold are donated to Habitat for Humanity, TROSA, or Scrap Exchange. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Karen Hassett! Proceeds will benefit Trinity Hall Kitchen, Camp Agape, and our Troop 12 Cub Scouts.

If you are not into Yard Sales -- you can consider gathering friends and doing the Fall Work Day at Camp Agape on Sat, Oct 22. There will be plenty of jobs for everyone! Breakfast and lunch are provided. If you want to arrange for a group from St. Paul's to go, contact Pastor Scott. If you need more information, contact Mir at at Camp Agape.

We cannot forget about our Pumpkin Patch!
Pumpkins are scheduled to arrive on Sunday, October 9 at 4:00 pm. Plan to attend and help with the pumpkin pass chain! We will have sign-up sheets available soon so you can pick your times to sit in our beautiful patch and help our neighbors and friends pick their finest pumpkins.
Trunk or Treat!
We'll finish out the month with the Trunk or Treat evening on Friday, October 28 beginning with a simple hot-dog supper at 6:00 pm. We invite you to come in costume, bring along some sweet or salty treats to share, decorate your trunk to hand out treats from.
We hope you get these on your calendar and make plans to attend. Invite others to join you!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

August brings changes...

August -- winds of change!

We welcome Rev. Laura Wind, the new Duke Lutheran Campus Minister. Pastor Laura has been slowly getting settled in before the students arrive in mid-August. She will be dividing time at Duke, at Grace House where there is a Campus Ministry lounge as well as at St. Paul's and Grace Lutheran. Pastor Laura is hoping to involve many people in supporting this important ministry in several different ways:

  • praying for our incoming and returning students
  • praying for the larger Duke community
  • welcoming students as they come to worship
  • signing up to provide meals on worship nights
  • providing holiday bags/baskets for students
You may email her at

On July 31, we say goodbye to Vicar Joseph O'Donnell as he has completed his year of internship at St. Paul's.  He has been packing up to prepare for his move back to the midwest.

On August 15, we say hello to Vicar Susan Holland as she begins her year of internship. Sue has spent the past year splitting time between living in Cary and completing her Lutheran studies as part of a Master of Sacred Theology degree at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. Prior to that, she attended Duke Divinity School in Durham where she earned a Master of Divinity degree. Her studies and interests are focused on pastoral care and social justice issues.  Sue is married and has two teenage boys.

Starting August 1, Christopher McDonald will be in the sanctuary and invites anyone to join him in Morning Prayer. Times and days are 7:30 to 8:00 am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. You are welcome to join in or simply pray alongside in silence.

The Education committee is looking for leaders to help in the rotational Sunday School classes for children. The stories are presented over a 3-4 week period through crafts, cooking, puppetry, video -- and other ways as the leaders prefer. If you have a talent you can share with the story presentation, please contact Pastor Anderson or Betty Hinshaw.

Wednesday night suppers continue on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 6:00 pm. The one on August 3 will be a Salad Days Pot-Luck! We invite any and all to come to the meal and if possible, bring along a salad to share -- the type of salad is your choice. Can be anything, such as: pasta, green, potato, tuna, chicken, fruit, jell-O, bean, Greek, taco, ambrosia, Caesar, chef, Cole slaw, egg, macaroni, ham, rice, Waldorf, or wedge -- We supply bread and desserts. Come join us!

Summer Adult Conversations continue through August on Sundays at 9:45-10:45 am, currently they are delving deeper into the lessons and readings from worship each week. The group is led by Sharon Schulze.

Worship continues on Sundays at 8:30 and 11:00 am. We have been using a setting based on the German Mass by Franz Schubert. On August 7, we will begin using Setting Three booklets from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship book. Sunday School begins its new year on Rally Day, September 11 with the traditional breakfast at 9:30 am. Classes return on September 18 at 9:45-10:45 am for all ages.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

After Easter

During the Sundays between now and Pentecost, we will be introducing and singing new parts of the Franz Schubert mass into our current liturgy/setting. This will lead up to Pentecost Sunday (May 15) when we'll be completely switched over to the new setting and use the new booklets in the pews. The pieces are probably quite familiar, but may not have been referred to as that title, but are in the current Evangelical Lutheran Worship book.

Christian Preismeier, a direct descendant of Martin Luther, will be on a North Carolina Tour, stopping at St. Paul's on Thursday, April 21 at 7:00 pm for Dessert and Conversation about Luther and Life. He is a voluntary preacher in the Lutheran Church and a member and secretary of the Board of "Lutheriden Association" in Zietz. This association brings together the descendants of the reformer Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora or one of his collateral relatives and altogether are called "Lutheriden." Current there are about 200 enrolled members, without the spouses and children of the current estimated 3,000 to 4,000 still living descendants. This evening is open to the public.

Our Vacation Bible School program this year is "Cave Quest" which will take place
Monday through Friday, June 20-25, 9:00 am until 12:30 pm. Children will see how Jesus gives us hope, courage, direction, love, and power throughout the week as they travel to different areas in the church for music, stories, crafts, science, Bible quests, recreation, snack and cinema. Applications are available on the website under the tab "Resources," look for the page: "Forms".  Children aged 3 through grade 5 are invited to attend. We also are looking for adults and teens to help shepherd the children through the week.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Lent to Easter

Our spring-like weather beginning in February has confused some of us looking at the calendar. It is only the fourth week in Lent and we have flowers and daffodils blooming everywhere along with 75-80 degree temperatures, and Lent is early this year. 

We continue with our Lenten Worship Services on Wednesdays at noon and 7 pm on March 9 and 16. We also have dinners on those Wednesdays at 5:45 pm (15 minutes earlier so the handbells can get to rehearsal).  We will have two more Friday noon Meditations on the Stations of the Cross, led by Rev. Lorrel Strom-Jensen, March 11 and 18.

Holy Week Schedule
  • March 20 -- Palm/Passion Sunday -- worship at 8:30 and 11:00 am with the reading of the Passion according to St. Luke.
  • March 24 -- Maundy Thursday -- worship at 12:00 noon (Holy Communion) and 7:00 pm (Holy Communion and Washing of the Feet)
  • March 25 -- Good Friday -- worship at 12:00 noon ("The Way of the Cross" using the stations of the cross in the meditations) and 7:00 pm (Tenebrae service)
  • March 26 -- Holy Saturday -- Vigil of Easter at 7:00 pm 
  • Sunday, March 27 -- EASTER! -- Services are at 8:30 and 11:00 am. We have an Easter Breakfast at 9:30 am in Trinity Hall and an Easter Egg Hunt for children at 10:15 am. Bring a basket for the egg hunt. Flowers can be brought to decorate the   Easter Cross.
The Paschal Triduum
The three evening services in Holy Week (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Vigil of Easter) are the Paschal Triduum, and we experience them as one celebration marking the central events of the Christian faith.

On Maundy Thursday, the disciplines of Lent are concluded with a remembrance of the New Command to love one another as Christ loves us. This is demonstrated by washing the feet of a selected number of people. As this was the night Jesus instituted the Holy Communion at the Passover meal with his disciples, we come to the Lord's Table. This first day's worship concludes with the stripping of the altar. Symbolically, Christ now stripped of his power and glory, is in the hands of his captors.

On Good Friday, the baptized who could not watch with Jesus one hour in Gethsemane, fled from the Place of the Skull. Come to hear the story of our disobedience and Christ's obedience even unto death for our benefit. This is done by reading the Passion. By grace we are given the gift of laying our burdens down at the foot of the cross.

Neither Maundy Thursday nor the Good Friday liturgy ends with a benediction. As the benediction ("good word" from our God) concludes the worship; it is reserved for the end of the Vigil of Easter.

The Vigil of Easter is the earliest form of Easter worship in the church. Gathering in the darkness of sin and death, the church marks the gift of light at creation and in readings marks the mighty acts of salvation that bring us to the new creation in Christ, the light of the world. This new life of the resurrection is then celebrated in remembrance of the Holy Bath of Baptism and the foretaste of the heavenly banquet at Holy Communion. The three-day service is concluded with the benediction. 

Easter is a joyful celebration of music and words as we shout - "He is Risen -- He is Risen Indeed!" Our 8:30 and 11:00 am services welcome all to worship. There will be an Easter Breakfast beginning at 9:30 in Trinity Hall to share in fellowship with others. Children are invited to bring a basket and participate in the Easter Egg Hunt which begins at 10:15 am.