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Welcome to St. Paul Lutheran Church / Bienvenidos a la Iglesia San Pablo

We are a multicultural family in Christ called to encourage one another and embrace the world with Jesus’ love.

Our gathering place is in vintage facilities just south of downtown, affording us opportunities to serve people in the central-city community and far beyond in Jesus’ name.

We invite you to explore our online home and contact us with any questions. We also invite you to join us for worship or any other activity we are involved in.

Come as you are (it is the way Jesus always receives us!)… and let the Lord’s message and love bring healing and peace to your life and a renewed sense of purpose.


You can also find out more about our nationally accredited San Antonio St. Paul Child Development Center for children age 6 weeks to pre-K.

The Church is currently planning to re-open on May 31st in a limited capacity. Additional details will be provided this week.

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The Ascension of Our Lord May 24, 2020

Seventh Sunday of Easter

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The Ringing of the Bells and The Welcome

Opening Hymn: A hymn of Glory Let Us Sing (493)

A hymn of glory let us sing!

New hymns throughout the world shall ring:

    Alleluia, alleluia!

Christ, by a road before untrod,

Ascends unto the throne of God.

    Alleluia, alleluia!

    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

           

The holy apostolic band

Upon the Mount of Olives stand.

    Alleluia, alleluia!

And with His faithful foll’wers see

Their Lord ascend in majesty.

    Alleluia, alleluia!

    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

           

To them the shining angels cry,

“Why stand and gaze upon the sky?”

    Alleluia, alleluia!

“This is the Savior,” thus they say;

“This is His glorious triumph day!”

    Alleluia, alleluia!

    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

Invocation

Pastor:            In the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

People: Amen.

Confession and Forgiveness

Pastor:            If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

 

People:          But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


 

(Silent Prayer) (Momento de Oración Personal)

 

Pastor:  Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

People:         Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

 

Pastor:           Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

People:         Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

 

Pastor:           Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

People:         Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

 

Pastor:            Let us then confess our sins to God:

People:          Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

 

Pastor:                Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son            to die for you and for His sake forgives you all           your sins. As a called and ordained servant of           Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive           you all your sins in the name of the Father                 and  of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

      People:         Amen.

Response: Himno de Alabanza

      Entonemos un canto de alabanza,

      entonemos un cántico al Señor,

      Entonemos salmodias celestiales,

      entonemos mil cánticos de amor

      Entonemos salmodias celestiales,

      entonemos mil cánticos de amor

      Demos gracias al Padre por la vida,

      Demos gracias al Padre por Jesús.

      Y sigamos la senda de la gloria

      con la carga divina de la cruz

      Y sigamos la senda de la gloria

      con la carga divina de la cruz.

      Demos gloria al Señor por este día,

      Por sus muchos cuidados, por su amor,

      Porque Dios en su gran misericordia

      Nos dio vida en Jesús nuestro Señor,

      Porque Dios en su gran misericordia

      Nos dio vida en Jesús nuestro Señor.

 

      The Prayer of the Day  (La Oración del Día)

      Risen Lord Jesus, draw our eyes back onto You and to the world around us. Guide us by your love and prepare our hearts for the way, that we may join you at the Father’s side, where you reign with the Spirit in glory, now and for ever. Amen.

 

      The Scripture Readings  (see insert)

     (After each reading:)

      Reader: This is the Word of the Lord.

      People: Thanks be to God!


Acts 1:1-14

        1 Dear Theophilus: In my first book I wrote about all the things that Jesus did and taught from the time he began his work 2until the day he was taken up to heaven. Before he was taken up, he gave instructions by the power of the Holy Spirit to the men he had chosen as his apostles. 3For 40 days after his death he appeared to them many times in ways that proved beyond doubt that he was alive. They saw him, and he talked with them about the Kingdom of God. And when they came together, he gave them this order: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift I told you about, the gift my Father promised. John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”  6 When the apostles met together with Jesus, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time give the Kingdom back to Israel?”

        7 Jesus said to them, “The times and occasions are set by my Father’s own authority, and it is not for you to know when they will be. But when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After saying this, he was taken up to heaven as they watched him, and a cloud hid him from their sight. 10 They still had their eyes fixed on the sky as he went away, when two men dressed in white suddenly stood beside them 11and said, “Galileans, why are you standing there looking up at the sky? This Jesus, who was taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way that you saw him go to heaven.”

      1 Peter 4:12-16; 5:6-11


        12 My dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful ordeals you are suffering, as though something unusual were happening to you. 13Rather be glad that you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may be full of joy when his glory is revealed. 14Happy are you if you are insulted because you are Christ’s followers; this means that the glorious Spirit, the Spirit of God, is resting on you. 15If you suffer, it must not be because you are a murderer or a thief or a criminal or a meddler in other people’s affairs. 16However, if you suffer because you are a Christian, don’t be ashamed of it, but thank God that you bear Christ’s name....   5:6 Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. 7Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.  8 Be alert, be on the watch! Your enemy, the Devil, roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9Be firm in your faith and resist him, because you know that your fellow-believers in all the world are going through the same kind of sufferings. 10But after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who calls you to share his eternal glory in union with Christ, will himself perfect you and give you firmness, strength, and a sure foundation. 11To him be the power forever! Amen.

 

      Luke 24:44-53 

        44Jesus said to them, “These are the very things I told you about while I was still with you: everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the writings of the prophets, and the Psalms had to come true.” 45Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46and said to them, “This is what is written: the Messiah must suffer and must rise from death three days later, 47and in his name the message about repentance and the forgiveness of sins must be preached to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. And I myself will send upon you what my Father has promised. But you must wait in the city until the power from above comes down upon you.”50Then he led them out of the city as far as Bethany, where he raised his hands and blessed them. As he was blessing them, he departed from them and was taken up into heaven. 52They worshiped him and went back into Jerusalem, filled with great joy, 53and spent all

      their time in the Temple giving thanks to God.

      The Apostle’s Creed

    I believe in God, the Father Almighty maker of heaven and earth.

          And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence he will come to judge the living and the dead.

           I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of  the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.

 

      Sermon Hymn: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (803)

      Joyful, joyful we adore Thee,

      God of glory, Lord of love!

      Hearts unfold like flow'rs before Thee,

      Praising Thee, their sun above.

      Melt the clouds of sin and sadness,

      Drive the gloom of doubt away.

      Giver of immortal gladness,

      Fill us with the light of day.

 

      All Thy works with joy surround Thee,

      Earth and heav'n reflect Thy rays,

      Stars and angels sing around Thee,

      Center of unbroken praise.

      Field and forest, vale and mountain,

      Flow'ry meadow, flashing sea,

      Chanting bird, and flowing fountain

      Call us to rejoice in Thee.

 

     Thou art giving and forgiving,

      Ever blessing, ever blest,

      Well-spring of the joy of living,

      Ocean-depth of happy rest!

      Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

      Fountainhead of love divine:

      Joyful, we Thy heav'n inherit!

      Joyful, we by grace are Thine!

      Children’s Sermon

      Sermon

      The Prayers

      The Lord’s Prayer

      Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen

      The Blessing

      Pastor:         The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of  God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you always. /  La gracia del Señor Jesucristo, el amor de Dios, y la comunión del Espíritu Santo sean con todos ustedes.

      People:       Amen   

 

Closing Hymn: A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing (493)

You see Him now, ascending high

Up to the portals of the sky.”

    Alleluia, alleluia!

“Hereafter Jesus you shall see

Returning in great majesty.”

    Alleluia, alleluia!

    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

Be now our joy on earth, O Lord,

And be our future great reward.

    Alleluia, alleluia!

Then, throned with You forever, we

Shall praise Your name eternally.

    Alleluia, alleluia!

    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

O risen Christ, ascended Lord,

All praise to You let earth accord:

    Alleluia, alleluia!

You are, while endless ages run,

With Father and with Spirit one.

    Alleluia, alleluia!

    Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Sixth Sunday of Easter May 17, 2020

Sixth Sunday of Easter

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The Sixth Sunday Of Easter

May 17, 2020

The Ringing of the Bells and The Welcome


Opening Hymn: Amazing Grace (744)

Amazing grace--how sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost but now am found,

Was blind but now I see!

The Lord has promised good to me,

His Word my hope secures;

He will my shield and portion be

As long as life endures.

Through many dangers, toils, and snares

I have already come;

His grace has brought me safe thus far,

His grace will lead me home.

 

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail

And mortal life shall cease,

Amazing grace shall then prevail

In heaven's joy and peace.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,

Bright shining as the sun,

We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise

Than when we’d first begun.

 

Invocation

Pastor:           In the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

People: Amen.

Confession and Forgiveness

Pastor:           If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

 

People:       But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

(Silent Prayer) (Momento de Oración Personal)

 

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