Expect to experience something larger than yourself, to be wrapped up into a story in which you are a character, but not the main one. In the liturgy, we are immersed into God’s story, using timeless words and melodies to retell the story of God’s redeeming work. You should expect to hear whispers of the shout which is the praise and worship of all God’s people from every time and every place, surrounding you each Sunday morning whether you sing or just listen. In the Sacrament, you are not the main character, but eating the body and blood of Jesus who IS, who comes to you, giving you forgiveness for your sins and healing for your brokenness. The Sacrament (Eucharist) is the high point of our worship service and our week, as God comes to us and not the other way around. In that moment Heaven has truly come to earth as we surround the throne of God as beggars receiving a “holy handout”. Finally, expect to quit being an individual, for at least an hour. Whether you worship silently in the back or enthusiastically in the front, you are not an individual. You are part of the larger community of faith for that moment (or as long as you’d like to be), even if you’re joining us for the first time.
Our faith is centered on the Son of God, Jesus of Nazareth. His life, death, resurrection, and ascension are the climax of the story of God’s workings in the world, the Bible, which we hold to be inspired and infallible. Our Christian faith can be concisely summed up in the words of the three Ecumenical Creeds. We are also a congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LC-MS for short). As such, we believe that in the proclaimed Word (Bible/sermon) and the Sacraments (Baptism and Communion) Jesus is truly physically present for and with us, bringing present-tense forgiveness of sins and strengthening of our faith. We proclaim the present-tense Gospel! Furthermore, we offer Jesus to anyone, interpret the Bible faithfully, and hold to Biblical understandings of how the people of God are supposed to act as we wait in community for the return of Jesus.
Gathered from around the Capital Region here in the heart of Albany, we are your neighbors, and we care about this city. Our aim is to proclaim Jesus faithfully, as we share a common faith that Death is dead because Jesus is alive. That is the hope that try to give to the community around us, that there is more to life than wealth, status, education and politics— There is a God who loves us, who loves you, and died to prove it.More than that, He (Jesus) shows up every week to prove it over, and over, and over again as He washes us clean and makes us whole. He gives us the kind of grace and love that you just can’t find anywhere else. Get in touch with us, or come check it out! Many faces- but only one Lord, one faith, one baptism. We are a diverse group of disciples of Jesus Christ – bankers, musicians, social workers, teachers, public servants, lawyers, business owners, parents, grandparents, married and single – united by our shared faith in Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God.
There's always opportunities for fun and fellowship at St. Paul's. Our last Paintnite was a tremendous success. We had beginner's and experienced painters come together for fun!
10 Western Ave. Albany, NY 12203 (518)463-0571