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About Us

Saint Paul's Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the 

Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. est. 1878

Our worship style is liturgical. 

By the middle of the first century, Christian worship was known by the term liturgy which literally means "the common work" or "the work of the people."

The early liturgy of the Christian Church's worship was composed of two vital parts: first, the liturgy of the word, including hymns, Scripture reading, and preaching, and second, the liturgy of the faithful, composed of intercessory prayers, and the Eucharist.

What do the parts of the liturgy mean? This is a frequently asked question; maybe you have asked that question yourself. The following descriptions of worship and the parts of liturgy were first published in an article by the former Commission on Worship for the Reporter Insert entitled “Taking a Tour of Heaven.”

Worship is like no place else in this world.
But there is one place that it does resemble, and that is heaven

The story is told of how Christianity was introduced to Russia. More than 1,000 years ago Grand Duke Vladimir of Kiev was interested in selecting an appropriate religion for his new nation. His emissaries investigated the main religions of the day, including Roman Catholicism and Islam. But it was only after visiting the chief site of the Orthodox Church in Constantinople that they found what they were looking for. In their report to their duke, the emissaries noted that in Orthodox worship there was such solemn splendor that they had a hard time knowing whether they were in heaven or on earth.

Worship is like that: one foot in heaven with the other here on earth. What brings heaven into our earthly worship is not dependent on the elaborateness of the service or the sincerity of our devotion. Rather, it is because of the One who is present in our worship that we experience heaven on earth.

If worship is "heaven on earth," then it stands to reason that what we do and say in worship should in some sense give us a foretaste of that great feast to come. In the following tour of the Divine Service we will see how the ancient texts of the liturgy give us that glimpse of heaven and, more importantly, how they deliver to us, here and now, the eternal benefits of forgiveness, life, and salvation.

Our Pastor
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Rev. Roger Sassaman

Lead Pastor

Rev. Sassaman is a lifelong member of the LCMS. He spent many years as a lay leader in congregations in Indiana and Michigan districts. After the passing of his wife in 2011, Rev. Sassaman attended Seminary at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana and subsequently earned a Masters of Arts in Religion. Rev. Sassaman served his first call in Owensboro, Kentucky. Currently, Rev. Sassaman enjoys leading our worship and visiting with members of Saint Paul's Lutheran. Rev. Sassaman is active in the Michigan District and meets regularly with colleagues within the district.

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