“Come, let us sing to the Lord; let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.”

These words from the Venite in Sunday Morning prayer are the foundation of worship for the people of St. Paul’s. They are for us an invitation to sing, pray, and gather in joy to thank God for God’s strength and love we receive in community and worship. Particularly in these days of pandemic uncertainty, beautiful music and worship, inspiring preaching and the daily opportunity to gather in prayer are what feed the people of St. Paul’s.

We are profoundly called to love and serve Christ and our neighbor.

Our goal is to have no cases of COVID-19 spread from worship. That’s why you can find us on line praying with our “virtual faith community” very often.

Our Lay Worship Leaders and clergy offer Daily Morning Prayer and Compline on our Facebook Livestream at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. On Sundays, the Lord’s Day, our Spiritual Eucharist worship is a livestream offering of worship that nurtures and transforms our souls.

Sunday worship captures the many voices of our ministers of the liturgy, the beautiful music provided by our Music Ministry Director, Randy Day, and the recorded voices of the choir. A particular favorite is their recording of the Venite chant. 

You can join us for live Zoom Family Worship, led by the Rev. Katie Holicky, our assistant rector for children and youth who creates her own engaging Bible Storybook videos, prayers and includes a fun and joy-filled time for catching up with each other.

Sunday Spiritual Eucharist begins at 10:30 a.m. as Randy Day plays a prelude to being our livestream of worship always with inspiring sermons.

On the fourth Sunday of each month, on our St. Paul’s Facebook at 10:30 a.m., the Diocese of Maine offers their recording of diocesan-wide “Spiritual Eucharist” with many clergy and laypeople of the diocese leading worship, and our bishop, The Rt. Rev. Thomas Brown as the preacher.

Come!

Join the community of St. Paul’s and many others across the country in the joy of worship livestream.

2020 Temporary St. Paul’s Worship Schedule
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, St. Paul’s is currently following the worship schedule below.

Online Sunday Worship
           
9:00     Youth Join on Zoom for Prayer & Stay for Family Worship
            9:30     Family Worship on Zoom
            10:30   Spiritual Eucharist, on St. Paul’s Facebook live
            11:30   Explore the sermon over coffee on Zoom
            1:00     Middle and High Schoolers Gather at St. Paul’s Memorial Garden

Contact the church office at stpauls@stpaulsmaine.org if you are interested in joining the Zoom gatherings.

Below is our Regular Schedule at St. Paul’s (currently on hold)

The inspiring and creative worship at St. Paul’s equips our community to play an active role in the “Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement.” It gives us strength, courage, and joy to go out into the world and serve for Christ’s sake and the sake of our neighbors. St. Paul’s is excited to be living into a radical welcome for all people, members, and guests. In addition, we are currently reimagining our engagement with children and youth so that we serve our youngest members as well as we do our matures parishioners.

Sunday worship offers the most diverse occasions for praising God together as we celebrate the Holy Eucharist (also called Communion and the Lord’s Supper).  We celebrate Holy Eucharist every Sunday EXCEPT the first Sunday of each month. On that Sunday we all gather together for First Sundays, Life Together at 9:30 am in all parish worship.

SUNDAYS: First Sunday after Labor Day to the Last Sunday in June (except for the first Sunday of each month)

Sundays at 8:00 am – Holy Eucharist, Rite II, quiet meditative worship with organ prelude, postlude and offertory solo. Join us in the historic, beautiful church for this hour of worship!

                    at 9:30 am – Family Worship, a lively, innovative service of Holy Eucharist with lots of singing, informal involvement of people of all ages, especially of young children and youth. Held in the Great Hall, the entire service is paperless.

                    at 10:30 am –  Holy Eucharist includes beautiful and joyful hymns sung by the congregation and supported by our excellent choir. Singing is often accompanied by organ, keyboard and other instruments such as drums or stringed instruments. (see section on Music) Our goal is to sing joyfully and energetically as a congregation to the glory of God. We pray the Eucharistic service from the Book of Common Prayer, Rite II and from the more contemporary prayers from a new source called, “Enriching Our Worship.”

Nursery care begins at 9:15 am to Noon.

FIRST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH, at 9:30 am is all parish worship called “First Sundays, Life Together at 9:30 am.” It is our way of gathering as one worshiping community; all three congregations together once a month in order to get to know each other, our newcomers and our guests.

At 9:30 am, join us for this service which includes Holy Eucharist, is specially geared for people of all ages, whether you are a life-long Episcopalian or a seeker.  It is held in our historic church and we offer reserved seating for our families with small children and our friends with disabilities. Singing is fun and the sermon is interactive.

Also on the first Sunday of each Month at 8:00 am our Lay Worship Leaders officiate Morning Prayer in the Celtic Tradition in the church. This is 30-minutes of silence and prayer, loosely based on the order for morning prayer in Iona Abbey. It is designed to include long silences which begin and end with the ringing of a bell.

SUMMERS AT ST. PAULS’S ALL-PARISH WORSHIP AT 9:30 am- We relax in the warm months of summer by gathering as one worshiping community at 9:30 am. The first Sundays of July and August are set up outdoors in the Memorial Garden so we can enjoy the warm sunshine and fresh air. Sometimes, on those Sundays, we have keyboard and accordion accompaniment to our congregational singing!  Join us outdoors and in the church in the summer months at 9:30 am until the Sunday after Labor Day.