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Mission Statement of St. Paul Lutheran Church & School

“The Mission of St. Paul Lutheran Church and School is to Equip, Support, Serve and Witness Where God Calls Us”

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this congregation shall be to serve its members and spread the Kingdom of God by the preaching of the Word of God, by the administration of the Sacraments, by the religious instruction of children and adults, and by fostering Christian fellowship and charity according to the confessional standard of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.

From Pastor’s Desk

THE PUREST GOSPEL

Maybe you’ve heard of this game.  It’s called Desert Island.  If you were stuck on a desert island and you only had a certain number of books to read for the rest of your life, what would you pick?  What are the books that you love so much that you would read them over and over and over again?  For this game I’ll give you three picks.  So, have you picked your books?  Let’s assume one of the three books you picked was the Bible.  That’s a good answer.  Okay, so let’s play this again.  As you know the Bible is actually a compilation of many books.  It has 66 different books to be exact.  So, instead of picking three books out of all the books in the world, let’s just stick with the Bible.  If you could only read three books of the Bible for the rest of your life, what would you pick?

That’s hard to do.  You may be wondering what I would pick.  To be honest, I don’t really know.  I could tell you this, if you asked Martin Luther to pick three, one of those books would certainly be the book of Romans. Listen to what Martin Luther wrote about Paul’s letter to the Romans. “This epistle is really the chief part of the New Testament, and is truly the purest gospel.  It is worthy not only that every Christian should know it word for word, by heart, but occupy himself with it every day, as daily bread of the soul.  It can never be read or pondered too much, and the more it is dealt with the more precious it becomes, and the better it tastes.” (Preface to Romans, Lutheran Study Bible) This book was instrumental in Luther’s own discovery of the gospel and consequently, ignited the Reformation across Germany and most of Europe.

We have an opportunity here at St. Paul to study this important book of Scripture.  Recently, we started a study on the book of Romans in my Sunday adult Bible class.  I encourage you to come and learn more about this book and see for yourself why Luther called the book of Romans “the purest gospel.”

Pastor David Schmidt