Lenten/Easter Services

February 22nd – March 22nd: Holden Evening Prayer 6:00 p.m. - every Thursday in Lent, there will be no meals this year.
March 25th: Passion/Palm Sunday 9:30 a.m.
March 29th: Maundy Thursday 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Join us for Communion, &  foot washing.
March 30th: Good Friday 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Service of Tenebrae.
March 31st: Easter Vigil 6:30 p.m.
April 1st: Easter Sunday Breakfast 9:00 a.m. Special Music at 9:40 .a.m, Festival Worship at 10:00 a.m.
Blessed Oscar Romero Catholic Community will be participating in Lenten & Easter services.


Weekly Services

   St. Paul offers a single service, the Celebration of Holy Communion, at 9:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship before and after worship. Sunday School and Adult Education begin at 10:45 a.m.

   St. Paul offers Celebration of Holy Communion every Sunday. St. Paul's organist, Beverly Pettit, accompanies worship on the large 38-rank organ, a smaller 4-rank organ, and/or the grand piano. In addition, the St. Paul Chancel Choir, under the direction of Music Director Seth Hartwell, helps lead worship each week during the school year.


Come Meet St. Pauls Pastoral Nominee! 

Our Call Committee has recommended and Council has endorsed Rev. Kristi Koppel for approval to receive a call as Pastor at St. Paul.
You have a chance to meet Pr. Koppel this coming Saturday, February 24th, at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
The Congregation will meet on Sunday, February 25th, at 11:00 a.m. to consider and vote to issue a formal Letter of Call.
Please see the following summary of the call process and the deciding factors utilized by the Call Committee.

Call Committee Report to the Congregation of St. Paul, ABQ, NM

The Call Committee Process:

●  Convened September 9 and met 14 Times
●  In constant communication with Pr. Sarah Moening from the synod
●  Used the Ministry Site Profile as a guide for our discernment and set criteria based on that document. Received 5 candidates as potential first vetted through the synod process and Pr. Moening. Matched the site profile requirements expressed with the profiles supplied by the Pastors.
●  Conducted interviews with all 5 candidates.
●  Identified 3 that we requested and reviewed sermons from.
● Chose to invite 2 candidates for a second interview.
● Throughout the process, the call committee had discussions to reflect on what we’d learned and what our impressions were
What characteristics resonated with us; what do we think in terms of skills and abilities and congregation needs; keeping in mind the needs expressed by the site profile, how does each candidate fit with our past, current reality and desires to hear what God has in store.
●  Invited 1 candidate for an in-person interview.
●  Following the interview, trusting in God’s presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Call Committee unanimously recommended the candidate to the Council. And with the Council’s unanimous approval, we joyfully and prayerfully recommend that Pastor Kristi Koppel be called to serve as the next pastor of St. Paul.

Pr. Kristi Koppel:

●  Originally from the Tucson area
●  Master of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA, 2005
●  Current Call: Our Savior Lutheran Church Alamogordo
●  12 years’ experience, first call in a large congregation in Austin, MN
●  Second career, administration skills

What contributed to the Call Committee’s decision?

●  Important skills, attributes and beliefs expressed in her profile that matched with what the congregation told us in the Ministry Site profile
●  Presence and energy
●  Wants shared leadership
●  Maturity
●  Experience as a Pastor and administrator
●  Inspiring: “God is trustworthy”
●  Social justice interests
●  Has walked with current congregation through difficult choices for themselves
●  Appreciates traditional liturgy, but interested in new ideas
●  Joyful, has sense of humor
●  Engages in the wider church
●  Church is not a building it is the body of Christ, (liked our building)
●  Conflict management is a gift.
●  We could see her in this place and as our Pastor—across ages and in this time and into our future.

Thank you,
Paul Thompson,
St. Paul Congregation Council President


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Communion

All who believe are welcome to the Lord’s table at St. Paul. If you require gluten free bread or grape juice rather than wine, simply indicate this to the server during distribution. If health concerns give you reason to avoid the wine/grape juice or bread, remember that the Christian Church has always taught that Christ is fully present in either element alone; therefore you may receive the sacrament and its benefits in either the bread or the wine/grape juice. Those not communing are welcome to come forward for a blessing.

Seasonal Services

St. Paul offers additional services, on a seasonal basis, throughout the year. Advent is marked with mid-week services, as is Lent. Christmas Eve is celebrated in two services, one at 5 p.m. and the other at 9 p.m.

You may choose from two services (mid-day or evening) on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. St. Paul celebrates Easter Vigil with a Saturday evening service, and offers a 10:00 a.m. Easter Sunday services. Contact us closer to those dates for precise service times.


St. Paul Lutheran Church Behavioral Covenant

As people of St. Paul Lutheran Church we believe that all people are children of God, created in God’s image as sisters and brothers of Jesus.  We desire to live Christ-like lives in community with one another and value this community as a safe place.  We are called to engage with one another in life-giving, supportive ways.  We value civility, respect for all people, and the infinite diversity of life stories and ideas they embody.

In order to live that which we value, we agree, in all of our communications, to:

  •      See the child of God in each person;
  •      Work together for the common good;
  •      Openly and honestly share our views with each other, especially when we disagree;
  •      Take personal responsibility to ensure that each person has the opportunity to speak;
  •      Listen to one another without interruption or judgment;
  •      Honor the decision that may arise out of a difficult decision-making process;
  •      Talk directly with a person with whom we have a conflict;
  •      Assume they have the best of intentions;
  •      Respect confidentiality; and
  •      Actively practice forgiveness.

Adopted, as presented, by the St. Paul Lutheran Church Council on September 18, 2012.


ELCA Petition: “For Such a Time As This”
A Joint Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy 

   We are coming together as leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Episcopal Church to oppose deep cuts to programs that are vital to hungry people struggling with poverty. We make this call in anticipation of the May 21 Global Day of Prayer to End Famine. We highlight the importance of foreign assistance and humanitarian relief as members of the World Council of Churches.

   We also make a call to pray, fast and advocate not just on May 21, but throughout the 115th Congress. At the invitation of Bread for the World, we join with ecumenical partners and pledge to lead our congregations and ministries in fasting, prayer and advocacy, recognizing the need to engage our hearts, bodies and communities together to combat poverty. As the call to prayer articulates:

   We fast to fortify our advocacy in solidarity with families who are struggling with hunger. We fast to be in solidarity with neighbors who suffer famine, who have been displaced, and who are vulnerable to conflict and climate change. We fast with immigrants who are trying to make a better future for their families and now face the risk of deportation. We fast in solidarity with families on SNAP, who often run out of food by the last week of the month.

   Domestically, Americans throughout the country are struggling with poverty, and many government funded programs allow them to care for and feed their families. As we look overseas, we must acknowledge that foreign assistance and humanitarian relief can help address regions confronting famine and food insecurity, including South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Lake Chad Basin. We will challenge proposals to eliminate or defund proven anti-poverty programs, at home and abroad.

   The story of Esther provides encouragement for our fasting, prayer and advocacy. Esther, a Jew, was the wife of the Persian king. When plans were made to slaughter all the Jews in the empire, Esther’s cousin Mordechai pleaded with her to go to the king and use her voice to advocate for them, even though this might place her life in danger. He urged her not to remain silent, as she may have been sent “for such a time as this.” Esther asked people to fast and pray with her for three days to fortify her advocacy before the king, resulting in saving the lives of her people.

   God’s intention is the flourishing of all people, and we are called to participate in God’s loving purpose by standing with our neighbors who struggle with poverty and hunger. Following the Circle of Protection ecumenical fast in 2011 to fortify the faith community in opposing cuts to vital anti-poverty programs, we may have also have been prepared “for such a time as this.” We commit ourselves to and invite our members to one day of fasting every month to undergird our efforts to convince our members of Congress to protect poverty-focused programs.

The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America