St Paul – A Small Congregation with a Mighty Mission – Inviting all who seek Christ to come and be fed!




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St. Paul Lutheran Church

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Service begins at 9:00AM


Someone who isn’t part of Jesus’ own circle is casting out demons in Jesus’ name, and the disciples want him stopped. They appeal to Jesus, as Joshua did to Moses about the elders who prophesied without official authorization. Like Moses, Jesus refuses to see this as a threat. Jesus welcomes good being done in his name, even when it is not under his control. The circle we form around Jesus’ word must be able to value good being done in ways we wouldn’t do it, by people we can’t keep tabs on.


Sunday, September 26, 2021


18th Sunday after Pentecost


Gathering Making room for God


8:45a.m. – The Sanctuary welcomes all into quiet contemplation.  For the sake of those around you, please respect this centering time.


Welcome – Visioning


* Announcements

Welcome: Sr. Carol Weaver


Please bring your offerings to the basket at the front of the church. Thank you for your gifts.


P          We pause to ask God what he would have us do and listen for his response.


All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.

P          Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, whose teaching is life, whose presence is sure, and whose love is endless.

C         Amen.

P          Let us confess our sins to the one who welcomes us with an open heart.

Silence is kept for reflection.

P          God our comforter:

            like lost sheep, we have gone astray.

We gaze upon abundance and see scarcity.

We turn our faces away from injustice and oppression.

We exploit the earth with our apathy and greed.

Free us from our sin, gracious God.

Listen when we call out to you for help.

Lead us by your love to love our neighbors as ourselves.

C         Amen.

P          All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

By the gift of grace in ☩ Christ Jesus, God makes you righteous.

Receive with glad hearts the forgiveness of all your sins.

C         Amen.


*GATHERING SONG:                               God is Here                            Pg.526            



P          The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C         And also with you.  


*CANTICLE OF PRAISE                                                                          Pg. 148



P          Generous God, your Son gave his life that we might come to peace with you. Give us a share of your Spirit, and in all we do empower us to bear the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C         Amen.


God speaks to us in Scripture readings, preaching and song

* First Reading: The 1st reading is from the book of Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29

What constitutes legitimate need and legitimate leadership is the focus of this reading. God provides manna in the wilderness, yet the people crave meat. What is truly needful? God bestows the spirit on seventy elders, yet two men not designated as leaders prophesy in the power of God’s spirit. What constitutes real leadership?


4The rabble among them had a strong craving; and the Israelites also wept again, and said, “If only we had meat to eat! 5We remember the fish we used to eat in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; 6but now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.”
  10Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, all at the entrances of their tents. Then the Lord became very angry, and Moses was displeased. 11So Moses said to the Lord, “Why have you treated your servant so badly? Why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people on me? 12Did I conceive all this people? Did I give birth to them, that you should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a sucking child, to the land that you promised on oath to their ancestors’? 13Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they come weeping to me and say, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ 14I am not able to carry all this people alone, for they are too heavy for me. 15If this is the way you are going to treat me, put me to death at once—if I have found favor in your sight—and do not let me see my misery.”
  16So the Lord said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tent of meeting, and have them take their place there with you.”
  24So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord; and he gathered seventy elders of the people, and placed them all around the tent. 25Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders; and when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do so again.
  26Two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the spirit rested on them; they were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. 27And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” 28And Joshua son of Nun, the assistant of Moses, one of his chosen men, said, “My lord Moses, stop them!” 29But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord‘s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit on them!

A         Word of God, word of life.                C   Thanks be to God.



* PSALM: Psalm 19:7-14

7The teaching of the Lord is perfect and re- | vives the soul;
  the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to | the simple.
8The statutes of the Lord are just and re- | joice the heart;
  the commandment of the Lord is clear and gives light | to the eyes.
9The fear of the Lord is clean and en- | dures forever;
  the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous | altogether.
10More to be desired are they than gold, more than | much fine gold,
  sweeter far than honey, than honey | in the comb. R
11By them also is your ser- | vant enlightened,
  and in keeping them there is | great reward.
12Who can detect one’s | own offenses?
  Cleanse me from my | secret faults.
13Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not get dominion | over me;
  then shall I be whole and sound, and innocent of a | great offense.
14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable | in your sight, O Lord, my strength and | my redeemer. R

*Second Reading: The 2nd reading is from the book of James 5:13-20

Marks of the Christian community include praying for those who are sick and in need, celebrating with those in good health, restoring those who have strayed, confessing sins to one another, and offering forgiveness to each other.


13Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. 14Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. 16Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. 17Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.
  19My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, 20you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

A         Word of God, word of life.              C   Thanks be to God.





P          The holy Gospel according to Mark 9:30-37

C         Glory be to you, O Lord

Jesus’ teaching and action in this text are directed to the church whenever it is seduced by the world’s definition of greatness: prestige, power, influence, and money. The antidote to such a concern for greatness is servanthood.


30[Jesus and the disciples went on] and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it;31for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” 32But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.
  33Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” 34But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. 35He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” 36Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”


 P         The gospel of the Lord.                                  C         Praise to you, O Christ.



* HYMN OF THE DAY:                 Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun             Pg.557

* APOSTLES creed

P          Let us profess our faith reciting the Apostles’ Creed found on page 105 of your hymnal.




Made children and heirs of God’s promise, we pray for the church, the world, and all in need.

A brief silence.

A         We pray for the church and its ministry. Bless the newly baptized and encourage them in their journey of faith. Sustain all members of the body of Christ in lives of prayer, service, and worship. Lord, in your mercy,

C         hear our prayer.


A         We pray for natural wonders of your. Restore damaged forests, waterways and natural habitats and lead us to be good stewards of what you have provided. Lord, in your mercy,

C         hear our prayer.

A         We pray for those in authority. Give them wise minds and compassionate hearts. Strengthen in them a desire to protect the vulnerable and care for those underserved. Lord, in your mercy,

C         hear our prayer.


A         We pray for those who are struggling with cancer, dementia, or any other disease. Provide them with peace and resilience for the days ahead. Sustain caregivers with energy and patience. Lord, in your mercy,

C         hear our prayer.


A         We pray for the worship leaders of this congregation: musicians, readers, acolytes, and ushers. Bless us through their ministry and grant them the passion to continue in their service. Lord, in your mercy,

C         hear our prayer.


A         We give thanks for all your saints, those we have loved and known and those from every time and place. Continue to guide us by their example and reassure us of your promised salvation. Lord, in your mercy,

C         hear our prayer.


P          Receive these prayers, O God, and those in our hearts known only to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C         Amen.




P          God of abundance, you cause streams to break forth in the desert and manna to rain from the heavens. Accept the gifts you have first given us. Unite them with the offering of our lives to nourish the world you love so dearly; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C         Amen.


P          All who hunger and thirst, come. The table is ready.



P          The Lord be with you.                                               

C         And also with you.

P          Lift up your hearts.                                        

C         We lift them to the Lord.

P          Let us give thanks to the Lord our God        

C         It is right to give God our thanks and praise



P          It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God. You reveal your glory as the glory of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: equal in majesty, undivided in splendor, one Lord, one God, ever to be adored in your eternal glory. And so, with all the choirs of angels, with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:






*EUCHARISTIC PRAYER                                                                       pg: 109

Pastor to offer Eucharistic Prayer-    

C         Amen.




*Lord’s Prayer                                         

P          Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit; let us pray as Jesus taught us:

A         Our Father, who art in heaven, …..


A         Lord of life, in the gift of your body and blood you turn the crumbs of our faith into a feast of salvation. Send us forth into the world with shouts of joy, bearing witness to the abundance of your love in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C         Amen.


P          People of God, you are Christ’s body, bringing new life to a suffering world.

The holy Trinity, ☩ one God, bless you now and forever.

C         Amen.


*SENDING SONG:                          Lord Dismiss Us With Your Blessings        Pg.545                                                


P          Go in peace. The living Word dwells in you.

C         Thanks be to God.


*PRAISE SONG:                


*We are updating our prayer list. Please let Melissa know if you would like someone added to the prayer list. (860) 384-3540 or






Sharon Gray

Ron Luther

Nancy Merrow

Charlie Gray

Terry Luther

Shirley Reimer

Alexis Sharp

Anita DiVita

Kim Culvey

Robin Miessau

Alice Colburn

Mary Lynn Gagnon

Kerry Ekstrom

Audrey Schipul

Nadine Witkin


Bold names are members, non-bold names are Non-members.

 Also, victims of disaster and those affected by and serving in wars, and all those we name aloud or in our hearts before you now.








September 26, 2021


What to Leave Behind

If you were stranded on a desert island, what five items would you want to have with you? Or if you only had a minute to grab one possession before leaving the rest behind, what would you take? These kinds of thought experiments invite us to clarify what’s most important to us while reminding us that, frankly, we have a lot of things we could probably do without.

In today’s gospel, Jesus challenges us to take a similar look at ourselves. What parts of ourselves do we need to leave behind as we follow Christ? Maybe it’s our perfectionism or our need for control. Maybe it’s our desire to escape through addictions or distractions. Maybe it’s our harsh judgments about ourselves or others or a broken image of ourselves. Whatever our stumbling block is, Jesus calls us to leave it behind.

Yet, the gruesomeness of Jesus’ images—leaving behind body parts—suggests he understands that this isn’t easy work. Often our most harmful patterns and behaviors are the hardest to leave behind, because in some way we brought them into our lives to protect us from what scared us the most about ourselves and the world around us. Jesus stands with us to give us courage to look at ourselves fully as we are. He looks at us not with judgment but with love and grace. He invites us to find in him a new source of comfort and security, to let go of our old selves and cling to him and to his cross.

When we take up this cross, Jesus will provide everything else that we need for the journey as his followers—strength and courage, endurance and patience, hope and love. Today in this Christian assembly, we walk through this journey together, encouraging one another with words of peace and feeding one another with Christ’s own body and blood given for us.




*LOST need to find-                    


We are looking for three 6ft white tables.  One was used for coffee hour and the other two were down in the storage area.  They disappeared during Covid! If borrowed please return. We need to use two for the concerts on the green. 

Thank you   I appreciate it!


* Our New England Synod representative Rev. Steven Wilco Associate to the Bishop can be reached at 413-658-4222.


*Plymouth Food Pantry-

We are always looking for donations to help out our local community. We ask that you bring your gifts to church Sunday and leave them in the donation bin.

Most wanted items… Cereal (Children Flavors), Canned Ravioli/Spaghettios, Pasta Sauce, Soup(Chunky/Chicken Noodle), Baking Supplies, Boxed Potatoes, Canned Corn or Peas, Baked Beans, Coffee, Condiments (Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo, Salad Dressing), Personal Care (Deodorant, Large Adult Diapers), Laundry Detergent.



– Each weekend in the month of November we have been invited to share in fellowship at Camp Calumet. We enjoy each other company as well as other lady’s from around New England. Saturday we take some time to relax, take a hike enjoy there or shop at the many Christmas houses.

We have decided to attend the weekend of November 19th – 21st. We currently have a group of 4 and in out host room in the conference center we have 2 addition beds if anyone is interested in attending. The cost is $200.00 for the weekend. In includes your lodging, fellowship activities, a snack Friday at gathering, 3 meals on Saturday & breakfast and lunch Sunday.

Please contact  Melissa with any questions. 860-384-3540.



1:00 to 5:00  Ply. Cong.


TAG SALE / Tag Sale Rain Date  10/16

10:00 to 4:00  Ply. Cong.





6:30     Ply Cong


A TRIP DOWN MAIN ST               

6:30     Ply Cong



6:00    Terry Cong




6:30     Ply Cong


Ply. Anniversary event in Oct.  Sue has the details.



The 1st day of

Sunday school


OCTOBER 03, 2021


Please join us for Sunday morning service 9:00 am

During service we will have Sunday school in the social hall.


Fun activities with a message from God.


 Bring a friend Sunday

October 10th 2021

Bring a friend to Sunday school.







OCT, NOV & DEC 2021


If you cannot serve as scheduled, please arrange a replacement and notify Melissa

(860) 384-3540 or so that the correct names will appear

In the bulletin.    

Thank you to all who have volunteered!!!!!!



Lay Reader

Communion Assistant


Nadine Knight



Jolene Dutkiewicz



Marsha Johnson



Carolyn Pollack



Carolyn Cote



Susan Martel



Mike Loranger



Melissa Adames



Carolyn Pollack



Nadine Knight



Sharon Gray



Marsha Johnson



Jolene Dutkiewicz






Susan Martel



P/P means prepackaged for shorter service in the summer



white lily flower

Photo by Trina Snow on




Please note: We stand with many in the faith community – including His Holiness  Pope Francis, The Dali Lama, Presiding ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton – who are calling us to remember that we who call ourselves Christian are not to condemn another because of their faith or ethnicity. As a nation of immigrants, we proudly endorse the heritage of this land, proclaiming with Emma Lazurus the words emblazoned on the Statue of Liberty:

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”


Notice: Pledges (time, financial gifts and your personal talents) allow the church some idea of what we may plan for the future. Pledges may be mailed in to 134 Main Street Terryville CT 06786 Attn: Finance, dropped in the offering plate or communicated to the staff. Remember God only asks for 10% off the top – won’t you consider tithing this year?



Contact us, click on our Email Link

St Paul Luther Church Christmas Season December  2019


Saint Lucinda Sunday 2nd week in Advent



Christmas Eve 2019

christmas eve church.jpg

Aug. 16, 2015 – St Paul served 110 people at Cathedral of the night, click on this link for pictures…

Cathedral Of the Night

St Paul children’s dowel team in action, click here


Confirmation Food Drive


Annual Meeting


“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
Corrie ten Boom

Our Advent altar

Members color in our Advent banner


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