Holiday Services

Advent and Christmas

Advent and Christmas are special times at St. Pauls. During Advent our choirs perform music for the season.

Service of Readings and Carols

Our annual service of readings and carols, putting short contemporary stories in dialogue with the story of Christmas.

Winter Solstice Service

On the longest night of the year we welcome the return of light to our world and the coming of the light of Christ. This unique service includes Taize chants and an opportunity to walk the labyrinth by candelight.

Christmas Eve worship

Family Service at 5:00PM The Christmas story is told especially for children in word and song.

Service of Candlelight and Carols at 9:00 PM The sanctuary glows as acolytes light the candles to the Widor Toccata and the Christmas story is told through readings, carols and the music of our Chancel choir.

Lent and Holy Week

We mark the season of Lent through special Wednesday night contemplative worship.

Ash Wednesday

Lay down your burdens and lighten your load as we begin the journey through Lent. Join us for a time of reflection and renewal as we worship together with the choir and imposition of ashes at 7:30PM.

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent for the Christian Church. Lent is a 40-day period before Easter patterned after the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert in fasting and prayer. The 40 days do not include Sundays, which are considered "days of resurrection" in the midst of a time of confession and prayer.

Palm Sunday

Our children and youth participate in a palm processional into worship as they bring their Elijah Jars in which they have been collecting funds throughout Lent for the ministry of Sarah’s Sisters.

Good Friday

Service of Communion and Tenebrae with choir

Tenebrae means shadows. It recalls Jesus’ walk through the valley of the shadow of death. As the Passion Story is read, candles are extinguished until the church is in total darkness. The Christ candle is returned to the altar as a promise of the resurrection. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never overcome it.

Easter Sunday

Worship at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM with choir, brass, and communion.

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An annual service celebrating  gospel jazz spirituals with a "hymn-sing" feel about it. History Begun by Sam Hill, Organist and Music Director from 1970 until his death in 1991. Continued by Kurt R. Hansen, present Director of Music. Kurt and Sam...

On the longest night of the year we welcome the return of light to our world and the coming of the light of Christ. This unique service includes Taize chants and an opportunity to walk the labyrinth by candlelight.

From our German tradition Literally means "Festival of Celebration of the Dead" (Departed) The last Sunday before Advent We remember in liturgy and song the members of the church that have passed away in the previous year.  The liturgical color for...

What do you do with the kids when the holidays are over? And it’s winter in Chicago? You make sure you don’t miss a week at St. Pauls in January when rehearsals are underway for Bible Story Theatre!

All church school kids - from age 4...