St. Paul's Lutheran Church

"Taste and See that the Lord is Good!"
- Psalm 34:8

Photo of Rev. Daniel Carlson

Email: pastor@stpaulsmilaca.org

Phone: (320) 362-8776

Thank you for visiting the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church website! We are “Connecting people to Jesus without all the gimmicks.” At St. Paul’s that’s what it’s all about.

See, it’s easy to get caught up in the frills and fluff of all the stuff we “do” and in so doing forget about why we’re here. And these days, churches seem to be getting more and more gimmicky. They try and “sell” themselves by all their programs and events, through their exciting and extravagant forms of worship, through words like “dynamic” and “authentic”, all to attract your attention and keep you engaged with the show, sort of like watching a sitcom on TV.

But here at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, we trust in God and His Word to draw you to repentance and faith. We trust in the Sacraments to sustain you and give you strength and hope. We trust in the things that have always made Christianity what it is: Jesus and His free gift of forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life.

No, we’re not here to scratch your back or tickle your ears; we are here to give you Jesus — to “connect you to Jesus,” no more and no less.

So, if you’re tired of the gimmicks and the sales pitches, then come and hear Jesus, and taste and see that the Lord IS GOOD!

Where do you begin? Well, why not come by and attend worship? Visitors are always welcome and we will help you in any way we can. Be sure to speak to me when you have a chance. I’m often preoccupied with service preparation and such before the service, but if you can meet after the service I should be more available. Of course, you can always stop by the church during office hours, or call/email/Facebook me and make an appointment.

We may ask you to refrain from receiving the Lord’s Supper when you visit.  This is no judgment on you.  St. Paul’s practices the historic and biblical practice of Closed Communion, and before a new visitor can receive the Sacrament, they must be brought into our congregation through a new member class.  Please respect and abide by our practice.  Closed Communion is as old as the Christian church and is meant to protect and uphold Christ’s Word and the call for unity and peace.

Beliefs

Evangelical Lutherans believe that we are saved by God's grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.  To learn more, check out our Beliefs.

Worship

St. Paul's follows the historic liturgies of the church and believe that in the Divine Service, God comes to us to forgive, strengthen, and renew.  Read more.

Sacraments

We believe there are two sacraments, Holy Baptism and the Lord's Supper, and that the Absolution can also be considered a sacrament.

Private Confession

St. Paul's offers Private Confession and Absolution to anyone with a troubled conscience over sins.  Please contact us if you need this service.

Governance

We are currently in the process of updating our governing documents and policies.  Please check back!

Services

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