Sunday Worship Services
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Choir
1:00 p.m. South Sudanese Anglican Holy Eucharist
5:30 Spanish Language Holy Eucharist
Additional Weekly Services
Tuesday - 12:05 p.m. Holy Eucharist
Wednesday - 6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist
Saturday - 5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist
What to Expect
When you walk into St. Paul’s for the first time, we want you to feel welcome and experience worship that allows you to explore and expand your relationship with God. Please make yourself at home and don’t hesitate to ask a member of the clergy or a parishioner if you have questions about our church. You may sit anywhere you like in the church. We hope you spend some time enjoying the beautiful historic building and our lovely stained glass windows before and after the service.
Our liturgies follow the Book of Common Prayer. The first version of this book was written in England in 1549; the one we use today is quite different, and was last updated in 1979. In a typical Sunday Holy Eucharist, the service is divided into two parts. It begins with the traditional acclamation of the blessing of God from the doors into the church. The celebrant (the priest in charge of the liturgy) says “Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” The congregation responds by saying “And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and forever. Amen.” This opening acclamation changes during special times of the church year, like at Easter. After the acclamation, the choir, servers, and clergy process down the center aisle to the chancel, or the front part of the church, as the congregation sings a hymn. The liturgy then follows with readings from the Old Testament, a Psalm, an Epistle (letter) from the New Testament, and with a reading from one of the Gospels (the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). A sermon is given by the priest, and then we recite the Nicene Creed and offer prayers. After the prayers, we confess our sins, and the priest pronounces God’s forgiveness and absolution; then we “pass the Peace” and greet our fellow worshipers with the Peace of God.
Between the first and second portions of the liturgy, announcements are made. The second part of the liturgy is the communion, and begins with the offering. Then the liturgy for the Eucharist is read, bread and wine are blessed and broken, and the congregation comes to the altar to take communion. If you are unable to come to the altar, tell an usher and they will have communion brought to you in the pews. We welcome all persons to the rail, including Roman Catholic guests, visitors, and members. The priest will place the bread in your hands. You can receive the wine in two ways: by dipping your bread into a small “intinction cup,” or by drinking from the chalice. If you do not wish to take communion, you are most welcome to come to the altar rail, cross your arms in front of your chest, and receive a blessing from the priest. The service ends with prayer, a blessing, and a congregational hymn.
Fear & Trembling: The Organ of St. Paul’s
There is always a danger in liturgy. What begins in a spontaneous outburst can quickly cool into igneous rock. The challenge for the liturgical worshiper is to constantly seek to break through the crust and reach the magma below. I think the job of the organist is to lead worshipers along the path that traces the past while seeking to find the inner meaningful core or worship. At St. Paul's KCMO, we do this by offering a wide selection of traditional organ music along with spontaneous improvisations. Hymns are often re-harmonized to emphasize the meaning of the text. The goal is to allow the traditional to flourish without ever growing tired or dull. ~ Kurt Knecht, St. Paul’s Organist, Liturgist and Composer
In addition to our regular weekday and weekend liturgies, St. Paul’s offers a range of other worship opportunities for our parish and neighborhood. Sign up for updates in our weekly ePistle.
Baptisms, Wedding, & Funerals
For baptisms, weddings, and funerals, please contact the church office (contact info) . At St. Paul’s, we welcome people into the church through the sacrament of baptism on five special Sundays: the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord (January), Easter Sunday (March/April), Pentecost Sunday (May/June), the Feast of St. Mary Virgin (August), and All Saints (November).