Worship with us at St Paul Lutheran Church

Our regular worship services are at 9:00 am on Sundays.  Our Sunday worship may vary in style from month to month, depending on the church season. We offer a range of Lutheran liturgies, with a blend of classic hymns and praise band worship services. We celebrate Holy Communion on the first and fourth Sundays of the month, and on special festivals or holidays. 

We offer Mid-Week Worship Services on Wednesdays at 6:30-7:00, with Holy Communion on the first Wednesday of the month. This worship service is simpler, with a couple songs, scripture, and message and prayer. This is a great option if you are away on the weekends or prefer a smaller, simpler setting. Our youth groups are encouraged to be a part of this service before or after their activities on Wednesdays. Join us and bring a friend!

During the regular school year, we have Sunday school from 10:15-11:15 am, for Preschool through 5th grade, and small group time for Junior High (6-8 graders) and Senior High (9-12 graders) School Youth. Please contact us to register or if you have any questions.

At St Paul Lutheran, you can expect friendly and authentic people, like you, engaging music, compelling preaching from the Bible, and an opportunity to encounter God. We pray that you will be encouraged in your walk with God, come to know God in new and exciting ways, and even be challenged to grow and live out your faith knowing God loves you. 

You can listen to our worship on  kiwa radio or by tuning to 100.7FM or 1550AM.
Recordings of our worship services are available by selecting "service recordings" from the submenu above.
We also livestream  facebook and youtube and have services archived there, too.

We are located in the middle of the beautiful town of Sheldon.
Our physical address is 1405 Pleasant Court; Sheldon, Iowa 51201.

We hope that you can join us as we celebrate Christ and His power at work in the world and in our lives!

Worship the King

When we gather, we are the holy temple of God. We, the people of God, the Christian congregation are God’s dwelling place. When we gather together as God’s holy temple, together, we are recalling the promises of God and responding in worship, adoration and praise for God’s unending faithfulness and presence. As we gather in God’s presence, we are being formed, shaped, and transformed into his likeness.

It is as Paul so pastorally reminds us,  “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Cor. 3:18)

When we are formed into his likeness, we step into our neighborhoods with a unique love, grace and joy like Jesus who lays down his life for his friends, neighbors and strangers.

Teaching from Scripture

Reading & preaching of the Word is essential to Lutheran Christian worship, more than any other element.  We approach the scripture as something living and active, and trust that the Spirit is at work on us as we read, speak, or hear the Word.

One of the foundational Lutheran understandings is that of the “performative Word.”  Just as God spoke creation into being by way of His Word, God continues to form, transform and recreate by way of His Word. God’s Word does things. 

We learn from John chapter 1 that Jesus is God’s Word. And so another key element to Lutheran understanding is that in a mysterious way God’s proclaimed and written word communicates Jesus (almost like a taxi carrying Jesus to us.) So that in the proclamation of the Word, including when it is combined with a material substance (bread, wine and water), Jesus really comes to us. Herein lies the authority of the Bible for Lutherans. It is not authoritative because of it’s inerrancy or infallibility in a fundamentalistic sense. It is authoritative because of who it conveys – Christ.

Children in Worship

Parents are encouraged to bring their children to worship, as we believe the act of worshipping God together is a crucial model for lifelong faith.  We hope this is not practiced as a faithless duty or a performance, but a continuation of the faith practices Christian families share.  Talking, crying, laughing, noisy children are welcome here, because they remind us we are family and all being formed in faith.  

If you need to step out of worship with your child, a nursery is provided upstairs in the Sunday school wing.

All ages are welcome in the service, and education time follows. Each Sunday there is a children's moment during the service where kids are invited to come forward to hear a special message.