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St. Paul’s is now live-streaming the 9:30 &11 a.m. Sanctuary worship services.

Find live-streamed services on Facebook at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church-Rochester beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays.

You can also find live-streamed services on YouTube.

Services can also be viewed using the links below.

May 2024 Services

May 26, 2024:  This week is Trinity Sunday.  But what exactly is the “Trinity”?  How is it that we understand a mystery?  Nicodemus once asked a similar question of Jesus, “How can anyone be born after having grown old?”  Just what does it mean to be “born of the Spirit”? Rev. Elbert Dulworth preaches.

May 30, 2024: Jesus cared about Martha deeply, but the encounter in John 11 was quite unique. Lazarus had died and Martha questioned Jesus about why he could let that happen. Tune in to consider the meeting of Jesus and Martha before one of Christ’s greatest miracles. Rev. Rick Kress.

May 19, 2024:  The prophet Joel once declared, “In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.”  When the Spirit came down upon the disciples on that first Pentecost, everyone who was nearby heard what God was doing in our world.  As our confirmands prepare to affirm their faith this week, how is God’s Spirit still moving among us?  What visions do they see among us?  What dreams do we share together with them…for St. Paul’s…for the Church…for our world? Rev. Elbert Dulworth preaches.

May 23, 2024: On a day when everyone was hungry and no one had any food, Jesus fed 5,000+ people (John 6). What was it like to be in the crowd, encountering Jesus during this miracle? Tune in to consider what you might have felt if you were there. Rev. Rick Kress.

May 12, 2024:  A witness not only knows about something, they know it. We’ll consider the witnesses of the resurrection and ascension of Jesus and how our we might bear witness to life in Christ. Rev. Rick Kress preaches.

May 16, 2024: Those gifts are gifts of the soul, meant to build up others and the church. What are those gifts? How do you get a Spirit gift? How do you use it? Tune in to consider how your giftedness is an important part of your discipleship. Rev. Rick Kress.

May 5, 2024:  An old hymn reminds us, “There’s a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place and I know that it’s the Spirit of the Lord.” One day Peter found himself in the home of Cornelius, a Roman centurion, when the Spirit of God fell upon them all. He wasn’t really expecting to see God’s presence in this Gentile home, but God was there before Peter even came along. It wasn’t long before Peter found himself preaching a baptizing the whole household. Sometimes we find God in the places and among the people we least expect. How might God’s Spirit be on the move among us even today? Rev. Elbert Dulworth preaches.

May 9, 2024: The presence of the Holy Spirit in your life will lead to certain fruit being grown within you. These fruit will show up in your daily life. What are those fruit? How do you get them? Tune in to consider the Spirit’s active role in your daily life. Rev. Rick Kress.

April 2024 Services

April 28, 2024: On this fifth Sunday of Easter our Gospel text lets us overhear some of the farewell speech Jesus offers the disciples before going to the cross. Jesus specifically defines their, and our, responsibility to carry on his teaching and example. Because we are the direct spiritual descendants of those disciples, Jesus insists that we stay connected to him and discard whatever gets in the way of that vital, faithful task. In this season of new life and growth, Jesus uses wonderful gardening metaphors to guide us to become fruitful followers. Are we ready for getting rooted, pruned and nourished to bear the fruit that honors God? Scripture offers several choices. We get to choose…or not. Rev. Judy May preaches.

May 2, 2024: The Holy Spirit has a specific role and specific work she does. We’ll consider several of the ways the Spirit works in the life of a Jesus-follower. Tune in to see how many you recognize. Rev. Rick Kress.

April 21, 2024: “What do sheep and humans have in common?”  The question sounds like a set-up for a preacher’s joke.  On the other hand, sheep are mentioned over 500 times in the Bible.  And shepherds are mentioned over 200 times.  Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”  While we are somewhat removed from the shepherding culture as the Western Knitting Mills first closed in the late 1920’s and currently houses the Rochester Mills Beer Company, how might these images of shepherding and sheep still speak to us today?  Are we sheep or shepherds?  What do sheep do?  What does a good shepherd do?  How do you love sheep?  Let’s explore the pastures together! Rev. Elbert Dulworth preaches.

April 25, 2024: We’re entering the season of Pentecost (May 19), so we’ll be considering the Holy Spirit the next few weeks. This week we ask, “What is the Holy Spirit?” Tune in to consider some of the ways we know and understand the Spirit and who, not what, the Spirit is. Rev. Rick Kress.

April 14, 2024:  Join us this Sunday as we continue to celebrate the resurrection in this season of Easter. The Rev. Dr. April Gutierrez will share a message entitled, “We Purify in Hope”. During both services, we’ll be expressing our gratitude and prayers for Pastor April and her family as she prepares to transition to a new appointment as the co-pastor at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Portage, Michigan. You’re also invited to join our Staff-Parish Relations Committee between services at 10:30 a.m. in Hickey Hall as we celebrate her ministry with us.  Rev. Dr. April Gutierrez preaches.

April 18, 2024: Consider the encounter between Jesus and a man born blind from John 9. It’s a fascinating story that illumines our thinking on the physical and the spiritual parts of our lives. Tune in to find inspiration from the man born blind who became able to see– physically and spiritually. Rev. Rick Kress.

April 7, 2024:  Did Jesus ever laugh? While John 11:35, the shortest verse in the scriptures, tells us that “Jesus wept,” we don’t have a similar occurrence of Jesus laughing. On the other hand, Ecclesiastes 3:1,4 proclaims, “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven…a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance.” The psalmists understood God to laugh, often at the expense of whose who would plot against God or God’s people. Psalm 2:4 says, “He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord has them in derision.” Certainly Jesus, who experienced the fullness of humanity and divinity, laughed more than once in his journey on this earth. Join us this Sunday as we continue to share the joy of the resurrection by celebrating God’s gift of laughter among us.  Rev. Elbert Dulworth preaches.

April 11, 2024: In our series on encounters Jesus had, we consider the story of the man who was lame. His encounter with Jesus changed his life. What can you learn from this story about how you can help others grow their faith? Tune in to find out! Rev. Rick Kress.

March 2024 Services

March 31, 2024: Three days had passed. The women went to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body, according to custom. No doubt the journey to the tomb was heavy. Perhaps they approached with heads lowered in defeat and grief. But then they looked up and it changed their lives. The barrier that they thought would be there was gone and what they discovered instead was life. Will we look up? Will we look up from our complacency, apathy, fear and depression about “the way things are” and be filled with the promise of new life and hope yet again? Rev. Elbert Dulworth preaches.

April 4, 2024: Tonight, we consider the encounter of Jesus and Nicodemus, and the difference between the practice of faith and the essence of faith. Tune in to consider how their conversation can shed light on your own journey of faith. Rev. Rick Kress.

March 24, 2024:  Make no mistake, the powers-that-be in Jerusalem sat up and took notice at the actions of Jesus and his motley crew of palm-waving followers on that morning. It was a show of the “power” of love and injustice for the “least of these,” in stark juxtaposition to the military might of the Roman rulers. It was a non-violent action featuring a man sitting on a donkey — an action that has offered hope throughout the ages. Will we sit up and take notice of the injustice of this world and work to eradicate it in ways that honor that first Palm Sunday parade? Rev. Elbert Dulworth preaches.

March 28, 2024: Are your prayers routine and uninspiring? What if you could have intimacy with God in prayer? Tune in to consider how you can get more out of your prayer life and your connection with God. Rev. Rick Kress.

March 17, 2024:  “When nothing else would help, love lifted me!” says the old Gospel song. To be lifted up is to be drawn into the love of God. Jesus drew all kinds of people to him during his short tenure on earth, drawing no boundaries for who was invited into that love. As his hour to die drew nearer, he spread the message that all things would be enveloped in his love even after he was gone. What uplifting message will we pass on to others? Rev. Elbert Dulworth preaches.

March 21, 2024: Is God an idea or a thing you once learned about, or is God a personal presence in your life? Tune in to consider the different ways you can connect with God, hear from God, and respond to God. (Recorded indoors this week due to time constraints!) Rev. Rick Kress.

March 10, 2024:  As we continue the series for Lent “What R U Up 2” we encounter Nic at night. It’s dark, but Nicodemus seeks to have a conversation with the Light of the World, Jesus. This is no Seasonal Affective Disorder Nicodemus wishes to discard. It’s Spiritual Affective Disorder. He lacks the light of Christ, but Jesus says his light, his love, is available to all. And Jesus says in another Gospel, “You are the light of the world; let your light shine!” Let it shine to any we encounter who are living in darkness. We are charged to LIGHT UP the world with the relentless love of God in Christ. Rev. Judy May preaches.

March 3, 2024:  The story of Jesus’ response to the temple being made into a marketplace was profound and may have been another step toward his ultimate demise on the cross. He refers to raising up a new temple in three days — something his disciples later remembered as a foretelling of his resurrection. How might we raise up as the Body of Christ and be a holy temple — a holy dwelling place of God — in the world? Rev. Elbert Dulworth preaches.

March 7, 2024: Too often, God becomes a part of the everyday shuffle. What would happen if you intentionally spent more time focused on God? God’s loving presence is a gift to experience. Tune in to consider how you can take advantage of feeling God’s love in a special way. Rev. Rick Kress.

February 2024 Services

February 25, 2024: Jesus was very clear that following him might not be a smooth ride. He was bound to choose the just way, not the easy way, through life. To take up the cross was to lose one’s life — to let go of certain expectations of safety and acceptance in order to stand for the Gospel message of love. How are we to take up the causes of Jesus — justice, righteousness, and mercy in our day? Rev. Elbert Dulworth preaches.

February 29, 2024: There are so many examples of people with bad attitudes and bad behavior, aren’t there? How can a follower of Jesus be just the opposite—a positive example that can inspire others? Tune in to consider how important your example is and how you can make it the best it can be. Rev. Rick Kress.

February 18, 2024: The first Sunday of this series brings us to the moment at which Jesus comes up out of the waters of baptism to hear, “You are my beloved.” We are called to come up out of the depths of whatever seeks to keep us under and know that we are beloved of God. Come up, for now is the time to be fully who you are created to be for the sake of the world. Rev. Elbert Dulworth preaches.

February 22, 2024: Think about this: there are no outstanding leaders without outstanding followers. What are the qualities of a great follower? Tune in to consider how you can up your game in this area.  Rev. Rick Kress.

February 11, 2024: Perhaps one of the most beautiful sights in the world is when you find yourself standing on the mountaintop looking out over the region all around.  The heights give us a fresh perspective of the lay of the land.  There is a comfort to being on top of it all.  Even some of the earliest disciples felt this way with Jesus once.  In fact, one wanted to simply stay up there.  Yet, Jesus led them back down into the valleys of the world where life and ministry happen.  How do the mountaintops move us into the valleys even today? Rev. Elbert Dulworth preaches.

February 15, 2024: Are you a leader? The type of leader Jesus was contradicts much of what is taught about leadership these days, because Jesus was a servant leader. Any follower of Jesus needs to work about following Jesus’s example and learn to be a servant leader, one who imitates Jesus and becomes Jesus’s living tool in the world.  Rev. Rick Kress.

February 4, 2024:  This is a great week to invite a friend to watch Chevalier with you in your home on Hulu or another streaming source. We’ll wrap up our St. Paul’s in the Movies series with a story of the life of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an 18th-century black, French master composer, violinist extraordinaire, and contemporary of Mozart. We’ll look at his greatest achievements as well as his struggles to be received in the time that he lived as well how similar struggles impact our world today. Afterwards, you won’t want to miss out on our Made in Michigan celebrations! Food, fun, and music make for an amazing week to be at St. Paul’s! Rev. Elbert Dulworth preaches.

February 8, 2024: What is something every follower of Christ is able to do? Be an encourager! Yes, by inviting God to work in your life in this way, you can carry Christ’s love to the people you’ll encounter in your daily life. Tune in to consider 4 ways you can be a more encouraging Christ follower.  Rev. Rick Kress.

January 2024 Services

January 28, 2024:  “There is no ‘I’ in ‘TEAM,’” we often hear spoken to one another. What is it, though, that makes for a team? When the odds seem stacked against the team, how do they rise to the top? Don’t forget to invite a friend to a local theater to watch The Boys in the Boat and then have them join you in worship as we talk about the story as well as a more ancient story of what happens when the people of God, with all of our diverse gifts, come together. How might God be bringing us together in our world today? Rev. Elbert Dulworth preaches.

February 1, 2024:  I sat down and wrote a letter to God because I needed to tell God some things that were on my mind. Consider my letter and how you could write your own letter to God as a spiritual exercise to draw you into God’s love.  Rev. Rick Kress.

January 21, 2024:  The movie “Migration” is a fun-filled adventure about ducks migrating to Jamaica. It makes us think of what it would be like to be a migrant and how to overcome some of the common problems we all face in life. Using the story of Ruth, we will consider how to meet obstacles as they appear and how the Holy Spirit can be our helper to navigate life’s challenges. Rev. Rick Kress preaches.

January 25, 2024:  You sometimes have questions for God, but what if God had questions for you? Tune in to consider 4 questions God might ask you while you’re praying. It may change your perspective! Rev. Rick Kress.

January 14, 2024:  Take some friends out to the movies to see “The Color Purple” this week and then invite them to join us for Sunday morning worship as we discover faith connections in film. Listening to a familiar story about Jesus, might we see a new faith, hope, and love spring into our own stories. Rev. Elbert Dulworth preaches.

January 18, 2024:  What is it about community that is so important? Why does community matter to a follower of Jesus Christ? Tune in to consider the ways God works through community, and why your participation is so important. Rev. Rick Kress.

January 7, 2024:  Join us as we begin a new year and dive once more into the waters to explore our baptism. In beloved community, we’ll hear God’s claim on one another anew. We’re also excited to celebrate the ministry of our United Women in Faith as we commission and pray for their leadership team.  Rev. Elbert Dulworth preaches.

January 11, 2024:  Do you have a direction for your life today? What is your path? Is it aligned with God’s intentions for your life? Consider how the intentional path is one that will lead you to wholeness and holiness. Rev. Rick Kress.

December 2023 Services

December 31, 2023:  After the Christmas exhaustion, it’s hard to think about anything new, even for a New Year. Yet God does call you to sing a new song with a faith that is ever renewing. How can you do this when you’re wiped out from the holiday rush? It is possible! When you learn to sing that new song, your life changes in positive ways.  Rev. Rick Kress preaches.

January 4, 2024:  In the bleak midwinter, where can you find inspiration? Tune in and consider a sure-fire, proven way to get more inspiration in your life and your walk with God. Rev. Rick Kress.

December 24, 2023:  Mary personifies grace and nourishment, conviction and faith, proclaiming through her magnificent song of joy at being the Christ-bearer. As take the final movement to Christmas day, may we follow her lead, becoming little houses of God, making room for one more at the Christmas feast, who bring a little more hope and beauty in God’s weary, glorious world.  Rev. Dr. April Gutierrez preaches.

December 28, 2023:  As 2024 is nearly here, are you ready to sing a new song to God? Everyone needs renewal and growth. Tune in to find out how the Holy Spirit can help you learn a new song for the New Year. Rev. Rick Kress.

December 17, 2023:  Every Nativity scene includes shepherds. Aside from Mary and Joseph, they were the first to hear the news of Jesus’ birth. Unlikely recipients of “good news” and frightened by the initial presence of the angels, they were also the first to respond to what God was doing in the world. The shepherds continue to set an example for followers of Jesus to this very day.  Rev. Elbert Dulworth preaches.

December 21, 2023:  The Christmas journey involves you and your journey. Where has it taken you this season? Consider the example of Anna in Luke 2:36-38, a woman who had waited for years but remained open to the Holy Spirit’s working in her life, and how Anna can give insight to your journey today. Rev. Rick Kress.

December 10, 2023:  We are celebrating the third week of Advent, when we light the pink candle for JOY! Billups writes, “Advent joy is in the air, and it even has a soundtrack. ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel,’ God with us, coming to us, and not merely us, but joy to the world!” (pg 61). Come and honor the joy of the season of anticipation of the coming of our Savior.   Rev. Dr. April Gutierrez preaches.

December 14, 2023:  Here in the Christmas season, consider the journey of the wise men– the Magi– who visited the newborn baby king Jesus in Bethlehem. Why did they follow the star? What were they hoping to find? They had a deep yearning for God and in Jesus, their longing was satisfied. Tune in to find out how. Rev. Rick Kress.

December 3, 2023:  Who are the characters on your Christmas card? Who will appear in the yearly children’s Christmas pageant? Of course, we see artists’ renditions of Mary, Joseph, the manger and baby, as well as shepherds, angels and animals. But what about that bitter old man who shows up in Matthew’s birth story? Come hear what is revealed about this unlikely, rarely portrayed, very important participant in “Jesus, the Early Days” story.  Rev. Judy May preaches.

December 7, 2023:  In the Advent story, the working-class shepherds were surprised by joy when the angels announced and sang about the birth of Jesus, the Messiah (Luke 2:8-20). Why would God want such ordinary people to know about such a significant event? Tune in to consider the joys of God’s surprises along the path of faith. Rev. Rick Kress.