Spirituality

Spirituality

The Power Of Growth

The Power of Growth Written by Cody Nygard, Director of Discipleship and Connection There are two common mindsets most people operate within: the static, or maintain mindset; and the dynamic, or growth mindset. It is not hard to see how these two ways of thinking influence the trajectory of an individual or a community. The maintain mindset emphasizes “being good,” keeping an even keel, not rocking the boat or making waves, but holding to past glories and present standards. There…

Star Word: Pardon

Pardon For the past two years, I’ve been given a star word for Epiphany, courtesy of my friend Marci, a Presbyterian minister who practices the tradition with her congregation in Boise, Idaho. My star word for 2016 was pardon – not a word, I confess, that intuitively had resonance with me. I started off thinking about what I’ve done wrong – some of the (many, daily) things for which I might want and need to seek pardon. I thought of some biblical…

Let Your Life Speak

Let Your Life Speak by Karla Temple, Assistant Director of Music Darren’s recent messages about letting our lives speak, and about finding our purpose and calling, have me thinking a lot about what the call of God looks like in our lives. We are all equipped with God-given gifts that will be used for His purposes as we follow Jesus. How will we find a place for these gifts?  How will we know where they fit in our daily lives,…

Newness

by Anna McMahon, Student When 2017 began and I received my star word, ‘newness’, I wondered what it could mean. How would God reveal this word to me and use it in my life? New school? New friends? I was relatively new to committing my life to Jesus, maybe that’s it, I thought. When talk about a youth mission trip, the Fusion tour, began, I was interested but dissuaded myself from signing up because my fears got in the way.…

Star Words: A Year to Ponder the Gift of God’s Word

by Cullen Hornaday Director of Spiritual Formation Last year we began the practice of offering everyone a Star Word on the first Sunday of January and again this year on Epiphany Sunday, January 7, everyone at St Paul will receive a new star word. (If you miss that Sunday you can pick up your star word at the Information Center. Also, feel free to pick up and share star words with family and friends who don’t attend St Paul.) The…

Inheritance

by Cullen Hornaday Director of Spiritual Formation Last January I received the word ‘inheritance’ as my star word for 2017. Having printed, laminated and cut out the star words for this congregation — wide offering I confess I had hoped for a different word. ‘Peace,’ ‘patience,’ ’kindness,’ ‘love,’ ‘joy,’ ‘encouragement’ would all have been nice. Or perhaps something more exciting like ‘adventure,’ ‘creativity,’ or ‘vision.’ Inheritance initially brought images of wills and tax lawyers to mind. Dull. But I knew…

38th Louisville Boar’s Head & Yule Log Festival

38th Louisville Boar’s Head & Yule Log Festival St. Paul United Methodist Church offers five performances of the long-running Louisville Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival on December 29, 30 and 31, 2017. This annual holiday event is among a handful of Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festivals performed in the United States today. 2017 marks the 38th season of the Louisville Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival. On December 29 and 30, performances will start at 5:00pm and 8:00pm, and on December…

This Is Where You Belong

This Is Where You Belong written by Nicole Farmer, Administrative Coordinator Have you ever wondered if you really belong? Maybe it was in a certain social setting, at work, in school, or perhaps even in your own family. Sometimes that sense of rejection seems like it just won’t let go. Whether or not you were actually an orphan growing up in a grueling foster care system, it’s possible to have an orphan mindset. It’s like carrying a heavy burden of…

Where Do We Go?

Where Do We Go? by Rev. David Garvin, Executive Pastor Take a moment. Catch your breath. Experience God’s peace. What an amazing Lent and Easter season at St. Paul Church. The first quarter of 2017 was full of amazing ministries and overwhelming generosity that transformed many lives. So, where do we go from here? What is in store for St. Paul during the remainder of 2017? Like always, over the coming months, we’ll plan and carry out long-standing ministries for…

Away Down Yonder

by Cody Nygard, Director of Discipleship and Connection Lent is an interesting time in the liturgical year. We intentionally give up something for the greater good of spiritual transformation. Whether we fast from cursing, coffee, cupcakes, or concupiscence, we have a spiritual travail on our hands, and by this point in the season, we’re all a little fatigued. Of course, we do not undertake this task of abstinence under our own strength, and those who attempt Lent under such illusions…