Worship at St. Paul's Lutheran Church

We feel that worship is one of the most important things we do at St. Paul’s. And because of that, we are committed to relevant, excellent, authentic and God-honoring worship. All of our services hold in common the clear teaching of the Bible, prayer, communion and praise through music. Our services differ in the type of music they offer. St. Paul’s provides worship services with traditional, organ-led music, and also services with contemporary, band and praise team led music. We seek to honor our great God in all of our services with music that stirs the heart of every worshipper to a closer walk with our risen Savior Jesus Christ.


6:00pm - Contemporary Worship


8:00am - Traditional Worship
10:30am - Contemporary Worship

In addition we have many holiday services during Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. There is also an education time on Sundays at 9:20am between services. If you have any questions regarding worship at St. Paul's, please contact our office at 217-423-6955.

Current Series
At St. Paul's we plan worship services thematically, and the God honoring music and the Jesus focused message all point to the theme of that worship service. Our current series is entitled "Forever Family". As we head toward the celebration of our 150th Anniversary in 2014, we are not only thinking about our own history and church family, but also what it means to be a part of God's family and all of the things we face as a part of that family. In March and April, we explore our PURPOSE DRIVEN FAMILY Series. What is our PURPOSE? How do we avoid the PITFALLS that interfere and distract us from our relationship with God and from sharing our faith? We also learn how to PERSEVERE, take a STAND, and continue to DO all that we are called to do to fulfill the purpose for which we were created. Join us in worship to learn more about the calling on your life, and how to be more purpose driven in each day. Build the Home, Change the World.

You can connect with our weekly readings via YouVersion. Once in the application, click on the "Live" button and search "62526" to locate the weekly SPLDecatur event.

Weekly Message Online

We record all of our sermons and make them available online. Simply click to access SPL Sermon Studio and select the sermon of your choice.

Seasonal Services & EVENTS

Celebrating 150 Years of God's Goodness and Grace (1864-2014): Beginning with worship January 4th and 5th, we kick off our celebration of 150 years of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Watch for special features throughout the year, especially leading up to our celebration weekend (June 6-8, 2014).

Mid-Week Lenten Services: PLEASE NOTE NEW SERVICE TIMES. Our mid-week Lenten services begin with the Ash Wednesday service at 12:15pm or 6:30pm on Wednesday, March 5th. Dinner is also served in the Fellowship Area prior to the service at 5:30pm. Mid-week services continue at 12:15pm (Traditional) and 6:30pm (Contemporary) each week through April 9th. Holy Week events follow in the next week.

Holy Week: Holy Week includes Palm Sunday worship April 13th, Maundy Thursday worship at 7:00pm on April 17th, and Good Friday worship on April 18th (at 1:00pm and 7:00pm). Easter Sunday services are on Sunday, April 20th. Additional service times will be posted in the Lenten season.

150th Anniversary Celebration Weekend: This June, we celebrate 150 years of ministry as St. Paul's Lutheran Church (1864-2014). We are planning a celebration weekend that is scheduled for June 6-8, 2014. This weekend will include a special dinner event on Friday, June 6th, a family festival and concert with Matthew West on Saturday, June 7th, and outdoor all-church worship on Sunday, June 8th. Stay tuned for more details and information in the weeks to come!


Do you have a request that you would like the St. Paul's Staff or Lay Ministers to pray for? You may contact the church office (217-423-6955) or simply email us at info@spldecatur.org with your prayer request (include "Prayer Request" in the subject line).

"View from the Pew"

We would love for you to share your thoughts and feedback with us! When you participate in worship each week or complete the weekly readings, reflect on a few questions:

1. What impacted you the most about the reading for the week?
2. What questions has the reading or the message raised for you?
3. What "take-away" from this week's message will carry with you through the next week?

Share your thoughts and questions by sending us an email to us at info@spldecatur.org or by connecting with us on Facebook (and find our View from the Pew site under "Events") or Twitter at @SPLDecatur using #ViewFromThePew.