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St. Paul's Annual Vintage Christmas Eve Service

DEC. 24, 7PM (Carol singing starting at 6:30)

Join us as our choirs, musicians, pastors, and over 30 children and teens share with us the true Christmas Story. This year's theme, "Believe the Magic," explores how, despite so many traditional Holiday stories being legends, the biblical historical Christmas Story is real, and so the magic of God becoming man to save us is real too.
at St. Paul Lutheran, 208 Wilbrod, Ottawa

.For more info on worship at St. Paul, click here..
Bring Christ's Love to an Inmate's Family!
This year, St. Paul is hosting an Angel Tree Christmas. Sign up with your brothers and sisters at St. Paul to be paired with a child or family of children who has an incarcerated parent. Help bring some joy into the child's home through Christmas gifts, letting your light shine. The whole process is four simple but impactful steps:

1. Get Matched to a Child. Simply email and tell us how many children you'd like to gift: stpaulwels@rogers.com.
2. Purchase & Wrap a Gift up to $30 in value.
3. Write a personal note of encouragement and invite the child and his/her family to Christmas Eve Worship.
4. Deliver the gift to the family and pray for opportunities to foster a relationship.
Any questions? Email us at stpaulwels@rogers.com
Join us as we start counting down the days to one of the most epic moments in history, when Jesus comes. For over a millennia, Christians have been celebrating what's called 'Advent,' a special time that looks both forward and backward in time: backwards to the first moment God entered into history as the child Jesus; forward to the time Jesus will come back again. Get ready with us for Christ's coming.

at St. Paul Lutheran
208 Wilbrod, Ottawa

.For more info on worship at St. Paul, click here..
Join us on Wednesday evenings this Christmas season as we take a break from the holiday madness and celebrate a very special gift: the birth of child. Just like you'd need to get ready if you were expecting a child, Mary and Joseph had to get ready for theirs. Join us as we see how they planned, and how God made his own plans, on how this child would be born.
Wednesdays, 7pm, Advent Worship
12.05 A Name
12.12 A Location
12.19 A Nursery
This Fall, St. Paul offers several opportunities to worship. Besides our Sunday morning worship services and studies (offered for 140 years and counting), we now have added a second service, Wednesday evening, at 7pm, with a bible study before it at 6pm. We also offer monthly Nuer Language services.
Pastors Goetzinger and Thompson currently alternate teaching Bible Class on Sunday mornings. Each offers a different course. Pastor Goetzinger is teaching "Exodus," an accounting of the Israelites coming out of Egypt and traveling to the land of Canaan in the 1400s BC. Pastor Thompson is teaching "Pain and Promise," an exploration of how the reality of pain, suffering, and evil affect our understanding of God's goodness.
Sunday Mornings this Fall, 9:00am
in St. Paul's Fellowship Hall
Skeptics, doubters, and deep thinkers are all welcome here at St. Paul. Maybe you've never been a Christian and it all seems too unbelievable. Let us share with you why we believe. Maybe you've been hurt by the church in the past. Let us show you how things can be different. Maybe you're burdened with trouble or guilt. Let us help you carry them. Whatever your background, we want to get to know you. However you feel about Christianity, we want to talk to you.

who we are

There are so many things that divide… age, race, sex, language, culture, politics, orientation... The list is unending. In a pluralistic world, we may try to transcend some of these barriers, but at the end of day, many of us are still on the outside, trying to find where we belong.  God sees it differently.  He calls all people to know him. He's not looking for only the mighty, the virtuous, or the resolute. In fact, the Bible is filled with stories of the exact opposite: the weak, the irreverent, the lost. That's because it's not about what we do or who we are that brings us closer to God, it is about who God is and what he has done. St Paul is first and foremost about sharing the good news of Jesus that we are forgiven, and that forgiveness is for everyone, no matter what.


Need a fresh start? That first day just didn’t go like you had hoped. Those resolutions are still unresolved. You’ve disappointed those closest to you. We like to think we are improving, in at least some parts of our life. But often, life seems more like a merry-go-round than an upward ascent. Thankfully, Christ’s undeserved love, his grace, is not a one-time only special.  It's a continual renewal. The Psalmist writes, “Your mercies are new every morning.” At St.  Paul, we gather to worship to be refreshed in God’s Word, to hear that we're forgiven over and over again, that we are loved and can start fresh. Do you need a fresh start? We invite you to come worship with us and find refreshment in the Word of God and his promises for you.


The Christian life is all about what Christ has done for you. Being on the receiving end of this grace, this undeserved love, is like getting a Christmas present worth a million times more than what we expected. And so the heartbeat of St. Paul is it’s dedication to learning about that undeserved love.  Our church body produces some of the most highly trained teachers of the bible, and so St. Paul strives for bible classes of that calibre. From in-depth bible history and theology, to apologetics and cultural applications of our faith, we grow in every facet of our faith through our study of God’s Word. St. Paul offers Sunday morning bible classes, advanced theology courses, several bible introduction courses weekly, and much more, all for free.
Sunday morning bible class 9:00am, Sundays, in the Fellowship Hall
Community Foundations Course click here for info and times
Advanced CAP Class off for the summer
illumine (university student) studies 5:30pm, Fridays, click for info
Women's Bible Study off for the summer
Resource Library forthcoming


God is not found in a building. He comes to us through the Word of God. And through his Holy Spirit, he promises to reside in the hearts of every Christian believer. That's why it's so important that we gather together. God is building us into his Church, a family of believers. And just like a family, we want to connect with each other, grow together, care for each other and spiritually encourage one another. At St. Paul, we offer many ways to connect. We encourage you to join in and get involved.

take action

There is no greater cause in this life than showing Christ’s love to those God has called you to. There are so many hurting in this world, many who say, “where is God?” As Christians, we have Christ’s assurance that God’s Holy Spirit now lives in our hearts. God has entrusted us with a noble cause: to show his love, his light, to this world by serving and caring for our neighbors, our community, and our world.  Where is God? Let me show you. “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:18) Here's a short list of some of the ways you can take action with us. (Click the headings for more info on each category.)

Our Community

Our World

Our Church

Quilters of Compassion Christian Aid and Relief Be a Friend
University unSale Global Gospel Partners (LWMS) Be a Warm Meal
Ottawa Impact Drives   Shut-in and Hospital Visits
illumine Service Projects   Prayer Requests
Free Spiritual Counseling    


for families

We have tons of families with kids of all ages, and so we're equipped and excited for you to bring your whole family to worship. From our nursery, to confirmation classes, from Sunday school to teen programs, our family wants to help yours grow in Christ. How can we help?

I Have young children, and I want to bring them to worship.

St. Paul has a quiet glassed in area at the back of church with toys and activities for young children so that parents with babies and toddlers can still take part in the service. Busy bags are also available for kids to take with them to the pews. And if you prefer additional privacy for nursing, tantrums, etc., St. Paul also has a nursery in the lower-level where you can listen to the audio of the worship service. 

for students

St. Paul is the home of Illumine, a community that provides opportunities for university students and young adults to dive into the Bible and faith-related issues. At weekly Socials students meet locally for some home cookin’, time with friends, and theological studies and discussions. Socials are designed for whoever is looking for answers to life's greatest questions and is willing to consider the Christian response. Throughout the year, Illumine Talks gather students from multiple universities and colleges for dialogue and conversation on a multitude of topics—pop culture to philosophy, comparative religions to modern science—demonstrating the relevancy of Christ in both campus life and our modern culture.  Illumine also hosts community service projects, on-campus Film Nights, and an array of off-campus activities. Check out our Facebook page for more information.

Looking for a place to worship?

We've got you covered. Join us and many other university students throughout the year in worship.
500 years ago, Martin Luther stood up for the world to see his belief that our sins are forgiven through Christ alone. This fall, we are sharing stories from our St. Paul family on how we continue to stand on this life-changing gospel. This Fall we are sharing these stories one by one.