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"Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant..."

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It is with heavy hearts and yet spirits filled with the sure hope of the resurrection that we at St. Paul grieve the death of our faithful and caring Pastor, Rev. Paul Theiss. Pastor Theiss was called to his Master's rest on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, passing peacefully in his sleep of natural causes.

Pastor Theiss has been the Under-shepherd of Christ at St. Paul since 1987. It has become obvious to us that God was able to reach, touch, help, support, and love many people through Pastor Theiss's work. His dedicated and caring ministry went far beyond the bounds of our congregation. God has certainly been faithful to His promise that His word would bear fruit. For many, Pastor Theiss was the hands, feet, and face of God's love and care. Truly, He will be missed.

We pray that God's Spirit would lead us to be shining examples of those who "do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope." Rather that we firmly profess, "that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him" (1 Thess 4:13-14).

We also pray that, like Elisha receiving the mantle of ministry from Elijah, our congregation will go forward in the same Spirit that was at work during the ministry of Pastor Theiss.

Pastor Theiss's final sermon, written for Christmas Eve, is representative of his commitment to sharing the Gospel of Christ. It is also a fitting farewell to those who he has served in this place – as he reminds us one last time that God's Love is for you. The text of the sermon can be read HERE.

As we experience sorrow, please pray for comfort and peace for our church family and especially for the Theiss family. Pray also for strength, wisdom and courage as we continue to seek God's will for the ministry here at St. Paul.

Finally, give all the glory, thanks, and praise to Almighty God for His grace to us and for His gift of those He has called into service in His Church. By His grace, may we also one day hear, "Well done, good and faithful servant... enter into your Master's happiness."

 

 

Seven Core Values
for Our Christian Life Together

At St. Paul Lutheran Church we value ...

  • A grace orientation to life and ministry
  • Bible-centered preaching and teaching
  • The Sacraments
  • Eagerly making disciples for Christ
  • Being a prayer-centered church
  • Christian education and family stability
  • Serving in community

 

Saved by Jesus, Sent to Serve

S hare the love of Christ

E ducate all in our neighborhood about Christ

R eceive grace and forgiveness through Christ

V alue prayer and Bible-centered preaching in Christ

E ncourage service in community for Christ