About St. Paul's Lutheran Church
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. We are located at 500 6th Ave. S.W. in Perham, Minnesota. Our worship services are Sunday at 9:00 am and on Wednesday at 5:30 pm. We offer the Lord’s Supper at each of our worship services.
The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod is a collection of over 6000 congregations. The word “synod” means, “walking together” as we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our community and the world. The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod is a conservative Lutheran body that is centered only on the Word of God, the Bible. We believe and confess that the Bible is inspired by God and contains no errors. All of our beliefs, doctrines and practice of our faith come from the Word of God, the Bible. The administrative center of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod is in St. Louis, MO. I would heartily invite you to visit the LCMS website to learn more about who we are and what our denomination stands on. The website is: .
At one time most Lutheran church bodies were very close in agreement with doctrine and practice, but this has changed in the last 25 years. If you were to ask a member of the LCMS what a Lutheran believes we would refer you to the Lutheran Confessions (Lutheran Symbols) as found in The Book of Concord. The foundation stone of “what a Lutheran believes” is found in the Augsburg Confession, a confessional statement written in 1530 to clearly and publically put into words what the Lutheran princes of Germany believed and stood for. In conservative Lutheran bodies the Augsburg Confession (and the entire Book of Concord) is still accepted and those in conservative Lutheranism vow to uphold our confessional writings. To view the contents of the Book of Concord go to: . All professional church workers in the LCMS publically vow to “subscribe” to the Lutheran Confessions. The Lutheran Confessions are not put above the Bible in any way. We believe that the Lutheran Confessions are a true exposition of what the Bible teaches. If you want to know what a Lutheran believes read The Book of Concord (or at least the Augsburg Confession or Luther’s Small Catechism).
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Perham is part of the Minnesota North District of the LCMS. There are over 35 “districts” found in the United States, all members of the LCMS. We “walk together” to proclaim Jesus Christ, crucified, resurrected, ascended and coming again. The Minnesota North District is located in Brainerd, MN.
The LCMS operates 10 Lutheran universities and 2 seminaries. We also operate Concordia Publishing House in St. Louis, MO. Our publishing house (CPH) was formed when our Synod came into being in 1849 for the sole purpose of publishing biblically and doctrinally correct materials for all of the individual congregations that comprise the LCMS. CPH publishes doctrinally correct material for the clergy and laity alike. You can visit the website of CPH at: . CPH also publishes excellent material for our large Lutheran Day School, high school, and university systems. CPH also publishes biblically sound materials for Sunday schools, Vacation Bible Schools, and other educational needs found throughout Synod. You don’t have to be a member of the LCMS to use and enjoy the products of Concordia Publishing House.
In 1921 the LCMS began to operate our KFUO radio station. The LCMS saw the new technology of radio as a wonderful means to preach Jesus Christ to the nations. In the early 1950’s the LCMS began to use the new invention of Television by producing the program “This is the Life”. In the very early years of the 20th Century a group of lay leaders (non-clergy members) organized “The Lutheran Laymen’s League”. The purpose of this lay-led ministry was to specifically use modern technology to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord to all people of all nations. The flag-ship radio program, “The Lutheran Hour”, is still broadcast world-wide today. The story of the Lutheran Laymen’s League is just one example of the strength and importance of the lay people who are members of the LCMS. The LCMS denomination is not run by the clergy, nor is it run by the lay members, but rather our church body is a “walking together” of both clergy and lay people who together have one goal – the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. You can receive information about the Lutheran Laymen’s League by going to the website: . A special ministry of the LLL is a targeted outreach and ministry to men: . The LCMS was first in the world to proclaim the Gospel using modern technology.
The women of the LCMS have for over 100 years aided in the Christian outreach by supporting many missions and missionaries through the world by the work of The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. The women of the congregations of the LCMS have faithfully given of their financial treasures to fund and support thousands of mission ministries. You can find out more about the LWML at: .
The LCMS can be contacted via its website (http://www.lcms.org) to discover what we teach and confess about many contemporary issues such as abortion, the homosexual agenda, “living together” outside of marriage, infant baptism, our belief in the Real Presence in the Lord’s Supper (Eucharist – Christ’s physical body and blood being truly present in the bread and wine), our liturgical worship, etc. The LCMS, and St. Paul’s congregation, are very open to what we teach, confess and believe and how we practice our faith in our every day life. We wish to share who we are with anyone who might be interested in what it means to be a Lutheran.