Grace and Peace!
The apostle Paul would begin and end most of his correspondence with words that describe God’s great gifts. As Christians we believe in a gracious God, who through Jesus Christ has brought us peace for today and eternity.
We here at St. Paul’s continue the work of Jesus’ messenger Paul and share the same message of good news. As Lutheran followers of Jesus we emphasize that we are saved by grace through faith alone, as Martin Luther restated the apostle’s words in 1517.
As pastor at St. Paul’s I want to greet you and invite you, on behalf of our congregation, to experience, celebrate and share God’s gracious love. We believe that we are called, gathered, and sent to bless you, one another, and the world with Jesus’ gift of saving peace.
So, come to be a part of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where faith, hope, and love abide.
Yours, Pastor S†efan Munker
St. Paul's is a historic and contemporary church on the courthouse square in Hillsboro, Illinois. Founded in 1832, the church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The ELCA confesses the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our preaching and teaching the ELCA trusts the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.
ELCA teaching or theology serves the proclamation and ministry of this faith. It does not have an answer for all questions, not even all religious questions. Teaching or theology prepares members to be witnesses in speech and in action of God’s rich mercy in Jesus Christ. Accordingly, the congregation is very active in our own community and supports social efforts throughout the world.
The Pledge of Christian Endeavor
Pastor Stefan Munker has shared his youth camp experience and how he made a faith commitment. He challenges the youth and all members of St. Paul’s to make a pledge modeled on that used by the Christian Endeavor organization that reached, invited and prepared our pastor for faith, commitment and service.
"Trusting the Lord Jesus Christ for strength, we endeavor to live for Him boldly and make it the practice of our life to: pray and study God’s Word daily, serve others freely, share our faith openly, worship God in our church regularly, and humbly lead His cause for our generation – to lead many to a relationship with Jesus, and together build God’s kingdom reign."