Welcome to Saint Paul
Our History in Downtown Lincoln
Saint Paul United Methodist Church has served the Lincoln community from the heart of the city for over 140 years. The present sanctuary building was built in 1901, and has been enhanced by the addition of the Education and Family Life Center. At the beginning of the 20th Century, the first automboile was invented and a few years later the Wright brothers launched the first powered flight in history.
In 1901, President William McKinley was assassinated and Vice President Theodore Roosevelt assumed the Presidency. It was a time that would affect generations to come. One such change was taking place on the corner of 12th and M streets in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. Saint Paul United Methodist Church dedicated its new building on November 17, 1901.
A century later, Saint Paul United Methodist Church still serves as the house of the Lord and a spiritual gathering place for the community. With one hundred years of growth and service, structural changes have been made while still maintaining the architectural integrity of the original building. Saint Paul has long served as a beacon of light to the community. It has met the spiritual needs of Lincoln throughout its history. The church building also nourishes a rich history.
Perhaps you have marveled at the detailed grandeur of the stained glass windows, been beckoned by the chiming of the bell tower, cherished a tranquil moment of prayer in our spirit center or treasured the memories of a congregation united in the Sanctuary. If you haven’t joined us, we welcome you with open arms and invite you to worship with us.
Our Vision and Image
Our Vision is expressed through our logo. The initials for Saint Paul, SP, weave together forming an infinity symbol which reflects the infinite God that holds all of us together as one. The colors allude to the flame image of God’s Spirit, Divine Energy, enlivening our days. They also harken to the flames of the United Methodist Church. The colors are reflective of our historic building which honors our strong tradition while moving us towards God’s future.
Who We Are
We are diverse in the particularities of theological beliefs, but we are united in our inclusivity of all people as sacred creations. We recognize that we are all on a spiritual journey, and our paths have brought us together through a variety of landscapes. We do not say a single creed or insist that everyone has to believe the same thing.
The diversity we bring is a beautiful reflection of the vastness of God. Therefore, questions are valued more than absolutes. Together, we strive to live out the fullest expression of love, justice and care for all people and all creation. The Way of Jesus calls us to grow our awareness and deepen our experiences of the Holy within and beyond all.
Gather With Us
We are a community who gathers for worship, service, study, spiritual practices and fellowship in large and small ways. Two worship services on Sunday morning give people a choice between traditional and blended worship styles with about 250 persons attending in each. Our Saturday evening service is informal gathering of about 40 people in our chapel. Taize services are the second Saturday of each month at our evening worship.