Join St. Paul's for Sunday Worship via Live Webcast

Join St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Santa Monica for worship via LIVE webcast on Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

How do I join the webcast?

  • Smart phone, mobile device, or computer: just visit youtube.stpaulsantamonica.org and start the live stream from there.
  • Smart television: find our channel in your smart television's YouTube app by searching "St. Paul's Santa Monica" and start the live stream from there.

How do I get reminders about St. Paul's upcoming webcasts?

Why is St. Paul's webcasting worship services instead of meeting in person?

In response to the spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19, and at the urging of Bishop Guy Erwin of our Southwest California Synod and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will not be gathering in person for worship services. This is a temporary measure and during this time we will instead be gathering via live webcast.

A Message From Our Pastor:

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come unto me and rest; Lay down, O weary one, lay down your head upon my breast.” I came to Jesus as I was, so weary, worn, and sad; I found in him a resting place, and he has made me glad. I heard the voice of Jesus say, “I am this dark world’s light; look unto me, your morn shall rise, and all your day be bright.” I looked to Jesus, and I found in him my star, my sun; and in that light of life I’ll walk till trav’ling days are done.

ELW #332 & #611, stanzas 1 & 3. Text: Horatius Bonar, 1808-1889

Dear Beloved Community of St. Paul’s,

We will not be gathering on the morning of the Lord’s Day in our usual way. We won’t be gathering in the sanctuary of St. Paul’s but rather in the sanctuary of our homes, in the sanctuary of God’s promised presence in Jesus Christ, in the sanctuary of community as we keep one another close in heart and soul while practicing social (or what I prefer to call holy) distancing over the coming Sundays.

This holy distancing which we do is something new for all of us. The word holy means set apart, or set aside, for a particular purpose. As we set ourselves apart from congregating for the time being, we do so prayerfully along with our inevitable creeping anxieties as we worry what the future will bring for those we love and this weary world. We practice holy distancing on these Sundays ahead, for the purpose of caring for the health and well-being of our neighbor and ourselves.

So stay home, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay in community as we find new ways to connect with each other over the coming weeks.

And in the words of Laban to the Israelites at Mizpah, "The Lord watch between you and me, when we are absent one from the other.” (Genesis 31:49)

Grace and peace in the God who is with us always,

Pastor Jim

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St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Santa Monica, founded in 1926, is a congregation within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), committed to living out our faith through worship, learning, service, and by pursuing justice, reconciliation and wholeness for all. The word "evangelical" in both the name of our congregation and of our denomination means that we are centered in the Good News of Jesus Christ, crucified and risen.

We fully embrace our Lutheran theological heritage, which invites us to be radically inclusive and wholly welcoming of all regardless of race, age, ability, gender expression, or ethnicity. St. Paul’s is an inclusive and inter-generational Christian community in which faith relationships with God are nurtured and deepened.

We are also a Reconciling in Christ congregation within the ELCA since 2001. "Reconciling in Christ" means that St. Paul's Lutheran Church has adopted an affirmation of welcome for all people, but particularly those who might not feel welcome in other faith communities. We are intentional in our embrace and inclusion of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender individuals.