The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Following in Paul's urban footsteps

Paul knew how to get around in all the major metropolitian cities

Paul was an urban missionary. He knew how to get around in all the major metropolitan cities. He was familiar with the streets, the marketplaces. He knew how to engage political powers. He was involved in cross-cultural ministry. He took the gospel of Jesus — which had its roots in the life and literature of Israel — and made it relevant to people in Asia Minor and Europe.

Gathered on the steps of Christ Lutheran
Gathered on the steps of Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, St. Paul, Minn., Lou Pou (left), Gary Dreier, pastor, and other worshipers prepare for the Palm Sunday service. Many other days, Dreier says, the church members cross the street and walk up the steps of the Capitol Building to “engage as Christians in our political process.”
Here in St. Paul, Minn., a town named in his honor, Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill sits across the street from the state Capitol in an urban neighborhood. The stained-glass windows in its worship area tell a significant story: the words are in Norwegian and in English. From its beginning in 1868, Christ Lutheran was a church for immigrants, a church that knew from its roots what it was like to have cultures meet.

Currently this vibrant congregation, which I have served as pastor for one year, continues to cross cultures. Worshipers include people of African, Asian, European, Latino and Native American descent. They are great welcomers. But they are also great “well-goers.”

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