St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Helena, MT
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
A Christian Community in the Heart of Helena, grounded in hospitality, growing in faith, giving in service and going in mission.
St. Paul's United Methodist Church welcomes all people of any age, gender, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, or disability into the full life and
membership of this congregation.  



Sunday Worship Times

8:30 a.m. - Worship Service, Sanctuary

11:00 a.m. - Worship Service, Sanctuary 


Join us for Fellowship between services in the Fellowship Hall on the lower level of the church. There are tasty treats plus UMCOR Fair Trade coffee and a variety of teas. We want to get to know you.

Our 11:00 service is broadcast on
1240 AM/KBLL


Marianne Niesen
July 20, 2014
    Today’s text is about Jacob, one of the patriarchs of the Judeo-Christian tradition.    Let me set the scene.  You remember that Abraham and Sarah were called by God to leave their homeland and travel to a ‘promised land’ where they would prosper. They were childless until, finally, they had Isaac.  Isaac married Rebekah and they had two sons – Esau, the eldest, and Jacob, the ‘kid-brother.’  The eldest son in the family inherited the coveted ‘birthright’ – which entitled him to the family wealth and whatever prestige or power there might be. But Jacob was ambitious and was the favorite of his mother.  Together, they contrived a way to trick Esau into trading his coveted birthright for a pot of stew – and for that trade to be finally – and officially – blessed by Isaac, the Dad. To make a long story short . . . with his deception, Jacob literally pulled the rug out from under his brother’s future and when Esau realized what had happened, he was... well, vehemently unhappy... 



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