08 June 2020

St. Paul’s Parish Newsletter
Calendar Reminders
11:00 am St. Paul’s On-Line
June 8, 2020
  June 21
The BUILDING is Still Closed... THE CHURCH
IS NOT
Father’s Day
June 21
Worship Service—FaceBook Live (see below)
Washington Cathedral on line 11:15 am and 7:30 pm
daily: https://cathedral.org/worship/
Diocese of N. Indiana (St. James Cathedral) 10:15 AM Sunday https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC CKWYmjR8F8_Eu1dOKZ1jdA
Collect for 2nd Sunday after Pentecost (June 14th)
Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Lessons:
    Genesis 18:1-15, (21:1-7); Psalm 116:1, 10-17; Romans 5:1-8;
 Matthew 9:35-10:8(9-23)

Our Parish Prayer List:
We pray for our Bishops, Michael and Jennifer; for the people of our companion diocese of Brasilia and their bishop, the Rt. Rev. Mauricio Andrade; and for the people & Diocese of Haiti, and for St. Andre’s in Mithon.
On June 14th, in the diocesan cycle of prayer we pray for Trinity, Lawrenceburg--
The Rev. Mary Taflinger. We also pray for our own parish of St. Paul’s, that our work here may be life-giving for others and for us, and that the Holy Spirit will guide us to those for whom our community would be life-giving.
We pray for the leaders and members of our churches as they begin the process of regathering for services and activities. Give them, and us, wisdom and courage to responsibly and safely conduct our worship and collective activities in the thought and manner that serves our Lord, and each other as his beloved children.
We pray for the victims of COVID-19: The sick, those who have died, the families who have suffered loss of loved ones, of jobs and other incomes, and of the companionship of friends. We pray for comfort in anxiety, for healing in physical and emotional pain and illness, and for courage to trust and work for a safer and more compassionate world.
We give thanks for all those who give their time and their lives to care for the sick and dying, and also for those who provide necessary services and goods to us all. We pray for their safety and strength to continue their very necessary and life-giving work.
We pray for our nation, now experiencing the effects of our long history of racism, especially institutional racism and disenfranchisement, as well as violence in the streets of our cities. Bless and protect those who are sincerely trying to protest peacefully, and those who are sincerely making strides towards bringing about reconciliation and peace, giving all people an equal opportunity to live in freedom from want and in safety.
We pray for: Jesse, Virginia, Beverly, Juanita, Gwen, Mary Sue, Gus, Delani, Nan, David & Michele, Patricia, Sonny, John.
We pray for the good earth which God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to conserve it.
For all who fear God and believe in you, Lord Christ, that our divisions may cease, and that all may be one as you and the Father are one, we pray to you, O Lord. Make us one in heart and mind to serve you with joy forever. Amen.
From the SPTW team:
Thanks to everyone who has expressed concern for the health and well-being of our parish and its members by making phone calls and being willing to help those of us in need! Our parish is blessed by so many caring members. If you have needs during this time of uncertainty please let us know!

THANKS TO ALL those faithful who continue to remember to send in their pledges and offerings. Bills are still being paid on time. We are aware that many are living on depleted funds, and appreciate that you continue your pledges and offerings as you are able.
If you have something you’d like to add to the next SPTW, please email the team at stpaulsjeff@gmail.com by Sunday afternoon. Please put SPTW in the subject line. Many thanks.
Notes from June 6th Regathering Committee Meeting
Look At What’s Coming!
On-Line Worship at St. Paul’s
Although the resumption of in-person worship in our Diocesan parishes will ultimately depend on the progress of the Coronavirus in our various communities, we are excited to announce:
St. Paul’s will begin hosting a weekly on-line worship service Sunday, June 21, 11:00 AM. The service will emanate from our sanctuary and will be accessible through Facebook Live! More details next week, including complete instructions on how to join us.
If you would like to be a part of this service please contact Marylee or Jim.
Pray for St. Paul’s and the entire Church as we seek ways to adapt to changing times in our faith story!
ANGLICAN REMEMBRANCE DAY – 8 JUNE
 By Kim Hedges
Thomas Ken was an English cleric, a bishop, and one of the fathers of modern English hymnody. He was born in Little Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire. In 1652 he entered Winchester (New College). He served in several parishes before returning to Winchester where he prepared Manual of Prayers for the use of the Scholars of Winchester College (first published in 1674).
 Thomas Ken
July 1637- 19 March 1711

These were a collection of hymns to be used for private prayers and the following contains some of our best known “church words.”
Awake, my soul, and with the sun Thy daily stage of duty run; Shake off dull sloth, and joyful rise, To pay thy morning sacrifice.
Thy precious time misspent, redeem, Each present day thy last esteem, Improve thy talent with due care; For the great day thyself prepare.
By influence of the Light divine Let thy own light to others shine. Reflect all Heaven’s propitious ways In ardent love, and cheerful praise.
In conversation be sincere; Keep conscience as the noontide clear; Think how all seeing God thy ways And all thy secret thoughts surveys.
Wake, and lift up thyself, my heart, And with the angels bear thy part, Who all night long unwearied sing High praise to the eternal King.
All praise to Thee, who safe has kept And hast refreshed me while I slept. Grant, Lord, when I from death shall wake I may of endless light partake.
Heav’n is, dear Lord, where’er Thou art, O never then from me depart; For to my soul ’tis hell to be But for one moment void of Thee.
Lord, I my vows to Thee renew; Disperse my sins as morning dew. Guard my first springs of thought and will, And with Thyself my spirit fill.
Direct, control, suggest, this day, All I design, or do, or say, That all my powers, with all their might, In Thy sole glory may unite.
I would not wake nor rise again And Heaven itself I would disdain, Wert Thou not there to be enjoyed, And I in hymns to be employed.
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Help!!
Words from Deacon Jim:
What To Make Of It All?
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough! Matt, 28:16-20
I want the ‘old normal’ back!! So much happening! So many existential questions that demand my attention, as if I had the power to change anything! Social distancing vs. personal freedom, the injustice of a vicious killing vs. the indiscriminate retribution against the innocent... whatever moral

or ethical values I thought I had have been stomped on, battered, chewed up and spat out over the past couple of weeks!
I need some good news! I know... I’ll check this week’s Gospel reading! That’s supposed to be Good News (right?)...
‘Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And Jesus came and said to them ... ‘Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.... And remember, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Matt. 28:16-20 abridged
What!? Go and make disciples!? In this environment!? I’m just barely out of my house! Not many people are going to want to hear a message of peace behind a mask!
But wait... I hadn’t notice this before... ‘Now the disciples went to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them...’ So, Jesus directed them to meet him on a mountain. Why? What’s so important about a mountain? Let’s see...
1. Moses met God on a mountain and returned with the Ten Commandments
2. Whenever Jesus wanted some alone time with the Father, he would go up into the hills.
3. Jesus was transfigured on a mountain.
4. The psalmist says ‘I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to come? ‘
So, mountains are associated with wisdom and power, solitude and solace. Was that why Jesus directed the disciples there? Could there be something more?
I remember as a kid taking a family vacation to Pike’s Peak in Colorado. They say you can see portions of 5 different states from that vantage point. (It is also said to have been the inspiration for Katherine Lee Bates’ poem America the Beautiful.) Besides the remarkable view I remember the utter silence, high above and removed from the commotion of daily living. No honking horns, no endless lines at McDonald’s. I remember thinking how lucky I was to get to see this BIG PICTURE.
Einstein said there’s not a ‘Privileged Position’ in the universe, i.e. a perch on the ‘outside’ where one could ‘look in’ on Creation. He posited that the only way you could describe your position was ‘relative’ to something else. I’m not so sure Jesus would agree. Although we’re consigned to live in the world with all its noise and chaos, by our faith we are offered at least a glimpse of the BIG PICTURE, a unique PERSPECTIVE that we can’t get anywhere else. It’s a perspective that can guide us through these turbulent days! Imagine Jesus commissioning his disciples as together they looked out over the vast panorama displayed below them. Imagine him saying ‘Look at it, guys, Republican, Democrat, Socialist, Tea Party, Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, Fraternal Order of Police, Antifa, doesn’t matter. Your job is to engage each person first and foremost in non-judgmental love, opening their minds to a God of unimaginable mercy. Your calling card is simply ‘Love God, Love Your Neighbor!’ If you begin with that, people will flock to you!
Dear friends, as Christians, and in fact as thinking, feeling human beings, we cannot help but be shaken by recent events. The brutal imagery on our TV screens severely test our self-conceptions as compassionate, peace-loving followers of a life-giving Christ. Our polarized media refuses to allow us to imagine a Covid response where both a person’s health and his economic security are important; our politicians insist that we see justice as

either unrestrained rage or lockstep law and order. Yet Christ gives us a gift, a true gift of exceptional grace, a mountain whereby we see above the fray, where we can see beyond our divisions, a unique perspective on Creation where we come to understand that God loves every one of us. If we can stand on the high ground overlooking our nation and see with fresh eyes what is nigh on impossible to conceive, that in these trying days both the brick thrower and the store owner are beloved of God, then we can begin to have an appreciation for what Jesus took with him to the Cross and the new life he won for us all.
Martin Luther King’s final speech took place in Memphis the night before he was assassinated. By all accounts he was tired in body, mind and spirit. Yet he said ‘I have been to the Mountaintop, and I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land.’
Please, Martin, take us with you. Please...
Let us pray this Prayer for the Church:
Gracious Father, we pray for thy holy Church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where it is in any thing amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ thy Son our Savior. Amen. (BCP P. 816)
REJOICE ALWAYS! PRAY WITHOUT CEASING! GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES! FOR THAT IS THE WILL OF GOD FOR US!
Flag Day, June 14 2020
 

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