13 Apr 2020

St. Paul’s Parish Newsletter April 13, 2020
  Calendar Reminders
All in-person worship and activities of the Church are suspended until further notice.
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
Apr 12-May 30 The Season of the
Resurrection
May 21 Ascension Day
Collect for the Second Sunday of Easter (April 19)
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Banner by Susan Madara
Amen.
    lmighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of
 reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may
 show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who
 lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
 The Lessons: Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

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 of St. Andre’s in Mithon.
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On April 19 , Theological Education Sunday, we pray for Postulants and Candidates
. 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: Jesse, Virginia, Beverly, Juanita, Gwen, Mary Sue, Gus, Delani, Nan, David
& Michele, Patricia, Sonny, John.
We also pray for Rev. Doris Mote. Some may recall her as a supply priest here some time ago. She is now in hospice care, and requests our prayers.
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For those who have died: John "Jack" Bushau died on March 26 . Funeral
arrangements are pending. Please hold Virginia and family in your prayers. Doris Wilson died in St. Augustine, FL on February 19th. Doris' son Bruce Milliken indicated that plans for a memorial service are pending. Eternal rest grant unto them and let light perpetual shine upon their souls.
For those who are temporarily away from the parish, we pray: for Mike & Jackie in Florida.
From the SPTW team:
If you have something you’d like to add to the next SPTW, please email the team at stpaulsjeff@gmail.com by Monday afternoon. Please put SPTW in the subject line. Many thanks.
THANKS TO ALL who continue to remember to send in their pledges and offerings. Bills are being paid on time so far. We are aware that many are living on depleted funds, but please continue your pledges and offerings as you are able.
Shannon Truesdale has an embroidery machine and would be happy to create a project for someone who wants something unique and special. You can contact her by email at Digits444@hotmail.com, or by text at 502-295-2086, or by letting Marylee know at the church office.
Thanks to those who contributed to the Easter Baskets for the Youth Shelter, to Debbie Tucker who put them together, and to Sonny & Bill McCulloch, whodelivered them. As you can see, they were much appreciated!
  for Holy Orders
 (Prayers are in the BCP, p. 256.)
  
   Assembled baskets await delivery 4/6/20
Sonny & Bill work for the Easter Bunny on 4/9/20 at the Youth Shelter
Yard Work: Charles has returned this summer to take care of the yards at 321 and the Church. We looked good for the Easter Weekend! Thanks, Charles.
The inside of the church has not been neglected, either. Areas of human traffic have been repeatedly sanitized. The lilac-colored tablecloths of the Lenten season in the parish hall have been folded and put away. A single-person observance of Maundy Thursday was followed by the traditional stripping of the altar in anticipation of Good Friday. For the Easter season the altar is once again decorated.
Thanks to Bob and Susan: For their contributions to the Guest Room at 321. The closet no longer has stained wallpaper coming off the ceiling, and is patched up and repainted. Susan has contributed a lovely afghan her mother made, along with curtains, decorating advice, support and encouragement. Our parish Guest Room is taking shape!
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!.
   
Words from Deacon Jim:
For Whom Are We Looking?
Yesterday’s Gospel reading of the Resurrection of our Lord was taken from John (John 20:1-18) and as usual John’s account is unique! While Matthew, Mark and Luke’s versions focus on the empty tomb as signs of God’s power and undeniable will, John’s account is much more personal, and it’s meltingly beautiful. We see through the eyes of Mary Magdalene, a ‘woman with a past’ who was drawn to Jesus not for his destiny as the Savior of Mankind but because through her relationship with Jesus her life was transformed.
Mary has been personally touched by God’s loving-kindness, thus she looks to the empty tomb not with awe and wonder but with grief. ‘Where is my Lord!?,’ she cries, weeping. Mary’s grief is answered when she turns away from the tomb only to come face to face with a risen Jesus. This is such a lovely scene! We feel Mary’s overwhelming despair; our hearts are melted by Jesus’ gentle wisdom, his compassion, his willingness to step out of his role as Savior of Mankind to touch one person’s broken heart, acting not so much as a ‘conqueror over death’ but as her intimate friend, perhaps the only person who really understood her. And as we are drawn into the pathos of this encounter (What have WE lost that has broken OUR hearts?), Jesus asks Mary a question that goes right to the heart of her hopes, her fears, her past, her future, her tears and her essence: ‘Mary... [He called her by name! He knows MY name, too!] Mary... whom are you looking for?’
Our ‘sheltering in place’ the last few weeks has removed us from the familiar sights and sounds and rhythms of our traditional Easter celebration, but it gives us a unique opportunity to appreciate how people in other parts of the diocese, state, nation and world observe the miracle of the empty tomb. And we can take courage and comfort that Christians all across the globe seek to answer the question Jesus posed to Mary: ‘Whom are you looking for?’ What is it that we seek? Do we seek peace? Do we seek forgiveness? Do we seek guidance? Do we seek wisdom? Do we seek a comforter, a healer, a friend? Can we ‘unbury’ the alleluia (ALLELUIA!) and celebrate this most Holy of days while at the same time seeking a deeper relationship with God? John suggests that our Christian life is based on both celebrating and seeking!

Jesus’ encounter with Mary ends with these words: ‘Go to my brothers and say to them I am ascending to my Father and to your Father, to my God and your God.’ Imagine that! The Gospel’s greatest revelation communicated only to Mary! Are we looking for a God to whom each of us is special? Are we seeking someone who knows us by name?
This is a day to worship such a God!
ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA!
REJOICE ALWAYS! PRAY WITHOUT CEASING! GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES! FOR THAT IS THE WILL OF GOD FOR US!

 

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