15 June 2020

 St. Paul’s Parish Newsletter
June 15, 2020
 Calendar Reminders
June 21 Father’s Day
 June 21 9:15 am On-Line FORUM with Kevin Brown
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June 21 11:00 am St. Paul’s On-Line 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 3rd Sunday after Pentecost (June 21st)
O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your lovingkindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Lessons:
 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82653777295?p
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    Genesis 21:8-21; Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17: Romans 6:1b-11;
 Matthew 10:24-39

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 St. Alban’s, Indianapolis
The Rev. Debbie Dehler. 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:
ONLINE FORUM JUNE 21st Inner work, outer works: The Beatitudes and Inner Guidance. This forum will be held on the Internet, from 9:15 to 9:45 am on Sunday, June
st
21 . We will use Zoom, which will allow for interaction. Although Zoom has the capability of
recording the forum, we will not be recording this first session. Kevin Brown will present, using information from medieval literature, psychology, and understanding the language of the Gospel through a Middle Eastern Christian perspective. You can join the Zoom session by clicking this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82653777295?pwd=UlZGRGMwMVpKUkkzS09qQ3JZbW1lZz09 at the appointed time. (If you join before 9:15, you will enter a “waiting room” until the session
starts.)
ONLINE MORNING PRAYER SERVICE will begin Sunday, June 21st at 11:00 am. It will be on Facebook Live, and the link can be accessed from our website at http://www.stpaulsjeff.com/ . Right now it looks like you click on links and then click on our facebook page.
Then click on events and when the event starts , we will be live right there on the facebook page.
THANKS SO MUCH to Kelly McAndrews, daughter of Charlene and Dennis, who has worked to provide us with the opportunity to have our services online, starting this Sunday. Her technical expertise and willingness to help have made all the difference!
MANY THANKS TO ALL those faithful who continue to remember to send in their pledges and offerings. We are aware that many are still living on depleted funds, and are grateful that you continue your pledges and offerings as you are able.
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!
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.
Days of Remembrance: Juneteenth by Kim Hedges
In the Episcopal Church, our Baptismal Vows include the following two questions:
Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
      
We are reminded of these vows each year at Easter when we reaffirm our baptism. It therefore seems fitting that we, as Episcopalians, should remember Juneteenth.
On January 1. 1863 the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Lincoln. It took two and a half years for the news to reach Galvaston, Texas. General Gordon read the Proclamation to the last slaves in the US on 19 June 1865.
The following is a quote from www.juneteenth.com
“Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, . . .marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self- improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long overdue. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.”
●You can read the Emancipation Proclamation at the National Archives: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/299998?q=Emancipation%20Proclamation#.Vflu0VtrT7w.link
●A few book suggestions: DiAngelo -- White Fragility
Harvey -- Dear White Christians Douglas -- Stand Your Ground Kendi -- How to be an Antiracist
  
Words from Deacon Jim:
What To Make Of It All?
But Why These Guys? Matthew 9:35-10:8
Consider the following two news items: which one touches your heart?
1. The [fill in the blank] Church has issued a 6-part response to the racial strife
affecting our society and looks forward to establishing an ongoing dialogue into the
systemic causes of cultural bias.
2. In Louisville, recently, five black protesters locked arms to protect a policeman.
If, like me, you were inspired by the second item and heartened by God’s grace amid a terrible scene then perhaps your next thoughts were ‘why did God act through these particular men’ or ‘what would I have done in similar circumstances?’ With your permission, may this be our starting point as we take a look at some very famous verses from Matthew:
Today’s Gospel reading is in two parts:
*The first few verses show Jesus being Jesus, out in the Galilean countryside, gaining notoriety as a preacher, teacher and healer. (All the Son of God stuff comes later.) We see him connecting with every person he meets; he responds to every need, not with a magical wave of his hand but by a gentle, person-to-person presence. It’s important to note that in this context healing means much more than killing germs. The word for ‘healing’ actually means ‘leading to wholeness.’ Jesus engaged everyone who approached him with what we call agape and what the Jewish faith calls chesed, a non- judgmental ‘lovingkindness’ that filled each life with whatever was needed to make each person whole.
Matthew makes it clear that this intense, one-on-one ministry took its toll on Jesus. ‘When he saw the crowds he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.’ If we focus on Jesus as a man we can empathize with the overwhelming situation of one person trying to minister to the masses. It’s time for Jesus to call his disciples and put them to work!
*The second part of our reading shows Jesus gathering his disciples and giving them the authority and the instructions for going out into the world and ministering in Jesus’ name. It’s interesting that although Jesus always seemed to have a large crowd of followers with him, these twelve were special and always had been. Matthew calls them ‘apostles’ which

translates ‘sent with a commission,’ in other words specifically chosen for a vital mission.
But why these twelve?
When we read about the apostles and the things they did, we tend to lump them into one homogenous group that thought and acted as one, but of course that’s not true at all. Let’s take a very quick look at the twelve entrusted by Jesus himself to preach and teach his salvation:
1. Jesus’ inner circle: Peter, James, John and Andrew. When Jesus is out and about, it’s usually in the company of these men. They were Jesus’ staunchest defenders. They also said absolutely nothing when Jesus was arrested. Peter, whom Jesus said would be the rock on which the church was built, vehemently denied him three times! Not Peter’s finest hour!
2. The second group: Philip, Nathaniel, Matthew, and (Doubting) Thomas. Matthew was a hated tax collector (I can only imagine the distrust from the others when he joined the group), Nathaniel might well have been a bigot (it was he who said ‘Nothing good comes from Nazareth.’) Then there’s good ol’ ‘show me first and then I’ll believe’ Thomas.
3. The others: James, Thaddeus, Simon the Zealot (who wanted Jesus to be a military Messiah and sought armed revolt against the Romans. I wonder how he and Matthew got along!), and lastly, Judas Iscariot.
It’s an endless and fascinating question: of all the people in Galilee why did Jesus call these particular twelve (scholars say the number twelve is significant; it symbolizes the rebirth of the twelve tribes of Israel)? An equally challenging question is what was it about Jesus that caused these men to lay down their lives and join together on this unique journey? Whatever wisdom there is in these ponderings, there is also wonderful hope for us as we try to make sense of this chaotic world. Consider:
1. Even though Jesus draws us altogether he doesn’t try to make us fit the same mold. God allows us our individuality! If Matthew the Roman Tax Collector and Simon the Roman-hating Zealot can learn to trust each other, we too can find common ground with those different from us.
2. No, God does not ask us to gloss over our differences. Yes, God would be very appreciative if we could work through them! Our diversity cannot be ignored; differences must be addressed in mutually beneficial interaction. And yet, as different as the twelve men were, we see them faithfully walking down the road beside Jesus and beside each other. It is a powerful ‘optic’ and an even more powerful revelation of God’s ability to transform lives!
3. Our diversity does not have to limit our power to do good. Jesus sent out the apostles two by two. They ministered together. They drew strength from each other as well as from God. Is there any more inspiring image than that!?

Take a moment, if you will, and come up with two antagonistic, implacable, irreconcilable, oil and water figures on today’s world stage. Visualize each one as he or she tries to stir public sentiment with sensationalized, divisive rhetoric. Now visualize them happily walking down the road side by side, together spreading word of a God of peace. Impossible? No, such is the power of our God!!
Max Lucado says it best:
‘We need to remember that the disciples were common men given a compelling task. Before they were the stained-glass saints in the windows of cathedrals, they were somebody’s next-door neighbors, trying to make a living and raise a family. They weren’t cut from theological cloth or raised on supernatural milk. But they were an ounce more devoted than they were afraid, and, as a result, did some extraordinary things.’
As we face the herculean challenges of the world, may God give us an ounce more courage than fear!
Let us pray a Prayer for Peace:
Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP P.815)
REJOICE ALWAYS! PRAY WITHOUT CEASING! GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES! FOR THAT IS THE WILL OF GOD FOR US!
Father’s Day, June 21 2020
 

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