17 Mar 2020

St. Paul’s Parish Newsletter March 17, 2020
 Calendar Reminder:
The worship service is canceled for March 22.
We ask that you consider sending your normal pledge or plate offering to the church office. We might not be able to gather, but we still have expenses to meet.
The Vestry will not meet this week. Sonny will be in touch with members with any necessary business.
 April 5 April 9 April 10 April 12
Blessing of the Palms; Palm Sunday service tba Maundy Thursday tba
Good Friday tba
Sunday of the Resurrection tba
Collect for Sunday, March 22: G
Our Parish Prayer List:
racious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread
 which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him;
 who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
 We pray 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.
We pray for St. Paul’s, Jeffersonville--Mr. Walker McCulloch, Senior Warden, The Rev. Jim Stanton, Deacon; and, 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, Jack & Virginia, Beverly, Juanita, Doris, Gwen, Mary Sue, Gus, Delani, Nan, David & Michele, Patricia, Sonny.
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.

Words from Deacon Jim
Why We Do What We Do 6 - No Church Service? No Worries!?
Well, that’s not quite true, is it? In these times of uncertainty and the disruption of our lives we have nothing but worries. Where is God in all of this? How will we recognize God’s presence in these dark days?
Although Bishop Jennifer has suspended person-to-person worship for the next couple of weeks, we are NOT rudderless. We have our Golden Treasure, the Book of Common Prayer! Marylee has emailed us two liturgies from the BCP. It is hoped that you can print them off and use them in your worship and prayer life. IF YOU CANNOT ACCESS THESE LITURGIES IN USUABLE FORM LET US KNOW! WE’LL GET THEM TO YOU ANOTHER WAY!
Morning Prayer Our Prayer Book contains gorgeous liturgies for morning, noon , evening and late evening (compline) worship. Of these, Morning Prayer is the richest and fullest. Following the liturgy takes about 20 minutes. The readings for this week are:
John 9:1-41
Compline (pronounced Komp’ – lin) This ‘right before bedtime’ liturgy is brief but soothing. It is utterly relaxing and sends us to bed comforted and reassured.
It needs to be remembered that prior to the 1979 Prayer Book, Eucharist in the Episcopal Church was not something done every Sunday. Many Sundays Episcopalians would gather for Morning Prayer and then then continue the tradition during the week in individual or family worship. It gave us reassurance to know that all across the country Episcopalians would join in spirit for daily, individual worship. These uncertain times are opportunities to follow that wonderful tradition!
Where is God in this health crisis? God continues to reveal himself and his non- judgmental, agape love for us through the Scriptures and through our prayers. God is right where he’s always been, in the center of our lives, no matter if we are ‘centered’ on celebration or worry.
Let us pray:
O God of peace, who hast taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength: By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee, to thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou art God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (BCP P. 832)
 1 Samuel 16:1-13
 Psalm 23
 Ephesians 5:8-14

Check it Out . . . National Cathedral Website
Many of were able to watch Sunday’s service from the National Cathedral on-line. It was a beautiful service. I have not seen that they are doing it again this coming week (yet), but you can check on their website later in the week.
The link is: https://cathedral.org/

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