23 Mar 2020

 St. Paul’s Parish Newsletter March 23, 2020
  Calendar Reminder:
St. Paul’s in-person worship services and all activities have been suspended until further notice.
Mar 5 Palm Sunday March 12 Easter Sunday
Washington National Cathedral (11:15 AM daily) https://cathedral.org/worship/
Diocese of N. Indiana (St. James Cathedral) (10:15 AM Sunday) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCK WYmjR8F8_Eu1dOKZ1jdA Should be up and the first choice to view at this site at 10:15.
  JUST IN: Gov. Holcomb has issued a stay at home order for Indiana beginning at midnight 3/23/20. Essential goods and services and curbside pickup/delivery/drive-though is allowed.
       Collect for Sunday, March 29:
ALMIGHTY GOD, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of
  sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Lessons: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45

 Our Parish Prayer List:
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.
  Need something to do? Kim has a great suggestion:
The Dir. Of Nursing at Hannah’s nursing home approved the use of these masks (link below) for daily preventative care. There is a real shortage. If anyone wants to make some and drop them at church, Hannah could pick them up and get them to the facility.
We can reach out to other facilities if we collect enough.
Kim —
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 - The Serenity Prayer
Many of us are familiar with the Serenity Prayer, composed by the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971). Niebuhr used this poem in sermons as early as 1934 and it first appeared in print in 1944 as part of ‘A Book of Prayers and Services for the Armed Forces.’ Let’s read this together slowly, allowing each phrase to resonate within us:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen.
Those who know this poem, even by heart, may be surprised to learn that there is a second verse and as it was part of a collection of prayers to be prayed by the Armed Forces during World War II it stands to reason that many of the soldiers, sailors and airman who prayed it faced perilous times not unlike today. Yet, look at the language they took into battle: ‘living,’ ‘enjoying,’ ‘accepting,’ ‘trusting.’ ‘surrender;’ these words did not blunt the courage needed to face what lay ahead; rather, it focused their resolve on what was their role and what they left to God. The ‘wisdom’ to do what we can with faith and confidence and trust God for that which is out of our control is indeed a gift of grace to be accepted with thanks and, yes, serenity.
Now, here is one thing we can do: we can continue in our worship and prayer life! Check out www.cathedral.org. That’s the website of the National Cathedral in Washington DC. It is a superb site with regular morning and evening worship opportunities and many resources including a pdf file of the entire Book of Common Prayer (no, you don’t have to print off the entire 1,000 pages, just the parts you choose!) The Indianapolis Diocese also has worship opportunities that can be found on its Facebook page. Finally, Marylee recently emailed the Morning Prayer and Compline services from the BCP. If nothing else, this health crisis is proof that the Body of Christ will flourish outside the Church walls!

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