26 May 2020

St. Paul’s Parish Newsletter
May 26, 2020
  Calendar Reminders
All in-person worship and activities of the Church remain suspended until further notice. The leadership group is now formed and will begin discussions on how and when to re- open St. Paul’s.
May 30 Live-Streamed Vigil of Pentecost You are invited to prepare for the Feast of Pentecost by joining a Vigil of Pentecost live streamed from Christ Church Cathedral, or https://www.cccindy.org/live, and the Virtual Abbey or https://www.facebook.com/IndyDioVirtua lAbbey/ , on SATURDAY May 30 at 7:30 p.m.
May 31 Pentecost Sunday
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 the Sunday of Pentecost (May 31st)
O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to
them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Lessons: Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:25-35, 37; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13; John 20:19-23
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.
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On May 31 , in the diocesan cycle of prayer we pray for St. John’s, Mt. Vernon, The Rev. Allen
Rutherford. 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 reopening 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 Hannah as she works with elderly and medically vulnerable in the midst of this pandemic. Prayers that PPE would be adequate and not too uncomfortable during the long shifts.
We pray for: Jesse, Virginia, Beverly, Juanita, Gwen, Mary Sue, Gus, Delani, Nan, David & Michele, Patricia, Sonny, John.
Lord of the Church, hear our prayer and 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.
Words from Deacon Jim:
What To Make Of It All?
When It’s Time To Say Goodbye John: Chapter 17
Imagine a situation in which it’s time to say goodbye, perhaps to a child who’s graduated and leaving home. You’re at the airport, they’ve just called the flight and people are shuffling toward the loading ramp. As a parent, you’re heart’s full, your emotions overflowing as you come to that one last face-to-face moment and try to cram into it everything you’ve always wanted to say; all your love, your wisdom, those life lessons you’ve found most meaningful. What would you say in this last moment?
This is the context from yesterday’s Gospel reading from John, the sublime 17th chapter. Jesus is completing his time on earth and for the last few chapters he’s been giving the disciples his final thoughts, preparing them to carry on without him. Now, in the peace of Gethsemane, Jesus bares his heart in an intimate conversation with God himself. What did he pray for? What did he want the Father to know just hours before the cross?
IF YOU WOULD, TAKE A FEW MINUTES AND READ THIS GORGEOUS CHAPTER!
Were you moved by the intimacy of this passage? Did you feel the humanity, a prayer offered by both the Son of Man fulfilling his purpose AND a tired human being looking back on his life and hoping his work was worthwhile. Rarely have we been able to contrast Jesus the Savior and Jesus the man in such a revealing way.
So what does he say? What are his thoughts at the end of a long journey?
1. BELIEF. ‘When I’m gone will they still believe?’ Not the rational type of belief as in ‘I believe too much caffeine is bad for you,’ but an active, self-actualizing belief grounded in faith. “As you,
 
Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
2. ONENESS. ‘When I’m gone will they still recognize that they’re all connected; those believers who’ve gone before, those here now, and especially those still to come? Will they be able to overcome their differences and be one?’ “The glory that you, Father, have given me I have given them, so that they may become one, as we are one.” What an amazing vision, that we could be as close to one another as Jesus the Son is to God the Father!
3. LOVE. Jesus makes it clear that everything in God’s coming Kingdom on Earth grows out of love. It’s the ether that permeates all of Creation, it’s the sinew that holds us together, and it’s love that makes the ideal of oneness possible. “That the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” That’s a remarkable, statement, isn’t it, that God loves each of us exactly the same as he loves his only Son!
So, as they say, that’s it in a nutshell: Belief, Oneness and Love! That’s what seems to be on Jesus’ mind as he faces the cross. And what a way to end a three-year ministry, not with some grand gesture of power but instead... a quiet prayer offered in the cool of the evening in a peaceful garden, heartfelt words from a son to his ‘dad’ (the Greek word is Abba, which translates ‘Papa’), intimate, personal and human, a few final thoughts before saying goodbye, asking God to remember those who stuck by him to the end, praying above all else that the divine intimacy between Father and Son not be unique or superior but be the same all-encompassing love we all share.
What would you say when it’s time to say goodbye, a farewell to someone you love above all else? Would your last bit of advice include finding something to believe in, something so strong that it defines your life, something spiritual and fulfilling and eternal? Would your last words of wisdom be about seeking in others ways in which we’re all one, ways that the Christ in me can see the Christ in you? Would the last words from you heart be words of love?
BELIEF, ONENESS and LOVE. It’s these things by which we realize that life in Christ is not temporal but never-ending and every ‘goodbye’ becomes ‘until we meet again.’
Let us Pray:
We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains, and rivers; for the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers. We praise you for these good gifts, and pray that we may safeguard them for our posterity. Grant that we may continue to grow in our grateful enjoyment of your abundant creation, to the honor and glory of your Name, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP P. 846)
REJOICE ALWAYS! PRAY WITHOUT CEASING! GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES! FOR THAT IS THE WILL OF GOD FOR US!
 

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