27 Apr 2020

St. Paul’s Parish Newsletter April 27, 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:
Diocese of N. Indiana (St. James Cathedral) 10:15 AM Sunday https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC CKWYmjR8F8_Eu1dOKZ1jdA
   Apr 12-May 30
May 21 May 31
The Season of the Resurrection
Ascension Day Day of Pentecost
Resources for at-home time:
1) https://files.mail-list.com/m/atsa/Coronavirus-Anxiety-Workbook.pdf 2) https://blog.paleohacks.com/pandemic/
Collect for the Fourth Sunday of Easter (May 3rd)
The Lessons: Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10
Banner by Susan Madara
   God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when
 we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he
 leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.
When will we resume our ‘in-person’ worship?
As of now there is no definite date for our church to resume ‘in-person worship.’ Of course this is not a local decision. All churches in the diocese (and most churches in general) are following the same state-directed proscriptions and Bishop Jennifer is in regular contact and conversation with state and national leaders and health officials.
We continue to offer links to services and resources from the National Cathedral and our own diocesan Virtual Abbey, but for those who desire real, ‘non-virtual’ worship, may we suggest our Book of Common Prayer. For those of a certain age or long experience with Episcopal worship, there’s a comfort and a familiarity in holding this book and turning these pages; for those new to the faith the BCP is truly a treasure! It contains services, devotions and prayers made for communal OR individual worship. Computer got a virus? iPhone battery low? No problem! The BCP is low-maintenance and does not require upgrades!
May God bless this church (and all churches) during this time. Praise God that his word may be revealed to us wherever we are!
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.
On May 3rd, in the diocesan cycle of prayer we pray for St. Philips, Indianapolis-- The Rev. Michelle Roos. 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 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: Jesse, Virginia, Beverly, Juanita, Gwen, Mary Sue, Gus, Delani, Nan, David & Michele, Patricia, Sonny, John.
We pray for Rev. Doris Ellen Mote, 81, who passed away April 21st at home in New Albany. Doris is survived by her sons, David and Barry. Naville & Seabrook Funeral Homes are handling arrangements.
For those who are temporarily away from the parish, we pray: for Mike & Jackie in Florida.
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:
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.
THANKS AGAIN TO ALL those faithful 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, and appreciate 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!
Need any cat toys? I recently acquired an 8-year old calico cat named Callie from the local animal shelter. She has been a delight, and is already ruling the rectory with an iron paw. She is also a bit snobbish. I have tried to get her to play with the toys I bought for her amusement when I am at work, and she just looks at me like “Seriously?” My last effort was putting a catnip mouse in her (formerly Don’s) recliner when she was out on patrol of the house. On her return, she sniffed at the mouse, picked it up by the tail and dropped it over the arm of the chair onto the floor. Then she curled up and went to sleep. Upon request, a small bag of toys can be picked up in the church office between 10am and 4:30pm M-F. --Marylee
Words from Deacon Jim:
What To Make Of It All?
Our Road to Emmaus
God’s all-encompassing Grace be upon those who clock in to work each day, those who want to work but for now can’t, those in financial stress, those whose health is at heightened risk and the families that strive to protect them, and those first responders and healthcare workers who selflessly care for the sick and vulnerable amid palpable risk. May God’s healing touch rest on us all!
As for me, one of the ‘shelter in place’ crowd, ok, I admit it, I’ve hit some sort of wall these past few days and it seems like I’m caught in a scene from the movie Groundhog Day. Is anybody with me on this!? We hear the experts say ‘Last week we thought ... but now we’re thinking...’ Of course next week the same experts will be saying ‘Last week we thought... but now we’re thinking...’ Is there an end to this not-so-merry-go- round? And then there’s that 52” big-screen monster in front of us that draws us in by promising answers but usually ends up telling us very little. The result is (I’m telling my own story here!) an increasing feeling of helplessness, the gradual loss of vitality and a glassy-eyed malaise. I want to scream at the TV ‘What do you want from me!?’ Do I get an AMEN?
This week’s Gospel reading, the beautiful Road to Emmaus, comes along at just the right time! Not familiar? Here an outline (Luke 24:13-35):
*Two followers of Jesus are walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus, despondent and grief- stricken after witnessing the crucifixion and having learned only second-hand of the miracle at the tomb.
*A stranger joins them on their walk, walking beside them, gently engaging them in conversation.
*As they walk together, the disciples find themselves pouring out their hearts to the stranger; he answers their need to express their grief.
*Further conversation leads to increasing intimacy and ultimately the revelation (during the breaking of bread) that the stranger is indeed the risen Christ!
*After Jesus leaves them and when the two finally meet up with the other disciples they describe their meeting with Jesus using these words: “Were not our hearts burning within us, while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us!”
As someone suffering from a severe case of ‘hyper-adipo-sucrotic videosis’ (too much fat, too much sugar, too much TV!) for me this is a lifeline. It tells me if you want to find God in a Groundhog Day world don’t look at what’s ahead of you, look at who’s walking beside you! Look at who’s sharing your life path, who’s seeking the same assurances you are. Family, friends, and even strangers: do we have a new appreciation for being

fellow travelers on life’s sometimes rocky road? It’s indeed ironic that we sense God’s love for ourselves and each other most when we’re six feet apart and behind a mask!
We have a huge TV that dominates our living room and a Book of Common Prayer that rests silently on an end table. Both invite our attention, but of those two, where is peace to be found? Where is hope? Where is elucidation and wisdom? Where is comfort? Which of these will lead to a ‘burning heart,’ the opening of the Scriptures, the revelation of God’s will, the restoration of purpose and life and vitality? In which of these will we discover Jesus walking beside us, helping us break free from the 24-hour news cycle that exhausts us and emerge into the world a loving God desires for all of his children?
May we pray this prayer together (BCP P.832)
Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to thee, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly thine, utterly dedicated unto thee; and then use us, we pray thee, as thou wilt, and always to thy glory and the welfare of thy people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Road To Emmaus Art Print
by CVogiatzi.

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