27 December

  THE GABRIEL
Parish Newsletter for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
December 27, 2021
Calendar Reminders
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Jan 1 Jan 1
Jan 2
Rev. Suzanne Barrow. On Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/StPaulsJeff/live_ videos/
6:00 pm NA Meeting
New Year’s Day
9:30-11:30 am AA Meeting
10:15 am Holy Eucharist, with
  Collect for 2nd Sunday After Christmas (January 2nd)
O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Lessons: Jeremiah 31:7-14; Ephesians 1:3-6,15-19a; Matthew 2:13-15,19-23, or Luke 2:41-52, or Matthew 2:1-12; Psalm 84
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Jan 3 Jan 5 Jan 6 Jan 8
6:00 pm NA Meeting
6:30 pm Bible Study, Ed. Wing
Epiphany
9:30-11:30 am AA Meeting

OUR PARISH PRAYERS:
Let us worship the savior with joy, and make our prayer to our gracious God.
The Shepherds and Magi came to Bethlehem to worship your Son: Grant to Christians everywhere the spirit of awe and adoration. Lord of Glory,
Hear our prayer.
The infant Christ was given gifts of incense, gold and myrrh;
Accept our offering of our hearts and minds, talents and resources for your work in the world. Lord of Glory,
Hear our prayer.
The kingdoms of the world have become the kingdom of God and of his Christ: Grant an abundance of peace to your world.
Lord of Glory,
Hear our prayer.
The Holy Family lived in exile and in the shadow of death:
Look with mercy on all who flee from violence and war, for those who are poor and powerless, and all who suffer; and we especially pray for Lois, Virginia, Juanita, Gwen, Mary Sue, Delani, David & Michele, Robert, Charles, and Mariane.
Lord of Glory,
Hear our prayer.
Your son shared his life with those from his home and family at Nazareth:
In your love protect our neighbors, our families and this community of which we are a part. Bless our global family remembering especially Michael our Presiding Bishop, Jennifer our Bishop, Mauricio bishop of Brasilia, and for peace and harmony in Israel and the Middle East. In our diocesan cycle of prayer, we remember Trinity, Bloomington--The Rev. Matthew Seddon, The Venerable Connie Peppler, and all who minister in your name.
Lord of Glory,
Hear our prayer.
Rejoicing in the fellowship of the shepherds, the angels, the Virgin Mary, St Joseph, and all the faithful departed, we pray for all who gone before us in faith and we commend ourselves and all people to your unfailing love.
Lord of Glory,
Hear our prayer.
God of Christmas, bless us as we once again celebrate Your coming into Your creation and inspire us to share your blessings with others. Amen.
Leader: We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins. Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father;
in your compassion forgive us our sins,
known and unknown,
things done and left undone;
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and so uphold us by your Spirit
that we may live and serve you in newness of life, to the honor and glory of your Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FROM THE GABRIEL TEAM:
NEXT SUNDAY (January 2nd): Holy Eucharist will be celebrated by Rev.Suzanne Barrow. It will be live and in person at St. Paul’s, and on Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/StPaulsJeff/live_videos/
Please join us, during or after the service, and tell others about the service. Also check YouTube for videos of past services: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCynD2CNlCMbJ5YOb1Euce5Q.
Following the service, there will be coffee hour in the Parish Hall. Don’t forget—the little red wagon is waiting to be filled with food donations for the Center for Lay Ministries! Please note that the wagon has been moved to the Parish Hall entrance, on your left as you enter.
LICENSED LAY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS, Dennis and Charlene McAndrews, remain ready and eager to bring communion to any who are unable to be present at Sunday services. Whether you regularly attend Sunday service but cannot get here for any reason on a given Sunday, or you are homebound and would like to have the Eucharist brought to you once, or on a regular basis, please contact Marylee at the church office: 812-282-1108, or stpaulsjeff@gmail.com .
Virginia Bushau reminds us that she is making capes and muffs or mittens for those who are in need. If you know any person or organization in need, please let us know at the church office by phone or email, and we will get the information to her.
MANY THANKS for your continued faithful responses to the need for funds.
PARISH OFFICE HOURS, WEEK OF 12/27-12/31/21: MTWTF 10:00AM-1:00PM.
If you need to reach the church during the afternoons, please either leave a message on the church phone (812-282-1108) or call/text my cell: 812-697-6045.
If you have something you’d like to add to the next newsletter (including a brief update on what you and/or your family have been doing since last we met together), please email the team at stpaulsjeff@gmail.com by Sunday afternoon. Please put “newsletter” in the subject line.
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STATUS OF ROAD WORK ON WALNUT STREET
We have received notice that as of Monday, January 3rd, E. Market Street will be closed between Locust Street & Main Street. Work will be taking place in the intersection of Walnut/E.Market, Meigs/E.Market, and Fulton/E. Market. Traffic will be detoured to E. Maple Street.
This looks like if the Walnut St. entrance to the parking lot remains closed, the best way to get to the Locust St. entrance to the alley will be from E. Maple.
You will be kept informed of any additional information we receive.
IT HAS BEEN A LOVELY CHRISTMAS WEEKEND!
Despite road construction all around the church, COVID, holiday travel and the sheer exhaustion of surviving 2021, the Christmas Eve and first Sunday after Christmas services were marvelous. There was an especially good crowd on Friday evening, and when the service was over many were reluctant to leave. It was a precious time, and thanks to everyone who was there.
The first Sunday after Christmas, though not as well attended, was every bit as renewing. The love and support that shines in our little community has never been more evident.
We want to thank Jim Stanton for providing piano music for these services, and especially for the rousing rendition of the Charlie Brown theme at the end of the Christmas Eve (family- friendly) service! Thanks to Larry for adding beautiful Christmas organ music through our speakers after the service. And thanks to all who supported, aided and/or appreciated the pre- Christmas move back into our old offices and meeting space in the Education Wing!
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Happy New Year!!!
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