28 Jan 2020

SPTW: Jan 28, 2020

St. Paul’s This Week

Calendar

Feb 2 at 10:15—Liturgy of Morning Prayer

Ushers: Ben and Debbie

Lectors: Hannah and Kim

Chalicist: Kim

Counters: Debbie and Mike N


 

Feb 2 at 9:25 – TKP forum with Kim. Protecting, Enriching, and Serving our Immediate Environment.


 

St Paul’s Outside the Walls – In February we will be collecting food for CLM.


 

Feb 5 at 6 pm-- Pitch-in and Bible Study


 

Feb 9 at 9:25 -- Susan and Charlene will give their report on the Diocesan Convention.


 

Feb 9 at 10:15 -- Morning Prayer followed by a pitch-in lunch


 

Feb 9 at 6:30 -- Prayer Practice and at 7 -- Contemplative Service



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 morning. Please put SPTW in the subject line. Many thanks


 

In the Church Year . . . . St. Brigid’s Day, Feb 1

St. Brigid of Kildare (c 451-550):

According to tradition, Brigid was born in the year 451 AD in Ireland. Biographies agree that her mother was Brocca, a Christian pict slave who had been baptized by Saint Patrick. They name her father as Dubhthach, a chieftain of Leinster.

As she grew older, Brigid performed miracles, including healing and feeding the poor. According to one tale, as a child, she once gave away her mother's entire store of butter. The butter was then replenished in answer to Brigid's prayers. Her habit of charity led her to donate his belongings to anyone who asked. Dubthach was so annoyed with her that he took her in a chariot to the king of Leinster to sell her. While Dubthach was talking to the king, Brigid gave away his jeweled sword to a beggar to barter it for food to feed his family. Brigid went on to establish and lead several abbeys, which is represented in the icon by her shepherd’s crook. Women kept the sacred flame at the Kildare abbeywalls which is represented in the icon by the flames behind the St. Brigid cross.

Brigid is the patron saint of cattle, fire,blacksmiths, poets, motherhood, abundance, and healers.

Here is a link to a video showing you how to make a St. Brigid’s cross: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WErPG3DiT24

Around Town . . .

Calvary Episcopal Church (821 S. 4th St., Louisville) invites you to attend the next program in its 2019-20 Sacred Arts Series, at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday 16 February. A lecture by Dr. John Hale will be followed by a vesper service featuring J. S. Bach’s cantata Aus der Tiefe rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, BWV 131; Schütz’s setting of Psalm 130; and Pachalbel's Magnificat. All are invited to a reception following the service.

Learning Opportunities . . .

The Community of Aiden and Hilda is offering the year long course “Igniting the Flame” again in 2020. The course is designed to help you discover your own Way/Rule of Life and study of Celtic spirituality. There are starting dates in April, July, and October.

Kim H has taken the course if anyone is interested in learning more.

Words from Deacon Jim

SOMETHING NEW! Our Hospitality Ministry

Included in our 2020 (balanced!) budget is a line titled ‘Hospitality Services.’ This is a new program at St. Paul’s and it supports our vision of taking Jesus’ humble yet powerful love and acceptance to people we meet both inside and outside our parish. Jesus’ invitation to ‘follow me’ means that we cannot sit on our self-image as a welcoming parish, we must take it forth outside our walls. Our Hospitality program will give a structure to that goal. Going forward we see the need to:

1. Keep track of our visitors and follow up with calls and information about our church.

2. Explore ways we can be attentive and responsive to the needs of our own parish members. We need to keep our prayer list up to date and develop a prayer ministry to actively pray for those of us who are hurting.

3. Take our story outside our walls, not in a ‘save them from the hellfire and brimstone’ manner but to do what we do best, follow Jesus’ example to ‘meet, greet, listen, connect, and invite.’ WE HAVE A WONDERFUL MESSAGE; LET’S SHARE IT!

REJOICE ALWAYS, PRAY WITHOUT CEASING, GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES, FOR THIS IS GOD’S WILL FOR US!

 

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