29 June 2020

 St. Paul’s Parish Newsletter
June 29, 2020
Calendar Reminders
July 6 11:00 am St. Paul’s On-Line Worship Service—FaceBook Live link for this week:
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 5th Sunday after Pentecost (July 5th )
O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and
ever. Amen.
The Lessons:
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     Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67; Psalm 45: 11-18; Romans 7:15-
 25a; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

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.
On July 5th, in the diocesan cycle of prayer we pray for St. Andrew’s, Greencastle, The Rev. Mark Van Wassenhove. 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.
For the peace of the world, for the welfare of the holy Church of God, and for the unity of all peoples,
For the good earth which God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to conserve it,
For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphans, and for the sick and the suffering. We remember all who have asked us to remember them in prayer ... Virginia, Beverly, Juanita, Gwen, Mary Sue, Gus, Delani, Nan, David & Michele, Patricia, Sonny, John, Fred and Kacey.
For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, and for all who remember and care for them,
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.
In the communion of St Paul and all the saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life, to Christ our God.
For all who fear God and believe in you, Lord Christ, that our divisions may cease, and that all may be one as you and the Father are one, we pray to you, O Lord. Make us one in heart and mind to serve you with joy forever. Amen.
From the SPTW team:
ONLINE MORNING PRAYER SERVICES: The next service will begin Sunday, July 5th at 11:00 am. It will be on Facebook
Live: https://www.facebook.com/StPaulsJeff/posts/3190550197673987
If you want to review or share the service from June 21, Kelly and Charlene have edited it beautifully and posted it on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhiri3OGGkA
   
INCOME FOR THE CHURCH is slowing down, and we need to ask those who have not been able to keep up their pledges, or provide an offering, to please try to do so. We have kept up our payments so far, and need to continue doing so. THANKS to those who will respond, and THANKS ALSO to all of you who have remained faithful in your pledges and offerings.
CHALLENGE FOR THIS WEEK: Look through your Parish Directory and get in contact with someone you have not spoken to since March. Find out how they are doing, if they need anything, and let them know they are in our prayers.
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!
The Parish Secretary would like to inform everyone that regular office hours for the rest of the summer will be Monday through Wednesday, and Friday, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.
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: (Sermon from June 28th )
What To Make Of It All?
A Cup of Cool! Matthew 10:40-42
This week’s Gospel reading completes a section in Matthew where Jesus gathers his disciples together and gives them the authority to go out into the world preaching and teaching and healing in Jesus’ name. In these verses we sense Jesus’ concern in sending them into what he knows will be a hostile environment; he calls them his ‘little ones’ and sees them as lambs in the midst of wolves. And his instructions to them as they depart reflect a worry any parent could understand: travel in pairs, he tells them, stay within Israel, don’t carry any money or weigh yourself down with needless comforts. If you go into a town and are well-received, stay there and tend all who come, but if you receive the cold shoulder, leave at once and shake the dust off your feet. Be prepared, Jesus says, to suffer at the hands of men; you’ll be going against the seats of power and they’ll push back, sometimes violently. But if you are arrested, don’t worry, I’ll put the right words in your mouths. Remember, your message is that a new Kingdom of God is coming soon. The old Kingdom of God isn’t gonna like it.
Now today’s verses provide a finish to these instructions. Jesus makes a distinction among the people tasked with preaching this coming Kingdom: he names Prophets, those called by God to speak God’s truth to power, then there are the Righteous, whose good deeds are well-known in the community. And then there are the others, yes, among them
  
the Sainted Twelve Jesus was about to empower for apostolic ministry, but there are also many unnamed, less-famous followers whose only motivation was a trusting faith and an earnest desire to walk with Jesus in humble obedience. It’s evident that Jesus has an especially soft spot in his heart for these ‘little ones.’ Listen again to these words: ‘And whoever gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.’
A cup of cold water on a hot and dry and dusty journey... such a simple expression of hospitality. It’s something anyone can offer a weary traveler just passing through. Yet there’s a little bit more here than meets the eye. Scholars tell us that, instead of ‘a cup of cold water,’ a more accurate translation of this verse is ‘a cup of cool.’ Let’s see how that reads: ‘And whoever gives to one of these little ones a cup of cool...’
I wonder who in their formative years had the pleasure or the curse of attending Vacation Bible School? My Bible School years were in the late 50’s and early 60’s, before air- conditioning was widespread, when summer evenings were so hot people sat out on their front porches, when churches actually opened their windows, when kids slept in their parents’ bedroom because it was likely the only room with a window fan. Bible School was usually held in July, when the days were especially sweltering, and the high point of the morning was around 10:00 when one of the moms would enter the room with a tray of Dixie Cups filled with, you guessed it, Kool-Aid.
If this was your experience, take a minute and relive it. The anticipation as you took the paper cup in your hand, the impatience while the teacher prayed over it, and, finally, that refreshing, delicious sweetness. The only bad thing was it was gone in two swallows. But in spite of the fact that in today’s culture ‘don’t drink the Kool-Aid’ has taken on a negative connotation, Kool-Aid is, and has been for decades, an American icon, right up there with the New York Yankees and a ’57 Chevy.
Can you recall Kool-Aid on a hot summer day? The water droplets forming on the outside of the pitcher, the distinctive clink when Mom stirred in the ice cubes? What was your favorite flavor? Grape? Cherry? And then there was the name! Not lemonade or orangeade, but... Kool-Aid. It hits your psyche in a completely different spot. It’s the difference between satisfying your thirst and lowering your temperature.
Folks living in the Roman Empire 2,000 years ago would not have understood the term ‘sugar-sweetened soft drink’ but they would’ve understood ‘Cool,’ and all of us, ancient and modern, in our own way yearn for ‘a cup of cool.’
1. A cup of cool that refreshes the body after mowing the lawn on a blistering August afternoon.
2. A cup of cool that lowers the fever of life lived at a frantic pace under unrelenting stress.
3. A cup of cool in the form of gratitude shown to a first responder doing dangerous work on our behalf.
4. A cup of cool that provides a bit of shade for a homeless person, a person for which there is no escape from the stifling heat of the day.

5. A cup of cool in the form of a visit to the lonely or a call to a friend.
6. A cup of cool that calms the anxiety of living with Covid-19.
7. A cup of cool that quells the fires of racial strife.
8. A cup of cool to revitalize and refocus our call to minister in Jesus’ name.
Think for a minute: what would ‘a cup of cool’ look like in your life? What would it calm that which needs calming? What stress would it relieve? What fever would it assuage? What energy would it refresh? What crisis would it give perspective? Now envision offering ‘a cup of cool’ to someone you meet, someone in distress. What would you offer as ‘your cup of cool?’ What has God given you that you in turn could give them to provide cooling respite in their time of trouble?
In these marvelous verses we see Jesus intent on bringing about a world-changing, new Kingdom of Heaven on Earth, nothing less than a re-ordering of Creation. Yet we also see a caring father worrying about his children and how they will fare as they spread the Good News. And we can understand his appreciation for anyone who would ease his ‘little ones’ journey along the way, even if it is as simple as offering them ‘a cup of cool’ on a hot day: ‘And whoever gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water, ‘a cup of cool’ because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.’ May God’s gift to us this day be ‘a cup of cool’ to refresh us as we go about God’s work in the world, and may our gift to those we meet be a cooling cup of lovingkindness from our own hands.
Let us pray a Prayer for the Diversity of Races and Cultures:
(BCP P.840) ‘O God, who created all peoples in your image, we thank you for the wonderful diversity of races and cultures in this world. Enrich our lives by ever-widening circles of fellowship, and show us your presence in those who differ most from us, until our knowledge of your love is made perfect in our love for all your children; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
REJOICE ALWAYS! PRAY WITHOUT CEASING! GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES! FOR THAT IS THE WILL OF GOD FOR US!
 

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