30 Mar 2020

St. Paul’s Parish Newsletter March 30, 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: https://cathedral.org/worship/
Diocese of N. Indiana (St. James Cathedral) 10:15 AM Sunday https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC CKWYmjR8F8_Eu1dOKZ1jdA
Apr 5 Palm Sunday Apr 12 Easter Sunday
Collect for Palm Sunday, April 5th:
Lenten Banner by Susan Madara
    Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
At the Liturgy of the Palms: The Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11, The Response: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
The Lessons: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:14- 27:66

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.
We pray for the parish of Good Samaritan, Brownsburg; The Rev. Dr. Gray Lesesne. 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: Jesse, Jack & Virginia, Beverly, Juanita, Doris, Gwen, Mary Sue, Gus, Delani, Nan, David & Michele, Patricia, Sonny.
We also pray for Rev. Doris Motes. Some may recall her as a supply priest here some time ago. She is now in hospice care, and requests our prayers.
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 afternoon. Please put SPTW in the subject line. Many thanks.
THANKS TO ALL who are remembering to send in their pledges and offerings. Bills are being paid on time, and so far we have some funds towards upcoming large payments like the insurance for the church property.
  Need something to do? Kim has a great suggestion:
The Dir. Of Nursing at Hannah’s nursing home approved the use of these masks (link below) for daily preventative care. There is a real shortage. If anyone wants to make some and drop them at church, Hannah could pick them up and get them to the facility.
We can reach out to other facilities if we collect enough.
Kim —
From mj’s meditations today:
handles us
 ...by trying to handle all suffering through willpower, denial, medication, or even therapy, we
 have forgotten something that should be obvious: we do not handle suffering;
 — in deep and mysterious ways that become the very matrix of life and especially
 new life. Only suffering and certain kinds of awe lead us into genuinely new experiences. All
the rest is merely the confirmation of old experience. Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation
 From the Center for Action and Contemplation 3/30/20.
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Words from Deacon Jim:
Social Distancing?
Every now and then Webster’s Dictionary updates its lexicon with words and slogans that because of current events have become cultural catchphrases. This year’s additions will no doubt include ‘sheltering in place’ and ‘flattening the curve’ and ‘social distancing,’ all references to the accursed V-word. But these are more than slogans, aren’t they? Right now these phrases are defining our lives, forcing us into semi- isolation and stretching the fabric that keeps us connected as a society. Along with six feet of separation comes fear: fear of bare shelves at the grocery, fear of opening up our financial statements, fear of facing the future alone. Where is God in ‘social distancing?’
Where indeed! What can I see from a distance of six feet?
· From six feet away I am more aware of and extremely grateful for the kids that serve me my coffee at the McDonald’s drive-thru!
· From six feet away I am more aware of and extremely grateful for the first responders who in spite of the conditions continue to be our first response!
· From six feet away I am more aware of and extremely grateful for the medical community and its selflessness!
· From six feet away I am more aware of and extremely grateful for the postal service. I can’t tell you how comforting it is to see that mail truck come ‘round the bend, even if it’s to bring me bills.
· From six feet away I am more aware of and extremely grateful for a God who hears our prayers!
· From six feet away I am more aware of and extremely grateful for our faith community; it really is something to be a part of Christ’s Body!
[Wait a minute! I’m going to deliberately and by choice INCREASE my social distancing... THERE! I TURNED OFF THE TV! Now I’m culturally adrift! Now I can hear the birds chirp and if I step outside I can feel the warmth of the sun and smell the fragrance of the breeze and take in the rich green of the grass. Wow, God, you weren’t so far away after all, not even six feet!]
The Apostle Paul said it much better in his letter to the church in Rome:
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-9)
Blessings to all, and if you need something, please let someone know!
‘Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for that is God’s will for us!’

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