SPTW: Feb 4, 2020

St. Paul’s This Week


Feb 9 at 10:15—Homily and Holy Eucharist, Chaplain Baldridge from the Seamens' Institute followed by a pitch-in lunch. 

Today is Scouts’ Sunday!

• Ushers: Steve and Pam

• Lectors: Luke and Sam

• Chalicist: Phyllis

• Counters: Sonny and Ben

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 6:30 -- Prayer Practice

Feb 9 at 7 -- Contemplative Service 

From the SPTW team . . .

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In the Church . . . .

Remembering the family of Mercer Ann Massey Kemp (Marylee J)

Healing prayers for Sonny M and Bill M.

Around Town  . . . 

The Drug Facts week was a success, well attended and well received.

Feb 15 at 9:30 – There will a pancake breakfast with JeffBoat workers in the Parish Hall.

Words from Deacon Jim

Why Do We Do What We Do? - 1 Why do we pray so much?

We’re a diverse lot, and it is estimated that 70% of us come from other faith traditions. So what holds us together? Well, through this diversity we are drawn by a common understanding of the importance of prayer, liturgy and most of all the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. We tend more toward looking at Creation with hope and a reasonable faith rather than strict adherence to a prescribed doctrine. For 400 years we have been connected not by the things we believe but by the prayers we pray. That makes us sort of unique, wouldn’t you say?

Consider this prayer:

‘Almighty Father, whose blessed Son before his passion prayed for his disciples that they might be one, as you and he are one: Grant that your Church, being bound together in love and obedience to you, may be united in one body by the one Spirit, that the world may believe in him whom you have sent, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.’ [Collect for the Unity of the Church (BCP, p. 255)]

Can you and your neighbor both pray this prayer with confidence and yet disagree on how (or if) Jesus was able to feed 5,000 people with five loaves and two fishes? If you can say ‘yes’ to that question then you can begin to understand what holds us together, and why so much of what we do during a service is prayer! It’s no accident that our Episcopalian ‘Owner’s Manual’ is called the Book of Common Prayer!



-material drawn from A People Called Episcopalians by John Westerhoff and Sharon Pearson.

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