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  THE GABRIEL
Parish Newsletter for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church September 27, 2021
Calendar Reminders
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Oct 10 Visitation:
6:00 PM NA Meeting
6:30 PM Prayer Circle 9:30-11:00 am AA Meeting
Bishop Jennifer Annual
9:30 am Meet with Vestry
10:15 am Holy Eucharist
11:45 am Pitch-In Lunch & visit with
Bishop
Oct 17 10:15 am Holy Eucharist, with Rev. Larry Minter. On Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/StPaulsJeff/live_ videos/
Collect for 20th Sunday after Pentecost (October 10th)
Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever Amen.
The Lessons: Amos 5:6-7,10-15; Psalm 90:12-17; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31
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OUR PARISH PRAYERS:
For Michael our Presiding Bishop, for Jennifer our Bishop, for Mauricio Bishop of our companion diocese of Brazilia, for St. Andre’s school in Mithon in Haiti. In our Diocesan Cycle of Prayer we pray for St. Luke’s, Shelbyville--Mr. Charlie Rodenhuis, Senior Warden; and we pray for all who minister in Christ’s name.
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done.
We pray for your Church: For her faithful members and the work they do in your name. We pray for St. Paul’s that the Spirit may lead us to those for
whom this community would be life giving. We pray for the followers of all faiths, that they may find a path of love and justice for all your people.
Your kingdom come, Your will be done.
We pray for this nation: For this election season and its national, state and local races, For candidates and those in authority to place people first over dissention and division; For the disunity between groups in power, that they may fruitfully work together.
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done.
We pray for the world:
For people who are jobless, and often hopeless,
For people caught in war-torn areas, remembering especially Afghanistan, For people who are hungry, or suffering from weather-related disasters, For peace, and the will to work together to give peace a chance.
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done.
We pray for our community:
For the beauty of this area,
For those who enrich our lives with a rich array of arts For public servants who enrich our common life.
Your kingdom come
Your will be done.
We pray for those who suffer , especially Virginia, Beverly, Juanita, Gwen, Mary Sue, Delani, Nan, David & Michele, Patricia, Sonny, John, Fred, Laura and Robert. For people struggling with COVID, or with other undiagnosed or terminal illnesses,
For people having surgery.
For people caught in drug addictions, and a web of accompanying problems, Comforter of the suffering, warm our hearts and hands to loving service.
Your kingdom come
Your will be done.
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We pray for the departed:
For the victims of Covid-19, that we may never forget their lives For loved ones, that we may remember how they touched us, Your kingdom come
Your will be done.
Lord of the Church, hear our prayer and make us one in heart and mind to serve you with joy forever. Amen.
FROM THE GABRIEL TEAM:
NEXT SUNDAY (October 10th ): Bishop Jennifer Annual Visitation. Holy Eucharist will be celebrated by the Bishop. At 9:30 the Bishop will meet with the Vestry in the Parish Hall, with the Sunday worship service to begin at 10:15 in the church. Following the service, there will be a Pitch-In lunch, after which the Bishop will have an informal discussion period with members. Don’t forget—the little red wagon is waiting to be filled with food donations for the Center for Lay Ministries!
ONLINE SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES: The next service will begin Sunday, October 10th at 10:15 am. 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.
Yesterday was World Communion Sunday, and as you would have observed the morning hours were celebrated during significant thunder, lightening, and pouring rain. Needless to say, we did not meet on the lawn at Wall St. Methodist church as planned. Fortunately First Presbyterian Church was willing to open their gym to the crowd and once again the Downtown Churches gathered together for this celebration. At St. Paul’s, because of concerns for COVID, seasonal flu, and generally getting our elderly members out in the storm, we used the liturgy designed by the World Council of Churches as provided by the Downtown church group, and worshiped with them in spirit. We did have a lovely service!
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BISHOP’S VISITATION ON OCTOBER 10TH
Bishop Jennifer will arrive for her annual visit to our parish on Sunday, October 10th. She will meet with the Vestry at 9:30 am, celebrate Holy Eucharist at 10:15 am, and also chat informally with the membership in the Parish Hall during and after our famous Pitch-In lunch. Rev. Suzanne will be here to help us make sure we do everything right! Please make every effort to be with us and welcome our Bishop.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE HYMN? We are presently choosing our hymns for Sunday morning services from the ballots of most-loved hymns from either the blue H82 hymn book, or from Lift Every Voice and Sing (LEVAS). So far, we have received 16 votes for favorite hymns! Each vote will result in your favorite being on the list of hymns one Sunday in the near future. So far, two hymns—Lift High the Cross, and Morning Has Broken—have received more than one vote. Each has been scheduled to open a Sunday service already!
If you cannot be present at services this month, you may still vote by emailing the information (Name and Number and which hymnal it is in) and your name to the church, or pick up a ballot slip on the table in the Parish Hall any Sunday in October. I wonder what hymns will eventually receive the most votes? Regardless, every vote entitles that hymn to be sung in one of our services until we have completed the roster.
LAY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS, Dennis and Charlene McAndrews, are 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 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 shawls and gloves 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 : MTWF 10:00-4:30 and Thurs 10:00 to 1:00 pm.
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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