St. Paul’s Parish Newsletter April 6, 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 9
Apr 10 Apr 12
Maundy Thursday The liturgy is found at pg. 274 in the BCP Lessons: Exodus 12:1-10; Ps. 116:1, 10-17; I Corinth. 11:23-26; John 13:1-17,
Good Friday
31b-35
The liturgy is found at pg 276 in the BCP
Lessons: Isa. 52:13-53:12; Ps. 22; Heb. 10:16-25; John
18:1-19, 42
Easter Sunday Bulletin attached
The Collect: O God, who for our redemption gave your only- begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Lessons: Jer. 31:1-6; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Acts 10:34-43; John
20:1-18
Apr 12-May 30 The Season of the Resurrection May 21 Ascension Day

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 St. John’s, Lafayette--The Rev. Dr. Bradley Pace, The Rev. Gretchen Freese. 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, John.
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.
For those who have died: It is with a great deal of sadness that we announce the death of
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two long time parishioners: John "Jack" Bushau died on March 26 . Funeral arrangements
are pending. Please hold Virginia and family in your prayers. Doris Wilson died in St. Augustine, FL on February 19th. Doris' son Bruce Milliken indicated that plans for a memorial service are pending. Both were in their 90' s and both had been active members for years until age began to take its toll. We will surely miss each of them. Eternal rest grant unto them and let light perpetual shine upon their souls.
Pray also for the repose of the soul of Samuel Norman McKenna who died March 31st. Norman was a class mate of Sonny’s from Kindergarten through 12th grade and remained a lifetime friend. He was a cradle Episcopalian, a member of St. Mark' s in Louisville.
‘Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servants Jack, Doris, and Norman. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, the sheep of your own fold, lambs of your own flock, sinners of your own redeeming. Receive them into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.’
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 continue to remember 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.
 
Shannon Truesdale has an embroidery machine and would be happy to create a project for someone who wants something unique and special. You can contact her by email at Digits444@hotmail.com, or by text at 502-295-2086, or by letting Marylee know at the church office.
Thanks to those who contributed to the Easter Baskets for the Youth Shelter, and who helped get them together. They will be much appreciated!
Remember “Here’s the church & here’s the steeple, open the doors”...? Phyllis sees it differently this Easter Sunday:
Here’s the church,
Here’s the steeple,
Look inside,
WHERE’S ALL THE PEOPLE?
WE are socially distancing ourselves, as requested by our communities, states, and federal recommendations.
But there is one thing about our churches that we don’t want to forget: WE ARE THE CHURCH. But at the same time there is a physical building, and workers who maintain it all, and that building and workers need to be maintained too. Let us NOT FORGET to continue to contribute our weekly/bi-monthly/monthly pledges to keep the physical church building going—paying all the same bills WE are all expected to pay. Keep our churches ready to be able to say:
“HERE’S ALL THE PEOPLE” ... together again soon.
--Phyllis J Nelson
 
Words from Deacon Jim:
Life in the Extreme!
As I write this the Surgeon General is warning the coming week will be a time of national reckoning in the fight against Covid-19, saying it will be a “Pearl Harbor” or “9-11” moment in our shared life. As Christians, today we celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, yet knowing that Jesus is facing his own week of reckoning, the culmination of a three-year spiritual trek that will end with death on a cross. Both of these events evoke within us EXTREME feelings; EXTREME joy at even the hint of good news, EXTREME despair at our seeming lack of control, EXTREME fear for ourselves and our society, EXTREME helplessness in the face of chaos.
As followers of Jesus, perhaps we can gain some perspective on our own ‘week of reckoning’ by looking through the eyes of the disciples. What was their experience? The Scriptures tell us that whatever it was that attracted them to Jesus was tested to the EXTREME during this tumultuous week! Today would’ve been a day of EXTREME joy that quickly turned to a deepening sense of foreboding that gave way to fear and then dread and then EXTREME despair. And although Jesus understood what was happening, the disciples mostly didn’t and had to experience all the cataclysmic events happening around them with trust alone. Does this sound familiar as we try to make sense out of our own fateful days?
The Good News (and there is good news) is that the disciples survived their ordeal and joyfully and faithfully spread the word of a Resurrected Savior to the world, and even though we are temporarily cocooned in our homes, we need to ask: are we able to look beyond this week with EXTREME hope for our own resurrection?! Can we imagine the EXTREME satisfaction of worshipping together once more? Can we imagine the EXTREME gratification of our faith vindicated? Can we anticipate the EXTREME comfort of answered prayer?
Our faith tells us that God’s answer to EXTREME times is an all-encompassing GRACE, unearned and freely given. What graces have we seen during the past few days, moments of kindness we have witnessed, moments of reaching out that wouldn’t have happened during less EXTREME times? Moments of humor. Moments of inspiration! Can we see God’s presence in these mercies? Do they authenticate our faith? Do they outshine even the most EXTREME darkness? We believe that God’s love is sufficient to overcome even the most EXTREMES of life’s EXTREMES! Thanks be to a loving and gracious God!
Let us pray together:
O heavenly Father, who hast filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works; that, rejoicing in thy whole creation, we may learn to serve thee with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all things were made, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP P.814)
REJOICE ALWAYS! PRAY WITHOUT CEASING! GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES! FOR THAT IS THE WILL OF GOD FOR US!

Holy Week and Easter Worship—Other Resources
From the Diocese:
A group of congregations from around the diocese will host online worship during Holy Week according to the schedule below:
Holy Monday-Holy Wednesday
These services will be broadcast on the IndyDio Virtual Abbey Facebook page. To see the broadcasts, visit the page and follow it.
 Morning Prayer in English at 8:00 a.m. Eastern/7:00 a.m. Central
 Morning Prayer in Spanish at 8:30 a.m. Eastern/7:30 a.m. Central
 Compline in English at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 p.m. Central
 Compline in Spanish at 8:30 p.m. Eastern/7:30 p.m. Central 
Maundy Thursday-Easter Vigil
The services listed below will available in three ways:
To watch on Facebook, visit the IndyDio Virtual Abbey Facebook page
 To join by video, use this
link: https://zoom.us/j/552313981?pwd=MmRPakZkbmMrQW1ublJIeDViTkN GQT09 and the password indydio.
 To join by phone, call 646-558-8656 and use meeting ID: 552 313 981 and password 404711.
Maundy Thursday
Morning Prayer in English led by St. John's, Lafayette at 8:00 a.m. Eastern/7:00 a.m. Central .
Morning Prayer in Spanish led by St. Peter's, Lebanon at 8:30 a.m Eastern/7:30 a.m. Central
 Evening Prayer in English led by St. Paul's, Evansville at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 p.m. Central
 Evening Prayer in Spanish led by Good Samaritan, Brownsburg at 8:30 p.m. Eastern/7:30 p.m. Central
Good Friday
 Morning Prayer in English led by Trinity, Lawrenceburg at 8:00 a.m. Eastern/7:00 a.m. Central.
 Morning Prayer in Spanish led by St. Peter's, Lebanon at 8:30 a.m. Eastern/7:30 a.m. Central .
 Liturgy of the Day in English led by Trinity, Indianapolis at 12:00 noon Eastern/11:00 a.m. Central.
 Stations of the Cross in English led by St. Paul's,Indianapolis at 6:30 p.m. Eastern/5:30 p.m. Central .
      
 Liturgy of the Day in Spanish led by Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis at 7:30 p.m Eastern/6:30 p.m. Central.
Holy Saturday
Liturgy of the Day led by All Saints', Indianapolis at 8:00 a.m. Eastern/7:00 a.m. Central
Easter Vigil
Bilingual Great Vigil of Easter hosted by Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis and led by Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows at 7:30 p.m. Eastern/6:30 p.m. Central.
From Trinity Church, Wall Street NY:
Wednesday, April 8 Tenebrae (encore presentation of 2018)
6pm-7pm | Online and Facebook Please note: This is an encore presentation of Tenebrae from 2018.
The Office of Tenebrae, including scripture readings and chanted responses, and featuring meditative music by The Choir of Trinity Wall Street. During the service, candles are gradually extinguished. The Rev. Elizabeth Blunt officiates.
Thursday, April 9 Maundy Thursday     6pm-7:15pm | Online and Facebook Live
All-Night Vigil Before the Blessed Sacrament     8pm Thursday-6:30am Friday | Online An overnight silent vigil of prayer and meditation before the Blessed Sacrament, ending at dawn on Good Friday.
Friday, April 10 There will be no morning prayer or evening prayer on Good Friday.
Liturgy of Good Friday     12:05-1:30pm | Online and Facebook Live
The Liturgy of Good Friday, including the Solemn Collects, devotional anthems, and the Passion Gospel according to John. No Holy Communion will be administered. Veneration of the Cross follows until 3pm with the 33 tolls of the Trinity bells. The Rev. Elizabeth Blunt preaches.
Psalms from the Mountain     3pm | Facebook Live Trinity Retreat Center staff share a selection of Psalms for Good Friday, read from the top of Mine Mountain in Western Connecticut.
          
Easter
Saturday, April 11 Easter Vigil at Trinity Retreat Center     7:00pm | Facebook
Live Observe the Easter Vigil, live from the Trinity Retreat Center Monastic Garden.
The Great Vigil of Easter     7:30pm-9:30pm | Online and Facebook Live This symbol-rich liturgy features candlelit readings, psalms and canticles, renewal of baptismal vows, the First Eucharist of Easter, and festive music. The Rev. Winnie Varghese preaches.
Sunday, April 12 Easter Morning Prayers     8:30am | Facebook Live A prayer service streamed live from the Trinity Retreat Center's river shack on Connecticut's Housatonic River.
Easter Festive Eucharist     11:15am-12:30pm | Online and Facebook Live A festive celebration of the Eucharist with hymns and music. The Rev. Phil Jackson preaches.
And from our own St. Paul’s
Although Bishop Jennifer has asked that during the present health crisis no formal in- person worship services occur in the church, there is an opportunity for individuals to use the sanctuary during Holy Week for private meditation. Please contact Marylee at 812-282-1108, or stpaulsjeff@gmail.com to reserve a time and discuss health safety issues.
       

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