SPTW: Jan 7, 2020

St. Paul’s This Week

 

Calendar

Jan 8 at 10:30 – Spiritual Companion Group.

Jan 12 at 10:15—Holy Eucharist and Homily, Rev. GeorgineBuckwalter.

•​Ushers:  Ben and Debbie

•​Lectors:  Luke and Sam

•​Chalicist: Phyllis

•​Counters:  Sonny and Ben

Jan 12 at 7 pm – Contemplative Service  (6:30, prayer practice)

St Paul’s Outside the Walls -- packaged children’s underwear for Communities in Schools

Jan 22 at 6 pm – Bible Study and Pitch-in dinner

Jan 23 at 6:30pm--Vestry Meeting

Jan 26 -- Annual Parish Meeting & lunch

 

 

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A Spotlight on The Kinship Project

Marylee presented a forum on “All the Same Family and the Kingdom of God” on January 5. You can find extra copies of the notes in the Parish Hall (table near the water fountain with the Earth Poster). 

 

 

Words from Deacon Jim

 

What Binds Us Together 1 The Episcopalian Three-Legged Stool!

 

Well, here we all are at the dawn of 2020, looking into the coming decade with a mixture of

hope and anxiety, see-sawing back and forth between certainty (‘God is in Control!’) and

uncertainty (‘Please, God, if you’re out there, come and take control!’) As we take our first

steps into the new year let’s pause a moment and consider just what it is that binds us together

as a community of faith.

 

The Episcopal Church would like us to envision a three-legged stool:

We are bound together by Scripture. The first leg of our three-legged stool is Scripture. Every

week we feast on God’s Word! We hear Old Testament stories of a God who was faithfully

present in the history of Israel and the lives of our Hebrew forebears. We recite psalms, those

magnificent hymns of our Judeo-Christian faith. We read excerpts from Paul’s letters to his

churches and in doing so come to understand the problems and promise of being a Body of

Christ. And finally we hear the Good News of Jesus Christ, brought down from the altar and

proclaimed in the midst of the congregation. This rich scriptural heritage is ours to own and as

we share it we are drawn ever closer to our faith and to each other.

 

We are bound together by tradition. The second leg of our three-legged stool is tradition. Our

Anglo-Catholic faith goes back 500 years and is still vibrant today in part because of the many

liturgical practices that have been passed down over the centuries and continue to define us as

a worshipping body. We honor them every time we sing or pray or take communion, and we

take common comfort in the familiarity of these ancient traditions. P.S. Keep an eye on what

actually happens in a service. You’ll be surprised (and inspired!)

 

We are bound together by reason. The third leg of our three-legged stool is our embracing of

reason. It is said if you ask 10 Episcopalians a question you will get 11 opinions. Yes, we do

have a set of core beliefs, scripturally based and articulated in our Creeds (the Nicene and the

Apostles’) but we recognize that a person’s life experience is important, too. That’s why in the

Episcopal Church a cup of coffee and a good discussion is so important. It’s this intentional

respect of another person’s life story that connects us!

There you have it! Scripture, tradition and reason! May we as the children of God continue to

rely on these foundations of our faith and may they continue to strengthen us as a parish as we

journey hand in hand into the next chapter in our history.

 

REJOICE ALWAYS, PRAY WITHOUT CEASING, GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES, FOR THAT

IS THE WILL OF GOD FOR US!

 

Words from Sonny

Ever give any thought to what it takes to keep a church operating without a priest in charge/rector? 

 

One arrives on Sunday morning and finds the doors open, the lights lit, and coffee brewing in the parish hall. The building is warm and clean. That doesn’t just happen Harry Potter-like with the wave of a wand.

Someone took on the task of setting the automatic thermostats to kick on in time to heat or cool the building; someone got up early to unlock the building, set the lighting, set the coffee pot to brew in time for the folks who arrive early for the morning forum. Someone else got up to get to the donut shop because what’s coffee without donuts? Someone else spent some time preparing the morning forum.

When it’s time for service to begin there is a service leaflet prepared and ready to pick up. There is generally a greeter/usher to hand it out. Someone has lit the candles and laid out the communion vessels. The service begins with a priest, deacon, verger, lectors and lay chalicist.

 

That is a lot people involved ---- and guess what --- most volunteered to do this. And in the background someone volunteered to run the office, answer the phone, keep the books, write the checks, print the

leaflets, and on and on and on. It takes a lot of people to keepoperations moving smoothly. If you haven’t volunteered you too can be a part of the operations of keeping the program functioning. Just ask and you can have a task also.

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