Welcome to St. Paul's!
If you are looking for a church community, you may have just found it! St Paul’s has a long tradition of superb music, an inviting Sunday School, active youth group and effective outreach. This is a place where God is first and you can make a difference.
"...the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart."
I Samuel 16:7b
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
+ There will be "Coffee with the Rector" time between service at 8:30 on Sunday mornings in the chapter room (behind the sanctuary). This is an easy time to touch base, share thoughts...I'm right here :)
+By Request, Daily Morning Prayer "How to": (Proper 6, Year 2 beginning Sunday) begins on pg. 78 of the BCP with one of the sentences from "at any time". Then we say the Confession and absolution (with the substitutions listed in italics). Then one Invitatory and the Psalm for the day (Year 2 on right hand side, pg 971, psalms to left of the diamond of dots are for Morning, to the right are for evening). Then lessons as listed on pg 971, with a Canticle after OT and Epistle. Then Creed (pg 96, the Lord's Prayer, one of the sets of Suffrages, one or more collects :), a prayer for mission (pp.100-101), the General Thanksgiving and one of the concluding sentences of scripture on pg 102.
(I use all three lessons in the morning, because I seldom get to say evening prayer and I don't want to miss anything, but most folks use only 2 in the morning and the Gospel in the evening.)
+ The Sunday School will again sponsor "Movies on the Greeneway" this summer. Please stay tuned! How about "The Incredibles", as the new one is coming out... Field trip to see it together?
+ Parish Prayer Calendar for June: Visitors. We are all newcomers to God, always. Always a gift and an invitation of God, never earned or entitled. How about another newcomer get together, broadly defined: anyone in the last five years?
+ Updated Food Pantry Requests: canned corn, cereals (other than cheerios and corn flakes), condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo), hygiene items (shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste & toothbrushes, diapers, etc.)
+ Where did you see God today? Prayer changes everything. (It certainly changes the one praying.) Thank you God. Jesus prayed...
+ Please call the office if you or someone you know needs a visit.
+ How is God calling you? Where is your positive energy/enthusiasm: "en" "theos"? How is God weaving your dangling threads together to make you equipped?
From Inside the Collar
Be careful what you pray for...
...the Lord does not see as mortals see...
...my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor your ways my ways...
We do know that, but we judge anyway. We are fairly consistent; we judge everyone including ourselves. Love your neighbor as yourself? Yikes.
But as we are not God, we are not qualified. We don't know what he knows, see as he sees, live as he lives. Only Jesus is qualified to judge, and he would rather die than judge us.
Lord, let me think your thoughts, that I may do your will and see it bear fruit. May the old ways pass away and make me a new creation.
Loaves & Fishes RI
Summer!!! We continue with our monthly truck runs to the Emmanuel House shelter downtown. This is the season we serve lemonade and iced tea—while the meatball sandwiches are a year-round favorite, as are all the other wonderful items you donate. Bless you for your caring hearts! Our friends there are so appreciative!