Welcome to St. Paul's!
From Inside the Collar
"Keep your lives free from the love of money.."
What is great about this advice is that it is in the context of reassurance, not scolding. Don't be afraid because God will not leave or forsake us, He is our helper. Imagine: the creator of the universe lives to help you in your problems!
You are wise and thoughtful and you keep your challenges in perspective (the vast majority of the time). You don't sweat the small stuff and you are kind to others. Plotinus said "Be kind, everyone you meet is engaged in a great battle." That describes you, almost all the time.
But when we lose something we really cared about, when a chapter of our lives that we treasure is gone; it is a lot harder to keep perspective. We feel as if we've lost a part of who we are and wonder where God is. Sometimes we want to blame others including God, even though that is neither accurate, nor helpful.
So, we are encouraged to put God first. (Not for his bank account, he doesn't have one. Don't blame God for Church. they aren't the same thing.) But, for our sake: to remind us that WE ARE NOT ALONE. It is NOT all up to us. We have a helper, and what a helper!
Cinderella says :): "Have courage and be kind."
Hebrews says: have courage because God puts us first. Put Him first and watch the "coincidences" roll in. Thankfulness, will be irrepressible and you will be filled with peace.
Mobile, Loaves and Fishes
A number of you helped St. Paul’s make a successful transition to serving a new-to-us shelter this
past month. Thanks to you and the Holy Spirit, our first truck run there went extremely well. The men
we served at Emmanuel House in Providence were most appreciative of all the wonderful food you
donated, and the staff welcomed us. We are looking forward to continuing there, with your help.
God bless the loving hearts of our St. Paul’s people, as we join in preparing for our upcoming truck run on
Tuesday, September 13.