Many of us have come from different faith traditions; some from no tradition. However, all of us have been drawn to this sacred place seeking answers to life's deeper questions.
As an intergenerational community of faith, we celebrate God's graciousness by proclaiming in word and deed that God's love is abundant and unconditional. Our spiritual commitment to social justice and ministry beyond our walls calls us to individual and collective action.
Wherever you are on your journey with, or toward God, from any tradition or none, you are welcomed and invited to experience God's life-giving grace and peace with us at St. Paul's.
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SUNDAY MORNINGS AT ST. PAUL'S
please see "Weekly Calendar" below for details
8:00 -- Contemplative Communion Service in Chapel with time for silence and shared reflections on the readings
9:00 -- Christian Education for All Ages: Sunday School and Youth Group in Lower Level, Adult Education in Lichtenberger Room
10:00 -- Holy Communion with Music, Choir and Sermon in the Sanctuary
11:00 -- Coffee and Conversation
Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello
Sermon – July 17, 2016
After Columbine, we offered thoughts and prayers
And after Haiti
And after Sandy Hook
And after Paris
And after Ferguson
And after Orlando
And after Baton Rouge
And after Falcon Heights
And after Dallas
And after Nice
This weekend we celebrate the 4th of July – Independence Day.
What might we mean by “God Bless America” or “America, America, God shed his grace on thee?”
I don’t believe that God blesses this country any more or less than any other. That simply goes against everything we believe about how God works.
For me, the key in hearing the words to the hymns we call patriotic is to remember that they are not statements of fact, but petitions, or prayers, requests of God to bless us, to shed God’s mercy on us, not because we deserve it any more than anyone else, but because we need it just as much as anyone else.
In order to be a people working together in this particular part of the world to bring about God’s dream for the whole world, we need God’s blessing; we need God’s grace shed on us to work out God’s purpose together.
|This Sunday at St. Paul's: July 31|
8:00 am Holy Eucharist with Reflection (Backyard, weather permitting)
10:00 am Holy Eucharist with Sermon (Sanctuary)
11:15 am Coffee Hour (Backyard, weather permitting)
|St. Paul's at the Red Sox|
Last Thursday, July 21, a group of 19 people from St. Paul's went to enjoy the Red Sox game against the Minnisota Twins! It was a fun game (we won), wonderful seats, and the company was second to none!
We give great thanks for Sammy Hanlon for organizing and coordinating this trip. This may become a summer tradition.
Sammy has gifted us some lovely baseball picture frames in the office.
They will be available during coffee hour if you would like to pick one up!
|Would you like to go to Canobie Lake Park?|
Canobie Lake Park is a family amusement park in New Hampshire. We are thinking about doing a trip out there on Sunday, August 14 or Sunday, August 21 after church. Please reach out if you would be interested!
|Staff Vacation Updates|
|We want to celebrate your birthday. Do we have yours?|
Between our old, incomplete database and our database transition, we are missing several folks birthdays. We use birthday information to send birthday cards and to include folks in prayers of the people during their birthday week in celebration of your life!
To remedy this, we are asking that you do one of two things:
1. If you have signed up for the online parish directory:
a. please log into onrealm.org/stpaulsec
b. go to "my profile"and "info"
c. edit personal information
d. enter in your birth month, day and year*
*The year is required on the online parish directory because if you are under the age of 18, profiles have particular limitations and privacy settings to protect our youth. If you are uncomfortable entering in your birth year and are over the age of 18, please enter in a birth year that puts you over the age of 18. For incomplete profiles, I've been entering in 1990 as the birth year because in my experience, 1990 was a great year to be born!
e. click "save" at the bottom of the page
|"Field Trip" to worship at the Society of St. John the Evangelist:
|Letter from Bishop Gates re: Diocesan Mission Strategy|
http://www.diomass.org/diocesan-news/our-new-mission-strategy-letter-bishop-gatesIf you haven't already read it, please click on the above link to access a letter issued by Bishop Gates on July 27 to the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts regarding the diocese's new mission strategy.
|Join us for Yoga on Wednesday Mornings at 7:00 am!|
A Yoga practice at St. Paul's is in full swing! For the summer, classes will be at 7:00 am on Wednesday mornings in the Lichtenberger Room.
This class is an opportunity to experience an embodied spiritual practice. Our very own Martha Curtis is an experienced Kripalu trained Hatha yoga teacher and is offering this meditative yoga class for both beginning and more experienced yoga practitioners. Classes are free, and the focus will be on meditation and simple yoga postures. We have extra yoga mats and bolsters, so all you need to bring is your body, mind and spirit! All are invited to drop in for some early morning peacefulness.
|What is that black case?|
Each Sunday at the end of Communion, we see Jeff pass a black case, a portable communion kit, to one of our four Eucharistic visitors. The case contains consecrated elements of Bread and Wine to be carried into the Community and brought to those who are not able to be present among us each week. Sometimes the visit takes place that same Sunday; more often, later in the week or month. This personal, intimate service is shared within a home, a hospital or a health care facility. That black case, sent from the altar of St. Paul's, becomes a representation of the care and concern of our Community beyond our walls and God's ever present love for every one of us, wherever we find ourselves.
If you know someone who would benefit from a Communion visit, please inform either Jeff, the parish office or any member of the Eucharistic Visitors Team.
Maryann Kurkjian, Eucharistic Visitor Coordinator
|Mark your calendars - our annual YARD SALE is coming:
Serving Us This Week
Memorials, Prayers, and Celebrations
CelebrationsWe remember and celebrate the birthdays of David Toomey, Julie Starr, Eleanor Underwood, Linda Sanches, Kathleen Campbell, and Casey Gabryelski.
Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Camille J-F, Janet R., Edward J., David F., Dottie W., Randy Lewis and Family, Bill H., Kendall G., Charles P., Ruth R., Paul, John P., Isobel W-I., Annette W., Martin S., Deborah F., Gerke V., Tom D., Tracy M.,
Betty C., Peter H., and those in the military: Lucas S. and Hana L.
|Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21|
Wherever you are on your journey with or toward God,
you are welcome and invited at St. Paul's!