This Week at St. Paul’s
Welcome. This is a weekly and occasional email from St. Paul’s Church with announcements pertaining to the life and ministry of this parish.
From the Rector:
Dear Friends in Christ:
I just took a long walk through the streets of Beaufort with a friend and a physician. Five plus miles to be exact where we passed friend and stranger, all observing their appropriate social distance and all trying to find hope in the midst of a rapidly changing landscape. I knew the governor was speaking this afternoon and I kept wondering what further changes would be in store. We are like the photo of a dead and budding flower side by side that I sent out on St. Paul’s Instagram (@stpaulsbeaufortnc) yesterday “living in that strange and liminal time known as between the now and the not yet.” Dr. Seuss called it the waiting place. Some sarcastically referred to the waiting place as purgatory. It is in that place where what has been is no more and what is coming is like nothing we have ever known.
The gifts of the waiting place are found in Paul’s fifth letter to the Romans. In it he writes that suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character and character produces hope and hope does not disappoint. Greg Sterling the Dean of Yale Divinity School said he was disturbed by this sequencing… preferring instead what felt obvious…. Shouldn’t it read that suffering produces hope
Greg goes on to ask why Paul put faith last on the list of all of this…It is only in living through it that our faith becomes shaped into something that feels more tangible. A true rock in a storm, a shelter in fitful weather, something worth clinging to as we are battered about in our too small lifeboats. There is truth to that hymn… “All my hope on God is founded.”
“All my hope on God is founded.” Try that on for size in these days of waiting ahead. I promise you, it will be good enough. Trust that there is something holy and good on the other side of this madness.
Keep the Faith and let the Faith keep you,
Rev. Tambria Lee +
I am inviting the entire parish to a series of Zoom meetings known as Tea with Tammy. Think of it as a different form of coffee hour. We will post the link in a parish email to you and you are invited to sign on then. Depending upon the response we will subdivide into groups. We know of at least three groups: those who are working from home, those who are providing essential services, parents with small children. If you are having trouble with the technology, we will help you through it. Let us know by email if you wish to participate and we will add you to the list. Respond to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are working as we speak on getting resources out to our children. Sunday School by Zoom may well be a possibility at St. Paul’s. I have ordered special children’s Bibles for each household. The Children’s Illustrated Bible. Until then, my former colleague Boykin Bell in Chapel Hill is doing some wonderful things with the children. See the link on Chapel of the Cross’ website for these details https://cotcchildandfam.org. I would also invite you to look at Virginia Theological Seminary’s webpage for education of young souls. https://buildfaith.org.
March 29, 2020
The Fifth Sunday in Lent
Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
We will have the following opportunities to connect through online experiences. Be sure to look for emails and check our Facebook page for more information. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here. Follow us on Instagram @stpaulsbeaufortnc.
Morning Prayer for Sunday, March 29, 2020, The Fifth Sunday in Lent, will be live on Facebook at 10:45 a.m. and will be posted later on YouTube. The order of service can be found here:Morning_Prayer_March_29_
Please note that you do not have to “be” on Facebook to participate in the live streams of services. All you have to do is click Facebook and when it asks if you want to create an account click “Not Now”. You will be able to see all of St. Paul’s posts, but not able to comment on them.
If you have any difficulty connecting to any of the above links, please contact the church office at email@example.com. We will be happy to call you and walk you through the steps.
How can we pray for you? Rev. Tammy is in church every day praying. Please send your prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear St. Paul’s Parishioners, Family and Friends – During these trying times, let us continue to pray for one another, for our community, for those who are sick, and for those who work to heal, and those who are developing a cure for COVID-19.
If you or anyone you know needs something, please call or email the office. If you do not want to go to the grocery store or to pick up a prescription, or anything due to concern of being at risk, let the church help you.
Vestry will be calling the St. Paul’s family to check on you, so if you see a number come up on your phone and you don’t recognize it, it could be one of your Vestry members.
So wash your hands, pray, hope, and pledge as you can.
Parish Emails will be sent to keep you informed about church closures, new parish initiatives, online services, as well as other information. If you have provided us with your email address and are not getting these emails, please double check your spam/junk folders. If you have changed your email address, please contact the church office at email@example.com so we can get you added to the email recipients list.
Although the Church Office Building is closed we are available through phone messages or email. All messages and emails are being checked on a regular basis. Please contact us if you have a need or know of someone who is in need. Staff will be here as needed to make sure that our St. Paul’s family is kept informed of services that are being streamed and needs of our families and communities are being met as best we can.
All activities that take place at the Church are suspended until further notice.
Please contact the office at 252-728-3324 if you have a pastoral emergency. For all other needs or questions please email church@stpaulsbeaufort.
Patti Dill ECW Scholarships Available
Outreach for March – Thompson Child and Family Focus
Prayer RequestsTo add your name or the name of a loved one to the prayer list, contact the St. Paul’s Office at 728-3324 or email firstname.lastname@example.org,
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