Welcome to This Week at St. Paul’s. This is a weekly and occasional email from St. Paul’s Church with announcements pertaining to the life and ministry of this parish.
August 18, 2019
The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 a.m. – 12 Noon Staffed Nursery
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
From the Rector:
“If you seek me you will find me if you search for me with all your heart,” wrote the Psalmist describing in his words God’s desire to be found. Some say that “God is nearer to us than the air we breathe.” Yet, our experience suggests otherwise.. We hear seek and than means exerting a strenuous effort for something lost. If we have found we wonder how long the discovery will carry meaning in a world of transient and exponential suffering of which our own is only a fragment or at best we return to a baseline of what Freud called “ordinary unhappiness” or Kierkegaard “ the sickness that lays waste at mid-day.” That is the bad news as it were.
After twenty-five years of both intentional seeking and random being found it appears that God is much more about the infiltration of the ordinary…absorbing that mundane unhappiness and the anxiety at midday and transforming it into something workable and life giving. The kingdom is not something we seek only…it is something that has already been found in the person of Jesus Christ come among us as one of us…. the ever present continuing mystery of the incarnation suggests that our work in the spiritual country is to find God where we least expect God…. among as Brother Lawrence suggested hundreds of years ago…” the pots and pans.”
What follows are some suggestions of how you might do that.
#1 What was your primary emotion yesterday? Where did this feeling come from? Where did it take you? Where did you take it? Can you see the prompting of God, the calling of God in that emotion, passion or feeling?
#2 Walk outside. Search the world around you for something that inspires you….a stone, a leaf, a front door. Examine it carefully and note the details that in passing you might have simply missed. How might you have missed what God has been saying all the time? How might you be more aware of God’s presence?
#3 Think of the person that you love most. What is it that you love about them? What makes them unique? Give God thanks for that person and offer in some concrete way your gratitude for them.
#4 Think about the person you like least. Why do you dislike them? Do you share anything in common? Is it possible to find things to accept or like about them? What do you suppose God sees in that person?
#5 Read Brother Lawrence’s book Practicing the Presence of God.
#6 Listen to the Third movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Pope Pious XII did as he was receiving the last rites of the church. What do you hear? Try the fourth movement of the fifth symphony.
#7 Read the daily news feed as if it were your job to report on what God is doing in this world instead of what God is not doing.
#8 Pray the following prayer every morning before you begin your day and see what happens as a consequence….God be in my head and in my understanding. God be in my eyes and in my looking. God be in my mouth and in my speaking, God be in my heart and in my thinking. God be at my end and at my departing.
#9 Read TS Eliot’s The Four Quartets choosing a line to carry with you throughout the day as a form of meditation.
#10 Get some form of exercise bearing in mind that you are “fearfully and wonderfully made” even if some parts are not working perfectly.
If these are helpful use them. Disregard anything that isn’t in keeping with your spirit. Create your own opportunity. I look forward to hearing what you heard or saw or experienced of the God who abides in the every day.
Keep the Faith and let the Faith keep you,
Rev. Tammy Lee+
Welcome Celia Bane, Guest Organist
Celia Bane is substituting today for our music director, Linda Laughton, who is participating in the 31st Annual Conference on Church Music at Trinity Center. Celia has recently retired following 18 years as full-time Organist and Choirmaster at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Columbia, S.C. Celia began studying organ at the age of 15, and her teachers have included Marilyn Keiser (Brevard College) and David Hurd (Duke University). During her 14 years in Europe, she taught organ and played organ and harpsichord recitals while studying under James Goettsche, organist at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Celia resides in Harkers Island with her husband, and has made herself available as a substitute organist in Carteret County and beyond. Please give her a warm St. Paul’s “Welcome!”
Blessing of backpacks and keys
All students, teachers and administrators are encouraged to attend one of our worship services (8am or 10am) on Sunday, August 25, and to bring your book bags or briefcases to be blessed as you prepare to return to school this fall. Teenagers and young adults are encouraged to also bring their car keys for the blessing. We realize that driving is a privilege and with it is a responsibility to drive safely for the protection of all. Have your friends and neighbors join us.
Parish Picnic and Beach Day
St. Paul’s will hold a Parish Picnic and Beach Day on Sunday, August 25, as we kick-off our new Church year. We want you to attend. We will be gathering at the Beach House at the Trinity Center (on the Oceanside). Fried chicken will be provided – bring a salad, side, bread or dessert. Supper will begin at 4:30 pm. The Beach House will be open beginning at 2:30 pm so come early to sit on the deck or play on the beach, however lifeguards will not be on duty, so swimming will be at your own risk. A sign-up sheet is available on the Parish Hall bulletin board.
Open Choir Rehearsals
The choir returns from summer break and reconvenes regular Wednesday rehearsals in September. The first two rehearsals will be extended as we look at new music for fall, Advent and Christmas. These two rehearsals are open for visitors, spouses, friends, and any who may wish to dip a toe into the waters of St. Paul’s choir (i.e., to check us out before fully diving in). We always welcome new members to help our music thrive (it has been said that the health of a church is reflected in the vitality of its choir). Won’t you join us in the Parish Hall/Choir Room from 6:00 – 9:00 on Wednesday September 4 and 11? Refreshments will be served at the break.
Supplies for Boys and Girls Club
Beaufort’s Boys and Girls Club, which serves youths aged 5 to 18, is always in need of supplies. Baskets will be in the narthex and parish hall until September 12th to receive your gifts of school, crafts and cleaning supplies.
Daughters of the King
Daughters of the King will host a Bible study for the fall. All women who are interested in attending should call Michelle Lasky. The first meeting will be on the evening of September 10,2019.
Service Time Change & Sunday School
Sunday School begins on Sunday, September 8 at 9:30am. Please mark your calendar to attend! Classes are offered from Pre-school through Adult. All classes will meet in the Parish House and New Office Building.
Remember our 2nd worship service time will move forward to 10:45am from the 10am summer schedule. Coffee Time will also resume following the 8am Eucharist. Hope to see everyone in church and Sunday School as we begin a new Christian Formation year.
Wednesday Bible Study
Join us for the Wednesday Bible Study following the noon Eucharist. Each week we will take a close look at the lectionary readings for the upcoming Sunday. All are welcome to join us for reflection and discussion as we explore what Scripture means to our lives now.
Coffee hour is a great opportunity to build our community and welcome newcomers and make them feel at home here at St. Paul’s. Please consider hosting a coffee hour, either alone or with another individual or family. Coffee, lemonade, cookies and doughnuts would be great! The sign-up sheet to host coffee hour is located on the bulletin board in the parish hall.
Outreach for August – Boys and Girls Club of Beaufort
Beaufort’s Boys and Girls Club meets after school daily and in the summer at 601 Mulberry Street and provides a safe, fun and structured environment for youth ages 6 to 18. Its mission is “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” Volunteers are needed as homework helpers, as tutors and at events. For further information or for a tour of the club, contact Joe Smith, parish liaison, at email@example.com. To make a monetary contribution, you may use an outreach envelope (found at the back of the church) or simply drop your check in the plate during the service. Please make checks payable to St. Paul’s Church and write “outreach” and Boys and Girls Club of Beaufort in the memo line. Checks may also be mailed to the church or give online at www.stpaulsbeaufort.org.
To 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,
St. Paul’s website
Go to www.stpaulsbeaufort.org to check out upcoming events, catch up on The Epistle, and make donations online.
Monday, Aug 19
6:00PM 5 Loaves-First Baptist Church
Wednesday, Aug 21
Friday, Aug 23
Sunday, Aug 25 The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
8:45AM-9:45AM Choir Rehearsal