Welcome to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, an Anglo Catholic parish where neighborhood people have gathered to serve God since 1849

Mark Your Calendar!

Upcoming Events

  • SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 11:00 am:  High Mass, and the first Sunday of our new Director of Music, Alex Canovas, and our new organist, Nathan Taylor
  • SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 10:00 am-12:30 pm:  Acolyte Training/Retraining followed by a pizza party
  • SUNDAY, JANUARY 28, 11:00 am:  Solemn High Mass, The Solemnity of the Conversion of St. Paul and our Patronal Feast, followed by the Annual Meeting
  • ASH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14; Ashes will be imposed at all three services.
    • 7:30 am, Low Mass
    • 12:00 (noon), Low Mass
    • 7:30 pm, Sung Mass

Decorating the Creche

Click here to enjoy a slideshow from Mass on December 17th, 2017

DEAR FRIENDS

At his Annual Address at the Diocesan Convention last fall, Bishop Provenzano asked every parish to join him in a Covenant of Prayer.  He wrote in part:

We as a community know the power of prayer.  And therefore, we know that possibly the most effective way to change the tenor and combativeness of the world in which we live is to spend significant time in prayer—quiet, peaceful, deep, restorative prayer.   No cell phones, no computers, no TV or newspapers.  Just each of us and Jesus as a way to help change the world that God has given into our care.  Prayer—where it’s just you dancing with the Trinity in the solitude of a place and time, where you look at God and God looks back at you.  

“One would never think of going on a journey without the food and water necessary to sustain the journey.  We normally don’t leave the house for work without having had some sleep, some breakfast, that first cup of coffee or tea or juice?  So why would we expect to journey throughout our day, our lives, without prayer?  What I am asking is simple but significantly transformative.  I believe that, by God’s grace, our prayer will strengthen each of us, and provide a faithful witness in the face of hollow distractions.  The power and depth of our prayer will change each of us and our relationship to the Holy Trinity, the people whom we love, and all those who we interact with in our daily lives.  And this in turn can change how those people interact with people in their daily lives, and on and on.  In this way, our Covenant of Prayer will sustain us as together we share the peace and serenity of God that passes all understanding and give witness to the cause of Jesus Christ in the world.”

The full section of the Bishop’s annual address on the Covenant of Prayer may be found at http://www.dioceseli.org/media/diocesan-news/pastoral-letter-from-bishop-provenzano-a-covenant-of-prayer

The Bishop’s Covenant of Prayer is simply this:  one hour of prayer each day, one day of prayer each month, and eight days of prayer each year.  When stated as a summary in this way, the proposal looks overwhelming, and indeed, our first reaction may be just that:  I can’t possible do this.  But when broken down into manageable parts, it is surprisingly, and perhaps shockingly, easy.  And it can be accomplished is a way that actually opens up your schedule and provides closure to your daily responsibilities, not to mention bringing you peace and drawing you closer to God.  

There are myriad ways of fulfilling this Covenant, ways which can be adapted to your work and family schedules, and I offer here only a few suggestions.  Morning Prayer, about 30 minutes, is offered Monday through Thursday at 7:30 am in the Lady Chapel.  The Church is open every Saturday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm for prayer and meditation.  But you do not need to come to St. Paul’s:  any place where you have the opportunity and time to quiet your mind will do.  The Book of Common Prayer has multiple resources for prayer, and it is easy to use (and if you do need some help, don’t hesitate to ask).  Daily prayer can be easily broken up into three or four short periods per day, as is done in monastic communities.  Pages 136 through 140 of the Prayer Book provide a section of Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families, and you can tailor these devotions for your personal use.  Another option is to pray the Psalms, morning and night.  The Psalter in the Prayer Book is already divided into sections for just this purpose.  You might want to start with 15 minutes a day, perhaps as part of your Lenten Discipline (that’s an unambiguous hint, by the way), and then increase the time as the year goes on.  Prayer is always efficacious and beneficial, whether it’s an hour a day or 15 minutes, and I have no doubt that Bishop Provenzano would rather you sit with God in prayer for any amount of time rather than do nothing.

The Bishop has asked the clergy to provide resources to help our congregations with this Covenant, and to that end, I am putting together an informal prayer manual of sorts, which will be available on the back table in the church.  It  will not be exhaustive but might provide you a place to start if you need help.  You can always set up an appointment with me, and we can work together to find a routine which works for you.  Additionally, each month St. Paul’s will host a day of guided prayer.  These will generally be scheduled on Saturdays, from 10:00 am to 1:00, beginning in February and continuing through November.  

Blessings to us all as we enter into this Covenant of Prayer with our Bishop, with St. Paul’s, and with God.  God is waiting to hear from you.  See you Sunday.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Fr. Wallace

A Prayer of Self-Dedication from The Book of Common Prayer:

Almighty and Eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated to you; and then use us, we pray you, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.