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

UPCOMING EVENTS

PRAYER DAY (Part of our Prayer Covenant with Bishop Provenzano)

Saturday, April 28, 2:00-4:00, in the Library.  Click here more information. 


INSTRUCTED EUCHARIST

1:00 pm, Sunday, April 29 (right after Coffee Hour)

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Sunday School resumes this Sunday, April 15.


KNITTING AND CRAFTING CIRCLE

St Paul’s Knitting & Crafting Circle will convene again for the next four Sundays following Sunday Service through 2PM, on April 8, 15, 22 and 29.  All skill levels are welcome—come for basic instruction or just the sharing of techniques. Bring a project you are working on of some yarn and needles to start. Beginners are advised to have worsted of bulky weight yarns and  (US) needles size 6 to 10. A light lunch of soup and bread will be available.

DEAR FRIENDS,

Unfortunately, the Season of Easter and the Season of Christmas share a similar fate in the minds of most people.  They are preceeded by a season of preparation and an increasing level of work and intensity as the actual day approaches.  Then, when the Feast Day itself has come and is over, we think of it as the end, and we sigh and say, “Well, I’m glad that’s over for another year.”  In point of fact, as I wrote in my Eblast last December, Christmas and Easter are the beginning of something, not the end. Christmas Day begins a season of only twelve days, and even then it doesn’t take people long to starting saying, “But Christmas is over.”  Easter Day begins a season that lasts for seven weeks.  This corresponds to the forty days Our Lord was on earth after his Resurrection, continuing to teach his Disciples, plus the ten days from his Asension until the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, a total of 50 days—in fact, the word “pentecost” means the “fiftieth day.”  But my point is that Easter is not over just because the actual day has come and gone on the calendar; its joy and celebration continue apace. And that’s only liturgically, that is in terms of our church year and the customs and character of our worship. Easter and the Resurrection of Our Lord is, after all, the center of this thing we call Christianity, and it should live spiritually in our hearts and minds and inform and direct our lives practically all year long.  To be fair, it’s a bit easier to maintain the energy and celebration of Easter Day longer than we do after Christmas. The weather is getter warmer and nicer, the flowers are abloom, and spring is upon us. Still, it’s all too easy to think of Easter as something we did, and it was nice and lovely, and now its over. We compartmentalize it and set is aside, instead of actively allowing it enter our spirits and affect who are as Christians. That’s the hard part. Notice in our Opening Acclamation during the Easter Season, the celebrant says, “Alleluia, Christ is risen,” and the people reply, “The Lord is risen, indeed. Alleluia!”—is risen, present tense; not was risen, past tense.  It’s not over. Easter continues, rebirth continues, renewal continues, the Resurrection continues.  May it ever be so.

See you Sunday.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Wallace