First of all, a heartfelt thank you to everyone worked so hard for the celebration of Fr. Bob’s ministry this past Sunday. Alex, Nathan, and Choir; the Servers Guild, the Sacristans Guild; and the Hospitality Guild all put in extra hours of work to honor and celebrate Fr. Bob and his ministry at St. Paul’s. A special thank you to JillEllyn Riley and crew for the grand and glorious Harry-Potter-themed Coffee Hour. Please express your appreciation to the members of all these groups for their hard work.
For those of you who were unable to join us this past Sunday, Fr. Bob celebrated mass, preached a wonderful sermon (from the floor!), and was presented three gifts. The first is a framed piece of stained glass from the windows that were broken during the ‘87 fire (thank you to Madge Wilner). The second is a traveling mass kit, a traditional gift to a priest, containing everything one needs to celebrate mass in someone’s home or hospital room, on a pilgrimage or retreat, or on a battlefield. The kit was on display at Coffee Hour, and on the bottom of the chalice is inscribed “With grateful thanks from the people of St. Paul’s, Brooklyn. 2018. Soli Deo Gloria.” This last line is Latin for “To God alone be the glory.” The third gift is a musical one. The descant sung by the choir during the last verse of the Dismissal hymn, “Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,” one of Fr. Bob’s favorite hymns, was composed specifically in honor of him and will hereafter be known at St. Paul’s as “Father Bob’s Descant.” A framed copy of the music will be given to him as well.
It was an emotional Sunday for many of us in the St. Paul’s community, to say the least, including Fr. Bob himself. We are naturally sad, of course, at his departure, but also balanced, I hope, by gratitude to God for Fr. Bob and the many ways he has affected the lives of people at St. Paul’s and excitement to see what God has in store for him in the next phase of his priestly ministry. Our prayers go with him, and we trust that for him and for us “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
See you at mass!
Begins Sunday, June 24
As in past years in order to avoid the summer heat as much as is possible, Sunday morning masses will begin at 10:00 am beginning June 24. Don’t be the one who shows up an hour late for mass!
TRANSITION AND SEARCH COMMITTEE UPDATE
The Wardens and Vestry of St. Paul’s are very excited to announce that Monika Torrey and Keith Edwards have accepted the invitation to serve as Co-Chairs of the Rector Search Committee. This is the next step in St. Paul’s period of transition.
THIS COMING SUNDAY AT ST. PAUL’S
The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Solemn High Mass: 11:00 AM
Sunday's Appointed Readings and Homily
The First Reading—1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
Epistle—2 Corinthians 5:6-17
The Gospel—Mark 4:26-34
Prelude: Aria—David Ashley White
Entrance Hymn: “Great St. Joseph, Son of David,” Hyfrydol, hymn insert
Offertory Hymn: “Dear Lord and Father of mankind,” Repton, Hymnal, #653
Communion Hymn: “Children of the heavenly Father,” Trygarre Kan Ingen Vara, hymn insert
Dismissal Hymn: “Joyful, joyful, we adore thee,” Ode to Joy, Hymnal, #376
Postlude: Trumpet Voluntary—Henry Purcell
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Clinton & Carroll Streets, Brooklyn.
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The Rev. Dr. Sean M. Wallace, Interim
Alex Canovas, Music Director
Nathan Taylor, Organist