This Sunday is the beginning of our 2018-2019 Program Year, St. Paul’s 169th year serving this neighborhood! High Mass returns to its 11:00 am time; our wonderful choir returns, under the direction of Alex Canovas, with Nathan Taylor, our organist; and Coffee Hour also returns, with our thanks to the Hospitality Guild. Something else to look forward to this Sunday is the baptism of 9-month old Nora Margaret Jacks, daughter of Ben and Francesca Jacks. The baptismal service always contains the Renewal of Baptismal Vows for the entire congregation, so it’s wonderful to begin our new year with a new life in Christ and a renewed commitment to God, to our lives together in God’s love and care, and to St. Paul’s. If you’ve never read over the Baptismal Covenant or just heard it occasionally at a baptism, take time to look it over: Book of Common Prayer, p. 304, starting at the bottom. (If you don’t have a prayer book handy . . . first of all, shame, shame. Secondly, see me and I’ll give you one; or third, download it on your device.) The online Book of Common Prayer is free and can be accessed here: https://www.bcponline.org/) The Baptismal Covenant is a series of questions—each one progressively harder than the last—which define our life in Christ, both as individual followers of Jesus and as a community of faith. If you’ve ever wondered what it is a Christian is supposed to be doing, it’s all there. And the answer to each question is always the same, “I will, with God’s help.” We are powerless to help ourselves, and it is only through God’s loving and all-powerful grace that we are able to accomplish all that we do.
See you at mass,
CALLING ALL SINGERS!
St. Paul’s choir is beginning preparations for the 2018-2019 season and are enthusiastically inviting new members to join them. Anyone interested should contact Alex Canovas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Sunday of the new season: September 30 (THAT’S THIS SUNDAY!)
ALL-PARISH CLEAN UP-DAY (CANCELLED!)
We have decided that given the work of our part-time sexton Francisco, an all-parish clean is not necessary at this time. We will be in touch the spring clean-up day.
PROGRAM YEAR BEGINS-HOMECOMING SUNDAY
THIS SUNDAY: 11:00 am
The beginning of our program year is here. Mass returns to 11:00 am, and our wonderful choir, under the direction of Alex Canovas, begins its new season. Please join us on that Sunday as we celebrate the return of High Mass and St. Paul’s 169th year.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
12:30 pm (just after mass), this Sunday, October 7, on the sidewalk in front of the church.
Welcome all creatures great and small. Bring your pet to church, then stay for the blessing. Treats for pets and people.
SUNDAY SCHOOL BEGINS
9:45 am – 10:45 am, October 7
See Jean Del Colliano if you are interested in having your child in Sunday School or wish to help in any way.
October 7 begin our fall stewardship campaign. Watch for more information.
ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCAITON: BIBLE BASICS CLASS
Fr. Wallace will be teaching an 8-session Bible Basics/Bible 101 class this fall, 1:00 after Coffee Hour, beginning Sunday, October 14. Ever wanted to know more about the Bible but were intimidating by the whole “Word of God” thing? Now’s your chance to find out and ask questions. Please let Fr. Wallace know, email@example.com, if you are interested.
GIVE! DONATE! STEWARD!!
“Support”, “Champion”, Etc., no matter the term St. Pauls relies on your support. You can give as quickly as . . . right now, using our website’s donate page: http://stpaulscarrollst.org/donate/. Try it. Takes less than 5 minutes. The donate page is securely powered by PayPal. Share this page with your contacts, your social networks, etc. For assistance or other information reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org,
236 AND 283 PRESIDENT ST. SAVED!
The Landmark Preservation Commission voted to landmark 236 and 238 President Street. We are very grateful to everyone who signed the petition, wrote e-mails, attended the press conference on President St., and who attended and spoke at the hearing back in June. Congratulations to everyone for a job well done. Click here to read the article (you have to scroll down a bit to read it). https://pardonmeforasking.blogspot.com/
MARK YOUR FALL CALENDARS
Saturday, November 10, 10:00 am, Annual Requiem of the Guild of All Souls
Sunday, November 11, 11:00 am, Remembrance Sunday
Sunday, November 11, 12:30 pm, All-Parish Meeting, about the transition and rector search, at Coffee Hour
PRAYERS FOR ST. PAUL’S DURING THE TRANSITION AND RECTOR SEARCH
As you read the Eblast each week, it is a good opportunity to take 30 seconds and offer a prayer for St. Paul’s during its transition and for the members of the Search Committee. Prayers to that effect will be included each week in the Eblast.
For St. Paul’s:
O God, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light riseth up in darkness for the godly: Grant us, we beseech thee, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what thou wouldest have us to do, that the Spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in thy light we may see light, and in thy straight path may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Search Committee:
Eternal God, the foundation of all wisdom and the source of all courage: enlighten with your grace the Search Committee of this congregation, and so rule their minds, and guide their counsel that in all things they may seek your glory and promote the mission of your Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
THIS COMING SUNDAY: The 19th Sunday after Pentecost
September 30, 2018: Homecoming Sunday
Sunday's Appointed Readings and Homily
The First Reading: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
Psalm: Psalm 124
Epistle: James 5:13-20
The Gospel: Mark 9:38-50
Homily: Fr. Wallace
Prelude: “Adagio” from Organ Symphony No. 3—Louis Vierne
Hymn at the Entrance: “Lift high the cross,” Hymnal, 473
Anthem: “Go forth for God!”—Erik Routley
Hymn at Communion: “The King of love my shepherd is,” Hymnal, 645
Hymn at the Dismissal: “O God our help in ages past,” Hymnal, 680
Postlude: “Final” from Organ Symphony No. 1—Louis Vierne
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Clinton & Carroll Streets, Brooklyn.
718-625-4126 • email: email@example.com • Donate
The Rev. Dr. Sean M. Wallace, Interim
Alex Canovas, Music Director
Nathan Taylor, Organist