February 2016 Newsletter

    Series: Newsletters

    Reflections from the Bishop

    Lenten is ycomen…. This opening line of a medieval English lyric means, “Spring has come”. The word, lenten, meant “Spring” – the season when the environment reawakens from its annual winter slumber. And so we know it as a season of new life, renewal, warmth, and growth. Spring is a season of light and new energy. At some point, the word was appropriated to the liturgical season between Ash Wednesday and Easter. It is an ironic appropriation.

    What's in this edition?

    The St. Paul's Newsletter is now officially published in email format! The intent is to publish each 15th of the month, with a deadline for stories, information, etc., of the 10th of each month for that month's edition.
        If you would like to read about some specific thing in the newsletter, please address your ideas to Jeff Sells, as editor, at . If you would like to submit and article, please send an email to the editor, with the article attached and a suggestion of when you might like the article to appear.

    Lent and Holy Week Service Schedule at St. Paul's

    Lent and Holy Week are typically quite busy in the Church. The schedule below is the service schedule for each week in Lent. In addition, you will find the schedule for Holy Week and Easter Day in the continuation of this article. Please note these times in your schedule and plan to join others in the congregation for these services.

    Weekly

        Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,
        Friday, Saturday 9:15 a.m.               Morning prayer
        Wednesday 9:15 a.m.                      Holy Eucharist 
         Friday Noon                                    Stations of the Cross
         Saturday 11 a.m.                            Bible Study
         Sunday 4 p.m.                                 Bible Study

    Bible Facts and Fiction
     
        Our religious tradition carries with it a long love affair with Holy Scripture. In the document called The Articles of Religion (found in the back of the Prayer Book), Article 6 states how deeply that love runs: “Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation. . .” And at the ordination of the clergy of our church, as part of the declarations of belief, each ordinand says, “. . . I do believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, and to contain all things necessary to salvation. . .”
         But there is yet more to this love affair. During the 3-year cycle of lessons read at St. Paul’s (and in all Anglican churches) in our Sunday morning services, we essentially read the entire bible every 3 years during our services.  . .

    The Prayer of the Dog
                                          
    from Prayers from the Ark
                                                             by Carmen Bernos de Gasztold (1963)

                      Lord, I keep watch!
                       If I am not here, who will guard the house?
                                                      Watch over their sleep?
                                                       Be faithful?
                         No one but You and I understands
                                       what faithfulness is. . . .

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