Archives for December 2013

Christmas Blessing

“May you be blessed

With the spirit of the season, which is peace,

The gladness of the season, which is hope,

And the heart of the season, which is love.”

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Lessons and Hymns for this Sunday, December 29, 2013

by the Rev. William P. McLemore

SCRIPTURE REFLECTIONS:   The first reading is from Isaiah 61:10-62:3 and the prophet predicts that God will vindicate Israel.  The Epistle is Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7, Paul refers to the birth of Jesus as God’s act of adopting us as Children.  The Gospel according to John opens with an image of God’s Word having been integral to the creation on the universe (John 1:1-18).  This passage is a beautiful statement of incarnation.

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Lessons and Hymns for Sunday, December 22, 2013

SCRIPTURE REFLECTIONS: Isaiah predicts a young woman will bear a child and name him Immanuel. Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18 has the recurrent phrase: “Restore us, O God of hosts; show us the light of your countenance, and we shall be whole.” In the Epistle (Romans 1:1-7) Saint Paul opens his letter with a greeting to the Christian community in Rome. In our Gospel, we hear Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus.

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Bibles and Prayer Books

Have you ordered you Bible and Prayer Book yet? [See “Thoughts from Lori+” in last week’s edition of the ePistle.] If not, here are the links again for ordering online. If you aren’t comfortable with online ordering, let us know (call or email the church office) and we will order it for you.

Resources for Bibles and Prayer Books:
and there’s always Amazon!

Not getting the online weekly parish newsletter, “The ePistle”? Call or email the church office and give us your email address. If you don’t have easy access to email, let us know and we will mail a copy to you the old fashioned way. And there are always copies available on the narthex table when you come to church on Sunday. The whole idea is to stay in touch!

Getting the message out

Look for St. Paul’s to show up on the electronic sign at the corner of Hwy 31 and Bull Valley. (Charles Miller Road)

“New” Directories

The “new” directories have finally arrived! If you had your picture taken, you receive one free directory. Please find the one with your name on the back. If you did not have your picture taken but would like a directory, please contribute $5 to the cost of the extras we ordered. Only one per family until we see how many we have left. Special thanks to Deb Lang, Beth Lukas, and Melinda Aivaliotis for all their good work on this project!

Have you turned in your pledge card?

Thank you to those who have already turned in your 2014 pledges. We’re still looking for a few that have not come in yet. Could one of those be yours? If you need another card, we’d be happy to send you one or you can pick up one in the narthex on Sunday. Still considering whether or not you can or should pledge? We’re praying that you will!

Thoughts from Lori+, December 18, 2013

Among the many things that make me proud to be part of St. Paul’s is the ministry of the Diaper Bank. In fact, when I came for the first interview with the vestry, they sent me home with a Diaper Bank T-shirt. But I was far from understanding the scope of its work and the need that motivates it. Since then, I’ve learned a lot!

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Parish Office Hours – Week of Christmas



The parish office will be closed Thursday and Friday
for the Christmas holiday.

Thoughts from Lori+, December 11, 2013

It’s become something of a joke around here that I’m responsible for all the snow… ’cause I keep praying for it! As the joke goes, only a former Southerner wants it to snow. So I admit it: I love the snow. Maybe there will be a point at which even I say, Enough! But for now, I’m lovin’ it.

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