Weekly Update – September 5, 2019

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In the Hands of the Potter Our Old Testament reading this week comes from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 18:1-11). In fact we have been reading from Jeremiah for a few weeks now, and will do so off and on through the end of November. Who was this prophet, and what exactly is […]

Weely Update — August 29, 2019

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TablesideBiblical scholars tell us that Luke’s Gospel contains more references to eating, banquets, tables, and reclining at tables than any of the other gospels. In this week’s gospel lesson (Luke 14:1, 7-14) we learn a lot about table etiquette in Jesus’ time.      Of course, the table is important to us as Christians, since we […]

Weekly Update — August 22, 2019

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Wounds and Healing This week’s gospel passion from Luke (13:10-17) tells the story of another healing by Jesus. We read of a woman “that had been crippled for eighteen years. She was bent over and quite unable to stand up straight.” Imagine almost two decades stooped over, looking at the ground, unable to see up […]

Weekly Update – August, 15, 2019

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Heros in Faith: Our Example, Our Hope In Paul’s letter to the Hebrews he speaks of a great cloud of witnesses, those men and women from ancient times who were steadfast in their faith despite hardship, persecution, and deprivation.  Paul reminds the early followers of Jesus that God’s faithful have run with perseverance the race of […]

Weekly Update – August 8, 2019

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Where your heart is… This week’s gospel passage (Luke 12: 32-40) includes that very familiar phrase: “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Too often I hear this as a condemnation: I know that my spending rarely reflects my desired values.      But what if we turned this phrase around, and made […]

Weekly Update – August 1, 2019

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How Much is Enough?Recent research featured in Forbes magazine showed that those who are wealthy are more likely to undertake unethical behavior to make money than those who have less money. The studies included observations of driving habits, participation in games at which one might cheat, and role-play of situations around wealth and greed. The […]

Weekly Update – July 25, 2019

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The Words of Worship If you’ve been at St.Paul’s in the last couple of months, you’ve noted that we are employing a liturgy that keeps us on our toes. For example, the Nicene Creed is very similar to what we are used to reciting from the Book of Common Prayer, but not completely so. We […]

Weekly Update – July 18, 2019

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Bienvenido José! This Sunday we are delighted to welcome to St. Paul’s The Rev. José Reyes, Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministries here in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts. José grew up in Springfield and received a degree in psychology from Williams College before working in various social work positions in the area. He then attended Virginia […]

Weekly Update – July 11, 2019

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Who Is My Neighbor? Last winter a group of St. Paul’s parishioners joined me in thinking about how we might become better connected to our community. The result was our slate of “alternative evangelism events” for 2019, including concerts, celebrations of the flora and fauna that make up creation, and even the upcoming Ice Cream […]

Weekly Update — July 5, 2019

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In the Garden This Sunday we kick off a month of worship in our beautiful churchyard (weather permitting). We will have one service only at 9:00 am for each of the four Sundays in July. Bring a lawn chair (if it’s easy—if not, rest assured we have a chair for you) and join us as […]