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 faith and now as a cloud of witnesses encourage us to take the next step.  Though the early Christians were few in number and in peril from Roman and Jewish authorities, Paul reminds them that they are surrounded by God’s faithful people from the beginning of time, and thus they are not alone.

     Are there people you have known who inspire you with their acts of faith, devotion, or service?  Is there a particular story of faith that you turn to when times are tough?

     Come to St. Paul’s to reflect on the challenge of faith and the grace of Jesus that makes faith possible.


Collect:

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Altar Flowers are given in memory of Barnette Dickens Pope and William Perkins Pope.

Lee Food Pantry
This week’s food pantry suggestions are pasta, rice and beans. Please bring this or other non-perishable food items with you to church on Sunday to share with those in need in our community. (Suggested item for next week is: peanut butter).

Godly Play Takes a Recess!

Godly Play will be on hiatus now through Labor Day Weekend. As always, children are welcome in Church on Sundays!

Join us Sunday, August 25, beginning at 2:45 pm
Healing Day National Bell Ringing

The National Park Service has commissioned churches and people around the country to toll bells to commemorate and honor the first enslaved Africans who landed in English North America in 1619. Joining with the people of Grace Church, Great Barrington and others, we will gather in our church yard beginning at 2:45 pm for a simple service of prayer and singing, culminating in the ringing of our church bell at 3:00 pm. (In case of inclement weather, we will meet in the church.) Join us for this simple remembrance and powerful statement about the truths of the past and the need to create a new future for us all.

“Second Mountain” Culminating Event: Sunday, August 25, 11:45 am

We will gather at the First Congregational Church of Stockbridge on Sunday, August 25, 11:45 am for lunch and a group discussion by all those who have participated in the community book read. More information will be sent to those who signed up for individual discussion groups; others who would like to attend should contact Father Sam for details.

Altar Flowers

If you would like to honor or remember a loved one by providing altar flowers, the following Sundays are available: Dec. 1, 8. To sign up, please email stpaulsstockbridge@gmail.com and tell us the date you’d like to reserve, the wording of the announcement, and whether or not you’d like the office to order the flowers for you (cost is $60).

Worship Teams (If you exchange shifts with someone, please notify the Church Office by Thursday morning at stpaulsstockbridge@gmail.com.)

This Sunday, August 18

Celebrant/Preacher:   The Rev. Jane Tillman

9 am:    Lila Berle, Greeter

              Diane Dillon, Usher

              Diana French, Lector

              Darryl Lafferty, Intercessor

              Natalie Boyce, Altar Guild

              Natalie Boyce & Vaunie Graulty, Hospitality

              Nancy King, Organist

Next Sunday, August 25

Celebrant/Preacher:   The Rev. Sam Smith

9 am:    Anne Skakel, Greeter

              Tom Skakel, Usher

              Jean Rousseau, Lector

              Darryl Lafferty, Intercessor

              Robin Race, Altar Guild

              Don Temples & Sam Smith, Hospitality

              Nancy King, Organist

Parish Prayer List

  • People we pray for on Sundays: Cecilia
  • Long-term prayer list: George, Jeff, David, Doug, Barbara, Charles, ZsuZsa, Tom, Rich, Ronnie, Karen, Michael, Christy, John, George
  • Our partners at Grace Church, Great Barrington and the Rev. Janet Zimmerman; Trinity Episcopal/Christ Lutheran, Sheffield and the Rev. Erik Karas; the Austen Riggs community and the Riverbrook Residence; victims of violence, abuse, persecution and disaster at home and abroad
  • Outreach Ministries of the Week: Laundry Love
  • Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: All Saints’, South Hadley
  • Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Anglican Church of Southern Africa
  • Birthdays: William Cuene (15th), Elizabeth Skakel (17th), Jim Wade (18th), Quinn Dillon (19th), Christy Cosby French (21st), Silas Lane & Martha Bodine (23rd).