Welcome to a Holy Lent
We begin our services this Sunday with the Great Litany, as do many other Episcopal congregations—it has become a tradition to recite or sing this prayer on the first Sunday in Lent. While a form of this prayer was used as early as the fifth century in Rome, this litany, much as we will pray it Sunday morning, was the first public prayer written in English, penned by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer in 1544. Remember that, up to this time, worship was not in the vernacular of the people—it was in Latin. This prayer was first published in 1549.
Henry VIII subsequently ordered the Litany’s use in church processions when England was at war with Scotland and France. It first got the name “Great Litany” with our 1979 Prayer Book, in order to distinguish it from other litanies. This is part of the wealth of our tradition that lives between the covers of the Book of Common Prayer.
Welcome to St. Paul’s, where we celebrate the legacy of prayer that has been passed on to us. May these riches stir us to ever greater praise and service of Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Liturgical Colors – As God has flooded the earth and sky with color, so the Church has sensed the symbolic use of color in its worship. As dominating colors in nature change with the seasons of the fourfold year, so in the Church Year there is a structured change in the colors of the Eucharistic vestments, the liturgical colors.
This sequence of liturgical colors has a principal role in Christian visual education, in teaching the Gospel through the eye. Violet, symbolic of penitence and expectation, is used in the seasons of Advent and Lent and may also be used for the offices and Masses for the dead, and on Ember and Rogation Days.

Lenten Book Study:
A Resurrection-Shaped Life – Thursdays in Lent, noon and 6:30 pm
Beginning March 5 – St. Paul’s will join with the people of Grace Church in Great Barrington and Christ/Trinity Church in Sheffield to read and discuss this intriguing new book by Jake Owensby, retired Episcopal bishop of Western Louisiana. Diana Butler Bass said of this book, “it made me remember what kind of human I long to be—and why I can’t quit Jesus. Read A Resurrection-Shaped Life and fall in love again with God—and with hope.” Each Thursday for five weeks will offer the same content noon-1:00 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the office/chapel of Grace Church (where Centering Prayer is also offered each Thursday at 5:00 p.m.). The book is available in paperback and on Kindle. A Resurrection Shaped Life. In preparation for the first gathering, please read the Prelude and chapters 1 & 2. Questions? Ask Father Sam.

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Lee Food Pantry: This Sunday’s food pantry suggestions are pasta, rice and beans. When you shop this week, please consider buying a few items to bring to church next Sunday, to share with those in need in our community. (Please be sure that food you bring for the pantry has not expired – we are not able to give away food beyond its freshness date.)

Altar Flowers: If you would like to honor or remember a loved one by providing altar flowers, the following Sundays are available: Aug. 16, Nov. 29 & Dec. 20. 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, March 1

Celebrant/Preacher:  The Rev. Sam Smith

8am:    Pam Drumm

10am:  Anne Covell, Greeter

            Bill Higgins, Usher

            Carl Sprague, Lector

            Martha Bodine, Intercessor

            Jennifer Carmichael, Altar Guild

            POTLUCK – Hospitality

            Nancy King, Organist

Next Sunday, March 8

Celebrant/Preacher:  The Rev. Sam Smith

8am:    Jorja Marsden

10am:  Carl Sprague, Greeter

            Vaunie Graulty, Usher

            Kim Savery, Lector

            Peter Dillon, Intercessor

            Ginny Willcox, Altar Guild

            Anne Covell & Bill Higgins, Hospitality

            Nancy King, Organist

Parish Prayer List

  • People we pray for on Sundays: Cecilia, Brian, Robb, Katrina
  • Long-term prayer list: George, Jeff, David, Doug, Barbara, Charles, ZsuZsa, Tom, Rich, Ronnie, Karen, Michael, Christy, John, George, Khali
  • 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: Lee Food Pantry and Berkshire Community Diaper Project
  • Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Philip’s, Easthampton
  • Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Anglican Church of Chile
  • Birthdays and Anniversaries: Rev. Sam Smith (4th), Lila Berle (5th), Alex Johnson (5th), Elisabeth Wheeler (7th) and Ginny & Doug Willcox (3rd)