The Feast of the Presentation
In our current Adult Studies class, “Words of our Worship,” we spent a full session talking about the complexities of the Church calendar. That calendar instructs us that certain holy days must be celebrated when they fall on a Sunday. The Feast of the Presentation of our Lord, on February 2, is one of those days.
The Presentation marks the day when Mary and Joseph take Jesus to the Temple for the first time. The reason for this trip comes from Jewish law: Leviticus 12 details that a woman bearing a son must make a temple sacrifice 40 days after the birth. It also becomes the occasion for the new parents to perform a religious redemption ceremony for their firstborn known as pidyon haBen. At the temple they encounter Simeon and Anna, who realize that this child is none other than the promised Messiah. Simeon’s words, which we often refer to as the Nunc Dimmitis (after the song’s first words in Latin), are regularly sung at Evensong throughout the world.
Simeon’s words again call us to consider when we have seen Christ. How do we respond? How does seeing Christ change us? Welcome to St. Paul’s as we consider our response to Christ.
Almighty and everliving God, we humbly pray that, as your only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple, so we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts by Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Words of our Worship – Adult Study
Last Class: Tuesday, February 4, 6:00-7:30 pm
Episcopalians love using specific language for various aspects of our communal life. Our adult study will use that specialized vocabulary as a launching point for a general explanation of Anglicanism. This week we will focus on the Theology of the church. Join us for our last Tuesday in the Church. Questions? Ask Father Sam. If there are concerns about weather, attendees should check the front page of the website for cancellations, www.stpaulsstockbridge.com.
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Lee Food Pantry: This Sunday’s food pantry suggestions are cereal and oatmeal. 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.) St. Paul’s will volunteer at the Lee Food Pantry next Saturday, February 8 at 10:00 a.m.
If you would like to honor or remember a loved one by providing altar flowers, the following Sundays are available: Aug. 23, Nov. 29 & Dec. 20. To sign up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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).
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Worship Teams (If you exchange shifts with someone, please notify the Church Office by Thursday morning at email@example.com.)
This Sunday, February 2
Celebrant/Preacher: The Rev. Sam Smith
8am: Pam Drumm
10am: Diane Dillon, Greeter
Jean Rousseau, Usher & Lector
Kim Savery, Intercessor
Ginny Willcox, Altar Guild
Georganne & Jean Rousseau
Nancy King, Organist
Next Sunday, February 9
Celebrant/Preacher: The Rev. Libby Wade
8am: Jorja Marsden
10am: Diana French, Greeter
Matt Fillio, Usher
Nancy Murray, Lector
Darryl Lafferty, Intercessor
Natalie Boyce, Altar Guild
Ginny Willcox, Hospitality
Nancy King, Organist
Parish Prayer List
- People we pray for on Sundays: Cecilia, Jane, Katrina, Sarah, Donnice
- 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. Thomas, Auburn
- Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Anglican Church of Burundi
- Birthdays: Sam Graulty (30th), Louisa Carmen (31st), Thomas Weston (Feb. 1st), Peter Dillon (Feb. 5th), John Carmichael IV (Feb. 8th)