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 do this to wake us up—to give us an opportunity to hear very familiar words with fresh ears.
This is particularly notable when we pray the Lord’s Prayer. We are using the contemporary language version of this familiar prayer, and for many of us that means we must stay focused so as not to fall into the version that is more familiar to us. Thys become yours; trespasses become sins; and temptation becomes the time of trial.
I hope you will use these slight variations as opportunities to focus anew on the faith we profess—and perhaps hear more clearly what God is saying to you through our worship.
Welcome to St. Paul’s.
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Altar Flowers are given in memory of the Rev. & Mrs. David R. Covell, Jr.
Lee Food Pantry
This week’s food pantry suggestions are fruits and vegetables. 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 items for next week are: toiletries and diapers).
Office Hours this Week
Time to freshen up the office! Painters will be working on the office beginning next week. Due to the painting schedule Gretchen’s hours will be;
Tuesday, July 30 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wednesday, July 31 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
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!
Community Summer Reading Project
The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life, by David Brooks
This Summer we are joining with First Congregational Church here in Stockbridge and Christ/Trinity Church in Sheffield to read David Brooks’ latest book The Second Mountain. This book explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. It is about embracing a life of interdependence rather than independence.
After reading the book, beginning around mid-July participants will gather in small discussion groups around the area in different formats, at different times, and in different locations like a home, a coffee shop, or the church, so that everyone can find an option that fits their summer schedule. Finally, on Sunday, August 25, all participants will gather for a picnic to talk together about their experience and discuss the final section of the book about building community.
If you would like to be part of this Inter-church summer read, get the book and start reading, and sign up on the Tower Room bulletin board for a group. Questions? See Father Sam.
Save the Dates to Join the Summer Kids Choir
The First Congregational Church of Stockbridge is hosting a brief summer Ecumenical Kids Choir for children, K-8. Choir will be directed by Jill Wheat & accompanied by Dr. Gene Kalish. Both spirited and soulful music will be fun and easy to sing. This is free of charge to participate. Rehearsal dates are 7/28 & 8/4 from 2PM-3PM. The concert will be held at 2PM on Sunday, August 11 with the dress rehearsal beginning at 1:15 that same day. Free will donations toward local nonprofit programming for children will be collected at the concert. Please email Jill, firstname.lastname@example.org, the names and ages of interested family members or for more information.
If you would like to honor or remember a loved one by providing altar flowers, the following Sundays are available: Nov. 10; Dec. 1, 8. To sign up, please email email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.)
This Sunday, July 28
Celebrant: The Rev. Jane Tillman
Preacher: The Rev. Sam Smith
9 am: Chris Johnson, Greeter
Jean Rousseau, Usher & Intercessor
Diana French, Lector
Jennifer Carmichael, Altar Guild
Hospitality – Lemonade on the Lawn
Doug Schmolze, Guitarist
Next Sunday, August 4
Celebrant/Preacher: The Rev. Sam Smith
9 am: Bill Higgins, Greeter
Anne Covell, Usher
Carl Sprague, Lector & Hospitality
Natalie Boyce, Intercessor
Tracy Johnson, Altar Guild
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: Gideon’s Garden and Construct
- Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Christ Trinity Church, Sheffield
- Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Scottish Episcopal Church
- Birthdays: Dan Weston (1st), Cooper Maloney & Priscilla Cuene (2nd)