Come, Holy Spirit, Come—the soul’s most welcome guest.

This coming Sunday is the Day of Pentecost—the birthday of the Church. We celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, the third divine person of the Trinity. In worship we hear again the amazing story of the first day of Pentecost from the second chapter of Acts.

      Imagine that scene: The disciples were all gathered in one place—that brings to mind several scenes after the death of Christ, when the disciples were huddled together, seemingly stunned and unable to move beyond the events that had so changed them. Suddenly, they heard the sound of wind. Was it just a “whoosh” of wind like we might hear before a storm, or was it more like that freight train sound that people in tornado alley describe? The text then says that, “divided tongues, as fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.” They began to speak, hearing words coming from their mouths that they did not recognize.

      What might we do in the face of such a strange and perplexing event? I hope we would not simply recoil in fear, but instead would recognize a Spirit-filled moment. Perhaps an important part of our growing faith is to learn not to be surprised by appearances of the Holy Spirit, but rather to expect them!

Welcome to St. Paul’s, where we expect—and welcome!—the Holy Spirit.


Collect:

O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit; Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Altar Flowers this week are given in loving memory of Gertrude Latimer Hutchinson and Lillyan Mae Greene.

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 is: toiletries and diapers). St. Paul’s will volunteer at the Lee Food Pantry on this Saturday, June 8th.

Are You Joining Us on Sunday to Fight Hunger on the Day of Pentecost?

This coming Sunday, June 9, will be the occasion for a special event in the life of our community. At 3:00 pm the Episcopal Churches of Berkshire County, along with our friends, will join together to celebrate the Holy Spirit by packaging 20,000 meals for those who are hungry throughout our world. We will also make summer activity bags for local kids who are served by our local food pantries and other charitable programs. This family-friendly event will conclude with a meal for all to celebrate! This event is a part of the ongoing Western Mass Revival, Year Two.

     It is a great opportunity for us to join with others who share our values to make the world a better place. I sincerely hope that St. Paul’s will make a good showing. Even if you don’t usually participate in such events, I urge you to join us this Sunday—we need you! Questions? Ask Father Sam.

Join us on Friday, June 14
The Spirit of Summer

As part of our ongoing series of St. Paul’s events for the entire community, on Friday evening, June 14 at 7:30 pm we will again host the singing duo of Oakes and Smith here in the church for a concert to ring in the summer. Join the St. Paul’s family and our friends as we celebrate this season that is the crowning glory of the Berkshires – and tell all your friends! The concert is free of charge, although attendees will have an opportunity to give a free-will offering to support the ongoing restoration of St. Paul’s Church.

Altar Flowers

If you would like to honor or remember a loved one by providing altar flowers, the following Sundays are available: June 30; Sep. 22; Nov. 10; 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, June 9

Celebrant/Preacher:   The Rev. Sam Smith

9 am:    Natalie Boyce, Greeter & Altar Guild

              Don Cook, Usher

              Vaunie Graulty, Lector & Hospitality

              Diana French, Intercessor & Hospitality

              Nancy King, Organist

Next Sunday, June 16

Celebrant/Preacher:   The Rev. Sam Smith

9 am:    Diane Dillon, Greeter

              Kim Savery, Usher

              Kendra MacLeod, Lector

              Matt Fillio, Intercessor

              Robin Race, Altar Guild

              Natalie Boyce & Kendra MacLeod, Hospitality

              Nancy King, Organist

Parish Prayer List

  • People we pray for on Sundays: Cecilia, Deborah, Anouk, George
  • Long-term prayer list: 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: St. Paul’s Children’s Center
  • Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: All Saints’ Berkshires, North Adams
  • Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Church of the Province of Myanmar, Burma
  • Birthdays and Anniversaries: Jenna Besaw (14th), Chris & Alice Sherwood (14th)