Thoughts from Father Sam

Dry Bones

Many of you, like me, have multiple connections to New York City. So you are also touched and scared by the announcement that our nation’s largest city is now the center of the U.S. Coronavirus pandemic. We pray for our brothers and sisters who are coping with this unimaginable moment in history. 

And in the midst of this crisis, our lectionary points us to the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel. (Ezekiel 37:1-14) In a vision, God brings Ezekiel to a valley filled with dry bones, and then asks the prophet, “Mortal, can these bones live?” We too, find ourselves wondering if there is life to be had in the wake of our valley of desolation. 

Ezekiel experiences the extraordinary: God bids him to command the bones to come together, and they do, becoming a breathing multitude. Can we expect the same of God today? In the midst of a crisis, how do we keep the faith? 

Join us for worship this Sunday, as we explore what it means to have faith that God will restore us. Welcome to St. Paul’s.

Prayer for these times

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Staying Connected

Join us for Morning Prayer this coming Sunday.

We will begin gathering at 9:45 AM, greeting one another and settling in to a time of common prayer. The service will begin at 10:00 AM, and will last about 45 minutes. After the prayer service is over, those who like may stay in our Zoom church space for a virtual coffee hour. 

Click here on Sunday mornings at 9:45 AM to join us for Morning Prayer.
(dial in: 1-646-558-8656; meeting ID – 647 333 282) 

If you have any problems joining the service, feel free to call Matt Fillio (413-822-3759); he will be ready to help!

Thursday Lenten Book Study

Our reflection on Jake Owensby’s A Resurrection-Shaped Life will continue on the Zoom platform. This book about finding THE gift of Easter in our lives feels more relevant than ever! Even if you haven’t had a chance to read the book, please feel free to join in our conversation, which gathers folks from throughout the Episcopal and Lutheran Churches of the Southern Berkshires.

We offer the same program at two different times each Thursday through April 2:

Click here on Thursdays at Noon to join us for discussion TODAY and April 2
(dial in: 1-646-558-8656; meeting ID – 915 504 972)

Click here on Thursdays at 6:30 PM to join us for discussion TODAY and April 2
(dial in: 1-646-558-8656; meeting ID – 312 679 982)

Come Hang out with St. Paul’s Folks

Father Sam will be hanging out on Zoom Friday mornings (March 27, April 3 & 10) from 10:00 to 11:00 AM and Tuesday evenings (March 31 and April 7) from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. You may drop in for a few minutes or for the whole hour.

Click here on Friday mornings any time between 10:00 & 11:00 AM to join Father Sam.
(dial in: 1-646-558-8656; meeting ID – 428 952 550)

Click here on Tuesday evenings any time between 6:00 & 7:00 PM to join Father Sam.
(dial in: 1-646-558-8656; meeting ID – 925 396 586)

Praying Compline with Bishop Fisher

If you’re looking for Christian community in these days, join Bishop Doug Fisher every night at 8:00 PM.

Click here every evening at 8:00 PM to join Bishop Fisher for Compline
(dial in: 1 646 876 9923; meeting ID – 714 336 095)

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How You Can Help

Lee Food Pantry

During this time of social distancing we encourage you to continue to support our local food pantries. Monetary donations are most helpful at this time and allows the food pantry to provide what is needed most for those in need. You can make a donation to The Lee Food Pantry through PayPal. 100% of all donations go directly to the purchase of food for people in need.  DONATE TO LEE FOOD PANTRY HERE.

Sewing Face Masks

Many are helping by sewing face masks. Our own Anne Auberjonois has done some research and recommends the following pattern with a couple of customizations.

  • stitch 3” of coated floral wire to the top of nose area on the inside
  • use ¼” elastic to go around the head rather than the hair ties in the pattern

Face Mask – Video Instructions
Face Mask – Printable Instructions

Thank you Anne!

Resources for Worship and Prayer

Worship Teams

This Sunday,
March 29 Next Sunday, April 5
Officiant:The Rev. Jane TillmanOfficiant:The Rev. Sam Smith
Preacher:The Rev. Sam SmithLector:Natalie Boyce
Lector:Diana FrenchIntercessor:Carl Sprague
Intercessor:Diane Dillon

Parish Prayer List

  • People we pray for on Sundays: Cecilia, Katrina
  • Long-term prayer list: George, Jeff, David, Doug, Barbara, Charles, ZsuZsa, Tom, Rich, Ronnie, Karen, Michael, Christy, John, George, Khali, Brian
  • 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: Saints James and Andrew, Greenfield
  • Birthdays: Thelma Hover (30th), Audra Winn (Apr. 2nd)
  • Anniversaries: Jean & Georgeanne Rousseau (26th)

Readings for Sunday’s Morning Prayer

Psalm 130 

Ezekiel 37:1-14 

John 11:1-45