PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE ONLY ONE SERVICE THIS COMING SUNDAY, AT 9:00 A.M. Following the service we will have a festive coffee hour in the Parish House, and representatives of the Diocesan Creation Care Team will be present to introduce parishioners to the “Sustain Island Home” initiative supporting efforts to address climate change. Bring your laptop (preferred) or mobile device to get started. Don’t miss it!

The Scandal of God’s Grace

This Sunday we revisit an old friend in the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32). This tale of one son’s folly, another son’s resentment, and their father’s love is told with such passion that we cannot help but find ourselves in it. And chief among its many messages is the depth of God’s love for each of us.

Of course, that love is for all—no matter who we are or what we’ve done. Can we recognize God’s grace when it comes our way? Can we identify the ways that we have been loved—despite ourselves? And how should we respond to such a gift, so freely given and so undeserved?

Welcome to St. Paul’s, where we strive to embrace the outrageous love of God for each of us, and to make ourselves signs of that love for the world.


Collect

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Our Lenten Study: Thursdays through April 25
Making Sense of the Christian Faith

Our Lenten group study for adults focuses on the questions we have about God in the world. Using the book Making Sense of the Christian Faith by David Lose, we are exploring our core beliefs. The study employs the four primary sources of our theological thought: Scripture, Tradition, Experience and Reason.

     We undertake this study in conjunction with our friends at Christ/Trinity Church in Sheffield. The same session will be offered each Thursday noon-1:00 pm at the Church in Sheffield and 6:30 – 7:30 here in Stockbridge, with participants free to attend either. (Participants are welcome to bring a sack lunch/dinner to any/all sessions.) To participate you are encouraged to purchase a book (available from Amazon.com in either electronic or paperback form for less than $13.00). You are welcome even if you haven’t been able to attend previous sessions. Questions? Ask Father Sam.

40 Days of Love and Kindness
A Lenten program created by our churches in the Berkshires

40 Days of Love and Kindness is a generosity challenge for Lent. Make generosity, love and kindness a part of your Lenten spiritual discipline. Let’s pray that each act of generosity, love and kindness is a drop in a huge ocean, with a ripple effect that starts a wave.

     If you’d like to interact with others taking the challenge, join the WMA Way of Love group on Facebook. We will list the suggested activities for each week throughout Lent – but they are only a guide. Be creative!

40 Days of Love and Kindness Challenge

This week’s challenges:

Do not let kindness and love leave you. Bind them around your neck. Write them on your heart. Proverbs 3:3

Thurs., March 28: Invite someone who is alone over for dinner.

Fri., March 29:      Drop off a toy or game at a homeless shelter.

Sat., March 30:     Compliment a stranger sincerely.

Sun., March 31:     Tell a friend something you like about them.

Mon., April 1:        Create a prayer chain with your friends. Share your prayer requests and pray for each other.

Tues., April 2:        Smile at ten people today.

Wed., April 3:        Hide some small toys at a park and leave a note saying, “take it home and remember you are someone special.”

A memorial service for Val Evans will be held on Saturday, April 6, at 11:00 at St. Helena’s Chapel, 245 New Lenox Road, Lenox, MA. Father Tad Evans warmly invites the St. Paul’s community to attend.

Lee Food Pantry
This week’s food pantry suggestion is peanut butter. 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 item for next week is: soup or tomato paste).

St. Paul’s Prayer Circle will meet Tuesday, April 2, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., for contemplative prayer.

Altar Flowers
If you would like to honor or remember a loved one by providing altar flowers, the following Sundays are available: June 9; Aug. 25; 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, March 31

Celebrant/Preacher:   The Rev. Sam Smith

9 am:              Don Temples, Greeter

                        Vaunie Graulty, Usher

                        Diana French, Lector

                        Diane Dillon, Intercessor

                        Robin Race, Altar Guild

                        Nancy King, Organist

Next Sunday, April 7

Celebrant/Preacher:   The Rev. Sam Smith

8 am: Pam Drumm

10 am:   Chris Johnson, Greeter

              Sebastian Bonner, Usher & Intercessor

              Natalie Boyce, Lector

              Jennifer Carmichael, Altar Guild

              Natalie Boyce & Diana French, Hospitality

              Nancy King, Organist

Parish Prayer List

  • People we pray for on Sundays: Cecilia
  • 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: Cathedral of the Beloved
  • Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. James & St. Andrews, Greenfield
  • Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean
  • Birthdays & Anniversaries: Audra Winn(2nd), Georgeanne Rousseau (4th), Devyn Fillio (6th)