Love One Another
This week we read one of the most beloved passages from the gospel (John 13:31-35), where we hear Jesus say, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.” In this farewell conversation with the disciples on the eve of his death, Jesus appeals not to their belief, but to their actions. His bottom line for the disciples is that they enact his love—as one scholar has said, “The love command is both the organizing force and the sign of the Jesus community.”
How do you embody this commandment? A popular Sunday School song is known by the chorus, “And they’ll know we are Christians by our love”; how are you known? The challenge before us is not just to bear the name Christian, but to show it to the world.
Welcome to St. Paul’s, where we strive to be known by our love.
Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; 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 memory of Francis Pilling.
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 items for next week are: soup and tomato sauce).
St. Paul’s Prayer Circle will meet Tuesday, May 21, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., for contemplative prayer. Beginning, Tuesday, May 28 the Prayer Circle will take a break for the summer season.
Summer Worship Schedule
Beginning Sunday, May 26 (Memorial Day Weekend) and continuing through September 1 (Labor Day Weekend) St. Paul’s will have one service only at 9:00 am. And (weather permitting) we will worship in the churchyard in the month of July!
Godly Play Takes a Recess!
Godly Play will be on hiatus now through Sunday, June 5, while our Children/Youth Ministry Coordinator, Anne Skakel, is away. As always, children are welcome in Church on those and any Sundays! Anne suggests the children might work on memorizing the Lord’s Prayer, and also experience the service and think of questions they might have. Godly Play will resume on June 9 (when there will be one service only beginning at 9:00 am).
St. Paul’s Field Trip!
On Tuesday, May 28, members of the vestry invite you to join them on a trip to Needham, Massachusetts, to visit the studio of Marshall & Ogletree, Organbuilders and experience firsthand their magnificent instruments. This Massachusetts firm creates custom digital organs for churches, with the goal of creating instruments that can exceed the musical qualities of the greatest pipe organs of the world. Father Sam and organist Nancy visited the studio in March, and came away impressed with the possibilities of such an instrument for St. Paul’s. We will leave the St. Paul’s parking lot at 8:30 am next Tuesday, May 28, and will be back no later than 4:00 pm. Contact Father Sam to join in, or for more information.
Sunday, June 9, 3:00 pm
County-wide Event to Rise Against Hunger
On the afternoon of the day of Pentecost, 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!
As part of this effort, we are asked to provide 240 juice boxes to put in the activity bags. Please help us reach that goal by signing up on the Tower Room bulletin board. Questions? Ask Father Sam.
If you would like to honor or remember a loved one by providing altar flowers, the following Sundays are available: Sep. 22; Nov. 10; Dec. 1, 8. 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).
Worship Teams (If you exchange shifts with someone, please notify the Church Office by Thursday morning at email@example.com.)
This Sunday, May 19
Celebrant/Preacher: The Rev. Sam Smith
8 am: Pam Drumm
10 am: Jean Rousseau, Greeter & Lector
Peter Dillon, Usher
Vaunie Graulty, Intercessor
Jennifer Carmichael, Altar Guild
Jean & Georgeanne Rousseau, Hospitality
Nancy King, Organist
Next Sunday, May 26
Celebrant/Preacher: The Rev. Jane Tillman
9 am: Diana French, Greeter
Vaunie Graulty, Usher
Martha Bodine, Lector
Carl Sprague, Intercessor
Robin Race, Altar Guild
Hospitality – POTLUCK
Nancy King, Organist
Parish Prayer List
- People we pray for on Sundays: Cecilia, Martha, Tom, Deborah
- 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: Laundry Love
- Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Andrew’s, Longmeadow
- Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Anglican Church of Melanesia
- Anniversaries & Birthdays: Tom & Anne Skakel (20th), Bill Higgins & Anne Covell (21st), Sam Johnson (24th)