The Lord is my shepherd
Every year, on the fourth Sunday of Easter, our gospel reading comes from the 10th chapter of John, where Jesus speaks of himself as the good shepherd. In our three-year cycle we read different parts of this chapter, highlighting different aspects of this powerful metaphor.

     But each year we read the same psalm: The 23rd, perhaps our most beloved piece of scripture. One commentator reminds us that this is also a favorite psalm in Jewish worship, so we can be sure that Jesus knew it well. How might he have prayed this psalm? We can easily imagine that he felt comforted, like we do, knowing that God was his shepherd through the uncertainties of life on earth. And we can be sure that, despite the trials he would endure, he knew that his ultimate dwelling place was with God. Like us, Jesus knew that he was always in the care of a loving shepherd.

     Welcome to St. Paul’s, where we pray with Jesus in the assurance that God’s goodness and mercy is always ours!


Collect:
O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Altar Flowers this week are given in memory of Martha M. Muir, George M. and Gertrude M. French, Mabel P. French, Helen F. Stoner, Wellington A. French, George M. French Jr., Harold P. French Sr., Ada M. French and Jessie L. French on Mother’s Day.

Lee Food Pantry
This week’s food pantry suggestion is pasta, rice and beans. 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: peanut butter). St. Paul’s will volunteer at the Lee Food Pantry this Saturday, May 11th.

St. Paul’s Prayer Circle will meet Tuesday, May 14, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., for evening prayer.

Godly Play Takes a Recess!
Godly Play will be on hiatus for the next four Sundays (May 12, 19, 26, & 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! – NEW DATE
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 on Tuesday, May 28, and will be back no later than 4:00 pm. Contact Father Sam to join in, or for more information. (The date of the trip has changed in hopes of accommodating more participants.)

Save the Date: Sunday, June 9
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! Questions? Ask Father Sam.

Altar Flowers
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 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, May 12

Celebrant/Preacher:   The Rev. Sam Smith

8 am:    Jorja Marsden

10 am:  Sebastian Bonner, Greeter

              Tracy Johnson, Usher

              Kim Savery, Lector

              Bill Higgins, Intercessor

              Tracy Johnson, Altar Guild

              Anne Covell & Bill Higgins, Hospitality

              Tom Tuthill, Organist

Next 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

Parish Prayer List

  • People we pray for on Sundays: Cecilia, Martha, Tom
  • 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: St. Mark’s, Leominster
  • Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church of Korea
  • Birthdays: Scott Muir (12th)