Life and Death

This week’s reading from the Gospel of Luke (20:27-38) ends with, “[Our God] is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.” What a profound statement! Following up on our commemoration of the Feast of All Saints, it speaks to the Christian understanding of life and death: as the Prayer Book says, in death, “life is changed, not ended.”

     This is a mystery, to be sure. We are no less confused than the Sadducees who question Jesus. Perhaps the key lies less in trying to understand the puzzle of life and death, and more in trusting the God who has created this beautiful earth, has made each of us in the glory of the human body, and who shelters us like a hen gathers her chicks under her wing. As this week’s psalm attests, our is a God of splendor and righteousness; why should we be afraid?

     Welcome to St. Paul’s, where we know that there is no end to the greatness of our God!


Collect

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Lee Food Pantry
This week’s food pantry suggestions are 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, November 9 at 10:00 a.m.

Altar Flowers – This Sunday Nov. 10
If you would like to honor or remember a loved one by providing altar flowers this Sunday please email stpaulsstockbridge@gmail.com TODAY and tell us the wording of the announcement, and whether or not you’d like the office to order the flowers for you (cost is $60).

It’s Time to Refill Our United Way Book House
“Books are the greatest gifts that you can gift to children because they contain an entire world inside them.”
Our Book House shelves are almost empty! Help us continue to provide more opportunities for children to access books. Donations of new or gently used children’s books can be placed on the table at the back of the church. Questions? See Anne Skakel.

Gospel of Matthew – Bible Study
Final Class: Tuesday, November 12
Our last session will focus on the Church of Jesus, chapter 6 of the accompanying book, Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of Matthew, by John Yieh. Please feel free to join in even if you haven’t read the book or didn’t make any other sessions. Questions? Ask Father Sam.

Join us for a special, single service, on Sunday, November 17 at 10:00 a.m., when we have our Stewardship Ingathering. We will welcome the Reverend Canon Pam Mott as our guest preacher as we celebrate weaving a stronger net of relationships to support ourselves, each other and the world outside our congregation.

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Day Service, November 28.  Thanksgiving Day is a uniquely Christian day, a day founded and dedicated to stopping and giving thanks for the bounty of God’s gifts in our lives. What better way to celebrate than in an ecumenical worship with all the churches of Stockbridge? First Congregational will host the Stockbridge Christian community for a service of worship at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 28. All are welcome! First Congregational Church, 4 Main Street, Stockbridge.

Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner – Last year First Congregational also hosted a Thanksgiving Potluck dinner after worship. It was a joyous affair and they are open to doing it again. If you would be interested in coming or helping, please RSVP by November 15 so they can plan accordingly.

Holiday Cookie Time! St. Paul’s will again have a Holiday Cookie Sale during the Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Celebration, Saturday, December 7. We need volunteers willing to bake LOTS of cookies, and also to help with set-up and staffing on the sale day. Please sign up on the bulletin board in the Tower Room so we know we can count on you! Questions? See Cookie Sale Chair Diana French.

Volunteers Needed for the 30th Annual Stockbridge Main Street Christmas Weekend
The Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce is asking for your help with this annual tradition. This is the most time consuming & financially the largest income-generating event the Chamber holds. Over 70 volunteers are needed to help make this a success. Please sign-up for one or more of the remaining time-slots and support this festive event. Shifts available for Holiday House Tours, Ticket Sales, Mrs. Claus, and Santa’s Helper. Call the office, 298-5200, or email info@stockbridgechamber.org.

Census 2020 – Do you winter in another state but call the Berkshires home?
We need you to be counted! If you spend the winter in another state but live the rest of the year in the Berkshires you will likely receive the Census at both of your addresses. If you live in the Berkshires more than anywhere else, you should fill out the Census for your Berkshire address. It doesn’t matter where you are when you get the survey or if you pay taxes, vote or register your vehicle in another state, it all comes down to where you spend most of your time – the place you call home.

Mark Your Calendars!

  • Sat., November 9                 St. Paul’s will volunteer at the Lee Food Pantry at 10:00 a.m.
  • Tues., November 12           Gospel of Matthew Bible Study – Final Class
  • Wed., November 13        Al-Anon Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish House
  • Sun., November 17             Stewardship Ingathering – one service only at 10:00 a.m.
  • Thur., November 28           Thanksgiving Day Worship at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner, First Congregational, Stockbridge
  • Sat., December 7             Holiday Cookie Sale

Worship Teams (If you exchange shifts with someone, please notify the Church Office by Thursday morning at stpaulsstockbridge@gmail.com.)

This Sunday, November 10

Celebrant: The Rev. Jane Tillman
Preacher: The Rev. Sam Smith
8 am:Jorja Marsden
10 am:Deborah Pege, Greeter
Kim Savery, Usher & Lector
Martha Bodine, Intercessor
Ginny Willcox & Robin Race, Altar Guild
Kendra MacLeod & Carl Sprague, Hospitality
Nancy King, Organist

Next Sunday, November 17

Celebrant: The Rev. Sam Smith
Preacher: The Rev. Canon Pam Mott
10 am:Chris Johnson, Greeter
Matt Fillio, Usher & Intercessor
Vaunie Graulty, Lector
Tracy Johnson, Altar Guild
Natalie Boyce & Vaunie Graulty, Hospitality
Dr. Ellen Beebe, Organist

Parish Prayer List

  • People we pray for on Sundays: Cecilia, Stephanie
  • Long-term prayer list: George, Jeff, David, Doug, Barbara, Charles, ZsuZsa, Tom, Rich, Ronnie, Karen, Michael, Christy, John, George, Khali
  • 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: Lee Food Pantry and Berkshire Community Diaper Project
  • Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Trinity Church, Whitinsville
  • Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Lusitanian Church
  • Birthdays: Dewitt Thomson (10th)