In this week’s reading from the Gospel of Luke (18:9-14), Jesus tells a parable wherein a Pharisee and a tax-collector pray. Their prayers are quite different—and, Jesus tells us, engender different responses from God: the tax-collector is justified.
Exactly what is justification? Wikipedia defines it as, “God’s righteous act of removing the guilt and penalty of sin.” In this parable, justification results from a willingness to acknowledge one’s sinful nature. God’s grace is ours if we will only admit our need of it. Ironically, the more we confess, the more grace we receive.
Welcome to St. Paul’s, where we know that God’s grace abounds!
Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Altar Flowers are given in gratitude for Jean Rousseau by Georgeanne Rousseau.
Lee Food Pantry
This week’s food pantry suggestions are toiletries and diapers. 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: canned tuna).
List of the Faithful Departed: Our worship service on Sunday, November 3 will include the reading of names of the faithful departed. You may add to the list simply by printing the names of deceased loved ones clearly on the list at the back of the church or e-mailing their names to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, Oct. 31.
Your Vestry will meet Saturday, October 26, 8:00 a.m. on the second floor of the Parish House. All members of the church are invited to attend.
Gospel of Matthew – Bible Study
Next Class: Tuesday, October 29
Our fourth of six sessions will focus on the opponents of Jesus, chapter 4 of the accompanying book, Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of Matthew, by John Yieh (published by Morehouse Publishing and available new, used, or electronically from Amazon). Please feel free to join in even if you haven’t read the book or can’t get to every session. Questions? Ask Father Sam.
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.
Mark Your Calendars!
- Tues., October 29 Gospel of Matthew Bible Study
- Sun., November 17 Ingathering Sunday
- 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 email@example.com.)
This Sunday, October 27
|Celebrant/Preacher||The Rev. Sam Smith|
|8 am:||Pam Drumm|
|10 am:||Tracy Johnson, Greeter|
|Peter Dillon, Usher|
|Kim Savery, Lector|
|Diana French Intercessor|
|Natalie Boyce, Altar Guild|
|Hospitality – POTLUCK|
|Nancy King, Organist|
Next Sunday, November 3
|Celebrant/Preacher:||The Rev. Sam Smith|
|8 am:||Jorja Marsden|
|10 am:||Don Cook, Greeter|
|Sebastian Bonner, Usher|
|Kendra MacLeod, Lector|
|Bill Higgins, Intercessor|
|Robin Race, Altar Guild|
|Ginny Willcox, Hospitality|
|Nancy King, Organist|
Parish Prayer List
- People we pray for on Sundays: Cecilia, Deborah, Mary, Susan
- 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: Gideon’s Garden and Construct
- Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Stephen’s, Westborough
- Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Church of Ceylon
- Birthdays: Doug Willcox (30th), Christoph Newsome (31st), Kayla Dillon (Nov. 2nd)