Losers to Winners

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of All Saints, remembering those we love who have died. The readings for this year include the Beatitudes as recorded by Luke (Luke 6:20-31). Matthew, whose gospel was written after Luke’s (and used Luke as source material), provides the eight beatitudes with which we are most familiar. Luke has only four, followed by four woes.

     And Luke describes these people differently from Matthew. For example, Matthew’s poor are poor in spirit; Luke’s are just poor. One commentator says that Luke’s subjects are, plainly put, losers. But Luke sees blessings for these losers as he does throughout his gospel. Luke always stands with the downtrodden.

     Perhaps that is a good lesson for All Saints. The people of God come in all shapes and sizes—and some succeed in life, while others fail. Yet, God’s love extends to us all, making us all winners. As our beloved hymn “For all the saints” reminds us, “all are one in thee, for all are thine.”

     Welcome to St. Paul’s, where we celebrate all the beloved of God—including you!


Collect

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.


Altar Flowers are given in memory of Margaret S. Hodges.

Lee Food Pantry
This week’s food pantry suggestion is canned tuna. 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: pasta, rice and beans).

List of the Faithful Departed: Our worship service this Sunday will include the reading of names of the faithful departed. You may still add names of deceased loved ones to the list by leaving a message at the office, 298-4913 or by e-mailing stpaulsstockbridge@gmail.com by TODAY.

Don’t Forget – Set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday, November 2nd!

Gospel of Matthew – Bible Study
Next Class: Tuesday, November 5
Our fifth of six sessions will focus on the followers of Jesus, chapter 5 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 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!

  • Sat., November 2       Turn your clocks back before you go to bed!
  • Tues., November 5    Gospel of Matthew Bible Study
  • Sat., November 9       St. Paul’s will volunteer at the Lee Food Pantry at 10:00 a.m.
  • Sun., November 17    Ingathering Sunday, 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 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\

Next Sunday, November 10

Celebrant/Preacher:The Rev. Sam Smith
8 am:Jorja Marsden
10 am:Deborah Pege, Greeter
Jean Rousseau, Usher & Lector
Martha Bodine, Intercessor
Jennifer Carmichael, Altar Guild
Jean & Georgeanne Rousseau, Hospitality
Nancy King, Organist

Parish Prayer List

  • People we pray for on Sundays: Cecilia, Deborah, Mary, Susan, 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: Cathedral of the Beloved
  • Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Episcopal Church of Atonement, Westfield
  • Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Church of Bermuda
  • Birthdays: Christoph Newsome (31st), Kayla Dillon (2nd), Skip Newsome (6th)