Biblical scholars tell us that Luke’s Gospel contains more references to eating, banquets, tables, and reclining at tables than any of the other gospels. In this week’s gospel lesson (Luke 14:1, 7-14) we learn a lot about table etiquette in Jesus’ time.

     Of course, the table is important to us as Christians, since we gather at one each week. Yet, centuries of practice and layers of ritual may obscure the fact that what we do together in the Eucharist is quite simple: we eat a meal together. In something as everyday and yet vital as eating, we remember the gift of eternal life that is ours through the sacrifice and example of Christ. Something ordinary becomes remarkable. An everyday occurrence becomes a moment for joy and gratitude.

     The next time you settle down for a meal, either at home, in public, or at the altar, take a moment to think about the sacred gift of something to eat—at once simple and profound. And give thanks for all that God provides.

     Welcome to St. Paul’s.

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; 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 loving memory of Winifred Rousseau and Charles Mitchell.

Lee Food Pantry
This week’s food pantry suggestions are soup and tomato sauce. 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: cereal).

Godly Play is back September 15
Parents are invited to bring their children to the 2nd floor of the parish house before the 10:00 service beginning on Sunday, September 15. They will enjoy a story and creative response time, followed by a feast and prayers. For more info, please speak to Anne Skakel ( or Father Sam.

Our Next Bible Study
The Gospel of Matthew – Six Tuesday Evenings, 6:00-7:30 p.m., beginning October 1.
Each year our Sunday gospel readings focus on a different gospel. Beginning this December we will hear readings from the Gospel of Matthew. To prepare, our fall Adult Bible Study will explore the first book of the New Testament, guided by Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of Matthew, by John Yieh (published by Morehouse Publishing). To participate, sign up at the back of the church and get the book (available new, used, or electronically from Amazon). Questions? Ask Father Sam.

From the Vestry
Your vestry, the governing body of St. Paul’s Church, asks that parishioners try to stay current in fulfilling their commitments for giving through the summer months. While vacations and the splendors of the Berkshire summer may call many of us away from regular Sunday attendance, the basic costs of running St. Paul’s Church remain constant. We rely on your continued generosity to pay the bills. Thank you for all the ways you support St. Paul’s!

Altar Flowers
If you would like to honor or remember a loved one by providing altar flowers, the following Sundays are available: Dec. 8. To sign up, please email 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

This Sunday, September 1

Celebrant/Preacher:   The Rev. Sam Smith

9 am:    Kim Savery, Greeter

              John Davies, Usher & Lector

              Natalie Boyce, Intercessor

              Tracy Johnson, Altar Guild

              Hospitality — Potluck

              Nancy King, Organist

Next Sunday, September 8

Celebrant/Preacher:   The Rev. Sam Smith

8 am:    Pam Drumm

10 am:  Sebastian Bonner, Greeter

              Diane Dillon, Usher

              Vaunie Graulty, Lector

              John Davies, Intercessor

              Jennifer Carmichael, Altar Guild

              Ginny Willcox, Hospitality

              Nancy King, Organist

Parish Prayer List

  • People we pray for on Sundays: Cecilia, Khali
  • Long-term prayer list: George, 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: Lee Food Pantry and Berkshire Community Diaper Project
  • Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Southwick Community Episcopal Church, Southwick
  • Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Province of the Episcopal Church of Sudan