Fr. Marcus Halley – State of the Parish Address (Annual Meeting)

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I want to begin this address by recalling a story that some of you may have heard before. The details differ on time and location, but the over message remains the same. William Ashley “Billy” Sunday was a baseball player turned evangelist in the late 1800s and early 1900s. At one point in his ministry, he walked into an Episcopal congregation in New York shortly before the worship service was to begin. Unfamiliar with the … Read More

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Fr. Marcus Halley – Called Forth in Mission

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Sermon preached on Sunday, January 28, 2018 (Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul [trans.]) at Saint Paul’s Church on Lake of the Isles – Minneapolis, MN] Jesus said, “See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16 (NRSV) God’s church does not have a mission. God’s mission has a church. If we look at the arc of scripture – … Read More

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E-pistle for Friday 27 January 2018

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The Patronal Festival of Saint Paul will be celebrated today. #teamPaul Following the liturgy, please join us in the Undercroft for our Annual Meeting, where we shall elect parish leadership, celebrate the year gone by, and learn of the vision for 2018 and beyond. Groveland and Joyce Uptown Food Shelves receive Saint Paul’s weekly donations. January’s theme is CANNED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, but other items are welcome; bring items to church as part of your weekly … Read More

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Fr. Marcus Halley – The Transformative Power of the Moral Imagination

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[Sermon preached on Sunday, January 21, 2018 (Epiphany 3, Year B) at Saint Paul’s Church on Lake of the Isles – Minneapolis, Minnesota] For the present form of this world is passing away. 1 Corinthians 7:31b (NRSV) When was the last time you were confronted by the truth of the Gospel in a way that challenged you? When was the last time you heard the Word of God and you went away thinking, “hmm, I … Read More

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E-pistle for Friday 19 January 2018

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The Patronal Festival of Saint Paul will be celebrated on 28 January. This is a great time to get to know the man, the myth, and the legend for whom our parish is named. Following the liturgy, please plan on staying for the Annual Meeting of Saint Paul’s Church. You are invited to elect parish leadership, bear witness to 2017 commission reports, and celebrate the year gone by. Joyce Uptown Food Shelf receives Saint Paul’s … Read More

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E-pistle for Friday 05 January 2018

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Joyce Uptown Food Shelf receives Saint Paul’s weekly donations. January’s theme is CANNED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, but other items are always welcome. Please bring items to church as part of your weekly offering and place them in the baskets at the Narthex doors. As the needs increase, our donations have as well! Keep up the good work! Thank you to the Outreach Commission for hosting Coffee Hour this week; next week, the Building & Grounds Commission. … Read More

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Dcn. Peggy Schnack – Sermon for the December 31, 2017

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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.” These verses are what the Gospel writer used in place of the nativity stories of other Gospels. … Read More

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Fr. Marcus Halley – A Casting Call for the New Creation

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[Sermon preached on Sunday, December 24, 2017 (Christmas Eve, Year B) at Saint Paul’s Church on Lake of the Isles – Minneapolis, Minnesota] Good evening. Welcome, and thank you so much for responding to our casting call. We are so excited to have so many talented applicants wanting to fill the roles of our new Broadway production – Jesus Christ Superstar, the Prequel. For those who aren’t too familiar with this production, think Hamilton only with a lot … Read More

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