E-pistle for Friday November 18

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Prayers of the People, by the People…

a message from Lydia

Prayers of the People, By the People

Last Sunday at Saint Paul’s we did something different with the Prayers of the People: worshipers had come to church with deep and varied emotions following the national election, and everyone was invited to take five minutes of silence to consider and write down the prayers in their hearts, to be read aloud during the Prayers of the People. The entire list of petitions is attached here. Those present in worship that day found it a powerful and moving experience.

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This Sunday at Saint Paul’s:

Today we welcome Angie Swanson from Open Arms, who will present a short video and answer questions during coffee hour. Open Arms began in 1986, and now provides meals to over 1,000 people each week who are living with illnesses such as cancer, MS, ALS, HIV/AIDS, as well as their dependents and caregivers. Saint Paul’s is scheduled to prepare food in the Open Arms kitchen 17 December. Come this Sunday to learn more about Open Arms and how you can be involved.

“Soup’s On” for the Food Shelf: During the month of November, our weekly donations to the Groveland Food Shelf will be canned soup. Please bring 1 or 2 cans of soup each Sunday, or consider a simple manual can opener. They also still needs paper, plastic, and reusable bags.

Thank you to the Outreach Commission for hosting coffee hour. Next week: Altar Guild.

Choir Diary

  • Voluntary: Aria (Andrew Carter)
  • Canticle: The Song of Zechariah (S. S. Wesley)
  • Anthem: Let the people praise thee, O God (William Mathias)
  • Voluntary: Fanfare (John Cook

Prayer Calendar:

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church in the Falkland Islands.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Minnesota Commission on Indian Work (MCIW), and for the Hispanic, Hmong, Liberian, Karen, and numerous multi-cultural ministries and faith communities throughout the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. We also pray for the parishes of Saint Clement (Saint Paul) and Christ Church (Albert Lea, Austin, Frontenac, Grand Rapids, Red Wing, Woodbury).

On our Parish Prayer List, we pray for Alex, Corbin, Krista, Mary, Mildred, Nancy, Pat, Roberta, Ruth, Thomas, and the Paulson family. Please also continue to pray for the Search Committee; for Saint Paul’s; and for the new rector, whoever and whenever that choice will be.

Lord, we ask you to guide the members of our Search Committee in their selection of candidates for our new spiritual leader. Give them wisdom and insight into the qualities of leadership needed to best serve our precious church.

Encourage the spirit of the person who will become our priest to accept with joy your choice for him/her to lead us as we move forward as a faith-filled church.

 Give us all a sense of happy anticipation as we await the one we know will be the right one according to your plan for us. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Quick Calendar Items:

26 November 9:30am - Greening/birching of the church
27 November 4:00 - Gregorian Singers Advent Procession
(Grace University Lutheran Church, Mpls)
2 December 7:00pm - A Festival of Lessons and Carols
4 December 11:15am - Feast of Saint Nicholas celebration
18 December - Lessons and Carols: The Road Show
(Saint Rose Convent, La Crosse)
22 December 5:00pm - Lumina: Songs in the Darkness

View the full calendar

Upcoming Events and General Announcements:

The Outreach Commission has identified two established programs –Temple Israel’s Committee to End Homelessness, and Open Arms– where Saint Paulites can make a difference in our neighborhood. We have the opportunity to educate ourselves about homelessness with local dramatic and musical performances in the next two weeks. Curious? Read the details here.

Advent begins 27 November! We’ll erect our Advent birch forest on Saturday 26 November at 9:30am. Dusters, sweepers, branch trimmers, and tree-and-rock haulers will be gratefully received; please contact Jacob to pitch in. Christmas flowers (and aforementioned Advent trees) may be given with thanksgiving, or in memory of a loved one. To be included in the Christmastide bulletins:

  • Use the sign up sheet in the Narthex.
  • Print the thanksgiving/memorial on the memo line of your check.
  • Do so by 11 December in order to meet our printing deadline.

The Gregorian Singers’ Advent Procession will be offered at Grace University Lutheran Church on Sunday 27 November 27 at 4:00 p.m. This service is a visual and aural feast of shadow and candlelight that engages the congregation in singing, prayer and movement. There is no charge, but a free-will offering will be gratefully accepted. See all the details and parking information here.

Lessons and Carols: This year’s liturgy will feature Jonathan Dove’s extraterrestrial apparition, Seek him that maketh the seven stars, and the world premiere of Craig Carnahan’s ceremonial anthem Creator God, written especially for Saint Paul’s choir. An Immaculate Reception of sherry and sweets will follow fireside in the Parish House, and childcare will be available. Please join us for a festive evening sure to warm you from the inside out.

We celebrate Saint Nicholas: The whole parish family is invited to celebrate the Feast of Saint Nicholas after worship on Advent 2 (Sunday 4 December). You are never too old to feel the joy that St. Nicholas brings! Please plan on attending, and watch the E-pistle for more details about the celebration, as well as the launching of our Advent Giving project.

Attention aspiring roadies and groupies: On Sunday 18 December at 3:15 pm, Saint Paul’s choir will offer Lessons and Carols at Saint Rose Convent (the Motherhouse of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration) in La Crosse WI. We’re thrilled to help raise funds for the sisters’ many outreach efforts, and to sing in one of the most splendid acoustics in the Midwest. A motor coach will leave Saint Paul’s immediately following Eucharist on 18 December, and you can join us! A box lunch will be provided on the bus, and we’ll dine together upon returning to Minneapolis. Contact Jacob to reserve your seat; a suggested donation of $20 will help offset the cost of this endeavor.

Songs in the Darkness: Lumina creates a diverse program from medieval carols to pieces by living and local composers, creating a seasonal air of mystery, beauty, and hope. The program on 22 December will be Lumina’s third annual concert at Saint Paul’s. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for students/seniors and are available at the door only.

Help Wanted: We are looking for paid staff and able volunteers to assist in the Nursery on Sunday mornings. For more information, please contact Liz Clarke: 651-735-5642.

Help beautify our sanctuary for worship

Give altar flowers to mark important occasions or significant events in your life. Write us a note or email, telling us your name, the date you wish to give flowers, and your desired dedication. Checks should be made out to Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, with “altar flowers” in the memo; suggested donation is $50.

Do you have an announcement for next week’s E-pistle?

Submit your announcement –including all details and contact information– to the E-pistle, or call Angie (612.483.4187) by Thursday morning.