This Sunday at Saint Paul's

We welcome The Reverends Leonard and Lindsay Hardin Freeman to Saint Paul’s as presider and preacher this week. Thank you for celebrating with us during Advent!

All the deadlines, all at once: Wrapped and tagged gifts to Southside Care Center residents for under the Giving Tree -as well as any Advent/Christmas plant memorial designations- are due this day.

Thank you to the Altar Guild for hosting Coffee Hour this week; next week, the Ministers in Liturgy.

Worship at Saint Pauls

View The Year in Photos

(thanks to Angie Paulson for compiling and creating the video!)

Prayer Calendar

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Anglican Province of Nigeria.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Bishop and Ministers in ECMN; the foundations which minister to children with special needs, especially Sheltering Arms Foundation; and all who work with child protection agencies throughout the state of Minnesota. We also pray for the parish of the Spirit of the Wilderness (Grand Marais).

Longtime Saint Paul’s parishioner and chorister Sue Krueger died on Thursday morning. A funeral service with Holy Eucharist was be held at Saint Paul’s Friday, 20 December, at 2:00pm.  
Join me in giving thanks today for the life of Sue. Please hold her husband, Dick, and all who mourn her passing, in your prayers.
Rest eternal grant to Sue, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her.
May her soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Deacon Barbara

Pray for migrants, refugees, and displaced people throughout the world. Pray also for those in our country who have been taught to fear or hate people different than they are.

We are asked to reflect and devote prayers in honor and appreciation of 400 years of African American history and culture. Read more about this anniversary request from our Presiding Bishop.

Our Parish Prayer List can be found here.
If you wish to be visited by a member of our Pastoral Care Team (including our rector or deacon), request prayers for yourself or someone else on the Parish Prayer List, or simply make someone aware of an acute or ongoing need, please e-mail [email protected].

This list is maintained to assist you in praying for the parish and the larger community throughout the week. To add your friend or loved one to this list, e-mail Deacon Barbara with your request and any additional details: [email protected]. Your request will be shared with our pastoral care team, as well as Saint Paul’s clergy.

Our votive candle stand is a beautiful symbol of our collective prayers coming into the light of Christ. When you light a votive, please consider leaving a contribution to help fund this amenity.


From the Organ Bench

Choir Diary for 10:00am Eucharist


Serving This Sunday

Angie Paulson
Barb Smith


Jacob McCray-Reeves

The Reverend Lindsay
Hardin Freeman

The Reverend
Leonard Freeman

The Reverend
Barbara del Caro Scaia

Kate Maxwell, OSB

Craig Carnahan
Deb Jones

Gary & Marcy Wegner
eucharistic ministers

Jacob Manier
choirmaster & organist

Jim Smith
master of ceremony

Team III
altar guild

Beth Carlson
Marcy Wegner

vestry tellers

Altar Guild
coffee hour hosts

Faith in Action

Joyce Uptown Food Shelf joyfully receives Saint Paul’s weekly donations. The theme for December is our Reverse Advent Calendar: use the blue Advent Calendar bag (available in the Narthex) and follow the guide sheet inside, collecting and blessing one item each day of December. Drop off your donations in the bins at Saint Paul’s. Celebrate the season of giving!

Upcoming Events

16 DECEMBER: LIVE from Saint Paul’s Church on the shores of beautiful Lake of the Isles, it’s your monthly Vestry meeting! The business meeting of the parish will transpire from 7:00-9:00pm in the Bishop Thurston Room. All are welcome to attend.

24 DECEMBER: Christmas Eve at 4:00pm
As the light fades from the sky, join us for a festive Holy Eucharist with choir; childcare will be provided.
The Revs. Lindsay Hardin Freeman (preacher) and Leonard Freeman (presider)

25 DECEMBER:Christmas Morn at 10:00am
With the dawn, redeeming grace… Join us for an intimate Holy Eucharist liturgy with carols in the Chapel.
The Rev. Gayle Mardene Marsh (presider)

5 JANUARY: Twelfth Night will be celebrated at Saint Paul’s at 6:00pm with appetizers and wassail, feasting, and a traditional King Cake. Childcare provided. Sign up at church, or contact Kathy Kullberg.
The cost: $15; the experience: priceless!

General Announcements

Advent Trees and Christmas Flowers are the perfect seasonal memorial. To contribute to the beautification of the Nave and Chancel, read the details here. Deadline for inclusion in the Christmastide bulletins is 15 December.
The slate of final candidates for the tenth Bishop of Minnesota has been determined: The Reverend Canon Abbott Bailey, and The Very Reverend Craig Loya. Learn more about the candidates here, and consider attending one of the forums on their road tripthrough the ECMN (online or in person) in January.
The All Parish Meeting held on 13 October was a productive gathering of people ready to engage in this period of transition. Our wardens compiled the raw data from the day, and you can read it here. If you have questions or other concerns, please feel free to contact Meredith or Beth (emails in the right sidebar).
A directory of parish resource contacts has been compiled to help you easily direct questions about parish life during this time of transition. It is linked here, and also in the Resources box in the right sidebar.
We have room in our lovely Beim House for several officing tenants. If you know of any non-profit organizations in need of space (up to four offices), please contact Junior Warden Beth Carlson.
The Episcopal House of Prayer in the City invites all to join for their weekly Contemplative Prayer Practice each Monday at 6:30pm in the Auxiliary Classroom. If you are new and would like an orientation, feel free to come at 6:00pm.


Food Shelves

Have you taken the Saint Paul’s Food Shelf Challenge?

Bring ELEVEN –yes, eleven– items in over the course of the eleventh month The need for grocery assistance never wanes. Let’s fill the baskets each week!!

Pastoral Care

Recurring Events

1st Wed 1-3p Saint Lydia’s Circle
3rd Mon 7-9pm Vestry meeting

Saint Paul’s Leadership

Kelly Belanger

Meredith Johnson
vestry senior warden

Beth Carlson
vestry junior warden

From the Pulpit

Catch up on our most recent sermons

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Pentecost sermon

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Pentecost sermon

  IN THE NAME OF THE GREAT ONE…WHO CREATED THE SUN AND THE MOON AND THE EARTH AND THE STARS…AMEN [May 31, 2020] The following is the text of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Pentecost sermon from the Washington National Cathedral service that was live-streamed on...

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We All need a Lazarus Story

We All need a Lazarus Story

  IN THE NAME OF THE GREAT ONE…WHO CREATED THE SUN AND THE MOON AND THE EARTH AND THE STARS…AMEN I firmly believe that this deep story of Lazarus is a gift to us today.  Wouldn’t we all right now want an experience to ‘just take all of this Coronavirus away’?...

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Jesus said to her,
      "I am the resurrection and the life."

John 11:25a

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