This Sunday at Saint Paul's

We welcome The Reverend Cynthia Bronson Sweigert to Saint Paul’s pulpit and table for Candelmas. Thank you for leading our worship!

Bring Your Candles to Church Day: The Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple is also known as Candlemas, when the prophet Simeon proclaims: “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” Our liturgy will begin with prayers to bless the candles to be used in worship for the coming year(presence lamp lights, baptismal tapers, candle oil, votives, pew torch tapers, etc.), as well as your own candles, brought from home, and placed on the table at the back of the church, near the Baptismal font.

Thank you to the Parish Choir for hosting Coffee Hour this week; next week, the Altar Guild.

Our exploration of the Gospel of Johncontinues in the Bishop Thurston Room alongside Coffee Hour. Grab your nosh and beverage, greet your friends, and join us for spirit-led (and spirited) discussion.

Worship at Saint Pauls

St Paul’s Church Photo Album 

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

Prayer Calendar

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Anglican Church of Burundi.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for Province VI of The Episcopal Church. We pray for those who serve on the Council as Mission Area Team members, the Trustees, the Standing Committee, the Commission on Ministry, the Chancellors, and for the treasurer of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. We also pray for the parish of Holy Trinity/Saint Anskar (Minneapolis).

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 care@stpaulsmpls.org.

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: barbara@stpaulsmpls.org. 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

TBA

Serving This Sunday

Paul Carlson
Barb Smith
greeters

Curt Kullberg
Angie Paulson
ushers

Jim Smith
crucifer

The Reverend Cynthia Bronson Sweigert
presider

The Reverend
Barbara del Caro Scaia
deacon

Kate Maxwell, OSB
subdeacon

John Harrer
Meredith Johnson
lectors

Pat Champ
Pat Trumbull
eucharistic ministers

Jacob Manier
choirmaster, organist

Charles Peterson
master of ceremony

Team I
altar guild

Beth Carlson
John Harrer

vestry tellers

Parish Choir
coffee hour hosts

Faith in Action

Joyce Uptown Food Shelf joyfully receives Saint Paul’s weekly donations. We will continue our Advent/Christmas practice of using the blue Advent Calendar bag (available in the Narthex) through Epiphany as well. Following the guide sheet inside, collect and bless one item each day. Drop off your donations in the bins at Saint Paul’s as needed.

22 FEBRUARY: A team is being assembled to volunteer at Open Arms from 10am-12noon next month. Look for the sign-up shet on the bulletin board. Contact Mary Neal with questions, or to add your name to the roster.

Upcoming Events

9 FEBRUARY: Norm Mitchell will be the featured speakerat Saint Paul’s fourth Master Class event. Join him in the Kellogg Room after the liturgy for “Defeat the Tyranny of the Blank Page”, and hear some snippets of international intrigue as he shares highlights from The Prisoner of Hope, the soon-to-be-released second novel in his People of the Blood trilogy.

16 FEBRUARY: Want to read a really Good Book? Consider joining the group of curious minds meeting to explore the Gospel of John. The conversation continues after Coffee Hour on most Sundays in February and into March. Contact Deacon Barbara  to add your name to the roster.

General Announcements

In the bleak midwinter our Sexton does his best to have the sanctuary heated for us all to be comfortable during worship. At present, our heating system is not 100% operational and, on especially cold days, it may feel less comfortable. Please be assured that work is being done to resolve the issue, and thanks in advance for your cheerfulness and patience. 
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), contact Senior 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?

 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
sexton

Meredith Johnson
vestry senior warden

Beth Carlson
vestry junior warden

From the Pulpit

Catch up on our most recent sermons

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Senior Warden Message – COVID-19 Update

“Church is not cancelled; it has changed.” This was the message shared in the bulletin and in the opening message of our first online Eucharist. In these challenging times of COVID-19 we need to find new ways to connect, new ways to gather, and new ways to replenish our spirit.

Last Sunday’s online liturgy and a new Wednesday night online Compline, which will start next week, are just two ways we have started to adjust to what will be our new temporary normal. Besides our services going online, we are also sending notes, making calls, and having time together on various social media platforms. Keeping connected is so important to our Saint Paul’s community. We are all in this together supporting each other. God is making his presence known in all these wonderful interactions.

Two weeks ago, when we suspended our in-church services and closed the doors of the church, we hoped to reopen our doors April 1. Unfortunately, with the Stay-at-Home orders from Governor Walz and recommendations from Bishop Prior, we continue to be closed to holding any kind of in-person or public gatherings. The current recommendation from the Bishop is through mid-May. Although disappointing, this is necessary to keep all of us and our neighbors healthy. Please understand that the church will be locked and closed to all church-related activities.

Governor Walz and recommendations from Bishop Prior, we continue to be closed to holding any kind of in-person or public gatherings. The current recommendation from the Bishop is through mid-May. Although disappointing, this is necessary to keep all of us and our neighbors healthy. Please understand that the church will be locked and closed to all church-related activities.

Earlier this month we formed a COVID-19 response team. This team, made up of staff and Vestry members, is supporting and helping us live into this new temporary normal. This group will continue to watch for new ways for us to keep connected. They will watch for guidance from Episcopal Church of Minnesota (ECMN), the Minnesota Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO). I am so proud of the work they are doing and the amazing amount of love and care they have for our members.

Continue to watch for updates in your email, on Saint Paul’s Facebook page, or on our website. And don’t forget you too can help us keep connected – use our Realm online directory to reach out to your church family.

Stay healthy and know that God is with us, Beth

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