The E-pistle – Saint Pauls’ Weekly e-Newsletter

“Hallelujah!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation.”
~Psalm 111:1

Church is not cancelled—it has changed.

Holy Scripture instructs us to “hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for God who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another.” Hebrews 10:23-25 and “Bear one anothers burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

Our Book of Common Prayer accommodates “those who for reasonable cause cannot be present at a public celebration of the Eucharist.” with a liturgy called Communion Under Special Circumstances (BCP p.396) which we have prayerfully adapted for this time of physical distancing. Furthermore, the precedent for making a spiritual communion is set forth by the rubric on page 457 of the Book of Common Prayer, which states: “If a person desires to receive the Sacrament, but, by reason of extreme sickness or physical disability, is unable to eat and drink the Bread and Wine, the Celebrant is to assure that person that all the benefits of Communion are received, even though the Sacrament is not received with the mouth.” Saint Thomas Aquinas described spiritual communion as an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the sacrament and lovingly embrace him at a time or in circumstances when we cannot receive communion physically. In today’s liturgy as, in spirit, we gather with one another and the reserved sacrament (bread and wine consecrated at an earlier time) we share communion in our hearts, with prayers from the Book of Common Prayer, and from the Diocese of Malaita—part of the world-wide Anglican Communion to which Saint Paul’s and the Episcopal Church in Minnesota belongs.

First – sign up for Zoom – it’s FREE (https://zoom.us/signup) . We will be using Zoom to broadcast Sunday’s liturgy. Zoom delivers audio and video, and you can log in on your computers, laptops, tablets, smart phones, and telephones. When you log in, you may be prompted to install Zoom. Click yes to install Zoom.

Each week, will will provide you with the meeting ID or link to login with 10 minutes prior to every service.

If CALLING in by telephone, dial: 3126266799. The most recent E-pistle will have the the meeting number you will need to access the service.

If you have any problems, call Zoom at 888.799.9666 ext. 2 or go online to:https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us

E-pistle for Sunday April 18 2021

   Welcome to Virtual Eucharist at Saint Paul's Church on Lake of the Isles!  Church is not cancelled - it has changed. Following the liturgy stay with us during Coffee Hour for this month's All Parish Meeting. Bring your beverage and nosh of choice! First - sign...

E-pistle for Sunday 11 April

   Welcome to Virtual Eucharist at Saint Paul's Church on Lake of the Isles!  Church is not cancelled - it has changed. Following the liturgy stay with us during Coffee Hour for this month's All Parish Meeting. Bring your beverage and nosh of choice! First - sign...

E-pistle for Sunday 28 March 2021

   Welcome to Virtual Eucharist at Saint Paul's Church on Lake of the Isles!  Church is not cancelled - it has changed. Following the liturgy stay with us during Coffee Hour for this month's All Parish Meeting. Bring your beverage and nosh of choice! First - sign...

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

John 11:25a

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REOPENING of Saint Paul's Church 27 June at 10:00am - click for details

Dear Saint Paul’s faith community members and friends,

God’s peace be with you! Rejoice! Rejoice! Given the decrease in COVID-19 cases in Minnesota and the increase in the number of people who have been vaccinated, we are excited to announce the re- opening of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church building on Lake of the Isles on Sunday, 27 June at 10:00AM. We will have a beautiful and joyful worship with Eucharist, and coffee hour to follow. For those of you who are unable to come to the church building, a live Zoom stream will be available. Look for the Zoom link in the E-pistle.

Saint Paul’s COVID-19 Response Team Members (Mark Anderson, Steve Riendl, Angie Paulson, Jacob Manier, Rev. Janet MacNally, and Rev. Ramona Scarpace) have put together guidelines for worshiping together in-person. These guidelines are based on information from the Centers for Disease Control, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. The team asks that, in the spirit of loving God and neighbor, everyone follow the guidelines as listed below. If you have any questions or concerns about these guidelines, please contact Junior Warden and COVID Response Team Chair Steve Riendl at sriendl@stpaulsmpls.org.

IN-PERSON WORSHIP GUIDELINES: Attendance

  • No pre-registration for worship is required

Your Health

  • If you aren’t feeling well for any reason, please take care of yourself at home. You may join the service via Zoom.
  • If you have any personal health questions or concerns about attending in-person worship services, please speak with your medical provider.

Creating a Welcoming and Safer Environment

  • Greeters and ushers will be on-hand to assist you with seating, service bulletins, questions
  • The church and restrooms will be cleaned before and after each Sunday worship service
  • Hand sanitizer and masks will be available
  • All books will be removed from the pews. Worship bulletins will be available in paper and electronic format.

Masks and Social Distancing

  • If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to wear a mask or socially distance. You may wear a mask and socially distance for your own comfort level.
  • If you are not vaccinated, please wear a mask and socially distance.
  • If someone is wearing a mask, please keep socially distant from them.

Seating

  • Saint Paul’s Church seats approximately 250 people. Given our regular Sunday attendance numbers, there is plenty of room to spread out.
  • We recommend that family groups sit together.
  • Fully vaccinated people may sit with other fully vaccinated people.
  • If someone is wearing a mask, please socially distance from them when selecting a seat

Singing

  • Congregational singing is permitted.

The Peace

  • Please remain in your seats for the Peace. Use a wave, a nod, a smile, etc.

The Eucharist

  • Clergy and those assisting at the altar will sanitize their hands in view of the congregation.
  • Communion will be of bread only. We will use gluten-free wafers for all. Receive the bread in your hands.
  • The common cup of wine will not be used at this time.
  • You may receive at the altar rail kneeling or standing. If you are unable to or do not wish to come up to the altar rail, please notify an usher, and the bread will be brought to you.
  • Note: Rev. Ramona, and Rev. Janet are fully vaccinated.

Coffee Hour

  • To be held at the back of the church
  • Coffee and lemonade only, served in disposable cups
  • A limited number of people will set up refreshments and pour
  • No foods at this time

Nursery

  • The nursery will be available and staffed.
  • The nursery will be cleaned before and after each Sunday.
  • Parents must give contact information (name and phone number)

COVID-19 Tracing

  • If Saint Paul’s becomes aware of a situation where someone who attended the service receives information that they have contacted COVID, Saint Paul’s will notify people of the occurrence via the E-pistle.

We give thanks for the gift of coming together in-person to worship God, the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer of life. We give thanks for all who worked so diligently to create and distribute vaccines. We give thanks for those who put themselves at risk to keep others safe. We remember those who have died and hold their families in our prayers.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday, 27 June!

Blessings,
Mark Anderson, Senior Warden
Steve Riendl, Junior Warden
Rev. Ramona Scarpace, Priest-in-Charge

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