This Sunday at Saint Paul's

18 April 7pm – Maundy Thursday Agape and Holy Eucharist
19 April 12n – Good Friday prayers
             7pm – A Scandalous Beauty: music and meditations
20 April 8pm – Great Vigil of Easter with Holy Eucharist
For more details about the close of Holy Week, click here.

The Office of Morning Prayer is said each Sunday from 8:00-8:30am in the Chapel. All are welcome.

Thank you to the Parish Life Commission for hosting our festive Easter celebration and Egg Hunt this week; next week, the Evangelism Commission hosts Coffee Hour.

The Outreach Commission invites you to help assemble Blessing Bags during the post-liturgy celebration. A freewill donation will be accepted to help defray the cost of the bags’ contents. 

The Evangelism Commission wants YOU to be a part of Saint Paul’s new printed parish directory. Find more details below under General Announcements…

NEW! View The Year in Photos

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

Hands to Service

Groveland and Joyce Uptown Food Shelves joyfully receive Saint Paul’s weekly donations. Let’s flood their shelves this month with April SHOWERS (soap, shampoo, body wash, and especially disposable razors). Please bring items to church as part of your weekly offering, and place in baskets in the Narthex. Thank you for your continued support of this vital ministry.

DCEH’s spring Household Goods Drive is going on now through May. Donations large and small are welcome. Click here to read details on how you can help someone newly housed make a home.

Upcoming Events and General Announcements

15 MAY: Submissions for the summer (yes, you read that correctly) issue of The Messenger are due by midnight. Send all materials to our online publication crafter, Susan

18 MAY: Flowers and veggies and herbs, oh my!  Are thoughts of gardening filling your dreams? Saint Paul’s can help you make your perfect garden a reality, and you in turn can help Saint Paul’s! Check here for the details of our Spring Plant Fundraiser…

31 MAY: The deadline for inclusion in Saint Paul’s printed parish directory is today. Please contact any member of the Evangelism Commission with questions, or to get your family entered. Don’t be an addendum!

Arriving for Pentecost: a new printed Parish Directory! The project kicks off this Sunday during our Easter celebration. Be sure to stop by the Evangelism Commission’s table to check your entry for completeness, provide missing info, and get your family’s picture submitted (or snapped on-site in your Easter finery) for our own Book of Faces.

Saint Paul’s Author Forum: Are you or someone you know a creator of written word? Read here about the formation of an Author Forum.

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. Whether you are looking for a way to revitalize your prayer life or just searching for space and quiet, pray-ers of all abilities are welcome. 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?
It’s the fourth month of the year, so the challenge is to bring four items in April.
Only four items spread across the whole month of April?? That’s just one each week – you can do it!

Pastoral Care

If you have need to be visited by a member of our Pastoral Care Team (including our rector or deacon), want to request prayer for yourself, place someone’s name on the parish prayer list, or simply want to make someone aware of an acute or ongoing need, please click the button below.

Father Marcus’s office hours at Saint Paul’s are on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9am-5pm. To make an appointment, please contact him directly.

Recurring Events

1st Sun 3p
WONDER Eucharist
Mon 6:30p
Contemplative Prayer
1st Wed 1-3p
Saint Lydia’s Circle

Prayer Calendar

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the people of the land of the Holy One.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the work of the House of Prayer, and all spiritual directors serving in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. We also pray for the parishes of Saint George (St Louis Park) and Saint Mark (Annandale, Lake City, Minneapolis).

Our Parish Prayer List in its entirety can be found here.

Pastoral Care at Saint Paul’s: If you have need to be visited by a member of our Pastoral Care Team (including our rector or deacon), want to request prayer for yourself, place someone’s name on the parish prayer list, or simply want to 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.

From the Organ Bench

Choir Diary for 10:00am Eucharist

Make plans to join us on Friday, 19 April 2019 seven o’clock in the evening

a Scandalous Beauty: music and meditations for Good Friday

In Lessons and Carols format, this liturgy challenges us to shed our doctrinal and intellectual armor, to resist the apathy of well-worn narratives, and to risk stepping outside of our comfortable, tastefully domesticated liturgical routines to stand at the foot of the cross – neither rationalizing or recoiling, but looking Christ squarely in the eyes – as we contemplate the paradoxical beauty of his suffering and death.

Writings of B.H. Fairchild, R.S. Thomas,Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Schmidt, and Michael Coffey, with music of Edward Bairstow , Monte Mason, P .I. Tchaikovsky , Larry Fleming, Trond Kverno, and Sergei Rachmaninoff will be offered amidst incense, long shadows, and deep silence. The liturgy will last 75 minutes, and childcare will be available.

Please join us as God draws near to us through the scandalous beauty of theSon’s death.

“There are only two things that pierce the human heart. One is beauty. The other is affliction. ” – Simone Weil

Serving This Sunday

Barb & Jim Smith
greeters

Paul Hanson & Steve Riendl
ushers

Tom Lockhart
crucifer

Joe Austrian
Max Diaz
John Struyk
Simon Struyk
acolytes

The Reverend
Marcus G. Halley
celebrant

The Reverend
Barbara del Caro Scaia
deacon

Norm Mitchell
Julie L’Enfant
lectors

Gary & Marcy Wegner
eucharistic ministers

Jacob Manier
choirmaster-organist

Kathy Kullberg
master of ceremony

Team III
altar guild

Tom Lockhart
Marcy Wegner
vestry tellers

Parish Life Commission
coffee hour hosts

Coffee Hour Corner

Food Shelf

Upcoming Events

Sat 21

Fall Commission Saturday

September 21 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT
Sun 22

Holy Eucharist

September 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am CDT
Dec 06

A Festival of Lessons and Carols

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST

From the Pulpit

Catch up on our most recent sermons

The Rev. Susan Daughtry – What is Freedom

The Rev. Susan Daughtry – What is Freedom

From June 30, 2019 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis It’s the Sunday before July 4, Independence Day. The reading we had from Paul’s letter to the Galatians is all about freedom. So I think we need to go there. But I have to be honest with...

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Ashes and Oil

Ashes and Oil

Ash Wednesday holds two truths: Our sin and God's grace. Listen to Father Marcus' sermon from March 6, 2019.

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RSS Father Marcus’ Podcast: Word Made Fresh

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Letters from our Wardens and Rector (click to view)

August 29, 2019
Dear Saint Paul’s Parish Family,

We are sorry to share so early in our journey with Father Marcus that he has submitted his resignation and will be leaving us October 6, 2019. He has accepted a position at the Diocese of Connecticut. In his new position, he will be the Dean of Formation and will also be working as a Missional Priest-in-Charge of a faith community. This is a wonderful opportunity for him allowing him to continue to strengthen his gifts. The Diocese of Connecticut will benefit as we have from Father Marcus’s passion. Although it is hard to see him go, we have learned and done wonderful things as a parish with his leadership and guidance over the past 2-1/2 years. It will be exciting to watch his continued growth from afar knowing we were blessed to have been part of his early career. Father Marcus’s letter to the parish is included in this email.

So now we begin to look forward. Beth and I will be in contact with ECMN and Bishop Prior to plan for an interim priest and to look at putting together a search committee. We will gather together and consider what we have learned about ourselves during our time with Father Marcus. This is a chance for us to evaluate where we are and to make plans for moving forward: what we want to be sure to carry forward, what things we might want back that have changed, and yes, what might not have been tackled yet that we want to explore? We ask that each of you give prayerful consideration to these questions. They will be foundational to our Rector search.

We know the amazing strength of this parish and are confident we will become even stronger from the challenge that has been put in front of us. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Blessings,
Meredith Johnson, Senior Warden (meredithvj@gmail.com) Beth Carlson, Junior Warden (pbcarlson@comcast.net)


Dear Saint Paul’s,

It is with a mix of sadness and joy that I inform you that I offered my resignation to the Vestry on Monday, August 19. My last day as your priest will be Sunday, October 6, 2019. I have accepted a call to serve as the Dean of Formation for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, a position that will also include serving as a Missional Priest-in- Charge of a faith community there.

Throughout my time as your Rector, I’ve tried to preach, teach, and exemplify a consistent message: each of us is called to grow in Christian maturity to meet the challenges and opportunities of being the Church in this new missional age. Our patron, Saint Paul the Apostle, calls this the “full stature of Christ” (Eph. 4:13). This means taking seriously our individual and collective calls to be leaders, not only within the walls of our parish but also in the wider community. Leading, especially in times of great change, means taking risks, being open to failure that leads to learning, collaborating with others, and standing firmly in our identity and purpose.

People across Saint Paul’s Church have heard this message, stepped up, and stepped forward. Together, we have faced down a major challenge head-on –tackling our budget deficit– and as a result are experiencing a renewal of energy and spirit. We have new ministries popping up all around, a greater capacity for innovation, and deeper commitment to Christ and the mission of God he invites us into. There are others who are still afraid to step forward or unsure where they fit, and that’s okay. Saint Paul’s moves forward together.

My new role will give me the opportunity to help form other ordained leaders in what we’ve done together: translating an age-old faith to a contemporary context. I am excited and honored to be asked by Bishop Ian Douglas to serve the Church in this role.

None of this takes away the anxiety, sadness, or grief that many will feel at this time. Transitions are always hard, especially when it comes when things are going well. I have not served as your Rector for long, but we’ve done a lot together. I will pray for you as you discern what leadership model God might be inviting you to try and who might best step into that role to walk alongside you as you continue engaging God’s mission. Your wardens are two of the most capable people I’ve ever met and together with your vestry and the entire community, as it has for the last 139 years, your journey continues.

There will be time to say goodbye, and I will continue to serve faithfully until my final day. In the meantime, the mission of God calls us onward. There are individuals and communities in need of the Gospel – and it is our job as followers of Jesus Christ to proclaim it, in word and example.

Faithfully, Marcus+

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