St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY


MESSENGER
"Making friends while serving God"

The week of January 15-21, 2018        
'Come, follow me'
 

Jonah 3:1-5,10; Psalm 62:6-14
1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20
 
 
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Jesus said, 'I will send you out to fish for people' 
 
Last week we encountered the call from God to Samuel and Nathanael. Samuel heard God's call, but thought it was the priest Eli. Eli knew better and helped Samuel respond to the call of the Almighty. Nathanael started off resistant to the earthly ministry of Jesus. That is, until Jesus called to him in a way that showed Nathanael Jesus really was the Messiah, the Living God, familiar with and committed to relationship with Nathanael.
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This week's lessons
 
This Sunday we encounter Jesus on the shores of the Sea of Galilee recruiting Andrew and Simon Peter. The metaphor of fishing for people is an intriguing one, assuming we school like fish and can be drawn aboard as easily as a net full of fish. After Jesus said to Andrew and Peter, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people," he invited James and John, sons of Zebedee, to join the disciples.
 
Our own sense of call by God differs person to person. When did God invite us to be believers? When were we encouraged to "fish for people?" The answer to that question lies in our Baptismal Covenant, as we realize that initially people made commitments for us as we were baptized as children, then later we renewed the covenant, usually at the baptism of another small child. The desire of God for us to live according to the Baptismal Covenant is matched by our own awareness and disposition to continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers; to persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord; to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ; to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves; and to you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.    


 
PARISH NEWS

ONLY ONE SERVICE JAN. 28 AT 10 AM
 
       
  MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
CHILI & CORNBREAD TAKE-OUT 

                                
DATE: Sat., Feb. 17th, 2018

TIME:  Noon - 2pm.  

MENU CHOICES: Vegetarian, Regular Beef or No Bean Beef Chili.  

PRICE: PINTS - $6    QUARTS - $10 

                  ** Call or E-Mail Gladys in the office to reserve your order**


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St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Poughkeepsie
 
 
THIS WEEK'S HYMNS

1982       537       Christ for the world we sing (Moscow)

1982       533       How wondrous and great thy works (Lyons)

CPWI      578       Come, risen Lord, and deign to be our guest (Ellers)

1982       652       Dear Lord and Father of mankind (Rest)



THIS WEEK'S CALENDAR
JANUARY 15-21, 2018

MON 15             7:30am AA Meeting;                          
                         6pm Evening Prayer, Formation;         
                                                                                                                    
TUE 16              10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop;
                         6pm Evening Prayer; Seekers group;
                                                                                      
WED 17             7:30am AA Meeting;  
           10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop;
           12:15pm Healing Service & Eucharist;
                                                      
THUR 18          10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop;   
                         6pm Evening Prayer, Finance; 
 
FRI 19               7:30am AA meeting; 
                                                                                                                                           
SUN 21             8am Rite I;
                         8:45am Lessons Discussions;
     9:30am Choir practice;  
           10am Rite II; Celebrating birthdays & anniversaries;
           10am Sunday School;
           11:15m Coffee Hour;


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