E-newsletter | July 8, 2020
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Dear Friends,
 
Sooner or later every student of the Bible learns the distinction between the two Greek words for time, chronos and chairos . Chronos is clock time, or measured time; kairos is time as experienced or, sometimes in referring to the Bible, God’s time.
 
If you have lived and worked on a farm, you know all about kairos. Time is measured not by the clock, but by the rhythms of the natural world, sunrise and sunset, and the changing seasons. Summer days rush by, even though the days themselves are long; short winter days move more slowly. Even if you’re not on the farm, you’ve undoubtedly had the same experience. When you’re deeply engrossed in your work or play, time passes so swiftly you hardly notice it. When you’re doing something boring or tedious, the task seems to take forever.
 
For most of history humans did not live and work “on the clock”, even though they had certainly devised ways of telling time. Ever since the industrial revolution people have complained about being made to work on an impersonal, perhaps even inhuman schedule, dictated not by the nature of the work itself but by the demands of the clock. If you’ve had such a job, where you had to punch in and out, or where you were constantly pressed about working billable hours, you know what that feels like.
 
In the world of the Bible “God’s time” figures in two different ways. Sunrise and sunset, seedtime and harvest, are the outward and visible signs of God’s care and concern for the Creation. They offer reassurance that God’s people will be provided for and that life will continue to flourish. But kairos is above all the opportune time, the right time, when God acts decisively in the events of the world, to bring deliverance or, at times, judgment to a situation. When Paul admonishes the members of the Corinthian church to be reconciled to God, telling them, “Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation,” this is what he has in mind.
 
The pandemic has disrupted all our lives, which means that it has also changed our experience of time. If you are working from home instead of from the office, you may have more flexibility as to how you structure your day. If all the sports you usually watch on TV are cancelled or postponed, you may have time on your hands that you had forgotten even existed! I say this cautiously, as I know it’s not true for everybody. Many essential workers are doing the same jobs they always have, only under different circumstances, and many parents are working and trying to supervise and educate their school-age children at the same time. They certainly don’t have time on their hands.
 
But if you have been shaken out of your usual routines over the past few months, you might take a moment to ask if there is an opportunity here to reconnect with God’s time. I know that this is what happened when I retired at age 70. It wasn’t a case of having more time – the amount of time I had was the same as always. It was rather a case of being able to make better decisions about my use of that time, asking myself what things were really important to me, what I really wanted to pay attention to.
 
Obviously, we slip into routines that tend to keep going without our even being aware of them. The pandemic got underway in earnest just as the NCAA basketball tournaments were supposed to begin. I found that I missed college sports a lot for the first month, but afterwards realized that there were a lot of other worthwhile things to think about. As I spend more time reading or renewing old friendships I find myself wondering how much time I had been spending doing things simply out of habit, whether they were particularly life-giving or rewarding or not. I’ll count that as a blessing.
 
“Discipline,” says the Letter to the Hebrews, “is seldom pleasant,” and neither is disruption! Nevertheless, being shaken out of our routines can be life-giving. We do not have to be ruled by the clock, at least not all the time. God, it seems, is always trying to get our attention. I hope that as we struggle through this time, striving to honor our various commitments and obligations, God will disrupt our routines just enough to help us connect with his holy and life-giving Spirit, and to count that a blessing.
 
Faithfully,
Fr. Steve

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July 12, 2020
Our Virtual Worship services are no longer streaming live, but can be found on our website, YouTube, and Facebook
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The church will be mailing out giving statements this week. The statements will show contributions made from January 1st through June 30, 2020. It will not show pre-pledge amounts made in December toward this year's pledge or any donations that were deposited in July.

With office hours varying, please email any questions you may have to about your statement to: office@stpaulwilkesboro.org
We are excited to offer a week of Virtual VBS this year. Join our volunteer leaders for a week of faith formation and fun, July 27-31 .
 
This summer, families are invited to explore our Baptismal Covenant through Water of Baptism, Water of Life by Anne Kitch. Written materials from the book and all supplies will be provided to each camper the week before Virtual VBS. The activities of Arts Camp in a Box might be playful, but the meaning in them is profound.
 
The Baptismal Covenant is at the heart of our faith; it is the statement of what we mean when we say we follow Jesus.
 
Water is a rich and powerful symbol: it is the source of life and necessary for life. All the water that ever will be already exists; it has been here since the beginning of time. All water is holy water.


Registration is open to the children and grandchildren of St. Paul's members.

Please click on button below to register! 

Requesting volunteers
to make a
Prayer Flag.




Prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom.

During this time in our world, it would be nice to send these thoughts into the wind. You do not need to be able to sew to make one. I made the one just sewing with a needle and thread and glue. I made mine 8.5 x 11 and folded 6" back to run a cord through.  Any fabric will do and you can also search "Prayer Flags" on the internet and get all kinds of instructions to make one. Use your imagination and I know they will be beautiful. I would like to have these by the middle of July. 

We will be hanging them in front of the church and maybe our prayers will be sent into the world.

If you have any questions please call me at 336-566-1311 or
email - ccanter123@gmail.com.

Can't wait to see all the beautiful flags.
Carol M Canter                 
The 2020 Vestry Meeting minutes are now available on St. Paul's website under Vestry. Click button to go directly there
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Readers for Virtual Services in June, 2020
Lector

July 5 Mary Anne Caplinger
July 12 Nancy Scroggs
July 19 Tom Carnes
July 26 Dick Sloop
Prayers of the People

July 5 Denise Sturdivant
July 12 Joe Fesperman
July 19 Jeri Martin
July 26 Robin Shumate
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Birthdays:
             
July 15 - Rose Andrews
July 15 - Mary Lankford
July 16 - George Cox
July 16 - Jared Hagler
July 17 - Virginia Faw




July 15 - David & Karen Shupe
July 17 - Bryan & Misty Hartzog



Prayer Requests

Prayer requests can be made online
or by calling the office during regular office hours.

Bulletins are printed on Wednesday mornings and requests submitted after that time will not be in the printed bulletin for that week, but may still be spoken. Prayer requests received by noon on Tuesdays will be included in the weekly e-newsletter.
Prayer List

Please remember in your prayers: All who are ill or unemployed and those who are on our prayer list.
Illness
Jim Andrews, Ken Asel, Pam Baugh, Robert Baugh, Dot Beamon, Betty Blevins, John Brame, Fern Brinkley, Jacob Brown, Mary Bumgarner, Paul Clark, Billy Coles, Rancene Cook, LaMar Creasman, Ann Davis, Jackie Davis, Mike Duncan, John Farris, Craig Freas, Estelle Gille, Mike Graf, Edward C. Griffith III, Bert Hall, Kaye Hall, Janet Hartzog, Larry Hendley, Steve Jackson, Pete Mann, Maggie McCann, Ann McNeill, Gus Newton, Bertie Pardue, Ryan Rigby, Mari-Claire Rucell, Stanley Sanders, Ann Self Sigmon, Beth Sims, Bob Skees, Linda Sloop, Carolyn Stephens, Shirley Sturdivant, Fanny Triplett, Marie Waddell, Robin Walsh, Delores Weaver, Bob Webber, Donna Webber, Susan Whittington, Kim Wyatt, Cole Younger

Armed Forces
Let us pray for the safety of all our troops , especially Rob Beauchaine, Matthew Cage, Alex Cline, Philip Cooney,   Karl Duerk, William Grant, Edward C. Griffith IV, Jacob B. Hall, Brandon Moore, Russ Necessary, Zach Necessary, John W. Pardue, Charlie & Lauren Pendry, Adam Pinkerton, Avery Smith, Philip Southwell, Mark Stone, Patrick Szvetitz, Jackson Triplett, Levi Walker, Jason Westmeyer, Nathan Wyatt, and all others who serve in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world.
The Lessons for July 12, 2020
Genesis 25:19-34

These are the descendants of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, sister of Laban the Aramean. Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived. The children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is to be this way, why do I live?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said to her,
“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples born of you shall be divided;
the one shall be stronger than the other,
the elder shall serve the younger.”
When her time to give birth was at hand, there were twins in her womb. The first came out red, all his body like a hairy mantle; so they named him Esau. Afterward his brother came out, with his hand gripping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
When the boys grew up, Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, living in tents. Isaac loved Esau, because he was fond of game; but Rebekah loved Jacob.
Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was famished. Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stuff, for I am famished!” (Therefore he was called Edom.) Jacob said, “First sell me your birthright.” Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank, and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

Psalm 119:105-112

105 Your word is a lantern to my feet *
and a light upon my path.
106 I have sworn and am determined *
to keep your righteous judgments.
107 I am deeply troubled; *
preserve my life, O Lord, according to your word.
108 Accept, O Lord, the willing tribute of my lips, *
and teach me your judgments.
109 My life is always in my hand, *
yet I do not forget your law.
110 The wicked have set a trap for me, *
but I have not strayed from your commandments.
111 Your decrees are my inheritance for ever; *
truly, they are the joy of my heart.
112 I have applied my heart to fulfill your statutes *
for ever and to the end.
Romans 8:1-11

There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God's law-- indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.


Matthew 13:1-9,18-23

Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!”
“Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
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