Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Luke 4:21-30
Friday, February 1, 2019
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Weekly Services

Sunday - 4 Services

8:00 & 10:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist

1:00 p.m.
South Sudanese Service

5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist
Spanish Language


12:05 p.m. Holy Eucharist


6:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist

5:00 p.m.  Holy Eucharist 
Organ Practice
with Kurt
November 14, 2018
Sunday Lectionary
Haiti Report

Haitian Proverbs

"Di m' ki sa ou renmen, m'a di ou ki moun ou ye."
"Tell me what you love, and I'll tell you who you are"
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This Week at St. Paul's
This Saturday every member is welcome to our Stewardship Dinner at 6:30p.m. in the Parish Hall!  This Sunday the choir will sing a new anthem written for the choir and organ.  Listen for the beautiful duets between the soprano-tenor lines, and also between the alto-bass lines.  We invite you to come and join in the meditative and healing beauty of this anthem.
Rector's Notes:
The season of Epiphany continues to illumine our ways as we slouch toward Ash Wednesday, Jerusalem, and, inevitably, toward the crucifixion and the mystery of the resurrection.  Lessons ahead will provide us the resources for the hard journey of Lent.  First Corinthians 13, to be read Sunday, is a good example of such provisioning, ". . . And now faith, home, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love."  The story of the Gospel is not a simple story; hate oppresses, brokenness destroys, and fear divides.  Yet the proclamation of love--  ἀγάπη, self-giving, sacrificing, servant love-- transcends the darkness and provides the core of the  εvαγγέλιον- -the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus the Messiah, the Christ, the Son of God.  As in the Advent/Christmas cycle of the Church Year, we continue to discover the revelation of God in the movement from darkness to light.  It is no less arduous, and it is no less challenging.  Sometimes the juxtaposition of darkness and light gives pause and tests our resolve to faithfulness.  Like the disciples, there are moments when we want to flee the pain of the story, especially as it is revealed in the anguish of the human story even today.  But, it is to this life we are baptized; it is to this life we are called to be the living Body of Christ today.   Finally, on Easter, we stand in awe before the empty tomb and  shout, "Alleluia, Christ is Risen!"  Only by taking the hard journey does the mystery of the tomb finally allow us to understand the mystery of the incarnation.  Standing in that sacred liminal space between Christmas and Good Friday, can we grasp the love of God and the full holiness to which God call each of us.  So we continue, slouching toward Jerusalem.
 2019 Stewardship

Stewardship Dinner 
C elebration 
for 2019

February 2nd at 6 p.m. 
in the Parish Hall

Every member of
St. Paul's Parish 
is invited to join us
for an evening
of food, song, and celebration!

Information about your 2019 
Mission and Ministry Pledge:
     Every year, in response to the many and great gifts God freely bestows upon us, we are all invited to make a pledge to the financial support of St. Paul's Parish.
     Our gifts become a witness in the world of this parish's response to God's call to us to be a faithful community serving all God's creation.   
     The ministries of St. Paul's depend upon the financial support of its members and other interested persons.  In order for the Vestry to make good decisions on how to manage our resources, we invite you to make a financial commitment to our parish for 2019.  You can use the link below to make your pledge or contact the  Church Office for a paper pledge form.
     Thank you for your support financially, for your participation, and by remembering our efforts in your prayers.


Calendar and Upcoming Events

Feb 2nd: Stewardship Dinner

Feb 3: Birthday Sunday

Feb 5: Pastoral Care Ministries Team

Feb 10: Chocolate Sunday

Feb 24: Steinway Centennial Celebration 

March 3: Birthday Sunday

March 6: Ash Wednesday

March 17: Saint Patrick's Day
See below for more information
This Sunday Godly Play at 10:20 on the third floor.

Adult Forum This Sunday, 9:30, Garden Room, Ground Floor adjacent to the Parish Hall.
House of Abraham
Habitat for Humanity

We will be having our groundbreaking for our 7th House of Abraham build on Sunday February 10th, 2019 at 2:00PM at 7138 Bales in KCMO.  All are invited to attend as we launch this rehab project.  Thank you to our faith friends who will be offering prayers for this event, and for everyone for their support of this project. 
What is Birthday Sunday?
   On the first Sunday of every month St. Paul's celebrates birthdays and anniversaries for the month ahead.
   During the 10:30 service, persons who wish to (not required) come forward for a brief word of thanks, and the naming of God's continued blessings in their lives.
   Following the service we enjoy special-celebration treats, and each other's company, during Fellowship in the hall under the church. Come join us.

Pastoral Care Ministry Team Forming

Next Tuesday,
February 5th at 6:30 pm we will gather to discuss creating more collaborative and intentional ways to care for one another in the St. Paul's family. How can we respond when parishioners are stuck at home or in the hospital, celebrating the birth of a child, facing a medical procedure, or simply home recovering from something and need a friendly face, thoughtful greeting, prayers or communion?  If you or any member of your family knit, cook, drive, can address and sign a greeting card, are a good organizer of people and tasks, or have other gifts you would like to offer this ministry initiative, please join us.  We will meet in the library at St. Paul's Church, and end promptly at 7:30.  For more information contact  Heidi Carter
, Associate, or 816-931-2850.  Thank You!

February 10th

Bring your favorite chocolate treat 
to share at Coffee Hour.

Steinway* Centennial Celebration!!

Mark your calendars for
Sunday, February 24, 10:30 a.m. 
On March 14, 2019, our Steinway turns 100 years old. We will celebrate our piano's "centennial" on February 24 by having a Chamber Music Sunday. Our organist, Kurt Knecht, will be joined by violinist Dorris Dai-Janssen and cellist Ho Anthony Ahn.  Music will include a movement of the beautiful Fauré piano trio and the exciting first movement of the Brahms Trio #1. The service will also include, Messiaen's poignant Louange a l'eternite de Jesus [Meditation on the Eternity of Jesus] - a work written inside a Nazi prisoner of war camp. Finally, there will be a premiere of a new piece Kurt wrote for this occasion for piano trio, soprano, and baritone which will feature two vocalists from our choir, Sarah Anderson and Joshua Lawlor. It will be a Sunday to remember that celebrates our piano and the joy of music at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, KCMO.

*If anyone knows who donated this Steinway to St. Paul's, please contact the Rector.

verse of the week

For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.

- 2 Timothy 1:7
voice of the week

Set out, pilgrim. Set out into the freedom and the wandering. Find your people. God is much bigger, wilder, more generous, and more wonderful than you imagined.

- Sarah Bessey
prayer of the week

Oh God, help us to speak truth to power. We recognize that doing so is not always easy nor safe. However, we do so knowing that it is what you have called us to do. Strengthen us and embolden us as we follow in your ways. Amen.
thought for the week

Mother Teresa
In order for us to be able to love, we need to have faith, because faith is love in action and love in action is service. In order for us to be able to love, we have to see and touch. Faith in action through prayer, faith in action through service: each is the same thing, the same love, the same compassion.
Coffee Hour Hosts
Please Let Alison know

February 3 - Birthday Sunday
February 10 - Chocolate Sunday
February 17 - ????
February 24 - Bridget Wagstaff, Jennifer Coen & Henry Steinway
March 3 - Birthday Sunday
March 10 - ????
March 17 - Saint Patrick's Day
March 24 - ????
March 31 - ????

Hosting Coffee Hour is a fun and easy way to get to know other St. Paul's members! The host brings the food and the church provides the drinks. An example of what a host might bring would be: two large pans of brownies (cut very small), maybe a bowl of fruit (oftentimes grapes cut into small clusters), and a bowl or two of pretzels or popcorn. If you have questions or wish to co-host with another member, please contact  Alison.  Dates are available.

St. Paul's Tech Squad forming: Are you a wiz with audio or livestream technology, or interested in becoming one? We have a simple systems in the church which need a few sets of trained eyes and ears to help us manage & trouble-shoot now and then. Teens, young adults, seniors - all techies are welcome to join the Tech Squad. School service hours and/or additional jewels in your crown in heaven are available. We need you. Please contact Techie if you are interested or willing to learn our AV systems. Thanks so much!


check WEMOYouth  for more details
As always, if you'd like to stay connected with what is happening with youth ministry in our network and diocese, please check out our Youth Network Facebook site.

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