Second Sunday of Easter

John 20:19-31
Friday, April 26, 2019
In This Issue
Weekly Services

Sunday - 4 Services

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

1:00 p.m.
South Sudanese Service
Dinka Language

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 
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Because of a Saturday afternoon wedding, the Saturday Holy Eucharist will be celebrated in the third floor chapel (aka the large music room).
This Weekend at St. Paul's
This Sunday we welcome John Schaefer, Canon Musician Emeritus from Grace and Holy Cathedral, as our guest organist.  During our 10:30 service we also welcome Keith Stanfield, Concert Master of the Civic Orchestra as our guest violinist. Celebrating the 333rd birthday of J.S.Bach, and snowed-out from his original date with us in January, Keith will enhance our worship with Bach's Chaconne.
Rector's Notes:

Alleluia! Christ is risen!  While the intensity of the culmination of Lent and Holy Week exploding into the joyous celebration of Easter may be past, the challenges of living the faith of Easter--a transformational faith, a living faith, a resurrected faith--remains very much with us, challenging us to reorder our lives so that the power of Easter informs every moment of everyday of our lives.  Easter changes everything; let our lives reflect such transformation!
After such an intense season, I must express my appreciation to the cast of thousands who made everything work.  The staff        (Nicole, Janice, Cory, Jose, and Heidi) of St. Paul's is amazing and committed to making sure all the necessary work of the season is done.  This year they did amazing things. Despite the inevitable chaos, they maintained smiles and wonderful dispositions throughout.  It is a privilege to work with them.  Beth and the Altar Guild make everything look effortless, while real effort is being offered freely and lovingly by a crowd of persons devoted to this work.  The Richard Scarritt and the ushers manage all the details at worship events.  The choir, choir director, and organist (Sam and Kurt) rehearse countless hours and prepare an extraordinary program of congregational and choral music for our liturgies.  For Rebecca/Parish Life Committee for planning and implementing the Maundy Thursday meal which had record participation.  This Lent and Easter, the wardens and vestry worked hard to greet people at the north and south doors of the church, welcoming visitors as well as greeting long-time members of the parish.  The list goes on and on, the lay readers, the acolytes, the persons who helped with a variety of set-ups and tear-downs.  It takes a whole parish to make a church work.  And there is always room for you to be involved.  Many opportunities are listed below.  Please consider how you might be involved in the life of the parish.  

I do want to highlight two milestones of support to our Easter Sunday worship:

Caryn Seaton and her family have prepared breakfast for musicians and choir members at 7:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday mornings for 25 years.  We want our singers and musicians well nourished for the Easter marathon and the Seatons have been devoted to this ministry for years.  In addition, for more years than I know, Meredith Seaton has prepared eggs and implemented our Easter Sunday Easter Egg Hunt!

For 35 years, Mary Jo Powell and her late husband, James, have provided financial support for the special brass section for Easter.  The addition of the brass section to the Easter choral component of our worship makes our always extraordinary music and liturgy extra-extraordinary on Easter!  

I want to publicly thank both of these families for their tradition of support and encouragement to the life and ministry of St. Paul's Parish. 

Youth & Adults:  Confirmation, Reception, Reaffirmation, and Membership

The Bishop will offer the sacrament of Confirmation and Reception & Reaffirmation a t St. Mary's Episcopal Church, KCMO  on June 1, 2019 at 2 p.m. in the afternoon.

For ALL those persons (youth through centenarian)
considering their baptismal faith and confirmation et al  at St. Paul's and in the Christian tradition,  a "last call" set of classes will be offered  at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays,  May 5 and 12  in the Garden Room.  


So what do all these categories above mean?

Membership:   Any person . . . ANY person . . . may request inclusion on the parochial roles of St. Paul's Parish.  All they need do is request inclusion and they will be included.  This membership is a association of fellowship, activity, worship, and mutual concern.

Baptized membership: Any person who has not been baptized before, may be baptized at St. Paul's.  At the next scheduled baptismal Sunday, those requesting baptism will be baptized.  Baptismal membership is the primary level of membership in the Christian Church.  It is a sacrament in which God claims us and offers us assurance of God's saving intent for us.  Many consider it the first "ordination to ministry" shared by all called into communion with Jesus Christ and the Christian tradition.   

Confirmation: All baptized persons are expected to make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their baptism.  If baptism is God claiming us, confirmation is a human reciprocation where we acknowledge God and the accept the obligations to follow our baptismal covenant. 

Reception: Those baptized and confirmed in a tradition exercising the historic episcopate ( e.g. Roman Catholic, Lutheran, some others) are "received" by a local Episcopal bishop when they join themselves to an Episcopal congregation.  

Reaffirmation: Anyone, baptized and confirmed in the Church, but, for whatever reason, feels distant from their baptism and confirmation relationship with God, may request to reaffirm their baptismal faith.  

All of these are ways we acknowledge and celebrate the idea of being in relationship with God and in community with one another.   If you are interested in making your connection to St. Paul's official in one of these ways,    contact Fr. Stan  for further details.   If you have questions, contact  the rector who will gladly provide answers.   If you want to be presented for confirmation or reception, come to the May 5 & 12 classes, 9:30 a.m. in the Garden Room. 

January Snow Day Make up:  We welcome again Keith Stanfield, Concert Master of the Civic Orchestra, as our guest violinist this Sunday morning.   To celebrate the 333rd birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach, Keith will play the Chaconne for 333 days.  So far he is about one third of the way through!  Pray for no snow this Sunday!

Parish Calendar 

April 27 - Runnels-Melton Wedding

May 10: TGIFF 

  May 11: Antrim ~ Roath Wedding
See below for more information

Sunday School
"Godly Play" 

10:20 am on the third floor, for ages 4-11. Children join the worship service in time for communion. Nursery care provid
ed for younger children on the 2nd floor. 

There will be NO Adult Formation at 9:30 this week, BUT we will have two
courses running for two weeks starting May the 5th Father Stan wil l do a "last call" for membership and confirmation formation (see "Rector's Notes" for more information) and Heidi Carter will lead course on Hospitality and Welcoming. Watch upcoming communications for more information.   

Upcoming Events ~ More Information


Help Wanted - Are you Feeling Called?

Backstage Hands Needed at Pantry

Many of us have seen, and been a part of, the food distribution at our Pantry. It is humbling, hard and holy work.  But there is a very important part of our Pantry ministry that goes mostly unseen, and it's there that we can use your help.  To save money , where possible and practicable , o ur Pantry acquires bulk supplies of essential items for our pantry clients. It takes time and care to divide-up these supplies for distribution. It includes things like  rice, pasta, dry beans , laundry   and dish detergent, hair care supplies, frozen foods, etc. If you are able to come and help us sort these into shareable sizes, please let us know . Thanks so much. Richard Scarritt , Easom Bond and Sterling Roath .

We need more caring
hands on-deck in the
St. Paul's Parish Nursery.
Each Sunday we have two paid staff persons caring for our youngest (and cutest!) members. All are required to take the "Safeguarding God's Children" training, pass a background check, and love our kids and their families. We also occasionally need nursery caregivers during the week for special meetings, worship services, or events. Please speak with Catie Brouse if you are ready to join the team. Service hours for high school students are available, but the training requirements remain. Thank you!

Coffee Hour Hosts

April 28 - EfM
May 5 - Birthday Sunday
May 12 - ?you?
May 19 - ?you?
May 26 - ?you?

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:
  Two have come forward - will you be next? Join Cory, Richard and Enos to learn the ropes of St. Paul's audio & livestream technology. 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!

Other News & Thanksgivings
A special message from our organist, Dr. Kurt Knecht: 
I am missing you this weekend, the 27-28th of April.  I will attend the premiere of my
newest work, "Time and the River." 

(live stream link below)

It is a multimedia project that was commissioned by the Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music. Images, time-lapse photography, and video from the  Platte Basin Timelapse   project  will accompany the music. The work is scored for nonet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello, and double bass) and consists of around 35 minutes of music in 9 movements. The work will be performed by faculty members of the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska on April 27th at 7pm. "Time and the River" will be live streamed online ( click link on April 27 at 7 p.m.).


Curious to know how you can save $350 on
St Paul's Reformation Tour
through Germany
in Sept 2020?
for information or a brochure and reserve your spot before June 1, 2019.


 Prayer Request Forms from the St. Paul's Pastoral Care Ministry Team are available from the box on the wall in the tower room near the pulpit, on the Usher's Desk at the 40th street door, and the Receptionist Desk at the South/School side door. If you are interested in becoming a part of this ministry, please contact Heidi Carter, Associate for Ministry.

 2019 Stewardship

     Every year, in response to the many and great gifts God freely bestows upon us, we are all invited to make a pledgeto 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.  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.

verse of the week
For we are what God has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

- Ephesians 2:10
voice of the week
There is a difference between curing and healing, and I believe the church is called to the slow and difficult work of healing. We are called to enter into one another's pain, anoint it as holy, and stick around no matter the outcome.

- Rachel Held Evans*
*RHE, a very influential contemporary Christian writer and Episcopalian, is critically ill after suffering seizures of unknown origin.  She has been in a medically induced coma for over a week in order to minimize brain damage from the seizures. 
prayer of the week
God our healer, even as we ourselves may feel like we have experienced Easter and resurrection, grant us the patience, grace, and strength to live into this world that still feels trapped in the pain of Good Friday. No matter the season, Lord, stir us to live out the slow and difficult work of healing, no matter the outcome. Amen. 
thought for the week
Thomas Merton
But now the power of Easter has burst upon us with the resurrection of Christ. Now we find in ourselves a strength which is not our own, and which is freely given to us whenever we need it, raising us above the Law, giving us a new law which is hidden in Christ: the law of his merciful love for us. Now we no longer strive to be good because we have to, because it is a duty, but because our joy is to please him who has given all his love to us! Now our life is full of meaning!
B eyond the Walls of St. Paul's
Opportunities to Stay Connected and Involved

Please Visit Our Website at for information about The Diocese of West Missouri's  Youth Ministries , The Episcopal Church, Outreach opportunities and Advocacy and Community Engagement. Scroll down the welcoming page to find a series of interesting links and information. Thank You.

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May 3: Youth Dinner
Join us on May 3rd for the 2019 Youth Dinner! We will enjoy a scrumptious dinner provided by different churches in the Northern Youth Network.
We will be welcoming the incoming 6th grade class as well as saying farewell to our friends who are graduating.  
This event is open to all youth 5-12 grades.
St. Paul's Episcopal will be the host church for this event 
May 3 7-10pm
Please use this link to register

June 2-7:  Camp WEMO
July 8-16:   Pilgrimage 2019 
(Register by  April 30 )

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11 E 40th St.

Kansas City, Mo.   64111

(816) 931-2850