Proper 15 – Sunday, August 14

“... Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.”
Hebrews 12:1

Last Sunday, you may have seen participants in “Run 716” speeding past the church. There are days, periods in our lives, that can feel like races and often we don’t move so swiftly. Or gracefully. The first time I was in an official marathon – the kind where you get a number to pin on your shirt – it was miserable. We got drenched. I fell and broke my glasses. I veered off course. One long, hilly road got me thinking about all the marathons we run in our lives – the ones we don’t sign up for, but end up running (or walking or limping through) just the same. And the people who show up on our path, pointing to a finish line we may never reach, the ones who help us get through another stretch. How much harder would it be without people handing out water or shouting encouragements from the edges? Some of the best support, I think, is that we’re not out here alone. When we choose the way of Jesus, it sets us on a course with a community, following a holy path and the footsteps of those who have gone before us. At times, our role is to keep running and at other times, to plot a way, to support, to encourage. What role is God inviting you to these days? How can we help each other persevere, keep going, in our downtown community? How might we point the way to Christ and strengthen someone else for the marathon they’re running today? Twila+
Sundays at 10:15 a.m.: Holy Eucharist
All are welcome for in-person worship, at 10:15 a.m. Sundays. Dean Twila Smith will preside and preach. View or download the bulletin for this week or read the lessons here. Watch the livestream at and see videos posted on YouTube.
Pastoral Care Planning
The Pastoral Care Team will meet after worship at noon on Sunday, in the Flickinger Ministry Center, to envision services and activities that could extend our reach into the neighborhood and surrounding community, in the spirit of evangelism and pastoral care. Among the ministries for discussion is the pet blessing and a possible new worship service, perhaps monthly, around grief and loss. If you are interested in serving with this ministry team please contact Judy Elliott.
On Sunday, August 21, a group which includes Judy Elliott, Reid Heffner, Bill Siener, Bob Ludwig, and Michael Bonilla will meet with Dean Twila after the 10:15 service to discuss ways that we can all learn more about stewardship and how we might find ways that we can channel our time, talents and treasure to better help realize the mission of this cathedral church. All are welcome to attend in the Walker Room.
New Worship Opportunities
After Labor Day, St. Paul’s will resume two weekly worship services – Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. Sundays and at 12:05 p.m. Thursdays. The weekday service will include observances of the “Lesser Feasts and Fasts;” Canon Mike will preside most weeks. We are also exploring additional worship opportunities. Interested in serving? Please contact Dean Twila. In addition to the new services, we welcome new greeters, readers, and acolytes for the 10:15 service and training is available.
Cathedral Updates
• The Vestry meets (via Zoom) on Tuesday evening.
• The Cathedral is in search of a financial administrator, 25-30 hours a week. If you know of someone who may be interested or have ideas on connections for possible candidates, please contact Teresa Carter for details.
• Our children’s space on the lower level of the church is under repair and items have been moved out into the Walker Room to sort. If you are willing to help get areas ready for fall, please contact the church office.
Prayer and Pastoral Care
Do you feel called to pray for the community and/or to write prayers for the Cathedral? Contact Dean Twila to share your gifts of prayer.
If you have requests to add to the weekly Prayers of the People or a name to add for the prayers of clergy and the Pastoral Care Team, please email prayerrequests.
If you know someone in need of pastoral care, please contact Judy Elliott or Canon Barbara Price.
Garden of Love
The Garden of Love ministry is in need of socks – men’s and women’s, black and/or white; also men’s clothing of all sizes (washable items). Please leave your donations in the box at the entrance to the church on Sundays. Neighbors come to the Flickinger Ministry Center each Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. and receive lunch, clothing and other useful items, and the hospitality of volunteers. Thank you to all who support this vital ministry.
If you are with a group meeting on Zoom,
use the following link, unless specified otherwise:
Meeting ID: 716 855 0900 Password: 4cathedral
By Phone: 929-205-6099 Access code: 716 855 0900 Password: 535 007 8352
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The Episcopal Church website offers resources for individuals, congregations, and various ministries, including a new discipleship program called “Centered.”