CHRISTMAS EVE
December 24, 2020
7:00pm (streamed live on Facebook and YouTube
10:30pm Carol Singing
11:00pm Midnight Mass


This Silver Star marks the traditional site of Jesus’ birth in the Grotto of the Nativity within the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Israel.

The Flowers For The Festival Of The
Holy Nativity Were Given By
St. Paul’s Daughters of the King 
In loving memory of our departed Sister in Christ, Paula Backus
Marie Aughtry - In memory of Bill

Claudine Brown - With thanksgiving for the audio/video team
who make it possible to worship from home.

Jennifer, Jacob, & Jeff Faunce
In Thanksgiving for our friends and family
Ginger Garcia - With thanksgiving for my St.Paul friends

Georgianna Harrison - For our St Paul's family worshiping at home

Frank McKee - In Memory of family members who have passed on, in Thanks for the health and happiness of family members and loved ones who are with us, and in Celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Bill & Gail Rolston - In honor of our future
first grandson due in March 2021

Steve & Mary Ramsey - In memory of Kay Ramsey

Bill & Judy Shaddox - In honor of Father Gordon and Delores

Debbie Shaffer - In gratitude for my children and grandchildren
Suzanne Taylor - In joyful thanksgiving for the birth of my granddaughter, Amelia Rizvi Loudermilk
A Morsel for Meditation
There fared a mother driven forth
Out of an inn to roam;
In the place where she was homeless
All men are at home.
The crazy stable close at hand,
With shaking timber and shifting sand,
Grew a stronger thing to abide and stand
Than the square stones of Rome.
 
For men are homesick in their homes,
And strangers under the sun,
And they lay their heads in a foreign land
Whenever the day is done.
Here we have battle and blazing eyes,
And chance and honor and high surprise,
But our homes are under miraculous skies
Where the yule tale was begun.
 
A Child in a foul stable,
Where the beasts feed and foam,
Only where He was homeless
Are you and I at home;
We have hands that fashion and heads that know,
But our hearts we lost - how long ago!
In a place no chart nor ship can show
Under the sky’s dome. 
This world is wild as an old wives’ tale,
And strange the plain things are,
The earth is enough and the air is enough
For our wonder and our war;
But our rest is as far as the fire-drake swings
And our peace is put in impossible things
Where clashed and thundered unthinkable wings
Round an incredible star.
 
To an open house in the evening
Home shall men come,
To an older place than Eden
And a taller town than Rome.
To the end of the way of the wandering star,
To the things that cannot be and that are,
To the place where God was homeless
And all men are at home.


G. K. Chesterton:
“The House of Christmas”
(1915)


COLLECT

O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

The readings may be found here
Processional Hymn
O come, all ye faithful (Adeste fideles) H # 83 (Processessional at Westminster Abbey


Gospel Hymn


Offertory Hymn    
Stewardship

You can make your checks payable to "St. Paul's Episcopal Church" and mail them to:

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
8320 Jack Finney Blvd. 
Greenville, TX 75402
You can also make your donations at http://stpaulstx.org/giving/ to make a donation using your credit or debit card via PayPal or Tithe.ly.
Pray for the Church, the Body of Christ
Please pray for those on our prayer list this week:
Hospital: Jincy & CJ - Covid

Please Pray for those on
our prayer list this week:
Rita Woods, Ken Gunter,
Bill Rolston, Dana Medford,
Marcy Walsh, Paula Reeves,
Judy Shaddox, Mike Lavigne,
Dolores & Father Gordon,

Contact our church office to
add a name to our prayer list: 903-455-5030. Names remain
for one month unless
renewed or canceled.
We also pray for our Daughters of the King Ministry as they bring their strength and service together by praying for friends and for the people.

You may also add people to the list by filling out a DOK confidential prayer card and putting them in the blue box located in the Narthex.
PRAYER REQUESTS & BOX

The Daughters of the King support your prayer needs and wishes. Each Sunday a prayer team will be available to pray with you after the Worship Service in the choir area after the 10:30 service. If you would like additional information, please see a DOK member.

They also have a intercessory prayer box on the table in the Narthex to deposit prayer requests. Prayer request cards may be found in the pews and beside the box in the Narthex. Daughters pray daily. All prayers are confidential. Each person is prayed for one month. If you wish for continued prayers, please complete another request card or contact a Daughter.

You may call the church office (903-455-5030) and specify it is for the DOK intercessory prayer list. You can hand the card to a Daughter (she is always wearing her cross).
Streaming:
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  • Our Sunday services are available live at 10:25 am (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCmlrRFxbQF7CSAnFS8H9FA) and Facebook (https://facebook.com/stpaulsepiscopalgreenville). Our recorded Sunday service is broadcast on the GEUS community Channel (Channel 34) on Wednesdays at 8 am and 6 pm. Previously recorded services may be accessed anytime on our Facebook and YouTube pages. The recorded sermons may be found on our website as MP3s.
  • Remote Eucharist continues, and a few parishioners are helping me to distribute the Eucharist to parishioners’ homes on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please let me know by email if you’d like to receive the Holy Sacrament remotely. The best way to contact me is fathernickfunk@gmail.com.
  • The Parish office remains closed; however we continue to check voicemails and emails regularly.
  • The St. Paul’s Zoom Meeting may be found at https://zoom.us/j/9037772020. Our Meeting ID is: 903 777 2020. To call in, use one tap mobile: +13462487799,,9037772020# or to dial: +1 346 248 7799.
  • Morning Prayer on Wednesdays at 10:30 via a Zoom meeting, and upload it live if Zoom and Facebook work together (about 75% success rate).


Masks worn by all at worship. Please bring your own!
 
Only one entrance. Sanitizers
will be located there.
 
Worshippers/households
separated by 6 feet.

No tactile passing of the Peace
Indoor services will not have congregational singing.
 
Collection plate placed at
entrance to the Nave
 
Bread only communion distributed within Diocesan protocols.
 
Join us for coffee hour