October 04 - 10:30am
Service Continues!
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 communiondistributed within Diocesan protocols.

No usual coffee hour.
Eighteenth Sunday
After Pentecost
October 04, 2020






Anonymous, Christ Crucified
(South Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands:
St. George the Martyr Anglican Church, nd), wood.
COLLECT
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The readings may be found here.

Communion Hymn
(A3#131)

Seek Ye First (A3#139)





Recessional Hymn
Zoom Morning Prayer at 10:30
Rather than Noonday prayer. Click to view guide
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. 
A Morsel for Meditation
Everyone can reach this love through mediation, the spirit of prayer, and sacrifice, by an intense interior life. Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.

How does a lamp burn? Through the continuous input of small drops of oil.
If the drops of oil run out, the light of the lamp will cease, and the bridegroom will say, “I do not know you” (Matt. 25:12). What are these drops of oil in our lamps? They are the small things of daily life: faithfulness, small words of kindness, a thought for others, our way of being silent, of looking, of speaking, and of acting.

Do not look for Jesus away from yourselves. He is not our there; He is in you. Keep your lamp burning, and you will recognize Him.
Mother Teresa, No Greater Love (Novato, CA: New World Library, 1989), 22.)
AROUND THE PARISH
Clardy Hall Roof Update

As of Sunday, 27 September, the drive to raise money to repair the roof stood at $12,000. We need over $53,000 to adequately fix the roof such that we no longer have any leakage. The need for fixing the roof is describe each Sunday during the announcements. We have received donations from parishioners, as well as from some who watch our digital broadcast. Yes, we have a ways to go, but I am confident with God's help that we can find a way to get there. Thanks so much to hose who have donated! It is deeply appreciated.  Thank You! Frank McKee, Jr. Warden
Rector's Update
Greetings to the saints of St. Paul's
Beautiful Fall weather has graced Greenville! It’s been a pleasure to have early morning walks in the cool mornings, and enjoy working outside. Our power bills will be much lighter too! I’m looking forward to our Annual St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals at 10:00 am on Saturday October 3rd in the breezeway between the church and Clardy Hall.

On Sunday we’ll not only have in-person service, but we’ll also once again be able to enjoy Coffee Hour together (with the standard precautions). Sunday morning Bible Study should return in the next few weeks. The Installation of DOK officers and a new member has been rescheduled to October 18th.

Many Americans gathered on Tuesday evening to watch the first Presidential debate. After the debate, one thing was clear: we need to pray for our country. It also served a call for voters to think and behave as adults. The Presidential debate does not purpose to declare a winner on the basis of personality or whether we’d like to have the candidate over for dinner. Instead, Christian voters need to consider the issues on hand, and look at them through the lens of the heart of Jesus. There are many Christian issues currently on the table. For example, our freedom to exercise religion is under fire, as is the protection of the most vulnerable in society, and even the composition of the family has been threatened. Please listen to news and commentary from ‘the other side,’ whichever that is for you. If you can’t vote for the best candidate, then vote for the least worst. As usual, Jesus is not on the ballot. When He returns, He will return to reign as King forever, and not via an election. Maranatha. Until He returns, I argue that we have a Christian responsibility to participate in our governance. In 2016 only 51.4% of eligible voters in Texas voted, compared with the national average of 60%. The last day to register to vote in Texas is October 5th – THIS MONDAY. To register, go to https://www.votetexas.gov.

I want to thank the ECW for continuing to call our parishioners. It’s so important for us to stay connected with each other, and I encourage all of us to make an effort to reach out to each other (especially to those who we know are alone). I’m doing the same thing, and have reached out to all of our parishioners in one way or another. We’re in this together!.

Here’s some other St. Paul’s news for the week:
  • 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.
  • Our Stewardship Committee has provided a QR code now appearing in our Sunday bulletin. The QR code will take you to the links on our church website for donating without having to handle money tactilely
Streaming:
Since we’re doing so much online our Google, YouTube, Facebook reviews are particularly important. Please take the time to give us a 5-star review! : https://g.page/r/CfEFxlXVrQvbEAg/review

  • Our Wednesday service has returned as Morning Prayer, Wednesdays at 10:30am (currently via a Zoom.)
  • Our 8:00 Sunday service will return when we have at least 10 people who commit to attend.
  • Our Sunday services are available live at 10:30 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.
  • 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.

OCTOBER 8, 7pm
Alpha Online via Zoom!
Alpha teaches the basics of Christianity in an environment that fosters conversations and relationships.

HOW IT WORKS
At each session there will be a gathering time. After the gathering time, there is a dynamic talk in video form for about 25 minutes on a Christian response to a key life question. After the video we meet in discussion groups of about 8-10 people to discuss the talk with no obligation to say anything yet there is nothing you can’t say. (While the goal is to keep everyone in the same groups each week, we have had to shuffle things a little this week due to numbers, so it is possible you might be in a different group than last week.)
 
INVITE FRIENDS
Remember it is not too late to invite a friend to join you! We encourage you to bring new guests up to week 3 (September 24th) Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly at loganhurst@gmail.com.
 
The Complete Alpha Schedule - 7:00 pm
September 10 - Is There More To Life Than This? video
September 17 - Who Is Jesus?
September 24 - Why Did Jesus Die?
October 01 - How Can I Have Faith?
October 08 - Why and How Do I Pray?
October 15 - Why and How Should I Read the Bible?
October 22 - How Does God Guide Us?
October 29 - How Can I Resist Evil?
October 31 - Holy Spirit Online Retreat
November 05 - Why and How Should I Tell Others?
November 12 - Does God Heal Today?
November 19 - What About The Church?

If you’d like to research Alpha more https://www.alpha.org

To sign up: Laura Faulkner - lfaulkner@edod.org
For questions: Carrie Headington - cheadington@edod.org

Giving
Stewardship Today
Frank E. McKee - Stewardship Chairman

This morning you put your donation in the offertory plate. We do this every service at St. Paul’s. The Psalmist tells us to do this in a spirit of sacrifice and thanksgiving. Sacrifice means that the gift we offer makes a difference in our lives. I thank God for the sacrifices you are making every week in thanksgiving for the way that God has blessed you.
One Minute Stewardship Sermons by The Rev. Charles Cloughen, Jr.

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.
Explore the Diocese
It Looked Like a Button to Me

A socially distanced class, nine of us altogether, each with a six- or seven-foot table to him or herself, arranged in an oval: we had to speak up a bit but we could actually hear and see each other and the conversation was going swimmingly when I noticed some laughter on the side.

   One student apologized, but I missed his words. On the floor across from him, I saw a button. I figured it had popped off a jacket and rolled there; maybe he was embarrassed.

   Then I noticed that the button had thin, long, hinged back legs. “O, I see; a grasshopper.”

   Wrong again. Another student, Saint Francis, rose and with cupped hands took the critter out the door. A frog. A miniature frog, the size of a quarter. Saint Francis returned and pumped the hand sanitizer.

   What had we been talking about? Something about human nature, I think, maybe the difference between human beings and animals. Only a day or two before we had been talking about Genesis 2, where the original human named the beings God brought to him. “Frog,” he must have said. And here we were. (continue reading)
Pray for the Church, the Body of Christ
Please pray for those on our prayer list this week:
Hospitalized, Rehab, or Recovering at home: Rob Horn

Prayer: Dana Medford, Bill Rolston, Marcy Walsh, Mike Lavigne,
Father Gordon & Dolores Miltenberger, and Paula Reeves



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 add people to the list by filling out a DOK confidential prayer card and putting them in the blue box located in the Narthex.
DOK 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).
Just for Laughs
Sitting by the window of her convent, Sister Barbara opened a letter from home one evening. Inside the letter was a $100 bill her parents had sent. Sister Barbara smiled at the gesture. As she read the letter by the window, she noticed a shabbily dressed stranger leaning against the lamp post below.
Quickly, she wrote, "Don't despair. - Sister Barbara," on a piece of paper,  wrapped the $100 bill in it, got the man's attention, and tossed it out the window to him. The stranger picked it up, and with a puzzled expression and a tip of his hat,   went off down the street.
The next day, Sister Barbara was told that a man was at her door,  insisting on seeing her. She went down and found the stranger waiting. Without a word, he handed her a huge wad of $100 bills.
 
"What's this?" she asked.
"That's the $8,000 you have coming Sister," he replied.
"Don't Despair paid 80-to-1."
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