Rector's Update
Greetings to the saints of St. Paul's

Well, two steps forward and one step back is still progress, right? You’ve all seen the previous E-pistle that since Bishop Sumner has tied the opening/closing of in-person services throughout the Diocese to the local ISD actions, and our school district has closed in-person classes, we will go to online only for this Sunday. The installation of DOK has been postponed until we return to in-person services. I’m guessing that schools will open back up next week, and if they do, then we will resume our in-person services on October 25th. GISD updates can be found at: To offer some consolation for having online only church, the bars in Hunt County are now open at 50% capacity.
Last week we celebrated ‘Fire Prevention Week.’ Not only do we take the time to think about fire safety, we also take time to thank those who are ready to help should we experience a fire. Last Friday, St. Paul’s Episcopal School created art for the firemen at Station #4 (the one closest to St. Paul’s), and members of the parish delivered some of the water that the ECW bought that has St. Paul’s logo on it. The firemen were very appreciative and put the children’s art on their fire truck (see picture).

Early voting is going on at the Fletcher Warren Center, and I encourage all of us to vote like Christians. There is no perfect candidate on the ballot, but there are important issues where the candidates hold vastly different positions. Many realize the significance of this election, and the lines for voting have stretched out into the parking lot for the last few days. Cosette and I made our visit to the polling station, and the lines move quickly. As usual, I tried to get her a ballot. She seems to qualify since she’s a native born, has a picture ID, and pays her taxes (via dog license). Unfortunately, she didn’t register to vote by October 5th, and there seems to be a policy about having opposable thumbs to qualify. At least she doesn’t have to wear a mask. 😉

On a personal note, I had the sad honor of giving my mother Last Rites on October 9th, and she went into the arms of Jesus a few hours later. She had been in hospice since Lent, and we had numerous opportunities to talk about her journey into the Kingdom of God. The funeral will not be until the spring, as my sister is not willing to travel to the family cemetery in Hillsville Virginia until there is COVID vaccine. Please keep our family in your prayers.
A Morsel for Meditation
I am glad, brothers and sisters, that our church is persecuted precisely for its preferential option for the poor and for trying to become incarnate in the interest of the poor and for saying to all the people, to rulers, to the rich and powerful: unless you become poor, unless you have a concern for the poverty of our people as though they were your own family, you will not be able to save society.
Oscar Romero, The Violence of Love
Roman Denarius depicting Domitian
(1st Century), silver coin

Twentieth Sunday
After Pentecost
October 18, 2020

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The readings may be found here.
Communion Hymn

Seek Ye First (A3#139)

Recessional Hymn
Our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Laura and your family. May loving memories forever be held in your hearts.
Grace, Peace and Love
Your St. Paul's Family
Zoom Morning Prayer Wednesdays at 10:30
Rather than Noonday prayer. Click to via guide
St. Paul’s Zoom Meeting may be found at Our Meeting ID is: 903 777 2020. To call in, use one tap mobile: +13462487799,,9037772020# or to dial: +1 346 248 7799. 
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! :

  • Our Sunday services are available live at 10:25 am ( and Facebook ( 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
  • The Parish office remains closed; however we continue to check voicemails and emails regularly.
  • The St. Paul’s Zoom Meeting may be found at 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).

A heart felt thank you to all our
Altar Guild Angels who came to the rescue with the addition of our very
own refrigerator to store flowers!
OCTOBER 22, 7pm
Alpha Online via Zoom!
Alpha teaches the basics of Christianity in an environment that fosters conversations and relationships.

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.)
Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly at
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

To sign up: Laura Faulkner -
For questions: Carrie Headington -

Stewardship Today
Frank E. McKee - Stewardship Chairman

“Ascribe to the Lord the honor due His name; bring offering and come into His courts.” Psalm 96:8 Book of Common Prayer, pg 373

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church
8320 Jack Finney Blvd. 
Greenville, TX 75402
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I Don't Know What To Think

It was a review of a couple of books on the Virus (yes, such books are already in print). Both, the reviewer said, were persuasive arguments. Yet they came to quite differing conclusions.
And the reviewer said something that is true also for me. I find, he said (more or less), that I tend to agree with the last argument I have heard.
   Yes, that’s exactly right! I read an impassioned essay that the dangers of the Virus are still here—it’s much worse than the flu, there won’t be “herd immunity,” etc. I am persuaded! But then another article: that we are over-reacting, that we need to be smarter and more focused, and that schools should reopen at once. Again, I am persuaded!

The truth is this: I don’t know what to think.

To be more precise: I don’t know what to think about what should be done to address the big questions before us today. I don’t know what policies we should have regarding the Virus. Nor do I know what we should do about racial unrest, protests, and riots. And whatever comes up in the next news cycle, the truth is that I won’t know what should be done about it either. (continue reading)
Pray for the Church, the Body of Christ
Please pray for those on our prayer list this week:

Prayers: Robb Horn, Dana Medford, Luke Armstrong,
Bill Rolston, Marcy Walsh,
CJ Cathey, Paula Reeves,
Peggy Cole, Judy Shaddox,
Chris Bynum, Lily Stipe,
Dolores & Father Gordon,
Chris Wiltz, Elaine Hodge, Beverly Gish, Mike Lavigne, Faye Hamann, Bob Lanier, Alice Cooney, Cyndi Sehr, Wayne and Lillian McHenry,
Eileen Jenkins, Dru Ann Jamison
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.
Contact our church office to add a name to our prayer list: 903-455-5030. Names remain for one month unless renewed or canceled.

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).

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