September 20! 10:30am
Service Resumes!
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.

No usual coffee hour.
Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
September 20, 2020

Rembrandt, Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard
(St. Petersburg, Russia: The Hermitage, 1637), oil on panel.
Dimensions: Height: 31 cm (12.2 in); Width: 42 cm (16.5 in).
COLLECT
O God, because without you we are not able to please you mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; 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.
A Morsel for Meditation
The heart is stretched through suffering, and enlarged. But O the agony of this enlarging of the heart, that one may be prepared to enter into the anguish of others!…The cross as dogma is painless speculation; the cross as lived suffering is anguish and glory. Yet God, out of the pattern of his own heart, has planted the cross along the road of holy obedience. And he enacts in the hearts of those he loves the miracle of willingness to welcome suffering and to know it for what it is – the final seal of his gracious love.
Thomas R. Kelly: as quoted in Rich in Years
AROUND THE PARISH
St. Joseph Guild will not meet on Saturday, 19 September. The Jr. Warden wishes to be cautious in gathering together for the purpose of working around the church. Maintenance of the buildings/property is being handled by a small team of parishioners at the current time. Stay tuned for updates.
The first week of October (4th-10th) we need to have any canvases returned in preparation for an online auction for St. Paul's School November 5th. Because of Covid-19 we are holding an online auction in lieu of the 'Fall Festival'.
SEPTEMBER 24, 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

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

I’ll be taking a little down time in September, so this week’s Rector’s Update will cover a longer time window than normal. We’ll have one service at 10:30. The rule from the Diocese is that if GISD is having in-person classes, then we may offer in-person worship. If GISD goes online only, so will we. When we resume, we’ll handle in-person worship just like we did in June. Seating will be first come, first seated basis. We’ll continue with our online streaming for the foreseeable future for those who aren’t ready to return (and we’ll continue to deliver remote Eucharist). The Bishop has encouraged that those 65 and over (and those with underlying health conditions) to continue watching the livestream, rather than attending the service in person.

Here are some of the more obvious facets of our in-person worship:
  • Masks worn by all at worship (except dogs). Please bring your own!
  • Sanitizers located at the entrance and exit.
  • Worshippers/households separated by 6 feet.
  • No tactile passing of the Peace.
  • The collection plate placed at the entrance to the Nave, rather than going hand to hand.
  • Bread only communion distributed within Diocesan protocols.
  • No usual coffee hour.
  • Indoor services will not have congregational singing.
  • Only one entrance will be used to ensure that we say within lowered capacity requirements.
  • When we go to multiple services, there will be a cleaning between services, including bathrooms.
On Sunday’s, we’ll have a 10:30 service only until we have at least 10 people who commit to attend an 8:00 service. Right now, the count of those who have let me know that they will attend the 8:00 Rite 1 service stands at 5 persons. Please let me know if you’ll commit to attend!
 
On September 23rd we’ll restart our Wednesday service as Morning Prayer at 10:30. We’ll continue to do the service via Zoom until 5 persons will commit to regular physical attendance (or we restart in-person Children’s Chapel). When the average attendance of the Wednesday service reaches 10, we’ll change it to Holy Eucharist.
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!

  • 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.
  • We offer Noonday Prayer on Wednesdays at noon via a Zoom meeting, and upload it live if Zoom and Facebook work together (about 75% success rate).
  • Our Friday morning Bible Study continues at 8:00 am via Zoom. We’re studying 1 Corinthians.
Giving
Stewardship Today
Frank E. McKee - Stewardship Chairman

We are held accountable for how we treat this planet Earth, and how we love, care for, and serve others. It is a “both-and” love for God’s creation and for God’s children. I thank God that you are here this Sunday as we reverently thank God for God’s creation and return to God what has been given to us: our time, our abilities, and our money to be used for the service
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
I is for Israel In the Divine Alphabet

The late Lutheran theologian Robert Jenson put Israel into his identification of God. Here’s the opening sentence of the heart of Jenson’s systematic theology: “God is whoever raised Jesus from the dead, having before raised Israel from Egypt.” God’s identity cannot be separated from his choice of Israel, and his action is rescuing Israel from her enslavement under Pharaoh.

It’s like a marriage; it’s like the Song of Songs. “My beloved is mine and I am his” could be words sung in response by Israel to her God. Just as there’s no thinking of a husband apart from his wife, so there’s no thinking of God apart from Israel. God has created all the peoples of the earth, but this people, Israel, he has chosen to be his own. (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:
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Robb Horn, Dana Medford, Bill Rolston, Marcy Walsh,
Rebecca Ballard, CJ Cathey,
Paula Reeves, Peggy Cole,
Evelyn Rovell, Dana Medford,
Judy Shaddox, Chris Bynum
Dolores & Father Gordon,
Jorn Jamieson, Lily Stipe,
Chris Wiltz, Allen Clegg Sr., The Clegg Family, Jo Dodson,
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.
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).
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