November 15, 10:30am
WE ARE OPEN!
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
Dear Fellow Parishioners,
 
We hope you took a few minutes yesterday to view our stewardship campaign video for 2020 (Click to View), and it inspires you to want to dig deep and give to the work of the Kingdom of God through the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
We extend a special thank you to Mark Walsh, Jennifer Faunce, Debbie Shaffer, and Frank McKee who gave their time and talents in production of this video and everyone who gave their testimonies.

Regardless of circumstances, He has brought you here today, and allowed you to ponder a new year ahead. Thanks be to God!

We ask that you join with us at St. Paul’s to make 2021 a year of growth and prosperity, outreach and fellowship!

In Him,
Stewardship Committee
(Paris, France: Musée du Lourve, c. 1652), drawing.
Twenty-third Sunday After Pentecost
November 15, 2020

Rector's Update
We have been enjoying some of the best weather of the year, and it has been a pleasure to enjoy morning and evening walks. The leaves are falling and whereas we’re not having to mow the lawn, the sound of rakes and blowers has become increasingly common. This week Laura and I have been a little under the weather. With the rise in COVID-19 cases, I wanted to make sure that if I was going to be around people, that I didn’t have it, so I got tested. Well, the test came back positive, so I am in self-imposed quarantine. I’ve followed the CDC guidelines, and as a result the only person that I exposed was my lovely wife. Don’t the marriage vows say something about sickness and health? I am feeling pretty good now and think that I am through the worst of it.

For Sunday, we will be doing Morning Prayer rather than Eucharist, as this service may be led by laity. The booklet is on our website. I wrote the Sunday sermon on Thursday and will either record it to be inserted into the proper place in the service, or stream it live from my home. Please keep both of us in your prayers.
 
To make good use of my convalescence, I’ve increased the amount of time that I spend reading the tome Texas by James Michener. What a great book to learn about the Great State of Texas! Since it is historical fiction, I’ve been tracing the storyline with a regular Texas history book.
 
On November 7, we had our Diocesan Convention via Zoom. Unlike our Presidential election, the Diocesan Convention had no contention or difficulty in voting. In my opinion, the most noteworthy issues had to do with the budget. For 2021, the Diocesan assessment will be reduced by 1%, and we will not have to pay an assessment in January 2021.
 
The Community Thanksgiving service is coming up soon! As with most things this year, it will be different. Instead of baskets, we’ll be making financial donations to FISH and Community SEEDS. St. Paul’s will donate at least $100. If you would like to donate and will attend the service, please make the check out to The Church at River Oaks. If you’d like to donate and will NOT attend the service, please make the check out to St. Paul’s (with ‘Community Thanksgiving’ in the memo line) and get it to us no later than November 22nd.
·       Date: Tuesday, November 24th
·       Time: 6:00 pm
·       Location: The Church at River Oaks (5903 Joe Ramsey Blvd)
and live stream at https://tcro.org/live/

A Morsel for Meditation
“Peace and war start within one’s own home. If we really want peace for the world, let us start by loving one another within our families. Sometimes it is hard for us to smile at one another. It is often difficult for the husband to smile at his wife or for the wife to smile at her husband. In order for love to be genuine, it has to be above all, a love for our neighbor. We must love those who are nearest to us, in our own family. From there, love spreads toward whoever may need us. It is easy to love those who live far away. It is not always easy to love those who live right next to us. It is easier to offer a dish of rice to meet the hunger of a needy person than to comfort the loneliness and the anguish of someone in our own home who does not feel loved.
Mother Teresa, No Greater Love
COLLECT
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The readings may be found here.
Processional Hymn
(Festal Song) H #551

Gospel Hymn

Offertory Hymn    
Communion Hymn

Day by day (Sumner)




Recessional Hymn
Zoom Morning Prayer Wednesdays at 10:30
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. 
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 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).
Giving
Stewardship Today
Jennifer Faunce

From Paul in his first letter to the church at Corinth: “For we are God’s fellow workers… “ (1. Cor. 3:9). Elsewhere, Paul mentions that we are “working together with him… “ (2 Cor. 6:1). God is at work in your life and around the world, and you have the privilege of participating in his work. Stewardship is the time to think about what you can give back with thanksgiving; the many blessings God has given you.

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
EDOD Convention 2020

In this 125th year of the diocese, the convention moved online as the threat of the Covid pandemic forced social distancing for the approximate 400 delegates and clergy. Morning Prayer was recorded from various outposts of the diocese, and from the preacher, the Rt. Rev. Lloyd Allen, Bishop of Honduras. The Rt. Rev. George Sumner recorded his address, and much of the voting took place ahead of time by mail. A small panel of leaders, including Sumner, livestreamed the rest of convention from St. Matthew’s Cathedral with safety protocols in place.

In his speech, Sumner addressed the spiritual aspects of the pandemic and how to frame it in a Christian context. “My message to you is this: “What we as Christians, are going through this time is a kind of initiation. All the elements are here: distance, for sure, testing and trial, and for many, suffering, teaching in old formats and new, by our faithful clergy of this diocese,” he said. “And all of this is to the end that we claim anew what we already had, our identity as disciples of the crucified and risen Jesus Christ. That is what is really happening.” (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:

Prayers: Marie Aughtry, Bill Rolston, Robb Horn, Dana Medford Marcy Walsh, Paula Reeves, Judy Shaddox, Dolores & Father Gordon,
Mike Lavigne, Faye Hamann



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.
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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