Father Nick, Laura & Cosette

September 27 - 10:30am
Service Resumes!
Masks worn by all at worship. Please bring your own!

Only one entrance. Sanitizers
will be located there.

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.
Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
September 27, 2020

James Tissot, The Cornerstone (Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Museum, 1886-96), opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper. Dimensions: 10 3/16 x 7 9/16 in. (25.9 x 19.2 cm).
O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, 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
First Dallas Choir and Orchestra

Gospel Hymn

Offertory Hymn    
H# 534 Melharmonic Virtual Choir
Communion Hymn
Majesty (A3#113)

Recessional Hymn
H# 685
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
The Nazarene was not weak! He was strong and is strong! But the people refuse to heed the true meaning of strength. Jesus never lived a life of fear, nor did He die suffering or complaining.... He lived as a leader; He was crucified as a crusader; He died with a heroism that frightened His killers and tormentors. Jesus was not a bird with broken wings. He was a raging tempest who broke all crooked wings. He feared not his persecutors nor his enemies. Free and brave and daring he was. He defied all despots and oppressors. He saw the contagious pustules and amputated them. He muted Evil and he crushed Falsehood and he choked Treachery.
Kahlil Gibran, The Crucified (Written on Good Friday)
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'.
Rector's Update
Greetings to the saints of St. Paul's

Laura, Cosette, and I had a wonderful time of refreshment, and we appreciated Fr. Getz handling the services in my absence. It was good to take a break, and good to be back. Thank you to all who picked up the load over the last couple weeks. The gifts left in my office have brought joy to my heart.

In North of Boston, Robert Frost wrote “He says the best way out is always through. / And I can agree to that, or in so far / As that I can see no way out but through.” That applies for viscerally for us today. We’ve been through some tough changes, and even while we see some light at the end of the tunnel, we can also expect a few more bumps along the way. That’s OK. Our God is faithful and stands with us – now and forever, and that gives us the confidence to be bold. Our Offertory Hymn this week, Hymn #534, proclaims, “God is working his purpose out, as year succeeds to year, God is working his purpose out, and the time is drawing near; nearer and nearer draws the time, the time that shall surely be, when the earth shall be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea.” At St. Paul’s, we’ll keep pressing on until the earth shall be filled with the glory of God, as the waters cover the sea!

We have some happy changes in our services. Our in-person 10:30 service has returned (with precautions taken), and I’m looking forward to seeing y’all on Sunday! Our online broadcast of Sunday worship will continue for the foreseeable future. Our 8:00 Sunday service will return when we have at least 10 people commit to attend. Sunday morning Bible Study looks to return in the next few weeks. Our Wednesday service has returned as Morning Prayer at 10:30. Currently this occurs via Zoom, and we hope to have this as in-person service soon. The Annual St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals will be at 10:00 am on Saturday October 3rd in the breezeway between the church and Clardy Hall. On Sunday October 4th we’re going to have the Installation of new DOK officers, and a new member.

Those of us who have been going to restaurants have noted that many restaurants have the menu via QR codes. This has been a response to desiring a safe contactless way for people to order and pay for their food. Our Stewardship Committee has picked up on this idea, and you’ll note a QR code now appearing in our Sunday bulletin. The QR code will take you too the links in our church website for donating without having to handle money tactilely.
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).
OCTOBER 8, 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.)
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

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
J is for Jesus In the Divine Alphabet

Not that there is much choice; in the Divine Alphabet, what else might “J” stand for? “Jehovah,” I suppose, although that’s an odd word made by putting the vowels of Adonai (Lord) into the unpronounceable Yhwh. “Just” would be true and is highly fitting. “Jolly” would be comfortable, evoking images of Saint Nick and perhaps C. S. Lewis. But nothing beats a personal name. (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: Robb Horn

Prayers List: Luke Armstrong,
Dana Medford, Bill Rolston,
Marcy Walsh, Rebecca Ballard, CJ Cathey, Paula Reeves, Peggy Cole, Evelyn Rovell, Judy Shaddox,
Chris Bynum, Lily Stipe,
Dolores & Father Gordon,
Jorn Jamieson, 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.

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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