Third Sunday After Epiphany
 January 26, 2020


Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

The readings may be found here .

Morsel for Meditation

Teach us, good Lord,
to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek at once for rest,
to labor and not to ask for any reward,
except that of knowing that we do your will
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A prayer by St. Ignatius Loyola
translated by The Rev. Dr. Neal Plantinga,
former Dean of the Chapel at Calvin College.  
Emanuel Leutze, Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way (or Westward Ho!) (Washington DC: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1860), oil on canvas, detail. Dimensions: Height: 84.4 cm (33.2 ″); Width: 110.1 cm (43.3 ″).

Communion Hymns

Recessional Hymn     
Wednesday's Saint of the Day
Feast Day January 23rd
First Martyr of Spain
Vincent declared that God sent the angels of heaven to comfort him while in prision. He sang hymns as he suffered, so that even the jailer was so overcome he confessed his conversion.
St. Vincent spent most of his life in the city of Saragossa, Spain, where he was educated and instructed in the Catholic religion. Ordained to the diaconate by Saint Valerius, Bishop of Saragossa , St. Vincent was commissioned to do the preaching in the diocese, plus b ecause Valerius suffered from a speech impediment, Vincent acted as Valerius' spokesman.

When the Roman Emperor Diocletian began persecuting Christians in Spain, Vincent answered in the bishop's name and both were brought before Dacian, the Roman Governor, and both were thrown into prision. However, Valerius was exiled while Vincent was subjected to many cruel torments. Amid all this he kept his eyes raised to heaven, and remained unmoved.

Even after he died in prison the authorities were not satisfied to simply bury him, instead the torture continued and he was thrown into a bog as prey for wild animals and birds. When that didn't work he was sewn into a bag and thrown into the sea only to be washed ashore in the night and secretly buried.
Vestry Highlights
At the January Vestry meeting, the Vestry:
  • Heard the nascent plan for St. Paul’s Episcopal School 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday May 2nd from 1-4 pm.

  • Voted to provide up to $2,000 (to be matched by the school) as seed money for the 50th Anniversary Celebration.

  • Heard that the Vestry may electronically vote on the paint color change in classroom/windows/exterior in the school.

  • Heard that Kim Hales was awarded ‘Teacher of the Month.’

  • Heard that the Junior Warden, Greg Richards, and Peggy Cole have resigned due to disagreement concerning firearms on parish property.

  • Scheduled the Vestry Retreat, and February Vestry meeting for Saturday, February 1st from 8:30 - 3:00pm.

  • Heard that there will be a Special Vestry Meeting after the Annual Meeting to fill vacancies on the Vestry.

  • Heard that the video/photographic inventory took place on 12/31/19.

  • Reviewed some of the suggestions from the initial safety meeting with the Greenville Police Department.

  • Heard that deterioration of the east wall of church has repaired

  • Heard that five WiFi thermostats (in the church, parish hall, and office) have been installed and programmed.

  • Heard that the Church/School mailbox was replaced.

  • Heard that a roofing company has been engaged for Clardy Hall leaks.

  • Approved the 2020 Parish Budget, including paid time off for the Parish Administrator for Federal Holidays.

 Total Income Year-to-Date: 194,207.37; Budget: $178,380; Over Budget: 15,827.37
Upcoming Events and Fundraiser
Sunday, January 26th - following 10:30am Service
Hello St. Paul's Greenville TX Parish Member!   

I write on behalf of the ECW hospitality chairwoman, Marie (Hale) Gunter, to remind you of the 2020 Annual Parish Meeting and Potluck happening this coming Sunday, January 26, immediately following the 10:30am service. Marie may have called you already.
We are trying an alphabetical grouping for the potluck to see how it works. We learned it from other parishes who seem to say it works swell. Why not give it a shot?
Group 1 is members with the last name beginning A-F.
Group 2 is members with the last name beginning G-L.
Group 3 is members with the last name beginning M-Z .
For the Jan. 26 potluck we'll do as follows:
Group 1 brings Main Dishes .
Group 2 brings Sides and Salads.
Group 3 brings Desserts.
The church will provide beverages. 
We will mix up the "who brings what" each time. And don't worry, if you have a special dish you love to bring, and everyone loves to enjoy, please by all means just bring that. 
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday for the annual meeting EVEN IF YOU REGULARLY ATTEND THE 8AM SERVICE. It's an important time for us all to be together as a Parish Family. It should be a blessed time. 
Thanks and God bless you,  Laura Funk
Sunday's 9:30am - 10:15am
Adult and Youth Sunday School
Gospel of John - Chapters 8 & 9

Beginning 01/17 - Friday's - 8:00am
Bible & Breakfast meets in Clardy Hall
Pray for the Church, the Body of Christ
Please pray for those on our prayer list this week:
 Bob Lanier, Allen Clegg Sr., The Clegg Family, Jo Dodson, Elaine Hodge, Beverly Gish, Cyndi Sehr, Faye Hamann, Dana Medford,
Alice Cooney, Diana Richards,
Mike Lavigne, Dru Ann Jamison
Wayne and Lillian McHenry,
Eileen Jenkins, Paula Reeves
Fr. Gordon, Dolores Miltenberger,
 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 or 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).
Sunday Services:
Holy Eucharist, Rite I   8:00 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II   10:30 AM
 Sunday School for Adults and Youth 9:30-10:15am Clardy Hall

Wednesday Services:
Holy Eucharist, Rite I   
Bible Study 6:30 PM

Friday 8:00am
Bible & Breakfast meets in Clardy Hall

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