First Sunday After Epiphany - January 12, 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

The soul must long for God in order to be set aflame by God’s love. But if the soul cannot yet feel this longing, then it must long for the longing. To long for the longing is also from God.
Meister Eckhart, Freedom from Sinful Thoughts
(private collection, 1865), oil on canvas. 72.5 x 92 cm.

Communion Hymns
Holy Ground (A3#117)

(A3#77) ( story )

Recessional Hymn     

Special Vestry Meeting
The Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church understands the evocative quality of firearms on church property, understands the plurality of opinion within the parish, and understands that this is an area where faithful Christians may have significant disagreement without breaking fellowship. The Vestry appreciates both those who choose to carry firearms for the safety of the parish, as well as those who desire that no firearms be present on parish property. She thanks those who choose to carry firearms for their willingness to put themselves in danger for the sake of others (John 15:13).

The Vestry supports the safety of the parish and obedience to the laws of the State of Texas. Due to the increasing regularity of mass shootings in our country, a confidential Safety team will form. The membership of the Safety team will be approved by the Executive Committee. The Safety team will meet together to practice safe firearm handling, accurate marksmanship, and develop tactical plans to neutralize threats to parishioners on church property. The Safety teams plans will include coordination and discussion with the Greenville Police Department and other selected organizations.
Upcoming Events and Fundraiser
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
Saturday, January 18th
St. Joseph Guild 8:00am
DOK 9:00am - Parlor
ECW General Meeting

Sunday, January 19th
Noon - Parlor
This is the first meeting of the year. Please join us.

Sunday, January 26th - following 10:30am Service
Opportunities to Serve
Frank McKee - Stewardship Committee

Today we remember the baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan, by John the Baptist. In all accounts from Matthew, Mark and Luke, God proclaims from Heaven words such as: “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” This affirmation begins the ministry of Jesus. In our own baptism, we begin our ministry, our stewardship of time, abilities and money. I give thanks for your stewardship-ministry at St. Paul’s.

“One Minute Stewardship Sermons” by Rev. Charles Cloughen, Jr.
Lay Ministry
8:00 am Lector/LEM
01/12: Bill Rolston
01/16: Bill Rolston
10:30am Old Testament
and Psalm Lector
01/12: David Clegg
01/19: Suzanne Taylor
New Testament Lector / LEM
01/12: Suzanne Taylor
01/15: Robb Horn
01/19: CJ Cathey
01/12: Karen Campbell, Darby Ballard, David Kirklin
01/19: Jacob Faunce, Mackenzie Taylor, Jeff Faunce
Altar Guild
01/12: Peggy Cole
01/19: Mike Lavigne, Beth Lachnitt
Vestry Persons of the Day
01/12: David Kirklin
01/1:9 Mike Lavigne
Circle of Care (weekly)
01/12: Karen Campbell
01/19: Nancy Wyant, Mike Lavigne
Intercessory Prayer
01/12: Rebecca Ballard, Suzanne Taylor
01/19: Nancy Wyant, Elaine Hodge
Coffee Hour
01/12: Carahlyne Laymance
01/19: ECW
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   No Service Jan. 1st
Bible Study 6:30 PM

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