The Day of
Pentecost

Sunday
May 31, 2020





William Blake , Christ Appearing to the Apostles after the Resurrection
(New Haven, CT: Yale Center for British Art, 1795 to 1805),
color print, watercolor, pen and black ink on paper.
Dimensions Height: 432 mm (17.01 in). Width: 571 mm (22.48 in).

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Join us for Virtual Coffee Hour following the service on Zoom:
Meeting ID : 903 777 2020
or, Join by phone - dial: 346 248 7799

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Wednesdays - Noonday prayer at Noon
via Zoom & Facebook live (above)

Bible Study - 8am - Friday's 1 Corinthians via Zoom


Per the directive of Bishop Sumner, the St. Paul’s Church office is closed for the forseeable future. Angela Dryer, our Parish Administrator, will check
the office voicemail and email daily and respond to any messages.
 COLLECT AND READINGS
Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen .

 The readings may be found here .

May 24th - " Gathered to Pray with Jesus"
Processional Hymn


Gospel Hymn
(Nova Vita) H# 508


Offertory Hymns
(Webbe) H#228

Communion Hymns
Spirit Song (A3#150)

Here I Am, Lord (A3#59)




Recessional Hymn     
(St. Denio) H# 423


A Morsel for Meditation
Anxiety and fear are what we know best in this fantastic century of ours. Wars and rumors of wars. From civilization itself to what seemed the most unalterable values of the past, everything is threatened or already in ruins. We have heard so much tragic news that when the news is good we cannot hear it. But the proclamation of Easter Day is that all is well. And as a Christian, I say this not with the easy optimism of one who has never known a time when all was not well but as one who has faced the cross in all its obscenity as well as in all its glory, who has known one way or another what it is like to live separated from God. In the end, his will, not ours, is done.

Love is the victor. Death is not the end. The end is life. His life and our lives through him, in him. Existence has greater depths of beauty, mystery, and benediction than the wildest visionary has ever dared to dream. Christ our Lord has risen.
Frederick Buechner, An Easter Sermon in Thomas G Long,
Cornelius Jr Plantinga, eds, Chorus of Witnesses
(Wm. B. Eerdmans-Lightning Source, 1994), 300.

Giving
The church has signed up to use Tithe.ly for giving. You can go to http://stpaulstx.org/giving/ click on the green 'Give' button, or t he Tithely application is available for download for iPhones and Android devices. Sign-up is free. 

Through the application the donator selects the church that the donation goes to. There are a lot of churches on Tithe.ly, so make sure you select St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, Texas to receive your donation. Otherwise it might go to St. Paul’s in Alabama, or some other state. 

Donations are sent to the church’s account on a regular basis. Donations can be made by credit or debit card. Recurring giving is available also, through Tithely. Tithely takes a small fee from the donation. For example, a $10 donation results in the church receiving $9.41, thereabouts. The donor is given the opportunity to cover or pay the these expenses such that the church receives the full $10. Look for a small check box when you enter the donation amount to cover these administrative expenses. Your donation will be increased by the amount of the expenses. Stay tuned, more to come about Tithe.ly .

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 online via PayPal. Click the link below to make a donation using your credit or debit card, or using your PayPal account.
Rector's Update
Greetings to the saints of St. Paul’s,

Good news! It looks like we’ll be back in the church
for Trinity Sunday on June 7 th !

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.

Not surprisingly, there will be differences from our previous worship. Here are some of the more obvious Diocesan conditions:
•  Masks worn by all at worship (except dogs).
•  Sanitizers at the entrance and exit.
•  Worshippers/households separated by 6 feet.
•  Bread only communion distributed within Diocesan protocols.
•  No tactile passing of the Peace.
•  The collection plate placed in an open location, rather than going hand to hand.
•  No usual coffee hour (Zoom is permitted).
•  Indoor services won’t have congregational singing.
•  When we go to multiple services, there will be a cleaning between services, including bathrooms.
Opportunity to Serve or Be Served
If you have followed our Facebook or YouTube live streaming you may not know that the team that has made the audio/visual possible are the Faunce Family - Jennifer, Jeff and Jacob. Camera operators are Mark Walsh and Laura Funk.

Have you operated cameras or worked in video production or would like to learn? Contact Jeff Faunce at 903-413-7791
JOIN OUR TEAM

Dear For The City Pastors and Volunteers:


Due to Federal, State and Local Coronavirus restrictions, For The City has been delayed until June 19th & 20th. There are some important changes being implemented this year so we can continue at least some of our For The City activities.

Visiting activities are not possible this year because of social distancing restrictions. Also, the length of For The City is being shortened to only two days - Friday, June 19th and Saturday, June 20th. It is our sincere desire to return to a full schedule of activities next year. Below is a description of the changes being implemented.
STEWARDSHIP TODAY
Frank McKee, Stewardship Committee Chair

Today is a day in the life of our church equal to Christmas and Easter. The first Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples, three thousand were baptized by the Holy Spirit. Today is the church’s birthday, and when you go to a birthday party, you always bring a gift. Today, we bring our gifts to the church to celebrate its birth. Thank You for your generous offering this morning. By your gifts, we are building the church.
One Minute Stewardship Sermons
by Rev Charles Cloughen Jr.
Explore the Diocese
The Psalms of Revenge and Violence and COVID-19

During these days of self-isolation, social distancing, and hand-washing meant to slow down the pandemic of the coronavirus, one possible positive outcome for Episcopalians is the re-discovery of the Daily Offices. The offering of prayer and praise, alone or with a virtual community at morning, noon, evening, and night, is a venerable tradition rooted in the daily rhythm of Temple worship in Jerusalem, continuing in the lives of the Desert Mothers and Fathers, flourishing in the monastic movements of he medieval church, and consolidated and simplified for a return to the laity of the Church of England during the Reformation. Central to these acts of worship are the psalms of the Hebrew Bible, oftentimes referred to as the prayer book of the Jewish Temple, the early church, and Jesus himself. Continue reading
Pray for the Church, the Body of Christ
Please pray for those on our prayer list this week:

 Jorn Jamieson, Judy Shaddox, Chris Bynum, Lily Stipe, Chris Wiltz,
Allen Clegg Sr., The Clegg Family, Jo Dodson, Elaine Hodge,
Beverly Gish, Mike Lavigne,
Faye Hamann, Dana Medford,
Bob Lanier, Alice Cooney,
Paula Reeves, Cyndi Sehr,
Wayne and Lillian McHenry,
Eileen Jenkins, Dru Ann Jamison,
Father Gordon and 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. 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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