January 24 - 10:30am
Susan Minteer, Gone Fishing (c. 2013), watercolor.
Reproduced by permission only from www.susanminteer.com.
Permission given by the artist April 7, 2016.
A Morsel for Meditation
"The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed."
Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms (?)
 

Knowing God without knowing our own wretchedness makes for pride. Knowing our own wretchedness without knowing God makes for despair. Knowing Jesus Christ strikes the balance because he shows us both God and our own wretchedness.
Blaise Pascal: Pensées
Announcements

Annual Meeting January 31st

January is Human Trafficking Awareness month. For more information please reach out to the Project Moses ministry at www.saintmichael.org/projectmoses or email them at projectmoses@gmail.com.

Vestry Highlights
At the January Vestry meeting, the Vestry:
 
  • Discussed ways to increase unity and fellowship at St. Paul’s. The Vestry decided to engage personally those who are watch us via our Sunday live feed.

  • Heard that background checks for the Vestry are underway.

  • Decided that the Annual Parish meeting on January 31st will be held immediately after the Sunday service. The meeting will be in-person, and via Zoom. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, lunch will NOT be a part of the meeting.

  • Heard about a shooting at Starrville Methodist Church in Winona, Texas, on Sunday, January 3, 2021 where the pastor was murdered by a man hiding in the building in the church.

  • Heard that a structural engineer advises against putting a metal roof on the Parish Hall, as the extra weight may impact the structural integrity of the building.

  • Heard the St. Joseph’s Guild continues to be on virus hiatus, but the repair/maintenance work is still being completed, including tree trimming.

  • Assented to allowing the School Director’s office to be moved out of Church nursery, and back into the School building.

  • Passed the Parish Budget (which will be listed in the Annual Report).

  • The Nominations Committee announced three nominees for Vestry: David Clegg, Dana Medford, Elizabeth Porter. No nominees for Delegates were announced.

  • Determined that the voting at the Annual meeting will be different than usual. We’ll have the regular paper balloting (in both the church and the parish hall due to 20-person limit), and we’ll be running a live feed via Zoom that allows people to vote online. In order for the meeting to run efficiently, we will be unable to have ‘from the floor’ nominees. Any additional nominees will need to be received 24 hours prior to the Annual meeting. Any additional nominees will need to be emailed to Joe Bleier (joebleier@gmail.com) and Fr. Nick (fathernickfunk@gmail.com) by Saturday morning (1/30/2021).

  • Approved an outside installation of a Stations of the Cross, funded by the Memorial Fund.

  • Heard that the December income was $21,359, and expenses were $20,203, thus we had an increase of $1,156.
Worship
COLLECT
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


The readings may be found here


Communion Hymn






Recessional Hymn
Joy to the World Jazz(JujuSong)
Playing Yohan Kim
Pray for the Church, the Body of Christ
Please pray for those on our prayer list this week:

Please Pray for those on
our prayer list this week:
Judy Shaddox, Jincy Jones,
Rita Woods and family,
Ken Gunter, Mike Lavigne,
Bill Rolston, Dana Medford,
Marcy Walsh, Paula Reeves,
Dolores & Father Gordon,


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.
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).
Stewardship

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.
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).
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

Just For Laughs

So John Calvin (whom I have been reading for my course at Nashotah House) described the human heart.  Here he is hearkening back to the first chapters of Genesis, which is where we should start too.  My high school motto was ‘finis origine pendet,’ ‘the end depends on the beginning,’ and that is true of the Bible too. Everything (except the name of Jesus of course), is already there.  God is before everything created, which He made by His Word without any help from us, and which he remains sovereign over.  As for us, we are made ‘in His image,’ which I take to mean that we are the creatures capable of and intended for His worship, on behalf of the whole creation. In other words,  we are not part of the divine, nor possess any spark of His in us innately. We were created for this relationship with Him.  Inherently we are not self-standing, and without him we are unsettled, searching (what Augustine famously calls ‘restless’).
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