St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

"Making friends while serving God"

The week of April 15-21, 2019
Holy Week
and Easter

The experience of Holy Week
The images above symbolize the key events of the week at hand, the week we know as Holy Week. The foot washing on Maundy Thursday is a most unusual practice, but it is one which authentically captures what Jesus was doing with his disciples up to the last few hours of his earthly ministry. During the Maundy Thursday liturgy we hear Jesus asks his disciples, "Do you know what I have done to you?" He goes on to tell them he has set an example for them. How we wash one another's feet both literally and figuratively is the challenge ever before us.

The cruel punishment of Good Friday is as unsettling as any story in the Bible, or, for that matter, as any story on the news. The utterly innocent Jesus is beaten, tortured, forced to carry to Golgotha the cross on which he will be crucified. We walk the way of Christ on Good Friday, even visiting the 14 Stations of the Cross at the 3 pm service. And we receive Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament in the garden of repose.

On Easter we celebrate the risen Christ, represented by the image above of the empty tomb. He is risen! We will celebrate with morning services at 8 and 10 am and with a Vigil on Easter Eve at Zion Episcopal Church in Wappingers Falls Saturday at 8 pm.
How we reflect on the week now under way and how we interpret the work of Jesus and his earthly life as it draws to its annual end will be significantly impacted by our own attention and devotion in this Holy Week. Everyone is encouraged to attend and reflect and meditate on just what Holy Week meant then and what it means now. And we can consider what it means to the faithful, to the world, and to all of humanity forever.

Please note the service times in the listing below.

To be redirected to the Lectionary Page and get a digital copy of the readings 
Exodus 12:1-4,(5-10),11-14; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Psalm 116: 1,10-17; John 13:1-17,31b-35
Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Hebrews 4:14-16,5:7-9;
Psalm 22; John 18:1-19:42 
Isaiah 65:17-25; Acts 10:34-43;
Psalm 118:1-2,14-24; John 20:1-18   
  P A R I S H  N E W S





Upcoming at St. Paul's:


Lunch at Outback - June 8th from 11:00am - 1:00pm. 

More information to follow



April is Spring Canned Fruit month at St. Paul's Food Pantry. Please bring canned applesauce, peaches, and mixed fruit of any size to church on Sundays during the month and place them in the basket in the narthex.
To all of the Pantry's volunteers and clients, thank all who brought donations of mayo and tuna fish in the month of March. God bless you.


You buy a ticket for $25.   You are then eligible to win any of the drawings and you can win multiple times!! Weekly drawings of $20 & $10 will be held every Sunday at Coffee Hour beginning April 7 and continuing through September 22.

A final drawing and party will be held Saturday, September 29. Prizes of $500, $250, $150, $100 and $50 will be awarded at that time.

Tickets will be available beginning Saturday, February 16. Plan to get at least 1 ticket and try to sell some also. It's a fun way to support the church.

This time at least half of the profits will help pay for our new pew cushions.
The Sunday Sermon
This too shall pass
SERMON : Palm Sunday c 4 14 19
Isa50:4-9a;Ps118;1-2,19-29;Phil2:5-1l; Lk19:28-40

Jesus came to live among us two thousand years ago. He came to show us that God was not only on our side, collectively and individually, but that God loved us no matter what. This message, we now know, was so unsettling to the secular authorities of the time that they did away with him. Or so they thought. But Jesus brought another very important message to all of humanity. In short, he brought to us the understanding that 'this too shall pass.' This is true if we're talking about something as amazing as his triumphant entry into Jerusalem. This is true if we are talking about something as mundane as a headache.

Behind the message that 'this too shall pass' was the promise that God would be with us through it all. This was an idea that was fairly novel at the time. It was thought that God would abandon those who strayed. That they were then on their own with very limited prospects. But Jesus made it very clear, calling on some of the Hebrew scripture with which he was completely familiar, that God wanted the people to turn away from their ungodly ways and turn to God for guidance and assurance.

In our collect this morning we prayed to God, "Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection." This prayer pretty much acknowledges that we do not all by ourselves become so much like Jesus that a stranger could not tell us apart. In fact we have a long, long way to go until we are even significantly like Jesus. But we do get brief glimpses of the better life we can enjoy when we do manage to comport ourselves according to our Baptismal Covenant. And it is at times like Palm Sunday when we realize it.

At times like today we realize that Jesus has actually become known to lots of people in Jerusalem. We realize they are thrilled to have him entering their city. We also realize the authorities--both religious and secular--are unhappy about it. They just don't want to be bothered. The way Jesus enters Jerusalem tells us a lot. If a warrior or a king had been entering Jerusalem that person would have had horses and chariots and armed guards and a mighty show of frightening power. Jesus went another way. He picked a colt and rose into town in a remarkable display of powerlessness. Nonetheless he was greeted by palms spread in the streets and cries of Hosannah!

I think we can understand this pretty well. We live in times when there is so much pressure, so much expected of people, that the mere notion of a day off to celebrate someone coming to town sounds outlandish. I remember a day in 1980 when Pope John Paul II came to Anchorage. I was working for the mayor of that town at the time and he was a very devoted Roman Catholic. No one was compelled but everyone was free to take time off to see the Pope as his motorcade travelled from the airport to the downtown Catholic cathedral. My impression is that everyone in town went. Every one.

Of course we were pretty surprised that the Pope would come to Anchorage in the first place. It kind of put us on the map, at least a little. So there we were, the faithful and the not so much, enjoying the attention of the Pope and marveling that he was like Jesus. Pope John Paul II was famous for being kind and generous to the poor, for being peaceful and loving, and for enthusiastically embracing other religions in the belief that the faith community was one community, not hundreds of denominational communities large and small.

Pope John Paul II was known around the world whereas Jesus was known in a small corner of the Middle East. But in terms of renown, they were quite similar. Their followers and those who were neutral took great delight in a man of such stature visiting them, bringing a peaceful and hopeful message to the people, whether the people of Anchorage, Alaska or the people of Jerusalem.

It's well established that when people open themselves to ideas like having leaders who love and who seek peace and who believe in hope, their lives improve. They don't always see their candidates win elections or survive campaigns to discredit or sideline them, but such leaders set such a memorable standard that people do remember them and follow them, long after they are gone.

The human heart yearns for such leaders. The noise and clutter of contemporary society is so oppressive that the non-anxious presence of Jesus or of Pope John Paul II would seem to make it all right. And it does, for a time.

What happens then is that those who witnessed the power of such examples take it on themselves to adopt the principles of the people they admire. And the cycle begins anew, with new leaders inspiring people and the fearful criticizing and complaining from the sidelines.

But the message of the spiritually enlightened outlasts the criticism and the critics. It always has and it always will. It is upheld by its own power, the power of a spiritual message, one which inspires people to turn to God, to believe in God's truth and not fret about those who would seek to instill fear and loathing.

The bible is full of messages of hope for those in dire circumstances. It is also full of warnings for those who rely on human power and will to support them in their lives.
The New York Times actually had a column on its opinion pages this week that drove this point home. The writer, David Brooks, ordinarily writes about political affairs. A well-established conservative, he was observing that our society has become so obsessed with acquisition and influence that it has lost sight of eternal values, those of community and mutual aid and support. He didn't lay this particularly at the feet of one party or platform, though I think he should have.

His theory is that people who hear this message are self aware enough to realize they are not in this thing called life alone. They have human companions and they have some kind of connection to the spiritual. They are not individualistic, they are people who have experienced enough of life and its ebbs and flows to realize a spiritual life is needed to ride out the storms with confidence and at least some comfort.

The odd thing, David Brooks says, is that people have to recognize their own brokenness before they generally seek and find spiritual connection. The comforts of faith are not automatically available; one has to seek them. He wrote that people have to decide the way they were headed wasn't going to work out for them. Whether they lost confidence or lost their shirt, when they go looking for another way they find the spiritual path which, of course, was there all along.

We heard much the same message at last weekend's 'I Want My Church To Grow' workshop here at St. Paul's. Again and again we heard that we cannot be truly open to another person in need of spiritual support unless we are experienced in it ourselves, and that means we have to know intimately our own brokenness and be able to acknowledge that it was the spiritual support we obtained when we were at our lowest that actually saved us. Observing others living life bravely despite pain, failure and loss is inspiring. Observing Jesus being celebrated as he entered Jerusalem, even though he would die a week later, forgotten and humiliated, moves us more than if we knew the road to come for him was only success, milk and honey. His credibility comes from his accepting his God-given fate, despite our desire that he live a long and enjoyable life. His power comes from his perspective, the spiritual perspective, of one in communion with God.

We celebrate with Jesus' followers today, even though we know what is to come. We do so because we know he was well aware of what was to come. Yet he permitted this to happen, he brought on his fate, because he believed, as we do, it was the will of his father. Let us not just celebrate Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem today. Let us also acknowledge his strength in the face of a sad fate and an awful death. Let us praise him for knowing what we, his followers, need, to recognize him as our Lord and Savior. He knows what we need and he knows how to help us locate it in our hearts and in our words and in our songs.

We don't need riches and we don't need prizes. We need our faith, though, which carries us through our own dark times. It helps us recognize Easter follows Good Friday, too. And it leads us through all manner of struggle because we believe that once again, this, too, shall pass.

A sermon preached on Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie NY by The Rev. Tyler Jones, Rector

C O M M U N I T Y   C A L E N D A R

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May 29
DCIC Religious Leaders
Discussion on " The First Amendment "
Led by retired NYS Supreme Court Judge Albert Rosenblatt
7:00 p.m.
Freedom Plains United Presbyterian Church (Route 55, Lagrangeville). For more
information, contact us at
October 6
DCIC CROP Hunger Walk
More details to follow.
November 24
DCIC Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
More details to follow.
 December 7 and
December 8
DCIC Fair Trade and
Handmade Bazaar
More details to follow.

                              APRIL BIRTHDAYS
2       Jerry Bissessar                                            19       Donna Robinson Zajkowski
3       Adam Bissessar                                           20       Earl Boyer
6       Angelina Bissessar                                      21       Madison Goldson
        Joyce Herman                                               23       Alice Darien
7       Kira Curtis                                                               Adam Mazzuto
10     Madison Haley Hickman                              25       Jahman Birks
13     Brianna Bryant                                             29       Grace Porter
         Hannah Cardoso-Saavedra                         30       Jim Schneider
14     Mahalia Samuels                                                     Michael Curtis
16     Elisabeth Misner


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St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Poughkeepsie

'In Service to God & You'
Server:            Maria Bell

Lectors:           Rose Marie Proctor
                        Jultt Butler

Litanist:           Pete Bedrossian
Organist:         Maris Kristapsons
Acolytes:         Shawn Prater-Lee                 
Lectors:           Mark Debald
                        Aleen Josephs-Clarke
Litanist:            Mark Debald
Usher:              Dewy Clarke
                         Mark Debald
Altar Guild:       All Members

Greeters:          Brooke Plain & Alexis Plain            


1982                 167       There is a green hill far away
1982                 336       Come with us, O blessed Jesus
1982                 325       Let us break bread together
1982                 662       Abide with me
1982                 158       Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended
LEVAS-II           49        O Jesus, scourged, derided, mocked
1982                 172       Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
1982                 168       O sacred head, now wounded
1982                 207       Jesus Christ is risen today
1982                 175       Hail thee, festival day!
1982                 187       Through the Red Sea brought at last
1982                 208       Alleluia! The strife is o'er, the battle done



APRIL 15-21, 2019
MON 15
7:30am "Good Morning" AA Meeting;  

6:30pm "Journey to Recovery" NA Meeting;

TUE 16
10am-2pm Office, Pantry, Thrift Store;
6pm Evening Prayer, Seekers group;

WED 17
7:30am "Good Morning" AA Meeting;
10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop; 
12:15pm Healing Service & Eucharist;

10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop; 
5:30pm Maundy Thursday Service;

FRI 19
7:30am "Good Morning" AA meeting; 
12:00pm Good Friday Liturgy;
3pm Stations of the cross
5:30pm Good Friday Liturgy w/ hymns & communion
6:30pm "Journey to Recovery" NA Meeting;

SAT  20
10am "Journey to Recovery" NA Meeting
3pm PH Private Party;
3pm  "Men do recover" NA Meeting
8pm Easter Vigil at Zion Church (Wapp. Falls);
SUN 21
8am Rite I;
8:45am Lessons' Discussion;

9:30am Choir Practice; 

10am Sunday School;

10am Rite II; Celebrating Birthdays & Anniversaries

11:15am Coffee Hour;


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