St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

"Making friends while serving God"

The week of November 12-18, 2018  

'For this child I prayed
The Lord answered my prayer'

Hannah prayed for a child so fervently the priest thought she was drunk
  1 Samuel 1:4-20;  1 Samuel 2:1-10
  Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25; Mark 13:1-8

This week's readings
       'My heart exults in the Lord'
Our Hebrew Bible reading this Sunday is from the First Book of Samuel. The reading describes the situation of the writer's parents, Elkanah and Hannah, and his birth. The opening of the story is quite sad. Hannah is childless, though deeply loved by her husband. But his other wife has had sons and daughters and she teases Hannah for her infertility. Hannah prays for a child and ultimately Samuel is born.
In place of a psalm this Sunday we have the Song of Hannah. She sings of God's greatness and generosity in responding to her fervent prayers for a child. Biblical scholars have noted that the Song of Hannah was likely inserted after the original version of the Book of Samuel. It is, they discern, a poem of national thanksgiving, a broad expression of thanks for God, for God's goodness towards the people.
For Christians, the Song of Hannah is the clear model for the Song of Mary, the Magnificat, which we sing or say during the Daily Office. Prayers of thanks from mothers who have delivered healthy children are certainly among the most heartfelt and sincere of all prayers. Likewise, people pray together and give thanks in recognition of God's goodness. This is the foundation of our worship.  
P A R I S H  N E W S

We were blessed to have a full altar party Sunday: Five acolytes, a diaconal postulant, a crucifer and a priest. 
The Gospel lesson, The Widow's Mite, (Mark 12:42-44), was especially fitting  on Consecration Sunday 

At the end of the service parishioners brought their pledge cards 
to the altar, where they were blessed

Colleen Misner, Mother Gloria and Father Tyler at Diocesan Convention in White Plains last weekend.

I often walk at the Vassar College Farm, where I meet people walking their dogs. I usually stop to say hello to both dog and owner. One late summer afternoon I had such an encounter. I stopped to say hello, the owner said hello, but the dog was not thrilled...In fact she growled and was somewhat hostile, rather unusual for Vassar dogs! The owner informed me that the dog was a rescue. She had been found in an old oil field. The trigger was my baseball cap. The dog did not like them and associated them with her bad treatment.
Upon hearing this, I took off my cap while the dog looked away and hid it behind me. When the dog looked back, she saw me and came right over, wanted to say "hello" and was very friendly. She came back a number of times to get more attention from me. I was a friend, and no longer someone to be feared.
It struck me that we too are often like that dog: We make judgments about people based on the way they look or speak, the clothes they wear etc. and stereotype them. That dog showed me how powerful that kind of fear can be. She also showed me that when she was able to see me for me, she lost her fear. While the dog needed me to remove that cap, we are able to decide to look past those our "baseball caps" and maybe like my canine friend, we will see people for who they really are.
--Pete Bedrossian

Our Food Pantry needs your help! We are once agin asking our parishioners to bring food to church every Sunday, and we're going to try something new. Each month we will ask for a donation of a particular nutritious food that we offer to our clients.

Please don't forget to bring Tuna Fish on Sunday and for the next three Sundays after that. The basket will be back in the narthex and will be brought to the altar for blessing.


Help our local Girl Scout Troop 10045

The Sunday Sermon       

                This matter of giving
SERMON: 25 Pentecost B 11 11 18
This matter of giving seems to come up every year, doesn't it? We have folks get up in front of us and talk about giving, what inspire them, and it leads us to consider what inspires us and what we are about to commit to the church for the coming year.
One Sunday the pledge drive speaker was a man who had done very well in the community. He had been successful in a number of businesses. And he was not especially modest about telling folks of his successes. He got up that Sunday and gave a rather lengthy recitation of his career. He ended by saying, "All of this is possible, I believe, because when I was down to my last thousand dollars I said to God, 'God, I'm gonna give you everything I've got, and leave it up to you!' And you know what happened? I gave everything I had to the church and God made me what I am today." He sat down with a self-satisfied smile. Someone from the back of the church muttered, "Do it again."
This story fits nicely with the story in our Gospel today, doesn't it? Jesus was warning his followers about the perils of showing off while giving to God. This guy was definitely showing off, wasn't he? But the man in the story I told, though it's only a joke, was also mirroring the widow in the Gospel. Because a long time ago he was poor, he was concerned about his future, and he did give all he had to God.
Perhaps we should ask ourselves what happened to this fellow, what happens to people who put their trust in God. Things got considerably better, but they took credit themselves rather than giving God the credit.
This business of giving is not a simple matter. During the fall season we explore the various ways we give to the church. Money comes last. We start with time and talent and we have some pretty interesting presentations from parishioners who tell us how and why they give of themselves in the church. You've heard their stories; so have I. It moves me to hear people say that their life in the church has enriched their own life.
It was that same practice in churches I attended before I was ordained that drew me closer to my faith. Making connections between what I was doing about my life and how I wanted to feel about my life opened my eyes to see how I thought or imagined God felt about my life. It wasn't a simple process or a fast one, but it got me here and I am deeply grateful for that.
When I was told by a priest friend that she thought I should start asking what God wanted me to do I was able to hear her. I think it took me a while before I could imagine a clear sense of what God was calling me to do. But I was ready to hear it.
What I was told, and what I came to believe, is that the purpose of the church is to help that exact exchange happen for everybody. I think it's pretty obvious that if we're sitting in church we're probably not thinking about mowing the lawn or washing the dishes or painting the front hall. We're trying to think about God. We're trying to connect with God and end up with a plan for our own lives that fits God's ideas.
That is giving of ourselves. That is trying to connect with God's values and ways rather than the more mundane, human ways. That is when we start looking for ways to change our lives to pursue a faithful life.
When we talk about our time and our talent and making it available to God in the church we recognize that most of us are not concert pianists or opera singers. Our talents, such as they are, are welcomed by God and, hopefully, by the parish. We organize the life of the parish around the giving up of time and talent through our various groups and committees in the church. There's an opportunity for everyone to express their gifts and their individuality in this way.
When we come to the subject of money, however, we sometimes find folks a little less disposed to share. There is a constant back and forth about tithing, about proportional giving, about shares and percentages and higher math. The bottom line is this: we give out of a desire to fulfill God's invitation to life here at St. Paul's. We are not living in faith if we are not giving what we are called to give. Knowing we are not called to give more than we can afford we know God is not going to begrudge us what we cannot give. So the answer to what we should give is personal and it's between each one of us and God.
Once we've made the decision we can reflect gratefully on what our life in faith makes possible for us. It enables us to revisit the Baptismal Covenant, for example, and remember how we have decided to live our lives and the commitments we've made to God, in case we've lost sight. Our life in faith allows us to turn to the church for inspiration, from the Bible or from the relationships or from the worship service or from the joy we find in worshipping in this fine old church.
Our faith is enhanced by everything we bring to it and give to it. Our own experiences enrich our faith, inform our practices of the faith. And they give us clearer vision of the immense generosity of God, the gift of creation and life, of   comparative comfort and freedom and safety.
Because we want to recognize God's goodness we need also to remember today the veterans of this country whom we honor on this 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. We are grateful for their willingness to serve when their nation called on them; we admire their sacrifice and their spirit. We will pray for our veterans at the prayers of the people.
But when we are talking about giving, giving of ourselves, our time, talent and treasure, we recognize in the bigger sense the saying, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." To seek ways in which to give precludes many opportunities to seek to get. This is exactly what I think God has in mind for us. Hopefully it is also what you have in mind as we approach the completion and placing of our pledge cards on the altar at the end of this service.
A sermon preached Nov. 11, 2018 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie NY by The Rev. Tyler Jones, Rector


Nov 18th

DCIC Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
4:00 pm

 Temple Beth-El

(118 S. Grand St, POK)


1       Mary Ann Oughton                           9       Millicent "Joy" McCurty
5       Melody Ware                                  19       Cora Keith
         Mark Debald                                   21       Rhonda Lynn Melius
                              25       Ron Harris
                                                                      28       Sharon Dillon

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Poughkeepsie

'In Service to God & You'
Server:            Maria Bell
Lectors:           Rose Marie Proctor
                        Adrian Goldson
Litanist:           Pete Bedrossian
Organist:         Maris Kristapsons
Acolytes:         Shawn Prater-Lee                 
Lectors:           Judith Mizell
                        Bobbie Gordon
Litanist:           Mark Debald
Usher:             Dewy Clarke
                        Mark Debald
Altar Guild:     Mertlyn & Norma

Greeters:         Mary Ann Bagatta                       


1982                 618       Ye watchers and ye holy ones

1982                 632       O Christ, the Word Incarnate

LEVAS-II           64        I love to tell the story

1982                 607       O God of every nation

HYMN INFORMATION: The author of the hymn text O Christ, the Word Incarnate is nineteenth century English clergyman William Walsham How, whose hymn "For all the saints" was the subject of the hymn commentary two weeks ago. This hymn refers to the light received from the incarnate Word of God in the form of the Bible. When the hymn was first published in 1867, Proverbs 6:23 was credited as its inspiration - "For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life." The tune in its original form is an anonymous German chorale from 1693 that was adapted by Felix Mendelssohn in 1847 as a chorale in his oratorio "Elijah" and has since become popular as a setting for several hymn texts.

November 12-18, 2018
MON 12
7:30am "Good Morning" AA Meeting;  

6pm Evening Prayer, Worship/Altar Guild;  

TUE 13

10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop; 


6pm Evening Prayer, Bible Study; 

WED 14
7:30am "Good Morning" AA Meeting;

10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop; 

12:15pm Healing Service & Eucharist;  


1pm Parish Aid;   

10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop;

FRI 16
7:30am "Good Morning" AA meeting; 

SAT  17
 3pm NA Meeting "Journey to Recovery";

11am Girl Scout Mtg;
1pm SH Private Event;

SUN 18

8am Rite I;


8:45am Lesson's Discussion


9:30am Choir Practice; 

 10am Sunday School;

10am Rite II; The Rev. Ellen O'Hara

12pm Private PH Event;


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