St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY

"Making friends while serving God"

The week of January 8-14, 2018        



Calling the Disciples

Samuel 3:1-20; Psalm 139:1-5,12-17
Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51

God's call to us  
In our Hebrew Bible reading Sunday and in our Gospel we learn about God's call, the invitation to seek and do God's will. At the beginning of a calendar year this is a helpful reminder to each of us that God reaches out to us in many ways: in thoughts, in dreams and reflection, in the discussion of fa
This week's lessons
ith with others, in church. All kinds of ways, all kinds of places.
Samuel thought Eli was calling to him and went to Eli, only to find out it was not Eli who called. After this happened three times, "Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy." The idea that someone else might recognize God's call for a person rather than the person themselves is a stunning notion. It was for Samuel, to be sure, for he "...did not yet know the Lord."
Philip and Nathanael  are called by Jesus in the Gospel reading. Philip is not surprised, for Jesus had already called his friends, the brothers Andrew and Peter. Nathanael however is stunned that Jesus knew him, that he cared about him, even. Especially after Nathanael's caustic, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?"
We know the answer to that question. We live it out in our lives together in faith. Good comes out of Nazareth to this day. And everywhere else, as well.



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St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Poughkeepsie

1982            477      All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine

1982            371      Thou, whose almighty word

LEVAS-II     106      Take my hand, precious Lord

LEVAS-II      227      We shall overcome

JANUARY 8-14, 2018

MON 8             7:30am AA Meeting;                          
                         6pm Evening Prayer, Worship/ Altar Guild;            
TUE 9              10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop;
                         6pm Evening Prayer; Bible Study;
WED 10             7:30am AA Meeting;  
           10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop;
THUR 11          10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop;   
                         6pm Evening Prayer, Pastoral Care, Relatives as Parents;   
FRI 12               7:30am AA meeting; 

SAT 13             10am Morning Prayer, Buildings & Grounds Mtg;
                         11am Block Clean-up;
SUN 14             8am Rite I;
                         8:45am Lessons Discussions;
     9:30am Choir practice;  
           10am Rite II;
           10am Sunday School;
           11:15m Coffee Hour;
           11:30am Youth;


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