St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY

"Making friends while serving God"

The week of January 1-7, 2018        

The Baptism of Our Lord


'You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.'



Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29
Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11

The beloved 
The day before Andy Dietsche was installed as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori led a day of reflection and prayer for diocesan clergy. The scripture she chose to focus on during our day together was Sunday's gospel.
This week's lessons
Read that statement from God, she said. And imagine God speaks not only to Jesus but also to all of us in the church. We are the body of Christ. 
Imagine we are that beloved by God. Imagine God is pleased with us. Imagine that love, that endorsement, that encouragement is intended for us. 
The Presiding Bishop asked the clergy to think what that would be like. To think what fears and regrets we would have to set aside to believe that we are that beloved by God. 
What a fantastic gospel for the first Sunday in 2018. What a reminder that God loves us and wants all good things for us. And what an inspiration with which to start a new year.
Happy new year!

                                 ATTENTION MEMBERS
B & G will be rescheduling the Meetings for January, February and March.  Therefore, rather than the first Saturday, they will be held the second Saturday of those months.  Respectively, January 13th, February 10th and March 10th.
Meetings begin at 10 am. 
We will be working on indoor projects.  All parishioners are invited to email me with project suggestions.                                                                                
                                                                                         --Maria Bell, Chariwoman


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St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Poughkeepsie

1982      117      Brightest and best of the sons of the morning
1982      497      How bright appears the Morning Star
1982      122      We three kings of Orient are  [CHILDREN'S PROCESSIONAL]
1982      124      What star is this with beams so bright
1982      119      As with gladness men of old

JANUARY 1-7, 2018

MON 1             7:30am AA Meeting;                          
                         NEW YEAR'S DAY             
TUE 2              Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop CLOSED;
                         5pm Stewardship;
                         6pm Evening Prayer;
WED 3              7:30am AA Meeting;  
           10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop;
THUR 4           10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop;   
                         6pm Evening Prayer, Evangelism/Outreach;     
FRI 5               7:30am AA meeting; 
SUN 7              8am Rite I;
                         8:45am Lessons Discussions;
     9:30am Choir practice;  
           10am Rite II; The Rev. Gloria Payne-Carter;
           10am Sunday School;
           11:15m Coffee Hour;
           11:45am Hospitality


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