St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

"Making friends while serving God"

The Week of May 4-10, 2020
Father Tyler's sister is a retired professor of Greek and classics. She interpreted for us the script in the artwork:   "The Greek reads 'I am the way/path/road (hodos means all 3) and the truth and the life'.
Knowing the way  
When Jesus told his disciples that they knew the way to the place he was going the disciples balked. So did others Jesus encountered in his short earthly ministry. "What are you talking about here?" they wanted to know.
This week's readings
Since the quotation has been translated into English it is easy for us to think we know what Jesus said and what he meant. But Jesus didn't speak Greek and we can only guess which of the possible definitions outlined in the caption above may have been applicable. 
Even so, "the way" could mean the direction or the actual route or the means of transport (walking, on a donkey, in a cart, by boat) or the disposition (hurried, thoughtful, calmly). One of the other graphic options for this reading showed a bunch of people with Jesus looking at a winding road outside a window. That's one interpretation. 
What we do know is that everything the Bible reports that Jesus did was done with love, with God in mind. That was how Jesus was. That is what he was pointing his disciples toward. That is our calling.

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Acts 7:55-60 ; Psalm 31:1-5,15-16; 1 Peter 2:2-10 ; John 14:1-14   
T he full readings are published 
at the end of this newsletter
The Sunday sermon

Total deposit for the past two weeks - $5250;  $2360 designated for the food pantry.  Many thanks to all who are remembering their pledge and to those both within and outside of the church who are generously supporting the Food Pantry.  We pray you are all well and look forward to "seeing" you at Zoom Church.


  2 Barbara Gavin   
  3 Aiden Curtis   
11 Mary Wethington
Joanna Frang
22 Shiann Tatiana Mayorga Cash
  7 Carolyn Dewald 17 Kataleya Anahi Mayorga 27 Mark Goodwin

18 Claudette Tucker      Ananda Payne-Carter
     Clifford Clarke 20 George Santos Jr. 30  Deborah Pitcher
     Christiana Prater-Lee      Richlina Angel Hodge

Please keep those on our parish prayer list in your minds and in your 
prayers, especially at this time of separation and isolation.

MAY 2020
Our prayers are asked for:
Carola and Violet; Whitman, Medical Reserve Corp. of Dutchess County, Dept.  
of Behavioral and Community health of Dutchess county; Peggy;The Bedrossian  
family; Seth;Lori; The Laken family; All parishioners; Kairos International, Catherine,  
Michelle, Yamily; G.J., Joe; Lois, Matthew, Lillian; Lynita, Perry, Melius family,  
Sasha; Stacey, Linda, Phil, Jody; Tucker family, Branch family, Atkinson family;  
Ibadan Diocese, All Saints Anglican Church, Oni family; Donna; Alison, McGhan,  
Sterling, Unah, Avonel, Kim, Santos family, Madeline, Bramble, Charlie, Cynthia,  
Gencia, Val, Joanne, Janet, Corkey, Pelaez, Josephs-Clarke family, Dixon family,  
Paulette, Jarah, Mertlyn; Adam, Paul, Andrew & family, Douglas family, Annie, Ron,
Dave, Liz; Jill, Lana, Andrew, Susan; Schneider family, all in need; Susie; Sherry,


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St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Poughkeepsie

'In Service to God & You'

Our food pantry volunteers are in active service at St. Paul's these days. We give thanks to them and thanks to God for their willingness to help our by helping others.


1982              47    On this day, the first of days (Gott sei Dank)

1982            561    Stand up, stand up for Jesus (Morning Light)

1982            563    Go forward, Christian soldier (Lancashire)

The readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles [7:55-60]
But fi lled with the Holy Spirit, (Stephen) gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and  Jesus standing at the right hand of God. "Look," he said, "I see the heavens opened  and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!" But they covered their ears,  and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. Then they dragged him out of  the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a  young man named Saul. While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, "Lord Jesus,  receive my spirit." Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, "Lord, do not  hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he died.
The Word of the Lord
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1 In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; *
deliver me in your righteousness.
2 Incline your ear to me; *
make haste to deliver me.
3 Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold; *
for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.
4 Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, *
for you are my tower of strength.
5 Into your hands I commend my spirit, *
for you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth.
15 My times are in your hand; *
rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.
16 Make your face to shine upon your servant, *
and in your loving-kindness save me."
A Reading from the First Letter of Peter [2:2-10]
Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow
into salvation - if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. Come to him, a living
stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God's sight, and like
living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to
offer spiritual sacri fi ces acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in
scripture: "See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and
whoever believes in him will not be put to shame." To you then who believe, he is
precious; but for those who do not believe, "The stone that the builders rejected has
become the very head of the corner," and "A stone that makes them stumble, and a
rock that makes them fall." They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
The Word of the Lord
The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to John [14:1-14]
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going." Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him." Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satis fi ed." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glori fi ed in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it."
The Gospel of the Lord


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