Memorial Day
Celebrate Our Worship -
physically distant, but connected together online!
Memorial Day Prayer

Gracious God, on this Memorial Day weekend, we remember and give thanks for those who have given their lives in the service of our country. When the need was greatest, they stepped forward and did their duty to defend the freedoms that we enjoy, and to win the same for others.

O God, you yourself have taught us that no love is greater than that which gives itself for another. These honored dead gave the most precious gift they had, life itself, for loved ones and neighbors, for comrades and country – and for us. Help us to honor their memory by caring for the family members they have left behind, by ensuring that their wounded comrades are properly cared for, by being watchful caretakers of the freedoms for which they gave their lives, and by demanding that no other young men and women follow them to a soldier’s grave unless the reason is worthy and the cause is just.

Holy One, help us to remember that freedom is not free. There are times when its cost is, indeed, dear. Never let us forget those who paid so terrible a price to ensure that freedom would be our legacy. Though their names may fade with the passing of generations, may we never forget what they have done. Help us to be worthy of their sacrifice, O God, help us to be worthy. Amen. 

Online Live Worship Service - Sunday at 9:00 am


You can view our live service and all services at any time by visiting the YouTube link above. Be sure to hit the subscribe button.

Note : If you have a "smart" TV you can go to the YouTube channel on your WiFi screen to find the St. Paul's channel and watch our service on your TV live or at any time. If you subscribe, St. Paul's channel will appear in your favorites. Email Deb Hay if you need additional help.

Because of changes in the technology equipment of bringing you our Sunday service, no phone-in access will be possible.

Prayer Requests
If you have a prayer request for the service, please e-mail Susan Flint at susan@flintgardendesigns with your requests by Friday.

Program For Services
The service bulletin in the link above contains the entire service. Jo and Mark will announce the Hymn numbers so you can sing along, and we encourage you to speak the liturgical responses at home as well.

Service Offering
Please make your offering by check, internet banking or through the donation button on our website at

Watch the Service on Local TV
A rebroadcast of the service can be seen on TV every Tuesday at 9:00 am, Thursday at 9:00 am, and Sunday at 10:30 am on Channel 8 in Newburyport , Tuesday at 9:00 am on Channel 9 in Newbury , and Channel 18 in Salisbury.
 Wednesday Evening Prayer at Home
The Gospel reading selected is Matthew 6:19-24
The Meditation selected for self-study is Treasure Life by Br Mark Brown SSJE
continues, even when we are not together in a classroom or church!

Look for our weekly newsletter, Online Sunday School . Each weekend, Linda Davis Siess offers a week's worth of Bible-based learning and activities - for children and for anyone, any age, who would like to playfully and thoughtfully put into action God's Word.

Click for last week's Online Sunday School , and our latest (2x/month) Youth Class . If you'd like links to previous weeks - or have comments, or just want to say hi! - email Linda .
This week's class for children will focus on Bede the Venerable - his Saint day is May 25. The Venerable Bede is the patron saint of English writers and historians. He survived a plague as a child in 686.

Prayers for well-being, patience, peace, joy! We pray for our Church school children, youth, and families - and our young adults, and our teachers, too - by name. We remember you and miss you!

Do you have photos of activities from our Online Sunday school? Send to Linda, please!
Summer Camp at the Barbara C Harris Camp has been cancelled . Please consider making a donation to the Camp, to support the staff and facility in these challenging days: click here .

Confirmation has been cancelled. Youth confirmands and adults who are being received will need to reschedule, depending upon the opportunities from the Diocese. Maybe October 17 at the Cathedral? We'll keep you posted on developments!
Friends, you are invited to offer a warm welcome to our newest St Paul's family members: The Mercers! Let's share our Top Tens and local favorite hints to help them feel comfortable in their new home.

Last call to share your tips and faves . . . where's the best seafood, takeout, ice cream? Best place for a hike? To see the sea? What makes Newburyport or your neighborhood special?
What's your advice? Email me, please, ASAP!

Would you like to send a video welcome (kids, especially)? Contact Lainie Ives for details!
Read more in our MAY newsletter - click here .
Do you have questions, ideas, or comments to share? Is there anything our St Paul's family can do for you? You are warmly invited to reach out to Linda Davis Siess,
Children & Youth Program Coordinator, any time: click here .
From the wilderness the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. Exodus 17:1
Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19
Thomas said to Jesus, “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.” John 14:5-6
A Message from our Bishops on May 18th
Today the bishops of both Massachusetts Episcopal dioceses are issuing a document entitled “A Journey By Stages: Gathering, Serving and Growing as The Episcopal Church in Massachusetts During and Beyond a Time of Pandemic” ( here ) document is a compilation of directives, guidelines and resources, prepared in consultation with the Diocese of Western Massachusetts, to assist Episcopal congregations and related organizations in Massachusetts traveling the path beyond restrictions toward a “new normal” for common life.
Following the governor’s announcement this morning, the  Boston   Globe   reported  that several epidemiologists have said that “a second wave of infection is possible, likely even. They noted that a return to church and worship services could be especially problematic.” It is reported that several large outbreaks in other states have originated in churches.
Last week, the bishops of both Massachusetts Episcopal dioceses announced an extension until July 1, 2020, of the directive for no in-person public worship or gatherings in churches.  That direction remains in effect and will continue until express permission is given for regathering.   All will need time for the planning and complex preparations that are required to gather safely.
The “A Journey By Stages” document does not contain a timeline because the trajectory of the coronavirus is not known.  The stages described in the document are not linear, since a resurgence of COVID-19 infections may necessitate a return to more restrictive practices at some point.  Certain counties and municipalities may be at different stages depending on the severity of infections in their area.  As “A Journey By Stages” states, in each community and congregation, Episcopalians “must consider how we protect one another and our neighbors, carry out the mission entrusted to us and offer our prayers and praises to God.”
The practices and resources in “A Journey By Stages” are offered to the Church, as that “wonderful and sacred mystery,” trusting that in these painful and challenging days, God is at work among us “that things which had grown old are being made new.”

The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates
The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris
The Rt. Rev. Douglas J. Fisher
A Message from Your Senior Warden
Dear Friends,
The “new normal” is still settling in our lives and psyches. Our faith is even more important as we navigate these uncharted waters and cope with the fear and anxiety in the air. Our families, friends, and church community offer us important comfort and connection when we are so physically disconnected from each other. Our faith tells us there is something greater than our individual selves which binds us together as one regardless of the circumstances of our lives. 

I recently participated in an online training offered by the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center entitled “Disaster Behavioral Health Response & Psychological First Aid”. One of the first slides spoke to collaborations between faith-based institutions and behavioral health providers, saying “The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) notion of the WHOLE COMMUNITY includes faith-based communities as a core component of disaster response efforts. These include places of worship, religious organizations, and congregations.” It very much heartened me to see recognition for the vital ways, both formal and informal, faith communities such as St. Paul’s mitigate the negative impact of disasters such as our current pandemic.

The future at St. Paul’s looks bright. We are enjoying the steady hand and deep faith of our bridge priest Jo Barrett. Our new rector Fr. Jarred Mercer and his family will arrive in the US on May 30th to take up residence in Newburyport. After a two week quarantine Fr. Jarred will offer his first worship service on June 14th, live at 9:00 am and available on our YouTube channel whenever you wish to view it as well as on local TV. It is a difficult time to make a trans-Atlantic journey without the opportunity to say good-bye in person to friends and parishioners and to set up a new household in an area you have never lived. Equally challenging to introduce yourself to a new church family virtually through Zoom and YouTube. Our prayers are with Fr Jarred and his family for a safe journey.

These are difficult times but we live in faith and hope and in connection with each other. New beginnings are all around us.
Bronson de Stadler/Senior Warden
THIS SATURDAY….Spring Clean Up Plans! 
The garden in front of our Church is looking lovely with the lilacs in full bloom and the plants all bursting out of the soil. The daffodils were glorious although sadly we weren’t there to enjoy…. But other parts of the grounds are needing a good clean up after the winter. Let’s show our welcome to the Mercers as Fr. Jarred and his family arrive in Newburyport. I believe this is something that we can do in a socially distant space from each other. Please consider helping out if this is something you love to do!

Jobs to be done:   
  1. The overgrown Spruce in the front corner of the church needs to be cut down and removed. I don’t anticipate we can dig this up on this workday. I suggest that 2 strong folks and a possibility a chain saw would do the trick. 
  2. The 2 hollies along the side of the church need major pruning; this will leave them looking miserable for a year, and in that time we may replace them.
  3. The beds on the High Street side of the Chapel, in the cemetery, need to be cleared up, and cut back.
  4. The back gardens need to be cleared up, raked out, and cut back as needed.  
  5. The labyrinth isn't looking too bad but could be cleaned up.  
I imagine this might take 4-5 hours and with perhaps 10-12 willing participants we could make a big difference.   

This is scheduled for THIS Saturday , May 23rd, starting at 9:00 . Please consider helping since it's a long weekend and, don't forget, you will have an extra day! 
If you are interested in this and are able to participate, please email Alison Novello at .  
From our Music Director
We would like to get a few singers together to go “Pentecost caroling” after the morning service on Sunday, May 31. We will contact some of our St. Paul’s family members who especially have been isolated at home. If they would like us to come, we will sing a few hymns outside their door or window. Of course, we would observe physical distancing guidelines. Please let me know if you would like a musical visit, or if you would like to sing with us.

During this time of at-home worship services, we have been choosing all the hymns from The Hymnal 1982. This is so that people at home can sing along if they have a hymnal or have access to the worship bulletin. If you have a favorite hymn from the hymnal that you would like us to sing on a Sunday morning, let me know so that we can try to include it in the coming weeks.

If you don’t have a copy of The Hymnal 1982 and would like one so that you can sing along at home during our Sunday services, please let me know: or 978-551-8107. Or call Deb in the church office at St. Paul’s: 978-465-5351. We have put some into plastic bags and placed them just inside the porch door entrance to the church. You can pick one up any time during church office hours. Or let me know, and we’ll be happy to bring one to you at home.
Grace and peace,
Mark Meyer 
Coffee hour Returns - Sunday!
We’re bringing back coffee hour – Zoom Coffee Hour, again! Many of you will be aware that Zoom crashed last Sunday morning, affecting mainly the East Coast of the US and also the UK, creating chaos from church services, to government updates, and to our coffee hour! So, we try again this coming Sunday with optimism that all will be well. So please join us on Sunday, May 24, at 10:00 am , following the church service, by clicking on the Zoom link below. 

Please note that Zoom has some new security features, so you might get straight in on the link, or be asked for the Password and/or the Meeting ID number, so be sure to take note of these.

And – please remember that we are pretty new at this and patience may be needed!  But we do know that it will be wonderful to ‘meet up’ with everyone again.
 Mary Olson/Host
A Zoom Invitation : St. Paul's Coffee Hour
Time: May 17, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 810 0133 9451
Password: 508146

One tap mobile
+13126266799,,81001339451#,,1#,508146# US (Chicago)
+16465588656,,81001339451#,,1#,508146# US (New York)
This Week's Message from Among Friends
We continue to be very busy with our work at Among Friends. Our committed volunteers continue to rise to the challenge of now feeding twice the amount of community members in need than we did a couple of months ago. We are averaging 80-90 meals at each meal...Monday night dinner, Tuesday and Friday lunch...over 250 meals each week!

Recently, we had our monthly food bank order picked up by Bill Hobbie from the Greater Boston Food Bank. When we unloaded our 1500 pounds of food, we had a great group of volunteers that unloaded bucket brigade style. Passing the boxes of food from the truck to the sidewalk, then handing them to the top of the stairs by two very tall helpers from the Brennan Family. Then into the kitchen to be put away. This was the fastest we have ever put away an order and it was amazing to see! Thank you to all who helped!

In the coming weeks, our challenges will increase as the demands of the Greater Boston Food Bank will affect us more as they anticipate shortages of food donations and we will need to seek other sources for our meals which will most certainly come at a higher cost. We are strongly committed to continue to provide nutritious meals to those in need as we face these challenges.  
Bonnie Schultz/Program Director
Food Voucher Program
Please let us know if you or anyone you know are in need of help with food. Vouchers can be used at Market Basket stores. We can also offer help for medications, medical expenses and other needs. Call the office at 978-465-5351. All calls are confidential.
Deb Hay/Administrator
Technology Update
Newbury has become the latest city to begin broadcasting our Sunday services on public television. The options that you now have for viewing a rebroadcast of our service on TV are:
Newbury - Channel 9 - Tuesday 9:00 am
Salisbury - Channel 18 - Tuesday 9:00 am
Newburyport - Channel 8 - Tuesday 9:00 am, Thursday 9:00 am & Sunday 10:30 am
Stewardship Committee Request
The Stewardship Committee will have a Parish picture montage for this Fall’s Program. Last October, we had Rev. Meg’s and Bev Brennan’s Parish history bulletin board resulting in some fun in the Stewardship Program. We are repeating the interactive element this year. We intend to get a picture of every Parish family and member and display them in a montage in October. 
Please email us one preferred picture of your family or yourself to an address below. Selfies are okay. For those who don’t have a picture, nor can take a picture, nor use email, we will arrange in June/July for a Committee member to take your picture at your address (or at the Church.) We dearly want to have a picture of every parishioner and family for our Parish montage. Note that pictures larger than 5MB may not go through some email systems.
If you have a picture:
For last names from A through G, email it to  ,
        For last names from H through O, email it to  , or
        For last names from P through Z, email it to  .
The Stewardship Committee
Pastoral Care Team
If you know of someone who would appreciate a phone call or is in need of services, please call St. Paul’s office to let the Pastoral Team know. We keep you all in our prayers.  Nancy Jukins/ Chairperson
Prayer List
If you have someone you would like to add someone to our ongoing Sunday worship prayer list, please email the office at or call 978-465-5351.
An Ongoing Thank You from Our Treasurer
Thank you for all the support you have been giving to our church in these unusual times. The leadership and multiple committees continue to work hard to fulfill our mission of faith and service. Please continue to support our church and missions to whatever extent you able by whatever payment means is most convenient for you. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you again, Stu Tuthill, Treasurer
Recommended Reading? - Start with authors in your own community
Brief Accident of Light   is a collection of twenty poems, ten by Rhina P. Espaillat and ten by Alfred Nicol. The poems were written for an arts collaboration initiated by Newburyport Chamber Music Festival Director David Yang. Mr. Yang, a distinguished violist, and composer made a list of emblematic locations in and around the city of Newburyport, and assigned to each location a specific time of day or night. He first commissioned composer Robert Bradshaw to write a new piece for string quartet drawing its inspiration from those locations. Mr. Yang then invited Espaillat and Nicol to visit each spot at the specified time and to give voice to their experiences in a series of poems. Because the poets chose to make their visits together, most of the poems gathered here are paired —a reader will hear two voices emanating from each place, as when two birds perch in the same tree.

The two poets found themselves a little taken aback by the way these poems seemed to write themselves. One can only surmise that the spirits of City Hall and Oak Hill Cemetery really had something they needed to express, and were only waiting for an opportunity! A poet can get carried away when that kind of thing happens. You’ll see that there are four unpaired poems in this collection—“Waking Up,” “Fly-By: The Newburyport Art Association,” “The Closing Year,” and “Fog at Night”—each resulting from one or the other poet writing from a place not mentioned on the original list.

Contact Jabberwocky Bookstore in Newburyport at 978-465-9359 for free home delivery
We hope you enjoy reading our weekly newsletter which covers the current news of our parish life. If you have questions or news you would like us to include, contact Administrator Deb Hay at 978-465-5351 or .
St. Paul's Episcopal Church | 166 High Street
Newburyport, Massachusetts 01950 | 978-465-5351