Dear friends in Christ,

Today is the feast day of Teresa of Avila, a 16th century mystic and monastic reformer who entered a Carmelite convent as a young woman. Normally this would have meant staying in the same place with the same community for the rest of her life. Teresa, however, followed a different path. After a few years living in her initial community she traveled throughout Spain for 25 years, establishing 17 Reformed Carmelite communities. This in itself would have solidified her influence over countless numbers of women and future generations of monastics. Fortunately for us, this was not the limit of her impact. Her life of prayer and intimate spiritual connection with Christ continues to inspire through her writings such as

Since you can read about Teresa in other places, I'll share one poem attributed to her. You may have read or heard this previously. It's fairly common for clergy to quote Teresa in their sermons. Yet, it bears repeating as a reminder of who we are as Christians.

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

This feels like a tall order, doesn't it? Even on my best days I doubt I accomplish this. But then I remember that Teresa is not asking any of us to be Christ's body alone. The second person "yours" can be understood as plural just as easily as singular. Since Paul refers to the church as the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27) we can understand Teresa's poem as a call to all of us as a community.

We live in strange and anxious times. Coronavirus infections are rising in Indiana. The upcoming election is concerning for people on each side of our political divide. The days are getting colder and the hours of daylight are diminishing. We yearn for calm and peace, for God to be demonstrably present. As Teresa reminds us, if Jesus is going to show up -- and Jesus always shows up -- it is highly likely he will do so through us.

Intimidating? Perhaps. Thanks be to God we don't do this alone. We are the hands, feet and eyes of Jesus together.

Your friend in Christ,
Sunday, October 18 after worship service (10:45-11:45 a.m.), via Zoom

Rationality as Part of Faith
The Episcopal catechism is an outline of our faith. Often phrased as a "three-legged stool," theologians summarize its cornerstones as "scripture, tradition and reason." Bill describes his personal love of the inclusion of reason, what it has meant for him in his life and what gifts he feels it can offer for all of us.

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Last chance for Monday and Tuesday services!

Monday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 20 at 8:45 a.m

Celebrate Holy Eucharist services with us (lasting approximately 30 minutes) in our outside courtyard. Registration is required. All are encouraged to bring their own chair, mask and hand sanitizer but extras will be available and happily shared should you need something.
  • Liturgies will not be held on Monday, October 26 or Tuesday, October 27
  • Beginning Sunday, November 1, one weekly Holy Eucharist liturgy will occur on Sundays at 4:30 p.m. in the courtyard.
Wednesday, October 21, 8 a.m.
Broad Ripple Walk*
Join the Rev. Barbara Kempf for a 30-40 minute moderate walk in Broad Ripple with morning prayers. All are invited! Masks are required and a walking stick is suggested. The walk will be canceled if it rains. RSVP to Barb Kempf.

*Money may be required for metered parking.

Get Out the Vote RallyTuesday, October 27 at 7 p.m.

Join Faith in Indiana's sister project, Act Indiana to build the power of Faith Voters. 
To learn more about Getting Souls to the Polls and opportunities to volunteer, click here.

"It is a Christian obligation to vote, and more than that, it is the church's responsibility to help get souls to the polls." - Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Sunday, November 1, 1-3 p.m., Crown Hill Cemetery
Meet at the south gate of the cemetery (on Boulevard Place) at 1 p.m. to join the Rev. Barbara Kempf for prayers and a walking tour of Crown Hill Cemetery. The tour will last for 90 minutes-2 hours at a comfortable pace. All will stop for prayers and conversation at three sights: the military cemetery, the AIDS memorial and James Whitcomb Riley's grave -- the highest point in the cemetery. The tour will be canceled in the event of rain.
Please RSVP no later than Sunday, October 25.

Sundays, November 1, 8 and 15, 8:45-9:45 a.m. via Zoom OR
Thursdays, November 5, 12 and 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom
St. Paul's will offer a series of three small group conversations on Race and Racial Justice in November. Those interested in participating are asked to RSVP for either Sunday OR Thursday sessions and to review required reading/viewing prior to each session. To learn more, and view resources, click here.
Please RSVP here for either Thursday or Sunday sessions (both will include the same resources). A link to the Zoom meetings will be sent via email.
Already connected with a small group at St. Paul's? If groups that have already formed (Bible Study, Altar Guild, Vestry, et al.) are interested in gathering for conversation on race and racial justice, please contact the Rev. Barbara Kempf for resources to facilitate a group.
Friday, November 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Enjoy a virtual recital with violist Colette Abel and friends. Sponsored by St. Paul's Music, Spirit & Place Festival and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, this musical collaboration explores the origins of three faiths and discovers curious overlaps in myths, magic and legends. Click here to learn more and RSVP here for a link to the concert.

St. Paul's clergy, staff and volunteers hosted the Indy Pet Blessing in Broad Ripple Park last Sunday. It was a joy to meet and engage with attendees from St. Paul's and the Indy community. Free will donations of $123, as well as pet food, toys and treats were also collected for Indy Humane. Special thanks to the parishioners who volunteered at this event: Cathy Henney, Bev Ruebeck, Ann Shupert, Pamela Smith and Mary Stanley.
St Paul's volunteers are staying connected to the students at School #43. Volunteers recently worked in their own homes, packing over 270 book bags with reading materials (a book, word work and an activity). All materials were supplied by the Indy Learning Team, a St. Paul's grant recipient. The book bags will be delivered to children who attend the MLK Center and other local centers. Students will receive a book bag each month for the next six months. We are grateful to be supporting student learning. For more info, contact Janie Frazier.

The Mission in Mombasa ministry of St. Paul's is holding a virtual fundraiser! Your dollars will go directly for food and shelter for children in dire circumstance. The people of St. Paul's have always been incredibly generous, particularly in response to great need. In this season of harvest and abundance, we invite you to continue in that spirit of sharing, and thank you in advance for your generosity! Click here to make a donation now. Want to learn more about MiM ministry? Click here or contact Barb MacDougall. 

St. Paul's Indy invites all people into a renewed relationship with Jesus Christ so that together we can share God's joy and love in the world.