St. Paul’s Ministry Work

Nov 262014

These are the readings from the daily Revised Common Lectionary for Wednesdays. For a short worship service like the ones we have at St. Paul’s, it’s appropriate to choose just one of these readings.

This material is taken from suggested daily readings from the Consultation on Common Texts.


Wednesday December 3, 2014  Psalm 79   Micah 5:1-5a    Luke 21:34-38

Wednesday December 10, 2014 Psalm 27  Malachi 2:10-3:1  Luke 1:5-17

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Psalm 125  Malachi 3:16-4:6   Mark 9:9-13

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 (Christmas Eve)


Wednesday, December 31, 2014 Psalm 148  1 Kings 3:5-14  John 8:12-19

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 Psalm 110  Exodus 1:22-2:10  Hebrews 11:23-26

The Season After Epiphany

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Psalm 69:1-5, 30-36 Isaiah 41:14-20 John 1:29-34

Wednesday, January 21, 2015  Psalm 86 Genesis 16:1-14 Luke 18:15-17

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Psalm 46 Proverbs 8:1-21 Mark 3:13-19a

Wednesday, February 4, 2015  Psalm 102:12-28 Job 6:1-13 Mark 3:7-12

Wednesday. February 11, 2015 Psalm 6 Job 30:16-31 John 4:46-54


Wednesday, February 18, 2015 (Ash Wednesday)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015  Psalm 77   Proverbs 30:1-9  Matthew 4:1-11

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 Psalm 105:1-11, 37-45  Jeremiah 30:12-22  John 12:36-43

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Psalm 84   Ezra 6:1-16  Mark 11:15-19

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Psalm 107:1-16   Isaiah 60:15-22   John 8:12-20

Wednesday, March 25,2015 Psalm 119:9-16   Haggai 2:1-9, 20-23   John 12:34-50

Holy Week

Wednesday, April 1, 2015  (four choices) Isaiah 50:4-9a   Psalm 70   Hebrews 12:1-3   John 13:21-32


Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24  Song of Solomon 3:1-11  Mark 16:1-8

Wednesday, April 15, 2015   Psalm 135  Isaiah 26:1-15   Mark 12:18-27

Wednesday, April 22, 2015   Psalm 150  Proverbs 9:1-6  Mark 16:9-18

Wednesday, April 29, 2015   Psalm 95   Micah 7:8-20  Mark 14:26-31

Wednesday, May 6, 2015  Psalm 80  Isaiah 65:17-25  John 14:18-31

Wednesday, May 13, 2015   Psalm 93  Deuteronomy 11:18-21  Mark 16:19-20

Wednesday, May 20, 2015   Psalm 115  Ezra 9:5-15  John 16:16-24


Wednesday, May 27, 2015  Psalm 104:24-34, 35b   Ezekiel 37:1-14   John 20:19-23


Wednesday, June 3, 2015  Psalm 20   Numbers 6:22-27  Mark 4:21-25

Time After Pentecost

Wednesday, June 10, 2015  (Proper 5)    Psalm 74  Isaiah 26:16-27:1 1  Luke 11:14-28     or    Psalm 108  1 Samuel 9:1-14  Luke 11:14-28

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


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Mar 142014

Renewing Worship project       March 14, 2014

Thanks for participating in the project for exploring new ways of worshiping God together.

I promised a while ago to prepare some materials to help us discern how well our attempts at new ways of worship are working out. This is my draft. Please feel free to comment on this by writing to me, or by using the comment form on this page.

Asking open-ended questions

The idea is this: we’ll ask ourselves open-ended questions about our worship experiences, rather than giving ourselves a set of rules – a checklist – against which to score them.  The idea is to reflect on each worship experience in the light of the open-ended questions.

Obviously, it’s helpful if one of the questions we use is this:

Q. In what inward and outward ways are our practices of worship, prayer, and service consistent with St. Paul’s Church Statement of Call?

As a reminder, our statement of call is this:

St. Paul’s is a Christian community where people are met and accepted without judgment for who they are and are adopted into a loving and caring family. Our faith provides a framework within which we explore, honor and celebrate the presence of God in daily experiences, especially in the crises, conflicts and transitions of life, and are thereby equipped to live fully in an increasingly complex and changing world.

We believe we are called to center our life in Jesus Christ through a regular discipline of Eucharistic worship, scripture study and prayer.

We believe our faith leads us to fulfill our mission, which is to share ourselves and our resources with each other, our community and the world.

We believe we are called to discover and affirm our spiritual gifts and be responsible and committed ministers of these gifts in the name of Jesus Christ.

What open-ended questions should we use?

These are my suggestions for open-ended questions we might use as we reflect upon and evaluate each experience.

Q: In what inward and outward ways are our practices of worship, prayer, and service consistent with St. Paul’s Church Statement of Call?

Q: In our life together in worship, prayer, and mission, do we support each other in seeking and following Jesus Christ? In what ways do we “do justice, and to love kindness, and walk humbly with our God?” (Micah 6:8)

Q: How do we seek to engage each person’s whole heart, soul, mind, and strength in the love of God?

Q: Are we open to being changed, outwardly and inwardly, by the gifts of the Spirit that each person brings to our church community?

Q: Do we openly and consciously celebrate our unity in faith and practice with Christ’s church through the ages and around the world? Do we remember that since the day of Pentecost the followers of the risen Jesus have “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers?” (Acts 2:42)

These are one person’s idea of helpful open-ended questions to ask ourselves as we work to seek and serve the face of Christ in all people.

Next, I’ll demonstrate how these questions might be applied in a couple of real situation.

Continue reading »

Nov 222012

Edie Ellen Knitters

This group of women meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 2-4 pm in the library at St. Paul’s. We welcome new members at any time.

If you don’t knit we can teach you and give you directions for a prayer shawl. If you are a knitter but cannot join us we would welcome those who would be able to knit a shawl on their own. Donations to purchase yarn are always appreciated. Since our inception we have given out approximately 400 shawls!

November 26 – Joanne Alukonis; December 10 – 6pm – Shirley Walton – Cookie Swap and Soup.

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Oct 052012
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Mar 292012
Sign saying "Among Friends" with hands over the water holding a loaf and fish

Our Among Friends volunteers are organized into teams. Mike Terry heads up the Tuesday group, and Bonnie Schultz and Lisa Knight lead the Friday group. There are four Monday night teams: the first Monday cook is Stephen Knight (Lisa’s son) and the whole family comes. Sometimes Stephen is joined by his mom and dad, his two sisters, and even his grandparents. What a team!

The second, third, and fourth Monday cooks are Bob Alukonis, Terry Rooney, and Joyce Cejka. Some of our team members come once a month, others more often. The teams are intergenerational, from young teens to the eighties, and include people from other churches and the community at large.

There’s plenty to do: Setting tables, preparing drinks, salad, and dessert, helping cook the food, putting it on plates and serving it, and cleaning up. One of the best parts of serving at Among Friends is taking a plate of food and sitting with our guests.

Some months have five Mondays, and this occurs a few times throughout the year. The confirmation group covered the Fifth Monday in January 2012, the choir this past October, and the youth group before that. In April, the vestry will form a team. The members of the Among Friends Board hope that groups within the church will volunteer for the Fifth Monday evening meal. And thus cover July 30th, October 29th and December 31st. Yes, that last one is New Year’s Eve! Remember Among Friends serves a meal every Monday, Tuesday and Friday throughout the year.

This is a big commitment for our church, and it takes a lot of “people hours”. We hope that groups within the church will commit to a Fifth Monday. Not only would the meal be covered, but more people would become familiar with Among Friends, and perhaps encourage more volunteers and support.

So think about, St. Paul’s folk. Altar Guild, Atrium Teachers, Ushers, or any of our many groups and committees. For any group that volunteers, one or two members should attend an Among Friends meal beforehand to become familiar with the responsibilities for set-up and clean-up. If someone in the group would like to cook, that would be great! If not, the Among Friends board will supply a cook.

Another idea is to have two families cover one Monday  together. We have three parent/child pairs now. It’s not a  place for very young children because it can be hectic and  “unpredictable”, but it would be a great experience for  families with teens and preteens. Among Friends invites  you to stop by for a meal anytime. Some may hesitate to join us because they feel they would take meals intended for others, but the cooks normally prepare plenty (and there is a donation box if you care to contribute). You are welcome to join us!

If you would like to talk to me about volunteering, please call Joyce Cejka, Among Friends Coordinator, 978–463-7835.

Feb 052012

Richard Beck is a teacher at Abilene Christian University. He writes some very interesting and though-provoking material.  Check this article out.

[T]he trouble with contemporary Christianity is that a massive bait and switch is going on. “Christianity” has essentially become a mechanism for allowing millions of people to replace being a decent human being with something else, an endorsed “spiritual” substitute. For example, rather than being a decent human being the following is a list of some commonly acceptable substitutes.

Was this what the prophet Micah (6:8, NRSV) was on about when he wrote “what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”  I wonder.

Peace to you all.


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Sep 122011

Our spiritual formation program for children, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, needs you to help out! If you can spend time with our children on Sunday mornings between 9:15 and 10:30 or so, please consider being part of this important part of our congregation’s ministry.

If you can commit to serving every Sunday or every other Sunday for a month or two, that would be a real gift to our children and our catechists.  Please speak to Jenn Mansfield or Rector Martha Hubbard.

Here is an introduction to this service. How to be an atrium assistant for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

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Jun 192011

Most Sundays during the school year we gather at 8:00 and 10:15 for worship and Holy Eucharist. Whoever you are and wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome to worship with us.

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Mar 162011

In the first letter he wrote to the people at Thessalonika, St. Paul advised them to “pray without ceasing. Give thanks in all circumstances.”

Just for fun, here’s how to give thanks in 465 different languages.

Merci / Gracias / Arigato / Spacibo for reading this today, and may the peace of God be with you.

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