Suspended until further notice
Suspended until further notice
Come enjoy a simple prayer practice that allows us to be at rest,
at ease within ourselves within the present moment, in stillness.
St. Paul’s Palm Sunday Worship Service, April 5, 2020 at 9:00am
Thank you for joining us on Zoom or phone last Sunday. There were about 60(!) of you which is excellent. For Palm Sunday, 5th April, we will present our second Zoom service. Hopefully, the audio part will be better!
Alas, allowing you all to have an open microphone didn’t work at all well; the fault of technology. Thus, while we encourage you to say the responses, your microphone will be off. In addition, Jo or Mark will announce the hymn numbers at the right time, and we hope you will join in singing at home.
Again, each attender will use either a computer or a telephone, here is an update on how to join the Palm Sunday service.
Previous Zoom User.
If you have used Zoom previously on your computer then simply click the following link, and you should be joined to the meeting. When prompted, please select “Join with computer audio.” When you first join, you will be able to see and hear what’s going on, but no one will be able to see you or hear you.
New Zoom User.
If you have not previously used Zoom on your computer, then you will have to download a small piece of software before you can join the meeting. Here’s how it works.
- Click on the following link. https://us04web.zoom.us/j/546309763
- At the bottom left of your screen, click on zoom.exe. There will then be some time loading….
- When prompted to allow changes to your computer, click Yes.
- Enter your name when prompted to do.
- Then select ‘Join with video,’ and ‘Join with computer audio.’
When you first join, you will be able to see and hear what’s going on, but no one will be able to see you or hear you.
If you are on a computer, at the bottom of your screen, there should be a row of little buttons. Please click on the one marked ‘Chat;’ it has a little cloud-like image with it. At the top of the Chat window, you will see a link to St. Paul’s webpage where you can make a donation to the Church, and we hope you will do so.
In addition, however, at the bottom of the Chat window there is a blank space where you can enter prayer requests. These will be seen by everyone who has their Chat window open. If they’re available early enough, we’ll include them at the appropriate time in the service.
If you don’t have a computer available, or if you wish not to use one, you can listen to the service on your telephone. Here’s the way to do this:
- Call 646 558 8656.
- You will receive a prompt asking you to enter your Meeting Id.
- On your keypad, enter 5 4 6 3 0 9 7 6 3 and press the #
- You may be prompted to enter another Id, but just press # once again.
You should then be told you have entered the meeting, and should be able to hear what’s going on. No one will hear you.
You have been e-mailed or had mailed to you the program for this service. Although it contains the entire service, the Bishop has decreed that there will be no communion for the foreseeable future. Thus, the service will end after the Liturgy of the Word.
Bulletin and Announcements for March 22
CANCELLED Roebling Piano Trio, Saturday April 18 7:00 pm St. Paul's Church
CANCELLED: Skylark's Sub Rosa: Secrets Revealed Friday, April 24, 7:00 pm
CANCELLED Cantemus' Bach Again, Sunday, April 26 at 4:00 pm
A Message from our Search Committee
REPORT OF THE SEARCH COMMITTEE
MEMBERS OF THE SEARCH COMMITTEE:
Lise’ Reid, Chair, Rick Patty, Vice Chair, Tom Hussey, Recording Secretary, Allison Novello, Corresponding Secretary, Laine Ives, Chaplain, Bev Brennan, Parish Communications, Michele Rogers, Vestry Communications, Anne Tuthill, Travel Coordinator
Diocesan Consultant: Mark Gallagher
Diocesan Canon: The Rt. Rev. Carol Gallagher
January 19, 2020
Today, 14 months after we were given our charge from the Vestry, we present to you our chosen candidate, the Reverend Dr. Jarred Mercer. This was a unanimous vote by the search committee and we are all very excited about the possibilities for the future of St. Paul’s with Jarred as our spiritual leader. Our decision was made after carefully reviewing all applicants, analyzing their responses, researching their information and backgrounds, making initial interviews by telephone, visiting the finalists in their home environment and then having them visit us.
Jarred and his wife, Chelsea, are Americans who have been in the UK for ten years. He is ready to have his own parish, and after several years of prayerful consideration, they feel that it is time for them to be back in the States. They are both originally from Florida and are drawn to New England. Jarred, who would like to be addressed as Father Jarred, grew up as a Southern Baptist and his father was a Pastor. During his college and post graduate years he felt drawn to a more progressive theology and joined the Church of England. The Mercers have three young children (5,9,11) and Chelsea is a nurse.
Jarred received his B.A. from The College at Southeastern, Wake Forest, NC, and his Masters in Theological Interpretation of Scripture from St. Andrews, Scotland. His divinity degree is from St. Steven’s House, Oxford and he was ordained in 2015. He earned his PhD in Theology at Oxford. He is currently an Associate Priest at St. Mary Magdalen Church, Oxford and a Chaplain at Merton College, one of the colleges of Oxford University.
Jarred was brought on at Merton College to take full responsibility for pastoral duties and worship services at this historic place. Three of us went to visit him in Oxford, attended a service at both St Mary Magdalen and Merton College Chapel. In each service we were struck not only by his delivery of the Eucharist, and by his sermon, but by his deep spirituality. We met with several people from different facets of his life in Oxford and every one of them had very high praise for him. Our notes from these meetings include phrases such as: ferociously kind, intelligent, kind in a thoughtful way, relaxed natural born priest, effortlessly works collaboratively, delegates, hospitable, warm, good at details, great leadership skills.
Jarred uses Jesus as a model of a successful leader. He says that he is present and available and that pastoral care is most important to him. His self described strengths are pastoral care, teaching, applying learning to everyday life, creativity. Involvement in the greater community is important. He meets people where they are.
When asked if he would joyfully marry a same sex couple he nearly jumped out of his chair with excitement. He had been hoping we would ask that question and he looks forward to the day he is able to so: it is illegal in England. He was drawn to St Paul’s by our Profile; he loved our sense of belonging, our outreach, our missions, our children and youth programs, and all that we portray.
In Oxford, when Father Jarred saw a need for housing the homeless, he proactively created a committee to provide that housing. He created a Social Justice Fair which brought together people and local charities to work for the betterment of the whole system by utilizing church buildings as hubs.
We believe that Jarred will bring new life and excitement to our St. Paul’s community and enable us to grow, not only in numbers, but in spirit and energy.
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About St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Newburyport
Enjoy your visit to our beautiful, historic main St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Newburyport, chapel and churchyard. Join us for a Sunday worship service, a music program or one of our many service activities such as the weekly meals program Among Friends. Wander through the gravestones and mausoleums that surround either side of the church, passing by the lives of those long gone and linger a little to see the symbols and poetry created for their passing.
Who We Are
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Music & Concerts
Music at St. Paul’s is located in both our Choral Program and our Music Series featuring artists around the world. Our music program enables parishioners to express their faith through music. What happens when we worship?
Go ye into all the world
The Way of Love.
is a way of life
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