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This Sunday at St. Paul's: December 2, 2018

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

8:00 am

Contemplative Service of Holy Communion   Chapel
9:00 am  Adult Formation
Mission Sunday Event: Holiday Bag Donations
Middle School Youth Group
Church School
Choir Rehearsal 
Great Hall
Middle Room
Lichtenberger Room
Lower Level
Lichtenberger Room 
Choir Room
10:00 am

Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Choir

11:15 am  Coffee Hour
Youth Group Chili Sale
Mil Milagros Artesania Sale
Great Hall
Middle Room
Great Hall 
5:00 pm  Messiah Sing  Sanctuary 

Adult Formation for Advent - "The Way of Love - Practices for Jesus centered Life'

This past summer at General Convention, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invited Episcopalians to join him on The Way of Love, describing it in this way:

Before they were called "church" or "Christian," this Jesus Movement was simply called "the way."

...how can we together grow more deeply with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world?

The deep roots of our Christian tradition may offer just such a path. For centuries, monastic communities have shaped their lives around rhythms and disciplines for following Jesus together. Such a pattern is known as a "Rule of Life." The framework you now hold - The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life - outlines a Rule for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.

The Way of Love is organized around seven practices - Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest. Each Sunday during our seven-week Advent, we will explore a different practice as it relates to the Advent season of expectation. You can learn more about The Way of Love by clicking HERE.


  This Sunday, our practice focus will be: Worship - Advent Hymns & Canticles from the Book of Revelation
"When we worship, we gather with others before God. We hear the Good News of Jesus, give thanks, confess, and offer the brokenness of the world to God." The Way of Love

12/2 Mission Sunday: Bridgewater State Hospital Holiday Bag Donations 

The Prison Ministry Group at St. Paul's is collecting items to fill gift bags for the men incarcerated at Bridgewater State Hospital, a medium-security psychiatric prison hospital. This Sunday is our Mission Sunday event, which is taking place from 9 to 10 am in the middle room/Food Pantry area. We're collecting the following items: Caffeine-free tea (boxes of tea bags)
Liquid body wash (the men at Bridgewater can't have bar soap)
Shampoo (any size)

We'll provide food, coffee, and more information about our group's goals, as well as about some of the issues involved in criminal justice and incarceration. Please stop by!

If you have any questions, please contact Leahanne Sarlo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Chili Sale:
It is cold, wet, and icky outside which means that is must be time for the High School Youth Chili Sale to benefit Be An Angel Shopping! Be ready to load up on quarts of meat and vegan chili this Sunday after the 10am service!  1 Quart for $10 or 3 Quarts for $25  (P.S. Each quart comes with 4 corn muffins!)

45th Annual Messiah Sing:
The Messiah Sing is one of the more beloved annual traditions at St. Paul's. For many it is a central part of their Advent ritual. Come make the Messiah your own this year! Listen to solos sung by our talented soloists from the Choir, and sing your heart out on the wonderful choruses, offering up this great music as the true prayer it is. The Messiah Sing is free and open to everyone. 

Mil Milagros Artesania Sale: December 2 

This week at St. Paul's

Tuesday, December 4

7:00 pm

Knitting Group

Lichtenberger Room

Wednesday, December 5 7:00 am
7:00 pm
Choir Rehearsal
Lichtenberger Room
Choir Room/Sanctuary

Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) Meeting: December 9 

Ministry Outside the Parish (M.O.P.) will be holding a committee meeting on Sunday, December 9 after the 10:00am service in the Lichtenberger Room. We look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions please refer to our website or speak to Matshai Motimele or Tim Hintz. 

Blue Christmas Service: December 16 @ 5:00pm 

The Christmas season can be challenging. Our "Blue Christmas" service allows us to find a calm and quiet place to contemplate our lives and families, the year just past and the one to come.

If you are interested in helping to plan the liturgy for our Blue Christmas service, please contact Rev. Elise Feyerherm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Volunteer for the BE AN ANGEL PROJECT 

The holiday season is a stressful time for many individuals and families, but it is especially challenging for those people who are facing economic tough times. The St. Paul's Be an Angel Project is special in that our congregation will be assisting in the process of placing huge smiles on the faces of 50+ children of all ages and their families. 

How does it work? Each St. Paul's volunteer will be matched with a child's wish list. This wish list is provided by the Brookline Community Mental Health Center. You will shop for the items on the wish list (approximately $100 per child) and return the unwrapped items to St. Paul's by Sunday, December 16. If you and your family would like to participate, please email Paul Daigneault at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to be matched with a child and his or her wish list. 

Not a shopper? We are happy to accept your cash donation or gift card toward this program. Thank you for offering the time, energy, and financial resources to purchase gifts that will help to make the holidays a magical time for many children and families.

I am also looking for one or two adult volunteers to help administer the program this season. Email me for details!

The St. Paul's Christmas Pageant is right around the corner !  


 It's Advent! It's time to sign up for the Pageant!  

The St. Paul's Christmas Pageant is right around the corner and it is time to start thinking about which role you or your child might like to play. This year the Pageant will be on December 23 during the 10am service. Please click the link HERE to sign you or your child up for the pageant. The rehearsal dates are listed below. Please let me know if you have any questions. We are looking forward to another wonderful pageant this year! 

Sunday, December 9 @ 8:45 AM: Rehearsal for actors with speaking parts; costume fitting for non-speaking parts 

Sunday, December 16 @ 8:45 AM: Rehearsal for All Actors 

Sunday, December 16 @ 11:30 AM: Costume fitting for speaking parts 

Saturday, December 22,  @ 9:00AM-12:00PM: Dress rehearsal, lunch, and party for all actors 

Sunday, December 23 @ 8:45 AM: Dress rehearsal and pageant (performed at 10:00 service)

Special Advent and Christmas Services 

Join us every Sunday at 8:00 and 10:00am

December 16        5:00 pm           Blue Christmas   

December 23        10:00 am         Christmas Pageant

                               5:00 pm          Candlelight Carols

December 24     Christmas Eve

                               2:00 pm          Tots and Toddlers Service

                               5:00 pm          Festive Service for All Ages

                               11:00 pm        Candlelight Service

December 25     Christmas Day

                               10:00 am         Festive Eucharist

December 30     First Sunday after Christmas

                               10:00 am         Christmas Lessons and Carols

Vestry Invite

During our upcoming Vestry meetings, we will be discussing the ideas of "Invite, Welcome, Connect" a framework for enacting a church's mission and work. Members of the parish are always invited to Vestry meetings, and you may be interested in participating in these discussions from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. The business portion of the meeting follows and you are welcome to stay. Meeting dates December 18 and January 15.  Please contact Leah Rugen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Julie House,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you have any questions. 

Yoga at St. Paul's Has Resumed - Join us every Wednesday morning @ 7am 

Please join us at 7am on Wednesday mornings each week. Yoga is a great way to start the day! 

Traditional Hatha yoga with "spiritual invocation" often coupled with brief meditation to begin class. Everyone at any level welcome from never having done yoga to wherever you are in your current practice. Bring your own mat, or rely on ones we have here.

If you have questions about our yoga practice, please direct them to our yoga teacher, Martha Curtis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Serving us this week


The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello     

Presider  The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm   
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Director of Music and Organist  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  John Ferguson 
Crucifer  Sarah Dulla 
Torchbearers  Delilah Chapman and Elliana Clarkson 
Lectors  Julie House and Edward Jacobson 
Prayers of the People  Jason Fairchild 
Chalice Bearers Georgia Smith and Leahanne Sarlo 
Healing Prayers  Beverly Estes-Smargiassi and Steve Morrissey 
Eucharistic Visitor  Leah Rugen 
Altar Guild  8:00am: Ann Colageo
10:00am: Sharlene Wing and Viva Fischer 
Offering Counters  Brett Foster, Jeannie Baca, and Julie House 
Greeters  The Greeters Team    
Ushers  The Ushers Team
Coffee Hour Host Hannah Haynes     

Click here to view the server spreadsheet. If you need to make a change, please find someone to swap with and let your ministry leader know so that the server spreadsheet can be updated. 

Celebrations and Prayers 


We celebrate and remember the birthdays of Jim Zaremba, Eston Campbell, Tess Mattern, Emma Snover, and Charles Bales.


Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Ruth R., Alexander T., Helmut T., Fran C., Harry B., Faye M., Roger H. Sr., Anne C., Tracey G., Alissa P., Laura R., Alice G., Denise E., Bill B., those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C., and those in the Ordination process: Tammy Hobbs Miracky and Lauren Lukason.   

Scripture Readings

Click HERE for the readings.

Sunday Worship Bulletin for November 25, 2018

 Please click HERE to view our worship bulletin for this coming Sunday, 12/2/18.  

Wherever you are on your journey with or toward God,
you are welcome and invited at St. Paul's!

Abundant Blessings,

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brookline


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