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This Sunday at St. Paul's: January 6, 2019

The Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ and Holy Baptism

8:00 am  

Contemplative Service of Holy Communion  Sanctuary 
9:00 am  Nativity Sets from Around the World
Choir Rehearsal
Great Hall
Lower Level
Choir Room 
10:00 am

Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Choir 

11:15 am  Coffee Hour Great Hall  
11:45 am  Racial Reconciliation Group  Lichtenberger Room 

 Racial Reconciliation Group:  This Sunday at 11:45am and continuing on the first Sunday of each month, we will meet to learn about racism and to help each other to become more aware of the racism in our lives.  If you are of middle school age or older and want to become a racial reconciler, please join us. If you have questions, please contact Pat Zifcak, Deacon at 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..
Special 9:00 hour offering this coming Sunday

To celebrate the end of the Christmas season, we will gather at 9:00 am for a brief presentation about the history of the nativity scene, or creche. Jeff will bring his collection of Nativity Sets and you are invited to bring yours!  We'll spend the time in fellowship and looking at Nativity Sets from around the world. If you have one to display, please arrive by 8:45 am so you can set it up with a note card explaining its origin (e.g. "From Ghana" or "This was my grandmother's")  Let's see how many sets we can gather in the Great Hall!  The display will stay up for coffee hour after the 10:00 service.

This Week at St. Paul's

Wednesday, January 9      7:00 am        Yoga                          Lichtenberger Room
                                       7:00 pm        Choir Rehearsal          Sanctuary

Thursday, January 10        7:30 pm       Discernment                 Lichtenberger Room
                                                         Committee Meeting
                                                         (Julie H.)

Adult Formation

Learning from our Muslim Neighbors  

The season after Epiphany is all about light - what better way to observe the season than by working to remove the dark veil of ignorance that surrounds many of our perceptions of Islam and our Muslim neighbors? Facilitated by members of the Brookline Muslim Friends, this four-part series will cover a basic introduction to Islam, understanding the Quran, worship and prayer in the Muslim tradition, and gender roles in Islam. There will be numerous opportunities to ask questions and get to know our Muslim friends. Join us at 9am on January 13, January 27, February 3, and February 10 (January 20 will feature our regular intergenerational activities in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.).

Thanks for your service and presence  

To all parishioners and staff who participated, volunteered, prepared, prayed, served, and spread joy and comfort to others during our Advent and Christmas seasons...THANK YOU! Your presence in so many ways filled St. Paul's with light and many blessings.

Please stop by our Holiday Card Display  

If you would like to send a holiday card to your entire St. Paul's Family, please bring one card to put on our festive display posted outside the parish office.  This way everyone at St. Paul's can feel like they received your holiday cheer and new year well wishes.

Prison Ministry Group: Next Meeting is January 13

The first meeting of the year for the Prison Ministry Group will take place on January 13 at 11:30am in the Lichtenberger Room. Paul Kozak, a postulant in the Episcopal Church who served for several years as a prison chaplain, will be there to talk to us and answer our questions. All are welcome!

Please contact Leahanne Sarlo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any questions. Hope to see you there!

St. Paul's Annual Meeting is January 27, 2019: Call for Reports    

Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for January 27, when we will gather to discuss the business of the parish and share our hopes for our next year together. Please be reminded that if you are a ministry leader submitting a write-up for the Annual Report, the deadline for submissions is Wednesday, January 16 to allow time for compilation and completion of the report. Please email your reports to Jill in the Parish Office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To all Ministry Leaders: If you want to take a look at last years' write-up, you can click HERE  to peruse our Annual Report from last year.

Summit to Eliminate Racism in Brookline 

To Brookline Neighbors and Social Justice Advocates:

Join us on Sunday, February 10, from 11:30am - 4:00pm; location for the event will be forthcoming.  Please register by clicking HERE.

A number of social justice and anti-racism groups have formed to challenge persistent racism in Brookline, but much of the work is occurring in silos. This Summit aims to propel our community forward together--from learning to organizing, and from organizing to action.

Participants will:

  • Survey the strategies that residents and institutions are currently deploying, through personal, interpersonal, and institutional/structural;
  • Prioritize the issues most critical to justice and equity in Brookline;
  • Orient ourselves around action groups devoted to dogged pursuit of specific campaigns for change.

Members of existing institutions and coalitions as well as individuals with experience in anti-racism activism are encouraged to participate in the Summit. Please RSVP so we can make sure we have an appropriate space.

Serving us this week

Preacher and Presider  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello 
Deacon   The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Director of Music and Organist  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Lectors  Sharlene Wing and Adelaide Xie 
Prayers of the People  Julie House 
Chalice Bearers Roger House and Maryann Kurkjian 
Healing Prayers  Julie House and Angie Marks 
Eucharistic Visitor   Leah Rugen 
Altar Guild  The Altar Guild Team     
Offering Counters  Brett Foster, Jeannie Baca, and Julie House 
Greeters  The Greeters Team   
Ushers  The Ushers Team
Coffee Hour Host  The Tanis Family 

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, Memorials, and Prayers 


We celebrate and remember the birthday of Lindy Bales, and the baptism of Annalise Koczela. 


We remember especially Carl Warren Dorf Knights, in whose memory the altar flowers are given this week by Alexandra N. Dorf.     


Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., 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.   

Sunday Worship Bulletin for January 6, 2019.

 Please click HERE 

to view our worship bulletin for this coming Sunday, 1/6/19.  

Scripture Readings

Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7,10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12  

Please click HERE for the readings. 

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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