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This Sunday at St. Paul's:

March 17, 2019

The Second Sunday in Lent

8:00 am  

Contemplative Service of Holy Communion  Sanctuary 
9:00 am  Adult Formation
Choir Rehearsal
Church School
Lichtenberger Room
Choir Room
Lower Level
Lower Level
10:00 am

Holy Eucharist with Sermon and Joyful Voice Chorus   

11:15 am   Coffee Hour  Great Hall 
11:30 am  Ministry Leader Luncheon  Lichtenberger Room 


This Week at St. Paul's
Monday, March 18 8:30 am -
5:00 pm
Eat, Pray, Work @ Church Great Hall
Tuesday, March 19 10:30 am
7:30 pm
Staff Meeting
Vestry Meeting
Lichtenberger Room
Lichtenberger Room
Wednesday, March 20 7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary
Thursday, March 21 7:30 pm Discernment Committee (J. House) Lichtenberger Room
Friday, March 22 6:30 pm Lenten House Church  
Saturday, March 23 9am-3pm Lenten Quiet Day  
Adult Ed During Lent and Easter

How Do We Forgive? How Are We Forgiven? 


The Adult Education Forums during Lent will focus on Forgiveness; what it is, what it isn't and how we engage with it. Using The Book of Forgiving by Desmond and Mpho Tutu, we will spend 10 weeks together exploring these questions.  Each week, there will be time for learning and conversation, prayer, meditation and the opportunity to continue work independently in between Sundays.  You do not need the book, or to read the book.  Our time together will form the center of this conversation.

Prison Ministry Group Book Drive

Thank you again to everyone who has signed up for a request letter in our book drive! Those who have not yet received their letter will be receiving one soon; there are definitely enough to cover everyone who has signed up, and there are still a couple available if you have been meaning to sign up but haven't had the chance. Also, please let me know if you would prefer to participate by contributing funds toward book orders. 

I'll make an announcement on Sunday as to whether the second "wave" of letters has arrived and, if they have, where and when you can stop by to pick yours up.

Contact Leahanne with questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Eat, Pray, Work @ Church (Mondays during Lent)   


Do you work from home or the coffee shop on Mondays? Join us during Lent as we work, pray and eat together. Free wifi, coffee and a soup lunch provided. We'll begin with Morning Prayer at 8:30am, pause for Noonday Prayer at 12:00pm and finish our day with Evening Prayer at 4:30pm. Come every Monday, or just one; for the whole day or just a part.

Eat, Pray, Work @ Church:

Monday Dates during Lent: March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15

Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     

Upcoming Small Group Opportunities 

Small groups provide an opportunity for more informal and intimate prayer, for fellowship, support, and deeper learning about our faith tradition. In a small group we can connect more directly and deeply with other Christians, in a way that is not always possible on Sunday mornings.



Walk In Love: Episcopal Beliefs & Practices:

Based on the book of the same name by Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe, this small group will explore what it means to be a Christian in the Anglican/Episcopal tradition.  

Even if you have not been to a previous meeting, you are most welcome to join us! Our next meeting dates are April 9 and May 14 at

7 pm. Some copies of the book are still available in the parish office. Contact the Rev. Elise Feyerherm for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Please join us!  

Invitation to Meditation on the Fruit of the Spirit:

Lenten House Church has begun 

"Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

gentleness and self-control." These words are so familiar, but what do they mean in our daily lives? In our modern world? This Lent we will meditate and listen, reflect and share in community. Join us for a simple meal and fellowship in parishioners' homes. Lenten house church has been a tradition at St. Paul's for over a decade. Whether your are new to the idea or have been participating for years, we hope you will join for prayer, song, and reflection on Friday evenings: March 15, 22, 29, and April 5 and 12.

Sign up HERE to host, bring food, or facilitate our time together.  



Lenten Day of Reflection and Prayer:

March 23 @ St. Paul's: 11am - 5pm 

Featuring a screening of Traces of the Trade - a film documenting the DeWolf family's journey in facing their own complicity in the slave trade in colonial Rhode Island.

Post-screening conversation led by Dain & Constance Perry, members of the DeWolf family and experienced facilitators of conversations on racism and faith. The day's agenda can be found by clicking HERE.  

Education for Ministry (EfM) Information Session
March 31 at 11:30 am in the Lichtenberger Room

Education for Ministry (EfM) is coming to St. Paul's! If you are an adult who is interested in wrestling with questions of Christian faith, scripture, theology, meaning in life, spirituality, justice, and ethical action, you will want to come and learn more about EfM on March 31 at 11:30 am. Our EfM group will start in September and meet weekly during the school year. Enrollment is limited to twelve and is open to all - not just St. Paul's parishioners. For all of the detailed information and inspiring stories from EfM alumni, come to the information session. You may also contact Leah Rugen for more information now: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 617-470-1755

Come and gather with Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry



1:30 - 3pm; Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont Street, Boston

Pizza and special conversation program with middle and high school youth and their adult mentors. Youth groups register in advance at www.diomassyouth.org 


3-4:30pm; Cathedral Church of St. Paul will host community gathering space and a Ministry Fair showcasing ministry programs across the diocese.


5pm; Boston Common

Gather and be inspired, challenged and blessed as Bishop Curry

proclaims the transforming power of walking the "Way of Love"

with Jesus. Everyone is welcome for this public witness.

Come prepared for whatever weather the day brings.

Chairs will be available for those who need them.



3-4pm; Grace Church, 133 School Street, New Bedford

Panel Conversation with Bishop Curry, Bishop Barbara C. Harris and

House of Deputies Vice President Byron Rushing

How well does the Episcopal Church measure up to its "big tent" ideal? Come for a provocative panel conversation with three distinguished Episcopal Church leaders sharing their unique perspectives. Reception follows. Seating will be first come, first served.

Details and updates at www.diomass.org/pb-visit

Visit to the Islamic Center of Boston in Wayland: March 24

Following up on our conversations with our Muslim neighbors in January and February, we have an opportunity to visit the Islamic Center of Boston (in Wayland) after church on Sunday, March 24. We'll receive a tour of the center and have a chance for continued conversation. Please contact the Rev. Elise Feyerherm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested so that we can have a rough estimate of how many people are coming. Please join us, even if you weren't able to attend the earlier sessions! 

Calendar for Lent 2019

  Sundays in Lent: March 17, 24, 31, April 7 at 8 and 10 am

  Friday House Churches:  March 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12 at 6:30 pm

  Lenten Quiet Day:  March 23, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Holy Week

All services at St. Paul's, except where noted

  The Sunday of the Passion:  Palm Sunday, April 14 at 8 and 10 am

                                                Blessing of the Palms at 9:30 am, St. Mark's Park

                                                at Park & Marion Street in Coolidge Corner     

  Choral Compline:  Monday, April 15 at 7 pm, All Saints Church

  Taize Service:  Tuesday, April 16 at 7 pm

  Choral Tenebrae: Wednesday, April 17 at 7 pm, Church of Our Saviour

  Maundy Thursday:  April 18, Agape meal at 6:30 pm, Service at 7 pm

  Good Friday:  April 19,  Stations of the Cross at 11 am

                                       Good Friday Liturgy at 12 pm

                                       Children's Good Friday Service at 4 pm

                                       Stations of the Cross at 6 pm

                                       Good Friday Liturgy at 7 pm

Easter Services

  The Great Vigil of Easter:  Saturday, April 20 at 7 pm

  Sunday of the Resurrection:  April 21, Sunrise Service at 6:30 am, Larz Anderson Park

                                                     9 and 11 am, St. Paul's Church

Serving us this week

Preacher  The Rev. Elise A. Feyerherm   
Presider  The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello  
Deacon  The Ven. Pat Zifcak 
Director of Music and Organist  Andrew E. Clarkson 
Music Ministers  Joyful Voice Chorus 
Verger  Kendall Gray 
Server  Julie House 
Crucifer  Austin Jewell 
Torchbearers  Mark Hopkin and Elior Zaremba 
Lectors   Tim Hintz and Angie Marks 
Prayers of the People  Beverly Estes-Smargiassi 
Chalice Bearers Leahanne Sarlo and Madeleine Taylor 
Healing Prayers  Julie Starr and Angie Marks 
Eucharistic Visitor   John Ferguson 
Altar Guild  8:00 am: Maryann Kurkjian
10:00 am:  Elisabeth Choi and Beverly Estes-Smargiassi 
Offering Counters  Kate Kelley and Tim Hintz 
Greeters  The Greeters Team   
Ushers  The Ushers Team
Coffee Hour Hosts Beverly and Steve Estes-Smargiassi 

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 Elizabeth Forti, Elisabeth Choi, Ryan Rubino, Jean Elder, Sarah Barbrow, Laura Tanis, and Liz Gmoser, and we give thanks for the birth of Mateo Christopher Lynch Bransfield, born February 25 to Timothy Bransfield and Andrea Lynch Bransfield, brother of Lucas and grandson of Maria O'Meara and Marcia Lynch.   


Jennifer L., Felina R., the Children and Staff of Mil Milagros, Janet R., David F., Kendall G., Helmut T., Fran C., Harry B., Faye M., Roger H. Sr., Anne C., Tracey G., Alissa P., Laura R., Alice G., Denise E., Jane L., Dottie S., John M., Tom C., Sona H., Miranda, Eileen and  John P.,

Silas P., Robert R., Carolyn R., Jenifer L., Nick S., Martha C., the Family of Allison D., Miriam F., those in the military: Lucas S., Hana L., and Jamie C., and those in the Ordination process: Tammy Hobbs Miracky, Lauren Lukason, and Hal Edmonson.   

Sunday Morning Worship Bulletin for March 17, 2019.

 Please click HERE to view our worship bulletin for this coming Sunday, 3/17/19.

Scripture Readings

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35           

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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