Dean’s Letter: The Shape of our Liturgy

Hello St Paul’s, Anyone who attends an Episcopal Sunday service more than once or twice knows that we have a certain structure to our worship services. The Book of Common Prayer is a great treasure, not least because it provides this structure, so that clergy don’t have to invent the service from whole cloth each … READ MORE…

In Community There is Strength

From our Simpler Living creation care ministry:Coming on the tail of Bishop Susan’s compelling statement on the climate emergency, this Yes! Magazine article is especially helpful. You can join Simpler Living or one of the many groups forming to act on climate change. The most important thing is to get empowered – and together is even better, not only … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Do you want to be made well?

May 22, 2022 Sixth Sunday of EasterPenelope Bridges As I went down to the river to prayStudying about that good ol’ wayAnd who shall wear the starry crownGood Lord, show me the way O sisters, let’s go downLet’s go down, come on downO sisters, let’s go downDown to the river to pray. Traditional American Hymn … READ MORE…

Bishop Curry’s Message, Support Indian Boarding schools & Prayer

From Our Sacred Ground in Action Committee (SGIA): First, we mourn the tragic deaths and suffering from the shootings in Buffalo, NY and Orange County this past week.  Click here to read Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Pastoral Statement. Action: The Episcopal Public Policy Network asks: Please take this moment to contact your members of Congress to urge the passage of … READ MORE…

Landscaping, Action & Prayer

From our Simpler Living creation care ministry: Register for this free Zoom program sponsored by Stay Cool for Grandkids, May 26 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  Three experts will offer nature-based solutions like community gardens, backyard gardens, and water harvesting systems as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the resilience of our water … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: Episcopal History

Hello St. Paul’s, The history and identity of our church, the Episcopal Church, is complicated. Like most Christian denominations we are the product of a historic split; our name, Episcopal, is used by several denominations; and as part of the Anglican Communion we are part of a particular ethnic tradition. I want to say a … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: All Things are New

Rev. Richard Hogue Jr.May, 15, 2022             Welcome, visitors and good people of St. Paul’s, to another Sunday in Easter, among these great fifty days. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a month since we all celebrated the vigil, and the night before the great dawn of that singular holy day. Twenty working days … READ MORE…

Good news for God’s Creation

From our Simpler Living Creation Care ministry And we sure can use some….Celebrate this wonderful state milestone with us: “‘California busts past 100% on this historic day for clean energy!’ tweeted Dan Jacobson, senior advisor to Environment California, who ran the campaign for SB 100, California’s 2018 law requiring the state to use 100% clean energy by 2045”. California … READ MORE…

Dean’s Letter: Reproductive Choice

Hello St. Paul’s, In light of last week’s leaked draft of a US Supreme Court opinion about Roe vs Wade, a number of people have asked me what the Episcopal Church’s position is on a woman’s right to choose. You may already know that the Episcopal Church tends towards nuanced positions: as the self-appointed guardians … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Messiah & Shepherd

Good Shepherd Sunday, May 8 2022Penelope BridgesMessiah and Shepherd Once again we are jumping around the Gospels; leaping backwards from last week’s post-Easter breakfast on the beach to the middle of John’s Gospel, where Jesus is still doing the signs that demonstrate who he is, for those who have eyes to see. This conversation with … READ MORE…

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