Daily Messages from the Rector Check for new messages M-F on our Facebook page HERE. Click HERE for posts from previous weeks.
Tuesday, February 23 10:00a.m. Morning Prayer, Zoom Program We will gather for Morning Prayer:Tomorrow at 10 am on Zoom, and Thursday at 10 am in the Park across Grand from the ChurchThe worship bulletin for both services is attached above.
7:00p.m. Evening Prayer and Program, Zoom Program Evening Prayer, followed by Lent Program: "Lenten Race + Faith" What does it mean to seek God and continue to walk forward in the Way of Love, especially as it relates to issues of justice and race? Join Cara Meredith, author of The Color of Lifeand member of St. Paul’s, for a six-week interactive discussion series every Wednesday night in Lent. Each week will feature conversations with various faith leaders and authors from around the Bay Area, as well as dialogue around key themes of race and faith from her book.
To prepare, grab a copy of The Color of Lifefrom your favorite bookseller. Contact the office for an autographed copy and we’ll pop one in the mail to you.
Thursday, February 25 10:00a.m. Morning Prayer in the Park In-Person outdoors Program At Lakeside Park, across the street from the church. See map to the right.
Join us for Morning Prayer at 10am today, across Grand Avenue from St. Paul’s at Lake Merritt Park!
Please join us for a masked and socially distanced weekly lay-led Morning Prayer Service in the park near the lakeside. We will use the BCP Morning Prayer Rite 1 structure. Please feel free to bring your own folding chair if you need to be seated.
10:00 a.m. Sung Matins, streamed & Zoom Program Officiant: The Rev. Dr. Mauricio Wilson, Rector Preacher: The Rev. Anne Jensen, Assisting Priest Music Director and Organist: Christopher Kula With St. Paul's Soloists.
Since October of 2002 the choir of St. Paul’s has sung Compline on the fourth Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm. The transcendent quality of the Gregorian Chant, along with the beauty of St. Paul's Church bathed in candlelight, has made this service an oasis of peace in the lives of those who attend, both Christians and Non-Christians.
Check this listing, above, for today's program.
Join us for our streamed services, online, on our Facebook Group, and on Zoom (see Zoom links with each service listing). Click to the Facebook page, and ask to join the Group. One of us will let you in, and you can watch all live stream services as they occur, and once they end, all can be found under the Media/Videos tab.
All videos are also available on our YouTube Channel HERE.
Opportunities to gather via Zoom, include; - Most church services, see listings for links. - Morning Prayer 10am Tuesdays - Happy Hour 5pm Saturdays - Coffee Hour 9am every Sunday - Bible Study 11:30 every Sunday Details are on this page, and on the church calendar.
- Morning Prayer 10am Thursdays, across the street in Lakeside Park. No reservation needed. - Morning Prayer 9:15am Sundays. In-person with limited attendance, by reservation only. If you didn't receive one, send an email to the rector, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy 150th Anniversary, St. Paul's!
An anniversary message from the Rt. Rev. Marc H. Andrus, Bishop of California
St. Paul's is carrying on with providing food to our neighbors through the work of our Food Pantry. We are only able to continue this work because of your financial gifts and volunteer time. Thank you for all the work you do to donate to the effort! Please reach out to Archdeacon Carolyn Bolton or Father Mauricio if you would like to volunteer.
New Year’s greetings, fellow St. Paul’s parishioners! As we begin the calendar year, the work of the Regathering Task Force is nearing completion. You may well wonder why, as we don’t seem to be much more “gathered” than we did when the Task Force began its work in July! But the groundwork has been laid, and protocols for entering and seating are in place, for a measured physical regathering later this year, when health regulations allow it, and for a continuing and enhanced virtual gathering.
Work completed. At its final meeting, the Task Force looked back on the past six months, during which it had:
Organized itself into teams to look at aspects of Parish life and communicate its work to the Parish.
Conducted a survey of parishioners to determine priorities, which indicated strong interest in better live-streaming of indoor services and maintaining support for the Food Pantry.
Cleaned and decluttered the building and put in place the necessary sanitizing equipment.
Completely updated the Parish database so we can use it for better communication and for worship reservations. A worship reservation system is in place.
Arranged for and received an assessment and recommendations for ventilation of the building; possible modifications will only partially fulfill the ventilation requirements.
Received bids for an audio-visual system for better live-streaming of services now and for future renters of our space. (The Vestry subsequently approved funds to upgrade the system. Erica Derryck and Bill Davis will be evaluating the systems that received bids in the upcoming weeks.)
Recommendations going forward.
While most of these projects went well, the Task Force agreed that its work revealed the critical nature of good, intentional communication. A thoughtful, active communications group will be essential to our journey towards post-pandemic parish life.
Improvement of the audio-visual system for better live-streaming of services (see above) needs to be given the highest priority if we are to continue to be a community that worships together.
Stay safe and stay with us, everyone. We are in this together!
Carolyn Knapp, Correspondent for the St. Paul’s Regathering Task Force
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