The theme for this Friday email is “The joy of singing our praise to God.”
We have been treated to the weekly scholarship of Bob Judd by his regular column in this Friday email of background on the hymns for our Sunday worship. I’ll miss Bob’s scholarly and spiritual offering after he leaves us. It has edified our “praise to God.” Thank you, Bob.
As we begin to enter fully into the summer months of July and August at St. Paul’s, we will adjust our worship on Sunday to be a more leisurely experience. Last summer many people reported to me that they wished we would have offered just one time of summer worship instead of two. The feeling was that the summer months of July and August give us a chance to co-mingle with each other in worship. Summertime worship offers a rare opportunity for people who regularly worship at one of the three Sunday services to worship and sing praises together.
In July and August our Sunday worship will be at 9:00am. The services of Holy Eucharist will be designed to be low key (less chanting) and in the spirit of “come as you are” approachability.
All services except two outdoor services, July 12 and August 9, will be in the nave with organ accompanying us in hymn singing. I invite anyone who would like to offer to play, sing a solo or offer music in an ensemble during worship to inform Susan Tyler in the Parish Office to help us plan worship.
I will be choosing the hymns as has always been my practice (BTW, choosing hymns helps prepare me for sermon-writing.) In these summer months I desire to select hymns that are familiar to most of us and even might be our favorites! But I realize that I haven’t been with St. Paul’s long enough to have a good idea of what to select. Therefore, I’m asking you to please help me! I invite you to engage us on Facebook or Twitter or both to send us your favorite hymns or songs to sing in worship this summer. Keep in mind that joyful congregational singing, praising God is our goal!
I won’t be able to guarantee FOR SURE that your hymn will be selected. But I’ll to my best to include a broad range of “The Top Hits of St. Paul’s Hymn-singing!”
I hope you enjoy your weekend! And thanks for helping us plan for summer congregational singing!
In the joy of Christ,
A Note on Sunday’s Music
Our Sunday 10:30 service begins with Louis Vierne’s “Meditation,” an early twentieth-century work that is evocative and a little mysterious. Our first hymn is “The church’s one foundation.” The progression of verses is an excellent “sermon in a nutshell.” It was written by Samuel J. Stone in 1866 with a tune by Samuel S. Wesley. Before the Gospel we sing “Come, labor on,” written by Jane Borthwick in 1859. It is a joyful yet commanding exhortation for us to take up God’s call and serve the Lord in daily life, at every turn, well suited to Jesus’s words describing the “harvest” in the Gospel. The choir’s anthem is “Alleluia,” by Randall Thompson. This is a lovely acclamation of a single word that ebbs and flows through quiet and joyful moods. At communion we sing “Father, we thank thee, who hast planted,” from the ancient church, translated and reworked by Bland Tucker (1939). It is oriented to the eucharist, and its unifying nature. For a choral blessing today, the Judd sisters (Katie, Hannah, and Sarah) sing “May the road rise up to meet you,” by John Rutter (about 1980), a traditional Irish blessing. Our final hymn is “Love divine, all loves excelling,” by Charles Wesley (1739). Many believe it to be one of the greatest of the thousands of hymns he wrote. Its prayer is for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit; its last line, “Lost in wonder, love, and praise” was used for the title of our hymnal supplement. The service concludes with a spirited “Toccata” by Dutch composer Flor Peeters (1950) that affirms our joyful response to God’s blessings.
This Sunday, June 14
On the second Sunday of the month the plate offering is designated to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund.
Thanks to Katie, Hannah, and Sarah Judd, who offer the choral blessing at the 10:30 service today.
After 10:30 worship. Please be sure to be present to say “good-bye” to the Judd family at fellowship hour. The entire Judd family will be with us. Come thank our good friends in Christ and help to send them to their next destination with our gratitude and God’s blessing.
9:30 a.m. St. Paul’s Family Worship, where we praise God with our outdoor voices! Our bible stories today teach us Moses was right: the ground is holy! Jesus was right: “the earth produces of itself!” Come celebrate dirt and seeds!
Friday, June 19, 5:30-7:00 p.m. A Night in the Dominican Republic. Great Hall, St. Paul’s Church. Please mark your calendars for a special evening of food, entertainment and fun for all ages! This is a fundraiser for the high school youth group’s 2016 journey to the Dominican Republic. Teens, parents and youth group leaders will prepare and serve authentic dishes from the Dominican culture, in a festive atmosphere that will include activities for children and musical offerings for all. Tickets will be on sale after the 8:00 and 10:30 services Today. Please come help us celebrate and support our journey!
FUTURE DATES. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Sunday, June 28, 1pm-2:30pm, NEWCOMERS’ BRUNCH, Rector’s home. The St. Paul’s Vestry invites our guests and newcomers to this time of fellowship, friendship and dining on delicious food. WHERE: 43 Spring Street, Brunswick, Maine. Please contact the Parish Office to RSVP.
Friday, August 21, 7:00 p.m. A showing of the movie Wall E, outdoors weather permitting.
Window Dresser Project St. Paul’s Church will once again be the sponsor church for the 2015 Window Dresser Project. Many of us that took advantage of these window inserts are quite happy that we had this added protection this winter. If you are interested in more information about these inserts or would like to have your windows measured, please make contact at the following email: email@example.com. Measuring is scheduled to begin in June with our build scheduled for the week of September 28.
Diaper Drive. St. Paul’s is a drop off site for the United Way Diaper Drive from May 4 until June 26. Look for the large box at the parking lot door. uwmcm.org/Diapers.
Sermons. Is there a sermon you wanted to hear a second time? Perhaps you were away and missed a sermon of particular interest. Effective May 3, we have begun recording sermons. Bill Edman has graciously agreed to manage the recorder. After processing, they are available on our web site (Worship and Care ? Sermons). If anyone is interested in sharing the job with Bill or if interested in processing the recording (computer skills needed; it can be done at home), please contact the rector, wardens or the office. We are also seeking feedback. If you have listened to a recorded sermon: Was it easy to access and hear; was it helpful spiritually? This capability might be particularly useful if dealing with shut-ins (family members, LPV, etc.)
Yard Sale The High School youth are having a yard sale the end of August. They are currently collecting items. Please call 721-3203. Nancy Johnson and Ally Collins will arrange a time to collect items from your house. It’s so easy, you don’t have to go outside! Items may also be brought and dropped off at St. Paul’s Church-just let them know with a call!
BION Teen Camp. BION Teen Camp is for everyone completing grades 6-12. The camp is a collaboration by people from churches all over our diocese. Clergy this year will be the Revs. Kit Wang and Tim Higgins. It’s a diocesan youth event that is located on beautiful Lake Megunticook at Bishopswood from Tuesday to Saturday, August 18-22. Because most counselors are volunteers, the early-bird price (before June 20) is $235. After that date, the cost is $265. Financial aid is available. Registration is at maineyouth.org.
Summer Sunday Worship for July & August will be at 9:00 a.m.
July 5, 19, 26 Holy Eucharist in the nave with the singing of familiar hymns.
July 12 Outdoors in the style of 9:30 Worship followed by picnic brunch.
August 2, 16, 23, 30 Holy Eucharist in the nave with the singing of familiar hymns.
August 9 Outdoors in the style of 9:30 Worship followed by picnic brunch.
Singer Summer Workshops: Emily Isaacson, Oratorio Chorale Director, and Mary Sullivan, Artist-In-Residence, are presenting singing workshops at St. Paul’s June 23-July 28. The workshops are open to singers at all levels of experience, ranging from sight-singing and how to read music, to advanced vocal technique and several sections of choral music history. Singers may enroll in any of the dozen workshops. Flyers for the workshops, with course descriptions, are on the bulletin board across from the elevator. For further information, please contact Terry Leitzell at 725-4764 or firstname.lastname@example.org
United Baptist Church of Topsham is planning a vacation Bible school for children ages 5 – 11 from 9 a.m. – Noon, June 22 – 26
FMI: Contact Rebecca Odom (email@example.com)