A Note from the Rector
Dear St. Paul’s,
In these last few days before Easter, I am full of gratitude for the experience of spending the holy seasons of Lent and Easter with you, and for the contributions of so many to our worship, from all who wrote reflections in our Lenten meditation booklet way back in January and February, to the Flower Guild who will be here Saturday morning to prepare the church for Easter. The electronic newsletter will take a break next week and return to your inboxes on Thursday, April 12. Below are the highlights of what’s going on between now and then.
– Will
The Rev. William Peyton
Holy Week and Easter at St. Paul's
Today, 5:30 p.m.Maundy Thursday Eucharist with foot washing
Childcare will be provided.
Music Selections:
Organ: Ubi caritas et amor by Gerald Near (b. 1942)
I give to you a new commandment by Peter Nardone (b. 1965)
Ave verum corpus by Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Friday, March 30Good Friday
7:30 a.m.
This service will be in the chapel with no music.
This service includes musical meditations by Deke Polifka (organ), Daniel Hine (piano), Margaret Lee (harp) and Kevin Warren (jazz piano), and reflections by St. Paul's clergy. The service will end at 3 p.m. Please feel free to come and go as you wish.
5:30 p.m.
The evening service will feature a small choral ensemble singing a beautiful setting of the Passion according to John set to ancient plainsong, with choral responses by Tomás Luis de Victoria (c. 1548-1611). Childcare will be provided.
Saturday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.Easter Vigil with Baptism
A festive reception will follow in the parish hall and childcare is provided during the service.
Music selections:
Sicut cervus desiderat by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594)
Most Glorious Lord of Life by William Harris (1883-1973)
Organ: Toccata in G by Théodore Dubois (1837-1924) 
Sunday, April 1Easter Day
7:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
The first service of Easter morning will follow the form of our weekly early morning service: Rite I in the chapel with no music.
9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
Both services will feature music for choir, organ, and brass. At the 9 a.m. service, the junior choir will also sing. An Easter egg hunt immediately follows the 9 a.m. service on the front lawn. Nursery care is available throughout both services.
Music selections:
Risen Lord by Barry Rose (b. 1934) Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m. only
Most Glorious Lord of Life by William Harris (1883-1973) 11:15 a.m. only
Lift your voice, rejoicing by Roland Martin (b. 1955) 
A Repeating Alleluia by Calvin Hampton (1938-1984)
Organ/Brass: Grand Choeur Dialogue by Eugène Gigout (1844-1925)
Toccata from Symphony No. 5 by Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
5:30 p.m.Holy Eucharist
Our Easter evening celebration will follow the form of our weekly 5:30 p.m. service. The Rev. Heather Baggett will be our guest celebrant and the Rev. Dr. Heather Warren will preach.
Upcoming at St. Paul's
Monday, April 2Office closed (Easter Monday holiday)
Monday, April 2, 9 p.m.Compline (chancel)
Tuesday, April 3, 10 a.m.Funeral for Bob Marsh
Tuesday, April 3, 12:15 p.m.Holy Eucharist (chapel)
Wednesday, April 4, 5:30 p.m.Evening Prayer with Bishop Susan Goff
At the first Wednesday service of Easter season we welcome our Suffragan Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Susan Goff, who will preach at a brief, informal service and then join our Canterbury students for their weekly gathering.
Sunday, April 8Second Sunday of Easter
Seminarian Gwynn Crichton, raised up for ordination by St. Paul's, will visit as our guest preacher at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services. Following the 10 a.m. service, Gwynn will speak briefly about her experience during her first year of studies at Virginia Theological Seminary, and take questions during a reception in her honor.
Wednesdays in Easter season
The Junior Choir will resume rehearsals on Wednesday, April 11 (4:30-5:20 p.m.) continuing on Wednesdays through May 2, with a performance in church on Sunday, May 13 (Mother's Day). Rehearsals end in time for choir families to attend the weekly brief, informal Evening Prayer service at 5:30, followed by a parish-wide dinner for all in the parish hall at 6. New choristers are welcome to join for this final session of the academic year, and should contact Deke Polifka (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for further information.
St. Paul's News and Notes
A Note about the Good Friday Offering – Our Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, has asked the whole Church to honor the tradition, dating to 1922, of directing Good Friday offerings to the ministries of the Church in the Holy Land. The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East is the home of many of our most marginalized and persecuted Anglican brothers and sisters, including the faithful in Iran, Iraq, Syria, the Arabian Peninsula, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa, as well as in Israel and Palestine. From its center at St. George's Cathedral in Jerusalem, under the leadership of its archbishop, the Most Rev. Suheil Dawani, the Church offers extraordinary witness to Christ's healing and reconciliation, serving Christians and non-Christians alike in schools, hospitals, clinics, and refugee-assistance programs, and providing comfort and care in ancient Christian communities, some of whom face the possibility of extinction. All undesignated offerings at St. Paul's on Good Friday will go to the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Please be generous.
An Invitation from the Flower Guild – The Flower Guild invites the congregation to join in the joy of adorning the church for Easter. Please help us to create the window baskets on Saturday, March 31, immediately following a brief Holy Saturday service with the rector at 9 a.m. No experience needed, all are welcome. Additionally, please bring any flowering blossoms, branches, or greenery that you may have in your garden to the church by Saturday morning at 9 a.m. to be used for Easter.
Easter Vigil Bells – The first proclamation of Easter happens every year partway through the Easter Vigil. It is a moment that is both solemnly joyous and raucously loud. Please come prepared to make some noise! Bells, car keys, rattles, and all festive noisemakers are welcome.
Easter Egg Hunt – All children are invited to participate in an Easter egg hunt on the front lawn on Easter Sunday, April 1, immediately following the 9 a.m. service.
Generation Wise – Generation Wise, a St. Paul's group which builds community among our older members, will meet Tuesday, April 3, from 2 - 3:30 p.m. in the church lounge. The group will continue their discussion of Thomas Moore’s book A Religion of One’s Own. Participants are urged to read through Part Two. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, contact Jean or Bill Sherman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-975-1605.
African Development Project News – Our Harambee* fundraising dinner will take place in the St. Paul's parish hall on Wednesday, April 18, following the 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer service. We are holding it early this year because Chris Macoloo, World Neighbors Director for Africa, will be visiting from Kenya and will be our speaker. Kate Schecter, World Neighbors’ CEO, will be here as well. All are invited to enjoy a festive dinner after the 5:30 service and learn from Chris about the MABUTA project in Uganda, which enables villagers to grow more food, raise goats and chickens, form savings and credit groups, and improve their health. (Kelli Olson and Cindy Cartwright visited this project with Chris last June). Since 1985 ADP has been partnering with projects in East Africa, and this is one of the projects we currently support. Join us for dinner and an informative talk. Please RSVP to the church office, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-295-2156. If you would like to help with food or set-up, contact Kelli Olson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.*Harambee means “pulling together” and describes a Kenyan custom: When a family needs a new roof or a cow, for example, they hold a big party with lots of food, and the guests make a gift of money as they leave. 
Stewardship 2018: Growing Together in the Discipline of Generosity – A pledge is a statement of intention and belonging. It’s a way of saying, “I’m in. This is my church.” If that’s the way you feel about St. Paul’s, and you haven't yet made a pledge for 2018, you can make your pledge here or fill out a pledge card and bring it or mail it to church, or call or email the office. For a conversation about what pledging might mean for you, or how you might come up with an amount, contact the Rector (434-295-2156 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); for questions about logistics, accounting, or payment methods, contact Financial Secretary Martha Loach (434-295-2156 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
Prayers of the Parish
Holding each other's joys, sorrows and concerns before God in prayer is a spiritual practice that characterizes our life together at St. Paul's. In our worship services we pray each other's prayers together. Outside of our time together many parishioners make it part of their daily lives to pray the prayers of the parish community. You are invited to participate in your own way.
Thanks be to God
for the musical contribution of the MIRA Early Music Ensemble, under the direction of Raven Hunter, as our guest choir at last night’s Tenebrae service.
for the hospitality and generosity of Renee Fuller, Peggy Galloway, and Theresa McCullough, who prepared dinner for our students last Sunday.
for the faithful witness of our Bishops, our Canterbury students, and other parishioners who participated in last weekend’s demonstrations against gun violence in Charlottesville and Washington.
for the Canterbury and youth group readers at last week's Palm Sunday services.
for the faith and generosity of all who support the life and ministries of St. Paul's, including all of the pledgers who have made financial commitments for 2018.
Your prayers are requested
for St. Paul's this Holy Week, that our worship and prayers this week would prepare us to be faithful witnesses to God’s transforming love.
for members and friends of the parish who are sick, sorrowful, or in any kind of trouble, including David Nelson, Karin, Anne, Evelyn, Betty, Robert & Dorothy, Anne, Mary Elizabeth Beck, Ruth, Derek, Elizabeth, Guy & Mary Ann, Brett Blizzard, David, Bud, Lila M., Eleanor, the Barbour family, Mary, Sandra Bolton, Ronald, Sophie, Jane, Pierce, Sarah, Richard, Sammie, Doug, Tim, Lana, Andre, Libba, Doug, Roger, Finley & his family, Lowell, Stephanie, Fiona & her family, Betty & Bill, Fritz, Sierra, Thomas, Elizabeth, Jason Corbin, Sherlene Henry, Gordon Fillingane, Donald & Carol, Brooke & Forest, Jim, Matti, Jonathan, Harry Burt, Amanda's family & the VIA staff, Marianne.
for the Youth Group as they prepare for their trip to New York City April 6-8, and for the students and chaperones who will participate in the Nightwatch program at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and volunteer in the soup-kitchen ministry of All Saints Episcopal Church.
for St. Paul’s volunteers preparing to host the PACEM shelter, April 7-14, and for all the men who will be our guests.
for those preparing for Holy Matrimony, including Laura Boorman and David Truesdale, to be married at St. Paul’s on April 14.
for those preparing for Baptism at the Easter Vigil, including Melanie, Ainsley, & Wythe Rightmyer, and Lena & Pia Tavernise.
for parishoners preparing for Confirmation or Reception in April, including Sophia Espie, Kate Landis, Peter Morris, Melanie Rightmyer, and Emily Webber.
for neighbors who are homeless or struggling to pay rent, and for all our partners in IMPACT as we continue to seek housing justice in our community.
for the members of the Search & Nominating Committee of our Diocese, including parishioner Mildred Robinson, as they seek our next Bishop Suffragan; and for the person God will call to that work.
for our search process at St. Paul’s as we seek our next Associate Rector & University Chaplain.
for our city and community and nation; for the victims of racism, injustice, and oppression; and for all who serve the common good in law enforcement and the courts.
We commend to God’s never-failing care
victims of violence and warfare throughout the world, including migrants and refugees who have died fleeing danger.
all whom we love but see no more, including Amanda Bates; Frances Harryman, who died Wednesday night; and Bob Marsh, to be buried from St. Paul’s on Tuesday, April 2.

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m. Holy Communion
10:00 a.m. Holy Communion
5:30 p.m. Holy Communion
9:00 p.m. Compline
12:15 p.m.
Holy Communion
5:30 p.m.
Evening Prayer

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