A Note from the Rector
Dear St. Paul’s,
What happened to the Old Testament reading? Did you notice that it went away? In keeping with ancient tradition, our Sunday lectionary replaces the Old Testament reading during Easter season with a lesson from the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. In this way, the Church is reminded in the season of Resurrection that, when it comes to the early apostles, we are not called to some dull task of studying and remembering them, but that we are ourselves among them in our life and ministry as members of the risen Body of Christ. Together, across time, we are the Church together.
Quoting from the second chapter of Acts, our Baptismal Covenant asks us to “continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship.” Already this Easter season, the acts of the apostles here at St. Paul’s have included hosting the PACEM men’s shelter, celebrating the work of the African Development Project with a Harambee fundraising dinner, and welcoming Suffragan Bishop Susan Goff to Wednesday evening prayer and the Canterbury undergraduate fellowship. Next Tuesday evening, we have the opportunity to express our conviction that God’s vision for our community includes housing justice for the poor and the elderly by showing up at IMPACT’s Nehemiah Action at the MLK Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School. Parishioners, friends, and neighbors are not only invited, but urged to participate. Learn more about IMPACT’s important work, and St. Paul’s longstanding commitment, in the adult forum after the 10 a.m. service this Sunday. Easter season is the perfect time to get in on the acts of the apostles.
The Rev. William Peyton
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Fourth Sunday of Easter
(Readings: Acts 4:5-12 / Psalm 23 / John 10:11-18)
8 a.m.Holy Eucharist in the Chapel (quiet, traditional)
9 a.m. – Feasting on the Word: An exploration of this week's readings in preparation for the 10 a.m. Eucharist. Parishioners, friends, and visitors all welcome. (library)
9:30 a.m. to noon Nursery Care: 0-4 year olds (Sunday school wing)
10 a.m. – Holy Eucharist with the Chancel Choir (festive, intergenerational)
(Guest Celebrant: The Rev. Neal Goldsborough)
11:15 a.m.Adult Forum (parish hall)
11:15 p.m. – Sunday School: 4 years old-6th grade (Sunday school wing)
5:30 p.m.Holy Eucharist in the Evening (informal, congenial)
6:30 p.m.Dinner for UVA Students and Youth (lounge)
6:30 p.m.Youth Group: 7th-12th grade (blue room, following dinner)
Music Notes
Psalm 23 by Howard Goodall
If you recognize this week’s choir anthem, it may be because you have watched the BBC television series The Vicar of Dibley. This melodious setting of Psalm 23 is the show’s theme song, sung during opening credits by the choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. It is interesting to note that Howard Goodall also composed the theme for Mr. Bean!
Composer of this Sunday’s organ music: Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988)
Kenneth Leighton’s choral and organ music hold a significant place in the Anglican repertoire, receiving frequent performances around the world. His Fantasy on St. Columba is based on the tune of one of this week’s hymns (Hymn 645). Though a Yorkshireman, Leighton had a deep love of Scotland and even composed an opera about St. Columba. Festival Fanfare is typical of the composer’s highly rhythmic and often dissonant style, somewhat reminiscent of Sergei Prokofiev.
Upcoming at St. Paul's
Friday, April 20, 5 p.m. – UVA Vietnamese Student Association's Phofest (parish hall) (details below)
Monday, April 23, 9 p.m. – Compline (chancel)
Tuesday, April 24, 12:15 p.m. – Holy Eucharist (chapel)
Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 p.m. – IMPACT Nehemiah Action at the MLK Performing Arts Center (details below)
Wednesday, April 25, 4:30 p.m. – Junior Choir Rehearsal (choir room)
(Contact Deke Polifka: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Wednesday, April 25, 5:30 p.m. – Evening Prayer (brief, informal, all ages)
Wednesday, April 25, 6 p.m. – Dinner for all (parish hall)
Wednesday, April 25, 6:15 p.m. – Canterbury Fellowship Gathering (Canterbury house)
Thursday, April 26, 7:30 a.m. – Morning Bible Study (library)
(Contact Jody Lahendro: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Sunday, April 29 Fifth Sunday of Easter
(Visitation of the Rt. Rev. Susan Goff, Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Virginia)
St. Paul's News and Notes
UVA Phofest – St. Paul's is hosting the UVA Vietnamese Student Association's annual spring Phofest this Friday, April 20, from 5 - 8 p.m. Pho is a traditional Vietnamese soup made of broth, rice noodles, meat, and fresh herbs. Summer rolls, mango sticky rice, bubble tea, fried bananas, Vietnamese coffee, and plenty of vegetarian options will also be sold. Stop by to enjoy some authentic Vietnamese cuisine, and support a great cause. All proceeds will go towards the Pacific Links Foundation, an organization that helps fight human trafficking in Asia.
IMPACT Nehemiah Action – Stand with IMPACT for affordable housing next Tuesday, April 24, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the MLK Performing Arts Center (located at Charlottesville High School, 1400 Melbourne Road). For over a decade IMPACT has brought together diverse Charlottesville congregations of differing faith traditions, economic backgrounds, ethnicity, and even political leanings to work together for justice in our community. Please consider offering your time to stand and be counted as we gather on April 24th. This year IMPACT is focusing on affordable housing, especially for the elderly, helping our older neighbors to age in place. For more information on the housing issue and other ongoing IMPACT issues, check out www.impactcville.com or contact John Frazee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
St. Paul's Celebration for Graduating Students – Please join graduating students who are moving on for the annual St. Paul's student celebration on Wednesday, May 2, following the 5:30 p.m. Evening Prayer service. All are welcome to attend this lively send off. Dinner will be served. If you are a graduating student and you have called St. Paul's home for any of your time at UVA, please email the church office at office@stpaulsmemorialchurch.org so that we can celebrate you!
Celebration of New Ministry for Elaine – The celebration of New Ministry and Institution of the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas will be held at All Saints Episcopal Parish, Hoboken, NJ, on Saturday, May 12, at 3 p.m. All are invited. For more information, call 201-792-3563.
Organ Recital and Festive Choral Evensong for Ascension Day – On Thursday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m., Deke Polifka will present a 30-minute organ recital, featuring festive selections by Edward C. Bairstow, George Shearing, J. S. Bach and Charles Tournemire. Choral Evensong includes music of William Smith, Charles V. Stanford and Herbert Sumsion. Guest organist Richard Walker (from Shrewsbury, England) will play for Evensong. Dinner will be served in the parish hall following the service. All are invited. Please join us for this special celebration of Ascension Day!
Shrine Mont – Mark your calendars for July 13-15 for our parish weekend at Shrine Mont. More details coming soon!
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 ministry of the Rev. Neal Goldsborough, guest celebrant this Sunday.
for the African Development Project, its ministries, and all who contributed to the success of Wednesday night's Harambee.
for the hospitality and generosity of Jeri Seidman, who prepared dinner for our students last Sunday.
for the marriage of Laura Boorman and David Truesdale, married at St. Paul’s last Saturday.
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 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, Ronald, Sophie, Jane, Pierce, Sarah, Richard, Sammie, Doug, Tim, Lana, 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, Amanda's family & the VIA staff, Marianne, Bob, John.
for Aly Seidman and Katherine Yencken, who are attending the diocesan youth retreat at Shrine Mont this weekend.
for parishioners preparing for Confirmation or Reception on April 29: Sophia Espie, Kate Landis, Peter Morris, Melanie Rightmyer, Erika Viccellio, and Emily Webber.
for those preparing to graduate next month, including Skinner scholars and members of our Canterbury fellowship who will be honored at St. Paul’s on Wednesday, May 2.
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, and for the parishioners involved in the search process: Alicia DeJager, Sandy Gilliam, Lachlan Hassman, Joel Hoppe, Zack Kathol, Jessica Manning, Sarah Paquette, Jeri Seidman, Kay Slaughter, and Christie Thomas.
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.
for St. Anne's, Reston; St. John's, Centreville; and St. George's, Fredericksburg, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of the Anglican Communion in Japan, and for their Primate & Bishop of Hokkaido, the Most Rev. Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu, according to the Anglican Cycle of Prayer.
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 Sandra Bolton (Steve Bolton's mother), and Barbara Bush.
Frayser F. Haile, in whose loving memory this Sunday's flowers are given.

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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