A Note from the Rector
Dear St. Paul’s,
Summer in Charlottesville seems to phase itself in over several weeks. Classes end at the University first, but there are still exams and graduation to come. Then comes Memorial Day, and then it’s another week or two before all our children are out of school.
At St. Paul’s, we began the transition this week with a celebration of graduating Canterbury students and Skinner scholars after our last 5:30 Wednesday service of the season. More than 40 of us—including undergraduates, parishioners of all ages, and Junior Choir families—gathered in the Chapel as we have every Wednesday of the academic year for a short service of prayer and song, followed by dinner for all in the Parish Hall.
After dinner, we congratulated four Skinner scholars with gifts, thanks, and cake. SK Doyle, finishing her undergraduate degree, has done extraordinary work with our youth group, and moves on to a year in New York with the Episcopal Service Corps. Walker Redd will receive his medical degree, Lorraine Simonis is graduating from the law school and moving into a clerkship in Little Rock, and Emily Schmid, having graduated from the College as a Skinner scholar two years ago, now completes a Master’s degree at the Curry School.
Each of these four graduates embarks on a career that will be shaped and enriched by experiences of spiritual inquiry and Christian fellowship and service that are directly related to the opportunities St. Paul’s offers to Skinner scholars and other students. They will be a blessing to many parishes for many years to come. Thanks be to God that all of us at St. Paul’s have the opportunity to participate in offering that ongoing gift to the Church and the world!
The Rev. William Peyton
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Sixth Sunday of Easter
(Readings: Acts 10:44-48 / Psalm 98 / John 15:9-17)
8 a.m.Holy Eucharist in the Chapel (quiet, traditional)
(The Rev. Neal Goldsborough, guest preacher)
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)
(The Rev. Neal Goldsborough, guest preacher)
11:15 a.m.Coffee Hour and Fellowship (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)
(Note: This will be the last Sunday night dinner and the last youth group meeting of the academic year. Both will resume at the start of the fall semester.)
Music Notes
About this Sunday’s Choral Anthem:
J. S. Bach (1685-1750) spent 27 years as Director of Music at St. Thomas’s School in Leipzig, where one of his duties was to compose cantatas for the city’s major churches.
At that time, a cantata was generally considered a vocal work with instrumental accompaniment, divided into choruses, arias and recitatives. Texts could be either sacred or secular, and chorale/hymn melodies were frequently included.
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring is an adaptation of the concluding movement of Bach’s cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 ("Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life"), which was composed in 1716 and 1723.
The chorale (sung by the choir) was actually written by violinist and composer Johann Schop, and can be found in our hymnal (#336). Bach re-harmonized it and created the beautiful, highly recognizable triplet fabric that serves as the chorale's accompaniment.
Upcoming at St. Paul's
Saturday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.Zephyrus Concert at St. Paul's
Monday, May 7, 9 p.m.Compline (chancel)
Tuesday, May 8, 12:15 p.m.Holy Eucharist (chapel)
Wednesday, May 9, 4:30 p.m. – Junior Choir Rehearsal (choir room)
Thursday, May 10, 7:30 a.m.Morning Bible Study (library)
Thursday, May 10, 5:30 p.m.Organ Recital and Festive Choral Evensong for Ascension Day, followed by dinner on the church lawn (details below)
Sunday, May 13 Seventh Sunday of Easter
St. Paul's News and Notes
Organ Recital and Festive Choral Evensong for Ascension Day – Next 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. A cookout on the church lawn will follow the service. All are invited. Please join us for this special celebration of Ascension Day!
20s and 30s Potluck Picnic – St. Paul's 20s and 30s will gather at King Family Vineyards in Crozet on Sunday, May 6, at 1 p.m. Meet us under the trees by the barn, and bring something to share and a blanket for picnicking. Contact Rachel Teubner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information or to be added to the 20s and 30s email list.
Celebration of New Ministry for Elaine – The celebration of New Ministry and Institution of former Associate Rector 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.
Prayer Shawl Ministry – The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. - noon in the lounge. Some members of the group are knitting prayer shawls, and some have also begun to knit twiddle muffs which serve as a calming activity for those suffering from dementia. All knitters are welcome! If you would like a prayer shawl or a twiddle muff, please contact the church office at 434-295-2156.
St. Paul's Junior Choir Sings on Mother's Day – An Easter season full of hard work and after-school fun and fellowship at Wednesday rehearsals will culminate for our new Junior Choir at the 10 a.m. service on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13
Adult Forum, May 13: Strategic Planning for Children and Youth Ministries – Lots of churches hope, pray, and even work hard to build robust programs for children and youth, but too few churches plan and budget accordingly. Mary Beth Abplanalp will be at the Adult Forum on May 13 to lead a discussion about how thriving children's and youth ministries are actually built. Mary Beth, a church consultant with Ministry Architects, has a background in elementary education and special education, and has worked at Shrine Mont Camps and Christ Church, Alexandria. Since 2014, she has served as Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry at St. James's Church in Richmond.
Two Upcoming PACEM Benefits – On Sunday, May 13, at 3:30 p.m., FIRE is offering a concert at First United Methodist Church, presenting music from Renaissance polyphony to American folk music. On Sunday, May 20, at 3 p.m., the music department of Aldersgate United Methodist Church is offering a Sacred Music Concert. All proceeds from both concerts will benefit PACEM.
May 20, the Day of Pentecost and Graduation Sunday – St. Paul’s will gather for worship on the 20th as we do every Sunday at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. This year, graduation coincides with Pentecost, so our celebration will be especially festive. St. Paul’s bluegrass musicians and choir will be out front to sing and play for the crowds walking by beginning at 9:30, and parishioners will have water and snacks to pass out to the graduates and families walking by. All are welcome to come early to church and join in the celebration. Because of graduation, we can expect more traffic and less parking than usual in our neighborhood. St. Paul’s has exclusive use of the Chancellor Street lot and the Booker House lot on the 20th as we do every Sunday, but it would be helpful for parishioners who have the option of carpooling, walking, or just parking farther away, to leave as much parking as possible available in those lots for those who need it most.
Forward Day by Day Meditations – New Forward Day by Day booklets for May through July are available in the pamphlet racks by the front door of the church. The booklets contain daily meditations on Bible passages selected from the daily lectionary, and can be a help to anyone seeking to develop or enrich a habit of daily prayer. St. Paul’s provides the booklets free of charge, and Forward Day by Day is also available here.
Parish Weekend at Shrine Mont: July 13-15 – Registration 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 preacher this Sunday.
for the ministry and leadership of our Bishop Suffragan, the Rt. Rev. Susan Goff, and for her visit to St. Paul's last Sunday.
for the commitment to their Baptismal promises of those confirmed last Sunday: Sophia Espie, Kate Landis, Peter Morris, Melanie Rightmyer, Erika Viccellio, and Emily Webber.
for the interfaith justice ministry we share with our partners in IMPACT, and for the progress made on the issue of affordable housing at last week's Nehemiah Action.
for the hospitality and generosity of Jarrett Millard and her team of volunteers, who hosted the reception for Bishop Goff last Sunday; Georgie Kettler, who prepared dinner for our students last Sunday; and Pam Dennison and her team of volunteers, who prepared our Wednesday night dinner this week.
for the marriage last weekend in Maryland of Sarah Davis & Andrew Gerritsen, grandson of Ginny Johns.
for the ministry of the Rev. Canon Pat Wingo, Canon to the Ordinary, as he transitions to a new assignment in the Diocese of East Tennessee.
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.
Godspeed and blessings
to Margaret (Vicky) Lee, parishioner and chorister for eight years, and occasional pianist and harpist, as she prepares to leave St. Paul's and Charlottesville next month to begin a new chapter in Winchester.
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, Bob, John, Alvin.
for those preparing to graduate this month, including Skinner scholars and members of our Canterbury fellowship who were honored at St. Paul’s last night.
for former Associate Rector Elaine Thomas as she prepares for her installation as Rector of All Saints, Hoboken on May 12.
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.
for Christ Church, Charlottesville; Christ Church, Glen Allen; St. John's, McLean; and Buck Mountain, Earlysville, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of the Anglican Church of Kenya, and for their Archbishop and Primate, the Most Rev. Jackson Ole Sapit, 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 Fenton Goodwin.
Jim Scott, Anne & Lockhart McGuire, and Amanda & Keith Kane, 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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