A Note from the Rector
Dear St. Paul’s,
Those of us Christians who live in the postmodern Western world are now, by conservative estimate, into at least our fifth decade of hand-wringing over the future of Christianity, an exercise often accompanied by speculation about whether and how and to what degree Christians can hope to achieve a glimmering ideal known as “relevance.” But our yearning for relevance is more often a euphemistic expression of nostalgia for the comfort, privilege, and affirmation that attend those whose traditions define the dominant culture, than it is a manifestation of Christian faith. For those of us who have a place or even a foothold in the dominant culture on the basis of ethnicity, nationality, education, or wealth, relevance is a low bar. For a more interesting challenge, try faithfulness.
This Sunday, we celebrate Pentecost, a principal feast of the Church, one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar. At Pentecost, according to Acts 2, the Spirit descended upon the believers and they were suddenly, inexplicably able to communicate effectively in foreign tongues. In other words, at God’s sovereign initiative, they were revealed to be relevant. They were not a diverse or sophisticated group; they were Galilean Jews. They were not a large or influential group; they were demographically and economically insignificant. None of this made them anxious. They kept faith with the God who had created and redeemed them. They didn’t pursue relevance; they knew God to be relevant. In the fellowship of Christians throughout the world, worshiping in a multitude of languages and cultures this and every Sunday, we see the future of their Church, the future they didn’t worry about at all.
– Will
The Rev. William Peyton
This Sunday at St. Paul's
The Day of Pentecost (wear red!)
(Readings: Acts 2:1-21 / Psalm 104:25-35, 37 / John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15)
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. – Baptism and Holy Eucharist with the Chancel Choir (festive, intergenerational)
11:15 p.m.Sunday School: 4 years old-6th grade (Sunday school wing)
11:15 a.m.Coffee Hour and Fellowship (parish hall)
5:30 p.m.Holy Eucharist in the Evening (informal, congenial)
Music Notes
About the postlude:
Louis Vierne was the organist of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, from 1900 until he died (at the organ console, while playing) in 1937. He was the natural musical heir to Franck and Widor, composing Six Symphonies for the organ. Vierne’s first organ Symphony (published in 1899) was composed before his appointment to Notre-Dame, with the organ of St. Sulpice in mind. The Final is in French toccata style, with the opening theme prominent in the pedal, and faster notes played in upper registers by the hands. This first theme is reminiscent of the French national anthem – Vierne even called it his "Marseillaise." The second theme is more lyrical, in contrast to the brash opening theme: the two themes battle it out in true Romantic style, finishing in an exciting flourish.
Next Week at St. Paul's
Monday, May 21, 9 p.m.Compline (chancel)
Tuesday, May 22, 12:15 p.m.Holy Eucharist (chapel)
Tuesday, May 22, 7 p.m. Vestry Meeting (lounge)
Thursday, May 24, 7:30 a.m.Morning Bible Study (library)
Friday, May 25, 4 p.m.Funeral for Betty McLernon
Sunday, May 27 Trinity Sunday
St. Paul's News and Notes
This Sunday, May 20: The Day of Pentecost and Graduation Sunday – St. Paul’s will gather for worship 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 heading to graduation. 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 normally do, 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.
Upcoming PACEM Benefit – On Sunday, May 20, at 3 p.m., the music department of Aldersgate United Methodist Church is offering a Sacred Music Concert. All proceeds will benefit PACEM, a grassroots organization that coordinates space and volunteers to provide shelter for individuals in our community who are homeless. St. Paul's is one of over 80 congregations and community groups who support PACEM and provide shelter for their guests each winter.
Parents of Teenagers Meeting – On Sunday, June 3, following the 10 a.m. service, leaders of St. Paul's Stephen Ministry (Doris Greiner, David Truslow, and Margaret Haupt) will meet in the lounge with parents of teenagers to discuss ways in which Stephen Ministry might be supportive. The leaders will describe how Stephen Ministry works and will answer questions.
St. Paul's Youth Immersion Trip – All St. Paul's Youth (and/or parents!) in middle or high school are invited to join the Youth Group of St. Paul's Memorial Church in their immersion trip to Grace House on the Mountain in Wise County, VA, June 10-16. This is the third year of the trip, and groups in years past have had an incredibly transformative experience. We will learn about God's call to mission and service as we work together in housing maintenance and construction in our state's Appalachia region. Cost is $250 per person with scholarships available. Aren't a youth but want to support the trip? Please consider making a donation to help a young person attend. Checks can be made to St. Paul's with "Youth Immersion Trip" in the memo line and placed in the offering plate or given to a clergy person. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions.
Summer Choir in June, July and August – Our Junior Choir wrapped up a terrific first season last Sunday, and we look forward to their return in September. The Chancel Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings through the month of May. For June, July and August, they rehearse on Sunday mornings only at 9 a.m., and continue to sing for the 10 a.m. service each Sunday. If you are interested in joining the choir, for summer or long-term, this is an excellent opportunity to check it out, without a weekday commitment. For more information please contact Deke Polifka, Director of Music and Organist: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
A New Call for the Rev. Jim Richardson – Former Rector Jim Richardson has been called as the Interim Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Sacramento, CA. More information can be found here.
Schoolhouse Thrift Shop Seeking Donations and VolunteersThe Schoolhouse Thrift Shop, a ministry of the Charlottesville Region of the Diocese of Virginia, is currently seeking donations of gently used clothing, shoes, accessories, books, toys, and household goods. The Thrift Shop is also seeking volunteers to assist with donations, greet customers, and keep the shop tidy. Volunteers work together in 3-hour shifts (Fridays 10-1 p.m. and Saturdays 1-4 p.m.). If interested, please contact St. Paul's parishioner and Thrift Shop manager Leah Wise at 434-973-2271, or stop by the shop at 1147 Rio Rd E., Monday-Saturday 10-4.
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.).
St. Paul’s Annual Parish Weekend at Shrine Mont: July 13-15
Our Shrine Mont registration is now open!
Shrine Mont is the spectacular 1,100-acre mountain retreat center of the Diocese of Virginia, 90 minutes from Charlottesville in Orkney Springs, Virginia. St. Paul's weekend includes time for individual and group activities like hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, tennis, and our annual kickball extravaganza, as well as ample opportunity for inactivity, like napping, reading, or just sitting on the porch.
Our Shrine Mont weekend is July 13-15. Click here to sign up. We have a limited number of rooms available to us for our retreat this year, so sign up soon!
2018 Rates:
Children 18 and under - FREE
Adults in double rooms - $150 each
Adults in single rooms - $200 each
In order to complete your registration, please send us your full payment by Friday, June 29. All costs shown are per person for the entire weekend and include all meals. Payment plans and financial assistance are available.
[Note: St. Paul's subsidizes the regular Shrine Mont accommodation rates to help make the weekend as affordable as possible for our parishioners. If you'd like to help support our effort to offer discounted rates, we would gladly welcome donations, or simply a "round up" of your Shrine Mont payment, which will help us provide financial assistance to those who need it.]
Questions? Contact Shrine Mont coordinator Anne Cressin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-249-4362) or Alice Fitch at the church office: (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-295-2156).
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 music ministry of the junior choir at last Sunday's 10 a.m. service.
for the music ministry of our bluegrass ensemble, playing on the steps before the 10 a.m. service and leading our offertory anthem this Sunday: Michele Claibourn, Fred Claibourn, Kelly Carney, John Frazee, Elle Polifka.
for the leadership of SK Doyle, as she completes her ministry with our Youth Group during next month's service trip to Southwest Virginia.
for the celebration of new ministry last Saturday at All Saints, Hoboken, where the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas was installed as Rector.
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, Robert & Dorothy, Anne, Mary Elizabeth Beck, Ruth, Derek, Elizabeth, Guy & Mary Ann Miller, Brett Blizzard, David, Bud, Lila M., Eleanor, the Barbour family, Mary, Ronald, Sophie, Jane, Pierce, Sarah, Richard, Sammie, Doug, Lana, Libba, Doug, Roger, Finley & his family, Stephanie, Fiona & her family, Betty & Bill, Fritz, Sierra, Thomas, Elizabeth, Gordon Fillingane, Carol, Brooke & Forest, Jim, Matti, Jonathan, Amanda's family & the VIA staff, Bob, John, Alvin, Dave, Henry, Mary.
for those preparing for baptism, including Caroline Frances Borland, to be baptized at St. Paul's this Sunday.
for those preparing for Holy Matrimony, including Natalie Villalon and Colin Downes (to be married at St. Paul's on June 2) and Rachel Clark and William Crutchfield III (to be married at St. Paul's on June 9).
for those preparing to graduate this weekend, including Skinner scholars and Canterbury members Lex Booth, SK Doyle, Derrill Hagood, Hannah Hall, Charlotte Hennessy, Lawson Kennan, Richard Potter, Walker Redd, Sam Roller, Jennifer Schmid, Lorraine Simonis, and Addison Wilner.
for former Rector Jim Richardson, as he transitions to his new position as the Interim Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Sacramento, CA.
for Joe Lenow, as he prepares for his Ordination to the Diaconate on Saturday, June 9, at 10:30 a.m., at Epiphany Episcopal Church, Herndon.
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 our search process at St. Paul’s, as we seek our next Associate Rector & University Chaplain.
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 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. Stephen's, Richmond; St. James's, Richmond; St. Peter's, Arlington; and Immanuel-on-the-Hill, Alexandria, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of the Diocese of Colorado, and for their Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Robert O'Neill, 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 Betty McLernon, whose funeral will be held at St. Paul's on Friday, May 25, at 4 p.m., and Donald Muntz.

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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