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This Sunday

All are welcome this Sunday, December 17, the Third Sunday of Advent.

The Rev. John E. Shields will preach.

  • Holy Eucharist at 7:45, 9:00 and 11:15  a.m. in the nave
  • A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at 5:00 p.m. in the nave. All are welcome to attend a reception in the Colhoun Room following the service.

Breakfast by the Men’s Ministry will be served between 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. in Colhoun B and C.

St. Paul’s clergy will present “A Very Special Advent: Sacred Storytelling in Christmas Movies” at 10:15 a.m. on December 17 in Colhoun A.

Child care for infants and toddlers is available from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in rooms off the first-floor Preschool hallway, accessible through the Goodheart Entrance. Children’s Chapel is offered during the 9:00 a.m. service for children three years old and older.

Visit an online liturgical calendar listing the readings for Sundays and major Holy Days from the Revised Common Lectionary. Read Fred Horton’s commentaries on the diocesan web site.

Advent and Christmas

Download a printable Advent and Christmas services flyer.

Unless otherwise noted, all child care is for infants through four-year-olds and will be offered on the first-floor Preschool hallway. Children’s Chapel will be offered during all 9:00 a.m. Sunday services during Advent.

Third Sunday of Advent, December 17

  • Holy Eucharist 7:45, 9:00 and 11:15 a.m.
  • A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 5:00 p.m.
  • Child care will be available during the 9:00 and 11:15 services and during A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.
  • Breakfast will be served by the Men’s Ministry from 8:00 to 9:30 in Colhoun B.

Rector’s Forum: A Very Special Advent: Sacred Storytelling in Christmas Movies, part 2, will be presented by clergy at 10:15 a.m. in Colhoun A. The class will view and discuss A Charlie Brown Christmas.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will be offered at 5:00 p.m., featuring the premiere of a commissioned carol. All are welcome to a reception in Colhoun A following the service.

Wednesday, December 20

  • St. Thomas Day Service 5:30 p.m. in the chapel

St. Paul’s will offer a special service of Holy Eucharist, St. Thomas Day: A Service of Light and Hope. The Christmas holidays may bring joy, but for many people, the season draws out doubt, depression and loss. The day we celebrate the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, the doubter, is a good time to remember that we are not alone and to draw together toward the light of Christ. All are welcome to join us for worship and a time to meditate on God’s love even while we might feel disconnected from the season’s holiday cheer.

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Christmas Eve, December 24

Holy Eucharist 10:00 a.m. in the chapel

Children’s Christmas Pageant and Holy Eucharist 3:00 p.m.
Child care for infants and toddlers will be available beginning at 2:30 p.m. Children who wish to participate in the pageant should arrive early to dress in costume.

White Gifts. St. Paul’s families traditionally bring gifts wrapped in white paper to the Christmas Eve afternoon service. The gifts will be given to the residents of the Murdoch Developmental Center in Butner, a residential facility for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Festival Holy Eucharist 5:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m. Preludes begin at 4:30 and 10:30 p.m. Child care will be available during the 5:00 service for infants through four-year-olds, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Christmas Day, Monday, December 25

Holy Eucharist 10:00 a.m.

No child care will be provided. Children are welcome to attend the service with their families.

The First Sunday After Christmas, December 31
Holy Eucharist 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m.
Child care will be available during the 10:00 service.

The First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord, January 7

  • Holy Eucharist 8:00 a.m.
  • Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist 10:00 a.m.
  • Feast of Lights 5:00 p.m.

Children’s Ministries’ Bethlehem Village 4:00 p.m. Children and families will travel back through time to Bethlehem Village to learn about Epiphany.

Feast of Lights 5:00 p.m. This annual pageant depicts the Magi’s visit to the Christ child and the spreading of his light throughout the world.

Child care will be available and Children’s Chapel will be offered during the 10:00 a.m. service. There will be no formation classes. Child care during the Feast of Lights service opens at 4:30 p.m.

Noonday Prayers on Facebook Live During Advent

St. Paul’s will offer Noonday Prayer services Monday through Friday throughout Advent, December 4 through 22. The services, which typically last five or six minutes, will be held in the chapel and live-streamed on the church’s Facebook group page so that all may pray together in person, by phone, tablet or computer. Each day’s liturgy will be posted so those who miss the noon live-stream can pray at their convenience.

If you have a Facebook account and are following the page posts as a member of the church’s group, the posts should appear in your feed at noon on weekdays throughout Advent. Recordings of the live posts will remain on the page and can be seen by logging into your account and accessing the page.

All are welcome to attend the services in person as well.

An Order of Service for Noonday is found in the Daily Office section of The Book of Common Prayer on pages 103 to 107.

More information about An Order of Service for Noonday is posted on the web site for The Episcopal Church.

A Very Special Advent: Sacred Storytelling in Christmas Movies

St. Paul’s clergy will present “A Very Special Advent: Sacred Storytelling in Christmas Movies” at 10:15 a.m. on December 10 and 17 in Colhoun A.

The classes will view and discuss two popular children’s Christmas movies–A Charlie Brown Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

How might you experience these movies, in adulthood, with new eyes? What wisdom can they teach us about the Christian faith and life?

This two-part series will be a light-hearted exploration into the Advent themes of longing, hope, greed, destruction, friendship and reconciliation through the characters of Charlie Brown and the Grinch.

Nine Lessons and Carols

On Sunday, December 17, at 5:00 p.m. in the nave, St. Paul’s will present our tenth annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, with a reception following in Colhoun A. The service was inspired by the Christmas Eve service of the same name held in King’s College Chapel in Cambridge and includes carols and readings from the Bible.

The opening carol is always “Once in Royal David’s City.” At St. Paul’s, the readers of the nine lessons have traditionally included community leaders and leaders from within the parish. The carols will be sung by the St. Paul’s choirs.

  • “Once in royal David’s City” (Irby) Descant Stephen Cleobury
  • Hodie Christus Natus Es Healey Willan
  • The Lord at first did Adam make David Willcocks
  • The Blessed Son of God Vaughan Williams
  • Resonemus Laudibus David Willcocks
  • In the bleak midwinter Harold Darke
  • God rest you merry, gentlemen Setting David Willcocks
  • A Hymn to the Virgin Benjamin Britten
  • Myn lyking Richard Terry
  • Riu Riu Chiu 16th Century Spanish Carol
  • The first Nowell Setting by David Willcocks
  • Here is the little door Herbert Howells
  • Of the father’s love begotten (Divinum mysterium) Descant David Willcocks
  • Calm on the listening ears of night Dan Locklair
  • Hark,the herald angels sing Felix Mendelssohn, Descant Stephen Cleobury

This year’s festival will feature the premiere of “Calm on the Listening Ear of Night” by Dan Locklair, with text by Edmund H. Sears. Parishioner Aurelia Gray Eller commissioned the piece in memory of her husband, John DeWalden Eller, Jr., and her first grandchild, Mark Glenn Cathey.

The tradition of commissioning a carol was established at St. Paul’s in 2014 with the premiere of “Angel Song,” a Christmas anthem composed by Dan Locklair. Parishioners John and P.J. Williams commissioned the piece to honor the music program of St. Paul’s and our Organist and Choirmaster, Dr. John E. Cummins. In 2015, parishioners Ken and Ann Zuhr commissioned “A Sound of Singing Fills the Air” by composer Malcolm Archer. Archer conducted the premiere performance of the carol, which was in honor of Ann Holabein Zuhr. In 2016, parishioner and choir member Anne Armfield commissioned “Christmas Hath a Darkness” by the Rev. William Bradley Roberts, with text by Christina Rossetti.

St. Thomas Day Service

On Wednesday, December 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the chapel, St. Paul’s will offer a special service of Holy Eucharist, St. Thomas Day:
A Service of Light and Hope. 

The Christmas holidays may bring joy, but for many people, the season draws out doubt, depression and loss.  The day we celebrate the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, the doubter, is a good time to remember that we are not alone and to draw together toward the light of Christ.

All are welcome to join us for worship and a time to meditate on God’s love even while we might feel disconnected from the season’s holiday cheer.

White Gifts for Murdoch Center

St. Paul’s families traditionally bring gifts wrapped in white tissue paper to the Family Carol Service and Holy Eucharist at 3:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. During Communion, children are invited to come forward with their families and place their gifts in the baskets.

The gifts will be given to the residents of the Murdoch Developmental Center in Butner, a residential facility for approximately 500 children and adults, ranging from six to 90 years old, who have developmental disabilities.

A variety of gifts, all of which should be new, are appropriate, especially:

  • White crew socks
  • Slipper socks with non-skid soles
  • Girls’ and women’s nightgowns, pajamas and robes
  • Boys’ and men’s pajamas and robes
  • Baseball hats
  • Men’s and ladies’ cologne sets
  • Toys and games for all ages, such as picture books, Barbie dolls, cars and trucks, playing cards of any kind, puzzles, basketballs, footballs and soccer balls
  • Basic arts and crafts items such as coloring books, colored pencils and crayons, washable markers, drawing tablets, glitter-glue, art stamps and acrylic paint for painting tee-shirts

Please mark your gift “for boy,” “for girl” or “for adult.” If you are unable to attend the Family Carol Service but would like to donate a white gift, bring your gift to the church office.

Bethlehem Village

The Children’s Ministries will sponsor A Visit to Bethlehem Village on Sunday, January 7, at 4:00 p.m. in the Colhoun Room.

During the event, children and families will travel back through time to Bethlehem Village to learn about Epiphany and life in Bethlehem, visiting Hebrew School, the Synagogue, the Baker’s Shop, the Carpenter’s Shop, the Pottery Shop and more.

The visit will conclude in time for all to attend the Feast of Lights pageant at 5:00 p.m.

Feast of Lights

This year’s Feast of Lights celebration will be on Sunday, January 7 at 5:00 p.m. in the nave.

An annual tradition at St. Paul’s since 1927, this pageant depicts the Magi’s visit to the Christ child and the spreading of his light throughout the world.

Kevin and Emily Shute are co-chairing the Feast of Lights Committee this year.  Casting is complete, but volunteers are still needed for the lighting crew. Contact Emily at eeestes27@gmail.com.

New in St. Paul’s Bookshop

Gracious Uncertainty: Faith in the Second Half of Life reflects on issues concerning everyone but which intensify as we grow older: loving more fully, dealing with loss, finding consolation, and having the courage to gaze (even while shaking inwardly) at the nearing reality of death. The Rev. Jane Sigloh is a guide both witty and wise. She blends personal stories, Scriptural insights, and lessons drawn from years in ministry into insightful reflections on the beauty and challenges of aging. Gracious Uncertainty is an intimate, at times humorous, and often spirit-provoking guide through the unknowns of the later years.

In simple, yet lyrical prose, Sigloh, a retired Episcopal priest, ponders a variety of existential and theological questions related to aging. Short chapters typically begin with descriptions of experiences, such as ‘When my mother was in her eighties, she started putting things in little plastic bags,’ which then unfold into a reflections on, for example, the longing for certainty: ‘Sometimes I wish I were a fundamentalist.’ Drawing inspiration from a range of sources, such as quantum physics, Joseph Campbell, poetry, movies, scripture, and her own personal experiences, Sigloh creates indelible images, as with her story of falling out of a boat into rapids after catching a fish and stubbornly clinging to the rod. Elsewhere she conveys how a church sanctuary stripped of its religious imagery on Maundy Thursday evoked the raw emotional wounds caused by her son’s death. Questions for reflection and discussion, such as ‘How has your name influenced your life?’ offer thought-provoking prompts on each chapter’s topic. Sigloh is an honest, intelligent, and companionable guide for readers wishing to bring grace into the process of aging.

— Publishers Weekly

St. Paul’s Bookshop is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Profits from the Bookshop support outreach at St. Paul’s.

Senior Luncheon

On Wednesday, January 17, St. Paul’s Senior Adults will welcome St. Paul’s parishioner Dr. Tom DuBose, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, as luncheon speaker.

Tom’s program is titled, “Healthcare and Healthcare Policy: A Moving Target.”

Fellowship begins at 11:15 a.m. with lunch at 11:30 in the Colhoun Room. The program begins at noon. The cost is $6.00. All are welcome.

Faith & Justice Program

The Faith & Justice Committee Lunch and Speaker Series, In My Backyard: Faith and Current Events, will continue Thursday, January 25 at 12:00 noon in Colhoun A.

The program, titled “Boston-Thurmond: Strengthening Community, Building Trust,” will be presented by Sylvia Oberle, a Senior Fellow at Wake Forest University.

Oberle, who is helping to launch a new effort called the Boston-Thurmond Innovation Network, will talk about the network’s approach to ensuring that children and families can thrive in this historic neighborhood. The initial steps of this long-term effort, while decidedly difficult and painful, can present opportunities to build trust across communities in Winston-Salem and confront questions of how we deal with poverty and social justice.

Bring your own lunch. Beverages will be provided. All are welcome.

Memorials Committee Funding Requests

Funding Requests to the Memorials Committee are now being accepted.

The committee oversees and recommends expenditures from the St. Paul’s Memorial Fund, comprised of all unrestricted memorial gifts to the church. Any St. Paul’s program or ministry may apply.

Contact Parish Administrator Tom McDowell at (336) 723-4391, ext. 1214 or tmcdowell@stpauls-ws.org for instructions and application forms.