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God Loves you. No exceptions – The Episcopal Church

We are located at 1802 Abercorn Street  Savannah, Georgia 31401, on the south-east corner of 34th & Abercorn Streets. Parish Office hours are kept Monday through Thursday, 9am-3pm. You may call us at 912.232.0274.

On Sundays, Mass is said at 8 a.m. and sung at 10 a.m., it is in Spanish at 12:15 p.m. and it is contemplative at 6:30 p.m. We offer a host of other worship opportunities, just click on the Weekly Mass Schedule link to learn more.

VBS: Online registration for “Star Trip: Our Faith Awakens” VBS (July 25-29, 2016) is now live. Follow this link to register your children and share it with your friends! https://docs.google.com/…/1-ryvtvLlUesMYUYtQS7W2YE…/viewform

If you would like to volunteer to help with preparations or donate supplies for the week please contact Colleen Willoughby and Laura Walker. A complete list of items we need for the week can be found on this spreadsheet https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/10l3fNT8xLz_M-pVYXg2Ja9on6OgD6kl0Ggv6ErmVCzU/edit?usp=sharing it is a an open sheet so you can use it to sign up for certain items you plan to donate.

 Evensong and Benediction this Sunday at 5:30 pm: For the benefit of those who are not acquainted (or may be vaguely acquainted) with the service of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction, I offer the following exquisite description of it given by John Henry Newman:            WWIII

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is one of the simplest rites of the Church. The Priests enter and kneel down one of them unlocks the Tabernacle, takes out the Blessed Sacrament, inserts It upright in a Monstrance of precious metal, and places it in a conspicuous place above the altar, in the midst of lights, for all to see. The people then begin to sing; meanwhile the Priest twice offers incense to the King of Heaven, before whom he is kneeling. Then he takes the Monstrance in his hands, and, turning to the people, blesses them with the Most Holy, in the form of a cross, while the bell is sounded by one of the attendants to call attention to the ceremony. It is our Lord’s solemn benediction of His people, as when He lifted up His hands over the children, or when He blessed His chosen ones when He ascended up from Mount Olivet. As children might come before a parent before going to bed at night, so, once or twice a week the great Catholic family comes before the Eternal Father, after the bustle or the toil of the day, and He smiles upon them and sheds upon them the light of His countenance. It is a full accomplishment of what the Priest invoked upon the Israelite’s: ‘The Lord bless thee “and keep thee; the Lord show His face to thee and have mercy on “thee; the Lord turn His countenance to thee and give thee peace.’ Can there be a more touching rite, even in the judgment of those who “do not believe in it”

 

Seeking Musicians: The St. Paul’s Choir traditionally takes a vacation for the summer following the Corpus Christi Mass.  If you have something that you would like to sing at the offertory, or perhaps a piano or other instrumental piece as a prelude, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the parish hall. It’s a particularly good opportunity for students who have just survived their spring recital to have a chance to share their hard work with the congregation, or for singers who cannot commit to regular rehearsals during the year to offer their gifts.  If you’re not sure, please give Irene a call at 352-9901 for more details.

We are also seeking musician(s) for our Spanish-language Mass, Sundays at 12:15. If interested, please contact Fr. Charles.

Have news? Do you have exciting parish news, events, or photos you would like to include in the newsletter? We would love to add them! Just send it to communications@stpaulsavannah.org

St. Paul’s is a parish serving Savannah and the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia in the fullness of the Catholic and Reformed faith of the Anglican Communion since 1852. As a Collegiate Church we are a Parish that maintains a cooperative model of ministry which employs the many capabilities of the Baptized in the pursuit of God’s Mission. In particular we are home to a community of priests and religious that maintains the classic round of worship commended by the Book of Common Prayer. This includes the public recitation of the daily offices of Morning and Evening Prayer and the complete round of Eucharistic celebrations, recommended by the Prayer Book Calendar and Lesser Feasts and Fasts. Furthermore, we provide extra opportunities for the celebration of the Eucharist in the observance of Feast Days of our Lord.

Besides the College of Priests that serve our Altars and call St. Paul’s home, six members of the Parish belong to three religious communities; including the Oratory of the Good Shepherd and two Benedictine Fellowships: the Community of St. Joseph and the Episcopal Community of St. Benedict.

Established as the first Free Pew Parish in Savannah, St. Paul’s has attempted for 162 years to live into the sacramental and evangelistic implications of the recovery and continuing formation of Catholic tradition in the Episcopal Church.

We are Children of God committed to deepening our discipleship, adopting the Episcopal Church as the spiritual home where we live into the challenges of the Christian faith. We see the diversity of our religious histories, interests and cultures as one of our strengths as a parish family. Primarily we are here because we find Jesus Christ in our worship, in our fellowship and in our ministry and service to others.

“How to Talk to Your Children About God”
In his article in the June 28th issue of The Living Church “Google or God? Both”, Jake Dell states that “We all do it. When looking for information, we use Google. It is no wonder then, that when people have questions about God, many no longer turn to a priest, but instead search for answers online.” The problem is that more often than not, the answers one finds may have little or nothing to do with the teachings of The Episcopal Church. One resource is a free, downloadable guide called “How to Talk to Your Children About God”. We encourage parents, and anyone else who is interested, to download the guide as a helpful resource.