Room at the Inn Update!! Room at the Inn is ending month three of settling the Mwajuma/Jeack family into life in Philly. Mom Bahati is working full time in housekeeping at the Holiday Inn in Fort Washington. The three younger kids are walking to Holy Cross; Justine is in 9th grade at Hill-Freedman School. The family is done with most first rounds of medical and dental appointments.
Volunteer opportunities abound. If you want to join a homework coaching team at Holy Cross from 3-4:30p.m. once a week, contact Sue Proud at email@example.com and Valerie Stevens at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain security clearances. If you want to help out on a clothing team, contact Betsy Roak at email@example.com. ... See MoreSee Less
Join us this week for "Trending on Tuesdays" - it is our Tuesday evening series at 7 p.m. in the Dixon House. Scholar Mary Hansbury joins our rector again to mine the East and especially the poetry and thought of Ephrem of Syria. Some believe that Spirituality in the West has lost its traditional anchors, with many going it alone. There are spiritual pillars from eastern Christian traditions that may help us hold on and go deeper in our faith. Come and discover new sources for stronger belief. ... See MoreSee Less
TOMORROW! Saint Paul's Youth will be volunteering at Face to Face @ 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. As always, they will help with cooking, serving, and clean-up and set-up. As many of you know, Face to Face is part of our ministry to the poor, hungry, and homeless within our community. Any help is transformative, and we hope to see many of you tomorrow! They will go to the Trolley Car Diner for lunch after they finish. ... See MoreSee Less
HE IS RISEN!!! Happy Easter to ALL our Parish family! Join us this morning as we worship at our contemplative Eucharist at 8 a.m. Festal worship with full choir will take place at both 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. God has raised Jesus, and in so doing revealed to all the One who has authority over life and death! ... See MoreSee Less
Join us today for the following Holy Saturday events: - Prayer Vigil @ 9:30 a.m. Prior to the church being decorated for Easter, we commemorate the day Jesus' body was lying in the tomb "resting on the Sabbath." We wait for Easter in order to rise with Jesus to newness of life.
- Easter Egg Hunt and Family Brunch @ 11 a.m. Feel free to invite your neighbors and friends to climb up the hill and enjoy a festive gathering of children, parents, and grandparents from Saint Paul's and the greater community. When all the eggs are discovered, brunch will be provided. This will be an exciting morning for all in anticipation of Easter's celebration of resurrection.
- The Great Vigil of Easter: Worship Service @ 7 p.m. "Christ is Risen!" And the Alleluias we have refrained from saying all through the weeks of Lent are finally upon our lips again. The worship begins in darkness with the lighting of the first fire and the reading of our salvation history. Nathan Ngo Lew will be baptized on this most holy night. We will be joined by our friends from the Church of the Advocate. ... See MoreSee Less
Join us today for our Good Friday Services: - Noon Service: This service focuses on our Prayer Book liturgy that puts us in mind of the cross and Jesus' love. We read George Herbert's poem, "The Sacrifice" - "Was ever grief like mine?" The service ends with the words, "Give mercy and grace to the living; pardon and rest to the dead; and to your holy Church peace and concord..."
- Tenebrae Service @ 7 p.m.: Good Friday will conclude with a service of Tenebrae. The word "tenebrae" comes from the Latin, meaning "darkness." The Tenebrae is an ancient Christian Good Friday service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles, to symbolize the events of that week from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus' burial.
This increasing darkness symbolizes the approaching darkness of Jesus' death and of hopelessness in the world without God. The service concludes in darkness, sometimes with a final candle, the Christ candle, carried out of the sanctuary, symbolizing the death of Jesus. A loud noise may also sound, symbolizing the closing of Jesus' tomb. The worshipers then leave in silence to ponder the impact of Christ's death and await the coming Resurrection. ... See MoreSee Less