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Worship continues to be the center of our life together and calls us each week to hear God’s word and share his supper. We meet Sunday mornings at 11:00 AM and this year the gospel readings are all from St. Matthew. A LARGE PRINT White Worship Notebook containing the hymns, liturgy, psalm and creed appointed for the day is available for those who find larger print helpful. It is located in the Narthex and should be return at the end of the service. Please avail yourself of this resource to help make participation in worship open to everyone. While we do not yet have a musician for every service, Ralph Coble is with us the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays and our A Cappella singing is much improved. The fifth Sunday in July included a special focus on healing and our need for wholeness. Using appropriate hymns, readings and prayers, we remembered by name those in need of healing and offered prayers for caregivers and those who practice the healing arts. Laying-on-of-hands and anointing with oil were available as signs of God’s mercy and grace. This type of service will be held in most months in which there is a fifth Sunday
On Sunday, September 10th, we will join Lutherans across the United States in observing God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday. The day witnesses to God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities through the service and labor of individual congregations. Our hands are at work to love our neighbors and to make our community a better place. We will gather at our regular worship time dressed for a day of service - wear your congregation tee-shirt. The more informal service will recommit us to be a restoring and reconciling community. Bring a bag lunch for a quick meal before departing for an afternoon of service. While the site for his year’s God’s Work Sunday has not yet been chosen, there will be jobs for everyone and the more hands, the more work can be accomplished. Our day of service in the community will conclude by 3:00 PM. Everyone is needed! Everyone is welcome! Join us for this church-wide day of service.
September 17th is the date for our annual outdoor worship service and picnic. This fall tradition of the congregation is held on the church lawn adjacent to the parking field. Please bring a chair for seating and a main dish and salad or dessert for sharing. Sharing worship and food is an excellent way to celebrate the life we have together as St. Paul Church. The service and picnic will be held indoors in the event of inclement weather.
As noted in the above paragraph, 2017 is the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. The anniversary commemorates the work of Martin Luther and other reformers whose theology continues to speak to the church today. On October 8, we are planning an Open House with invitations extended to all the churches of Hamlet and vicinity. The Open House will include a showing of the PBS Rick Steves’ video Luther and the Reformation, and a tour of our facilities with questions and answers. The afternoon will close with refreshments and fellowship. Please mark the date and watch for ways you can help with this community outreach.
The food ministries of St. Paul continue to be a major avenue for our involvement in the community. Feed My Sheep has become a lifeline for many Richmond County families often serving more than 70 families each month for the last ten years. The hours are 9:00 to 11:30 AM and emergency assistance is also available by calling the church office. We work hard each month to replenish our pantry shelves through donations or the purchase of food from the NC Food Bank. We are always in need of canned goods as well as cereals, dry milk, juice and pasta sauce. Your help in supplying these items and in shopping, packing and general assistance is greatly appreciated. Our next distribution is set for Saturday, August 19th. Can we count on your help?
My own vacation is still in the future and we are looking forward to a trip to the Maritime Provinces of Canada. I will be away from August 19th to 31st. During that time, please contact President Rick Watkins (582-4299) or Vice-President Rich Larsen (997-2858) if you are in need of pastoral ministry and they will contact the covering pastor for you. I will return to the church office on September 1st.
God’s peace, grace and love be with you,