St Paul – A Small Congregation with a Mighty Mission – Inviting all who seek Christ to come and be fed!

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CALENDAR

January – February 2020 

January 19 2nd Sunday After Epiphany 9:00 AM Worship Service 9:15 AM Church School 10:00 AM Coffee Hour

10:10 AM Church Council

January 20 Martin Luther King Day
January 21 Bible Study 7:00 PM Bible Study
January 26th 3rd  Sunday After Epiphany

With Rev. Valerie Miller

9:00 AM Worship Service 10:00 AM Coffee Hour
January 28th Bible Study 7:00 PM Bible Study
February 2nd 4th  Sunday After Epiphany

With Rev. Valerie Miller

9:00 AM Worship Service

9:15 AM Church School

10:00 AM Coffee Hour

February 9th 5th  Sunday After Epiphany 9:00 AM Worship Service  10:00 AM Coffee Hour

10:10 AM Parish Life

February 11th Bible Study 7:00 PM Bible Study
February 16th 6th  Sunday After Epiphany 9:00 AM Worship Service

9:15 AM Church School

10:00 AM Coffee Hour

10:10 AM Church Council

February 17th Presidents Day
February 18th Bible Study 7:00 PM Bible Study
February 21st Food Pantry 9:00-12:00 Food Pantry

January 19, 2020

SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

Come and See

“What are you looking for?” Jesus’ question cuts to the heart of our humanity. What will satisfy the ache in our heart for that something more that is so hard to name? What do we need to live a life of joy and purpose, a life in which the light of love and abundance cause our hearts to shine and to illumine the lives of others? We are needy by nature, hungry for personal, intimate communion with God, the great love who is our Source. The words of the psalms and of great spiritual writers echo this theme through the centuries. We find no rest, no peace until we abide in the all-possessing love of God that flows from the heart of Jesus to us.

The little Greek word meno appears sixty-three times in the Gospel of John; two of these are in today’s gospel reading. The word means “to stay,” “to abide,” “to dwell,” or “to remain.” Two disciples ask Jesus, “Where are you staying (meno)?” This is not merely a question about his lodging, but about where his heart dwells. Jesus abides in the unfathomable heart of God. He and the Father are one, joined in intimate, loving communion.

The two followers remain (meno) with Jesus for the rest of the day because they want exactly the same thing we want. They want to be with him, sharing intimate, loving communion. They want to be touched, filled, embraced, enveloped, resting, and at peace in the immensity of God’s love. This is the deepest need of the human heart—to abide in an everlasting love and know this love abiding in us. Today and every day God invites us: come and see, worship and sing, pray and rest in the one who hungers to abide in you.

 

 

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Please note: We stand with many in the faith community – including His Holiness  Pope Francis, The Dali Lama, Presiding ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton – who are calling us to remember that we who call ourselves Christian are not to condemn another because of their faith or ethnicity. As a nation of immigrants, we proudly endorse the heritage of this land, proclaiming with Emma Lazurus the words emblazoned on the Statue of Liberty:

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

#HateHasNoBusinessHere

Notice: Pledges (time, financial gifts and your personal talents) allow the church some idea of what we may plan for the future. Pledges may be mailed in to 134 Main Street Terryville CT 06786 Attn: Finance, dropped in the offering plate or communicated to the staff. Remember God only asks for 10% off the top – won’t you consider tithing this year?


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St Paul Luther Church Christmas Season December  2019

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Saint Lucinda Sunday 2nd week in Advent

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Christmas Eve 2019

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Aug. 16, 2015 – St Paul served 110 people at Cathedral of the night, click on this link for pictures…

Cathedral Of the Night

St Paul children’s dowel team in action, click here

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Confirmation Food Drive

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Annual Meeting

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“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
Corrie ten Boom

Our Advent altar

Members color in our Advent banner

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