A Note from the Rector

Dear St. Paul’s,

Years ago, on a mission trip to New Orleans to rebuild homes destroyed in the Hurricane Katrina disaster, my group was offered this wisdom during orientation: Remember that it’s not only the homeowner you’re working with, or the person who lost a loved one, or the person who was stranded on a roof in the flooding who is traumatized. It’s the bus driver, the waitress, the jogger you pass on the street; the whole city is in a state of PTSD. The same is now true of Charlottesville. Be gentle with yourself, be gentle with each other, and be gentle with those you pass on the street. On Sunday, all are invited to the parish hall following the 10 a.m. service for a time of reflection on our various experiences of last weekend. I hope many of you will want to participate.

Meanwhile, the life and ministries to which we are called continue, full of promise for the coming academic year. This week, the first day of classes at the University and the first school day for many of our children, our weekly Wednesday worship begins. A brief, informal, family-friendly prayer service at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by a cookout to welcome back our Canterbury students. Parishioners of ALL ages are encouraged to come for worship and dinner, and to welcome students on Wednesday. On Sunday, August 27, following the 10:00 a.m. service, we’ll gather in the parish hall to launch our Christian education classes, dismissing children and teenagers by age group to their classrooms to be welcomed and oriented for the coming year. Adults may remain in the parish hall to hear about upcoming adult forums.

– Will

The Rev. William Peyton


This Sunday at St. Paul's

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

(Readings: Genesis 45:1-15 / Psalm 133 / Matthew 15: 21-28)

8 a.m. – Holy Eucharist in the Chapel

(quiet, traditional)

10 a.m. – Holy Eucharist with the Chancel Choir

(festive, intergenerational)

5:30 p.m. – Holy Eucharist in the Evening

(informal, congenial)

Building Faith and Community

9 a.m. – Feasting on the Word: an exploration of this week's readings in preparation for the 10 a.m. Eucharist. Parishioners, friends, and visitors all welcome. (library)

11:15 a.m. – Conversation and Reflection About Last Weekend's Events (parish hall)


Next Week at St. Paul's

Weekdays at 8 a.m. – Morning Prayer (chapel)

Monday, August 21, 9 p.m. – Compline (chancel)

Tuesday, August 22, 12:15 p.m. – Holy Eucharist (chapel)

Wednesday, August 23, 5:30 p.m. – Evening Prayer (chapel)

Wednesday, August 23, 6 p.m. – Canterbury/Skinner Scholar Welcome Back Cookout

Thursday, August 24, 7:30 a.m. – Men's Bible Study (library)

Saturday, August 26, 7:30 p.m. – The Piedmont Singers of Central Virginia choral concert

Sunday, August 27 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

(Readings: Exodus 1:8-2:10 / Psalm 124 / Matthew 16:13-20)

Sunday, August 27, 11:15 a.m. – Christian Education Kick-Off for All Ages (parish hall)


St. Paul's News and Notes

Welcoming UVA Students This Weekend – Please help welcome students and their families to UVA during Move-In Weekend, Friday, August 18, and Saturday, August 19. Will, Elaine, and student parishioner leaders plan to greet students and their families, help students move into their rooms, pass out cookies, and share information about the Canterbury program. We need parishioners to bake cookies (lots of them!) for use in this welcoming effort. Cookies can be dropped off in the parish hall any time tomorrow (Friday). We also need volunteers of all ages to join in our greeting effort throughout the weekend. There are many opportunities to help. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details and to volunteer.

School Supplies Ingathering Extended – Earlier this week, St. Paul’s provided International Neighbors, a Charlottesville-based refugee assistance organization, 50 backpacks loaded with school supplies for distribution to refugee children in our community. However, International Neighbors has an urgent need for 43 additional backpacks. We may not be able to fill all 43 backpacks, but we have offered to do what we can to meet this need. So we are extending our school supplies ingathering for an additional week. Donations of backpacks, Ticonderoga pencils, and glue sticks are especially appreciated, and we would be happy to be your personal shopper if it is easier to write a check. Please make your check out to St. Paul's and note on the memo line: “school supplies.” A large box will be available in the church lobby for drop-offs. Public schools in Charlottesville start classes on Wednesday, August 23, so all school supplies need to be back to the church by this Sunday, August 20, so that the children can have them before school starts.

Video of the August 11 Interfaith Prayer Service – The full video of last Friday's prayer service at St. Paul's can be found here.

Acolyte Recognition – At this Sunday's 10 a.m. service we will recognize Katherine Webber, who graduated from Charlottesville High School this past June. While a student at CHS, Katherine was drum major for the marching band and played field hockey, earning 2nd team all-conference honors. Katherine will attend the University of Virginia this fall as an Echols Scholar and a Skinner Scholar. She is interested in studying Environmental Studies, Sustainability, and possibly Urban Planning. This Sunday we will show our appreciation to Katherine for the many years of service she has provided as candlebearer, server, and crucifer. We wish her great success in her future endeavors.



Prayers of the Parish


Holding each other's joys, sorrows and concerns before God in prayer is a spiritual practice that characterizes our life together at St. Paul's. In our worship services we pray each other's prayers together. Outside of our time together many parishioners make it part of their daily lives to pray the prayers of the parish community. You are invited to participate in your own way.

Thanks be to God

for the work of International Neighbors and the leadership of Jeannie Long in our ongoing school-supplies drive benefiting refugee children.

for the new life in Christ of Samantha Caroline Baggett, baptized here last Sunday.

for the faithful witness last Saturday of parishioners, friends, neighbors, our Bishops, and others, against hatred and violence.

for the generosity of all who have made 2017 pledges, and all the members and friends of St. Paul's who support our ministries.

Godspeed and blessings

to long-serving acolyte Katherine Webber as she prepares for her first year as a UVA student and Skinner scholar.

Your prayers are requested

for members and friends of the parish who are sick, sorrowful, or in any kind of trouble, including Rod Sinclair, David Nelson, Karin, Anne, Evelyn, Harry, JT, Betty, Bill Rambo, Lucy, Liz, Robert, Dorothy, Ted, Virginia, Anne, Bill, Mary Elizabeth Beck, Gena, Ruth, Derek, Jean Turman, Elizabeth, Guy and Mary Ann, Madeleine, Brett Blizzard, David, Christine, Ellis, Ernst, Lucia, Lila, Beverly, Angie, Ray, Hayden, Ellen, Eleanor, Marcus, the Barbour Family, and Mary.

for all those injured and traumatized in our community last weekend.

for the music ministry at St. Paul's as we seek a full-time Organist and Director of Music to work alongside Daniel Hine.

for children and students preparing for a new school year, especially our own parishioners, our refugee neighbors in Charlottesville for whom we are collecting school supplies and backpacks, and our Canterbury students and Skinner Scholars.

for our city and community; for the victims of racism, oppression, and brutality; and for those who serve the common good in law enforcement and the courts.

for St. Paul's, West Point, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.

for the people and ministries of the Diocese of Ruvuma in Tanzania, and for their Bishop, the Rt. Rev, Maternus Kapinga, according to the Anglican Cycle of Prayer.

We commend to God’s never-failing care

victims of violence and warfare throughout the world, including migrants and refugees who have died fleeing danger.

those whom we love but see no more, including Lee Stephens (friend of Cyane Williams), Heather Heyer, H. Jay Cullen, and Berke Bates.

Lucy McIlwaine Hale and William Newton Hale, in whose loving memory this Sunday's flowers are given.

Worship Schedule

8:00 a.m. Holy Communion
10:00 a.m. Holy Communion
5:30 p.m. Holy Communion
9:00 p.m. Compline
12:15 p.m.
Holy Communion
5:30 p.m.
Evening Prayer

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