A Note from the Rector

Dear St. Paul’s,

When I was a young parent and a parishioner here at St. Paul’s in the 1990’s, it was David Poist, then rector, who first focused my attention on an aspect of church life I’d taken for granted. The church, he said, is the last, greatest intergenerational institution we have. Not only our social lives, but even our workplaces and neighborhoods are often more or less segregated by age. Ever since David made that comment, I notice and give thanks when I’m at church.

I hope you’ll notice too. At this Sunday’s 10 a.m. service, you’ll see some minor changes in how the choir processes and where the acolytes sit. For our acolytes first-graders, senior citizens, and everyone in between this is in part to help them experience and represent to the congregation the intergenerational nature of our worshiping community. After the 10 a.m. service, if you come to the parish hall for our kick-off celebration of our Christian-education programming, you’ll see it again as we gather all ages together before embarking on our own age-appropriate Christian-education journeys this year. And if you were here for our Canterbury cookout on Wednesday, you saw undergraduates, including many first-year students, sharing prayers, dinner, and conversation with parishioners of all ages. If you weren’t here, I hope you’ll join us on some future Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Opportunities abound to experience the blessing of intergenerational fellowship at St. Paul’s. Older folks and young families alike can step up to make dinner on a Wednesday or a Sunday for Canterbury students. Young adults can become friends and helpers for senior parishioners. People who aren’t raising children can become Sunday-school teachers and youth-group leaders. All of it points to the truth of the timeless unity we have in Christ. Every time we baptize a baby, we are reminded that our membership in the Body of Christ and our place in God’s household don’t depend on achievement or understanding, but only on the abundant, unearned love of God.

– Will

The Rev. William Peyton


This Sunday at St. Paul's

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

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

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. – Christian Education Kick-Off for All Ages (parish hall)

6:30 p.m. – Dinner for UVA Students and Youth (lounge)


Next Week at St. Paul's

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

Monday, August 28, 9 p.m. – Compline (chancel)

Tuesday, August 29, 12:15 p.m. – Holy Eucharist (chapel)

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

Wednesday, August 30, 6:00 – Dinner and Canterbury Fellowship Meeting, led by the rector (Canterbury house)

Thursday, August 31, 7:30 a.m. – Men's Bible Study (library)

(Just drop in, or contact Jody Lahendro for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

Sunday, September 3 – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

(Readings: Exodus 3:1-15 / Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c / Matthew 16:21-28)


St. Paul's News and Notes

Christian Education Kick-Off: Sunday, August 27, 11:15 a.m. - noon – Everyone is invited to the parish hall after this Sunday's 10 a.m. service for an introduction and overview of the Christian education programming that St. Paul’s is offering for all ages this fall. Children and teenagers will head off by age group with their teachers for a quick welcome and orientation in the classrooms while adults remain in the parish hall to hear about upcoming adult education programs.

Family Wednesday, September 6, 5:30 p.m. – Be a part of Family Wednesdays at St. Paul’s this fall! On five Wednesdays, we’ll have fun for kids, fellowship for parents, and dinner for all following a brief, informal prayer service at 5:30 p.m. The first of these gatherings is Wednesday, September 6, with outdoor games for children, and conversation for parents. Just show up, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for more information or to volunteer to pitch in. Future Family Wednesday dates: September 20, October 18, November 15, and December 13.

Presiding Bishop to Preach at St. Paul’s – The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, will pay a pastoral visit to Charlottesville-area Episcopalians on Thursday, September 7, representing the prayerful concern of the whole Church in his role as our chief priest and pastor following the traumatic events of August 11 and 12. Bishop Curry will meet with local and diocesan leaders before arriving at St. Paul’s in the afternoon to spend time with UVA students and preach at a special service of Holy Eucharist at 5:30 p.m.

Parish Picnic – On Sunday, September 17, following the 10 a.m. service, parishioners, newcomers, and visitors are invited to gather on the lawn outside the church for food and fellowship. Fried chicken and drinks will be provided; other main dishes, sides, and desserts are potluck. Please bring a dish to share and a blanket to sit on, and join us!

Reach Out for Help – Are you faced with a difficult decision? Is there a personal or family situation that deeply concerns you? Are you grieving a loss? Stephen Ministers are there to help ​one-on-one​ with big and little problems, for the short- or long-term. They are trained to listen in a non-judgemental and confidential way. If you would like to know more about what Stephen Ministers do – or if you or someone you know might benefit from this ministry – please contact the office at 434-295-2156.

Looking for a Fun Way to Serve People in Need? – Small groups of St. Paul's parishioners serve dinner at the Salvation Army downtown almost every Thursday from September through May, and more help is needed. To learn more about the possibilities for various levels of commitment, and how to explore this ministry as an individual or with a friend or family member, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-962-9075.



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 generosity of all the parishioners who donated the backpacks, school supplies, and money which enabled us to provide 103 backpacks to International Neighbors for distribution to refugee children in Charlottesville.

for the ministry of hospitality of all the parishioners who helped welcome the UVA students during their move-in days last weekend and with the Canterbury cookout this week.

for messages of prayer, support, and concern shared with St. Paul's from around the world since August 12.

for the ministry of our acolytes and altar guild as they gather for training and reflection this Saturday.

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

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, 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, Mary, the Hanson Family, and Richard Carveth.

for all those injured and traumatized in our community by the events of August 11 and 12.

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

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

for the church of Saint Philippe & Saint Jacques in Petite Montagne, Haiti, which gratefully received the offering for teacher salaries collected at our Shrine Mont weekend.

for church sextons and all who care for church property, including St. Paul's sexton Andre Jones, 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.

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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