A Note from the Rector
Dear St. Paul’s,
After the Unite the Right rally in August, I wrote to you about what it would mean to “get back to normal,” and the difference between what seems normal for earthly powers and principalities, and what is normal in the Kingdom of God. Living always in the paradox of our dual citizenship, Christians are bound to return again and again to this question.
In the kingdoms of this world, our capacity to normalize death, violence, cruelty, and despair has been amply demonstrated, in war and within the lives of nations. It has been widely observed in recent years, and since the massacre in Las Vegas, that Americans have begun to accept as normal the periodic mass murder of random strangers in public places. If we conclude that such atrocities are normal, it matters little what political rationale we employ to support that conclusion. Not many years ago, the killing of four or six or eight could rattle the national psyche. Today such an event is barely newsworthy. We’ve become accustomed to double-digit death tolls. Who’s to say we won’t normalize triple digits? Remember that when Jesus died on a cross, the hillsides outside Jerusalem were littered with crosses. It was normal.
Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a group of more than seventy, including all three Bishops in our Diocese, was correct in its statement calling our national failure to address the epidemic of gun violence “cause for repentance and for shame.” Many commentators have bemoaned the chorus of “thoughts and prayers.” In fact, we need more thought and more prayer, not less. We need less posturing, less profiteering, and less resignation, but we need as much thought and prayer as it takes to support a bold, active, public rejection of gun violence as normal.
– Will
The Rev. William Peyton
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
(Readings: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 / Psalm 19 / Matthew 21:33-46)
8 a.m.Holy Eucharist in the Chapel (quiet, traditional)
9:30 a.m. - noon Nursery care: 0-4 year olds (Sunday school wing)
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)
10 a.m. – Holy Eucharist with the Chancel Choir (festive, intergenerational)
11:15 a.m. Sunday School: 4 years old-1st grade / 2nd-3rd grade / 4th-6th grade (Sunday school wing)
11:15 a.m. Youth (7th-12th grade): Conversation and Bodo's (meet in Chancellor Street lobby)
11:15 a.m.Adult Forum: "What Is Church For?" The third in a three-part series with Rector Will Peyton. (parish hall)
1 p.m. – CROP Walk (begins at First Presbyterian Church) (details below)
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist in the Evening (informal, congenial)
6:30 p.m.Dinner for UVA Students (lounge)
(Note: No evening Youth Group because of the CROP Walk.)
Next Week at St. Paul's
St. Paul's News and Notes
African Development Project’s Harambee* Dinner – Join us on Wednesday, October 11, at 5:30 p.m. for evening prayer followed by a festive dinner and presentations by St. Paul’s Cindy Cartwright and Kelli Olson, who recently visited the three projects in Kenya and Uganda we help support. We’ll gather in the parish hall for a sale of East African jewelry and crafts, followed by dinner prepared by volunteers, and Cindy and Kelli’s reports. Learning about their experiences will enable those present to better know and appreciate the leaders and resourceful participants and the challenges they face.
Since it began at St. Paul’s in 1985, ADP has supported specific effective programs in East Africa. The current projects include an elementary school where we provide fees, food, and clothes for over 60 orphans; the Kitui Development Center, which sponsors women’s empowerment groups and a Rescue Center for children and youth withdrawn from child labor and abuse; and a World Neighbors’ program in Uganda enabling villagers to improve their health and income by raising goats, pigs, chickens and better crops.
Please RSVP to St. Paul’s This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 434-295-2156 or office@stpaulsmemorialchurch.org. For more information or to bring food or help in other ways, contact Sue Rainey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 434-293-4979. More information about ADP can be found here.
*Harambee means “pulling together” and describes a Kenyan custom. When a family needs a new roof or a cow, for example, they hold a big party with lots of food, and the guests leave a gift of money. This event is a fundraiser.
CROP Walk Against Hunger, Sunday, October 8 – Anyone can participate with St. Paul’s in the Charlottesville CROP Hunger Walk! Sign up to walk, donate, or both at the table in the Chancellor St. hallway this Sunday. Proceeds support local and global anti-hunger and anti-poverty projects (25% to our local Meals on Wheels and Emergency Food Network, 75% to Church World Service). The leisurely six-mile walk (or a three-mile option) begins downtown at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 8. More information about St. Paul’s participation is available at the table.
Healing Prayers Healing prayers are offered in the chapel during communion at the 10:00 a.m. service. If you would like prayers for yourself or someone else, please come to the chapel at the invitation to communion after which you may return to your place to receive the Eucharist with those gathered at the Holy Table.
Seeking Cell Phones We are updating our database and we need your assistance. To help our clergy and staff reach parishioners more easily, please provide us with your cell phone number here. This should take you less than 30 seconds and it will help us out enormously. If you have any questions or would like to provide us with additional information, please email Alice Fitch or call the church office at 434-295-2156.
Upcoming Community Event
A Community Table The power of gathering is boundless. The United Way is helping to set a community table, to share a meal and conversation at the Jefferson School City Center on Sunday, October 15, at 1 p.m. To learn more, contact Erika Viccellio at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
A Personal Note from the Rector
On behalf of Betsy and our whole family, I am deeply grateful for all the kindnesses expressed from the parish since the death of her mother Jimmie Moomaw last Monday morning. I am also grateful for the many instances of your generous understanding of my need to be away from St. Paul’s for portions of last week and next. We will be in North Carolina for the funeral from Sunday afternoon through Tuesday, knowing that we travel with your love and prayers.
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 blessing of our long ministry and friendship with our neighbors at the University of Virginia, as they begin their bicentennial celebrations.
for the companionship of our pets, including all of those blessed at Wednesday's St. Francis Day celebration.
for the faithful leadership of the African Development Project, including those at St. Paul's, and Janet, Chris, and Lydiah in Kenya and Uganda.
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, Betty, Liz, Robert, Dorothy, Ted, Virginia, Anne, Bill, Mary Elizabeth Beck, Gena, Ruth, Derek, Elizabeth, Guy & Mary Ann, Brett Blizzard, David, Christine, Ellis & Kristi, Bud, Lucia, Lila M., Beverly, Angie, Ray & Hayden, Eleanor, Marcus, the Barbour family, Mary, the Hanson family, the Jazzaeri family, Sandra Bolton, Lynn, Ronald, Sophie, Jane, Sandra Ball, Pierce, Libba, Jim, Sarah, Richard, Sammie, David, Doug, Nayademar & her family, the Free Clinic staff, Tim, Bill, Katherine.
for those injured this week in Las Vegas.
for all who suffer in the wake of recent natural disasters, including the bereaved and the homeless.
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 Farnham Parish, Farnham; St. John's, Warsaw; St. James', Louisa; and St. Peter's, New Kent, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of the Dioceses of St Albans, St Albans - Bedford, and St Albans - Hertford in England, and for their Bishops, the Rt. Rev. Alan Smith, the Rt. Rev. Richard Atkinson, and the Rt. Rev. Michael Beasley, 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 killed this week in Las Vegas.
those who have died in recent natural disasters.
all whom we love but see no more, including Briana Bugg, Matthew Lee Dewhirst, Jimmie Meese Moomaw (Betsy Peyton's mother), Melissa Nunn, Thomas H. Porterfield, Ellen Schuman, who was buried from St. Paul's on September 29.
Frances S. Lewis, 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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