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 birth on December 6 of Anderson Hegele, great nephew of Tim and Elaine Thomas.
for the cheerful work of all those who have contributed to our Advent observances, including Joan Albiston and Claire Nachbar, who organized our Advent wreath-making workshop; Anne Cressin and Georgie Kettler, who hosted our Lessons & Carols reception; Erika Viccellio, who coordinated our St. Nicholas Celebration; Pat Punch and David & Besty Poist, who prepared our St. Nicholas meal; and our youth group elves, who prepared exam kits for our Canterbury students.
for the ministry of the Chancel Choir and Canterbury students in leading us in worship at last Sunday’s service of Advent Lessons and Carols.
for the faith and generosity of all who support the life and ministries of St. Paul's, including the more than 185 pledgers who have made financial commitments for 2018.
Your prayers are requested
for St. Paul's this Advent season, that faithful watchfulness would lead us ever deeper into the incarnate life of God.
for members and friends of the parish who are sick, sorrowful, or in any kind of trouble, including David Nelson, Karin, Anne, Evelyn, Harry, Betty, Liz, Robert, Dorothy, Ted, Virginia, Anne, Bill, Mary Elizabeth Beck, Ruth, Derek, Elizabeth, Guy & Mary Ann, Brett Blizzard, David, Christine, Bud, Lucia, Lila M., Beverly, Eleanor, the Barbour family, Mary, Sandra Bolton, Ronald, Sophie, Jane, Pierce, Sarah, Richard, Sammie, Doug, Tim, Katherine, Lana, Chester, Andre, Jai's father, Libba, Frances, Greg Vongas, Doug, Frank Heintz, Roger, the Haamel family, Finley and his family, Mark Gottlob, Lowell, Stephanie, Tim, Fiona and her family.
for students this exam week, especially members of our Canterbury fellowship, as they finish their semester’s work.
for the Rev. Deacon Katherine Dougherty, sponsored for ordination by St. Paul's, as she prepares for her ordination to the priesthood at St. George's, Fredericksburg on December 9.
for our next Director of Music and his family as they prepare to move to Charlottesville after Christmas: Deke, Joyce, Elle, Luke, and Jane Polifka.
for the Rt. Rev. Edwin "Ted" Gulick, our Assistant Bishop, as he prepares to retire at the end of this year.
for our city and community and nation; for the victims of racism, sexism, oppression, and brutality; and for those who serve the common good in law enforcement and the courts.
for Santa Maria, Falls Church and Meade Memorial, Alexandria, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of the Diocese of Western North Carolina, and for their Bishop, the Rt. Rev. José Antonio McLoughlin, 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.
all whom we love but see no more, including Cliff Anderson; Alice MacInnis, for whom a memorial service will be held at St. Paul's on December 28 at 2 p.m.; Jean Stewart Pryor; and Rod Sinclair, buried from St. Paul's last weekend.