A Note from the Rector
Dear St. Paul’s,
With the black tarps removed by court order, the statues that have always been there—horseback generals, inscrutable expressions—are materially unchanged by months of darkness. So why do they look so different? Back when we (or at least I) still thought we were talking about African-American history, the Civil War, and statues, rather than 21st-century fascism and terrorism, many in Charlottesville—especially, but not only, white people—acknowledged that they had never given the statues much thought. They were mostly invisible. People walked by without even looking up. By the time the tarps went up, we knew the statues could never be invisible again. That the tarps would come down around the time of Liberation & Freedom Day, and in the middle of Lent, is a reminder that what we see is usually a question of how we see.
In each of our own lives lurk idols that have become part of our personal spiritual landscape. Some are relics from a past that still shapes our identity. We look away from some because we can’t process the mingling of shame and pride. Some we walk by without even looking up. But what if Lenten repentance included mustering the courage to pull the shrouds off our personal idols, to try to see them illuminated by the light of Christ? They won’t look the same. We won’t have the luxury of ignoring them. We might even conclude that we have to haul them away. And we might long for the innocence we enjoyed when they were invisible. But when we emerge from our own Lenten shrouds, though still ourselves, we too might look mysteriously different in the Easter light.
The Rev. William Peyton
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Third Sunday in Lent
(Readings: Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19, John 2:13-22)
8 a.m.Holy Eucharist in the Chapel (quiet, traditional)
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)
9:30 a.m. to noon Nursery Care: 0-4 year olds (Sunday school wing)
10 a.m. – Holy Eucharist with the Chancel Choir (festive, intergenerational)
11:15 a.m.Adult Forum: Craig Townsend (details below) (parish hall)
11:15 a.m. – Sunday School: 4 years old-6th grade (Sunday school wing)
5:30 p.m.Holy Eucharist in the Evening (informal, congenial)
6:30 p.m.Dinner for PACEM Guests, UVA Students, and Youth Group (lounge)
Music Notes
Composer Maurice Duruflé (Organ prelude/postlude)
Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986) was Professor of Harmony at the Paris Conservatory and organist at Saint-Étienne-du-Mont in Paris. The composer was highly self-critical and many of his compositions never reached a publisher. However, his few published works (mostly choral and organ) are held in very high regard. It is interesting to note that Yvaine Duisit, organist at St. Paul’s from 1976-2006, was a student of Durufle’s.
Méditation, a short work composed around 1964, remained unpublished until after the composer's death. Duruflé and Jehan Alain (1911-1940) were fellow students at the Paris Conservatoire. After Alain was killed in action in WW II, the shocking loss led Duruflé to compose a Prelude and Fugue as a tribute to Alain. 
Upcoming at St. Paul's
Saturday, March 3PACEM hosting begins (details below)
Saturday, March 3Liberation & Freedom Day (details below)
Monday, March 5, 9 p.m.Compline (chancel)
Tuesday, March 6, 12:15 p.m.Holy Eucharist (chapel)
Tuesday, March 6, 2 p.m.Generation Wise (lounge)
Wednesday, March 7, 4:15 p.m.Contemplative Reflections: A Lenten Journey in the Christian Wisdom Tradition (details below)
Wednesday, March 7, 4:30 p.m. – Junior Choir Rehearsal (choir room) (details below)
Wednesday, March 7, 5:30 p.m.Evening Prayer (brief, informal, all ages)
Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m. – Dinner for all (parish hall)
Wednesday, March 7, 6:15 p.m. – Christianity, Church, and You (lounge) (details below)
Wednesday, March 7, 6:15 p.m. – Canterbury Fellowship Gathering (Canterbury house)
Thursday, March 8, 7:30 a.m.Morning Bible Study (library)
(Contact Jody Lahendro: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Saturday, March 10PACEM hosting ends
Sunday, March 11 Fourth Sunday in Lent
Lenten Wednesdays at St. Paul's
From meditative lunch hours to lively discussions, there’s something for everyone at St. Paul’s this Lent... and dinner is served!
•  Our regular Wednesday Evening Prayer service at 5:30 p.m.
•   Dinner for all at 6 p.m. (through March 21) following Evening Prayer.
•   Junior Choir – Children and youth grades 3-8 are invited to participate in a newly forming junior choir program! Rehearsals are 4:30 - 5:20 p.m. through March 21. Please contact Deke Polifka (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.
•   Contemplative Reflections: A Lenten Journey in the Christian Wisdom Tradition – Parishioners, friends, and visitors are invited to join an exploration of contemplative spiritual practices on Wednesday afternoons through March 28 (Wednesday in Holy Week) from 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Please contact Virginia Ritchie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.
•   Christianity, Church, and YouWednesday evenings through March 21, from 6:15 - 7:30 p.m., the Rector is leading an exploration of some of the central principles of Christian faith and how we practice it in the Episcopal Church and at St. Paul’s. All are welcome to participate, but newcomers and those considering Baptism or Confirmation are especially encouraged to join in. Contact the church office for more information.
•   Musical Meditations to Benefit the African Development Project – Parishioner Bruce Carveth will offer two Wednesday lunchtime concerts at St. Paul’s, 12:15 - 12:45 p.m., on March 14 and March 21. The wordless program will intersperse periods of silence with meditative solo pieces played on Bruce’s exquisite 1855 English concertina. Free-will donations go to support sustainable development and educational programs in Kenya and Uganda through the African Development Project at St. Paul’s. As a preview, Bruce will play a concertina prelude this Sunday, March 4, at the 10 a.m. service.
Make St. Paul’s part of your Lenten journey this spring!
Other Lenten Activities
Lenten Devotional – Our booklet of reflections for each day in Lent, written by members and friends of St. Paul's, is available here or in booklet form at the church.
Lenten Retreat – Mark your calendars for St. Patrick: Loving the “Enemy and Other,” a Lenten retreat with Bonnie Thurston on Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. - noon. This retreat is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Koinonia. More details can be found here. Please email or call the St. Paul’s office to reserve a place: 434-295-2156 or office@stpaulsmemorialchurch.org.
Young Adult Bible Study – Canterbury will host a Young Adult Bible Study led by Daniel Wise on Monday, March 19 at 8 p.m., immediately preceding Compline. We'll meet in the Canterbury Study Space above the library. Snacks will be provided. Email Lachlan Hassman with questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
St. Paul's News and Notes
The End of American Slavery in the South, the North, and the Church:
Liberation and Freedom Day, Saturday, March 3 – Before the surrender of Charlottesville and the University to Union troops on March 3, 1865, the majority of the local population was enslaved. St. Paul’s will take part in community-wide observances of the anniversary of their liberation, beginning in the Dome Room of the Rotunda at 9 a.m. A procession will leave the Rotunda by 10, passing by St. Paul’s en route to the Jefferson School, where festivities continue until 1:30 p.m. Parishioners, friends, and neighbors of all ages are invited to gather at the Rotunda at 9, or in front of St. Paul’s at 9:45 to greet and/or join the procession with prayers and the ringing of our bell. For more information, contact Kay Slaughter (katherineslaughter61@gmail.com or 434-971-5813).
Defective Freedom: Black Episcopalians and the End of Slavery in New York City – On Sunday, March 4, the Rev. Dr. Craig Townsend will preach at the 8 and 10 a.m. services, and lead the Adult Forum at 11:15. A retired priest of the Diocese of New York, Craig holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University in American religious history. He is the author of Faith in Their Own Color, the early history of St. Philip’s Church, founded by African-American Episcopalians in Manhattan in 1809, eighteen years before the abolition of slavery in New York.
Generation Wise – Generation Wise, a St. Paul's group which builds community among our older members, will meet Tuesday, March 6, from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. in the church lounge. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, contact Jean or Bill Sherman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 434-975-1605.
Youth Group Trip to New York City – O​ver the weekend of Friday, April 6 to Sunday, April 8, the Youth Group will be traveling to New ​​York City for the Nightwatch Retreat at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Nightwatch is an overnight spiritual retreat for middle and high school age students, where they will have the opportunity to unplug and connect with God and one another in the sacred space of the Cathedral. The Youth Group will stay in the city Saturday night as well and return to Charlottesville on Sunday. Please contact Youth Group coordinator SK Doyle (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you are interested in attending or sending your young person on this exciting trip!
Parishioner Sue Rainey Presents Art from Shrine Mont's Collection at Westminster-Canterbury, TONIGHT – Did you know that, apart from being famous for rocking chairs, fried chicken, and summer camp, the Diocese of Virginia's Shrine Mont conference center owns an important collection of the artwork of American landscape illustrator John Douglas Woodward, who was the uncle of Shrine Mont's founder? Or that St. Paul's own Sue Rainey is a leading authority on Woodward?
Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge is opening an exhibition today, "John Douglas Woodward’s Drawings of the Holy Land, 1878 and ’79: From Shrine Mont’s Collection," with an illustrated talk by Sue Rainey at 7:30 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Room. All are invited.
The exhibition, which continues through April 2, features on-the-spot watercolors and drawings Woodward made in the 1870s for the book Picturesque Palestine, Sinai and Egypt, which was at its publication the most comprehensive visual survey of the Holy Land ever produced.
Stewardship 2018: Growing Together in the Discipline of Generosity – A pledge is a statement of intention and belonging. It’s a way of saying, “I’m in. This is my church.” If that’s the way you feel about St. Paul’s, and you haven't yet made a pledge for 2018, you can make your pledge here or fill out a pledge card and bring it or mail it to church, or call or email the office. For a conversation about what pledging might mean for you, or how you might come up with an amount, contact the Rector (434-295-2156 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); for questions about logistics, accounting, or payment methods, contact Financial Secretary Martha Loach (434-295-2156 or martha.loach@stpaulsmemorialchurch.org).
PACEM – A friendly reminder that St. Paul’s is hosting the Women’s PACEM week from Saturday morning, March 3 through Saturday morning, March 10. PACEM (People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry) is an effort by local churches to provide food and shelter during the coldest months to homeless people in the Charlottesville community. During our hosting period, St. Paul's staff and volunteers will do their very best to accommodate normal St. Paul’s activities while protecting the safety and privacy of the ladies who will be our guests, but there will inevitably be some minor disruptions. Thank you to everyone for helping us to continue the tradition of St. Paul’s hospitality with this valuable and rewarding ministry.
Interested in helping out? Questions or concerns? Please feel free to contact Julie Lautenschlager: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 434-242-2853 or Anne Ribble: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 434-996-8663.
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 hospitality and generosity of Kathleen Lovett and Lynne Weikart, who prepared dinner for our students last Sunday, and for Jim & Nancy Galloway, Julie Lautenschlager, Leslie Middleton, Betsy Poist, and Pat Punch, who prepared our Lenten Wednesday dinner this week.
for the ministry here this Sunday of the Rev. Dr. Craig Townsend.
for the faith and generosity of all who support the life and ministries of St. Paul's, including all of the pledgers who have made financial commitments for 2018.
Your prayers are requested
for St. Paul's this Lent, and especially for all those considering and preparing for Baptism, Confirmation, or Reception during Easter season.
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, Anne, Mary Elizabeth Beck, Ruth, Derek, Elizabeth, Guy & Mary Ann, Brett Blizzard, David, Bud, Lila M., Eleanor, the Barbour family, Mary, Sandra Bolton, Ronald, Sophie, Jane, Pierce, Sarah, Richard, Sammie, Doug, Tim, Lana, Andre, Libba, Frances, Doug, Roger, Finley & his family, Lowell, Stephanie, Fiona & her family, Dao, Betty & Bill, Fritz, Sierra, Bob Marsh, Thomas, Elizabeth, Jason Corbin, Sherlene Henry, Gordon Fillingane, Donald & Carol.
for our PACEM guests this week and for all who are involved in hosting them.
for the Charlottesville community as we prepare for Liberation & Freedom Day observances on Saturday.
for the members of the Search & Nominating Committee of our Diocese, including parishioner Mildred Robinson, as they seek our next Bishop Suffragan; and for the person God will call to that work.
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 Church of the Spirit, Kingstowne, and for our bishops as they gather at the House of Bishops, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
for the people and ministries of the Province de L'Eglise Anglicane Du Congo, and for the Archbishop of the Congo & Bishop of Kindu, the Most Rev. Zacharie Masimango Katanda, 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 James Kennedy Jr.

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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