A Note from the Rector
Dear St. Paul’s,
 
Do you have time for Holy Week? Do you have time for Good Friday? Isn’t Sunday morning enough church for one week? Why can’t we just trust each other to choose a few items of doctrine to subscribe to, say a few little prayers, resolve yet again to be kinder and gentler, and get on with our busy lives?
 
One of the most troublesome aspects of Christianity is that, whether you know it or not at the time you take it up, it has internal, built-in mechanisms to protect it from being shoved out of real life into the realm of platitude. How else to explain Good Friday, where Christians see timeless, universal revelations about the meaning of humanity inextricably tangled up in one strange culture-bound story in all its historical and geographical specificity?
 
Strange as it may seem to the world of philosophy, Christianity doesn’t begin with a set of ideas, tenets, or principles; it begins with a human body in Jerusalem. Every year on Good Friday, Episcopalians honor that truth by devoting, at the Presiding Bishop’s request, our Good Friday offering to the Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. In a region where religious and political strife can be as intense as it was in the first century, our Anglican brothers and sisters run hospitals, schools, and clinics that serve people in need without regard to ethnic or religious identity. These ministries are not nice ideas. They are living signs of God’s sanctifying presence in real lives, in real communities, in real human bodies. In gratitude for God’s presence in your real life in this community, please give generously.
 
Will
 
The Rev. William Peyton
This Sunday at St. Paul's
Palm Sunday
(Readings: Mark 11:1-11, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 31:9-16, Philippians 2:5-11, The Passion According to Mark)
 
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)
(Note: Service begins across the street. Details below.)
 
11:15 a.m.Coffee Hour (parish hall)
 
5:30 p.m.Holy Eucharist in the Evening (informal, congenial)
 
6:30 p.m.Dinner for UVA Students and Youth (lounge)
Holy Week at St. Paul's
Monday, March 26, 9 p.m.Compline (chancel)
 
Tuesday, March 27, 12:15 p.m.Holy Eucharist (chapel)
 
Tuesday, March 27, 6 p.m.20s and 30s Movie Night (lounge) (details below)
 
Wednesday, March 28, 4:15 p.m.Contemplative Reflections: A Lenten Journey in the Christian Wisdom Tradition (lounge)
(Contact Virginia Ritchie: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
 
Wednesday, March 28, 6:15 p.m. – Canterbury Fellowship Gathering (Canterbury house)
 
Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.Tenebrae
(childcare provided)
 
Thursday, March 29, 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.)
 
Thursday, March 29, 5:30 p.m.Maundy Thursday Eucharist with foot washing
(childcare provided)
 
Friday, March 30Good Friday
Services at 7:30 a.m., noon, and 5:30 p.m.
(childcare provided at the 5:30 p.m. service)
 
Saturday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.Easter Vigil
(childcare provided)
 
Sunday, April 1Easter Sunday
Note service time changes from previous years:
Services at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. 11:15 a.m., and 5:30 p.m.
(childcare provided at the 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services)
Music Notes
 
Music Offerings for Holy Week and Easter 2018
 
Palm Sunday, 3/25
Hosianna, dem Sohne Davids by Bartholomäus Gesius (c. 1562-1613)
Solus ad victimam by Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988)
 
Solemn Tenebrae - Wednesday, 3/28
Featuring choral offerings by MIRA Early Music Ensemble (Raven Hunter, director)
Portions of the Lamentations of Jeremiah by Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)
Hear My Prayer by Henry Purcell (c. 1659-1695)
 
Maundy Thursday, 3/29
Organ: Ubi caritas et amor by Gerald Near (b. 1942)
I give to you a new commandment by Peter Nardone (b. 1965)
Ave verum corpus by Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
 
Good Friday, 3/30
The 12:00 p.m. service includes musical meditations by Deke Polifka (organ), Daniel Hine (piano), Margaret Lee (harp) and Kevin Warren (jazz piano)              
The 5:30 p.m. service features a small choral ensemble singing a beautiful setting of the Passion according to John set to ancient plainsong, with choral responses by Tomás Luis de Victoria (c. 1548-1611)
 
The Great Vigil of Easter - Saturday, 3/31
Sicut cervus desiderat by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594)
Most Glorious Lord of Life by William Harris (1883-1973)
Organ: Toccata in G by Théodore Dubois (1837-1924) 
 
Easter Sunday, 4/1: Music for Choir, Organ & Brass at both 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services
Risen Lord by Barry Rose (b. 1934) Junior Choir, 9:00 a.m. only
Most Glorious Lord of Life by William Harris (1883-1973) 11:15 a.m. only
Lift your voice, rejoicing by Roland Martin (b. 1955) 
A Repeating Alleluia by Calvin Hampton (1938-1984)
Organ/Brass: Grand Choeur Dialogue by Eugène Gigout (1844-1925)
Toccata from Symphony No. 5 by Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
The St. Paul's Junior Choir
St. Paul's News and Notes
Join the Bishops of Virginia in Local and National March for Our Lives – St. Paul’s Canterbury undergraduate fellowship will join Bishops Bob Ihloff and Ted Gulick this Saturday in Washington, D.C., heeding the call of survivors of the Parkland shooting to march on the Capitol in support of gun legislation. Locally, Episcopalians are invited to join Bishop Susan Goff at the Paramount Theater at 1:30 p.m. and march to the Pavilion to join a large coalition of local groups. The event at the Pavilion is from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. More information is available here.
 
Palm Sunday – This week's 10 a.m. Palm Sunday service will begin with the Liturgy of the Palms in the grass near Brooks Hall, just across University Avenue. Don't worry about not being able to find the spot! You'll be able to see the choir and acolytes from St. Paul's front steps, and ushers will be on hand to assist. The congregation will follow in procession to the church by way of the crosswalk at Chancellor Street. Anyone who prefers to sit in the church and await the procession of the palms, or to watch from the front doors, is welcome to do so. Those relying on scheduled transportation after church should note that the 10 a.m. service on Palm Sunday will be a little longer than usual. There will be no adult forum or Sunday school.
 
Easter Lilies – St. Paul’s is blessed week in and week out by the ministry of our Flower Guild, a group of volunteer parishioners who enhance and honor our worship with beautiful floral arrangements throughout the year. The Flower Guild is funded by gifts and memorial contributions throughout the year, with a large portion of the budget coming at Easter, when the church is adorned with dozens of Easter lilies.
 
Please consider supporting this ministry with a gift of any amount in thanksgiving for, or in memory of, one or more loved ones. The names of all who are remembered or honored will be printed in our Easter bulletins, and donations will contribute to the beautification of the church all year long.
 
Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Monday, March 26, if you wish to make a contribution to be recognized in the Easter bulletin. If you would like to make your contribution online, you may do so here. Please use the field labeled "add special instructions" to type "in memory of ____" or "in thanksgiving for ____."
 
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20s and 30s Holy Week Movie Night – St. Paul's 20s and 30s will gather in the lounge on Tuesday, March 27, at 6 p.m. to watch Jesus of Montreal, which tells the story of a group of actors that come together to revive a struggling passion play. Simple dinner provided, but please bring a beverage or movie snack to share. Nursery care will be available from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Contact Rachel Teubner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with questions. 
 
An Invitation from the Flower Guild – The Flower Guild invites the congregation to join in the joy of adorning the church in blossoms for Easter. Please help us to create the window baskets on Saturday, March 31, immediately following a brief Holy Saturday service with the rector at 9 a.m. No experience needed, all are welcome. It is great fun! Additionally, please bring any lovely flowering blossoms, branches, or greenery that you may have in your garden to the church by Saturday morning at 9 a.m. to be used for Easter.
 
Easter Egg Hunt – All children are invited to participate in an Easter egg hunt on the front lawn on Easter Sunday, April 1, immediately following the 9 a.m. service.
 
Art from Shrine Mont at Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge – The exhibition “John Douglas Woodward’s Drawings of the Holy Land, 1878 and ’79: From Shrine Mont’s Collection” continues at Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge through April 1. Sue Rainey worked with the WCBR Art Committee in curating this show. Woodward traveled to the region to prepare illustrations for Picturesque Palestine, Sinai and Egypt (1881-83), the most comprehensive visual survey of the Holy Land that had yet appeared.
 
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).
Upcoming Community Events
Political Islam and Jerusalem Presentation – The Blue Ridge Virginia Chapter of the United Nations Association invites all to hear Ahmed H. al-Rahim, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Virginia’s Department of Religious Studies, on Sunday, March 25, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, Unitarian Universalist, 717 Rugby Road. The title of Professor al-Rahim’s talk is “Political Islam and Jerusalem.” For information, please contact: Susan Roberts, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
St. Matthew Passion – On Monday, March 26, parishioner and former choir director Don Loach will show his OLLI class a performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Pt. 2, the narrative of Jesus' trial and crucifixion. The performance is by the Berlin Philharmonic with modest staging created by Peter Sellars. The class meets 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the choir room of Meadows Presbyterian Church. Don will be happy to include guests. 
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 Christie Thomas, who prepared dinner for our students last Sunday, and of Pat Punch, Leslie Middleton, and Vickie Gottlob, who helped prepare our Lenten Wednesday dinner this week.
 
for Koinonia of Charlottesville, and for the Lenten retreat they sponsored here last week with Bonnie Thurston.
 
for Lenten musical meditations offered the last two Wednesdays by Bruce Carveth, and for the work of the African Development Project.
 
for the music ministry of St. Paul's junior choir, and of Canterbury leader Helen Schmedtje, who accompanied them on the flute last Sunday.
 
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 Holy Week, that our worship and prayers this week would prepare us to be faithful witnesses to God’s transforming love.
 
for members and friends of the parish who are sick, sorrowful, or in any kind of trouble, including David Nelson, Karin, Anne, Evelyn, Betty, 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, Betty & Bill, Fritz, Sierra, Bob Marsh, Thomas, Elizabeth, Jason Corbin, Sherlene Henry, Gordon Fillingane, Donald & Carol, Brooke & Forest, Jim, Matti, Jonathan.
 
for those preparing for Holy Matrimony, including Laura Boorman and David Truesdale, to be married at St. Paul’s on April 14.
 
for those preparing for Baptism at the Easter Vigil, including Melanie, Ainsley, & Wythe Rightmyer, and Lena & Pia Tavernise.
 
for parishoners preparing for Confirmation or Reception in April, including Sophia Espie, Kate Landis, Peter Morris, Melanie Rightmyer, and Emily Webber.
 
for neighbors who are homeless or struggling to pay rent, and for all our partners in IMPACT as we continue to seek housing justice in our community.
 
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 gun violence, and for those seeking to end it.
 
for Grace Church, Alexandria and Ware Church, Gloucester, according to the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer.
 
for the peace of Jerusalem, and for the Most Rev. Suheil Dawani, Archbishop of Jerusalem & the Middle East, 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 Elizabeth Akin; Jerry Greiner (Charles Greiner’s brother), whose funeral takes place Saturday in Texas; Katherine Jordan; Jonathan Walker; and former parishioner Katharine “Andy” Watson, who died on March 9.

Worship Schedule

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

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