Vigil for Black Lives Matter

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It has been way too long since St. Paul’s has been able to gather in person, but we’ll be doing so this Tuesday, August 4, for a reason beyond our desire to worship together. We’ll be meeting on the front lawn of our church for a prayer service and vigil in support of Black Lives Matter.

Those attending the outdoor service, which will start at 7 pm on the east lawn of St. Paul’s (across the street from the Kiwanis Park) will be required to wear a mask and maintain recommended social distancing. According to Father Paul Moore, “The service is styled on evening prayer, but embellished with prayers from other sources, and will make a peaceful, quiet, reverential, and public statement about Black Lives Matter.”

The Tuesday evening prayer service will also feature a sermon from local African-American pastor, Vernon Washington.

“On its surface, the statement ‘Black Lives Matter,’ is self-evident,” says Father Paul. “It wants me to say that Brown lives matter…and Asian lives matter…and LGBTQ lives matter, and trans lives matter…and White lives matter — and that’s all true as well. But right now, ‘black lives matter’ is more than just an acknowledgment of the value of African-American lives at the exclusion of others.”

“I believe that what people in our country are really striving to say is that we have not paid attention to the stories of racial minorities. We have not let the minority stories among us as American citizens inform our national dialogue. We still tend to build society in our White image, and ‘black lives matter’ is a call to a deeper awareness of multiculturalism and inclusiveness. It just so happens that the largest minority among us is African-Americans, and they are the majority in some parts of our country. We need to include their story, and in so doing we can become more aware that the American Story is not just a White story.”

For our gathering this Tuesday we ask people to bring their own chairs and insect repellant… and an open and worshipful heart.

For those who cannot attend in person, we will be streaming it on Zoom, and the Zoom information will be posted at 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

Quick Links

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If you missed Sunday’s worship service on Zoom and want to watch it, click here.

If you missed a previous Sunday service or something from Holy Week and want to watch it, click here.

If you want to read the sermon for a particular Sunday, click here.

If you need instructions on how to give to St. Paul’s, click here.

If you need to note your worship attendance for a given Sunday since the quarantine started, click here. If you want help, click here for a video that walks you through it.

If you want to make masks for hospitals and nursing homes, the information is here.

2020 St. Paul’s Virtual Easter Egg Hunt

Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Below are eleven pictures where Easter eggs are hidden. See how many you can find and give us your first name and initial of your last name in addition to your guess. The winner(s) will be announced at the end of church tomorrow. Good luck!

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Holy Week Schedule

Here is our Holy Week schedule. Specific posts with the bulletin, Zoom link, other pertinent links, and instructions will be posted daily on Thursday-Sunday. (We promise.) Worship services on Thursday-Sunday will be posted on Facebook and on our live stream page within two hours of worship ending.

Tuesday
-Meditative music with Sister Katherine at noon on Facebook and our live stream page
-Compline with Jen at 8:30 p.m. on Facebook Live and our live stream page

Wednesday
-Meditative music with Sister Katherine at noon on Facebook and our live stream page
-Compline with Jen at 8:30 p.m. on Facebook Live and our live stream page

Thursday
-Bilingual worship at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom

Friday
-Stations of the Cross on Zoom at noon
-Good Friday liturgy on Zoom at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday
-Easter Vigil on Zoom at 7:00 p.m.
-Virtual Easter Egg Hunt right after!

Sunday
-Easter Eucharist on Zoom at 9:30 a.m.

Virtual Easter Egg Hunt
We are having a virtual Easter egg hunt this year, and we are inviting people to color eggs (real, paper, wood, candy, whatever) and hide them in a room. Take a picture of the room and send it to Jen at jennifer.e.mccabe@gmail.com along with the number of eggs hidden by 4:59 p.m. on Saturday, April 11.

The page with all the pictures will be up after Easter Vigil on Saturday night (because the Virtual Easter Bunny Jen has to do the work, yo!), so check the website around 9:30 p.m. Go hunt through the pictures and count the number you find. There will be a link to a form where you can submit your guess. Jen will let everyone know the winners on Sunday morning after church.

If you need a printable thing to color, this site has a bunch.

How to Give to St. Paul’s

You can mail your pledge/donation to:

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
415 S. 18th St.
Mount Vernon, WA 98274

or…

The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia has put an option on their giving page to “give to a church”. To do this, click here and select Give to a church from the option in the “Giving Options” drop-down box. Enter St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in the “Designated Parish Name” box and Mount Vernon in the “Designated Parish City” box.

If this is confusing for you, here is a video that shows how to do it step-by-step: