You will find all our online Sunday worship services, Bible Studies, Morning Prayer and Compline services, and videos on spiritual practices in your home.
Our Messages page has all written and video messages from Rev. Bill Van Oss, Rector of St. Paul's, including his weekly Monday Message
This page has many videos and resources for online faith formation for all ages and a link to weekly Family Faith Time and adult reflections.
Our Music page has the weekly St. Paul's Sings segments and information on how you can share your voice or instrument online with us!
Our Community Connections page gives ways for how we can serve our neighbors during this Pandemic
Our Tips to Stay Healthy page has trusted sources of information for your health.
Current Message From Our Rector:
The most recent Monday Message and Video Reflection from Bill is posted here. All previous Monday messages can be found on our Messages from the Rector Page.
June 29, 2020 Monday Message
God our healer, you promise to be with us and never leave us alone. Send the breath of new life into those who suffer with the COVID-19 virus; relieve the pain of those who suffer from cancer; mend minds that suffer depression or other psychological maladies comfort those for whom death draws near. We give you thanks and praise for healthcare and other frontline workers who face danger in their daily task of caring. Protect them and grant them comfort in the knowledge that their work is not done in vain. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen
At a recent Zoom clergy gathering, The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers encouraged us to learn, pray and act as we continue to do the important work of understanding and dismantling racism. In trying to deepen my own learning, I am reading Ibram X. Kendi’s book: How to Be an Antiracist. Kendi explains being an “antiracist” this way:
“What’s the problem with being “not racist?” It is a claim that signifies neutrality; “I am not a racist, but neither am I aggressively against racism.” But there is no neutrality in the racism struggle. The opposite of “racist” isn’t “not racist.” It is “anti-racist.” What’s the difference? One endorses either the idea of a racial hierarchy as a racist, or racial equality as an antiracist. One either believes problems are rooted in groups of people, as a racist, or locates the roots of problems in power and policies, as an anti-racist. One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an antiracist. There is no in-between safe space of “not racist.” The claim of “not racist” neutrality is a mask for racism. This may seem harsh, but it’s important at the outset that we apply one of the core principles of antiracism, which is to return the world “racist” itself back to its proper usage. “Racist” is not- as Richard Spencer argues- a pejorative. It is not the worst word in the English language; it is not the equivalent of a slur. It is descriptive, and the only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it- and then dismantle it. The attempt to turn this usefully descriptive term into an almost unusable slur is, of course, designed to do the opposite; to freeze us into inaction.” (p. 9)
Lake Superior Day Service – Sunday, July 19 is our annual celebration of Lake Superior Day. We are collecting video snippets of “what Lake Superior means to me” for the service. Record a brief video with your reflection and your face(s) and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Announcing an All ages chalk art show around the theme Called to the Way of Love.
Create some chalk art on your sidewalk or driveway and take a picture of it so we can create a virtual chalk art show to share and include in a future worship service. Prizes will be awarded too! Any age can participate; there was sidewalk chalk in many of the family activity bags that were distributed a couple weeks ago. Let your creativity go and spread love to the world! Email those pictures to email@example.com
The Schedule for this Week
Tuesday – Bible study 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday – Morning prayer 9:00 a.m. via FaceBook live
“Family Faith Time” program posted at noon,
Evening – Check In 7:00 pm
Thursday – Compline 9:00 p.m. on FB, Zoom chat time at 9:15pm
Friday – St. Paul’s Sings! 9:00 a.m.
Saturday - Community Connections 9:00 a.m.
Sunday – 10:00 a.m. recorded Sunday service (available anytime after noon on Saturday)
Remember: The service is posted on 2 platforms: YouTube and Facebook. If there are problems with one, you can switch. And remember you can use the comment section.
Also, the prerecorded service will be available by noon on Saturday on our website and youtube channel. If you have weekend plans you can now watch the service whenever via the comments section.
ZOOM Coffee hour will now be held immediately following the end of the service on FB, usually about 10:40am.
Notes and Reminders:
Wednesday evening Check In – There will be a Zoom gathering this Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm for those who would like to check in. How are you doing? Has this time of physical distancing taught you anything about yourself? Where have you seen God at work in your life or in the lives of others?
Topic: Check in Gathering
Time: Jul 1, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Wilderness Time from Faith+Lead at Luther Seminary, this week:
Session 4: The Gospel in the Neighborhood
Webinar: June 30 | FB Live: July 2 | Podcast: July 7
We don’t know how to share and receive the gospel with neighbors who might be discovering God for themselves. How might we speak authentically of faith and listen for God’s voice in surprising people and places?
The COVID pandemic has pushed churches beyond comfort and opened up new relationships with our neighbors online and in person. Many churches are surprised to discover just how few people are familiar with our insider-language. Many others find the real test is learning to listen deeply to our neighbors and not just talk at them. How do we build the bridge and trust that God’s voice shows up in people and places we least expect … including in us? With guests Nancy Frausto, associate rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Long Beach, CA, and evangelism consultant to The Episcopal Church; and Stephanie Williams, co-lead pastor of Mill City Church in Minneapolis.
Register here: https://faithlead.luthersem.edu/resources/podcasts/wilderness-time-podcast/
Barb Elliott’s evening book study will be meeting online on July 14 to discuss the book: The Lynchings in Duluth by Michael Fedo. Contact Barb if you would like information about how to join.
We remain in Phase 1.5 of our phases of re-gathering. This means all church gatherings are still suspended. Small, outdoor gatherings are now being allowed. We will continue to record Sunday services (with no more than 2 people in church at a time) and staff can continue to work from their office. Diocesan guidelines and phases of re-opening can be found at: episcopalmn.org As our bishop-elect said recently: “While we are separated from our buildings, we know that our churches are not closed.”
Sandwiches for CHUM. Please let us know if you are willing to serve on a team making simple sandwiches for our friends at CHUM. We need people willing to make
deliver them to the door at CHUM. We will be providing sandwiches the first and third Thursdays of the month and need more people to serve on the teams. Contact Tom Hamilton if you’d like to be on a team. Lifehouse can also use some food donations. Check out community connections on the website for details.
Thank you for your ongoing giving to St. Paul’s! You can give by sending in a check, online, through bill pay at your bank or by texting “give” to 218-394-3535
The recent CARES Act includes new charitable giving provisions for 2020, for cash gifts only to the church:
Please let us know if you need a mask or other essentials. We have volunteers willing to make deliveries.
Be safe and well and have a great week.
June 17,2020 Video Reflection
View all previous messages and videos from Bill here
The Living Church wrote an article about our response to the crisis- "Beyond Zoom, Building Community Connections"
Stay connected to the church family of St. Paul's every day of the week!
* any zoom links you need are below
Sunday- Worship at 10am, (the prerecorded service is posted noon on Saturday here on the website and then premieres at 10am Sunday on our FaceBook page.
Virtual Coffee Hour immediately following the service, usually between 10:35-10:50am (zoom link below)
Teen Zoom at noon
Monday Message –- 9am Rev. Bill will share a live reflection and announcements posted on facebook and this page
Tuesday Bible Study – 9am Bible study with Rev. Bill on the upcoming Sunday readings; join via zoom link below
Wednesday Morning Prayer -9am Join Rev. Bill in praying Morning Prayer on FaceBook Live. If you would like a Book of Common Prayer, just contact us. You can also follow along here.
Wednesday Faith Formation - each week we will post Family Faith Time by noon, and a reflection for adults in the evening.
Thursday Compline -9pm Join Rev. Barb in praying Compline on FaceBook Live, followed by an optional zoom chat time; link is below.
Friday- 9am St. Paul’s Sings – music by Dr. Tom Hamilton posted on facebook and our music page
Saturday- 9am - Community Connections –ways you can be the hands and feet of Christ in our community (posted on Facebook and our Community Connections page)
Links to Connect Via Zoom:
Sunday Virtual Coffee Hour:
Every week on Sunday at 11:15am (use the same link EVERY Sunday) To join the Zoom Coffee Hour, click https://zoom.us/j/502278631
Meeting ID 502 278 631 Password: 1710
dial in using a telephone: 1-312-626-6799
Tuesday 9am Bible Study:
Every week on Tuesdays at 9am (you can use the same link EVERY Tuesday) Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/985710661
Meeting ID: 985 710 661 (f you need it) Password:1710
dial in using your telephone: 1-312 -626- 6799
Thursday Night Compline at 9pm - on FB and then optional zoom chat: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/308741410?pwd=VWRlOFVGaUZia2pLcUVkbDd2VGpOdz09 Meeting ID: 308 741 410 Password: 1710 Or dial in using your telephone+1-312-626-6799
Our teens are connecting via GroupMe! If your teen (8th-12 grade) isn't part of the group yet, please email Sue
Request for Assistance:
We have a large volunteer crew ready to deliver groceries, medications, handmade fabric masks or other items to you!
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS AND TIPS ON USING ZOOM:
1. Use earbuds or headphones if you have them to reduce background noise for other participants.
2. Mute yourself when not talking, again to reduce background noise. You will be automatically muted when you first enter. to speak tap on the microphone icon in the bottom lower left corner. When you are not speaking, please mute your microphone (it will show a red line through it) to eliminate background noise.
3. Use the Grid view (the Brady Bunch feature) to see the other participants.
4. Video is a great way to feel connected, though you can certainly participate via audio alone.
5. This is informal! No need to dress up. Bad hair days especially welcomed!
6. Feel free to have your coffee mug or water bottle nearby to use but eating can be distracting, so if you’re listening while eating, please mute and turn off your video.
7. The Sunday bulletin and order of worship for Morning Prayer and Compline are posted on www.stpaulsduluth.org/worship You can either follow along on another device (for instance, if you do Zoom on your computer, you can follow the service on your phone). Or you can print it out or use a Book of Common Prayer.
8. When we say things in unison, only the officiant (the one leading the prayer) will be off mute. Everyone else will say it out loud at home while muted. (because of slight lags, things don’t work well when everyone tries to speak at the same time)
9. You can offer prayer requests at the appointed time by placing them in the chat feature rather than being spoken aloud