Ecumenical Evensong–Reformation 500

You are invited to a special event:

 St. Paul will host an Ecumenical Evensong service

Sunday, October 15 at 6:00 p.m.

in observance of the

500th Anniversary of the Reformation

 

We are delighted to share this time with you!

Joining us will be the St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Annisquam Village Church choirs. We will sing the Lutheran Book of Worship’s beautiful Vesper Service and the combined choirs will perform

“Grant Peace We Pray” by Mendelssohn and

“Fairest Lord Jesus” by Russell Schulz-Widmar

Please join us for a lovely evening of prayer and song!

 

Address: St Paul Lutheran Church 1123 Washington St, Gloucester
Accessibility: The service location is wheelchair accessible via elevator
 
Parking: There is a large parking lot at the Church
Information: Contact the church office at 978-283-6550

 

October: Reformation 500

During October, we have several opportunities to consider the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Here is a short list of what we are doing:

  • On October 9th at 7:00 p.m., Jonathan Rundman, a Finnish-American folk/rock composer and musician, will be offering a Hurricane Relief concert at St. Paul. Jonathan has performed at St. Paul in the past, and he was recently featured in a short video produced by the ELCA Refo500 team. We had scheduled the concert well in advance of the hurricanes that devastated areas along the Gulf Coast, the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico. Now with the need so great, Jonathan has kindly agreed to change the focus of his concert to benefit hurricane relief.
  • On Sundays in October, during worship, we’ll be singing pieces composed by Martin Luther, especially his hymn settings for the parts of the service. Last Sunday, for example, we sang “Out of the Depths” for our confessional prayer. This Sunday, we’ll sing a Luther “Kyrie.”
  • Five members of the congregation are designing a history of our church starting in the 16th century to the present time which they will present on Reformation Sunday.
  • On October 15th, 6;00 p.m. we’ll be holding a special Ecumenical Evensong at in the sanctuary, with two other churches, St. John’s Episcopal Church and Annisquam Village Church to mark the Reformation 500th anniversary, singing the Vespers setting from the Lutheran Book of Worship, and choral pieces Mendolssohn’s “Grant Peace We Pray,” and  Schulz-Widmar’s “Fairest Lord Jesus.”
  • During October on Wednesday evenings, I am teaching a class called the Four Pillars of Lutheranism, on key Reformation insights with which we still reckon. We’ll also be looking at Declaration on the Way, to see how far we have come since October, 1517.
  • On October 29th, Reformation Sunday, we’ll have a special morning of worship, and a gathering after church during Fellowship Hour to mark the occasion.
  • Our Stewardship theme this year is taken from the notion of a Reformation garden. We are calling it: Abundant Garden: Beloved Community. Each week, we’ll honor the Lutheran insight of the “priesthood of all believers,” in the garden of our beloved community.

We hope you will come to any and all of these occasions. It’s only once every 500 years! Come and learn about who we are, where we have been, and where we hope to go.

 

Jonathan Rundman Concert–Monday, October 9th, 7:00 p.m. Hurricane Relief Benefit

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SONGWRITER JONATHAN RUNDMAN TO PERFORM AT

St. Paul Lutheran Church

 

Minneapolis, MN – Minneapolis-based folk/pop songwriter Jonathan Rundman will perform at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Monday, October 9th, 2017.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9th 7:00 p.m. (doors at 6:30 PM)

Freewill Donation: all ages welcome

JONATHAN RUNDMAN in concert

St. Paul Lutheran Church

1123 Washington St.

Gloucester, MA, 01930

 

Born and raised in the isolated Finnish-American communities of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Jonathan Rundman has been writing songs and performing across the country since he was 18 years old. He emerged on the national music scene as a Chicago-based touring artist, generating rave reviews in Billboard, The New York Times, Performing Songwriter, Paste, and countless regional publications. Now living in Minneapolis, he continues to tour and record. Jonathan’s songs can be heard on radio stations across America, in Scandinavia and England, and have been featured on television’s Ellen Degeneres Show and CBS This Morning. Jonathan has toured in New England several times, and has appeared at St. Paul in the past.

 

In 2017 Rundman released the new solo retrospective album Reservoir, collecting his best songs of the new millennium.

Deftly navigating between folk music, garagey rock, sophisticated pop, and Americana, Rundman proves to be one of the country’s most ingenious and persistent independent songwriters.

 

“bright, catchy indie pop” NEW YORK TIMES

“clever phrasing and fresh rhymes” PERFORMING SONGWRITER

“accessible and crafty pop-rock” CHICAGO DAILY HERALD

 

 

Rally Day and Church Barbecue: Sept.24th! 9:00 a.m

Rally Day and Church Barbecue: This Sunday, September 24th: At 9:00 a.m., we begin our Sunday School 2017-2018 program with Rally Day, in Fellowship Hall. Children and confirmation youth register, meet and greet each other, and their teachers. We’re excited to begin this year together as this fall is a special time for us: we are observing the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. During this season, we’ll be hearing about God’s marvelous gift of grace, about our history, and who we are today as a global church. We’ll be using the Sparks Lectionary curriculum, which follows the Sunday worship readings and the church year, augmented with special activities and topics. Confirmation youth will meet with Pastor Deneen and with their parents for a brief overview of the confirmation program and schedule in the library.

Immediately following our 10:00 a.m. Worship Service, we’ll enjoy a church barbecue on the lawn, and in the Undercroft. If it rains, we’ll move inside. All are welcome at this festive time.

Reformation Sunday 2016

Tomorrow is Reformation Sunday, 2016, the beginning of a year-long observance of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. It’s a special Sunday; children will be leading the first hymn and receiving bibles; the piano and organ will be blessed.

Community Pot-Luck October 4th–right after church

St. Paul will hold a community pot-luck during the Fellowship Hour, immediately following worship on Sunday, October 4th. Please sign-up on the sheet provided in the Undercroft, email office@stpaulcapeann.org or call the church office: 978-283-6550, and let us know what you’d like to bring.

God’s Work, Our Hands Sept. 13th

On Sunday, September 13th, to honor God’s Word, Our Hands Sunday, Julie LaFontaine, Executive Director of the Open Door/Cape Ann Food Pantry will be speaking with us during worship. Many of you know Julie, and we have a long partnership with the food pantry. We are holding a food drive for the next few weeks, in addition to our usual collection of food, as part of our offering on that Sunday. If you want to know more about the Cape Ann Food Pantry, please check this link: http://www.foodpantry.org/.

Welcome Bill Maki

Bill Maki, husband of Suzanne has accepted the position of Sexton for our church. Bill has been on the job for the last four weeks and already doing great things for us. He would like us to help him by using the Action Book on the lectern in the Undercroft. If you see something you think needs to be done, write it down, and he will check the book every week. Right now he is catching up and learning the ropes. Bill is a long-time native of Gloucester. All three of their children attended St. Paul Lutheran Church. We are delighted to welcome him!

Altar Care

There are holes in the Altar Care schedule and we are in need of volunteers. This is a perfect task for someone who would like to be involved in the service in a very special, but quiet way. Training is minimal and the schedule rotates monthly. It’s a two person job, and a nice way to get to know someone new. Please look for Heidi Hafey after the service if you are willing to lend a hand

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