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"[At St. Paul's, clergy and laity] are sharing ministry . . . in a way that should be spotlighted for the rest of the church. The joy and enthusiasm I saw in the congregation truly reflected the signs of the Holy Spirit."
- The Rev. Canon Sarah Shofstall, Diocese of Western Massachusetts
We welcome as friends everyone, of any race, gender, creed, denomination, political affiliation, or sexual orientation, for all of us "are one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28)
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St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Bakersfield welcomes you to worship. We invite you to join our inclusive community as we deepen our awareness of the presence of Jesus Christ in us through the Episcopal tradition of inclusivity, worship, and service. We welcome all to share His joy and love with us, rejoicing in the transforming power of the Spirit.
General Convention NEWS (From Salt City, UT Convention Center)
From Deputy Kate Cullinane...
A number of us from the diocese are headed to Salt Lake City, Utah for the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church. I am honored to be able to serve as a deputy from this diocese.
One of the most amazing aspects of General Convention is the worship. It is a powerful and moving experience to be with over one thousand Episcopalians all in one place singing and praying together. In addition to the worship there will be impressive exhibits, reunions with old friends and the opportunity to make new friends, spirited conversation, media headlines, moments of excitement and probably a few disappointments.
We are told that this convention will be mostly paperless. We will all be issued loaner iPads to conduct business. Social media will factor prominently. There are already plenty of hashtags and dedicated blogs.
We will be considering legislation on governance and structure, constitution and canons, liturgy, social policy and much more. We will also welcome a new Presiding Bishop to be our leader for the next nine years. It will be an exciting time.
Lest we take ourselves too seriously, though, I offer a few thoughts:
1. God, not we, should be the subject of all our sentences. God has brought the Church to this time and place. God will lead us where we need to go.
2. God sometimes calls God's people to wander in the wilderness. Frustrating as this may feel, this is not something to be "fixed." In the wilderness God is very near, and encounters with God can be profound.
3. God has not called us to be saviours, of the Church or anything else. Our vocation is not to save ourselves or the Church, but to witness and proclaim the Gospel.
4. We may get a few things right; we will surely get some things wrong. God reigns, no matter what.
5. This is an exciting time to be the Church. It is not an easy time, but it is the time we have been given. And God has given us the gifts necessary to do all God wants us to do.
I pray God's blessings on us all.
Coffee & Conversation @ Dagnys
Eucaristía Santo Servicio Bilinual
Primer Domingo de Cada Mes
Bilingual Service on
1st Sunday of the month
Child Care (Sunday School resumes in September)
Episcopal Youth Fellowship
In the Fusion Youth Lodge