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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.
This week From Father Luis
As we begin the Church’s observance of Lent, I am reminded perhaps one of my favorite passages of Scripture. It’s from the book of Isaiah:
For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:
In returning and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.
But you refused and said, “No! We will flee upon horses”.(Isaiah 30:15-16b)
I like this passage because it reminds that I can stop with all my running, and that my salvation (or anyone else’s) is not about doing more, moving more quickly, riding faster horses. Instead, that our salvation lies in returning and resting, that it comes from really seeking God and re- membering the rock which we were hewn, the quarry from which we were dug (phrases also from Isaiah, by the way – Isaiah 51:1). Lent can be that time when we intentionally stop, return, remember, and ground our-
selves once more in who we are, and more importantly in God.
This Lent at St. Paul’s we are offering all sorts of ways to rest, to become more grounded, ways to come to greater awareness of “the rock from which we were hewn”. Morning Prayer will continue throughout the week, but a Wednesday morning Eucharistic celebration will be added to our regular round of worship. On Wednesday nights we will host our Soup and Study Evenings when our presentations and discussion will fo- cus on a number of aspects of our Anglican/Episcopal ethos and inheritance: history, Biblical tradition, wor- ship, polity and spirituality. Mondays from 10am-noon I will be spending at Blue Oak Coffee Roasting (1717 20th St.) for unscheduled and impromptu meetings, conversation, and even pastoral advice. Also, a special sermon series focused on the Eucharist is planned for the Sundays in Lent. Finally, we will have an oppor- tunity to exercise our unique inheritance as stewards of our beautiful campus this Saturday on our parish work day. It is hoped that each of these will offer invitations and occasions for reflection and engagement, a chance to stop as we seek to return to a place that is more grounded, more grace-ful, more true.
Prayers of the People
Sunday February 24, 2019
Comfort and heal Derrick, Marilyn, Dee, Josie, Scott, Marian, Monique, Sandy, Pam, Cathy, David, David, Cindy, Ty- son, Naomi, Bob, Luis, Patricia, Heather, Lynn, Desiree, Blanche, Penny, Freida, Fran, Nancy, Melissa, Mariah, Tianna, Barby, Vincent, Matt, Shannon, Derick, The Fierro Family, Phyllis, Lindsay, Sienna, Cassie, Gina, Ebony, Mikala, be, Kami, Mason and all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.
We commend to your mercy Gina Ford, Chanelle Bryant, Zena Godwin, Patricio Rodriguez, and all who have died, that your will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom.
Prayer requests will be honored for one month. If you need to extend your request please notify Elaine for a 1 month extension. You may still write in a name as you enter the church for service.
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7:30-8am Morning Prayer @ Chapel
9am Weekday Eucharist @ Chapel
10am CDC Children’s Chapel
5-9:30pm St. Paul’s Bridge Fellowship @Forum
6-8pm Lenten Soup Supper & Study @Grace Hall
6:30-8pm EYF @ Fusion Room (upstairs)
8:30-9am Morning Prayer@ Chapel
Sunday St. Patrick’s Day
10-11:30am Holy Eucharist
10-10:50am Sunday School (K-8th) @ CDC room
11:30-12:30 pm Coffee & Community @ Grace Hall
12-2pm Food Co-op
8:30-9am Morning Prayer @ Chapel
8:30-9am Morning Prayer @ Chapel
6-7:30pm Choir Rehearsal @ Choir Room