St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Natick, Massachusetts





January 14, 2018

Second Sunday After the Epiphany


Holy Eucharist, Rite II

8:00 A.M. and 10:00 A.M.



Welcome to St. Paul’s Church



We welcome you to St. Paul’s as one of God’s beloved. St. Paul’s is an expansive congregation willing to be changed and grow through the ministries God calls forth from each of us. Do you have an idea or a dream for ministry? If you do, gather some folks around you and let the Spirit work. We live out the open table fellowship of Jesus. All are welcome at the communion table regardless of religious background. If you are visiting or new to St. Paul’s, please help us get to know you by filling out a “Blue Card” available in the pews and place it in the collection plate. We invite you to join us for Coffee Hour.   Coffee Hour is located downstairs in Sherrill Hall.



About the Service

“BCP” page numbers refer to the red Book of Common Prayer.  Hymn numbers may be found in the blue Hymnal 1982.  Service music, prefaced by an “S,” is found toward the beginning of the hymnal.  WLP refers to the green hymnal titled Wonder, Love and Praise.   Everything you need for the service can be found in your worship bulletin, Book of Common Prayer and the hymnal (s).  The people’s responses are in bold.



Children and Youth

Children are always welcome in our liturgy.  Crayons and coloring sheets are available in the back of the church.  St. Paul’s offers Childcare for infants and children up to age 5 from  9:00 A.M. to Noon.  From mid-September to early June, Church School for Pre-K to 3rd grade begins at 9:15 A.M.  and continues through the beginning of the 10:00 A.M. liturgy.  The children join their families in church for Communion.  Children in grades 4th and 5th also begin Church School at 9:15 A.M. and join their families at the beginning of the 10:00 A.M. service.  There is an evening Church School class for grades 3-5 at 4:00 P.M., as well as SPY (St. Paul’s Youth) for youth in grades 6th to 9th.  Following the 4:00 P.M. Church is the 5:15 Family Service with Eucharist.    Information on Confirmation for young people in 9th grade and above is available by contacting The Rev. Jon Strand.



All are welcome to receive Communion                                                                                                                                          In the spirit of Christ’s open table fellowship, all are welcome to receive communion.   Please come to the altar rail.  You may stand or kneel.  If you wish to receive a blessing in lieu of communion, please cross your arms over your chest.  If for any reason you require communion to be brought to you in your pew, please notify an usher at the beginning of the service.  Gluten free wafers are available. 


Healing Prayers and Pastoral Care

Healing prayers may be received either prior to communion or after.  Healing prayers are offered under the stained glass windows to the left of the altar.  The clergy and lay members of the Pastoral Care Team are available for home or hospital visits to those who are homebound, bereaved, or lonely.  Meal delivery, visits, and/or home Communion can be arranged for those in need.  Please contact the church for more information ( 



St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Natick, Massachusetts


Holy Eucharist Rite II                                                                 Second Sunday After the Epiphany

January 14, 2018                                                                                                                





The Word of God


Procession Hymn 126: The people who in darkness walked                                                                  Dundee

Opening Acclamation                                                                                        BCP 355

Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit

                        All: And blessed be God’s Kingdom now and for ever. Amen

Collect for Purity

Celebrant:  Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Gloria:  “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!”


Collect of the Day

                        Celebrant:       The Lord be with you

                        All:                  And also with you.                                                                            

Celebrant:  Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

First Lesson: 1 Samuel 3:1-10(11-20)

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.

At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 

Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” [Then the Lord said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever.”

Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” He said, “Here I am.” Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.” So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, “It is the Lord; let him do what seems good to him.”

As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the Lord.]

Reader:  The Word of the Lord.                           

All:  Thanks be to God.





Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17  Domine, probasti

Antiphon (sing twice at the beginning, then once thereafter)

1       LORD, you have searched me out and known me; *
you know my sitting down and my rising up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.

2       You trace my journeys and my resting-places *
and are acquainted with all my ways.

3       Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *
but you, O LORD, know it altogether.

4       You press upon me behind and before *
and lay your hand upon me.

5       Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *
it is so high that I cannot attain to it.  Antiphon

12     For you yourself created my inmost parts; *
you knit me together in my mother's womb.

13     I will thank you because I am marvelously made; *
your works are wonderful, and I know it well.

14     My body was not hidden from you, *
while I was being made in secret
and woven in the depths of the earth.  Antiphon

15     Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb;
all of them were written in your book; *
they were fashioned day by day,
when as yet there was none of them.

16     How deep I find your thoughts, O God! *
how great is the sum of them!

17     If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand; *
to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.  Antiphon


Second Reading: A Reading from Martin Luther King Stride Toward Freedom

I was ready to give up. With my cup of coffee sitting untouched before me, I tried to think of a way to move out of the picture without appearing a coward. In this state of exhaustion, when my courage had all but gone, I decided to take my problem to God. With my head in my hands, I bowed over the kitchen table and prayed aloud.

The words I spoke to God that midnight are still vivid in my memory. "I am here taking a stand for what I believe is right. But now I am afraid. The people are looking to me for leadership, and if I stand before them without strength and courage, they too will falter. I am at the end of my powers. I have nothing left. I've come to the point where I can't face it alone."

At that moment, I experienced the presence of the Divine as I had never experienced God before. It seemed as though I could hear the quiet assurance of an inner voice saying: "Stand up for justice, stand up for truth; and God will be at your side forever." Almost at once my fears began to go. My uncertainty disappeared. I was ready to face anything."


Reader: Here ends the Reading.


Sequence Hymn: I'm So Glad, Jesus Lifted Me

(Verses 1 & 2 before and verse 3 after the Gospel)





Celebrant: The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

                        All:           Glory to you, Lord Christ


The Gospel: John 1:43-51

Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

                        Celebrant: The Gospel of the Lord

                        All:            Praise to you Lord Christ.

Sermon                                                                                              The Rev. Jon C. Strand


Nicene Creed                                                                                                                       BCP 358


The Prayers of the People Form III                                                                                   BCP 387

In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.


For all people in their daily life and work;

For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.


For this community, the nation, and the world;

For all those who work for justice, freedom, and peace.


For the just and proper use f your creation;

For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.


For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;

For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.


For the peace and unity of the Church of God;

For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the truth.


For Michael, our Presiding Bishop, and for Alan and Gayle our Bishop’s and all bishops and other ministers;

For all who serve God in his Church.

For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.

(Please add your own petition, out loud, followed by Lord in your mercy and we will respond Hear our prayer )


We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life;

(Please add your own thanksgivings, out loud, followed by Lord in your mercy and we will respond Hear our prayer )


We will exalt you, O God our King;

And praise your name for ever and ever.


We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom;

(Please add your own remembrances, out loud, followed by Lord in your mercy and we will respond Hear our prayer )


Lord, let your loving-kindness be upon them;

Who put their trust in you.


Confession of Sin


We pray to you for the forgiveness of our sins.


Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father;

In your compassion forgive us our sins,

known and unknown,

things done and left undone,

and so uphold us by your Spirit

that we may live and serve you in newness of life,

to the honor and glory of your Name;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.



Celebrant:  Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life.  Amen.


The Peace

            Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you.

            All:           And also with you.            


Announcements: When giving announcements, please keep them very short, ideally pointing to the printed announcement in the bulletin, and inviting people to speak with you.



The Holy Communion


Offertory Anthem: Praise His Holy Name”                                                                     Keith Hampton

Offertory Hymn:  “The gift we bring”                                                                                  Jane Marshall


Offering  Presented                                                                                                                 Congregation please stand as offering is brought forward.


Celebrant:  All things come of thee O Lord.

All:  And of thine own have we given thee.


The Great Thanksgiving (Eucharistic Prayer D)                                                                 BCP 372 Celebrant  The Lord be with you.
People       And also with you.
Celebrant   Lift up your hearts.
People       We lift them to the Lord.
Celebrant   Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People       It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Celebrant:  It is truly right to glorify you, Father, and to give you thanks; for you alone are God, living and true, dwelling in light inaccessible from before time and for ever.

People:  Fountain of life and source of all goodness, you made all things and fill them with your blessing; you created them to rejoice in the splendor of your radiance.

Celebrant:  Countless throngs of angels stand before you to serve you night and day; and, beholding the glory of your presence, they offer you unceasing praise. Joining with them, and giving voice to every creature under heaven, we acclaim you, and glorify your Name, as we sing,



Sanctus                                                                               Mass of Plenty, Rob Glover


Celebrant:  We acclaim you, holy Lord, glorious in power. Your mighty works reveal your wisdom and love.

People:  You formed us in your own image, giving the whole world into our care, so that, in obedience to you, our Creator, we might rule and serve all your creatures.

Celebrant:  When our disobedience took us far from you, you did not abandon us to the power of death. In your mercy you came to our help, so that in seeking you we might find you. Again and again you called us into covenant with you, and through the prophets you taught us to hope for salvation.


People:  Father, you loved the world so much that in the fullness of time you sent your only Son to be our Savior. Incarnate by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, he lived as one of us, yet without sin.

Celebrant:  To the poor he proclaimed the good news of salvation; to prisoners, freedom; to the sorrowful, joy. To fulfill your purpose he gave himself up to death; and, rising from the grave,

destroyed death, and made the whole creation new.

And, that we might live no longer for ourselves, but for him who died and rose for us, he sent the Holy Spirit, his own first gift for those who believe, to complete his work in
the world, and to bring to fulfillment the sanctification of all….

Father, we now celebrate this memorial of our redemption. Recalling Christ’s death and his descent among the dead, proclaiming his resurrection and ascension to your right hand, awaiting his coming in glory; and offering to you, from the gifts you have given us, this bread and this cup, we praise you and we bless you.

Celebrant and People
We praise you, we bless you,
we give thanks to you,
and we pray to you, Lord our God.

Celebrant:  Lord, we pray that in your goodness and mercy your Holy Spirit may descend upon us, and upon these gifts, sanctifying them and showing them to be holy gifts for your holy people, the bread of life and the cup of salvation, the Body and Blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Grant that all who share this bread and cup may become one body and one spirit, a living sacrifice in Christ, to the praise of your Name.

Remember, Lord, your one holy catholic and apostolic Church, redeemed by the blood of your Christ. Reveal its unity, guard its faith, and preserve it in peace. And grant that we may find our inheritance with the Blessed Mary, with patriarchs, matriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, all the saints who have found favor with you in ages past.

We praise you in union with them and give you glory through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, all honor and glory are yours, Almighty God and Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and for ever. AMEN.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come,

thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.


Communion Choral Hymn: “Must Jesus bear the cross alone”                                                                                                                              Maitland


Communion Hymn WLP 800: “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”                        T.A. Dorsey

                                 (the Green Hymnal)




Post Communion Prayer :                                                                                                   BCP 365

Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.  Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Blessing

Go forth in peace, for you have followed the good road. Go forth without fear, for he who created you has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. (St. Clare of Assisi) And the blessing of God: Mother, Father, Brother, Sister, Friend, Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit be upon you this day and always. AMEN.


Closing Hymn WLP 787: We Are Marching In The Light Of God                                             Siyahamba
                       (the Green Hymnal)


The Dismissal Now The Work of Christmas Begins                             Howard Thurman 

When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with their flocks,
the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry,
to release the prisoner,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among the people,
to make music in the heart.


Celebrant:  Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia.

People:  Thanks be to God, Alleluia, alleluia!




Ministers for Today’s Service

Clergy:             The Rev. Jon C. Strand, presiding

                        The Rev. Dr. Gale Davis, preaching

Music:             Gigi Mitchell-Velasco, organist

            LEMs:              8:00 A.M. Gail Inferrere 10:00 A.M. Marybeth Lamb and Lisa Fournier

            Reader:            8:00 A.M. Gail Inferrere 10:00 A.M.  Allen Gardner

Ushers:           Judy Goodrich and Cindy McReynolds

Healing:          Dan Fields and Valerie Gaines

Altar Guild:    Judy Goodridge and Patty Magill

Coffee Hour:   Alison and Jack Langsdorf

Seraphim Choir



The flowers on the Altar are given


In loving memory of Katherine Stayshyn Newman given by Betsy Komjathy


In loving memory of Brian John Talvy and Dawn Elisabeth given by Hilda Talvy



Path 8—Excerpt from

“Then the Lord Raised up Judges"


Then the Lord raised up judges, who delivered them out of the power of those who plundered them. Yet they did not listen even to their judges; for they lusted after other gods and bowed down to them. They soon turned aside from the way in which their ancestors had walked, who had obeyed the commandments of the Lord; they did not follow their example. Whenever the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge, and he delivered them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for the Lord would be moved to pity by their groaning because of those who persecuted and oppressed them. But whenever the judge died, they would relapse and behave worse than their ancestors.



This week, these Prayer Cycles direct us to pray for:

In the Anglican Communion pray for: The Anglican Church of Australia
The Most Revd Philip Leslie Freier Archbishop of Melbourne & Primate of Australia


In our Diocese, we remember Parishes of the Boston Harbor Deanery:  Emmanuel Church, Boston
St. Augustine’s & St. Martin’s Church, Boston Deans
Deanery Coconveners
Greater Boston Interfaith Organization


In our ecumenical prayer cycle, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

We remember our sister parish in Haiti: Holy Innocents at Port-de-Paix; Lay Readers: Arios Toussaint and Westerman Bastien.


In our parish friends and family: Mary Erickson and all those that provide coffee hour, thank you.


For Our Community: Pine Street Inn and The Meadows.


We pray for our whole Anglican communion in listening to the stories of all people, in learning to care even more deeply for those in need, and in journeying forward in the grace of God. For those serving our country at this time in all places of the world, especially Iraq and Afghanistan. For our stewardship of our planet for generations to come, especially in taking actions, small or large, that will diminish the damaging impact of global warming. For peace and stability in all the places of the world that are experiencing conflict. For healing and support for those struggling with depression.


We pray for all those whose lives are disrupted by violence and famine; for all immigrants and their in this time of uncertainty in our country; for peaceful negotiations with North Korea; for all refugees, especially those who are fearful in this new climate of immigration actions; for those seeking freedom from violence and desperate poverty; for our opening of hearts and our churches and homes to those seeking safe shelter.  


We pray for our planet, where it is bruised, may it be healed.  Where we endanger it, change our ways that we might be agents of its healing.

We pray for healing, support, and compassion: Dustin Mathews; Christopher Schuit; Jean Harris; Ed Hasgill; Alex Klemmer; Debbie Attardi; Susan Barraclough, Lance and Leslie, Earl LaPierre, Louise Hale, Lisa Fournier, Muriel Kindberg, Paul Lach, Debi Chute, Robert Bicchieri.


Finally, we pray for those who have died: Ann Divinchi, James Lee, John Harwood and Anne Kaulbach, may they rest in peace and rise in glory with the saints in light.  We pray also for the Divinchi family, the Lee Family, the Harwood Family and the Kaulbach family in this time.



This Week at St. Paul’s

Sunday, January 14

            8:00 A.M.  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

            10:00 A.M.  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

            11:30 A.M.  Cherubim Choir rehearsal                           

            5:15 P.M.  Holy Eucharist


Monday, January 15

            Office Closed

            7:00 P.M.  Occupy Natick


Tuesday, January 16

            10:00 A.M.  Program Staff Meeting


Wednesday, January 17

            12:30 P.M.  Bible Study


Thursday, January 18

            7:30 P.M.  Choir Rehearsal


Sunday, January 21

            8:00 A.M.  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

            9:15 A.M.  Church School

            10:00 A.M.  Holy Eucharist, Rite II

            11:30 A.M.   Cherubim Church School Choir

            11:30 A.M.  Long Term Care Insurance: Uses and Myths, with Natick resident Tobe Gerard

            3:00 P.M.  Seraphim Choir Rehearsal

4:00 P.M.  Church School for grades 3,4, and 5

            4:00 P.M.  SPY

            5:15 P.M.  Holy Eucharist, youth service

St. Paul’s Reminders


Our rector, the Rev. Jon Strand, has recently announced that he has accepted the call to be rector of Holy Comforter, Vienna, VA after serving at St Paul’s, Natick for nearly 20 years.  His last service will be February 11th.  He will take a month after that to focus on the transition.  We hold St. Paul’s and the Strand family in our prayers for this new time in our lives, as we give thanks for a mutually life-giving relationship.


Pledges and Database


Please do your best to complete a pledge for 2018 today if possible. Pledge cards are available on the ledge in the narthex (church entryway). This is also a chance for us to update our database. Please help. We know that we will have a 5-10% increase in costs for next year. Please consider such an increase in your giving to help us meet our budget.   We give thanks that we have over 104 pledges thus far totaling over $306,000.


St. Paul’s

Sunday Participation Information


Altar Flowers

Please consider giving altar flowers in honor of special occasions, such as birthdays, anniversaries or just because someone did something nice for you.  Flowers are not simply memorials and brighten the church.  Please contact Miriam Kimball at for available dates and cost.



Calling anyone in third grade and up: have you considered being an acolyte? Acolyting is a great way to participate in the service, and most kids consider it to be a far more interesting and engaging experience than sitting in the pews.  No prior experience is necessary.  Reach out to Karen Van Voorhis at or 508-333-2708 (voice or text) if your child is interested. Please also see the Sign Up Genius at



Save the Date

Upcoming Events at St. Paul’s


Annual Meeting – February 25, 2018

Nominations for Vestry

St. Paul’s Members – please submit your nomination forms to elect our next slate of Vestry leaders.   Forms are due in to the Parish Office or via email ( by the end of day on Sunday, February 11.  We ask that you check with any candidate you have in mind before you submit his/her name. We also welcome people interested in serving to nominate themselves. Voting will take place at the Annual Meeting on February 25, 2018. Please contact Cynthia McReynolds ( or Rob Young ( if you have any questions.

You may pick up a form in the Narthex or the Parish office.

Vestry Positions open for nomination

2 Wardens (1 year term)

Clerk (1 year term)

3 Vestrypersons (3 year term)

2 Delegates for Diocesan Convention

1 alternate Delegate for Diocesan Convention



Financial Planning Speaker Series


This series, moderated by Karen Van Voorhis, will take place during coffee hour over three Sundays. This is part of St. Paul's ongoing educational efforts in the area of wellness for its parishioners, and an attempt to answer some of the many specific follow-up questions received after the four-part financial wellness series offered last spring. Topics and guest speakers will include:

The presenters are all seasoned experts in their fields, and we are lucky that they have generously volunteered their time for our benefit. Please grab a coffee and a snack at coffee hour on these three Sundays and join us for an invaluable education on these topics. See Karen Van Voorhis if you have any questions. 





Join us for St. Paul's SPY Talent Show:


Saturday Evening, January 20, 6:30-8:30 Common Street Spiritual Center. Come cheer on your friends and family as they share their talents and help to raise money for future SPY mission trips!  In addition to an array of skits and musical performances, we will also be treated to a slideshow and discussion of last summer's mission trip to Baton Rouge by our Post-Confirmation youth who participated. There are still a number of opportunities to participate, whether onstage or behind the scenes - please visit: or contact Beth Folsom (



Mid-Year Teacher Meeting and Lunch: 


On Sunday, January 28 from 12:00-2:00 p.m.,all Church School and SPY teachers and aides are invited to come together for food and fellowship as we reflect on the successes and challenges of the first semester and look ahead to the rest of the school year and the future of Christian Formation at St. Paul's.  In addition to current teachers and aides, we welcome anyone who has been considering becoming involved in the Formation program to come and learn more about what we do and to participate in our group discussions. Please contact Beth Folsom ( to RSVP, or with any questions.


Women’s Lenten Retreat

March 9 to March 11, 2018

Hello Women of St. Paul's,

It’s that time of year and our deadline is fast approaching for the Women’s Lenten Retreat.  Please review the attached brochure and registration form.

Registration will be Sunday, January 14th and 21st at Coffee Hour.  Please make sure you fill out the registration form and bring it along with your payment since we need to provide the camp with the count and sleeping arrangements.  After the January 24th deadline, accommodations will be based on the space available at the camp.

If you are unable to attend Coffee Hour, please contact me.  Thank you.  Judy Goodridge

The Mom’s Group

The Mom’s Group is starting up again for the Winter session. The Mom’s Group is made up of mothers of all ages who get together and talk about a topic that invites us to talk about our spiritual journey. This winter we will be continuing with The Path readings that the parish as a whole is also invited to participate in on Sunday mornings. Alexy Beaudreau and Alisa Skatrud alternate leading the group discussion. We meet at my home for a light supper, (provided)  then move into the family room for the discussion.  You do not need to bring anything, but it is helpful for this discussion if you have read the portion of the Path we are going to discuss. However, it is not essential. The important thing is to gather as women who are on a spiritual journey and  share that journey with each other. Most of the women who participate still have children at home, from preschool through high school, but some, like me, are empty nesters and enjoy the women and the company. So please come if this is something that would enhance your spiritual life and your connection to St. Paul’s, especially in this time of transition. The dates for Winter are:


January 31 Path 11             February 7 Path 12

February 21 Path 14           March 7 Path 16

March 21 Preparing for Holy Week

April 4 Path 18


I hope to see you with us







Continuing Events at St. Paul’s


Centering Prayer

During this time of uncertainty that many of us are feeling,  the desire for peace and balance can be very great.   Quieting our thoughts in silent meditation can be calming and life affirming as we open ourselves to God, who is the very ground of our being.  Please join us for Centering Prayer any Monday evening, beginning Jan. 22nd, at 7 pm in the chapel.  (No meeting Jan. 15th, Martin Luther King Day)


Caring for St. Paul’s


The St. Paul’s Bequest Program

As an outgrowth of the Congregational Development Grant that we received last year, St. Paul’s has now established a bequest program. If you have considered including the church in your estate plan, please let us know. We can help you to create a lasting legacy and assist future generations in fulfilling St. Paul’s mission.

For more information, please contact Jon at or review the information on our website:


Prayers of the People: We are honored to pray for people. It is our privilege and part of what we do as Christians for members of our community. We will add names for our prayers as you request them. We will keep them on "the list" for four weeks (which seems to be the right duration for most prayers.) However, we know that some are dealing with chronic illness or long-term challenges and need to be prayed for longer. If you want yourself or someone for whom you have sought prayers to have those prayers continued, contact Julia (508-655-5880 or and ask. We will gladly do so.


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

39 East Central Street

Natick, MA  01760




Parish Staff

The Rev. Jon C. Strand, Rector                           

The Rev. Dr. Gale Davis, Pastoral Associate     

Gigi Mitchell-Velasco, Music Director               

Beth Folsom, Christian Formation                   

Julia Baker, Interim Director of Communications

Joe Kelly, Sexton                                               



Co-Warden’s:   Rob Young,   and Cynthia McReynolds,


Treasurer:  Amy Keith,   

Assistant Treasurer:  Rob Steckbeck,


Clerk:  Grace Kelemanik,


Vestry:  Judy Shaw,    Duncan Frost,,  Paul Magao,    Linda Tardif,   Joanne Murray,   Linda Trent,   Lesley Varley,    Stewart Wood,   Renee Graham,


Committee Chairs

Acolytes:  Karen Van Voorhis,                    

Altar Guild:  Carolyn Hasgill,

Coffee Hour:  Mary Erickson,                    

Deanery Delegate: Rob Young,

Diocesan Delegates:  Valerie Gaines, and

Dave Lounsbury,

Finance:  Joan Dedian,  and Clint Heyd,

Flowers:  Miriam Kimball,                            

Healing Team:  Valerie Gaines,

Lay Eucharistic Ministers:  Valerie Gaines,     

Memorial Garden:  Clinton Heyd,

Outreach:  Kris Cox, and Miriam Kimball,

Pastoral Care:  Valerie Gaines,                        

Property:  Linda Burgoon,        

Ushers,  Marcia Wilies,                      

Women’s Spirituality,  Kathy Scott White,

You’re invited to attend Values in Action, a Trinity Institute Conference.
This annual conference takes place in New York City and at partner sites around the country via live stream, including at St. Paul’s.

We all want to create a better worldand that requires action and connection. Discerning shared values is crucial to forming powerful partnerships and moving forward with courageous intention. Explore how we can set a collaborative course forward at this years conference.  

Come for the speeches, panels, reflection groups, and networking events. Leave with new skills, ideas, inspiration, and a greater capacity to take action rooted in core values and powerful partnerships.

FEATURING                                            ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS TBA


To register for Trinity Institute at St. Paul’s, visit: 

WHERE: Sherrill Hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 39 East Central Street, Natick Center

WHEN: Friday, February 2 (6:00pm-9:00pm) & Saturday, February 3 (8:30am-5:30pm)

COST: $25 suggested donation per person (includes dinner on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday)

CONTACT: For more information, contact Beth Folsom at

For more information about Trinity Institute’s nationaL THEOLOGICAL CONFERENCE—including speaker bios, schedule, videos, and more—visit











Welcome in Love, Worship with Joy, Grow in Faith, Work for Justice, Seek and Serve Christ in All Persons.


The Mission Statement of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church