Summer at St. Paul’s

As the weather warms, life at St. Paul’s takes on new routines.  

Service Schedule
Our Sunday service of Holy Eucharist shifts to 9:00am beginning June 24. This earlier start takes advantage of cooler morning temperatures, and gives parishioners more time to enjoy the fullness of the day. Rev. Frank Fornaro, our former rector, will be our guest preacher on July 15; Rev. Matt Kruger, a former parishioner, will be our guest preacher on August 26.

We will return to our 10:00am Eucharist schedule on September 2. 

Altar Ministers
Readers, ushers, greeters, LEMs, and counters are scheduled throughout the summer. Acolytes and torchbearers are scheduled through July; in August we will tap folks from the pews to serve as needed. If you are scheduled on the altar on a Sunday when you can’t serve, please find a substitute and let the parish office know about the change.

Music
The adult and children’s choirs have the summer off, but we do still have opportunities for special music throughout the summer months. If you’d like to sing or play a solo on a particular Sunday, please contact Michael in advance (music@stpaulsbedford.org). We’d love to have you!

Coffee Hour
We still have coffee hour after the service each Sunday. Summer coffee hour is a more casual affair, with lemonade and light snacks on most Sundays.

Office Hours
Beginning the week of Tuesday, June 26 the parish office will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and closed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Additional closures may take place occasionally to accommodate some staff vacation. Please check the parish calendar online or call the office if you are unsure whether there is a planned closure on a particular day. Regular office hours will resume the week of Tuesday, August 28.

Morning Prayer
Morning Prayer will continue to be offered at 9am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during the summer months. If we have to cancel, we will post a “no morning prayer” calendar update on the Google calendar. Please join us if you are free!

Parish Summer Reading Book
Our Greatest Gift: A Meditation on Dying and Caring by Henri Nouwen
For summer reading this year, we invite you to consider reading this extraordinary spiritual reflection on the challenges and graces of dying. In this short volume, Nouwen “explores the gifts that the living and the dying can give to one another” and what our faith offers to us as we touch the mystery of the dying process in ourselves or in those we love. Henri Nouwen is one of the most important spiritual writers of our time. His voice is as warm, inviting, thoughtful, and open as his Christian theology. Ten copies are available to borrow from St. Paul’s (please check them out on the clipboard in the Narthex and return so others can read it). Our September Learning Forum (9/30) will be devoted to discussing this special book.

Clergy Vacation
This year, Rev. Chris will be away from July 9–August 6. Rev. Rachel will be away from the parish from June 18–June 30, July 7–15, and August 18–26. If you need a reach a clergy person for a pastoral emergency during the summer months, just call the parish office: the voicemail will indicate who is on call to respond to your need. You can also contact our wardens, Candy Walker and Arthur Fergusson. 

We look forward to worshipping with you this summer!