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 30. This earlier start takes advantage of cooler morning temperatures, and gives parishioners more time to enjoy the fullness of the day. Rev. Matt Kruger, a former parishioner, will be our guest preacher on June 23 (at 10:00am); Rev. Frank Fornaro, our former rector, will be our guest preacher on August 3. 

We will return to our 10:00am Eucharist schedule on September 1. 

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 24, 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
Just Mercy : A Story of Justice and RedemptionJust Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Once again this summer, the parish is invted to join Rev. Chris in reading a book. This year the choice is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, a first-person nonfiction account of a young black lawyer’s experience of representing some very vulnerable clients and learning a lot about the intersections of our criminal justice system, poverty, race, and the relationship between justice and mercy. Some of you may have already read the book and have commented to me on how eye-opening it was, as well as being very readable. As Christians, we are called to reflect on how to live individually and collectively as people of both justice and mercy, not just in theory but in the real world. This book presses on how challenging that can be, both in our own hearts and as people embedded within oppressive social systems. A few copies will be available to sign out on the Narthex shelf, and it’s widely available in libraries and wherever books are sold. There will be an opportunity to discuss the book with others from St. Paul’s. Happy reading!

Clergy Vacation
Throughout the summer there are always clergy available to respond if you need immediate pastoral care. However, because Rev. Chris and Rev. Rachel have various staggered times awat, we ask that you call the parish office for any urgent pastoral needs (rather than calling/texting the clergy, who may not be checking their phones while away). The church voicemail will indicate who is on call to respond to your need. 

We look forward to worshipping with you this summer!