The Sunday services for St. Paul Lutheran Church will now be recorded and posted to YouTube. Additionally, the link for each service will be posted on our Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/lutherancapeann/ ) and here on our website. The link will also go out in an FYI newsletter.
Please join us at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Monday, November 11th at 2:00 PM for this musical tribute. Admission is free but donations will be welcomed and appreciated. They will go to the organization called Company2Heroes, a unique service dog training program specializing in guided/assisted self-training of service dogs working with combat veterans from all wars who are suffering and have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress, Military Sexual Trauma and/or Traumatic Brain Injury.
Cape Ann Finns and St. Paul Lutheran Church are excited to announce a piano performance by Ruusamari Teppo, the great-great-granddaughter of the world-famous composer, Jean Sibelius. Ms. Teppo, who is pursuing doctoral studies in the USA, plays internationally. Recently, she played at the 2019 FinFest. The concert will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Sunday, October 13th, 2019 at 4:00 PM. Suggested donation is $20 per person for this wonderful opportunity.
St. Paul will join with the the ELCA Prayer Service for Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine this week. The service will be available for online viewing at 12 noon Eastern Time on June 17, the fifth anniversary of the evening nine people were shot and killed during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. The service will include leaders from around the ELCA and ecumenical partners, including episcopal leadership from the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will preach the sermon. We join in a time of repentance, mourning and prayer as we remember these nine martyrs and renounce the sins of racism and white supremacy. The service can be viewed on the ELCA web page, which you can find here. You may also find it on the St. Paul Facebook page. We will be posting prayers and readings throughout the day.
Our Seminarian, Abby Johnson blessed us with her preaching on Sunday, June 14th. The link for her sermon is HERE . Abby has been home for several weeks, finishing her final academic term of seminary. She begins her internship with St. Paul Lutheran in Arlington, in late August. She and her mother, Martha Johnson, have been working on our communal on-line devotions: Word-in-Season-Live, which you can find our Facebook and Instagram pages.
On June 20, 2020, The Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington is going digital! On June 20th, the PPC will hold the largest digital and social media gathering of poor and low-wealth people, moral and religious leaders, advocates, and people of conscience in this nation’s history. This was originally scheduled as an in-person gathering on the Mall in Washington to address the roots and causes of systemic racism, inequity and injustice. This is a national event. Our Synod has committed to supporting the work of the Poor People’s Campaign. If you would like to attend, you can find more about it here.
The events of the last two weeks have convulsed our country, from the murder of George Floyd by police, to the ongoing protests in large and small cities and towns, villages and neighborhoods in every 50 states. I have lived through many crises in our nation, and I came of age in the civil rights era. I have never seen anything like this, the diversity, the breadth of participation, the clarity of purpose. Furthermore, the protests, in the midst of a pandemic, against white supremacy, racism, and police brutality have spread around the globe. We are seeing the birth a powerful movement for justice emerge in our nation, for black people, indigenous people and people of color. In an effort to further our work to confront racism, our Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton speaks to these times in her Trinity Sunday sermon, which she prepared especially for use in our virtual capacity during the Covid pandemic. You can hear it here: Bishop Eaton’s Sermon. I hope you will listen to it, and mark, read, and inwardly digest it. She speaks the good news of the Gospel in a hard time.