Bishop Dabney Smith, who oversees 77 churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida, helped us launch our Jubilee! during his visit to St. Paul's in December.
7:45 a.m. Holy Eucharist (Traditional)
9 a.m. Adult Christian Formation See details
10 a.m. Holy Eucharist
5 p.m. Holy Eucharist (in Creole) Information in Creole
Way of the Cross Wednesdays in Lent at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome to participate in this traditional discipline.
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To learn about our worship service and about the Episcopal Church, click here. And click on that shelf of red books to get a short, cute introduction to our time-honored Book of Common Prayer.
Fr. Tad is presented several dresses sewn by the women of St. Paul's and intended for the girls at an orphanage in Tanzania, one of the ten poorest of Africa's countries. From left are Linda Conden, who brought the dresses forth with Marion Kennedy (hidden by the dresses); Sarah Jane Allen and Dr. Susan Wilson of the Tumaini Fund; and Fr. Tad.
See more about Tumaini Fund here.
But when tour time was up, we left and continued on our way. All the disciples and their wives and children accompanied us out of the city and there on the beach we knelt to pray. Acts 21:5
Paul's life is like a phot album filled with snapshots of the rich life of faith. Imagine this scene. Paul's ship has docked in the seaport of Tyre to unload cargo. He remained there for seven days to spend time with Christ's disciples in the city. The picture we have been given is one of strong personal ties and commitment to a common goal. I can imagine they filled their time together in worship and sharing stories of all that was happing in the early days of the church.
When it was time for Pal to leave, they all walked out of the city to the dock together. I can imagine the children running on ahead, chasing each other and laughing as Paul and these Christians shared last words of encouragement and love. When they arrived at the beach, the whole group stopped and got down on their knees to pray. I'm sure that wasn't a strange sight to the children. They were living in difficult times. Christianity was under attack. It really cost something to be a follower of Christ.
Today may seem different, but in many ways it is not. It still costs to be commited to Jesus. Paul's example compels us to model to everyone that our lives depend on God. Before we move on with all the "stuff" of our daily life, let's us stop each morning, get down on our knees, and pray.
Lord, let my life so shire before those I love and those I encounter each day that they will long to know You.
If you haven't been to our market, you're in for a treat! There's plenty of parking and lots of help from our volunteers. A great way to spend a Saturday morning. More on the market here.