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Our Voices
In this section of the website, we feature homilies and articles by St. Paul's clergy and parishioners. Some of the homilies have been recorded and are posted in MP3 format. You can listen to these homilies using a media program such as Quicktime or Windows Media Player. If you would like to write an article, please contact administrator@stpaulscary.org.

Ordination of Anne Hodges-Copple (Jun 15) Print E-mail
hodges-copple Ordination of The Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple as Bishop Suffragan, Jun 15 at 10:30 AM at Duke Chapel. Each parish will be receiving tickets to this special liturgy, and the availability of tickets for the parish will be announced.
Last Updated ( Friday, 01 May 2015 )
 
Mr. Peabody's Apples Print E-mail

candy08Rev. Candace Snively, Deacon
Homily, June 9, 2013

Galatians 1:11-24
I want to share a story with you this morning and when I'm finished I will tell you who the author is. There is a book names Mr. Peabody's Apples. In this story all the good people of Happyville live a fine existence. Sort of like Andy Griffith's Mayberry...

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Last Updated ( Monday, 10 June 2013 )
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Bishop Gregg, Confirmation Sunday 2013 Print E-mail

bishopwilliamogregg80x120Rt. Rev. William O. Gregg
Homily, June 2, 2013

Good morning to you all. I'm delighted to be here again to celebrate Confirmation and the Eucharist and to be with you on this morning to do this visitation. We have a goodly group of people. There are a whole row of books lined up for me to sign certificates on...

Hear audio of Bishop Gregg's homily: Click here. Note: During the homily the microphone must have inadvertently been switched off, so the last few minutes were lost.
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Last Updated ( Monday, 03 June 2013 )
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Trinity Sunday 2013 Print E-mail

lauren-kilbourn120Rev. Lauren Kilbourn,
Homily, May 26, 2013

Right before I started Virginia Theological Seminary I was visiting a church in the DC area that will remain unnamed on a Trinity Sunday. Those of you who have heard me preach on special days before have probably noticed that I get a little nerdy around liturgical holidays...

Hear audio of Lauren's homily; Click here.

Last Updated ( Friday, 07 June 2013 )
 
Children's Cantata 2013 Print E-mail

noahs-arkChildren's Cantata
May 19, 2013

One day, long, long, ago, God was looking down upon the Earth, watching the men and women he created and he saw they had become extremely wicked. There were robbers, murderers, cheats, liars, selfish, and in general not very nice folks. The holy God saw that every thought of man's heart was continually evil...

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 May 2013 )
 
Feast of the Ascension Print E-mail

lauren-kilbourn120Rev. Lauren Kilbourn,
Homily, May 12, 2013

John 17:20-26
Happy Easter! You do know it's still Easter, right? We're actually in our seventh and final week, but it's still Easter time. Next week we will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. The birthday of the church and the celebration of the Holy Spirit coming in among our midst...

Hear audio of Lauren's homily; Click here.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 May 2013 )
 
The Call to be Mystics Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, May 5, 2013

Acts 16:9-15
It's the end of the semester for a lot of our college students. My oldest daughter Elizabeth is going to be graduating this Friday from UNC Greensboro with her master's in music education, and then on a couple of days later with her husband Danny to Connecticut where they will be living...

Hear audio of George's homily: click here

Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 May 2013 )
 
What God Has Made Clean... Print E-mail

TonyRev. Tony Wike
Homily, Apr 28, 2013

Acts 11:1-18
As long as I have been here at St. Paul's Church, about 30 years I think, I have had the distinction of being the only member of the clergy staff with a southern accent. It isn't quite as pronounced as it was years ago when I was growing up in Piedmont, North Carolina...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 28 April 2013 )
 
The Acts of the Apostles Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, April 21, 2013

Acts 9:36-43 
The Acts of the Apostles. We're going to hear quite a bit from that book during the season of Easter. It's a book that is read, traditionally during Easter because it talks about those early acts and the lives of those followers of Jesus immediately after the resurrection...

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Last Updated ( Monday, 22 April 2013 )
 
Ananias Print E-mail

lauren-kilbourn120Rev. Lauren Kilbourn,
Homily, April 14, 2013

Acts 9:1-20, John 21:1-19
As the rise, celebration, and now relaxation after Holy Week and Easter has come and gone, we in the church are left with this Easter question. What do we do now? What are we to do with this crucified, resurrected Lord? How have our lives been changed by that resurrection? ...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 April 2013 )
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Sally's New Beginning Print E-mail

sally_harboldRev. Dr. Sally L. Harbold
Homily, April 7, 2013

Lots of people in the past weeks have been coming up to me and saying things like, "Sally, I'm so happy for you. This is your dream. This is your passion. You're going to get to go on to something that you've really dreamed about." And I must tell you at first that I actually never dreamed that at age 60 I would be directing a nonprofit startup...

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Last Updated ( Monday, 15 April 2013 )
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Celebration of the Ministry of Sally Harbold (Apr 7) Print E-mail

sally-at-chh-launch-120On April 7, 2013, The Rev. Dr. Sally Harbold will be ending her role as Assistant Rector at St. Paul's and will begin a full-time ministry with St. Paul's Center for Hope and Healing (CHH). Thanks and farewell will be given at both the 9:00 and 11:15 services, as well as at a festive coffee hour between services. All are invited to join in the celebration of Sally's ministry over 13 years at St. Paul's as well as to wish Sally well in her future role with CHH.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 April 2013 )
 
Memorial Service for Tom Lawlor, Apr 6, 2013 Print E-mail

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A memorial service was held for Tom Lawlor on Saturday, April 6, at 2:00 PM in the church at St. Paul's, followed by interment in the Memorial Garden. A reception and celebration of Tom's life followed in the Parish Hall. Read Tom's obituary in Raleigh News and Observer.

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 October 2014 )
 
Easter Sunday 2013 Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, March 31, 2013

John 20:1-18
We know that this Feast of Easter does not exist separate from what we oftentimes refer to as Good Friday. That this new life came through the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross. We oftentimes refer to that experience of Good Friday as the passion of Jesus...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 31 March 2013 )
 
Easter Vigil 2013 Print E-mail

sally_harboldRev. Dr. Sally L. Harbold
Homily, March 30, 2013

John 19:38-42
Happy Easter! He's alive! We have passed through the darkness and sorrow of the cross and met with joy the wonder of the resurrection. And now we know that with God, endings are not really the end. In his life Jesus failed to get everyone to believe, and it was not the end...

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 April 2013 )
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Good Friday 2013 Print E-mail

candy08Rev. Candace Snively, Deacon
Homily, March 29, 2013

John 18:1-19:42
When I was just starting first grade I became very ill. The pediatrician was puzzled what was causing my high temperature. I was sick but had no discernable symptoms. After several days passed and I wasn't getting any better the doctor told my mom he had gone as far as he could; I would have to go to the hospital...

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 April 2013 )
 
Maundy Thursday 2013 Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, March 28, 2013

John 13:1-15
During these services of Holy Week, as a homilist or preacher, sometimes it's better just to stay out of the way of the service. Let its power and symbolism speak for itself and communicate something to us. I would like to share a couple of thoughts on the liturgy this evening...

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 March 2013 )
 
Palm Sunday 2013 Print E-mail

lauren-kilbourn120Rev. Lauren Kilbourn,
Homily, March 24, 2013

Luke 22:14-23:56
I once had a professor of education who said if we wanted to get the point across to our students we must occasionally shake things up a bit. Change things around from the normal routine programs that our students hear and see to something completely different...

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 March 2013 )
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Bitter Help Print E-mail

lauren-kilbourn120Rev. Lauren Kilbourn,
Homily, March 17, 2013

John 12:1-8
The season of Lent is a time of Christian reflection set aside for prayer, fasting, and giving. When we as a church participate in the season of Lent, however, the primary goal is not necessarily to spend as much time as possible kneeling or on our faces prostrate...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 24 March 2013 )
 
Jeff Hensley on Stewardship Print E-mail

jeff-hensleyJeff Hensley
Homily, March 10, 2013

Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
Today's Gospel lesson is perhaps one of the most famous stories in all of scripture, certainly in the New Testament. Along with the story of the Good Samaritan, this parable of the Prodigal Son, as we now often call it, certainly represents one of Jesus' most familiar teachings...

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 March 2013 )
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Memorial Service for John (Bill) Hines, Mar 9, 2013 Print E-mail

john_hinesA memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 celebrating the life of John (Bill) Hines. The service will be held at St. Paul's Church. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Click here for the obituary in the N&O.

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 October 2014 )
 
Taking Your Shoes Off Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, March 3, 2013

Exodus 3:1-15
It was just a little over 30 years ago that I had an opportunity to take a trip to the Middle East. The group that I was with, I remember this vividly, flying out of New York to Amman, Jordan...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 March 2013 )
 
Stewardship Video Presentation Print E-mail

joy-logo-medStewardship Video Presentation
February 24, 2013

The history of this parish is amazing. It started in a small band room at Cary High School in 1958. Some of the people here at St. Paul's today remember those days. It was about giving of themselves, taking risks, and seeing where God is calling them...

Hear audio track of the video presentation: click here

Last Updated ( Friday, 01 March 2013 )
 
Memorial Service for Sally Thorn, Feb 23, 2013 Print E-mail

sally-thorn
A memorial service was held for the life of Sally Thorn on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 221 Union Street, Cary, NC. A reception followed the service in the Youth Wing. Click here for obituary in the News and Observer.

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 October 2014 )
 
Blessing of the Hands 2013 Print E-mail

sally_harboldRev. Dr. Sally L. Harbold
Homily, February 17, 2013

Deut 26:1-11, Luke 4:1-13
At first glance, in this lesson from Deuteronomy, there is a powerful image of the land that God has designated for the people of God...

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 August 2013 )
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Ash Wednesday 2013 Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, Ash Wednesday
February 13, 2013

Good evening. It's good to see you all here as we come to the end of a day and the beginning of the wondrous season, the season of Lent. I would bet you that you've never started the season of Lent with a banner that says JOY - brightly colored. I want to put that a little bit in context...

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 February 2013 )
 
Beth and Mark Bordeaux on Stewardship Print E-mail

bordeaux-homily-2-10-2013-135Mark and Beth Bordeaux
Homily, February 10, 2013

Luke 9:28-36
In the Gospel reading today, Peter, John, and James went with Jesus up on the mountain to pray. I'll bet they didn't know what they were getting into. Maybe they would have rather stayed home, or maybe they were looking forward to an adventure with Jesus...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 February 2013 )
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Are We Afraid of Being Born? Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, February 3, 2013

There was a book that I had to read for a course that I was taking in college (I was majoring in sociology) back in 1973. The book was called The Denial of Death. It was written by Ernest Becker who was a cultural anthropologist. The idea of the book was this: one of the things we find difficult to accept is death...

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Last Updated ( Monday, 04 February 2013 )
 
Brian and Julia Rudy on Stewardship Print E-mail

brudy_100 jrudy-100 Julia and Brian Rudy
Homily, January 27, 2013

Good Morning. My name is Julia Rudy and my husband, Brian, and I are going to share with you what makes St. Paul’s such a joyful place for us. St. Paul’s has been a special place to our family even before we started attending church here a few short years ago...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 January 2013 )
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Water Into Wine Print E-mail

candy08Rev. Candace Snively, Deacon
Homily, January 20, 2013

John 2:1-11
As a hospital chaplain I have heard many stories over the years, some very sad and some inspiring. I'd like to share a story with you today that I believe is a blend of both. I first met Ann (which is not her real name) about a year ago at Rex Nursing and Rehab Facility in Apex...

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 January 2013 )
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Annual Meeting 2013 Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, January 13, 2013

The church is in decline. Attendance is decreasing. Membership is decreasing. Financial support of the church is decreasing. That's what a lot of reports are saying about the church today, particularly in the United States. A lot of studies and reports are being done. And those statistics, in many ways, are real...

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 January 2013 )
 
The Star of Epiphany Print E-mail

sally_harboldRev. Dr. Sally L. Harbold
Homily, January 6, 2013

Matthew 2:1-12
In the last five weeks we have successfully navigated the beginning of a new church year, the season of Advent, the birth of our Savior, and a new calendar welcoming in 2013. So here we are today and the Wise Men have arrived at the manger and we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 January 2013 )
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The Light of Your Incarnate Word Print E-mail

lauren-kilbourn120Rev. Lauren Kilbourn,
Homily, December 30, 2012

John 1:1-18
I know that it seems a little crazy, but I think a part of myself has always wanted to be a priest. I used to think that I only wanted to be a youth director, but feeling God’s call to ordination has proved to be a wonderful (and long) process...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 January 2013 )
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Christmas Day 2012 Print E-mail

TonyRev. Tony Wike
Homily, December 25, 2012

Luke 2:[1-7]8-20
Many years ago when I was attending a conference in New York City I had a chance to join a group of friends and about five or six thousand other people at Radio City Music Hall on a Saturday evening for the annual Radio City Christmas spectacular ...

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 January 2013 )
 
Christmas Eve 2012 Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, December 24, 2012

Luke 2:1-20
I'd like to share a story with you tonight about Daniel; not the Daniel of the Hebrew scriptures, but Daniel of Thornwood, New York. Back in 1973 my family moved from Yonkers, New York where I had grown up to Thornwood, New York...

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Last Updated ( Friday, 28 December 2012 )
 
The Children We Love Print E-mail

lauren-kilbourn120Rev. Lauren Kilbourn,
Homily, December 16, 2012

This morning at the nine o'clock service 99 of our St. Paul's children performed our annual Christmas pageant. Sheep, soldiers, angels, and shepherds brought us the message of Christ's birth. I thought a little about how I would do this as I walked through the halls of our parish buildings this morning...

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 January 2013 )
 
What is a Legacy? Print E-mail

sally_harboldRev. Dr. Sally L. Harbold
Homily, December 9, 2012

Luke 3:1-6
I would like to invite you to consider with me the question of what is a legacy? The number one dictionary definition of a legacy has to do with money or material things that are left and therefore inherited by someone else...

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Last Updated ( Monday, 10 December 2012 )
 
What Are You Waiting For? Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, December 2, 2012

Luke 21:25-36
What are you waiting for? This season of Advent that we begin today and for the next four weeks is oftentimes described as the season of waiting. Watching and waiting. So I say to us this morning, "What are you waiting for?" ...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 December 2012 )
 
A New Church Season Print E-mail

lauren-kilbourn120Rev. Lauren Kilbourn,
Homily, November 25, 2012

This past week I planned on celebrating a national holiday. It's something I plan and look forward to on an annual basis. Yet something came up this year that I didn't quite get the chance to gather my family and friends in the comfort and warmth of my car and drive to the mall to celebrate Black Friday...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 November 2012 )
 
Adamik Wedding Held Nov 3 Print E-mail

adamik-elizabeth-weddingGeorge and Mary Adamik were proud parents when their daughter Elizabeth married Daniel Gallagher on November 3, 2012 at St. Paul’s. Elizabeth was 9 years old and her sister Rebecca 6, when the Adamik’s arrived in 1999. It meant so much for Elizabeth to be married at St. Paul’s, the church in which she grew up and loves so deeply. George shared how over the years he has walked down that aisle many times every Sunday, but this walk with Elizabeth was like no other and one he will never forget. And how many rectors get to walk their daughter down the aisle of a church that they were a part of designing and building with a visionary faith community. It was quite an emotional day. George, Mary, Elizabeth and Rebecca would like to share with you the happiness of this special day through the following video. Congratulations to Dan and Elizabeth.

Elizabeth & Dan's Wedding Day Video

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 November 2013 )
 
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