Prayer for the Paris and Muslim Communities

Compassionate and life-giving God, we are horrified at the violence in Paris.  Hold back the hands that kill and maim; turn around the hearts that hate.  Grant instead your strong Spirit of Peace – peace that passes our understanding but changes lives.  May Bishop Pierre Whalen, and all our brothers and sisters in the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, know and feel your presence among them.

We join in prayer today with our Muslim brothers and sisters, particularly our friends at the Institute of Islamic and Turkish Studies here in Cary, who have condemned the actions in Paris and called on faith communities to join In prayer that we all may continue forward in the ways of God’s justice, love, and peace.  We pray this through Jesus Christ, your son and our Lord.  Amen.

Prayer composed by The Rev.  George Adamik

St Nicholas is Coming to St. Paul’s (Dec 6, 2015)

The St. Nicholas Advent tree (2015) is up and is decorated with over 400 tags identifying needy children served by local agencies that support seasonal farmworker families, orphans and vulnerable children, homeless families, families of recovering addicts, and families in need of reasonable housing. Please take one or more of the tags from the tree. Continue Reading belowContinue reading

A Vision for Outreach

During the last 5 months this team of Bill Holmes, Dan Loughlin, Dave Mackie, the Rev. Sarah Phelps, Anne Pilgrim, Tad Richard, Kevin Swann, and Aleta McClenney, has worked towards a goal of providing St. Paul’s with a deeper, broader, richer sense of how we might live out our call as Christians to extend our faith beyond the pew on Sundays and to work, in service, with those whom Jesus blessed and whom we are called to love as we love ourselves. Information collected through adult education, surveys, listening circles, and one-on-one conversations falls into three broad categories: Philosophical, Financial, and Structural...Continue reading