The St. Paul's community is present but also extends far beyond the walls of our church. Please join us for these events!
Lessons and Carols: Theology, History, and Innovation
Program in Higbie Library, followed by light supper
December 1 | 5:30 pm
Dr. David Pacini and Rev. Sarah explore the historical development, theological trajectories, and contemporary innovations in our Lessons and Carols tradition.
From the Search and Transition Committee:
Bishop Search Listening Session at St. Paul's
December 3 | 10:00 am - 12noon | Higbie Library
Please join us for a conversation sponsored by the Search and Transition Committee for the Diocese of California inviting our personal and communal hopes for a new Bishop as we consider:
•What do we need from our next bishop? How might these priorities contrast with our desires and preferences?
•What are the most critical issues facing church communities within our diocese?
•What gifts or skills will our next diocesan bishop need to lead effectively?
•What might potential candidates need to know about the diocese and the churches in the Peninsula Deanery?
Feedback from these listening sessions will be applied by the Committee to craft the core of our Diocesan profile, used to discern with potential candidates. Your perspective and input is greatly valued in this important process!
Please join us at St. Paul’s in Higbie Library starting at 10am. You also are welcome to join via Zoom if attending in person is not possible, using the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81274826226
Meeting ID: 812 7482 6226
Please feel free to contact the Rev. Sarah C. Stewart with questions about this offering at email@example.com.
Advent Lessons & Carols
December 4 | 4pm
All are invited to walk from darkness into light with the Choir of St. Paul’s as candles are gradually lit throughout the church. Beginning with young choristers, the reading of lessons alternates with Advent carols for choir and congregation, from the creation story and the prophets to Angel Gabriel’s good news to Mary.
A free-will offering will benefit the Choir School.
A reception follows hosted by Jo Ann Hartley in Brewer Hall.
Melissa Dunphy | O Oriens
Elizabeth Poston | Jesus Christ the apple tree
Herbert Howells | A Spotless Rose
Ēriks Ešenvalds | O Emmanuel
Ēriks Ešenvalds | Stars with water-tuned glasses
Joanna Forbes L’Estrange | Magnificat (King’s College)
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina | Tomorrow go ye forth
Seventh Annual Christmas Concert
December 18 | 4pm
Choir of St. Paul’s
String Quintet, Harp, Organ, & Piano
A reception follows in the Skillings Garden hosted by the Vestry.
Tickets may be purchased at https://stpaulschristmasconcert2022.eventbrite.com
Reserved Concert Sponsor Seating: $100.
General Seating: $35. | $20. Students
Doors open at 3:30pm.
Ralph Vaughan Williams | Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Kassia | Augustus, the Monarch
Tomás Luis de Victoria | O magnum mysterium
Robert Lucas de Pearsall | In dulci jubilo
Harold Darke | In the bleak midwinter
Jessica French | Love came down at Christmas
Benjamin Britten | This little Babe
Nadia Boulanger | Cantique
John Rutter | Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
Fanny Hensel | Piano Trio in d minor: 3. Lied 4. Finale
Carol | What child is this?
Healey Willan | Three Kings
Joanna Forbes L’Estrange | Thee Three Wise Women
Margaret Bonds | The Ballad of the Brown King: 3. Sing Alleluia! 7. O sing of the king who was tall and brown 8. That was a Christmas long ago 9. Alleluia
Malcolm Archer: The Twelve Days of Christmas
Saturday, December 24
Come, celebrate the birth of Christ on this holy night.
4pm A Children’s Christmas Eve Pageant
Children present the Nativity Gospel in costume and song in alternation with Christmas carols for all to sing.
10pm Choral Eucharist
Hear once again a young chorister sing the carol "Once in royal David’s city" and sing "Silent Night" by candlelight with the Choir of St. Paul’s and strings. Choral music includes Adolphe Adam “O holy night” and George Malcolm “Mass of the Creche.” A prelude of Handel’s Cuckoo and Nightingale Organ Concerto begins at 9:45pm.
Sunday, December 25
11am Sung Eucharist with choir and organ
12:30pm Tongan Service with Nativity Gospel and Eucharist
Click here for highlights of previous events of the current program year.
80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church
General Convention typically convenes every three years as a hub for legislative activity, networking and fellowship. The 80th General Convention was postponed by one year, creating a four-year period since the last meeting, held in Austin, Texas, in 2018. As the church’s primary, bicameral governing body, it splits its authority between the House of Bishops and House of Deputies, with deputations from all 112 of the church’s dioceses and mission areas.
For more information on the General Convention and to view video highlights, go here.
Congratulations to St. Paul’s Tongan Community Members
in Seeking Ordination
St. Paul’s Tongan Community has been on a journey over the last several years to “raise up” its own members to pursue ordination as clergy members or deacons for its community. Last month, three members of the Tongan congregation submitted their papers for what’s called “nomination.” They are Joshua Guttenbeil, Viliami Mila, and Hepeti Fifita.
The Vestry endorsed their nominations in a letter to the Bishop citing the importance of having Tongan clergy to fulfill the legacy of the Rev. Sosaia Fineanganofo who led the congregation for so many years and to be a model of inclusion of all peoples in the Episcopal Church with services offered in the primary language of the congregation. They are being supported on this journey which will include coursework, meetings, and internal discernment not only by the Tongan Congregation but also by St. Paul’s Discernment Committee comprised of Fusi Pahulu, Alexandra Subramanian and Michele Bosschart.
Their journey is expected to take 2-3 years. The Vestry, the Tongan Congregation and the Local Discernment Committee are very grateful to the leadership, support and special insight that the Rev. Beth Foote, our Transition Rector, has provided to the candidates. We are fortunate that Beth serves on the Diocesan Committee that oversees the consideration of those seeking ordination and the training provided them.
Hats off to The Circle of St. Paul’s
The Circle’s “Whale of a Sale” in May was a great success in so many ways—clearing out rummage accumulated for the sale scheduled for May 2020 which had to be cancelled, helping so many neighbors and others find either a needed item or a treasure, and providing financial support for St. Paul’s Operating Budget. The Circle recently presented a check to St. Paul’s for $10,000 in fulfillment of its commitment to St. Paul’s Operating Budget for 2022. Thank you to The Circle whose members worked both creatively and tirelessly to make the “Whale of a Sale” happen and to those who helped with setting up, selling, and/or taking down. It was a community effort!
Every Sunday at 10am -- September-May, or upon request
Our chapel is set-up to offer a spacious place to be, to pray, to walk, talk, color, create
most Sundays at 10am for the program year (September-May). We welcome families to sit, play, pray in this space while worshipping at St. Paul’s.
Child Care Available during the 10am service -- September-May
In God’s House Everyone Belongs. We welcome you and your child. We offer nursery care for children ages 4 and younger in a classroom in our Parish Hall from 8:45am-11:15am. We provide unstructured supervision (2 adults) and a safe place for your child to play so that you can participate in the choir or other ministry or simply want to come to pray with others.
For more information or to sign up, please contact Pastoral Associate, Ms Jocelyn A. Sideco.
ChurchNext offers Free Course on
Systemic Racism and the Episcopal Church
For the next three months, ChurchNext, an offering of Forward Movement, will provide a new online curriculum, “Becoming Beloved Community: Understanding Systemic Racism.” The course is available for individuals at no charge. You may register for the course any time at churchnext.tv.
Designed for study over a period of six weeks, the curriculum explores how systemic racism has been integrated into U.S. culture from the very beginning, as well as the Episcopal Church’s history of active participation in systemic racism. The curriculum offers guidance on learning from this history and building toward what the Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop Michael Curry describes as “the Beloved Community of God.”