The St. Paul's community extends far beyond the walls of our church. Please join us for these events!
Thomas Announces Retirement
If you haven’t heard yet, after being the rector of St. Paul’s for 19 years, The Rev. Thomas Skillings has announced his retirement. His last day will be Pentecost Sunday, May 23. Click here to see the announcement that was sent out.
Restarting In-person Worship
As we slowly emerge from the pandemic, here is an update on the plan for in person worship going forward. At St. Paul’s we have tried to be especially cautious about protecting the health of those around us, and this caution has caused us to take things slowly.
Here is the current plan:
* As planned earlier, St. Paul’s will hold two in-person services outdoors in May. These services will help all involved become familiar with the practices that will make for a rich and safe worship gathering.
* Beyond that St. Paul’s services will remain with the same format of virtual only until the new interim rector has joined us.
* Once the new interim is here, we will look to add an outside occasional in-person service during the summer as the interim feels comfortable. In-person gatherings in the summer would be a simple said service, much like the 8am service with no live music.
* A best-case scenario would be by Labor Day Weekend or the weekend following, in-person in church worship (hopefully inside perhaps at limited capacity) might happen and this could possibly be streamed live … more will need to be done on the “hows” of this.
* The popularity of our virtual services indicates that we will look at a balance of in-person livestream and simple virtual services, like our present model. Going forward the interim, and wardens look to create a “new normal.” This “new normal” will be shaped by the input of many, including staff, Welcoming and Regather teams. We will try to build on what we have learned in the last year to help us envision our path forward.
The Rev. Thomas’ Last Sunday at St. Paul’s
Sunday, May 23 • 9am and 11am
The Regathering Team along with the Vestry would like to announce the opportunity for in-person worship and celebratory liturgy in the Occidental parking lot to honor and recognize The Rev. Thomas Skillings on his last Sunday at St. Paul’s — May 23.
In order to attend, parishioners will need to sign up in advance. These services will be held in the Occidental Parking lot (RAIN or SHINE) with everyone socially distanced and wearing masks.
If interested, you must sign up by May 15.
Click on the appropriate time to sign up now:
We realize that many of our members have now been fully vaccinated but that is not the case for everyone in our parish including Thomas and Julie. Once the service has concluded, Thomas and Julie will not stay on to greet folks individually or be able to receive your well-wishes personally. Instead you will be provided a note card (in a letter which you should receive within the next few days) to write a note of appreciation and then bring to the service and drop in baskets which will be provided. Additional cards will be provided for anyone who didn’t receive one.
Likewise, while we understand our shared excitement about being able to be together in person, we ask that following the service you greet one another briefly keeping socially distanced and leave the parking lot within 15 minutes.
If you are unable to attend in person, please feel free to write your note and send it back to the office for Thomas and Julie to receive. Thomas and Julie will then be able to read your well-wishes and have mementos of their time at St. Paul’s.
Please call the office if you need help signing up (348-4811).
Yours in gratitude,
The Regathering Team
Choir of St. Paul’s to Record Compline for RSCM National Course
Thursday, July 15 • 5:30pm PDT
The Choir of St. Paul’s has been invited to record an online service of Compline from St. Paul’s to close the first evening of the RSCM (Royal School of Church Music) National Virtual Summer Training Course. The service will be available to watch on Thursday, July 15 at 5:30pm PDT. Compline will be sung on July 16 and 17 by the choir of St. Philip’s in the Hills (Tuscon, Arizona) and St. Mark’s Cathedral (Seattle, Washington), respectively.
Due to safety concerns, one RSCM national virtual course is being offered this Summer, hosted by Duke University and the Washington National Cathedral. Nine in-person Summer training courses are planned to be held once again throughout the United States in Summer 2022. Participation in these courses has been a highlight for singers from the Choir of St. Paul’s Burlingame for the past 15 years, and the Caraher Fund offers need-based financial support for course fees and travel expenses.
You may read more about all of the offerings of this year’s RSCM National Virtual Summer Training Course and register at: https://www.rscmamerica.org/training-courses.
Sing With Us This Fall!
In Fall 2021, the St. Paul’s Choir School embarks on the 15th season of offering first-rate musical training in a nurturing Christian environment for youth in grades K – 12. Based in the rigorous and acclaimed Royal School of Church Music training program, the St. Paul’s Choir School develops each child's musicianship to the fullest, and also nurtures invaluable life skills of teamwork, leadership, discipline, and self-confidence.
Weekly in-person rehearsals are planned to resume in Fall 2021. Carefully following current safety guidelines, youth will rehearse in Foote Hall, sing and record in the beautiful nave of St. Paul’s, and prepare for a July 2022 residency at Wells Cathedral, England.
Attend Online Weekly Services
In-person gatherings at St. Paul's have been suspended, and we are hosting times for prayer together online. Join us for our offerings of hymns, readings, sermon, and music; click the following to find service resources.
Join Our Virtual Sunday Coffee Hour
Every Sunday all are invited to an online Coffee Hour. Beginning at 8:45 am and 10:45 am these are live opportunities for conversation and check-in. So after participating online in worship for the day, join with others for a time of conversation and community.
Please join us at 8:45 am via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87884282944 or by calling 669-900-9128 Meeting ID: 878 8428 2944.
Or at 10:45 am via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88580629168 or again by calling 669-900-9128 Meeting ID: 885 8062 9168.
A Deeper Dive into Bible Readings Bible Study
Sundays • 12:30 pm
Join with the leaders of our Tongan congregation and the rector for a deeper dive into the scriptures for each Sunday.
Join our email list for some preparation material before each gathering or simply join the Zoom session by clicking on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81775796902 or by calling 669-900-9128 Meeting ID: 817 7579 6902.
Prayer Vigil for Healing & Systemic Racism for the World Continues
Wednesdays • 4:30 pm via Zoom
After we were shut down by the pandemic of COVID-19, the Healing Ministries Team began a Healing Prayer service every Wednesday at 4:30pm, a vigil for the healing of our world. At first we thought this was temporary, only needed a few weeks, okay months, but to date it continues.
The Vigil is open to everyone. Not only St. Paul’s members need to keep the vigil for the healing of our world. ALL ARE WELCOME!
Join us Wednesdays, 4:30pm, https://zoom.us/j/95431057754 or by calling 669-900-9128. Please note the new Meeting ID: 954 3105 7754
Samaritan House and Home & Hope are Looking for Meals
We are so grateful for all the people who have donated time and money to provide meals for the Samaritan House staff twice a week. We continue to look for funders, meal organizers, and drivers as this need remains. Our average cost is $6/lunch. We can reimburse people up to $330 for each meal.
We are United Against Racism
This phrase and stance are taken from the National Council of Churches' book, United Against Racism: Churches for Change. “Authentic Christianity requires the loving inclusion of all God’s creation. An inclusive, beloved community is a community free from racism. United Against Racism is a call to an authentic Christianity, a religion that strives to become God’s inclusive, beloved community. It summons Christians to pray, think, and act to end racism. This resource aims to support churches, communions, and those who endeavor to share the journey of the Christian faith in the pursuit of an unfinished agenda to embody a more excellent way of racial equity.”
Racial Justice Working Group
A smaller group of Vestry members, staff, and parishioners contribute to the coordination and resourcing of anti-racism education throughout the programming year.
Resources for Racial Reconciliation and Justice: https://episcopalchurch.org/racial-reconciliation/resources
Responding to Racist Violence: https://episcopalchurch.org/responding-to-racist-violence
More from our Weekly Resources
Choir of St. Paul's Video Hits 1,000 Views!
St. Paul’s is excited to share that the Choir of St. Paul’s recording of the hymn “There is a higher throne" has surpassed 1,000 views on YouTube. Congratulations to the Choir on this momentous marker!
Here are the top 10 St. Paul’s videos for 2021 and 2020 by views on YouTube:
1. Choir: Melanie DeMore | Blessed be!
2. Choir School Concert
3. Easter Day
4. Organ: Johann Sebastian Bach | Passacaglia
5. Organ: Florence Price | Finale from Variations on Peter, go ring dem bells
6. Choral Evensong for Julian of Norwich
7. Baptism of our Lord
8. Organ: Jeanne Demessieux | O filii et filiae
9. Fifth Sunday in Lent
10. Palm Sunday
1. Choir: There is a higher throne
2. Choir: Elizabeth Kimble | Sanctus
3. Lent 5 (posted in two videos)
4. Palm Sunday
5. Christmas Eve
6. Organ: Widor | Toccata (Symphony 5)
7. May Choral Evensong (posted in two videos)
8. Easter Day (posted in two videos)
9. Christmas Concert
10. Organ: Fanny Hensel | Postludium in G
You may listen to all 20 videos at www.youtube.com/StPaulsBurlingame. Look for music videos in the playlist Music@StPaul’s.
Music at St. Paul’s on YouTube
Listen again to the video collection from Music at St. Paul’s, including Choir of St. Paul’s virtual videos, organ and piano works at the YouTube Channel of Director of Music, Susan Jane Matthews. Playlists highlight music from St. Paul’s by A Great Host of Women Composers and A Great Host of Black Composers.
Pastoral Care – We Are Here for YOU!
We remain a community connected in God's love even in this necessary social distancing. The pastoral staff is still at work and available for you, especially during these unsettling and anxious times. The staff will offer “Online Open Office Hours.”
The Rev. Thomas Skillings can be reached via email at email@example.com or by calling (650) 430-3738.
The Rev. Julie Graham can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (650) 344-3675.
Jocelyn A. Sideco via email at email@example.com or social media and Zoom by appointment or by calling (504) 376-5856.
We want to know you are cared for and not alone. Please don't hesitate to reach out to let us.