St. Paul's Episcopal Church


The Episcopal presence in Doylestown since 1846.



This Week at St. Paul's December 24, 2017




The Fourth Sunday of Advent

+ 10:00am Holy Eucharist, Rite I & Children's Pageant

Christmas Eve

+ 4:30pm Harpist: Rebekah Massey
+ 4:45pm Singing of Christmas Carols
+ 5:00pm Said Mass, the Nativity of Our Lord
+ 10:30pm Choral Presentation of Anthems and Carols
+ 11:00pm Solemn Sung Mass, the Nativity of Our Lord

The schedule of Sunday servers, the prayer list, and other information follows the announcements.








We Reached Our 2018 Stewardship Goal!
The Stewardship Committee is thrilled to announce that we have achieved our goal for 2018 by surpassing $250,000 in pledged giving to St. Paul’s! See the back page of this bulletin for our latest tally. This achievement enables our Vestry to be well-prepared in determining the church budget for 2018. Your pledges have made this possible. Thank you for your support of St. Paul’s through the gift of your tithes and offerings!


Advent Offering: the Food Larder
This year, our Advent Offering—which goes to support outreach in our community—is designated for the Food Larder in New Britain, which provides food for needy individuals and families throughout the Central Bucks area. This offering from St. Paul’s is our corporate response to Jesus’ call to feed the hungry: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…” (Matt. 25:35). You can make your offering by placing it in the Advent envelopes available in the pews. Thank you for your generosity and participation in this essential Christian mission to our local community.


The Church Office will be closed from December 25th through January 1st.
The office will re-open on Tuesday, January 2nd.


Join our Email List
Would you like to join our parish email list? We send out weekly announcements, a monthly newsletter, and other occasional news and notices. You can sign up by scanning the barcode to the left with your smartphone, or by going to and entering your information. Or you can always contact our parish administrator Angie Stoots ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to be added to the list.
Find us on Facebook & Instagram
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Funeral for Bill Angell
The burial mass for Bill Angell will be held at St. Paul's Church on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:30 in the morning. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall, and a private committal will be held for family members later that afternoon. Please continue to keep Bill and the Angell family in your prayers.


Save the Date
Fr. Daniel’s installation has officially been scheduled! Please save the date and time of January 21, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. God willing, on that day, the Rt. Rev. Daniel Gutiérrez will formally install Fr. Daniel Moore as the Rector of St. Paul’s. We hope you will join us for this special event in the life of our parish. Invitations to follow.


2018 Offering Envelopes Available
2018 offering envelopes are available in the atrium for pick up.  If you have not signed up to receive envelopes but would like them, please ask for assistance from Treasurer, Mary Ellen Wilson.


2018 Episcopal Church Ordo Calendars Available
Our 2018 Ordo Calendars have arrived and are available in the Narthex. Please pick up yours today, and perhaps an extra if you know of someone who might like one.


New at St. Paul’s: a Toddler Room
St. Paul’s now offers nursery care for our littlest ones during the 10:00 service on Sundays in our brand-new Toddler Room, located right on the stage of Paxson Hall. Parents of children ages 6 months to 3 years can feel free to drop them off starting at 9:30am. Our Toddler Room is very kid-friendly, with toys, books, and even a crib for those needing a nap. Parents should feel free to make use of it as needed, whether for the whole service or until Communion. Children of all ages are always welcome in church—and so our Toddler Room is simply an option, not a requirement. As Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me…”


Hey, children! Can you find the Magi?
Did you notice the empty creche in front of the altar in church? In these weeks before Christmas, we are in a season of waiting for wonderful things—and we are waiting for Jesus to be born! The Magi (or Wise Men) were also waiting, and traveled far to find the infant Jesus. They are slowly making their way closer to the creche by the Altar. Can you spot them? Keep a close lookout—they keep on moving!



A note about the Trisagion
You may have noticed a different song of praise at the start of mass: the Trisagion, rather than the more familiar Gloria or Kyrie. Trisagion (pronounced tree-SAY-jee-on) is Greek for “thrice holy,” and it is an ancient hymn that originated in the Eastern churches. It has a long history in the Prayer Book (Thomas Cranmer included a version of it in the 1549 Book), and it is one of the three options for use in the entrance rite at mass. The Gloria is used during Christmas and Easter and on most Sundays of the year; the Kyrie is used during Lent; and the Trisagion is especially suitable for use during Advent. For more information, see p. 406 of The Book of Common Prayer.




Sunday Servers, Prayer List, Etc.




Eucharistic Ministers:10:00 a.m. Pike Stephens, Mark Canterbury
5:00 p.m. Michael Kelly, Christopher McCall
11:00 p.m. Widgette Kelly, Christopher McCall
12/31 Eucharistic Ministers: Joe Farina, Ruth Carlson (Second Chalice), Pike Stephens, Mark Canterbury
Acolytes: Ainsley Massey, Madelynn Massey, J.T. Massey
Lectors: Madelynn Massey, Ethan Esser

Intercessor: Ainsley Massey
Ushers: Maureen McGraw, Youth ushers
Altar Guild: Team D: Michael and Widgette Kelly, Maureen McGraw

Choir: George Achilles, Trudie Benton, Wendy Brumbaugh, Faith Donaher, Jill Dulany, Palmer Haffner, Nick Lindberg, Mike Roberts, Sue Roberts, Anne Shute, Jim Shute, Caitlin Stein, Deborah Taylor, David Taylor


Sunday: Children’s Pageant and Youth Sunday
Christmas Eve Schedule of Services
4:30 PM                       Harpist: Rebekah Massey
4:45 PM                       Singing of Christmas Carols
5:00 PM                       Said Mass, the Nativity of Our Lord
10:30 PM                     Choral Presentation of Anthems and Carols
11:00 PM                     Solemn Sung Mass, the Nativity of Our Lord
Monday 12/25:  Holy Eucharist: Rite I at 9:00 a.m.
Monday 12/25-Monday, January 1: Office Closed, re-opens on Tuesday, January 2
Friday 12/29: 12 Step Group Meeting 7:30 p.m., Paxson Hall


Intercessions: In your prayers this week, please remember the following members of St. Paul’s Parish Community and their families:


Peter LaRosa, nephew of Ann Laughlin
Steve Rubenstein
Richard Howard, uncle of a parishioner
Jim Picarro
Mary Howe
Polly Wright
Cynthia Zayon
Paula Laughlin
Mark Elliott
Lynda Butcavage
Kristen Wheeler
Michael Blakesley
Alexandra McCullum
Matthew Ragusa
Annette Ragusa
Valerie Gardner
Helene Grande
Nina Kirk and baby Grace
Jean Ruger, sister of June Psculkowski
Betsy Kitzman, cousin of Donna Leonardis

Gail Kessling
Paul Sullivan
Mary Jo Jenkinson, friend of Robyn and Allan Mohr
Dorothy Schmidt
Harold J. Wilson, Sr.
Faye Gomez
Nancy Deakin, grandmother of Grace Deakin
Jake Urich, friend of the Kirk family
Paul U. Stebner, father
of Erika Canterbury
Tamara Payne
Uvette, friend of Dorothy Schmidt
Nancy Dunston
John Fraser
Ray and Jeri Subers
David Ladd
Katherine Curtis



Bryana Burke (12/24)
Stephanie Campagni (12/24)
Polly Wright (12/24)
Steven Vernaci (12/26)
Keith Henderson (12/29)
Erich Uhlenbrock (12/29)


Marriage Anniversaries:
Daniel and Kristin Moore (12/30)


Readings for 12/24: (click to read)
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38
Canticle 15

Hymns for 12/24:
Processional: 56 (verses 7 and 8) O come, O come, Emmanuel
Sequence: 54 Savior of the nations, come!
Communion: 60  Creator of the stars of night
Closing: 265 The Angel Gabriel from heaven came

From the Ledger: (pledge & plate)
2017 pledge & plate needed each week: $4,886
2017 pledge & plate received 12/17: $5,749
Surplus / (Shortfall): $863
2017 Cumulative Surplus / (Shortfall): $4,475
Borrowed from Line of Credit for Operating: $0

Pledge Status as of 12/19/17:
Pledges: 94
Amount: $253,192
Pledge Goal: $250,000
Goal Percentage: 101.3
New Pledges: 12

Previous Sunday Attendance:
8:00am: 37
10:00am: 105
Total: 142