St. Paul's Episcopal Church


The Episcopal presence in Doylestown since 1846.



This Week at St. Paul's — September 2, 2018




The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
+ 8:00am – Holy Eucharist, Rite I
+ 10:00am – Holy Eucharist, Rite II

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




Healing Prayers and Anointing: Sunday at Both Services
Members of our healing ministry will be present Sunday at both services to offer prayers for healing, and anointing for those who desire it. After you receive Communion, just walk toward the back by the baptismal font, where they stand ready to pray with you.
Hole-y Sunday
The first Sunday of each month, the Vestry will be gracing the table of Paxson Hall with the sweet confectionary called donuts.  What better way to connect with old friends and new than snacking on an all-time favorite. Join your Vestry in the powder and the glory of Donuts!



Next Sunday at St. Paul’s: A New Program Year Kicks Off

Next Sunday, September 9, the new “program year” officially begins. Sunday formation starts up for children and youth; the choir returns to the 10:00am mass; and new programs of formation for adults and opportunities to gather and pray together will soon be offered. Here are the details for next Sunday, in addition to our normal service schedule:

Children’s Liturgy begins (9:45am, in the Chapel): for children ages 4 years-old through 6th grade, the Children’s Liturgy is where our children can hear God’s Word in a developmentally-appropriate way while the Liturgy of the Word takes place in the Church. Children then join us mid-way through mass for the Holy Communion. This Sunday will be a Move-Up/Rally Day, starting at 9:45am in the Chapel (the normal meeting time and place). On this special day, we invite the Youth Group and their friends to join us for this celebration. Parents: please click here to register your children and youth for Sunday formation.

The Blessing of the Backpacks (10am mass): September 9 also marks the first Sunday of the new school year. As such, all school-age children and youth are invited to bring their backpacks to church for a Blessing of the Backpacks at the 10am mass. May God bless and keep the little ones among us, in our homes and in our schools. 

Handbell Choir Interest Meeting (11am, Music Room): a new Handbell Choir is forming at St. Paul’s, with the goal of being multi-generational. Youth and adults interested in learning more about this choir are invited to a brief information session with director of music Ed McCall after the 10am mass in the Music Room. Musical beginners/novices are welcome. Come and hear about this special group. 

Hotdogs & Parish Open House (12 noon, corner of Oakland & Pine): in addition to the above, Doylestown Borough’s annual Bike Race is next Sunday, which passes right by St. Paul’s. Like last year, we will join the festivities by offering hot dogs and water to onlookers and passers-by; we will also open our building as a place of rest, refreshment, and for tours. This event is being led by our Outreach Committee and the Brotherhood of St. Andrew. Come and join us for this exciting event happening right outside our church doors! Questions? Ask Michael Kelly or Mary Lou Parry.


Road Closure: Sunday, September 9th
A further item about Sunday, September 9: the intersection of Pine Street and East Oakland Avenue will be closed as of 6:00am due to the annual Bike Race. The race begins at 12:00pm and last until approximately 3:00pm. Here’s what this means for getting to St. Paul’s:

  • Parking will still be available in our main lot (on Pine St). You will need to turn onto Pine from Ashland St. in order to access it.
  • This will prevent parking or dropping off in the front of the church. Please use Pine St. (by way of Ashland) in order to drop off and park.
  • Other options for parking: on Ashland or Oakland Ave. east of the church. Plenty of parking is available at the Library (150 S. Pine St.—a mere 2 blocks from St. Paul’s) if other options are limited.  

A New Choir Season at St. Paul’s
In addition to our new Handbell Choir, we’re looking for a few good men and women for our 10:00am Choir! September is choir try-out month. Why not join the fun on Thursday night from 7:15pm – 8:45pm, with no obligation. You don’t need a degree from Julliard or even know how to read music—so long as you have a love for singing and a desire to make a contribution to the liturgical life at St. Paul’s. Come join us at our first rehearsal on Thursday September 6th at 7:15pm. Ed McCall, Director of Music
Book Group Meeting
The St. Paul’s Book Group is planning to meet on Wednesday, Sept. 12th at 7:30 in the Ed. Wing Conference Room to discuss The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey. All are welcome.
WANTED: Help with Livestreaming the 10am Mass on Sundays
Mark and Jacky Grande are looking for those who are interested in helping to livestream the 10am Mass on Sundays. This process only takes a few minutes and does not require any attention during the mass itself. Those interested can contact Mark or Jacky Grande or call 215-491-6113.
The Reason For God
Why does God allow suffering? Does hell exist? Why is there so much evil in the world? These are just some of the questions the Brotherhood of St. Andrew will discuss as we watch Timothy Keller’s series, “The Reason for God: Conversations on Faith and Life” at our monthly meetings, starting September 16. All the men of St. Paul’s are invited to join us as Pastor Keller addresses the doubts and objections that many have with Christianity in this “Age of Skepticism”.  The Brotherhood meets on the third Sunday of every month at 9am in Paxson Hall so please join us for any meeting that you can from now until the end of May.  We also provide free food and drink. Thank you. Michael Kelly and the Brothers of St. Andrew


The Saint Paul’s Market is Open
Gardeners: If you are growing more than you can use, please bring in your extras!
Buyers: Please make a generous donation for what you take. 
The offerings may be small as our gardens get going, but be sure to check each week to see what is available. Proceeds benefit the ‘Little Red House’ Collection, used to buy food for the residents of the Doylestown Homeless Shelter.


The St. Paul’s NurseryNew Location
St. Paul’s offers nursery care for our littlest ones during the 10:00 service on Sundays in our new Nursery location—now downstairs in the Education Wing. Parents of children ages 6 months to 3 years can drop them off starting at 9:30am. Our Nursery is very kid-friendly, with toys, books, and even a crib for those needing a nap. 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. As Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me…”

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Service Recordings Online
View our weekly 10:00am mass, listen to sermons, and see other events in the life of our parish by going to our YouTube Channel (click “subscribe” to get updates when new videos are published).




Sunday Servers, Prayer List, Anniversaries, Etc.




Eucharistic Ministers:
8:00 am: Michael Kelly, Ruth Carlson (Chalicer)
10:00 am: Pike Stephens, Widgette Kelly

10:00 am: Emma Ward, Andela Dozier, Madeleine Moore

8:00 am: Gene Reilly
10:00 am: George Achilles

8:00 am: Ann Laughlin, Tom and Mary Smith
10:00 am: Kelly Family, Mark Grande

Altar Guild:
Team A: Jacky Grande, Jean Rollo, Erika Canterbury, Grace Canterbury

George Wiemann, Michael Kelly


Weekly Intercessions: “For this community, for every city and community, and for those who live in them, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.” (BCP, p. 384)


Peter LaRosa, nephew
   of Ann Laughlin
Steve Rubenstein
Richard Howard, uncle
   of a parishioner
Jim Picarro
Polly Wright
Cynthia Zayon
Mark Elliott
Lynda Butcavage
Michael Blakesley
Annette Ragusa
Valerie Gardner
Helene Grande
Nina Kirk and baby Grace
Jean Ruger, sister
     of June Psculkowski
Gail Kessling
Paul Sullivan
Mary Jo Jenkinson, friend
   of Robyn and Allan Mohr
Dorothy Schmidt
Faye Gomez
Tamara Payne
Uvette, friend
   of Dorothy Schmidt
Ray and Jeri Subers
David Ladd
Katherine Curtis
Julie McGill, sister-in-law
   of Janet McGill

Laura Heberley, friend
   of Sam and Joyce Palermo
Richard Podlovits, father
   of Donna Leonardis
Carolyn Sadowski
Ron Prybycien
Rhett Keefrider
Angel Cruz, friend of Libby Wheeler

Linda Horton, friend of Libby Wheeler
Gary Derr, friend of Libby Wheeler

Bettie Reynolds
Mae O’Brien
Roy Andrews
June Price, cousin of Myra Parker
Leslie Murphy, sister of Jan Weidmann
Peter Murphy, brother-in-law
   of Jan Weidmann
David Walter, friend of Sam
   and Joyce Palermo
Mr. Aristidis
Eileen Reilly
Patricia and Al, friends of the Kirk family
Patricia Reed
Bill Houghton


9/2      Melanie Smith
9/3      Susan Roberts
9/6      Rebecca Lee
9/7      Colin Donaghy
           Andela Dozier
9/8      John Fraser
           Emily Gallagher

9/2    Brooks Hopkins
9/3    Rylee Kingeter
9/5    Patty Berger

9/4      Bruce and Beth Kingeter
9/7      Jim and Anne Shute


Readings for 9/2: (click to read)
Song of Solomon 2:8-13
Psalm 45:1-2, 7-10
James 1:17-27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Hymns for 9/2
Processional: 436 (Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates)
Offertory: 372  (Praise to the living God)
Communion: 707 (Take my life, and let it be)
Closing: 423  (Immortal, invisible, God only wise)

From the Ledger: (pledge & plate)
2018 Pledge & Plate needed each week: $4,806
2018 Pledge & Plate received 8/26: $3,715
Surplus / (Shortfall): ($1,091)
2018 Cumulative Surplus / (Short): ($3,177)
Borrowed from Line of Credit for Operating Acct:  $0

Last Sunday Attendance, 8/26
8:00am:  30
10:00am 70
Total:  100