St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, a community of loving Christians guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit, in communion with the Diocese of Maryland, seeks to know Christ, to imitate Christ, and to make Christ known to all people.  Our community pursues this mission through prayer, worship, music, and the study of God’s Word; through the celebration of the sacraments, outreach, and the proclamation of the Gospel; and through mutual love, care, and encouragement.

Join us for
Holy Communion every Sunday at 10 a.m.

209 West Main Street
P.O. Box 364
Sharpsburg, MD 21876

Welcome

On September of 1862 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church stood between two armies in what became one of the deadliest days in American history. As the cannon balls landed on the church, our edifice stood as a witness to a greater cause—the way of peace and life. Our building did not survive the conflict, but we persisted in that witness, rising from the rubble in the years to come.

We stood then, as we do today, in the middle ground. We are diverse lot, coming from widely ranging experiences and points of view. In a world in which civil conversations are becoming increasingly difficult, we focus our efforts on finding common ground, civility, grace, and love for one another. We are not all the same—and we kind of like it that way. It is entirely possible to be in community without conformity, and that is what St. Paul’s is all about.

Sunday morning worship is the heartbeat of our community. We sing heartily and listen intently to scripture and proclamation. We pray together and share our lives with one another. We also reach out to the world around us in lots of different ways, trying to bear witness to the way of love taught us by Jesus of Nazareth. Join us for worship on Sunday morning at 10:00. You may find yourself challenged, comforted, or maybe even changed. One thing we can guarantee is that you will be welcomed.

Spring springs in Episcopal colors at the church steps.

Announcements

Fr. Pierce’s March 10 sermon on baseball cards, temptation and God’s grace in the season of Lent can now be heard online.

Thank you all for your generous cereal donations and meeting the challenge of over 40 boxes! We will be delivering them to the REACH Cold Weather Shelter on Sunday afternoon. They are so grateful!

During Lent Fr. Pierce will lead Evening Prayer with Prayers of Healing Wednesdays at 6pm and soup and Bible study starting at 6:30pm. The Bible study follows the Ways of Love, which Bishop Curry laid out at the last General Convention. This week Session One is TURN: Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ (Romans 6:3-11). Next week Session Two will be PRAY: Israel’s Deliverance at the Red Sea (Exodus 14:10-15:1).

Fr. Pierce’s office hours have changed during Lent to Wednesdays 2pm-7:30pm.

The ECW is taking orders for homemade Easter candy during March, before and after the service. The finished product, taste samples and an order sheet are available in the parish hall, hosted by a member of the ECW. Delivery Sunday, April 14th. There will be a limited amount, so please order early!

A Youth Mission Experience in Central Appalachia with Appalachia Service Project (ASP), for youth age 14 and up, June 23-29. Become the hands, feet, hammers and heart of Jesus making homes warmer, safer, drier in central Appalachia. Adult leaders are also needed. Contact the Rev. Matthew Hanisian mhanisian@stmartinsinthefield.org or www.asphome.org.

 

Agnus Dei in St Paul's chancel
Some of us at the the 2019 Annual Meeting