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

Processing to the Community Palm Sunday Service

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.

Singing at the Palm Sunday Community Service on the Sharpsburg Square

Holy Week Services

April 14, Palm Sunday

9 30 am – Community Palm Sunday Service

10 am – Liturgy of the Palms, Reading of the Passion In Parts, Holy Eucharist, Rite 2

April 17, Maundy Thursday

7 pm – Holy Eucharist, Rite 2, Stripping of the Altar, and Altar of Repose

April 18, Good Friday

12 noon – Good Friday and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament. Church will remain open until 3 p m for prayer and meditation.

April 20, Easter Sunday

10 am – Festival Holy Eucharist, Rite 2

Announcements

During Lent Fr. Pierce is leading Evening Prayer with Prayers of Healing Wednesdays at 6 pm-6:30 pm. We will observe the saint of the day, do Centering Prayer, and then end with the Litany of Healing. Fr. Pierce’s office hours are Wednesdays 2 pm-7:30 pm during Lent.

Canon Mary Sulerud, Canon for Discernment and Congregational Vitality, was our guest preacher on Sunday. You can listen to her sermon on the parable of the Prodigal Son here.

A recording of our St Patrick’s Day Celtic Eucharist is now online.

If you like to read a part in the Passion Narrative on Palm Sunday please see Fr. Pierce.

Easter Flowers: if you would like to make a donation towards floral decorations for Easter Sunday, please complete the form in Sunday’s bulletin and place in the alms basin. The deadline for donations is April 14th.

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!

Easter Candy Workshop: All are welcome to join us on Saturday, April 6th at 9am in the Parish Hall. Please bring a set of measuring spoons if you plan to attend. Everything else will be supplied.

The Community Ministry Portfolio has been submitted to the Transition Ministry Conference, the Diocese website as well as other media outlets.  The Diocese will be taking applications until May 7th, after which time all applications received will be forwarded to the search committee for review and processing. Should you have any questions regarding the process, please see any of the search committee members. 

Tom Settle is interested in starting up a Seniors Group to get together for breakfast once a month or more. He would like to invite anyone 50 or older to attend and host a series of speakers to talk on a variety of areas of interest. In addition, we would promote it to the outside to invite newcomers in. If interested, there is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board in McKinley Hall.

Some of us at the the 2019 Annual Meeting