This past Monday St. Paul’s hosted the opening Solemn Eucharist for the annual meeting of the Association of Anglican Musicians. The Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton, Bishop of Maryland, preached a wonderful sermon about the apostles' call to worship on the holy mountain and then go out and make disciples, saying when we forget the first of those two commissions, we Episcopalians lose the essence of our being as the Church. The music, including mass setting, anthems, psalm and hymns were spectacular, and the organ voluntaries transporting.
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant” (Luke 1:46-48). With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God, the Beniste Family joyfully announces and cordially invites you, St. Paul’s Community, to the Ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests of the Rev. Jean C. Beniste, through the invocation of the Holy Spirit and the imposition of hands by The Rt. Rev.
When I first arrived at St. Paul’s in 1999, I think you could count on one hand the number of young children at church. Fast-forward fifteen years and the parish is now bustling with tots. Kid-friendly programs are sprouting up everywhere: a regular children’s sermon at the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass, the recent “Liturgy of the Light” service on Holy Saturday, and the volunteer youth corps that involves older kids in church ministries. As I've heard many people remark, St. Paul’s is most definitely in the midst of a baby boom!