Welcome to St. Paul's. We are so happy you are here and we hope to see you at either 8am, 10am or 5:15pm on Sundays! (9am in the summer!) Take some time to look around and please call or email us with any questions you may have.
Holy Week At St. Paul's
Palm Sunday: March 25, 2018
8:00 A.M. Liturgy of Palms, Reading of the Passion and Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:00 A.M. Pony rides in the parking lot
9:45 A.M. Gathering on Natick Common
10:00 A.M. Liturgy of Palms, Reading of the Passion and Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Monday in Holy Week: March 26, 2018
Today will be the final Morning Prayer service of the Lenten Season. Please join us at 8:00 A.M. in the sanctuary for this quiet start to Holy Week.
Tuesday in Holy Week: March 27, 2018
Tonight will be the culmination of our weekly Lenten series and dinner. Please join us at 5:45 P.M. for dinner followed by discussion of “The Harrowing of Hell: A look at the consequences of Jesus's death”.
Maundy Thursday March 28, 2018
We will begin Maundy Thursday with a first century Palestinian meal (brought by worshippers) and a scene that emphasizes the role of Mary Magdalene in the Passion story. The meal will be part of the “Institution of the Last Supper” scene we have traditionally done. It was not uncommon for early worshippers to bring their meal with them as they gathered for worship. They would have brought food that was readily available to them, easy to transport and easily eaten with fingers, things like roasted chicken or fish, grapes, nuts, cheese, roasted or raw vegetables, hummus, olives, pita bread, wine and fruit juices. It was shared with all who came to the feast. The bread was broken at the start of the meal and the cup of wine was blessed toward the end of the meal. We will include this in our celebration. Then the next scene will be about Mary Magdalene, a woman who has often been portrayed as being of ill repute. History has shown us however that she likely financed much of Jesus’ ministry and that she was very much one of his original supporters and evangelists.
People of all ages are welcome to this informative and holy evening, just as people of all ages worshiped together in the first century. We especially encourage the children and families in Communion Recognition class to participate in this service. Please join us at 6:30 P.M.
Following the Maundy Thursday supper we will process to the sanctuary for the Stripping of the Altar.
All Night Vigil: Thursday: March 29, 2018
An all-night vigil is kept in the Chapel --which will have been adorned with flowers and greenery to recall the Garden of Gethsemane--guarding the reserved sacrament. Parishioners come and go throughout the night, taking turns staying awake and praying for at least one hour. You are invited to take part in the service, and to stay (or return) for whatever part of the overnight vigil you choose. Our SPY youth will be participating in our annual Maundy Thursday overnight lock-in, and will be keeping watch with Jesus during this time.
Good Friday: Friday: March 30, 2018
12:00 P.M. Good Friday Service: Stations of the Cross. Gather in the parking lot at noon and walk to the Common to begin our procession to each station.
7:30 P.M. Good Friday Service: The Prayer Book Service is traditional and lovely.
Easter Sunday: April 1, 2018
9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. Festival Holy Eucharist with Choir
Join us at either service on Easter morning to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. Please bring flowers to decorate the wooden cross in front of the Church, that it might a sign to all who pass the Church that Christ has Risen!
Between the two services at 10:30 A.M., we will have the traditional St. Paul’s Easter Egg Hunt for children 10 and younger.
Annual Report is now available Click here to download the Annual Report for 2017
"The Path" During the course of the year, we will be reading and discussing "The Path" in order to more fully understand the main stories in the Jude-Christian tradition. Path 16 Reading (click here to download)
Financial Planning Speaker Series
This series, moderated by Karen Van Voorhis, will take place during coffee hour over three Sundays. This is part of St. Paul's ongoing educational efforts in the area of wellness for its parishioners, and an attempt to answer some of the many specific follow-up questions received after the four-part financial wellness series offered last spring. Topics and guest speakers will include: • January 28: Estate Planning: Essential Documents and Preserving Assets, with Natick resident Tricia D'Agostino (http://www.margolis.com/patricia-c-dagostino) • February 4: Senior Housing and Health Care: What's What? (Navigating Options and Costs), with Joan Harris (https://www.symphonycaremanagement.com/) The presenters are all seasoned experts in their fields, and we are lucky that they have generously volunteered their time for our benefit. Please grab a coffee and a snack at coffee hour on these three Sundays and join us for an invaluable education on these topics. See Karen Van Voorhis if you have any questions.
View the presentation from January 21, 2018 - Long Term Care Insurance
View the presentation from January 28, 2018 - Essential Estate Planning Tools
View the presentation from February 4, 2018 - Navagating Elder Care Resources.