Blessings over Food at Easter

These blessings are appropriate for use by households at the principal meal on Easter Day:

Over Wine

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, creator of the fruit of the vine: Grant that we who share this wine, which gladdens our hearts, may share for ever the new life of the true Vine, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Over Bread

Blessed are you, O Lord our God; you bring forth bread from the earth and make the risen Lord to be for us the Bread of life: Grant that we who daily seek the bread which sustains our bodies may also hunger for the food of everlasting life, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Over Lamb

Stir up our memory, O Lord, as we eat this Easter lamb that, remembering Israel of old, who in obedience to your command ate the Paschal lamb and was delivered from the bondage of slavery, we, your new Israel, may rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the true Lamb who has delivered us from the bondage of sin and death, and who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Over Eggs

O Lord our God, in celebration of the Paschal feast we have prepared these eggs from your creation: Grant that they may be to us a sign of the new life and immortality promised to those who follow your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Over Other Foods

Blessed are you, O Lord our God; you have given us the risen Savior to be the Shepherd of your people: Lead us, by him, to springs of living waters, and feed us with the food that endures to eternal life; where with you, O Father, and with the Holy Spirit, he lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Agape for Maundy Thursday

The following blessings may be said over the food in the evening meal on Maundy Thursday in private homes:

Over Wine

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe. You create the fruit of the vine; and on this night you have refreshed us with the cup of salvation in the Blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Glory to you for ever and ever. Amen.

Over Bread

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe. You bring forth bread from the earth; and on this night you have given us the bread of life in the Body of your Son Jesus Christ. As grain scattered upon the earth is gathered into one loaf, so gather your Church in every place into the kingdom of your Son. To you be glory and power for ever and ever.  Amen.

Over the Other Foods

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe. You have blessed the earth to bring forth food to satisfy our hunger. Let this food strengthen us in the fast that is before us, that following our Savior in the way of the cross, we may come to the joy of his resurrection. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Sending love and prayers for a safe and contemplative Maundy Thursday

St. Paul’s Sunday Worship

We are not worshipping together in our churches for the time being, out of an abundance of caution and care for each person. However, we are still the Church and we are all still here! We are taking advantage of our many blessings and the most current technology to link us virtually while we are apart physically. The electronic link reminds us that we always are connected by the Holy Spirit to one another and to God eternally. 

We began our online worship on March 22, identifying both successes and things that needed to be tweaked. A grand success was that we worshipped God together using our wonderful Morning Prayer liturgy, and experienced the blessing of being connected to one another! A learning is that we will limit audio sharing to those who are broadcasting, and ask all but the Officiant to turn off their cameras. 

Beginning on March 29, we will expand the Sunday Morning Prayer worship we’ve begun with music as well as readers from both St. John’s in New City and St. Paul’s in Chester. We will alternate each week the church that is providing the readers and intercessor. 

Please join us Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. by either computer or phone with the information below.   For technical assistance or sharing an idea, please contact Mother Tori at: or . 

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All corporate worship, meetings, and events canceled for two weeks

Dear beloved of God,
The national, regional, and local experience of the coronavirus pandemic is evolving rapidly. Out of an abundance of caution and love for all, we are canceling corporate worship and all meetings and events at the church for two weeks, effective immediately. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and are working on ways to stay connected to God and to one another during this time. 
The church will be open for private prayer Sunday morning from 9 -11 AM. A sheet of suggested prayers will be available. If you come in to pray, please use hand sanitizer as you come into the building and repeat when leaving.
A special service of Morning Prayer will be led by Bishop Dietsche at St. John the Divine tomorrow morning at 11 AM. I encourage all who are able to go online, both to participate as well as to hear our Bishop preach:

We are the Body of Christ during this time, as always. Together we witness to the Love of God and will move through this time by grace.
Please call or text me with any personal needs or concerns, including a desire for Holy Communion from Reserved Sacrament (646-705-2717.)
May you and those you love be blessed!Mother Tori

Re-Dedication Celebration for our major refurbishment

Press Release by Leslie Smith for St. Paul’s church

 The Congregation of St. Paul’s has announced that they are undertaking a major refurbishment of the historic Episcopal Church at 101 Main Street.

St. Paul’s, built in 1898 and consecrated in 1899, restored its stained glass windows over several years with the large window facing main street completed in 2010.

The current project will restore the worship space and includes installing a hardwood floor to replace the worn carpet, refinishing the pews and lining the plaster walls with mesh fabric and resurfacing. Completion is expected by 2nd of December.

St. Paul’s is a small but diverse congregation and has a history of outreach to the community which includes a seasonal lunch program for migrant workers, Orange County Safe Homes, Chester food pantry and Habitat for Humanity’s Episcobuild as well as several others.

St. Paul’s is a small church with a family atmosphere, and open hearts and open doors to all who would like to come. You are invited to come visit Sunday mornings at 9:00am.

Book discussion – When God Winks

May 24, 2017

Dear Friends,

     After our Lenten discussion on the Book of Common Prayer, we thought there might be some interest in pursuing another similar discussion.  The Vestry has chosen the book, When God Winks, How the Power of Coincidence Guides Your Life by Squire Rushnell. Our discussion is scheduled for Thursday evening July 13th. The description of the book follows:

It is not by accident that you just picked up When God Winks. Whether you call it synchronicity or coincidence, what brought you to this book today is worth remembering. In fact, you may have suspected all along that there is more to coincidence than meets the eye. These seemingly random events are actually signposts that can help you successfully navigate your career, relationships, and interests. Squire Rushnell shows us that by recognizing our “God Winks,” we can use the untapped power of coincidence to vastly improve our lives.
The author applies his compelling theory as to why coincidences exist to fascinating stories in history, sports, medicine, and relationships involving both every day and famous people including Barbra Streisand, Charles Schulz, Oprah Winfrey, Kevin Costner, Mark Twain, and Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

     All of us have been visited by The Holy Spirit at some point even if we see it in retrospect. We rarely see the experience for what it is until after it occurs. By sharing our thoughts and experiences we, ourselves grow and get to know each other better in a more spiritual sense. It is a beautiful way of building fellowship.

     The book costs $12.00 through Amazon with no shipping on my account. I’d be happy to order the books if you submit your payment to me by June 18th. You can also order it online. Please let me know if you are interested.

Peace to you all,

Jeannette Shupe

New Clergy At St. Paul’s!

As part of our relationship with Christ Church in Warwick, NY, we will be sharing a clergy who will be mentored by Father Jim and support Christ Church 50% and support St. Paul’s 50%.  After searching through many candidates and ultimately interviewing four, the clergy search committee from both St. Paul’s and Christ Church are delighted to introduce you to our new clergy, Deacon Deborah Lee.  Take a chance now to get to know her a little better:

  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   The Rev. Deacon Deborah A. Lee graduated with a Master of Divinity degree and Certificate in Spiritual Direction from The General Theological Seminary, and was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on March 4, 2017. Deacon Lee was formerly the Program Manager for Pastoral Care and Community at Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City and has been a mental health counselor and educator, both internationally and within the United States. She joined forces with several non-profit organizations around the U.S., including working with refugees for Episcopal Community Services in Arizona, as well as providing mental health therapy for church communities in Colorado.

          Deborah’s international experience brought her to Mexico, working as a program coordinator for BorderLinks, an international leader in experiential education that raises awareness and inspires action around global political economics and social justice. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Meknès, Morocco, teaching at a school for the visually impaired, and worked in Lima, Perú as a counselor and teacher for the Network of International Christian Schools.

          Deacon Lee holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Counseling from Colorado Christian University, a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature and French from Williams College in Massachusetts, and has studied with the School for International Training in Cameroon. She will be an ordained a priest within the Episcopal Church on September 9, 2017 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Manhattan. She enjoys photography, singing, dancing, reading, and is a bonafide foodie.

          “I am so very excited to be invited by the people of St. Paul’s, Chester and Christ Church, Warwick to serve alongside them in the next step of the journey! God will do marvelous things in our midst as we pray and worship together and get to know one another in Christ. Know that I am praying for all of you; I know that I am being lifted up in prayer by you as well. Thank you for your faithfulness to the Holy Spirit’s leading, and I look forward to meeting all of you very soon!”

—Deacon Deborah

St. Paul’s Christmas Outreach Update

We had seven children to “adopt” between the  Chester family and Safe Homes. 
We have two children left
-boy in 10th grade, size 14-16,
-boy in 9th grade, size  18-20
As far as clothes they would like dress shirts, t-shirts, hoodie  sweatshirts, sweatpants (no elastic at the bottom).  They asked for some  things for the whole family also so we will use the contributions received to  get family gift cards, etc.  So it just would be a matter of buying clothes.  Please budget around $20-$25 for that so that all the children  get equal gifts.  If you are interested in adopting one of them please let Marie Olsen know by 11/30 so we have time to buy anything not covered.  We need the  items (unwrapped) put in a bag with the child’s grade to the church by  12/07.
If anyone else is  interested in a monetary contribution the deadline for that is 11/30 so we know  how much we have to work with.
The Kiwanis toy drive deadline is also 12/07.  There is a box designated for that in the guild  room.
And as a reminder the Kiwanis are also collecting gently used outerwear any size as the parents need outerwear also.
Thank you to all who have adopted or contributed to this.  

St. Paul’s welcomes the Rev. Dr. Deborah Dresser

For the month of September, we are excited to welcome the Rev. Dr. Deborah Dresser to lead St. Paul’s services.
THE REV. DR. DEBORAH DRESSER THE REV. DR. DEBORAH DRESSER, ordained in 1984, has served in six parishes in the Diocese of New York including St. George’s Church, beginning in 1996.  During that time she mentored and worked alongside deacons-in-training and seminarians including St. Paul’s recent vicar, the Rev. Candace Sandfort.

During her tenure in Newburgh Mother Dresser spearheaded Episco-Build, a multi-parish effort of Episcopal parishes in Orange County building houses with Habitat for Humanity in Greater Newburgh. She served as Chair of the Newburgh Interfaith Dialogue; Chair of the Board of Project LIFE, a tier-2 residential transitional-living shelter in the city; and a founding board member of Newburgh Chamber Music, which performs at St. George’sShe also initiated two mission programs of St. George’s: Open Space, a creative support program for pregnant teenagers or teen moms and their children; and Voices of Hope, a community children’s choir.

In the Diocese she served as President of the Standing Committee; she continues to serve as a member of the Global Mission Commission of the Diocese, and the Committee for Diocesan Human Resources.  She received the Bishop’s Cross in 2008.

In 2013, Mother Dresser completed a term as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, a humanitarian foundation supporting Arab Christians in Israel and Jordan.  She has led numerous pilgrimages to the Holy Land and will lead another in October 2015.

While retired, Mother Dresser continues to supply in local parishes.  She and her husband the Rev. Dr. Robert Dresser continue to live in Newburgh with Cuthbert, the watch-dog corgi.  They have four grown daughters and five grandchildren who bring immeasurable delight to both.

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