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Understanding the Gospel of Luke – December 2, 9, 16

What makes the transition to a new liturgical year even more exciting than getting back to Advent and Christmas, is the change in focus to yet another one of our gospels.  The next liturgical year (Year C in the Revised Common Lectionary Series) is the year of Luke. 

Of all the gospels, Luke is the one that is most loved in the congregation for many reasons, but first and foremost that it contains some of the most memorable events in the cannon of biblical story.  This year we will get to hear again the story of the good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, and Jesus' post-resurrection appearance on the road to Emmaus.  It is the gospel that gives the most complete and extended birth-narrative of Jesus, including the beloved Magnificat - Mary's song of praise in sharing the news of the coming of the Savior with Elizabeth. And between all the greatest hits of our sacred text is the story of Jesus who advocated for those on the margins - the oppressed, the excluded, the ones who have been left out.  Including women.  Luke is often called the social justice gospel.
For the first three weeks of Advent, we will dig into Luke to uncover its themes and set the tone for our experience of the gospel texts over the course of the next year.

Church news for the middle of August

  • Welcome to worship this Sunday August 12 as we hear more good news from the Gospel of John-- Jesus is the bread of life.  A reading from Ephesians helps interpret this gospel as we are called to be imitators of God and how Jesus shows us the way.   
  • This Sunday we celebrate the baptism of Sasha Jennifer Ray who has been with us this summer.  She is from Arlington and a student at State University of New York at Purchase where she is a journalism/philosophy major.  Sasha connected to a Lutheran Church near college and has prepared for baptism over the summer.  We look forward to welcoming her!
  • Last Sunday Taryn Walsh completed her ride for the Pan-Mass Challenge for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  She raised $9,615, which included support and prayers from many members of Saint Paul.  She was one of 64 Arlington residents to ride this year.  See story here from the Arlington Advocate.
  • Also, after we shared the news that our Sexton Guermo's sister Coralia lost her family home and all their possessions in  Antigua, Guatemala from the volcanic eruption, Saint Paul responded with gifts totaling $1,700.
  • This month, all of our Sunday School teachers are taking a new on-line safe church course administered by our Children Youth and Family Director Kourtni Brown.
  • Vicar Andrew Baumgartner preaches on his last Sunday August 19, followed by a farewell reception in the fellowship hall.
  • We welcome Vicar Christephor Gilbert on Sunday September 2. 
  • While a group from St. Paul will be on retreat at Camp Calumet August 24-26 and we will be Vicarless that weekend, Pastor Goodman will be ready and able to welcome all on the last Sunday of August. 
  • In case you weren't here last Sunday Pastor Goodman is back from a three month sabbatical and a welcome back cake at coffee hour was enjoyed - and gone in minutes.

St. Paul Women's Book Group

Women’s Book Group

Join the conversation on the second Saturday of the month at 9:30am in the upper lounge. 
Upcoming selections are: 


November 10: - The Overstory by Richard Powers
December 8 - Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
January 12, 2019 - The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

Gather Groups Forming

Gather Groups are Starting Up! 
Gather Groups are groups of church members who meet together in each other's home for shared dinners. They are a great way to meet the people in our congregation and to deepen our connections to one another.    Gather Group signup sheets are available in the Narthex as well as at coffee hour in Fellowship Hall.  Once the groups have been put together, a team leader will contact all the members of the group to begin scheduling the dinners.  Would you like to be a team leader? Questions?  Speak with Ross, Christephor or Lisa; you can also This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call the church office (781-646-7773; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Food Needed by the Arlington Pantry

Social Ministry Outreach for the Arlington Food Pantry
Thank you also to Nancy Becker, one of our newest members and recent addition to the Social Ministry Committee. Nancy is collecting and delivering our donations to the Arlington Food Pantry on a weekly basis (Tuesdays) which is especially important as we enter the holiday season. As you are able, please drop donations in the basket as you enter the narthex, found just below the flower sign up calendar.

From their website, current needs are:
• Cereal/oatmeal, pancake mix, syrup  •Cooking oil   •Baking goods (sugar, flour, honey, cake mixes)   •Coffee/tea  •Peanut butter and jelly (plastic jars)   •Taco kits  •Canned protein (Tuna, salmon, chicken, spam)   •Crackers, cookies, granola bars  •Spaghetti sauce (plastic jars) and canned tomatoes   •Meals in a can (beef stew, chili, ravioli) •Personal care items (toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner)   •Household cleaning supplies (laundry detergent, dish soap)
As most clients carry their selections or take the bus, please select plastic containers rather than glass and smaller sizes are better given weight constraints.
Thank you for your ongoing support!

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