Adult formation at St. Paul’s is open to everyone: visitors, newcomers, long-timers, and anyone who wants to connect with others, understand the Christian way of life, and nurture practices which enrich their lives in the world.
We will be focusing on Worship this Lent: What it is, how Anglicans/ Episcopalians approach it, and why it matters.
Sunday Morning Community Hour Formation
Sunday morning Community Hour takes place between the 9am and 11:15am Masses (roughly 10:10-11am), and is offered as a taste of a subject—an invitation to either deeper personal study or a fuller treatment on Wednesday evenings.
March 10 – Worship: What is it?
Anglicans talk about worship a lot, and it’s at the core of St. Paul’s identity. Father Rob will lead a discussion about what worship actually is and maybe a bit about what it isn’t and why this matters.
March 17 – Patterns and Rhythms of Worship
Throughout the history of the Church, the Church has lived by certain patterns and rhythms of worship. Father Rob will lead a discussion about these patterns and rhythms, how St. Paul’s is intentional about living into them, and how each of us might conform our own lives to those patterns and rhythms.
March 24 – Sacramental Life
God is at work in the world, and often in people, places, and things that aren’t obvious. Anglo-Catholics claim that God isn’t just transmitting ideas to us through the Sacraments, but giving God’s own life to us. Father Rob will lead a discussion on the Sacramental Life of the Church and what it means for all of us.
March 31 – Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground is a film and readings based dialogue series on race, grounded on faith. Please come to an exploratory session to learn more about it and to discuss whether this might be something to which small groups at St. Paul’s might commit. Click here to learn more so that you can bring your questions, comments, hopes, and concerns!
April 7—Holy Week at the Center of the Church Calendar and the Center of our Lives
About a hundred days (somewhere between a quarter and a third of the Church Year) is made up of the Paschal Cycle (Lent, Holy Week, and Easter). At the center of this Paschal Cycle is Holy Week. At St. Paul’s we revel in this central week, but Father Rob will offer us a chance to talk about its riches and meaning, and to share our stories and experiences of Holy Week.
Wednesday Night Church: Catechumenate and Baptismal Renewal
Wednesday Evening Church takes place in the context of worship and a meal and it’s a place to experience a different kind of community with fellow St. Paul’s parishioners.
Evening Prayer—5:30pm in the chapel
Mass—6:15pm in the Parish Hall
Meal and discussion—around 7pm
You don’t need to be seeing baptism or confirmation/reception in order to participate in Wednesday Night Church! Especially during Lent, we focus on Worship, so please join our catechumen and confirmands on Wednesday nights for the next few weeks to add your voice about and experience of worship.
There are reading materials for each of the following sessions. Please contact the office or Father Rob to get them before each meeting so that we can spend our time in conversation rather than lectures.
March 13 – Introduction to Worship
According to the Story of the Church, human beings were created to love and be loved by God. Love comes in many forms (service, helping, life together), but at its richest includes some kind of joy in the presence of the beloved—rejoicing “in the splendor of your radiance” in the words of Eucharistic Prayer D. On this night we’ll talk about worship at its most foundational.
March 20 – Initiation (Holy Baptism and Confirmation)
Lent always looks forward (in part) to Baptism. Baptism is the Sacrament not only of new life, but of a very particular kind of life. And Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation is the Sacrament of Vocation within that particular kind of life. What happens in Baptism? What does is call from us? What does it give to us? Come join in this conversation about the Sacraments that make us who we are as Church.
March 27 – The Holy Eucharist
The Holy Eucharist is at the center of our lives as Christians, and St. Paul’s is especially intentional about this truth. But what is the Eucharist? What do the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion say about them? How can we enter more fully into its profound mystery and power? These are questions we will explore on this night.
April 3 – Other Sacraments, Devotions, and the Sacramental Life
Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist are called the Dominical Sacraments, but they aren’t the only Sacraments in our tradition. In addition, there are many forms of devotion (like House Blessings, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Stations of the Cross, and the Angelus) available in the Church’s life. This conversation will explore these and the sacramental life in general.
April 10 – Holy Week at the Center of the Church Year
Holy Week is at the center of the Church Year and the center of our lives. This Wednesday before Holy Week starts is the perfect time to talk about what it is and why it’s so important. Don’t miss this chance to prepare for this week that is filled with the richest of the Church’s liturgies.
All of our offerings are informed by our baptismal theology.