St. Paul’s is a welcoming and inclusive community of about 280 members who come from all over the greater Milwaukee area.
We treasure the richness and diversity God has given our community, as it enhances our understanding of God.
He tells me after the sermon, “I’m a five-talent guy.” I didn’t realize pride was a talent you should develop. I could see he was proud of his. He’s a prominent doctor, has a thriving practice, a civic and church leader, too. “My son has the talent to be a physician. You are the one to convince him for me.” Great – I swallowed hard. I knew Junior loved working with his hands. To dad that smelled of another surgeon in the family. Fortunately, Gene followed his heart. He became a gifted carpenter, and earned Dad’s profound disappointment, knowing he’d buried his talent. I felt like saying, “Doc – you played your dad card and just blew it.
For our second event at St. Paul’s we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss, featuring his epic Metamorphosen and the gorgeous sextet from his late opera Capriccio. We acknowledge Strauss’s lifelong admiration of Mozart with his String Quintet, K. 515.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24th
Frank Almond, violin
Tickets: $10.00 – $30.00
To order tickets:
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is delighted to host this annual
Sequence of Readings, Poetry, Meditations, and Music for the Advent Season
featuring the St. Paul Choir, Timothy Benson, Director
with guest organist Lee Erickson
and the music of James MacMillan, John Rutter, Glenn Rudolph, Malcolm Archer, Gerald Near, Andrew Carter, William Mathias, David Willcocks, and hymns and carols of the season.
Join us as we usher in the holiday season in the most beautiful of ways!
This Advent Lessons & Carols Service departs from the usual grouping of Lessons and uses, instead, both Scripture and poetry as its point of departure. All of the music, prayer, poetry, meditation, and Scripture in the service point us to that very universal human (and often uncomfortable) experience: waiting, anticipation. Advent (ad venire—to come to) as a liturgical season is fraught with anticipation—anticipation of release from the bondage of sin, anticipation of the coming of the long-promised Messiah, anticipation of the fulfillment of the Prophets’ promises made so long ago, and anticipation of a very real, a very loving, and a very permanent relationship with the One who is to come. Sadly, contemporary culture gives scant notice of the four weeks of Advent. Sad because this time of preparation for the birth of our Redeemer is full of opportunities to catch our breath, to be silent during a time of much noise, and to reflect upon our position as creatures, not only in need of redemption, but loved so much that the Creator of all things became one of us to accomplish that redemption. And so, despite the fact that this service takes a little liberty with the traditional form, we have tried to maintain its wonderful spirit, and hope that you find it a prayerful and beautiful way to enter into this joyous and hope-filled Christmas Season.
All are welcome. Freewill offering. Reception to follow.
• Saturday, December 13th
Can you believe Jesus would tell such a parable? Ten young bridesmaids, stood up by a delinquent bridegroom – five girls end up locked out in the dark night for being foolish. I assume you said, “Thanks be to God,” not because you agree that’s where fools need to be, but that’s what we automatically say, even if the story stinks.
If a road you travel is fraught with conflict and hostility, chances are someone’s going to have a bad outcome. Jesus is on such a road. He’s growing unpopular with religious leaders – headed toward a crash. Let’s just say he won’t be invited to give the keynote at the Society of Religious Elites’ this year. That doesn’t stop him from letting Pharisees, scribes and everyone know his thoughts.
Click on News then…on the Apostle icon to see what is planned for November at St. Paul’s!
If you recall last week’s gospel reading, the Pharisees tested Jesus with the question “Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor”…
In this week’s gospel reading, a lawyer tests Jesus with the question “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law”. The Law refers to the first five books of the OT, called the Pentateuch. It contains 613 different individual commandments (248 positive and 365 negative commandments). By identifying the greatest commandment, the greatest sin could automatically be revealed. The greatest sin would be to disobey the greatest commandment.
In Jesus’ day, more than one son of god roams the earth. Jesus has competition in Rome – the emperor. Jesus is different. He teaches us to forgive 77 times, love others, even enemies, and pray for the low-life’s of this world. You might not expect him to be a name-caller.
Prior to Kate and Prince William’s wedding I jokingly might ask someone, “Did you get an invitation to their wedding?” “Duh, No.” “Well would you like mine? I can’t go. I have to preach that weekend.” Ha, ha! Yeah, they didn’t think I was so funny either. Who in their right mind turns down a royal wedding and reception invitation? Well, that happens in one of Jesus’ whacky parables.
You won’t believe this – but there are some Christians who misuse Jesus’ parables. They say things antithetical to Jesus’ life and teaching – making him sound excluding of people, not the gracious grace and inclusion of God’s heart for all people. They use this parable to say the Jews blew it, and now they, these Christians, not all though, are the new tenants. Somehow they think that means they’re going to heaven, and the others – well, go figure. Jesus does warn religious leaders they’re about to lose their place. But unlike those about to lose their place predict, Jesus merely says – God looks for those who will bear the fruit of his kingdom. Let those with ears hear. What do you think this owner would do with us?