The Episcopal Church
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Plymouth Wisconsin

Dear Beloved of God,

St. Paul’s has worked very hard in the past months. We have worked on getting the lower level repainted and decorated to be an inviting meeting place for the youth of our parish and others. We have had brat fries and 2ndHand Treasure Sales, Mill Street Days and Kids Day. Now it is time to rest. We are called to rest by the Fourth Commandment; “Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.” This is not only to have a day when we worship God, as on Sunday but also to rest from our labors. Remember that we are human BEings, not human DOings. Our bodies and minds need rest. I am asking that we as a community of faith respond to the 4th Commandment and rest from our labors for the month of August. We will continue to do what is necessary to keep our worship, fellowship and Sharing Closet ministry functioning, but no extra projects. Take time to enjoy our beautiful weather, read a book, smell the roses.

In His Mercy,

Mother Michele+

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The Vicar's Voice

Dear Beloved of God,

We were blessed with a visitation from Bishop Matthew Gunter in May. It was a great celebration! We were given a beautiful gift of new altar linens and a new celebratory Chasuble and stole from Kathy Plahmer. During his visit, the Bishop consecrated these new vestments and our new altar top.

Thanks be to God!

Mother Michele+

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The Vicar’s Voice:

Dear Beloved of God,

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen indeed! Alleluia! We have so much to be thankful for. Our mighty church has worked very hard in our “We Lift Them to the Lord” capital campaign for our wheelchair lift. This last year, through our pledging inches for our lift and our fundraising activities we have been able to pay $25,700.04 toward our loan from the diocese. We have $2,299.96 remaining to pay in the next year. This is truly remarkable; God has blessed us abundantly. Thank you all for working so hard! 

In His Mercy,

Mother Michele+

The Vicar’s Voice

Dear Beloved of God,

I have been away at the Clergy Retreat at the Norbertine Abbey in DePere. We were blessed with the teaching of Dean Steven Peay. We looked at the Rule of St. Benedict as a way of life. The Rule is short and simple and yet takes a lifetime of practice and discipline. I encourage you to pray the Prayer of St. Benedict below as a Lenten discipline. It comes from the fourth chapter of the Rule. Praying even a small bit everyday will help keep you focused on God this Lent.

Prayer of Saint Benedict of Nursia

O Lord, I place myself in your hands and dedicate myself to you. I pledge myself to do your will in all things: To love the Lord God with all my heart, all my soul, all my strength. Not to kill. Not to steal. Not to covet. Not to bear false witness. To honor all persons. Not to do to another what I would not wish done to myself. To chastise the body. Not to seek after pleasures. To love fasting. To relieve the poor. To clothe the naked. To visit the sick. To bury the dead. To help in trouble. To console the sorrowing. To hold myself aloof from worldly ways. To prefer nothing to the love of Christ. Not to give way to anger. Not to foster a desire for revenge. Not to entertain deceit in the heart. Not to make a false peace. Not to forsake charity. Not to swear, lest I swear falsely. To speak the truth with heart and tongue. Not to return evil for evil. To do no injury: yea, even to bear patiently any injury done to me. To love my enemies. Not to curse those who curse me, but rather to bless them. To bear persecution for justice sake. Not to be proud. Not to be given to intoxicating drink. Not to be an over-detractor. To put my trust in God. To refer the good I see in myself to God. To refer any evil in myself to myself. To fear the Day of Judgment. To be in dread of hell. To desire eternal life with spiritual longing. To Keep death before my eyes daily. To keep constant watch over my actions. To remember that God sees me everywhere. To call upon Christ for defense against evil thoughts that arises in my heart. To guard my tongue against wicked speech. To avoid much speaking. To avoid idle talk. To read only what is good to read. To look at only what is good to see. To pray often. To ask forgiveness daily for my sins, and to seek ways to amend my life. To obey my superiors in all things rightful. Not to desire to be thought holy, but to seek holiness. To fulfill the commandments of God by good works. To love chastity. To hate no one. Not to be jealous or envious of anyone. Not to love strife. Not to love pride. To honor the aged. To pray for my enemies. To make peace after a quarrel, before the setting of the sun. Never to despair of your mercy, O God of Mercy. Amen.

In His Mercy,

Mother Michele+