"For I am sure that neither death nor life ... 

nor anything else in all creation, 

will be able to separate us from the love of God

in Christ Jesus our Lord." 

Romans 8:38-39 (NRSV)

Memorial for

Mrs. Claire Kordella

Livestream Service

Saturday, January 9, 2021

11:00 a.m.

With great sadness, we announce the death of Mrs. Claire Kordella, who died late Sunday night, December 20, 2020 at her home in Kensington Park with family present. Mrs. Kordella was 98 years old and a treasured member of the St. Paul's UMC family.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be livestreamed from St. Paul's on Saturday, January 9 at 11:00 a.m. The service will be available live at and will remain available afterward on our Memorials web page.

Announcing the death of

Mr. Richard Rice

With great sadness, we announce the death of St. Paul's member Mr. Richard Rice on December 30, 2020. He was able to visit with family at his home in the Kensington Park retirement and senior care community on the day he passed away.

Funeral arrangements are still pending and will be shared when they have been finalized.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

All Saints Sunday

10:30 am

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To download this worship bulletin, click HERE.

To download the All Saints special memorial booklet, click HERE.

Gathering for Worship & Announcements - Marge Higgins, Lay Leader

Prelude - Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel/Fleury - Sonya Hayes, violin

Call to Worship - Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton

-- Leader: We remember, O God… The countless saints of history who have blazed a trail of courage through time, the tender touch of loved ones, the example of heroes, the healing words of comforters, the remarkable acts of fearless ones. The gentle strength of grandmothers, the loyalty of friends, the kindness of strangers, the joy of children, the sacrifice of parents. The supreme love of Jesus, the blessing of Christ’s Spirit, the reminder of Christ’s words, the sharing of the Savior’s suffering, the glory of resurrection, shown forth in the lives of disciples, young and old, dead and living, articulate and silent, strange and familiar, brilliant and ordinary. We remember in every time and place the saints of God who have shown us the Lord. Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses… Let us worship God with joy! 

UM Hymnal #711 - For All the Saints

Verse 1: For all the saints, who from their labors rest, Who thee by faith before the world confessed, Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia, Alleluia!

Verse 4: O blest communion, fellowship divine! We feebly struggle, they in glory shine; Yet all are one in thee, for all are thine. Alleluia, Alleluia!

Opening Prayer - Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton

Scripture Reading - Natalie Mullens, Lay Reader

Revelation 7:9-17

9After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10They cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”  11And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12singing, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”  13Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” 14I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship him day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. 16They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; 17for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,  and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” 

Hebrews 12:1

1Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us[.]

Matthew 5:1-12

1When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: 3"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. 8Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Reader: This is the Word of God for the people of God.

People: Thanks be to God.

Children’s Message - Dr. Meg Baker, Director of Christian Education

UM Hymnal #700 - Abide with Me 

Verse 1: Abide with me; fast falls the eventide; The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide. 

When other helpers fail and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Verse 5: Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes; Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.

Heaven’s morning breaks and earth’s vain shadows flee; In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

Sermon - Rev. Dr. Pat Allen

Ministry Moment: Faithful Giving

Anthem - Meditation on Jesus, Lover of My Soul (MARTYN) - Sonya Hayes, violin

Roll Call of the Saints (November 1, 2019 – October 31, 2020)

Hazel L. Wright

Anna Christine King

Lois Baker

Susan Rudolph

Esther McCraw

Ruth Sylvester

The All Saints Sunday special bulletin may be downloaded by clicking here. This features photographs of the members recognized here today, and names of departed family and constituents. We give thanks for these saints in Christ who have finished their courses in faith and who now rest from their labors. 

Consecration of Chalices

Thanksgiving and Holy Communion - The Invitation

The Great Thanksgiving

Leader: The Lord be with you.

People: And also with you.

L: Lift up your hearts.

P: We lift them up to the Lord.

L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

P: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Leader: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth: God of Abraham and Sarah, God of Miriam and Moses, God of Joshua and Deborah, God of Ruth and David, God of the priests and the prophets, God of Mary and Joseph, God of the apostles and the martyrs, God of our mothers and our fathers, God of our children to all generations. And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn: 

People: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. 

Leader: Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ. By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection you gave birth to your Church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit. On the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread, gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” When the supper was over he took the cup, gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said: “Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us, as we proclaim the mystery of faith. 

People: Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

Leader: Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here, and on these gifts of

bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood. Renew our communion with all your saints, especially those whom we name before you in our hearts. (Silence may be kept for the remembrance of names, then the Leader continues): Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, strengthen us to run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the Pioneer and Perfecter of our faith. By your Spirit make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet. Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church, all honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and for ever. 

People: Amen.

Table of Light - In this worship moment we remember those we love who have died either recently or long ago yet whose names are written forever on our hearts. You are invited to light a candle in memory of your friend or family member, speaking aloud or in the depths of your heart the name that is precious to you.

Music during Communion - Give Me Jesus arr, Moses Hogan - Jouelle Robinson, soprano


Postlude - 16. O Christ, Forgive Thy Servants - by Marcel Dupré from Sixteen Chorales/Le Tombeau de Titelouze, Op. 38

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Hymn: "For All the Saints," words William W. How, 1864; music Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1906. Public domain.

Call to Worship: adapted from (accessed 10/30/2020), used by permission.

Hymn: "Abide with Me," words Henry F. Lyte, 1847; music W. H. Monk, 1861. Public domain.

Give Me Jesus, arr. Moses Hogan, copyright 1999 by Hal Leonard Corporation (Admin. by Hal Leonard LLC), streamed by permission under CCLI license #24106074. All rights reserved.

Consecration of Chalices: “An Order for the Dedication of Church Furnishings and Memorials,” UM Book of Worship, p. 607.

Communion Liturgy: “The Great Thanksgiving for All Saints and Memorial Occasions,” (Nashville TN: The Methodist Publishing House / Abingdon Press), copyright 1992. Used by permission.

All Saints Sunday

All Saints Sunday is a cherished time in the worship calendar when we honor members of this church who have died in the past year. All Saints Sunday is also a time to recognize the lives of loved ones who have passed away. 

Please click HERE to download the All Saints Sunday special memorial bulletin.

On November 1, we celebrated the saints in Christ who have finished their courses in faith and who now rest from their labors. All Saints Sunday also marked our first time welcoming worshipers into the Sanctuary since March. Reservations were required, seats were limited, and covid-related precautions were in place. The 10:30 worship service was also live-streamed for viewing from the safety and comfort of your home. 

Please click HERE to view the worship service online at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1.