LOCATION: 116 South Church St. - Monroe, NC 28112

MAILING: PO Box 293 - Monroe, NC 28111

(704)289-8434; office@spechurch.org

Fax: (704)288-3116

 

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS:

Mon-Thur: 9:00am-12:30pm

Fri: Office Closed

 

LOAVES & FISHES:

Mon-Thurs, Sat: 10:00-12:00

(704)960-1486

 

 

 Our Christian Mission

 

The mission of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

is to sustain a community: 

 

shaped by worship, 

 

connected through faith, 



and called to share God’s love.

 

 

WELCOME TO St. PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH!

We open our doors to a world longing to be close to God. We are a Christ-centered community of faith and prayer in the historic Episcopal and Anglican traditions, devoted to deeper intimacy with God in Christ through the Holy Spirit. With rich liturgical and sacramental worship throughout the week, active outreach programs, and a variety of educational opportunities, St. Paul's is a place where the inner life and the outer life feed one another as we become what we are created by God to be - in His image.  "The Glory of God is man fully alive." St. Irenaeus

Morning Prayer with Holy Communion

As is our tradition at St. Paul's, in addition to Morning Prayer (Mon-Thur), we also have Holy Communion on major Feast Days.

 

The next Feast Day is:

Wednesday, Jan. 25 - Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul

 

Come start your day reflecting on the events in our Lord's life

and those of the saints of the church.

 

Morning Prayer/Holy Communion begins at 8:00a.m.

followed by a 25 minute period of Centering Prayer.

 

EPIPHANY HOUSE BLESSING

WITH CHALK

 

CHALKING THE DOOR OF YOUR HOME AT EPIPHANY

 

 

 

As you know, Epiphany is just around the corner...Jan 6 (every year). It is the occasion to celebrate the visitation of the three magi and their recognition that Jesus is the Messiah. Here is a meaningful way for you to personally celebrate the occasion and keep it in your hearts as well as on your doors all year through.


The Church has a custom of blessing homes (as well as proclaiming the date of Easter) on the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6) and the weeks following. Family and friends gather to ask God’s blessing on their homes and those who live in or visit the home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, our comings and goings, our conversations, our work and play, our joys and sorrows.


One way of doing this is to use chalk blessed during the Epiphany liturgy and write above the home’s entryway, 20 + C + M + B + 17. The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross, and 2017 is the year.


Marking the doorway to one’s home is rooted in the Old Testament. Holy Scripture reminds us that God has at times commanded his people to mark their doors. The Israelites marked their doors with the lamb’s blood on the night of the passover (Exodus 12:7). A similar command was given with the Shema Yisrael: Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart … and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:4-6, 9)


BLESSING THE CHALK: (I will be blessing chalk at Morning Prayer this Friday and will have it available beginning Sunday for you to get and bless your home. Or you can bless your own, and use the following liturgy.)


V. Our help is the name of the Lord:
R. The maker of heaven and earth.
V. The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in:
R. From this time forth for evermore.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And also with you.


Let us pray.
Loving God, bless this chalk which you have created, that it may be helpful to your people; and grant that through the invocation of your most Holy Name all who use it in faith to write upon the doors of their homes the names of your saints, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, may receive health of body and protection of soul for all who dwell in or visit their home; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


INSTRUCTIONS FOR BLESSING THE HOME:
Using the blessed chalk write 20 + C + M + B + 17 on the lintel of your front door (front porch step or other convenient location) while saying: The three Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar followed the star of God’s Son who became human two thousand and seventeen years ago. May Christ bless our home and remain with us throughout the new year. Amen.

 

Then offer the following prayer:
Visit, O blessed Lord, this home with the gladness of your presence. Bless all who live or visit here with the gift of your love; and grant that we may manifest your love to each other and to all whose lives we touch. May we grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of you; guide, comfort, and strengthen us in peace, O Jesus Christ, now and for ever. Amen.


“Chalking the door” is a way to celebrate and physically mark the occasion of the Epiphany and God’s blessing of our lives and home. With time the chalk will fade. It is a reminder to let the meaning of the written symbols sink into the depths of our heart and be manifest in our words and actions.

Decorating St. Paul's for Christmas (Dec. 18, 2016) - Oh what fun it is!

St. PAUL'S VESTRY 2017 (Picture coming soon!)

Click here to see which ministries each vestry person is liaison.

In case you missed it...Presiding Bishop Curry's sermon.

Hey St. Paul's!!

Check out www.heartformonroe.com ... our town's 1-yr old nonprofit organization that exists to unite and mobilize churches, community organizations and individuals to address homelessness, hunger, education and relationships in our community!

 

AND St. PAUL'S is a member!!

 

See how you can get involved by scrolling down the vertical blue banner to the left and clicking on "Heart For Monroe." There you'll find the link for Heart For Monroe along with many other links to local and national organizations.

 Do you seek to be Baptized?

dates and explanations

 

Matthew 28:16-20

"Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’"