With Bulletin For January 28 Service

January 28, 2024

Dear St. Paul’s Church Family,

  In the Gospel of John, Jesus has a simple command for Simon Peter and for us, “Feed my sheep.” At last week’s Annual Meeting, we celebrated the many ways through which we as a parish answer that call - both spiritually and physically. This week I want to especially celebrate our continuing feeding ministry called St. Paul’s Suppers. At the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, the Community Foundation for Nantucket asked island parishes to team with local chefs to supply meals for people quarantining at home. Ours was the only congregation to respond, and at one point we were feeding dinners to 110 people weekly.

  From that experience, we realized that many would have continued benefit not only from our food, but also from our fellowship. Some receive our deliveries shyly, with others we have developed supportive relationships. At one of my favorite weekly stops, we play ball in the yard with his two dogs and enjoy a long visit. Sheila Daume is our contact person and organizes her team’s delivery routes. Olly calls parishioners to bake cookies or brownies to accompany the meals. Due to your generosity, we continue to fund this essential community outreach program ourselves more than three years after our initial food insecurity grant expired. Thank you!

 On Wednesday we gathered to honor Dawn at Crosswinds Restaurant for preparing delicious meals for us over these past two months. We hope to return there in May. Meanwhile, we welcome back Chef Terry Noyes and parishioner Jack Williams and crew. They will supply our Wednesday suppers as they prepare meals in Gardner Hall for film director Jay Craven’s students and staff for his biennial Semester Cinema program. See you at church!

The peace and joy of Christ,


This Week at St. Paul’s Church in Nantucket


Tuesdays -Thursdays

8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Regular church office hours; Parish House



9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Regular church office hours; Parish House

Tuesday, January 30

12:00 p.m.     Lunchbox Series


Wednesday, January 31

9:00 a.m.       Staff Meeting

12:00 p.m.     Mid-Week Music

2:30 p.m.      Meal Delivery Ministry


Thursday, February 1

11:30 a.m.     Bible Study


Sunday, February 4

9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist 

10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour with Donuts and Discussion


Upcoming Happenings

St. Paul's Lunchbox Series D / Lunch with King David

Join us for Lunchbox on Tuesday, 30 January 2024, noon to 1 pm. We will read (aloud) and finish Part 2 of T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral. No right or wrong answers. No homework. No thespian experience needed. To receive the script, please write to Sam Baker at 

The link address for Lunches with King David is Zoom Link for Lunch with King David

Mid-Week Music@ St. Paul’s

Wednesdays 12:00-12:30 p.m. for Mid-Week Music @ St. Paul’s. Join us on your lunch break in person on Fair Street or on Facebook Live at St. Paul’s Church in Nantucket— Episcopal or on YouTube at St. Paul’s - Nantucket (and taped for later viewing).


Thursday Bible Study Group

Based on the Lectionary: readings from Scripture appointed to be read the following Sunday. St. Paul’s Bible Study Group meets on Thursdays, 11:30am–12:30pm in the Church. Everyone is welcome. No experience necessary!


2024 Calendar of Upcoming Events

February 4th, Sunday Donuts and Discussion with The  Warming Place Please join us during Sunday's Coffee Hour as we hear from, and share fellowship with, the team at The Warming Place. 

February 13, Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday Supper. 5:30 p.m.

On Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, St. Paul’s invites you to our traditional Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper in Gardner Hall.

Updated Contact Information

Please email if your contact information has changed and needs to be updated.

The information to access our daily broadcast offerings is as follows:


Sunday Holy Eucharist at 9:30am

  • in person
  • via Facebook Live at St Paul's Church in Nantucket - Episcopal
  • or via Zoom at click here and then click on Join a Meeting and use the ID code and then the Passcode when prompted with the meeting ID # 983 0366 8882 Passcode: 373740
  • to phone in 1-301-715-8592 code: 98303668882#


Thursday morning Bible study11:30-12:30, in person at church and via Facebook Live or Zoom (with the meeting ID # 957 8383 4554 and Passcode 206515).


Joe Hammer’s Mid-Week Music @St. Paul's, Wednesdays at noon, in person at church and via Facebook Live.

St. Paul’s Church in Nantucket (Episcopal)

January 28, 2024

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany



Ringing of the Church Bell

Prelude                       Praeludium in G

                              Anon.; 16thcentury English

Hymn 380            From all that dwell below the skies           Old 100th

The Acclamation 


Collect for Purity

S236 A Song of Praise                               Setting: John Rutter (b. 1945)

Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers; you are worthy of praise; glory to you. Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name; we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever. Glory to you in the splendor of your temple; on the throne of your majesty, glory to you. Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim; we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever. Glory to you, beholding the depths; in the high vault of heaven, glory to you. Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.


Collect of the Day


The Lessons


A Reading from Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Psalm 111

A Reading from 1 Corinthians 8:1-13


Sequence Hymn 567  Thine arm, O Lord, in days of old         St. Matthew


The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark 1:21-28.


Sermon                                                               The Rev. Max J. Wolf

Music Meditation         Let Thy Merciful Ears, O Lord

                                   Thomas Mudd (ca. 1619-1667)


Let thy merciful ears, O Lord, be open to the prayers of thy humble servants; and that they may obtain their petitions make them to ask such things as shall please thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord, our Lord, Amen

The Prayers of the People

The Peace

The Peace of the Lord be always with youAnd also with you.


Offertory Anthem    O Come, Ye Servants of the Lord              Choir

                        Text: Psalm 112 (para.); Music: Christopher Tye (1505-1571)


O come, ye servants of the Lord, and praise his holy name; from early morn to setting sun his might on earth proclaim. His laws are just, and glad the heart; he makes his mercies known: Ye princes come, ye people too, and bow before his throne.


The Holy Communion

The Breaking of the Bread


At the Communion    Trio de la Cinquiesme Mode

  Peter Philipps (1560-1628)

Postcommunion Prayer (BCP 365)




Hymn 493              O for a thousand tongues to sing                  Azmon


The people respond: Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


Voluntary        Voluntary on Old 100th

                               Henry Purcell (1659-1695)




All are invited to Coffee Hour

downstairs in Gardner Hall.  

Celebrant                                    The Rev. Max J. Wolf   

Verger                                         Curtis Barnes

Eucharistic Minister                  Stacey Stuart  

Readers                                       Vicky Goss, Peter Greenhalgh

Ushers                                         Peter Greenhalgh, Steve Paradis

Altar Guild                                  Ann Oliver, Sister Susanna   

Music Director & Organist        Joe Hammer




Music Notes


This morning’s music features late-Tudor and early Baroque English composers.


Thomas Mudd (ca. 1619-1667)

Mudd came from a renowned musical family. He was a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral (1619) and organist there (1631-2) and at Lincoln (1662) and Exeter (1664) cathedrals. He briefly worked at York Minster (1666). Services and anthems in manuscripts ascribed to ‘Mudd’ may be by him or members of his family.


Christopher Tye (c.1505 – before 1573) was an English Renaissance composer and organist. Probably born in Cambridgeshire, he trained at the University of Cambridge and became the master of the choir at Ely Cathedral. He is noted as the music teacher of Edward VI of England and was held in high esteem for his choral music, as well as chamber works. It is likely that only a small percentage of his compositional output survives, often only as fragments; his Acts of the Apostles was the only work to be published in his lifetime.


Tye ceased composing when he became a clergyman, returning to Ely Cathedral and later becoming rector of Doddington, Cambridgeshire. Today, he is perhaps best known for the hymn "Winchester Old", based on a theme from Acts of the Apostles, which forms the basis of the most performed version in the United Kingdom of "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks".


Peter Philips (also Phillipps, Phillips, Pierre Philippe, Pietro Philippi, Petrus Philippus; c.1560–1628) was an eminent English composer, organist, and Catholic priest exiled to Flanders. He was one of the greatest keyboard virtuosos of his time, and transcribed or arranged several Italian motets and madrigals by such composers as Lassus, Palestrina, and Giulio Caccini for his instruments. Some of his keyboard works are found in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. Philips also wrote many sacred choral works.


Henry Purcell (1659-1695) was an English composer of Baroque music. Purcell's musical style was uniquely English, although it incorporated Italian and French elements. Generally considered among the greatest English opera composers, Purcell is often linked with John Dunstaple and William Byrd as England's most important early music composers. No later native-born English composer approached his fame until Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, William Walton and Benjamin Britten in the 20th century.


Purcell died on November 21, 1695 at his home in Marsham Street, London, at the height of his career. He is believed to have been 35 or 36 years old at the time. The cause of his death is unclear: one theory is that he caught a chill after returning home late from the theatre one night to find that his wife had locked him out. Another is that he succumbed to tuberculosis. Purcell is buried adjacent to the organ in Westminster Abbey.

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