With Bulletin For March 19 Service

March 18, 2023

Dear St. Paul’s Church Family,

  Three years ago now, Bishop Gates called to say that a pandemic was spreading and we needed to close our church doors temporarily and not meet in person. What we thought would be a brief hiatus turned into one of our busiest and most creative years ahead. Right away our goal was to stay connected with parishioners far and wide, to be a source of comfort during anxious times, and to serve the needs of our island community.

  Our staff gathered in prayer, and that night Olly and I climbed up the attic stairs of the rectory and began broadcasting. Word spread quickly and an average of 350 people initially tuned in with their prayer requests and words of encouragement for each other. That Sunday, Curtis Barnes, Joe Hammer and I began broadcasting Morning Prayer from my phone sitting on top of a stepladder in front of the church chancel, with Curtis and me singing a weekly duet. Joe Hammer eventually added his Music Monday broadcast to give Olly and me a day off, and this all continued for eighteen months until we could regather safely.

  The pandemic opened our parish’s eyes more widely to the needs around us. Right away we saw the importance of communicating more effectively, and our weekly Parish Update and quarterly newsletter Tidings continue. While delivering dinners to people quarantining, we saw the value of providing meals weekly, and St. Paul’s Suppers continues to deliver over ninety meals on Wednesdays prepared in our Gardner Hall kitchen. Individually and collectively we continue to partner with island nonprofits to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional and social needs of our community and beyond. We also added our popular new tradition of a peaceful early Sunday Eucharist in St. Paul’s Memorial Garden during summer months, with the birds as our choristers. 

  These past three years have brought many heartaches and losses that we continue to mourn. And yet through it all, the Holy Spirit has guided, inspired and empowered us to share hope and to together make God’s love more widely known. Thanks be to God!



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, March 21

12:00 p.m.     Lunchbox Series


Wednesday, March 22

9:00 a.m.      Staff Meeting

12:00 p.m.    Mid-week Music 


Thursday, March 23

11:30 a.m.     Bible Study in person and broadcast in church 


Sunday, March 26 Fifth Sunday in Lent

9:30 a.m.     Holy Eucharist

10:30 a.m.    Coffee Hour in Gardner Hall


Upcoming Happenings

St. Paul's Lunchbox Series C / Lunch with Judas

Lunchbox on Tuesday, March 21, noon to 1 p.m., in the church. We will continue our exploration of judgment versus discernment and apply Phase 4 of Rev Tutu's Forgiveness Cycle to our case studies. Please join us for Lunch with Judas. Each session is a standalone. To receive the weekly handouts, please write to Sam Baker at   . To join the lunch by Zoom, please click here: Zoom Link Lunch with Judas


We Need Filled Easter Eggs

The Annual St. Paul’s Easter Egg Hunt Easter Sunday, April 9th following the service. We need a lot of eggs so that all the children who participate can find some! Please consider donating a dozen or more plastic eggs each filled with

individually wrapped candy. You can leave them in the back of the church or in the Parish House on the bench. Please contact Christine at

if you have any questions.


Nantucket Food Pantry

If able, please bring in food for the Nantucket Food Pantry. St. Paul’s blue bags with the list of needs can be found in back of the church. Bags may be delivered to the Parish House side porch.


Calendar of Upcoming Events


April 6, Thursday. Maundy Thursday Supper, 5:30 p.m.

in Gardner Hall before the service. Maundy Thursday Eucharist and stripping of the Altar to follow at 6:30 p.m.


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 study 11:30-12:30, 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)

March 19, 2023

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Holy Eucharist



Ringing of the Bell

Prelude                          Christe, Du Lamm Gottes BWV 619

                                 (Christ, you Lamb of God)

                                 J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Hymn 490        I want to walk as a child of the light                           Houston



Celebrant Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.

People God’s mercy endures for ever. Amen.


The Decalogue         

Confession and Absolution

 Kyrie S96           Lord, have mercy             Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

 Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy, have mercy.


Collect of the Day

The Lessons


A Reading from 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Psalm 23 – Hymn 645 (Sung by all)

A Reading from Ephesians 5:8-14

The Holy Gospel according to John(9:1-41)


Sermon                                                                         The Rev. Max J. Wolf

Music Meditation              Kyrie, God the Everlasting Father

Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)

The Prayers of the People

Concluding Collect

The Peace

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


Offertory Anthem          Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee        Choir  

Words: attr. Bernard of Clairvaux (ca. 1091-1153);

                           Music: John B. Dykes (1823-1876), arr. Katy Francom (cont.)

Jesus, the very thought of thee with sweetness fills the breast; but sweeter far thy face to see, and in thy presence rest. W O hope of every contrite heart, O joy of all the meek, to those who fall, how kind thou art! How good to those who seek! W But what to those who find? Ah, this nor tongue nor pen can show; the love of Jesus, what it is, none but his loved ones know. W Jesus, our only joy be thou, as thou our prize wilt be; Jesus, be thou our glory now, and through eternity.

Doxology sung                                                                                     Old 100th


Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below; praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise

 Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

The Holy Communion

Sanctus S130                   Holy, holy, holy                    Franz Schubert 

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

The Breaking of the Bread


At the Communion Jesus, Priceless Treasure

                                      (Gud Skal Alting Mage and Jesu, Meine Freude)

                                     Arr. G. Winston Cassler (1906-1990)

Postcommunion Prayer (BCP 365)




Hymn 533    How wondrous and great thy works, God of praise     Lyons


The people respond: Thanks be to God.


Voluntary                    Deck Thyself, My Soul, with Gladness

                                  (Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele)

                                  Wilbur Held (1914-2015)



All are invited to Coffee Hour after the service 

downstairs in Gardner Hall. 

This morning’s coordinator is Lucy Leske.

Celebrant                                    The Rev. Max J. Wolf 

Deacon                                       The Rev. Susan Phillips

Eucharistic Minister                   Sheri Perelman, Paul Borneman III

Readers                                       Peter Greenhalgh, Vicky Goss  

Prayers of the People                Sheri Perelman

Ushers                                         Peter Greenhalgh, Stacey Stuart   

Altar Guild                                   Olly Wolf, Christine Borneman Vocalists          

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