With Bulletin For November 19 Service

November 18, 2023

Dear St. Paul’s Church Family,

  I heard it said some years ago that one physical act that expresses hopefulness is the planting in autumn of flower bulbs for the following springtime. Similar to buying green unripe bananas, it reveals an optimism for times ahead. Olly and I have planted various bulbs in gardens wherever we lived and served, and over the years have enjoyed observing flowers thrive and even spread across the gardens and lawns. But our dear friend and parishioner, Sally Nash, has enabled us to take it all to a whole different level.


  For six years in a row, Sally has sent us a collection of unique daffodil bulbs that produce blooms of an extraordinary variety of sizes, shapes and colors. I have planted them throughout St. Paul’s campus: in front of the church and parish house, out back in the Macintyre Garden, up the walkway to the Daume Entrance, and in the rectory’s small backyard and now side yard. The most miniature daffodils that Sally sent are planted within the rocks out front next to the rectory driveway. Last year, Sally said her goal is for me to enter buds into the Daffodil Festival’s competition and to win a blue ribbon. Maybe next year!

Please join us after church on Sunday for Doughnuts and Discussion, the first in a regular series presented by our increasingly active Outreach Committee. With refreshments created by our CDO (Chief Donut Officer) Sam Baker and his young assistant CDT (Chief Donut Taster) Charleston Crenshaw, we welcome Community Foundation for Nantucket’s dynamic new Director, Sunny Daily. Sunny will share her perspective on the changing needs of our island community. See you at church!

The peace and joy of Christ,



Since we launched our 2024 Campaign a month ago, we have received 75 pledges totaling $240,000. Our goal is $550,000, just a slight increase from our 2023 results. The average pledge has risen to $3,200. If you have not yet pledged, you can help us by pledging now. We need your support —it is necessary to maintaining and growing our mission and ministries, including pastoral care by Father Max and our music program led by Joe Hammer. If you did not receive our campaign materials, please call the church office to request them, or email us at   and we will send them to you. You may also fill out a pledge card on the table in the back of the church or you can download one and pledge securely on our website at https://stpaulschurchnantucket.org/give/. You may also call the Finance Office – extension 16 in the Church phone directory – and leave a message with your pledge. Thank you! 

Give and it will be given to you - Luke 6:38

Peter Barnes and Patsy Wright, Stewardship Co-chairs


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Please help us by donating a roll or two (or more) of Christmas gift wrap to the Market. On Sundays, a box will be located in the back of Church to drop it off if you are attending the service or drop it at the Parish House Tuesday through Friday. We always sell out! Thanks for your help.

Event Date: December 2nd, 9:30-3:00 

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, November 21

10:00 a, m.  Sherburne Commons Worship

12:00 p.m.   Lunchbox Series


Wednesday, November 22

9:00 a.m.    Staff Meeting

12:00 p.m.  Mid-Week Music

2:30 p.m.   Meal Delivery Ministry


Thursday, November 23

9:30 a.m.   Thanksgiving Day Eucharist


Friday, November 24

Office Closed Today


Sunday, November 26

9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist 

10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour


Upcoming Happenings

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

Join us for Lunchbox on Tuesday, 21 November 2023, noon to 1 pm. This week Lunchbox promises that we will start to read (aloud) T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral.  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

Christmas Wreath Sign-Up

The order sheet for beautiful St. Paul’s Christmas Wreaths is in the back of the church! You can also email Christine in the

office ( ) to place an order. Please get your order in while supplies last! These make great gifts as well.


The Bake Table Needs your Help

The Christmas Market is less than a month away and

hopefully you will join in by contributing some homemade goodies for the Bake Table. We need cookies, bars, brownies, pumpkin, zucchini or banana breads, cakes, cup cakes, preserves, honey, jams and jellies, etc. Please bring them to Gardner Hall on Friday, December 1st from 1pm – 5pm or Saturday December 2nd after before 9:30 am. Your help is needed since the Bake Table is dependent on your generosity. Please contact Yvette St. Jean, or Dottie Gennaro, with questions.


Christmas Market Volunteers

The market is back after being cancelled for two years because of the pandemic, and we need more volunteers for this event, which will be held Dec. 3 on Stroll Weekend. For more information contact Olly Wolf to sign up at  .


Save the Date

November 23 - 9:30 a.m., Thanksgiving Day Eucharist

December 1 - 7:00 p.m., Christmas Stroll Concert

December 2 - 9:00 - 3:30 p.m., Christmas Market

December 10 - 9:30 a.m., Advent Lessons & Carols

December 10 - 3:00 p.m., NCMC Community Chorus (date changed)



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)

November 19, 2023

Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Eucharist



Ringing of the Bell

Introit                                    Seek ye first                          The Frables

Text: Matthew 6:33; adapt. Karen Lafferty (20th cent.); Music: Karen Lafferty


Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness; And all these things shall be added unto you Hallelu, Hallelujah. Refrain: Hallelu. Hallelujah. W Ask and it shall be given unto you sSeek and ye shall find; Knock and it shall be opened unto you Hallelu, Hallelujah. Refrain


Hymn 551                  Rise up, ye saints of God!                   Festal Song


The Acclamation 

Celebrant Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

People And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.


Collect for Purity

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

S280 Glory to God (Gloria in excelsis) Setting: Robert Powell (b. 1932)


Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father; receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Collect of the Day

The Lessons


A Reading from Judges 4:1-7

Psalm 123

A Reading from 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

The Holy Gospel according to Matthew 25:14-30


Sermon                                                               The Rev. Max J. Wolf

Music Meditation         The Quiet Sanctuary

                                        David Paxton (20th cent.)

The Prayers of the People

The Peace

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


Offertory Anthem    There’s A Wideness In God’s Mercy                      Choir

                 Tune: Holy Manna; arr. Mark Schweizer (1956-2019)


There’s a wideness in God’s mercy, like the wideness of the sea; there’s a kindness in His justice, which is more than liberty. There is welcome for the sinner, and more graces for the good; there is mercy with the Savior; There is healing in His blood. W There is no place where earth’s sorrows are more felt than up in Heaven; there is no place where earth’s failings Have such kindly judgment given. There is plentiful redemption In the blood that has been shed; there is joy for all the members In the sorrows of the Head. W For the love of God is broader than the measure of our mind; and the heart of the Eternal Is most wonderfully kind. If our love were but more faithful, we should take Him at His word; And our lives would be thanksgiving For the goodness of the Lord.


The Holy Communion

The Breaking of the Bread


At the Communion       Nearer, Still Nearer

                                       Tune: Morris; arr. Lani Smith (1934-2015)


Postcommunion Prayer (BCP 365)




Hymn 561                  Stand up, stand up for Jesus            Morning Light



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


Voluntary         Brightest and Best

                              Tune: Morning Star; arr. Robert J. Hughes (1912-2007)


All are invited to Coffee Hour after the service.





Celebrant                                  The Rev. Max J. Wolf   

Verger                                        Curtis Barnes

Eucharistic Minister                 Gina Crenshaw  

Acolytes                                    Charleston Crenshaw, Mary Virginia Crenshaw, Clara Frable, Juliet Frable, Genevieve Frable

Readers                                     Peter Greenhalgh, Lucy Bixby      

Ushers                                       Peter Greenhalgh, Stacey Stuart

Altar Guild                                Olly Wolf, Karen Bloomfield

Music Director                          Joe Hammer  

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