With Bulletin For September 17 Service

September 16, 2023

Dear St. Paul’s Church Family,

  After experiencing strong swirling gusts overnight, the winds from tropical storm Lee appear to be already diminishing this morning. We hold in prayer our neighbors in Maine and those living on the coast of Canada as the storm moves north. I am often reminded of the Gospel passage depicted in one of our stained glass windows in the Daume entrance, Mark 4:35-41. In that pericope, Jesus is asleep in the stern as a great windstorm arose and waves swamped the boat, terrifying his disciples. Jesus woke up and rebuked the wind and said, “Peace! Be still!” And there was a dead calm. I find this imagery to be a wonderful metaphor for us modern disciples that in the storminess of life, we find our peace - our calm - in Jesus Christ.

  After being island bound all summer, I was blessed to be out on the water several times this month. Our houseguest Joseph from Maui brought us out on a delightful charter with other tourists on Captain Jim’s classic sailboat Endeavor docked at Straight Wharf. A sailing crew of rectory houseguests invited me to spend my day off on an observation boat for the International One Design Regatta - a marvelous adventure. To top it all off, I boated across the harbor last week to Coatue for the Baptism of our beloved and devoted parishioner, Adam Dread. God is good!

 Our dear friend and colleague of over thirty years, The Rev. Martin Smith, is visiting and will be preaching tomorrow at St. Paul’s Church. Martin always brings to his sermons a uniquely creative perspective. The storm will be clearing out, I hope you will join us at 9:30. Also, please consider supporting Nantucket Interfaith Council’s essential island ministries at our October 1 fundraising event. (see below) We will sponsor a table for ten, please join us. See you at church!

The peace and joy of Christ,






ACCEPTING – silver, small art, Nantucket memorabilia, jewelry, Christmas décor, handmade items/crafts etc.

No books, electrical appliances, used clothing or furniture


Items may be left on bench inside Parish House door

weekdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (tax deduction forms available)


Donate to underwrite the Christmas Market. Write a check to St. Paul’s Church marked “Christmas Market” on memo line or go to St. Paul’s website and click “Donate Now” button to use your credit card.


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, September 19

12:00 p.m.         Lunchbox Series 


Wednesday, September 20

9:00 a.m.          Staff Meeting

12:00 p.m.        Mid Week Music resumes October 4

2:30 p.m.         Meal Delivery Ministry


Thursday, September 21

11:30 a.m.        Bible Study

4:30 p.m.          Vestry Meeting


Sunday, September 124

9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist 

10:45 a.m. Coffee Hour



Upcoming Happenings

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

Our exploration of Power, Oppression, Deliverance, and Renewal continues on Tuesday, 19 September 2023, noon to 1 pm, in the Church. Please join us for Lunch with King David. We continue our exploration of universal themes of mortal power and its antidotes. Each session is standalone. Guest theologian is Eberhard Arnold.  No homework. To receive the syllabus for Lunchbox Series D, please write to Sam Baker at 

The link address for Lunches with King David is Zoom Link for Lunch with King David (Link good for July - Oct)

Nantucket Food Pantry Fundraiser - October 1

6:00 p.m. at the Nantucket Yacht Club

Your support is instrumental in providing access to fresh and nutritious food, keeping basic services on, preventing eviction or homelessness, and connecting patients with off-island medical care. Live Music, Seasonal Dinning and a Cash Bar. Tickets are $150 each and can be purchased at https://www.assistnantucket.org/


Ships Inn Dinner/ Fundraiser - Sunday, October 8th at 6:00 p.m.

If you have already made a reservation please contact the office at

or 508-228-0916, to make an

arrangement for your $125 payment. Sorry, there are no more seats available.


Save the Date

October 1 - Food Pantry Fundraiser at Nantucket Yacht Club

October 7 - 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Organ Crawl

October 8 - 9:30 a.m., Blessing of the Animals

October 8 - 6:00 p.m., Ships Inn Dinner

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)

September 17, 2023

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Eucharist



Ringing of the Bell

Prelude Lasse tuns mit Jesu ziehen (Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus)

        Tune: Georg Gottfried Boltze (c. 1750–?)’ Setting: David Schack (b. 1947)


Let us ever walk with Jesus, Follow His example pure, Flee the world, which would deceive us And to sin our souls allure. Ever in His footsteps treading, Body here, yet soul above, Full of faith and hope and love, Let us do the Father’s bidding, Faithful, Lord, abide with me; Savior, lead, I follow Thee.

Hymn 400     All creatures of our God and King       Lass tuns erfreuen

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.


Gloria S280   (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 Exodus 14:19-31

Psalm 114

A Reading from Romans 14:1-12

The Holy Gospel according to Matthew 18:21-35


Sermon                                                                   The Rev. Martin L. Smith

Music Meditation     O Perfect Love

            Tune: Joseph Barnby (1838-1896); arr. Alice Jordan (1916-2012)

The Prayers of the People

The Peace

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


Offertory Anthem   We Pray Thee, Heavenly Father                 Choir

Tune: Swedish traditional, Bred Dina Vida Vingar; arr. Philip Norman (b. 1953)


We pray thee, heavenly Father, to hear us in thy love, and pour upon your children the unction from above; that so in love abiding, from all defilement free, we may in pureness offer our eucharist to thee. W All that we have we offer, for it is all thine own, all gifts, by thine appointment, in bread and cup are shown; one thing alone we bring not, the willfulness of sin, and all we bring is nothing save that which is within. W Within the pure oblation, beneath the outward sign, by that his operation, the holy Ghost divine, lies hid the sacred blood, once slain, now ever glorious, of Christ our Lord and God. Amen.


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 S125     Holy, holy, holy Lord Setting: Richard Proulx (1937-2010)

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 highetst.

The Breaking of the Bread


At the Communion Reflection on Wer Nur Den Lieben Gott

               (If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee)

               Tune: Georg Neumark (1621-1681); setting Alice Jordan

Postcommunion Prayer (BCP 365)




Hymn 603     When Christ was lifted from the earth        St. Botolph


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


Voluntary        Toccata

                                     Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)


The flowers on the altar are given to the Glory of God and in celebration of the birth of Jenny & Kirk’s baby daughter,

Stephanie Grace.

All are invited to Coffee Hour after the service.


Celebrant                                    The Rev. Max J. Wolf 

Verger                                          Curtis Barnes

Eucharistic Minister                  Sheri Perelman

Readers                                       Lucy Bixby, Jack Williams  

Ushers                                         Don Russell, Carolyn Hills  

Altar Guild                                  Olly Wolf, Susan O’Brien

Music Director & Organist       Joe Hammer

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