The late George Burns once said, “The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible.” Well, George; we’ll see. Immediately following the countercultural blessings called the Beatitudes, Jesus takes three images and tells the people intrigued by…

This year, St. Paul’s will take part in a parish-wide Lenten program called 5 Marks of LOVE. It is a discipleship offering inspired by the Anglican Marks of Mission. During this six-week series, we will be examining and reflecting on the ways in which God’s Life and God’s Mission express themselves through us. We will…

The Rev. John Atkins will arrive at St. Paul’s February 1. His first Sunday will be February 5. His sermons will be found under this heading each week!

This Sunday, January 22nd, we will celebrate the ministry of the Rev. Gregory P. Sammons. He has been our Transition Priest in Charge for the last two years. His time at St. Paul’s has been transformational for our parish.  We invite you to come to the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist, followed by a luncheon in Greg’s honor! It wi…

Advent in Prison December 11, 2016 My family once visited Alcatraz, the prison in San Francisco Bay. I recall the spectacular view of the city and Golden Gate Bridge But to prisoners, that view must have seemed like another planet. It isn’t just that Alcatraz is surrounded by a mile of water. It’s the claustrophobic ce…

Ordinary Joes, Unexpected Gifts Advent IV: December 18, 2016: Today, I’m thinking of Advent in 1958, when my father invented a game during dinner. He began to give mysterious clues to a Christmas gift he and my mother were planning to give me + my siblings. I think he was so excited, he just couldn’t contain himself. “…

The 2nd Sunday in Advent Changing our minds (Matthew 3: 1-12) I can’t say we weren’t warned. The city of Kettering notified our neighborhood last summer. “Your street is going to be dug up to put in a new water line. Sorry for the disruption,” they said. They weren’t kidding! Last Tuesday, a porta-potty was delivered 4…

The First Sunday in Advent: God’s Dream of Shalom (Isaiah 2 and Romans 13: 11-14) Last Sunday, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize was awarded at the Schuster Center. It celebrates a shining moment in Dayton’s history. Twenty-one years ago, Richard Holbrooke, a talented diplomat, helped broker a peace treaty ending the Bos…

Here is a listing of events and service times for Advent and Christmas at St. Paul’s. December 17 – Christmas Pageant Rehearsal, 10am – 12noon December 18 – Live Nativity & Christmas Shop, 6 – 8pm December 21 – The Advent Service of Memory and Hope, 9:15am in the Chapel December 24 – Family Eucharist & Pageant, 4pm; Pa…

Things Fall Apart Sermon for November 11, 2016 Luke 21: 5-19: Jesus said, the days will come when not one stone shall be left upon another, they shall all be thrown down. As always, Lois, our parish administrator, has given us a picture on the bulletin cover which is meant to illustrate this morning’s Gospel. But what…

St. Paul's is located at 33 W. Dixon Ave, Dayton, OH 45419; phone: 937-293-1154; fax: 937-293-3723 Office hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.