Category: Worship

Rector’s Blog: MLK Day: Perspectives and Observations from the Porch

MLK Day: Perspectives and Observations from the Porch By Charlie Dupree It’s been a complicated and beautiful few days at St. Paul’s. The service of welcome on Saturday was beautiful and joyous. Worship on Sunday was meaningful and deep. The experience on Monday was, for me, complicated and deeply unsettling. The view yesterday from St. […]

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Rector’s Blog: Resolutions

Resolutions By the Rev. Charlie Dupree New Year’s Resolutions. I can’t help but notice that a building block of the word “resolution” is the word “solve.” If something, dissolves, it loses its shape or its form. It becomes loose and formless. To “resolve,” then, is to bring back into shape . . . to keep […]

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Rector’s Blog: May We Walk Gently…

May we walk gently . . . By Charlie Dupree “What are you doing New Year’s Eve?” The song was first recorded in 1947. But here we are today . . . on the edge of 2019, tipping over into 2020. I wonder what God is imagining for you . . . has always been […]

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Rector’s Blog: And the Word was Made Flesh…

And the Word was made flesh . . . By Charlie Dupree This evening, millions of Christians will stream through church doors. “O come, all ye faithful,” the hymn tells us. And, so, we do. The faithful come to church to celebrate the Incarnation. The word “incarnation” finds its root in a word meaning “flesh.” […]

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Rector’s Blog: Thou shalt know him

Thou shalt know him By Father Charlie A poem has been making its way around St. Paul’s. We heard it first at Advent Lessons and Carols. This past Sunday, Rainey used it as a part of her series on art and Advent. We don’t know who wrote it, but the poet clearly is in touch […]

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Event Information

December 24th, 2019 at 4:00 pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Church Sanctuary
815 East Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Christmas services at St. Paul’s will be:

December 24, Christmas Eve
4 pm – Children’s Pageant with Holy Communion
10 pm – Candlelight Communion with Choir (prelude at 9:30 pm)

December 25, Christmas Day
10 am – Holy Eucharist, Rite II with Carols

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Rector’s Blog: Hard Candy Christmas?

Hard Candy Christmas? By Charlie Dupree Alert: this blog post may not be infused with the usual, expected Christmas cheer. One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Hard Candy Christmas,” by Dolly Parton. True, it’s not the brightest, cheeriest of tunes. It tells the story of a Christmas that is not run through with opulence […]

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Rector’s Blog: “Prophets”

Prophets By Charlie Dupree Welcome to the season of Advent, St. Paul’s! The beginning of a new church year. Interesting, isn’t it, that a prominent feature of the season of Advent is “the prophet.” What is a prophet, exactly? The prophets were people who claimed to have been contacted by the divine. The Greek word […]

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Rector’s Blog: A Few Thanksgiving Poems

A few Thanksgiving poems Blog post by Charlie Dupree What does thanksgiving look like? Turkeys? Stuffing? Sweet potato casserole? Well, maybe. Throughout the centuries, poets have tried to capture with words the nature of thanksgiving. The poetry below by Gerard (1844-1898 ) and Mary (1935-2019) highlights for me the observant quality of being thankful. Nothing […]

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Rector’s Blog: God is Present in Each “Each”

God is Present in Each “Each” By Charlie Dupree When I was a seminarian, I often wondered to myself, “What does a priest do all week?” After all, most people attend church only on Sundays, which is when we see a priest most “in action.” What do they do Monday through Saturday? Here’s a look […]

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