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St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Welcome to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church's home on the web. We are a community Christians committed to loving God and our neighbor. We do this through ministry to each other, the community around us, and by welcoming newcomers among us. Our mission is “Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.”—Romans 12:12-13.
If you are looking for a church home, for a calm harbor from life’s storms, or somewhere in between, we invite you to visit and worship the Risen Christ with us. Our Sunday worship services are held in the church—located at intersection of College and Forsyth Streets in the College Hill area of downtown Macon and just blocks from Mercer University and the Medical Center of Central Georgia. During the academic year our services are a spoken Eucharist at 8:30am in Faith Chapel; Breakfast and Gathering time at 9:15am in the Parish Hall; Spiritual Formation at 9:30am in the Parish Hall; Eucharist with music at 11am in the church; and a Celtic Eucharist with healing at 5pm in the Parish House's Beckwith Chapel.
During the summer, our Sunday worship schedule is a Holy Eucharist with music at 10:30 a.m., in our church’s nave—our main worship area and a Holy Eucharist in the Celtic tradition at 5:00 p.m., in the Parish House's Beckwith Chapel. It is our privilege to get to know you and discover how we may journey together. If your journey takes you elsewhere, may you find grace, joy and peace always.
We are a local church in a missionary diocese—region—dispersed in 96 churches and ministries in middle and north Georgia, and led by the Bishop, The Rt. Rev Robert C. Wright, with the cathedral and diocesan offices in Atlanta. Furthering our missionary endeavors, local clergy lead the congregations' worship and encourage members' missionary and ministry activities.
This commitment to mission and ministry is Biblical, obedient to Jesus Christ's Great Commission: "...to go...make disciples....baptize...and teach..." (Matthew 28), conducted according to Jesus' Great Commandment: "...to love..." (Mark 12:30). Therefore our fundamental reason for being is to love God and to do the work of God's love in the world around us.
As Christians and members of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States of America—The Episcopal Church, and therefore members of the worldwide Anglican Communion, we affirm four core characteristics.
† The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, "contain all things necessary to salvation," and are the rule and ultimate standard of faith.
† The Apostles' Creed, as the Baptismal Symbol; and the Nicene Creed, as the sufficient statement of our faith.
† The two Sacraments ordained by Christ: Baptism and the Supper of the Lord, ministered with Christ's words of Institution and of the elements ordained by Him.
† The Historic Episcopate—office of the bishop as the chief pastor, locally adapted in the methods of its administration to the varied needs of nations and people called by God into the Unity of His Church.
We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves & respect the dignity of everyone. Our worship retains ancient structure and traditions using the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer. Eucharist may be received by all baptized Christians. We believe in amendment of life— repenting of our sins and making a fundamental change in our life-especially our spiritual life, the forgiveness of sins, and eternal life. Lay people are vital to our church’s governance and ministries. Also, men and women, single or married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops. We affirm committed relationships as lifelong and monogamous. We also know there’s grace after divorce and don’t deny sacraments to those who have been divorced. We affirm that issues such as birth control are matters of personal informed conscience. We don’t have to agree about everything, in fact, we welcome diverse opinions. You don’t have to check your brains at the door when visiting or entering our midst. We embrace seekers who are seriously questioning the issues of faith and may be seeking refuge from other faith groups who are not tolerant of dissent.
As in the past, we recognize that the basis of our unity is God, in our common worship, in the name of Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit. While honoring our differences, we always strive to put the work of love before uniformity of opinion.
The Rev Hal J Weidman, Rector, May 2013
753 College Street Macon, GA 31201
Office Phone: (478) 743-4623 Office hours are 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Thursday
Fax: (478) 745-5444
For pastoral issues, please contact Fr. Hal at 478-361-0798
Email Fr. Hal: email@example.com
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