For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
Life brings many different seasons. St. Paul’s will always be there to celebrate or mourn with you. No matter which season you find yourself in, we hope the resources below will be helpful to you.
The Book of Common Prayer states that “Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God.” Baptism is not agreeing to an intellectual proposition; nor is it joining a club.
The Episcopal Church teaches that infants, children, youth, and adults may be baptized. Because Baptism is adoption into the Body of Christ, the Church, it is a corporate act appropriately administered within the Sunday Eucharist. A preparation class for those being baptized, their sponsors/godparents, and when appropriate the parents will be held either the day before or morning of the Eucharist.
Baptism Schedule 2016
January 10- Baptism of our Lord
February 7- Bishop Visit
March 26- Easter Vigil (in the evening)
May 15- Pentecost
November 6- All Saints Day
Please notify the church office (281-391-2785) at least two weeks in advance to schedule a baptism. By clicking HERE you will find the Baptismal form.
In Christian marriage, partners enter into a life-long union, make their vows before God and receive the blessing of God to help them fulfill their vows. St. Paul’s takes marriage seriously and understand that loving, committed relationships are a gift from God. Marriage is a covenant made between husband and wife, not a ceremony performed by a priest. The clergy and parish staff will work with you to create a meaningful service of worship and a good beginning for your marriage.
If you are wanting to have one of the clergy of St. Paul’s officiate at your wedding then please contact the church office (281-391-2785) to check availability. As planning resource, please click HERE to find our wedding planning booklet. The staff and clergy will assist in filling out forms, planning the service, and answering questions.
“The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we too, shall be raised. The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy, in the certainty that ‘neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ This joy, however, does not make human grief unchristian. The very love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death. Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend. So, while we rejoice that one we love has entered into the nearer presence of our Lord, we sorrow in sympathy with those who mourn.” Book of Common Prayer
One of the most significant and moving rites of the church is the Rite of Burial. Although the burial service is not a sacrament in the formal sense, the liturgy does provide an opportunity for friends and family to gather and give thanks for a life through the lens of Christ’s resurrection.
Please notify the church office (281-391-2785) upon the death of a loved one. We seek to be as supportive and pastoral in what can be a very difficult time. Also, depending upon the family’s wishes and room availability, receptions following a funeral or memorial service may be held in the Parish Hall.
If you would like to pre-plan your Burial service then please contact one of the clergy. Click HERE for St. Paul’s Burial Guide.