116 N Academy St, Murfreesboro, TN 37130  615-893-3780

Covid-19 Update

Communication from our Rector

You, our St. Paul’s members, are responding with such grace to the coronavirus outbreak, and I am proud of you. These are uncertain days, yet I am grateful for each of you for the confidence you are maintaining in our Lord and for the care you are showing for our parishioners and community members who feel vulnerable, isolated and afraid. We have an important witness to share in our community as we hold fast to Christ our Lord. As St. Paul said, even in times of hardship and distress, “we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Because of Christ, and as we hold fast together, we have nothing to fear.

Communication from the Bishop of Tennessee

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:2).

These words of greeting from the Apostle Paul, written to the Church in Philippi, are appropriate for us. Shortly after greeting them, St. Paul reflects on all that has happened to him in his ministry, the many challenges and crises. “I want you to know, beloved, that what has happened to me has actually helped to spread the gospel” (Phil. 1:12). We in our own time, faced with the Coronavirus, might make St. Paul’s words our own, and rejoice in this opportunity to deepen our faith and to share the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection more fully.

This is a time of transition in our state and in our diocese, and I write now to offer further direction regarding the worship of the church over the next two-week period.

To read his full pastoral letter click here.

Update on St. Paul’s Parish Events

As we move into a new phase of worship we will continue add a few in-person worship services each week along with our current Sunday morning virtual service. Communications will continue to go out each Friday to inform our parish about future events and offerings. We will continue to host ministries which are essential for those most vulnerable: Alcoholics Anonymous, Nashville Cares, and the Connect Ministry.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will in-person Sunday services resume?
We don’t know yet. Even as important steps are being taken to open businesses, our responsibility as a church and as church members is to continue flattening the curve. I encourage you to help protect those most vulnerable among us and decrease the severity and duration of the pandemic by staying home except when you are engaging in essential activities. The decision to resume in-person Sunday services will happen through consultation with government, medical, and church leaders.
Will we have a big homecoming Sunday on our first Sunday back?
It is more likely that we will start back with small services where people can keep physical distance. We will wear masks and disinfect surfaces between services. We will have a great and glorious celebration down the road when we can all be back together!
What about the Eucharist?
I miss sharing the Eucharist with you all, and I know that many of you miss it too. It is lifeblood for us, and it is hard to be fasting from it. Soon enough, we will be back to it. In the meantime, there is something very powerful about the solidarity of knowing that we are all fasting together. God is drawing us closer in communion with himself and one another through our mutual experience of not having the sacrament. Bishop John commends to us the prayer for Spiritual Communion which is in the bulletin each Sunday.
What about Sunday school, Bible studies, and social gatherings?
I am so proud of our children’s and youth leaders and our adult Bible study and ministry leaders. They have shown incredible initiative and creativity in bringing our children, youth, and adults together virtually for Sunday school, youth group, and other fun activities. They have also been finding tangible and safe ways to reach out and stay connected. These activities will continue online for a season, and we will gradually return to in-person gatherings as we are able to do it safely. A gift of this season is that we are now able to connect online with our stay-at-home members. We will continue to do this into the future.
How are we reaching out into our community?
St. Paul’s continues to be as active as ever serving our neighbors in Murfreesboro. Our CONNECT ministry now happens online and through telephone calls. Neighbors in the city have been reaching out for financial help and we are blessed to be able to help. St. Paul’s members continue to serve those who are hungry through our food ministries and the homeless through Journey Home. Please contact Liz Huber if you would like to help.
How can I or someone I know get help if we need it?
  • If you are ill or in the hospital, we care! Please contact Kristine+ or Michael+ or the parish office.
  • For help with grocery or prescription delivery, please contact Anna Stewart.
  • For help with technology, please contact our tech team.
  • If a community member needs financial help, please contact the Connect ministry with the person’s name and phone number.
  • For mental health support, please contact Kristine+ and she can help you connect with mental health services.
  • St. Paul’s members have been generous in funding the Rector’s Discretionary Fund. If you are in a financial pinch, please contact Kristine+ and she can confidentially offer aid.
How can I support the ministry of the church?
First and most importantly, please know how much your prayers for the church mean. Leadership responsible for our church finances has been meeting to ensure we maintain financial stability. Safeguarding and protecting our financial position allows us to support our parishioners and the community when they are most vulnerable. We ask those who are able, please maintain your planned level of support and if possible, consider making an additional gift to allow St. Paul’s to continue its care of others in this challenging time. You may click here to give now, or contact Heather Studenberg for help setting up e-giving.

Watch Sunday Services and Adult Christian Education Online

Each Sunday we offer Adult Christian Education at 9:00 a.m., Worship (Rite II Service) at 10:00 a.m. followed by Catechesis of the Good Shepard (Sunday School) Level I 11:00 a.m., Level II 11:30 a.m., and Level III 11:00 a.m. All links to join these particular online programs can be found on our homepage, passwords for classes can be found in the weekly eNewsletter.

Watch, Engage and Pray with St. Paul’s

Watch, engage, and pray with us through either St. Paul’s Facebook page or via Zoom.

  • Morning Prayers, each weekday at 9:50 a.m. Click here to join on Zoom.
  • Daily Devotional, 10 a.m. each weekday through Lent led by David Rowe. Click here to join on Facebook Live.
  • Compline, 8:30 p.m. each evening through Lent led by Angela Tipps. Click here to join on Facebook Live.
  • Tuesday’s with Morris, Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. Click here to join on Facebook Live.

Listen to Past Sermons

Listen to our past sermons online or through your favorite podcasting app by searching “St. Paul’s Murfreesboro”. Each week St. Paul’s posts the audio recording of our latest sermon online and on our webpage. The live recording of each week’s worship service will be available on our Youtube channel by 1:00 p.m. each Sunday.

You Are Not Alone

Especially in times of uncertainty and fear, we have a witness to share because of our trust in our risen Lord who has conquered death. We are able to lead in our community with confidence and grace as we care for one another and we care for our broader community. We will make it through this together.