St. Paul’s is my stabilizing force, my sanctuary from the world and a place of love in my life. It is a major reason I stay in Murfreesboro.
The most powerful experience I’ve had at St. Paul’s was standing before the congregation and sharing the story of love and support surrounding the death of my husband four years ago. I have experienced so many good things at St. Paul’s—Episcopal Church Women (ECW), Pilgrimage, Cursillo, Christian Education, serving as chalice bearer—all have contributed to my growth as a Christian. But one of the most wonderful things I do at St. Paul’s is simply to be present for worship. To rise and kneel, pray, sing, and listen— simply to worship and to let God love me has significant meaning for me.
Serving as a Lay Eucharistic Minister—chalice bearer—has been particularly meaningful to me at St. Paul’s. Regular worship, special services such as funerals, etc., have provided me with an opportunity to stand at that “thin place between heaven and earth”—the altar—and to look into the faces of parishioners who come to the rail and remind me we are all together in this life.
I give to St. Paul’s because God gives to me through St. Paul’s.