The Good News

April 2024

The monthly newsletter of St. Paul's Episcopal Church

+ To know Christ better and make him better known +

Liturgical Year B

Message from the Rector

The Rev. Dr. Mauricio Wilson

Christos Anesti

A blessed Easter to you all. As we continue our observance of the 50 days of Easter, let us remember that the first disciples of Jesus experienced some mind boggling things in the days immediately after the first news of the resurrection started to spread among them. Though Jesus had told them to expect his return, they did not understand what it fully meant, since they had never heard of or experienced such an event before. The things many 21st century believers take for granted, were not part of everyday dinner conversations for them. They were also not receiving the news and stories at the speed to which we have become accustomed. There was no emailing, texting or Instagram and there were definitely no TikTok of Jesus's resurrection. 

For the full article click HERE

Message from the Senior Warden

Nature and Mindfulness

As we emerge from Easter and the resurrection, I am reminded that nature is also emerging as Spring takes hold. Reawakening the connection between nature and our inner selves or mindfulness. I recently heard an amazing speaker Mary Jo Hoffman who lives in Minnesota discuss the development of her mindfulness practice through the collection of objects she encounters on her nature walks. Everyday she walks her dog and brings home a found nature object such as a leaf or feather. She arranges it into a creative design and then photographs it. She has been doing this everyday for 12 years. As a result she sees things differently, mindfully. Things that may be ordinary became extraordinary. My wish for us all this month is that we notice this brand new season as it emerges and that we see a little deeper into Gods extraordinary creation.

You can see the work of Mary Jo Hoffman on instagram

Environmental Stewardship

New Green Practices in the Altar Guild Sacristy

After careful discussion and discernment, the Altar Guild will no longer utilize floral foam in the flower arrangements, as it can contribute to microplastics in our environment can be carcinogenic and can be very irritating to skin and eyes. Senior Warden Indira Balkissoon wrote this awesome article that explains the issue in more detail, and tells what other churches are doing.

We will use up what floral foam we have left, and in the future, we will use polished stones, marbles, sand and wire and will discontinue use and purchase of floral foam.

Many thanks to Indira, Fr. Wilson and the Altar Guild for the opportunity to come together on this important issue.

Pam Buckingham

Altar Guild Chair

Give to St. Paul's

To support parish planning, we are asking everyone to make a statement of intent for 2024

Join Us!

Thank you for your presence, and your gifts of time, talent and treasure to St. Paul’s.

Your participation is essential to us and we couldn’t do it without you! We welcome your financial gifts and involvement in our ministries, and ask that you prayerfully consider how you would like to be involved at St. Paul’s in 2024. Every gift and contribution, regardless of type or size, makes an impact on our parish and our community.

Ways to Give and more information is HERE.

Cottage Dinners

In concert with Membership & Welcoming, we invite you to participate in a Cottage Dinner. What is a Cottage Dinner? It is a small group gathering hosted by a fellow parishioner. It's a great way to get to know people better in a casual setting over a shared meal. Fr. Mauricio will attend as many of the dinners as he can.

You can sign up to host or attend Cottage Dinners any time. Sign up sheets are in the Narthex and will be available at Coffee Hour on Sundays. Cottage Dinners will continue throughout the 2024 program year.

For more information contact Mirela Stanke at 

The Ordination and Consecration of The Reverend Austin Keith Rios as Bishop Coadjutor of the Episcopal Diocese of California Saturday, May @ 11am

At Grace Cathedral

1100 California Street, San Francisco

Everyone is welcome! To secure your spot, register HERE

Celebrate with joy as we ordain and consecrate the Rev. Austin K. Rios as Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of California. Rios will serve concurrently with the Right Rev. Dr. Marc Handley Andrus as Coadjutor until Andrus’ retirement in July 2024, when Rios will become the Ninth Bishop of the Diocese of California.


Altar Guild 2024

Prayers of the People 2024

Worship Volunteers Jan-June 2024

Liturgical Music for April 2024

Sunday, 7 April, Easter 2

10am Eucharist with Music (No choir today)

Prelude Allegretto in F George Frederic Handel

Mass: Gloria-S278, Sanctus-S128, Our Father-S119, Agnus Dei-S165

Gradual Psalm: 133 Tone VI

Hymns: 1982-193,LEVAS-43,1982-206

Postlude  Trumpet Allemande    Anthony Holborn

4pm Evensong


Responses: Kenneth Leighton

Psalm:111,112, 113 Fitzherbert, Hopkins, Ouseley

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in D major Herbert Brewer

Anthem: Magdalen, cease from sobs and sighs   Traditional arr. Peter Hurford

Hymns: 1982-201, 1982-191


Sunday, 14 April, Easter 3

10am Choral Eucharist

Prelude: Easter Chorale Preludes from Orgelbuchlein  J. S. Bach

Mass: Gloria-S278, Sanctus-S128, Our Father-S119, Agnus Dei-S165

Gradual Psalm: 4    John Joubert

Anthem: Now the green blade riseth  French traditional arr. Simon Lindley

Motet: Magdalen, cease from sobs and sighs  Traditional arr. Peter Hurford

Hymns: 1982-305, 1982-343, LEVAS-105

Postlude: In dir ist Freude BWV 615 J. S. Bach

Sunday, 21 April, Easter 4

10am Choral Eucharist

Prelude: Variations on Now the green blade riseth   Philip Moore

Mass:Gloria-S278, Sanctus-S128, Our Father-S119, Agnus Dei-S165

Gradual Psalm: 23     Jeffrey Smith

Anthem: Haec Dies  William Byrd

Motet: The Secret Flower   German 16th Century arr. Martin Shaw

Hymns: 1982-478, LEVAS-144, 1982-664

Postlude: Paraphrase on a theme of Handel   Alexandre Guilmant

Sunday, 28 April, Easter 5

10am Choral Eucharist

Prelude: Arioso       Leo Sowerby

Mass:Gloria-S278, Sanctus-S128, Our Father-S119, Agnus Dei-S165

Gradual Psalm:22:24-30 E. John Hopkins

Anthem: Zion’s Walls    Aaron Copland

Motet: Arise, my love, my fair one      Healey Willan

Hymns: 1982-379, LEVAS-62, 1982-657

Postlude: Pageant   Calvin Hampton

8pm Compline

Psalms: Mark Bruce

Office Hymn: Te lucis Thomas Tallis

In Manus Tuas: Plainsong

Kyrie: Harold Darke

Nunc Dimittis: Harold Darke

Marian Antiphon: Regina Coeli  Orlando di Lassu

Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge that the CONFEDERATED VILLAGES OF LISJAN are the traditional stewards of the land on which our buildings stand and we pay our respect to their people and heritage. The Lisjan people have lived in the territory of Huchiun since the beginning of time, and are still here fighting for their land, heritage, culture & spiritual traditions.

St. Paul's is a member of Integrity USA, working for the full equality of LGBTQIA+ persons ​in every part of The Episcopal Church.


The Rt. Rev. Marc H. Andrus, Bishop of California

Rev. Austin Rios, Bishop Coadjutor-Elect of California

The Rev. Dr. Mauricio Wilson, Rector

The Ven. Canon Carolyn Bolton, Archdeacon

The Rev. Christian Harding, Assisting Priest

The Rev. Gary England, Archdeacon


Benjamin Bachmann, MMusic, FAGO, Music Director

Philip Saunders Assistant Music Director

Jackie Kamakate, Parish Administrator

Joan Clerk, Bookkeeper

Danislav Nedevski, Sexton

Elena Nedevska, Housekeeper


Class of 2024

Indira Balkissoon-Sr. Warden

Irene Plunkett

Matthew Schooler

Class of 2025

Pamela Kruse-Buckingham— Treasurer

Richard Larson– Jr. Warden

Daniel (Digger) Lauter

Class of 2026

David Anderson - Clerk

Paula Hawthorn

Doug Jensen

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