Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.
- II Corinthians 3:17-18
We experience God as fully embodied human beings. This experience includes our minds, what we know, and also our emotions, will, personality, and body. We believe that God wants to transform all of who we are. We believe to be formed by the Holy Spirit in this way requires both participation and intentionality. Christian spiritual formation is the process of being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ for the glory of God and for the sake of others.
One great way to participate in this spiritual formation at St. Paul's is to join in on our Sunday School classes for all ages. We carefully consider what material to present, and we hope that every person finds their ministry in our classes. Sunday School classes meet during our "program year" - which typically begins the Sunday after Labor Day and ends the Sunday before Memorial Day. During the summer we offer more ad hoc opportunities to be formed, but the bulk of our classes are offered during the program year.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit. - 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NRSV
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Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed us with the joy and care of children: Give us calm strength and patient wisdom as we bring them up, that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. - Prayer for the Care of Children, The Book of Common Prayer, p.829
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Episcopal Youth Community (EYC) is for students in grades 6-12, provides worship opportunities, local and international outreach, teaching about Episcopal traditions, interfaith education, environmental awareness and stewardship, intergenerational connections, faith and social justice issues, respectful living, community building, family gatherings, and opportunity to attend Yout…Read More »
Houston Library, named for long-time Rector Lawrence "Pat" Houston, is a collection of books and other materials covering Christianity, other religions, and varieties of spiritual practice, but focused primarily on the Episcopal Church. More than 1,500 volumes, housed in Friendly Hall in the church offices, span more than three thousand years of belief and faith and commentary. …Read More »
St. Paul's Preschool has been nurturing and teaching children for over 50 years. It is a half-day preschool for children ages six months through five-years-old. It operates Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. Maintaining a faithful presence in the community, the preschool continues to draw families seeking a loving community in which children can play, learn and grow. The preschool …Read More »