8:00am — Holy Communion, Rite I, without the Choir
9:00am — Breakfast in the Church Hall, courtesy of the Men’s Cook Teams
10:00am — Holy Communion, Rite II, with the Choir
(Nursery is available in the Parish Hall beginning at 9:45am)
The St. Paul Choir consists of men and women who love to sing, and who believe that the choir is a ministry to the church. We offer a wide range of sacred music, from very early music to that written by active composers. Our mission is to provide offertory anthems each Sunday, and to lead the congregation in hymnody and service music. We often sing at funerals, and for special services throughout the year. The choir is always open to new members, and all that is required is a love of music and a commitment to attend as many rehearsals and services as possible. We number twenty-two at the moment, and there are always extra chairs available. If you think you might like to try us, we rehearse on Wednesday nights at 7:30 in the choir room in the Parish Hall, and an extra rehearsal is provided on Saturdays at 4:00 for those unable to make the Wednesday rehearsal. Commuters are welcome! If you have questions or comments, please contact Linda Thornton at .
In addition to the traditional choir, St. Paul’s has a Contemporary Choir, which uses a keyboard, guitars, mandolin, violin, and flute to accompany a group of singers who offer an opportunity to sing contemporary Christian music. They sing for Sunday services approximately four times a year, and for Lenten mid-week services. To join this group, please contact Cindy Gandee at .
Altar Guild: St. Paul’s church has an active Altar Guild. Currently we have an Altar Guild chairperson who receives her directions from the Rector. The altar guild is made up of six committess, six to seven members who serve a month, twice a year.
Usher Program: Currently we have approx. 34 ushers each serving as a team each Sunday, four times a year.
Acolytes: Currently at St. Paul’s we have an Acolyte Dad (Brock Mitchell) who trains with our rector approximately 48 youth, ages third through twelfth grade.
Lectors: The lectors at St. Paul’s read the first lesson at the 8 and 11am service each Sunday. The lector leader is in charge of scheduling them for their respective Sundays.
Lay Readers: St. Paul’s lay readers perform a reading or readings of scripture and the psalm of the day each Sunday. They also perform the Prayers of the People and distribute the Holy Eucharist by acting as Chalice Bearers.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers: LEMs at St. Paul’s are lisenced confirmed and adult communicants in good standing. They are trained by the rector and are licensed by the bishop. They administer Holy Communion to the sick and the homebound and are commissioned each Sunday at the 8 and/or 11am service when needed.
Baptism, Wedding and Funeral Customaries: St. Paul’s has a customary for each of these services, which is approved by the rector and the vestry as an outline for bride and grooms and the family having a funeral:
Confirmation: In the spring at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Bishop Lee confirmed 9 youth ages 14-15 and received 7 adults. The youth had a three-month long training class to instruct them about the Episcopal Church prior to their confirmation. Our Rector instructed the adult class.
St. Paul’s Edenton has a long tradition of organ music in worship. Vestry minutes from St. Paul’s document the arrival of an organ from England in 1825. A letter from James N. Reynolds of Lake Wales, FL, to the Rector of Christ Church (Elizabeth City) dated 10/22/42 gives this information: “St. Paul’s, Edenton, had a previous organ, built in England and installed in the church in 1825. This was removed when (an) Erben was installed and went to the church in Halifax. As it got more enfeebled, it was difficult to secure anyone understanding it well enough to care for it, and the Parish being small they were doubtless unable to spend on it. It was taken down and stored and since a cabinet organ has been used. The old organ is still there and should be returned to Edenton, possibly installed in the Parish House, where it could be preserved and possibly used as a Chapel organ. The Halifax people would like to dispose of it.”
According to Christ Church vestry minutes from Oct. 7, 1942: “The Rector read a letter from Mr. J. W. Reynolds of Atlanta, GA, who is now working on the old organ in St. Paul’s Church, Edenton, which said that the Edenton organ was made by Henry Erben, NY, in 1842. It was placed in the church in 1844.” So now we know that St. Paul’s had Erben as late as 1942. When a fire in the church destroyed the Erben in 1949 a Kilgen (Kilgen Organ Company, St. Louis, MO, now defunct) organ was installed, and used until the present Letourneau replaced it.
St. Paul’s present organ is by Orgue Letourneau Limitee Op. 63, 1999, St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada. To learn more about this organ, you can email the church organist, Linda Thornton at .
The Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina
Schola Cantorum of the Diocese of East Carolina
The Lectionary Page
Association of Anglican Musicians
American Guild of Organists
The Episcopal Church: Music
Anglicans Online Music Resources
The Future of Traditional Church Music