Dear Friend,

This coming Sunday we celebrate the feast day of Baptism of Our Lord.  We remember our baptism, the sacramental act which made us Christians, and its impact on us today.  In our Baptismal Covenant we answer five questions that have changed us over the decades since they came into use in the Episcopal Church with the publishing of the “new” Book of Common Prayer in 1979.  In each of those five questions we reaffirm our commitment to the acts by which we live our our Baptismal vows.  We promise to worship together, receive the sacraments, pray, reflect on our lives and confess our sins and go into the world to seek and serve all people knowing that they all bear Christ within them.

Making these five promises over the last 30+ years has transformed the Episcopal Church from being one afraid to risk, to seeking to both practice our faith with real commitment, and reach out into the world, bringing Christ’s love from the altar into the street. They are powerful tools as we continue to live lives following Jesus Christ.

Faithfully yours in Christ,

Ann+

The Rev. Dr. Ann J. Broomell

Sunday Music

Hymns:
O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High
Christ, when for us you were baptized
You shall cross the barren desert
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

Anthem: I will arise — arr. Smith

I will arise and go to Jesus. He will embrace me in his arms. In the arms of my dear Savior, O there are ten thousand charms. Teach me some melodious sonnet sung by flaming tongues above. Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it, mount of thy redeeming love. Come, thou font of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace. Streams of mercy never ceasing call for songs of loudest praise. I will arise…

Prelude: Wondrous Love — Johns

Postlude: Amazing Grace — Johns

This Week in Church School

 This week in church school the children are celebrating Jesus’ baptism by hearing the story and doing simple crafts related to    water and doves.  Rite 13 studies the same theme.  Meanwhile, J2A begins a unit on “Difficult Decisions.”

Announcements from Sunday’s Bulletin

 Earthcare is meeting today at 11:45 in the library.

 Tech Help.  If you have signed up for one of Sunday afternoon’s J2A “Tech Help” slots, please come to the Library at your appointed hour.  The kids will direct you from there.

 The Winter Gardening Workshop series begins this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. with Vegetable Gardening ‘201’  presented by Linton Studdiford-Master Gardener.  Topics covered include: Vegetables: what to grow in the Mid-Coast area, what are the best varieties?  When do I plant? How much do I plant? Seed sources.  Sponsored by the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s Tom Settlemire Community Garden.  Free and open to the public, held in St. Paul’s Great Hall.

 Celtic Spirituality Adult Formation Series:  The series will continue on Tuesday, January 15 at 4:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  This week we will look at the emphasis in Celtic spirituality on God’s presence in daily life through prayer and awareness.  The meeting will include presentation and Celtic prayer.  Please sign up on the hall bulletin board so that we can get an idea of numbers.

 The Outreach Committee is proud to announce that we will continue to serve lunch at Mid Coast Hunger on the third Saturday of the month from January until June.  We are asking for volunteers.  Our goal is to recruit a group of people who will become familiar with the operations of the meal so that we may eventually expand to more than one Saturday a month.  All that are interested, sign up on the bulletin board and include which month(s) you are interested in. We ask that people be available form 9-1, but if you want a partial shift, we are willing to accept those as well.  Our next lunch is on Saturday, January 19.  If you have any questions, please contact James Ford at jef54@comcast.net or 841-9377.

 Becoming an Episcopalian:  Bishop Lane will be at St. Paul’s on April 14 to confirm and receive new Episcopalians and recognize those choosing to reaffirm vows made at an earlier time in their lives. These classes are preparation for those making that commitment or for anyone wanting to learn more about the Episcopal Church.  Deacon Mary Lee Wile and TPiC Ann Broomell will be leading classes from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. on Sundays February. 10, 17, 24, March 3 and 10.  We will provide a light lunch.  Topics will include history, organization and decision making, worship, and the Baptismal Covenant.  Please sign up on the sheet on the hallway wall if you are interested in taking part in the classes.

 Is your pledge in?  Thank you to everyone who has pledged to enable the ministries of St. Paul’s for 2013.  If you haven’t brought your pledge card to church or mailed it to the office, we would appreciate it if you could do so as soon as possible.  We are putting together the 2013 budget and our options reflect your prayerful pledges.

Pledge envelopes for the new year are available to be picked up in the Great Hall.

Thank you to the many people, parents and church school teachers, who helped out with last week’s Epiphany pageant.  And of course, a huge “congratulations!” to all the performers involved.  You were all terrific!

Can you help with laundry and simple sewing repairs?  Our pageant costumes are in need of some TLC.  Most need laundering, and a few (2-3) need very simple repairs because they have ripped seams or drooping hems.  We have about 8 big plastic bins full of items, but you could do it slowly one tub at a time–there’s no rush.  If you can help, please see Kristin or call the office and arrange a time to pick up a bin or two.

“There Is a Crack in Everything, That’s How the Light Gets In,”Saturday, January 26, 10-noon.  Please join Pam Nugent and others for an opportunity to share your experiences of how God has worked in your life, and in doing so to provide strength and hope to others.  It is also a time to listen to the stories of others and receive the blessings others have to give you.  And mixed with the listening and sharing will be coffee, tea, and snacks.

New Directories available  If you haven’t picked up a new parish directory, please do so in the Great Hall.  We have printed enough that each family or individual in the parish will have one copy.  If you need to have one mailed to you, please telephone the office and speak with Susan Tyler.

 8:00 Coffee Hour  As we are using paper cups, this has become a simpler task.  Let’s keep this tradition going.  Please sign up to help with the 8:00 coffee hour gatherings.

On behalf of all the needy families in this area, a grateful thank you to all who contributed to the recent food drive. With your generosity, St. Paul’s donated over 500 lbs. of non-perishable food to the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program.  All we donated made a difference and brightened the holidays of many.

From The Discernment Committee  The Discernment Committee is pleased to announce that we have decided on the finalists for the position of rector of St. Paul’s, and are now working on setting up interviews.  Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we go forward

Are you on Facebook?  If you are, please “like” the St. Paul’s church page.

  Parish Prayer Requests

Pray for the congregation of Grace Church in Bath and our Companion Diocese of Haiti.  Special intercessions for Alison & family, Oliver, Peter, Rachel, Bill, Wendy & Tim, Chester, Gloria, Rodney Sr., Jane, Lil, Charlie, Leslie & Therese, Laurie, John, Julie & family, Jamie, and Edie.  For Patrick, Jason, Benjamin, Michael and Anderson, all in the military.  On-going intercessions, also remembered every Thursday noon:  Margi, Hayden, Mason, Nancy, Mimi, Maitri, Trudy, Lori, Barbara, Lynelle, William, Jack, Bob, Allison, Joan, David, Ann, Claire, Mathew, and Victor.