We will soon shout aloud, “The Lord is risen. The Lord is risen indeed!”, as we begin the Easter season and the promise of living our lives in Christ. We know in our hearts that the Holy Spirit leads each of us, and all of us in community, on a path sometimes clear, but often needing more discernment of the direction God intends for us to follow. St. Paul’s is a strong, energized, congregation that walks that path, in faith, regardless of doubt, and committed to support of each other.
Since last Easter, we have seen remarkable transformations of our buildings, including completion of the second floor and lift, installation of a new organ, and a beautiful renovation of the chancel. More importantly, the new spaces make it possible to hold a growing family service, to host the Gathering Place three days a week, to offer the Eucharist equally to all, and to make wonderful music in our worship. St. Paul’s is the moving train of the Bishop’s metaphor.
The opportunity of calling a new rector has proved challenging, requiring an extended search process, but has also brought about an outpouring of encouragement to continue to follow the Holy Spirit in discerning our way forward. I ask that you continue to pray for all who have been and all who are working in the search process. The Lord is risen and beckons us forward toward the day when we can shout, “The Lord is risen indeed!”
Easter at St. Paul’s
Easter Eve, March 30
8:00 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter with Holy Baptism
Easter Day, March 31
8:00 a.m.Festival Holy Eucharist
with the St. Paul’s Adult Choir, Rite II
9:30 a.m. Family Service, in the church
A new addition to our Easter calendar this year-a short,
family-friendly Easter service modeled on our weekly family service. Note the change in venue for Easter.
10:30 a.m. Festival Holy Eucharist
with Junior and Adult Choirs, Rite II
This Sunday’s Announcements
This morning we welcome The Rev. Bill Blaine-Wallace as celebrant. He is the Multifaith Chaplain at Bates College, and served at Emmanuel Church in Boston for thirteen years. For almost three decades, Bill has acted as a family therapist, spiritual director, and a hospice administrator.
The Rev. Mary Ann Hoy will be the celebrant at services on April 7.
A memorial service for Shirley Thivierge will be held on April 13 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Exeter, NH.
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. EXPLORE classes are preparation for those making that commitment or for anyone wanting to learn more about the Episcopal Church. The classes conclude on April 7. Deacon Mary Lee will present the Baptismal Covenant from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. A light lunch will be provided.
The Bishop is coming! On April 14th, Bishop Stephen Lane will be present to celebrate the Eucharist at two worship services–our 9:30 Family Worship upstairs in the new church school/choir space, and 10:30 in the main sanctuary. He’ll be confirming teens and adults that day at the later service and will be present for a reception after 10:30 worship. Please join us for this very special day!
A Hearty Invitation from our Earth Care Commission – to protect and preserve God’s creation. Dr. Paul Mayewski, Director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, will speak on Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium at Bowdoin
College. Three Brunswick churches, including St. Paul’s Earth Care Commission, Bowdoin College and the United Nations Association of Maine are the sponsors. Dr. Mayewski, a scientist and mountaineer, will discuss climate change realities and opportunities and what earth’s most remote places tell us about the state of our world and our future. The discovery of abrupt changes in the climate system have revolutionized climate science thinking. Please don’t miss this evening.