“Praise music-informal-participatory-all the pieces of our liturgy”, said Bishop Lane describing St. Paul’s Family Service to the Vestry last Sunday. Delighted from participating in the Family Service, he asked this week if he could distribute copies of the bulletin and liturgy to other churches in the diocese. The Rev. Ann Broomell, with strong Vestry support, started the Family Service last September with collaboration from Kris Agudelo and our Deacons, Ven. Mary Lee Wile, and Rev. Chick Carroll.  Kris, Mary Lee, and Chick carry the Family Service forward every Sunday at 9:30 with  other priests celebrating.

As St. Paul’s and the Diocese look for ways to carry our faith and Christian community to those beyond our current “Front Line”, the Family Service provides that Christian community to 20-35 people every Sunday (61 on Easter). Along with the Rite I and Rite II services, this Rite III (Bishop Lane’s term) service is an established part of St. Paul’s and will continue. On May 5, Kris Agudelo and I will talk with the participants about options for the summer-what do they want? What will fit with their summer agenda?  

Attend the Family Service on a Sunday, meet and get to know new parishioners. Experience the wonderful moments like: Rev. Bill Blaine-Wallace to young children: “What do you want to pray for today?” Response: “You, because you are new here.” Be “new”, drop in, and perhaps you, too, will be prayed for-out loud!

In peace, 

Terry

Terry Leitzell,  Senior Warden

This Week in Church School

This week the children are thinking about the early Christian church, and how God called the earliest disciples to care for the poor and     disadvantaged people in their community.  As a way of acknowledging their own reliance on others for their care and comfort, the children will work on making “thank you” cards for people in their families, schools, and this parish who care for them.  A few adults from our    parish who like to scrapbook and stamp have volunteered to help the kids make their creations extra-special.  Their volunteerism is yet    another example of how we, as a parish, pull together to help each  other in so many different ways.

From the Christian Formation Director Search Committee

As you know, Kris Agudelo, our gifted Christian Formation Director, will be leaving St. Paul’s this summer. We have already begun work to find a replacement, and we hope to have someone hired by this summer. St. Paul’s is blessed with a large, diverse group of dedicated church school and parish volunteers, but after careful discussion, the committee has decided to accept applications only from outside candidates for the Director’s position. We believe a fresh staff perspective will infuse new energy into our already-thriving church school and will provide our talented teachers with the opportunity to share their wisdom and experiences, so that our program can continue to minister in meaningful ways to the needs of all our families and children. If you know of anyone who is not a member of St. Paul’s but who might be interested, please direct them to the position description, which will appear soon on the parish website. Thank you for your prayers and support in our work, and we join you in thanksgiving for all Kris has done to ensure that the spiritual needs of the children and youth of our parish are met.

This Sunday’s Music

This week’s music is oriented to Easter and Good Shepherd themes. We open with “Christ the Lord is risen again,” an early Reformation hymn from Germany by Michael Weisse that proclaims the resurrection story. At the gradual, we sing “No saint on earth lives life to self alone,” a new text by J. W. Schulte-Nordholt (translated by Norman J. Kansfield) that relates especially to the restoring of Tabitha, our reading from Acts. At the end of the service we sing “Jesus, our mighty Lord,” an ancient text (from 200 AD) that is uplifting in mood and rejoices in Jesus the Good Shepherd. We will sing Psalm 23 three times(!) First as the Psalm for the day; then as the choir anthem in a lovely setting by our own G. Cameron Smith; and finally at communion when we sing “The king of love my Shepherd is.” It is interesting to see how the three different settings affect our sense of this most encouraging Psalm.

As if that weren’t enough, the organ prelude will also be a setting of Psalm 23 to the tune “Brother James’ Air”! The organ postlude this week is a short prelude and fugue by Bach the mood of which continues the theme of rejoicing. 

This Sunday’s Announcements

We welcome the Rev. Bill Blaine-Wallace as our celebrant this morning.

Healing Prayer is offered today at the 8:00 and 10:30 services.  If you wish to receive a prayer on your own behalf or for another, please proceed to the vestibule following communion.

Small group ministry is very strong here in St. Paul’s.  The Vestry would like to celebrate these vital ministries.  At the time of the Birthday Prayer, members of one of the small groups will be asked to come forward.  This Sunday we celebrate the Ministry of Earthcare.  All who are a part of this Ministry, please come forward along with those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries.

St. Paul’s is in its second season of hosting The Gathering Place in the Great Hall on Wednesdays during the colder months of the year. The Gathering Place is unable to use its current location due to building issues.  We continue to host the Gathering Place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., meaning that we have extended our welcome to the three middle days of the week.

Warden’s Office Hours: Pat Ryan or Terry Leitzell will be in the office Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon for a number of weeks.  Please drop in, say hello, provide advice, or volunteer for one of the needs we see in this next transition period.  Personal contact with you will sustain us.

Exploring the Word of the Lord:  It is with great excitement that you are invited to participate in a new Bible study, Exploring the Word of the Lord.  With the title taken from the words of proclamation made by the lay readers every Sunday, Exploring the Word of the Lord will meet on Sundays, 9:30-10:15, in the Library, beginning this Sunday, April 21.  It will focus primarily on the Gospel of the day, but, as the name of the group implies, we have the freedom to sometimes explore the Old Testament and the Epistle readings.

Exploring the Word of the Lord is designed as a drop-in group; no long-term commitment is required. No experience with the Bible is necessary, and the readings will be provided-you only have to bring yourself and arrive at 9:30.  Pam Nugent will be the facilitator of the group and can be contacted at 207-737-2369 or momperson458@roadrunner.com We extend to everyone a warm invitation and welcome.

What’s salvation about? This is one of the most serious questions we can ask, and lies at the root of Christianity. How do you feel about it? Do you want to know more about what “being saved” means? Are you prepared to talk with someone who asks you about salvation? Come to St. Paul’s Wednesday, April 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m. for a discussion of one of the central Bible texts on salvation: Titus chapter 3. We’ll meet in the library to explore questions and answers concerning this cornerstone of our faith. FMI: Call Pam Nugent, 737-2369. 

What do today’s young people think about the challenges facing our environment? The Earth Care Commission, to protect and preserve God’s creation, invites you to Students Speak II on Thursday, April 25 from 7 to 8:30 in the Morrell Room of the Curtis Memorial Library on Pleasant Street.  This program is co- sponsored with the earthcare commissions of First Parish and the Unitarian Universalist churches and Bowdoin College. A panel of nine students, three each from Brunswick, Mt. Ararat, and Morse High Schools, will field general questions concerning the environment. There will be an opportunity for additional questions from the audience at the end of the program.  For more information you may call 729-8515.

Next Sunday, April 28th, after 10:30 worship, the Iona pilgrimage teens will host “Ladling for Dollars”–a soup cook-off.  How does it work?  Sign up to bring in a crock-pot full of your favorite soup on April 28th. That day after church, the kids will sell tickets ($5) to everyone who wants to sample and vote on a favorite soup entry.  (And rumor has it that it may be possible to “stack” your votes by buying extra tickets!)  The winner of the most votes will take home a little prize and a lot of glory.  Please join us for this fun way to have lunch and support our pilgrimage to Iona, Scotland.  Sign-ups for soup entries will be on the main hallway bulletin board near the water fountain.

Attention Parents or other Adults: Spring Clean-Up – Help Needed! Soon, the snow will be gone and it will be time to remove the sand and grit from the parking lot, and clean the lawn and garden areas of winter deadfall and leaves. In the past Men’s Group has taken on this task, and would be willing to help, teach or assist as needed. We are seeking one or more who’d be willing to organize a Saturday clean-up day of St. Paul’s grounds. If interested, please leave your name at the church office or contact Paul Womer (373-1020). Thanks.

Committee on Aging Workshop “Hidden from View: Preventing Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation” will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s. What do we need to know and do to keep our elders safe? That’s the topic Maine experts will discuss as they gather with congregational teams. Registration,including lunch catered by Wild Oats, is $12 payable at the door. This will be an informative day for clergy, vestry persons and parish leaders. For more information contact Lin Peyton (865-4067  or peytol@comcast.net) or Rachel Zoller (563-5679 orrachelzol@roadrunner.com). Register at www.tinyurl.com/agingwithspirit

 

Camp Bishopswood: Are you looking for a terrific, affordable camp experience for your child or grandchild? Camp Bishopswood is an Episcopal sleep-away camp here in midcoast Maine on the shores of Lake Megunticook. Kids ages 8-16 engage in age-old camp activities (swimming, boating, games, crafts) and develop their faith at the same time. You can sign up for one week or several; shorter “mini-camps” for younger campers (ages 6-8) are also available.  For more info and to register, see the Bishopswood website: www.bishopswood.org. St. Paul’s provides financial aid for parishioners who need it. Please see Kristin or call the office for more details on scholarships.

 

 

 

 

Dear Susan,  


“Praise music-informal-participatory-all the pieces of our liturgy”, said Bishop Lane describing St. Paul’s Family Service to the Vestry last Sunday. Delighted from participating in the Family Service, he asked this week if he could distribute copies of the bulletin and liturgy to other churches in the diocese. The Rev. Ann Broomell, with strong Vestry support, started the Family Service last September with collaboration from Kris Agudelo and our Deacons, Ven. Mary Lee Wile, and Rev. Chick Carroll.  Kris, Mary Lee, and Chick carry the Family Service forward every Sunday at 9:30 with  other priests celebrating.

As St. Paul’s and the Diocese look for ways to carry our faith and Christian community to those beyond our current “Front Line”, the Family Service provides that Christian community to 20-35 people every Sunday (61 on Easter). Along with the Rite I and Rite II services, this Rite III (Bishop Lane’s term) service is an established part of St. Paul’s and will continue. On May 5, Kris Agudelo and I will talk with the participants about options for the summer-what do they want? What will fit with their summer agenda?

Attend the Family Service on a Sunday, meet and get to know new parishioners. Experience the wonderful moments like: Rev. Bill Blaine-Wallace to young children: “What do you want to pray for today?” Response: “You, because you are new here.” Be “new”, drop in, and perhaps you, too, will be prayed for-out loud!

In peace,

In peace,
Terry
Terry Leitzell
Senior Warden

  

 

This Week in Church School 

    

This week the children are thinking about the early Christian church, and how God called the earliest disciples to care for the poor and     disadvantaged people in their community.  As a way of acknowledging their own reliance on others for their care and comfort, the children will work on making “thank you” cards for people in their families, schools, and this parish who care for them.  A few adults from our    parish who like to scrapbook and stamp have volunteered to help the kids make their creations extra-special.  Their volunteerism is yet    another example of how we, as a parish, pull together to help each  other in so many different ways.

 

 

From the Christian Formation 

Director Search Committee

    As you know, Kris Agudelo, our gifted Christian Formation Director, will be leaving St. Paul’s this summer. We have already begun work to find a replacement, and we hope to have someone hired by this summer. St. Paul’s is blessed with a large, diverse group of dedicated church school and parish volunteers, but after careful discussion, the committee has decided to accept applications only from outside candidates for the Director’s position. We believe a fresh staff perspective will infuse new energy into our already-thriving church school and will provide our talented teachers with the opportunity to share their wisdom and experiences, so that our program can continue to minister in meaningful ways to the needs of all our families and children. If you know of anyone who is not a member of St. Paul’s but who might be interested, please direct them to the position description, which will appear soon on the parish website. Thank you for your prayers and support in our work, and we join you in thanksgiving for all Kris has done to ensure that the spiritual needs of the children and youth of our parish are met.

 

 

This Sunday’s Music

 

   This week’s music is oriented to Easter and Good Shepherd themes. We open with “Christ the Lord is risen again,” an early Reformation hymn from Germany by Michael Weisse that proclaims the resurrection story. At the gradual, we sing “No saint on earth lives life to self alone,” a new text by J. W. Schulte-Nordholt (translated by Norman J. Kansfield) that relates especially to the restoring of Tabitha, our reading from Acts. At the end of the service we sing “Jesus, our mighty Lord,” an ancient text (from 200 AD) that is uplifting in mood and rejoices in Jesus the Good Shepherd. We will sing Psalm 23 three times(!) First as the Psalm for the day; then as the choir anthem in a lovely setting by our own G. Cameron Smith; and finally at communion when we sing “The king of love my Shepherd is.” It is interesting to see how the three different settings affect our sense of this most encouraging Psalm.

As if that weren’t enough, the organ prelude will also be a setting of Psalm 23 to the tune “Brother James’ Air”! The organ postlude this week is a short prelude and fugue by Bach the mood of which continues the theme of rejoicing.

 

This Sunday’s Announcements

 

    We welcome the Rev. Bill Blaine-Wallace as our celebrant this morning.

 

    Healing Prayer is offered today at the 8:00 and 10:30 services.  If you wish to receive a prayer on your own behalf or for another, please proceed to the vestibule following communion.

 

    Small group ministry is very strong here in St. Paul’s.  The Vestry would like to celebrate these vital ministries.  At the time of the Birthday Prayer, members of one of the small groups will be asked to come forward.  This Sunday we celebrate the Ministry of Earthcare.  All who are a part of this Ministry, please come forward along with those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries.

 

    St. Paul’s is in its second season of hosting The Gathering Place in the Great Hall on Wednesdays during the colder months of the year. The Gathering Place is unable to use its current location due to building issues.  We continue to host the Gathering Place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., meaning that we have extended our welcome to the three middle days of the week.

 

    Warden’s Office Hours: Pat Ryan or Terry Leitzell will be in the office Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon for a number of weeks.  Please drop in, say hello, provide advice, or volunteer for one of the needs we see in this next transition period.  Personal contact with you will sustain us.

 

    Exploring the Word of the Lord:  It is with great excitement that you are invited to participate in a new Bible study, Exploring the Word of the Lord.  With the title taken from the words of proclamation made by the lay readers every Sunday, Exploring the Word of the Lord will meet on Sundays, 9:30-10:15, in the Library, beginning this Sunday, April 21.  It will focus primarily on the Gospel of the day, but, as the name of the group implies, we have the freedom to sometimes explore the Old Testament and the Epistle readings.

    Exploring the Word of the Lord is designed as a drop-in group; no long-term commitment is required. No experience with the Bible is necessary, and the readings will be provided-you only have to bring yourself and arrive at 9:30.  Pam Nugent will be the facilitator of the group and can be contacted at 207-737-2369 or momperson458@roadrunner.com We extend to everyone a warm invitation and welcome. 


What’s salvation about? This is one of the most serious questions we can ask, and lies at the root of Christianity. How do you feel about it? Do you want to know more about what “being saved” means? Are you prepared to talk with someone who asks you about salvation? Come to St. Paul’s Wednesday, April 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m. for a discussion of one of the central Bible texts on salvation: Titus chapter 3. We’ll meet in the library to explore questions and answers concerning this cornerstone of our faith. FMI: Call Pam Nugent, 737-2369.

What do today’s young people think about the challenges facing our environment? The Earth Care Commission, to protect and preserve God’s creation, invites you to Students Speak II on Thursday, April 25 from 7 to 8:30 in the Morrell Room of the Curtis Memorial Library on Pleasant Street.  This program is co- sponsored with the earthcare commissions of First Parish and the Unitarian Universalist churches and Bowdoin College. A panel of nine students, three each from Brunswick, Mt. Ararat, and Morse High Schools, will field general questions concerning the environment. There will be an opportunity for additional questions from the audience at the end of the program.  For more information you may call 729-8515.

Next Sunday, April 28th, after 10:30 worship, the Iona pilgrimage teens will host “Ladling for Dollars”–a soup cook-off.  How does it work?  Sign up to bring in a crock-pot full of your favorite soup on April 28th. That day after church, the kids will sell tickets ($5) to everyone who wants to sample and vote on a favorite soup entry.  (And rumor has it that it may be possible to “stack” your votes by buying extra tickets!)  The winner of the most votes will take home a little prize and a lot of glory.  Please join us for this fun way
to have lunch and support our pilgrimage to Iona, Scotland.  Sign-ups for soup entries will be on the main hallway bulletin board near the water fountain.

Attention Parents or other Adults: Spring Clean-Up – Help Needed! Soon, the snow will be gone and it will be time to remove the sand and grit from the parking lot, and clean the lawn and garden areas of winter deadfall and leaves. In the past Men’s Group has taken on this task, and would be willing to help, teach or assist as needed. We are seeking one or more who’d be willing to organize a Saturday clean-up day of St. Paul’s grounds. If interested, please leave your name at the church office or contact Paul Womer (373-1020). Thanks.

Committee on Aging Workshop “Hidden from View: Preventing Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation” will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s. What do we need to know and do to keep our elders safe? That’s the topic Maine experts will discuss as they gather with congregational teams. Registration,including lunch catered by Wild Oats, is $12 payable at the door. This will be an informative day for clergy, vestry persons and parish leaders. For more information contact Lin Peyton (865-4067  or peytol@comcast.net) or Rachel Zoller (563-5679 orrachelzol@roadrunner.com). Register at www.tinyurl.com/agingwithspirit

Camp Bishopswood: Are you looking for a terrific, affordable camp experience for your child or grandchild? Camp Bishopswood is an Episcopal sleep-away camp here in midcoast Maine on the shores of Lake Megunticook. Kids ages 8-16 engage in age-old camp activities (swimming, boating, games, crafts) and develop their faith at the same time. You can sign up for one week or several; shorter “mini-camps” for younger campers (ages 6-8) are also available.  For more info and to register, see the Bishopswood website: www.bishopswood.org. St. Paul’s provides financial aid for parishioners who need it. Please see Kristin or call the office for more details on
scholarships.