St. Columba, a crane (heron), the Loch Ness monster, and seven pilgrims. How many degrees of separation?? Almost none.
St. Columba, the Abbot of Iona, is commemorated this Sunday, June 9, the date of his death in 597. Descended from Irish nobles, Colm Cille (his Irish name, meaning “church dove”) studied at Clonard Abbey, in the modern County Meath (home of Jim McLoughlin’s Irish ancestors). A bit of a rebel, he made a copy of a psalter without permission, resulting in a minor war and Columba’s exile from Ireland. He sailed north in a coracle until he could no longer see Ireland and landed on the Island of Iona off the west coast of Scotland. He founded the Iona Abbey, established many churches in Scotland, and was a missionary to the Picts. The Abbey has a lovely stained glass window of St. Columba.
Columba prophesied that a crane would land on the beach at Iona, be cared for over three days, and fly toward Ireland, which happened. He is often depicted with a crane beside him. He also reportedly forced a great water monster to the depths of the Loch Ness River. St. Columba, a crane, and the Loch Ness monster. The seven pilgrims will soon depart for Scotland and then for Iona, completing the connection with St. Columba, and through him with the crane and the monster. Two degrees of separation?
Please pray for Zachary Collins, Lorelei Hipkins, Jim Hornor, Sarah Judd, Myrna Koonce, Hugh Savage, and Rebecca Schuman from now through their return from pilgrimage on June 30. These pilgrims will carry the prayers of St. Paul’s throughout their journey.
This Sunday’s Music
This week’s hymns emphasize praising God especially for healing and conversion. We begin with Charles Wesley’s classic “O for a thousand tongues to sing my great redeemer’s praise,” written with Wesley’s conversion in mind. God “breaks the power of canceled sin” indeed! At the gradual we sing “Heal me, hands of Jesus,” a hymn of prayer for healing, addressed to the living Lord Jesus. The verses are parallel petitions: healing, cleansing, knowing, filling. It was written by Michael A. Perry in 1982. During communion we sing “Great is thy faithfulness,” written by Thomas Chisholm in 1923. Its foundation is the comforting verse in Lamentations (3:22-23), “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” We conclude with the marvelous hymn of praise “Praise to the Lord, the almighty, the king of creation.” It was written in 1650 by Joachim Neander.
The choir sings “Holy offerings, rich and rare,” a setting of text by John Monsell (1867) that offers praise and thanksgiving. The music is from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, arranged by our own Cam Smith.
Hannah Judd plays the prelude today, a selection from Bach’s cello suite in G. The postlude is Marcello’s organ setting of Ps. 19, “The heavens declare the glory of God.”
This Sunday’s Announcements
We welcome The Rev. Mary Ann Hoy as our celebrant this morning.
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 the Acolytes. All who are a part of this Ministry, please come forward along with those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries.
For Families: Church school, Rite 13, and J2A are off for the summer and will start up again in September. Family worship at 9:30 a.m. continues all through the summer without break.
Summer Sundays Worship Schedule. The current three services (8:00, 9:30, and 10:30) will continue at those times through Sunday, June 30. For July, August, and the second Sunday in September (9/8), the 9:30 Family Service will continue, and the 8:00 and 10:30 services will be combined at 9:00. We will have two supply priests, one for the 9:30 Family Service and one for the 9:00 service. Kris Agudelo will be at the Family Service through June 23.
Exploring the Word of the Lord: All are invited to explore the Gospel reading (and occasionally one of the other readings) this Sunday in the Library, 9:30-10:15. If you are an 8 o’clocker, stay a little after coffee hour; if you attend the 10:30 service, come a little early. No preparation, no homework, no long-term commitment, no Bible experience necessary, all comments are honored and accepted, and the Bible readings will be provided. Discussions have been animated, and the fellowship has been great. Try it out one Sunday to see whether it’s for you. Questions? Contact Pam Nugent
(737-2269 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
God’s Trombones – Worship and Conversation in Tribute to Poet and Early Civil Rights Leader James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938). Saturday, June 15 at 5 p.m., Trinity Church, 580 Forest Ave., Portland. Dramatic renderings of the poet’s sermons from God’s Trombones. Linda Ashe-Ford will deliver “Listen, Lord, A Prayer”. Spirituals/hymns by Green Memorial Choir with sermon poems to be delivered by Bishop Steve Coleman, the Rev. Kenneth Lewis, and the Rev. Dr. H. Roy Partridge, Jr. Dialogue with the preachers follows on the meaning of Johnson’s sermons for today. Free and open to the public. (Offerings to benefit the Abyssinian Meeting House Restoration Project.) Information sheets are available in the vestibule.
Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention Program in collaboration with St. Paul’s and First Parish is pleased to announce the continuation of the Saturday lunches on the 3rd Saturday of each month. The next lunch is June 15. We need volunteers for June,July, August, and September. Please sign up on the bulletin board in the hall, or contact James Ford at email@example.com or 841-9377.
Next Saturday, June 15th, is Elder Abuse Awareness Day. We ask you to wear PURPLE to church the next two Sundays to remind us all of this “hidden” problem. Please pick up the three informational sheets on the table by the Parish Hall and take them home to read at your leisure over the summer. When we reconvene in the fall, we plan to devote more attention to this important topic; and will get together to explore and discuss this issue in more detail. With so many in our congregation being Seniors, we must be vigilant and take care of each other!
Tell Us What You Think. Adult Christian Formation (ACF) is hosting some informal get togethers for parish members in the Library to hear what ideas for programming our committee has come up with and for us to hear what suggestions you have for us. The first two conversations will be held on Sunday, June 16: 9:30 for the early service attendees and 12:00 for the 10:30 people. The third conversation will be held after the Family Service on Sunday, June 23 at 10:15. Please join us if you can. If you cannot attend any of the get togethers, you are always invited to speak with any of the members of the ACF Committee (Charles Arnold, Anne Brautigam, Chick Carroll, Pam Nugent (chair), Carol Thomas, Bob Walkling) with your suggestions.
A celebration of the life of Oliver Brown, who died on April 5, 2013, will be held at All Saints Chapel, Orr’s Island, on Saturday, June 22, at 2:00 p.m. A reception will follow at the Bowdoin College Cram Alumni House, 83 Federal Street, Brunswick. All are welcome.
A new rock garden was installed just outside the Great Hall. Thanks to parishioners Ann Carroll (it was her inspiration), Michael Ann Banks, and Abigail Manny. Thanks also to Larry, a resident of the Meath House, for his help. Professional assistance was given by Andrew Fiori of Fiori Organic Gardening/Design.
We need church school teachers! Please sign up! Our church school depends on the adults who lead it. We currently have many slots to fill for the fall. We make it easy for you to teach–pre-made lesson plans and crafts, a team of co-teachers, and a curriculum that has built-in support for those of us who are a bit rusty on our Bible basics. Grab a friend and sign up as a team to teach one trimester! For more info, please see Kristin or Terry. Sign-up sheets are in the hallway.
Coffee hour hosts needed! Thanks to those who signed up for 10:30 coffee hour. One slot is still open in June. The church buys crackers and juice to supplement your offerings, and if you need an intro to working the coffee machines, you can call the office and ask for a tutorial. Please sign up on the bulletin board next to the coffee “window” in the Great Hall.
Do you love flowers? The Flower Committee is ready to welcome you. Members, working in pairs, arrange flowers for the altar and are generally scheduled for one Sunday a month. Unsure about the task? Abigail Manny, chairperson, would be happy to help you explore this wonderful ministry that enriches our worship. She may be reached at 725-9062.
A Bill Recognizing Elder Abuse as a Felony: An update on L.D. 527, sponsored by Rep. Mark Dion, D-Portland. On motion by Senator Hill of York, “placed on the Special Appropriations Table, pending Enactment, in concurrence.” There seems to be a fiscal note attached to this bill, which is holding it up. There has not yet been a vote “yea” or “nay”. The bill states that people with dementia and other cognitive impairments cannot consent to financially abusive conduct by caregivers. If the perpetrator is prosecuted, the bill would make their crime a felony. As a parish, we need to look out for each other. Any adult-and not just people with dementia or other cognitive impairments-can be a potential victim of elder abuse. Tell clergy if you suspect something is amiss with a friend or loved one. If you want to remain anonymous, call DHHS Adult protective services (APS) 1-800-624-8404 and ask that your call remain confidential. (The full bill status is located at: http://www.mainelegislature.org/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280047073)
Parish Prayer Requests
Pray for the mission and ministry of Camp Bishopswood, its staff and campers, as they prepare for the 2013 season. Pray for our pilgrims as they journey to the Celtic Christian site of Iona, Scotland: Zachary Collins, Lorelei Hipkins, Jim Hornor, Sarah Judd, Myrna Koonce, Hugh Savage, and Rebecca Schuman; and for Michael Frazier as he prepares for the Maine Diocesan Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic. Also pray for our Companion Diocese of Haiti. Special intercessions for Jane, Henry, Chick, Malcolm, Carol & Tracy, Cindy, Steven, Katie, Gloria & Ray, Ned, Max, Leslie & Therese, and Edie. Pray for Patrick, Jason, Benjamin and Anderson, all in the military. For the Vestry in the continuing search for a new rector. On-going intercessions, also remembered every Thursday noon: Bob, Jack, Rodney Sr., Nancy, Mimi, Wendy & Tim, Laurie, Maitri, Barbara, Lynelle, David, Ann, Mathew, and Victor.