Imagine that the town of Brunswick has asked St. Paul’s to write an article that will be placed in a time capsule that will be opened in 100 years. How would you like our faith community to be remembered?
This is the first of several questions the Frontline Committee is posing to the congregation to help us round out our information gathering stage of the process we have been engaged in under the Bishop’s direction since last Fall.
The Committee has made it easy to respond by setting up an email account specifically for this: email@example.com OR, you can pick up a copy of the question in the Great Hall and drop your response into the box provided for written responses.
Please join us in our conversations as we all contribute in deciding where the front line of St. Paul’s is now, and might extend.
Sunday’s Music at 10:30
Sunday’s hymns begin with the morning song “Awake, my soul, and with the sun, thy daily stage of duty run.” It was written by Thomas Ken, author of our doxology, in the seventeenth century. It is a prayer for daily guidance that encourages and reminds us of our focus: appropriate for any morning! At the gradual we sing “In Christ there is no east or west,” which supports the exhortation just heard in the epistle (“no longer slave or free, male or female…”). We are one in Jesus. The communion hymn is “Dear Lord and father of mankind,” in a lush setting by Parry. The last verse echoes our Old Testament reading and reminds us to listen for the “still small voice” rather than a loud shout from God. We conclude with “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name,” a great and encouraging hymn that should encourage us as we seek to serve God in the world, reminding us of Jesus, Lord of all. It was written in the late eighteenth century by Edward Perronet.
The choir sings the anthem “All Pervading Source” written by our own G. C. Smith. It is a lovely prayer of faith for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The organ music is from Mendelssohn and Bach. The prelude is an arrangement of the Nocturne (night song) from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream incidental music, peaceful and evocative of our summer evenings. The postlude is Bach’s Fantasy in G Minor, a wonderfully colorful piece whose shifting harmonies jolt the listener in hard-to-explain, but moving, ways. You can listen to a foretaste here.
This Sunday’s Announcements
We welcome the Rev. Mary Ann Hoy as our celebrant this morning.
We are very excited to announce that Emily Keniston has accepted the position of Christian Formation Director. Emily is a lifelong Episcopalian and Mainer, and has worshiped at St. Ann’s in Windham for the past several years, and before that, St.
Peter’s in Portland. She has been Christian Education Director at St. Ann’s Church for the past two years, and was a Sunday school teacher for many years before that. She currently lives in Gorham with her husband Garrett, and three children: Ben, age 8, Ava, age 4, and Eleanor, age 2. Emily and Garrett are expecting a fourth child in October, and hope to move to the mid-coast area in the next few months. Emily will be attending the Family Service beginning in July, and will begin her formal work with St. Paul’s in August. Please come and introduce yourselves when you see her. We are thrilled about having Emily with us. (Also a big thanks to the wonderful, prayerful work of our Search Committee: Myrna Koonce, Chair, Anne Sturm, Nancy Johnson, Emily Levine, Macauley Lord, and Susan Martens.)
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 Parish Council. All who are a part of this Ministry, please come forward along with those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries.
The month of June is Elder Abuse Awareness month. Purple has been the color designated to bring this issue to everyone’s attention. Each of us has a responsibility to learn the signs of abuse and neglect, look for them, listen carefully when visiting with elders and report to a clergyperson anything suspicious. In the fall we hope to share additional information and an opportunity to discuss this “hidden” problem.
Tell Us What You Think. A special invitation is extended to those who participate in the Family Service to meet in conversation with a representative from the Adult Christian Formation committee about possible programs in the fall and beyond. We have brainstormed a list and would like your reaction to it. We would also like to hear from you about possible programs you’d like to see offered that are not on the list. Please join Pam Nugent this Sunday, June 23, in the Library at the end of the service.
Are you seeking? Seeking how to live your faith in the world?Seeking to understand more about the Bible and Christianity?Seeking a small community for shared reflection and discussion?Consider EfM.We are all ministers by virtue of our baptism, so EfM stands for “Education for Ministry,” enriching our life as faithful ministers of Christ’s love.Sharon Pedersen, one of the leaders, will be in the Great Hall after both services with EfM books and materials.Our new group starts in September.For more information: Sharon Pedersen, 720-0718, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helen Greene. A memorial service for Helen Greene will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 5 at St Paul’s.
The Sharing and Caring Support Group will be going to lunch at the Giant Stairs Seafood Grille on Bailey Island on Monday, June 24, for our monthly gathering. We will meet at the St. Paul’s parking lot at 12:00 p.m. and carpool to the restaurant for lunch. Please join us as we come together to share conversation and a good meal. Looking forward to seeing you there. Barbara Blanchard, Sandy Meyer, and Susan McCracken.
The Wednesday Night Bible study group will not meet again until September. It will resume at that time with a study of 1 and 2 Thessalonians. Thanks to all of you who have participated. We always have room around the table for more people, so please consider giving this group a try when it starts up again in the fall. It’s a group where you can find fellowship, a study of God’s Word, and an opportunity to share God’s working in your life.
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. will have two supply priests, one for the 9:30 Family Service and one for the 9:00 service. Kris Agudelo will be at her last Family Service today.
Summer pick-up choir. This summer we’ll have a “pick-up choir” for the 9 a.m. service: we’ll sing a simple anthem that we practice for a few minutes prior to the service. Come along at 8:15 and join in! No stress involved, no long-term commitment required. FMI: Bob Judd, 619-4642.
Hymn Sing, June 30, 7 to 8 p.m. in the church: come sing your favorite hymns in a relaxed setting. All are invited: bring a friend or neighbor. Light refreshments follow.
A new rock garden was installed just outside the Great Hall. Thanks to parishioners Ann Carroll (it was her inspiration), Michael Anne 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.
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.