As I returned from a refreshing and renewing visit to our son and his family in Memphis, I prayed in thanksgiving for three remarkable things-wonderful parishioners who have made it possible to complete many updates and improvements to the church and parish hall; a faithful, thoughtful Vestry moving toward discernment of a call to a new rector; and the fact that Brunswick was hotter than Memphis!

New carpet in the church and parish hall; installation of new “fans” in the nave (July 2); a new sound system(this summer); a new outside door to the office; redecoration of the Family Service space; a new stove and new office computers; significant renovations to the Barnes Building; and all of this on top of completing the second floor, installing a lift, and building of a new organ. I marvel at what has been accomplished and give thanks. I hope you do as well.

The Vestry’s continuation of the discernment process is moving toward completion of interviews by July 17, followed by visits to home parishes, and a call decision by August 16. I ask your prayers for the Vestry and each of the candidates.

In peace,
Terry

Terry Leitzell
Senior Warden

Sunday’s Music at 10:30

Our opening hymn on Sunday is “The church’s one foundation,” reflecting and supporting the essence of our collect for the day, which proclaims the Jesus as our foundation and petitions for the unity of the Holy Spirit. This classic hymn was written by Samuel J. Stone in 1866. The hymn proceeds through core elements of the gospel, including baptism, the Word, communion, the unity of the Spirit, and the eventual reunion of the faithful with the triune God at the end of ages. At the gradual, we sing “In your mercy, Lord, you called me,” a recent paraphrase of Josiah Conder’s poem “Tis not that I did choose thee” (1843), which is a beautiful prayer and declaration on God’s call, and our need for a savior. At the communion we sing a prayer for the Holy Spirit, “Like the murmur of the dove’s song.” This was written in 1981 by Carl P. Daw, noted hymn scholar and Episcopal priest. We conclude with “Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?” (1989) by John Lamberton Bell (a member of the Iona community). It is another reminder of Jesus’s call, and encourages us to heed the call and follow him in our daily lives.

The choir sings Eugene Butler’s “Sing to the Lord a Marvelous Song,” an energetic and joyful anthem of praise and thanksgiving.

The organ music is music by Bach: “Dearest Jesus, Here We Stand,” a beautiful decorated melodic setting of the baptism hymn, and the Prelude and Fugue in B flat Major from the set “Eight short preludes and fugues,” a spirited and joyful conclusion to our worship.

Frontline Question

From the Frontline Committee: Did you have a chance to respond to our to our time capsule question last week? Did you mean to respond, but time got away from you? Here is another opportunity to share what you think:

“How can we become the church Christ intends us to be? How can we engage the people outside our doors”?

You can e-mail your response to the following address: frontline@stpaulsmaine.org. Thanks!

Parishioner in NY Times

The New York Times has published a wonderful essay on parenting, written by parishioner Kate Egan. It is available at http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/welcoming-a-summer-break-from-the-rug-rat-race/?smid=fb-share&_r=0&pagewanted=print.

This Sunday’s Announcements

We welcome the Rev. Mary Ann Hoy as our celebrant this morning.

Members of two J2A groups from New Jersey will be joining our parish for worship today. The teens are on a pilgrimage to Maine as part of their Journey to Adulthood program. What a wonderful turn of events that these teens from NJ are joining us at precisely the time some of our own our teenagers are on their own pilgrimage to Iona, Scotland. Please join us in welcoming them at the 10:30 service.

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 Wednesday Bible Study. All who are a part of this Ministry, please come forward along with those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries.

Hymn Sing, Tonight, 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.

Noon Eucharist on Thursday, July 4, will not be celebrated.

Schedules. The church office will begin summer hours this week, closed Mondays, open 8:30-2 Tuesday through Friday. The office will be closed on Wednesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 4, for the Fourth of July holiday. On July 7, the summer service schedule will begin with a 9:00 a.m. Eucharist (combining the 8:00 and 10:30 services) in the church and a 9:30 a.m. Family Service Eucharist on the second floor of the Parish Hall. We will have two supply priests with us each Sunday to cover these services, working with our deacons.

Your Help is Requested:

  • Security: Recently on a Sunday afternoon, the church was found unlocked with no one present. Please help keep St. Paul’s secure. If you are about to leave the church at a time when few are around, please check to ensure that someone will be responsible for locking the doors. If no one has a key, please contact either of the wardens, the church administrator, or someone from buildings and grounds.
  • Lights: If you are finished using a classroom or the library, please turn off the lights. Lights have been left on multiple times in these spaces. Turning the lights off helps reduce our energy costs and improves our carbon footprint.

Your assistance with both of these issues is greatly appreciated.

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.

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, sharon.pedersen@gmail.com.

Summer Sundays Worship Schedule starts next Sunday. For July, August, and through 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 a.m.

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.

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.

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 Terry or Pat. Sign-up sheets are in the hallway.

Helen Greene. A memorial service for Helen Greene will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 5 at St Paul’s.