Thanksgiving-again. In response to my piece last week about my prostate cancer, many of you spoke to me or sent e-mails wishing me well and offering prayers on my behalf. Thank you. That is what “community” is all about, and St. Paul’s community is rich in supporting each other directly and in our remarkable prayer life. I use “life” (and not “lives”) because we offer our prayers on behalf of the whole congregation, in the Thursday Eucharist, Sunday services, the Prayer Chain, Healing Services, in the meetings of our wonderful small groups, and in many other ways.
Thanksgiving (again!)-for the opportunity to present our parish to candidates to become Rector of St. Paul’s. As they and we on the Vestry meet each other, walk through our buildings, share meals including the Eucharist, and discuss our hopes for St. Paul’s, we pray in common discernment for the Holy Spirit to lead us to a common Call. Vestry Members present all aspects of St. Paul’s to each candidate, and do so joyfully and openly. Thank you for making that possible through your part in our community.
9:00 Music Notes
We begin worship on Sunday with the Irish hymn “Be thou my vision,” which dates from the fifth century. It was translated and versified in the early twentieth century, and has come to be a favorite in many traditions. Its theme, a prayer for the light of God to be our ever-present guide, has echoes throughout scripture. Many parishioners read “Daily light on the daily path”; this hymn would be a great daily supplement! At the gradual we sing “Sing, my soul, his wondrous love.” This is a song of praise and worship dating from about 1800 that reflects on God’s love to us in creation. At the communion we sing the round “Seek ye first the kingdom of God,” written in 1972 and now very popular. It is a simple and beautiful setting of Matthew 6:33, Matthew 7:7 (“ask and it shall be given…”) and Matthew 4:4 (“man does not live by bread alone…”). We conclude with “Rejoice! The Lord is king,” written in 1746 by Charles Wesley. It celebrates Jesus’s kingship, our “glorious hope” both now and in eternity to come.
This weeks organ music is by Donald Johns: settings of “Wondrous Love” and “Amazing Grace” that use creative harmonies for the familiar tunes. They are interesting and beautiful.
This Sunday’s Announcements
We welcome the Rev. Ellen Shaver as celebrant for the 9:00 service this morning.
We welcome the Rev. Katharine Babson as celebrant for the Family Service this morning.
Healing Prayer is offered today at the 9:00 services. If you wish to receive a prayer on your own behalf or for another, 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 the Altar Guild. All who are a part of this Ministry, please come forward along with those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries.
Hymn Sing, July 28, 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.
Our new sound system has been installed. We think, and hope, everyone will be pleased with the results. The system has multiple adjustments for congregation size, weather, ambient noise, etc. All clergy have upgraded wireless microphones. We also now have the capability to record services, in whole or in part. The speakers in the Great Hall can connect to our movie projector or mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones, iPods and “boom boxes” (if they still exist). As you can imagine, there will be a learning curve and adjustments as we become familiar with this system. Please bear with us. Here’s one: For lay readers, the on/off switch on the lectern’s microphone is gone – simply begin speaking. Please say a prayer of thanks for those parishioners who donated generously to help make this happen.
Your Help is Requested: Security continues to be an issue, with doors remaining unlocked when no one is present. Please make sure the doors are locked if you are among the last to leave. If you don’t have a key, contact either of the wardens.
Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program: This note is for people living in the greater Brunswick Maine Community. As you may or may not know, I have been volunteering at the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program for the past year. I have helped them pilot a Saturday lunch program. The pilot has been quite successful. Mid Coast Hunger has received a grant that will allow them to provide lunch EVERY Saturday starting this fall! This is great news, however, with that, human resources are needed. I have heard many people say that they would like to volunteer, but they work Monday – Friday. Now you can! Please contact me, James Ford, if you are interested. It could be just you, a group of friends you know or other family members that you recruit to do it with you. We average from 10-12 volunteers per lunch with the time 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Shifts could be split if folks prefer. I am not asking for a weekly commitment. You can do it weekly, but I am looking for folks that might want to volunteer monthly, or every other month. Please give this effort serious consideration. Mention it to your friends and family and contact me with any questions. (207) 841-9377 or email@example.com. Thanks.
Summer Sundays Worship Schedule: 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. We will have two supply priests, one for the 9:30 Family Service and one for the 9:00 service.
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.
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.
Pledge Reminder. Please remember to keep pledge payments up to date over the summer. Consider the option of on-line giving at the St. Paul’s website.
CD recordings of the St. Paul’s inaugural organ recital by Sean Fleming last November are now available! Let Bob Judd know if you’d like one. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 619-4642.
Lemonade and Cookies: Volunteers are needed to serve lemonade and cookies after the 9:00 service. Many slots are open through the summer. Please sign up for this important time of fellowship.