“Supply priests”–St. Paul’s is in the midst of a long run of “supply” celebrants providing Eucharistic services. What a rich and diverse experience for us! I spoke with twenty-four different priests to fill out a rota for the summer, all of them interesting and very willing to help. Men and women of varying ages; with experiences at St. Paul’s (one from 50 years ago), Burma, all over Maine; with the old sound system and now with the new one; in the Family Service and at the 9:00 service in the nave.
The Episcopal liturgy provides the familiar footing on which we all stand, experiencing the presence of the Holy Spirit, whether we receive bread and wine at the altar rail on Sunday, or from the person standing next to us in a semi-circle at a retreat. Enjoy and live into the liturgy as it is presented by the wonderful priests who are serving us, and carry that experience forward to a new rector to be called to St. Paul’s.
There will be no summer pick-up choir this week.
9:00 Music Notes
Our first hymn on Sunday, “Christ is the world’s true light,” was written by George W. Briggs in 1931. It emphasizes Jesus, Light of the world, in a joyful and spirited tune setting by Percy Coller. It is oriented to the essential unity of all, as well as drawing references to Jesus’s second coming in glory. Similarly, our gradual hymn proclaims unity in Christ: “In Christ there is no east or west,” which alludes specifically to our reading for the day from Galatians. It was written by John Oxenham in 1908, with a tune from the tradition of spirituals. At the communion we sing “Jesus, all my gladness,” by Johann Franck (about 1650). It focuses on Jesus as central to every aspect of our lives. The melody was composed by Johann Crüger. We conclude with “God of grace and God of glory,” written by Harry E. Fosdick in 1930. Its repeated prayer, “Grant us wisdom, grant us courage…” is applied to elements of our life: living at the moment, serving God, and caution against sin and the evil around us. It is set to the well known tune Cwm Rhondda, composed in 1907 by John Hughes.
This Sunday’s Announcements
We welcome the Rev. Bennett Barnes as celebrant and Sam Rowe as guest organist for the 9:00 Morning Prayer.
We welcome the Rev. John Widdows as celebrant for the Family Service this morning.
Healing Prayer is offered today at the 9:00 service. 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 Eucharistic Visitors. All who are a part of this Ministry, please come
forward along with those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries.
The 9:00 Service on Sunday, August 11, will be Morning Prayer led by the Rev. Chick Carroll. The 9:30 Family Service will be a Eucharist service and all are welcome to attend.
Sharing and Caring Support Group Wednesday, August 7, at 1:30 p.m. in St. Paul’s Library. Please note the change of day for our get-together. Join us for our meeting. Lots of catch-up! We are planning for the autumn start-up, and sharing our stories concerning the hot summer and our activities. Poems, prayers and pictures are always a joy to share. Looking forward to our time together – Barbara Blanchard.
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: I have helped Mid Coast 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. Please contact me, James Ford, if you are interested. 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 contact me with any questions. (207) 841-9377 or email@example.com.
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.
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 Emily Keniston, 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. Slots are open through the summer. Please sign up for this important time of fellowship.