Dogs. And another quote from E. B. White in a minute.
The Rev. Carolyn Eklund is bringing Sophie, a Border Collie mix who “loves to go on walks around the neighborhood, play ball, and catch the Frisbee.” Carolyn loves those walks, too, as she and I walked the Bowdoin campus, and she walked around Brunswick, noticing people and engaging them in conversation. You will be delighted to meet her on the street or in a store as well as at St. Paul’s.
E. B. White said, “I like to read books on dog training. Being the owner of a [dog], to me a book on dog discipline becomes a volume of inspired humor. Every sentence is a riot.” My wife Lucy and I will pick up our new puppy in two weeks, after a gap of several years since we had a dog. She has been reading puppy/dog books by the Monks of New Skete, who write about how to be your dog’s best friend, the flip side of the usual adage.
White didn’t have these books, but would have understood the monks, one of whom spoke of the “value of silence … in listening to a dog until you discover what is needed, … or opening your mind enough to find what the end of someone else’s sentence sounds like.” I hope that we can remember those sage comments in developing a relationship with the puppy, and in our relationships with our fellow humans
A Note on Music at 9:00
Sunday’s hymns begin with “Judge eternal, throned in splendor,” written by Henry Holland in 1902. It is a prayer for justice and proclamation of God’s sovereignty. At the gradual we sing “When from bondage we are summoned,” written by Delores Dufner (1984) and set to music by Carl Hayward. Its refrain is drawn from our epistle reading (Hebrews 12:1), “Let us throw off every weight, and the sin that clings so closely, looking to Jesus, pioneer and perfecter of our faith…” During communion we sing “They cast their nets in Galilee,” a meditation on the peace of God that draws attention to the paradox of God’s peace: “The peace of God, it is no peace…”, as also reflected in our Gospel reading, where Jesus declared “Do you think that I have come to bring peace? No!…” It was written by William Percy about 1940.We conclude with “Go forth for God; go to the world in peace,” by John R. Peacey in 1968. It encourages us to take God’s message of peace to the world, to live the calling of Jesus.
The anthem Sunday is “Blessing,” a setting of the familiar blessing “May the road rise up to meet you…” The Judd sisters offer this as two of three head out of Brunswick (Hannah off to college; Katie off to graduate school in Brazil.)
The organ music Sunday is drawn from eighteenth-century France: a Movement for Flutes by Clerambeault, and Louis Marchand’s Prelude and Fugue in C Minor.
This Sunday’s Announcements
We welcome the Rev. Edward Greene as celebrant for the 9:00 service this morning.
We welcome the Rev. James Gill 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. We 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 Vestry. All who are a part of this Ministry, please come forward along with those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries.
Hymn Sing, August 25, 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.
In the office Sr. Warden, Terry Leitzell, will be in the office Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Jr. Warden, Pat Ryan, will be in the office Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Christian Formation Director, Emily Keniston, will be in the office on Wednesdays.
Sharing and Caring Support Group will begin its fall season on Wednesday, September 4, at 1:30 p.m. in St. Paul’s Library. The group invites those grieving the loss of a loved one, and those caring for a loved one to join us. We come together sharing our
concerns, and caring for one another as we care for others. Our success cannot be measured; but we all agree there is a bond of love, friendship, and spiritual faith that grows out of the confidentiality within the group. If you have questions, please contact the church office.
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.
Summer Sundays Worship Schedule: For 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! Sign-up sheets are in the hallway. For more info, please contact Emily (email@example.com).
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.
Free CD recordings of the St. Paul’s inaugural organ recital by Sean Fleming last November are now available! Come to the office and ask for one.