Arrivals! Meredith Alice Keniston at 3:32 AM Tuesday morning; 6 lbs. 7 oz and 19 inches. The Rev. Carolyn H. Ecklund yesterday by car to close on her house purchase and to meet the movers. All are doing well.
Perhaps a bit too cute with “arrivals”, but what significance to both! Meredith Alice has already changed Emily’s family just by showing up (Woody Allen’s remembered quote of “80% of life is showing up”) and will continue to change her family’s life and the lives of many others in the future. Will she be the youngest to attend the Family Service?
Carolyn has already changed the lives of many at St. Paul’s by meeting and talking with some parishioners, and through the anticipation of her becoming our new rector for everyone in St. Paul’s community. After unpacking and attending the Diocesan Convention late next week, she will be among us, with us, and one of us on Sunday, October 27.
I talked with a friend this week about transitions–opportunities, challenges, and changes. I was thinking about the coming transition for me, and the excitement of Carolyn’s coming to Brunswick and to St. Paul’s. But today I realized that each of us is always in transition–just ask Emily about the past several months. Meredith Alice has been making changes in her family for some time.
Recognize the transitions in your life, big and small; step forward to meet them, even if emotions are mixed; even if you feel unprepared. May the optimism of the future carry you through current transitions and prepare you for more.
The Outreach Commission is seeking parishioners’ opinions on how outreach funds are distributed. They have developed a short electronic survey. You may reach it by clicking on the following link or copy and paste it into your browser. Paper copies are also available at the church. The Commission looks forward to hearing from you. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KY7V5R9
Notes on the 10:30 Music
We begin worship at 10:30 with “When from bondage we are summoned,” written by Delores Dufner (1984) and set to music by Carl Hayward. It exhorts and encourages us, in accord with our epistle reading from 2 Timothy, to continue our journey of faith. At the gradual we sing “”Book of books, our people’s strength,” written by Percy Dearmer about 1930. Its theme is the Bible and its preeminent place in our faith– also a theme of our epistle reading. During communion we sing “Seek ye first the kingdom of God,” a round on the verses Matthew 6:33, Matthew 7:7 (“Ask and it shall be given unto you…”), and Matthew 4:4 (“Man does not live by bread alone…”). We conclude with “Jesus, our mighty Lord,” an ancient text by Clement of Alexandria (2nd century). It includes some of the most important New Testament expressions for the Savior: Jesus, our Lord, is the Word (st. 1); the Good Shepherd and the Way (st. 2); and the God of peace (st. 3).
At the offertory, the choir sings a setting of the traditional “Lamb of God” by William Byrd (mass for three voices).
The organ music includes a prelude for organ by Spanish eighteenth-century composer Domenico Scarlatti as well as an organ prelude in D minor by Bach.
This Sunday’s Announcements
We welcome the Rev. Mary Ann Hoy as celebrant this morning.
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 Adult Choir. All who are a part of this Ministry, please come forward along with those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries.
Healing Prayer is offered today at the 8:00 and 10:30 services. If you wish to receive a prayer on your own behalf or on behalf of another, proceed to the vestibule following communion.
Nametags As we greet Emily and prepare for Carolyn’s arrival, please wear your nametag. If you need one, a signup sheet is posted in the Great Hall near the kitchen window. Magnetic closures are for those who prefer them but these are not to be used by someone with a pacemaker or other implanted electrical device.
Parenting as a Spiritual Journey This group meets from 10:30-11:15 in the Library. Linda Ashe-Ford leads the group, which follows the book of the same title, written by Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer. (Don’t worry- no reading between classes is required!) The group considers the spiritual aspects of seemingly mundane activities and seeks to re-envision family life within the lens of spirituality. Please consider dropping the kids off in their Church School classes and joining this welcoming and casual group.
Sunday Forums with the Rev. Bob Patterson. Please join the Rev. Bob Patterson this Sunday and next Sunday (October 27) for a two-part forum, Faith and Being Disciples. He will explore what faith is and whether there is a connection between it and deliberate discipleship. Please join him as we search for an authentic response to the call to discipleship in ways that honor tradition and learn from it, but are not bound by it. How can we develop a living faith that can help us deal with life’s inevitable tough challenges with integrity and authenticity? The forum will be held in the Great Hall from 9:30-10:15. If you plan to come, please preview The Baptismal Covenant in The Book of Common Prayer, pages 304-306.
Exploring God’s Word will not meet again until Sunday, November 3, 9:30 in the Library. Please enjoy the forums with Bob Patterson in the Great Hall until then.
Apple Pies Sign up for yours today. The signup sheet is in the Great Hall. Pies are $13 each and ready for pick up on Nov. 24. Cabot Cheddar Cheese ($6 per pound) is also available for pre-Thanksgiving delivery.
The Tuesday Bible Study continues meeting at 12:30 in the library. For those interested in fellowship and conversation, bring your lunch and join us at noon. The topic for this fall is the Parables. On October 22th we will study the parable of the good Samaritan. Each session will be complete and does not depend on the previous one.
Faithing Our Practices, a Small Group with the Rev. Cn. Dick Hall. This small group is now fully subscribed. If you have already signed up for it, please don’t forget that it begins this Thursday, October 24, 4:00-5:30 in the Library and will meet for four successive Thursdays. You may leave your name on a waiting list with Susan Tyler if you would like to sign up but haven’t yet; it’s always possible someone might cancel. In sharing with one another, we will explore ways in which we are already finding God in our relationships, in our activities, and in the world. Our discussions will focus on heightening our spiritual awareness and recognition of God’s presence in the world God created. Strengthening our role as disciples is not about making a bigger spiritual to-do list. Rather it’s about, as Brian McLaren says, “mak[ing] the things we’re already doing [meaningful].”
Hypertexting with Jim Hornor, a Saturday Morning Workshop. If you love Lectio Divina or if you want to learn more about it, you’ll love this workshop! Hypertexting evolved from Lectio Divina, an ancient Christian practice of meditation on a word or phrase from Holy Scripture. Jim will help us apply this fun, creative, interactive approach to uncovering meaning in a couple of pieces of writing. Join us this coming Saturday, October 26, 10-noon in the Library (or in the Great Hall if we have too many people for the smaller room).
Debut Tasting Next Sunday we will have our second “Debut Tasting” prepared by the Gourmet Freezer committee members. They will each be vying for your vote with over a dozen brand new, yummy dishes! Your $7.00 donation (to benefit The Gathering Place) will guarantee a delicious and inexpensive gourmet lunch and let you vote for your favorites.
Sign ‘Em Up! A reminder to parents and guardians with children in the Church School or youth group programs: please remember to fill out Church School Registration Forms and return them to Emily or your child’s classroom teacher. It is important for us to have the information contained in these forms. Thank you!
Junior Choir practices on Wednesdays for an hour from 5-6 p.m. All youngsters are welcome to come if they are in grades 1-8, no previous experience necessary – just a love of singing. If you have any questions, please feel free to contactLois Kwantz, at email@example.com or call 882-7825. The current choir members would love to have more voices join the group; we have a great time.
Office Volunteers Do you have a few hours a week to help out in the parish office? Shifts available are Wed. 9 a.m. to Noon and Tues., Wed., Thurs. Noon to 3 p.m.. Volunteers welcome office visitors in person and on the telephone. From time to time volunteers may be asked to help with mailings and other projects. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a book, knitting, or something to fill your time.
Donating automatically? Still want to put something into the collection plate? At each entrance, there are “I Give Electronically” slips. Please feel free to take one and place it in the collection plate.
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.