We’ll make a procession with the bell and our chanting for the First Sunday in Lent. The Gospel story is Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. Matthew 4:1-11. Parents, Grandparents and Guardians: Please read about our new “Weaving God’s Promises” Curriculum for our children!

From the Rector this week:

The Vestry met in retreat last weekend in order to get acquainted and to look back on the four months I’ve been your rector. The Rev. Bill Blaine-Wallace was our facilitator. He asked us to come to the retreat with a “sparkling moment” of our four months together. We were also to bring an object that represented that “sparkling moment.”

For me, it was the fact that the Keating family called on their church, St. Paul’s to honor the memory of their 22-year-old son, Brendan who died from an overdose of heroine. The Keating family offered their honesty to this community and St. Paul’s was a place for the broken-hearted to gather and weep for our loss.

That funeral might well have been a pivotal moment for our parish as we move forward, navigating the difficult waters of being a safe-haven for those who long for a connection with the “holy.”

Our 175th anniversary will be in 2018. I have wondered out loud what we might look like then. In order to be able to discern our way forward, it is important to be able to share our stories of the past. I’m aware that an aspect of story-telling must include many voices telling the story of the same event. Inevitably, the stories will vary.

And that is what I hope will happen on Sunday, March 16 at 9:00 a.m., when the entire parish of St. Paul’s gathers in the nave to enjoy Family Eucharist together. I hope all those of us who love the Eucharist at 8 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. will come to worship joyfully with our children and families and tell stories of God and how God loved us so much that God sent Jesus to us to show us that love. John 3:16.

Please mark your calendar for Sunday, March 16 at 9:00 a.m. when all three services of Holy Eucharist will combine into one. Join us in the nave in the pews or on the “God is love rug” and hear God’s story with our children.

Then, travel to The Great Hall for the next hour to share in our St. Paul’s history mapped out on paper. We’ll see our “sparkling moments” as well as those moments that sparkled only in the intensity of their friction!

Church School will be in session for our children. Childcare will be provided. But Middle School and High School youth: your voices matter, so tell the youth leaders that you want to come to The Great Hall!

The goal is for us to share the stories of our history. Those stories will help me learn about you and in turn, we all will learn about each other. That way we’ll move forward together by God’s grace!

Lenten blessings and peace,

Christian Formation News

We’re launching a lively new curriculum, Weaving God’s Promises, for our children and youth, starting March 9, the first Sunday in Lent. Parents, you can explore the website and watch a brief video about Weaving God’s Promises at We are excited about this new program and invite you on the journey with us. During the Sundays in Lent, we’ll be exploring the healing stories from Matthew’s gospel. (This Sunday involves a creative use of balloons and towels.)


This Sunday’s Announcements

TODAY, March 9
2:00pm, The Winter Gardening Workshop, Vegetable Gardening ‘305’. The Great Hall. Free and open to the public. (More information on our website)

4:00pm – 5:30pm, Lenten Centering Prayer for Women. Home of Deacon Mary Lee Wile, 46 Willow Grove, Brunswick.

TUESDAY, March 11
5:30pm – 7:00pm, CHILDCARE PROVIDED FOR Lenten Potluck and Book Study, “An Altar in the World” by Barbara Brown Taylor. The Great Hall. Individual presentation by Deacon Mary Lee Wile on Chapter 3, “Incarnation.” Sign up TODAY with Tobey Lee to bring an item for a simple Lenten meal: salad, soup, or bread, and to set up and clean up. (More information on our website)

SATURDAY, March 15
9:00am – Noon. Lenten Quiet Morning, St. Paul’s Library, “Be Still and Know that I am God” for men and women who desire to spend time early in Lent for quiet and to connect with God deeply. Led by Deacon Mary Lee Wile.

Wednesday, April 9, 7pm – 9pm, Brunswick Community Forum, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness” by Michelle Alexander. Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Brunswick, First Parish Church, and the St. Paul’s Frontline Committee. Bowdoin Campus, Searles Hall.

“A Matter of Duty” DVD documentary – For those who have not seen the MPBN production about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and its affects on returning service men and women in Maine, copies are available for sign-out in the Parish Office.

Lenten Meditation Booklets written by parishioners are still available. Please feel free to take one this morning for your Lenten quiet time. Also available is the leaflet of Lenten activities at St. Paul’s. Take one home and invite your family and friends to join us!

Tuesday Bible Class will not be meeting during Lent. The group will resume studying Hebrews, Chapter 6 on April 22.

Please be sure to wear your nametag! If you need one, even if you are a guest or newcomer, please sign up in The Great Hall. Magnetic closure nametags are available.