St. Paul’s Church This Sunday
All Parish Worship at 9:00 a.m.
Gospel Lesson: John 3:1-12, 16-17
*SERMON FOR ALL AGES: Jesus & Nicodemus have a conversation. What is your first impression of Nicodemus? What person does Nicodemus remind you of? What do you believe Jesus meant when he said you have to be born from above to see the kingdom of God?
*Lay Worship Leaders will be Commissioned and the Holy Stitchers will present their prayer shawls to be blessed. All ages worshiping together!
*CHURCH SCHOOL: At 10:30 a.m. St. Paul’s Church School will be in session while parents, grandparents, guardians will be in the Great Hall for the St. Paul’s History/Story-telling gathering. During Church School children learn to create out of clay without the benefit of sight. Learn about Jesus and the two blind men from Matthew 9:27-31
Dear Friends in Christ,
I hope you will take advantage of the many offerings for prayer this Lent at St. Paul’s. Tomorrow, Saturday, March 15 at 9:00 a.m., Mary Lee Wile leads a Quiet Day in the church for all people, “Be Still And Know That I Am God.” Lunch included.
PLEASE NOTE: Sunday, at 4:00 p.m., the second installment of the Lenten Women’s Centering Prayer will be held at Carol Thomas’ home, 18 River Road, Bowdoinham, ME. Please enter by way of the garage to avoid the ice! The third session will be held at Carolyn Eklund’s home (my home!), Sunday, March 30 at 4:00 p.m.
Join us for the continued parish reading of “An Altar in the World” by Barbara Brown Taylor. Ben Barnes will present Chapter 8, Sabbath. Sign up Sunday to bring either pot luck soup, salad or bread.
I’m looking forward to sharing history and our stories with you after coffee hour this Sunday. Already, I’m learning a lot about our mission and ministries these past 170 years of St. Paul’s in Brunswick and the world.
Your friend in Christ, Carolyn+
The music at the 9 a.m. service Sunday begins with a quiet meditation by Louis Vierne, blind French organist writing in the early twentieth century, intended to convey reverence and some of the mystery of worship. Our first hymn changes mood dramatically: “It’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer.” This spiritual’s call to prayer is unexpectedly full of joy, suggesting not sorrow but hope and confidence in God’s faithful answer! At the gradual we sing the meditative “Peace before us,” written by David Haas in 1987. It is based on a Navajo prayer. During the offertory, the adult and junior choir sing a setting written by our own Cam Smith of “Wondrous Love,” an American hymn from the nineteenth century that gives praise and expresses awe in reflecting on God’s love in the work of Jesus. At communion we sing “There is a redeemer,” written by Melody and Keith Green in 1982. It calls to mind our hope of redemption in Jesus, through the gift of God the father and the work of the Holy Spirit. Our final hymn is “Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim,” an exuberant song of thanksgiving, praise, and call to mission that takes the great mystery of the cross as its focal theme. The organ postlude is a setting by California composer Donald Johns of “Wondrous Love.”
The Five Rivers Arts Alliance, which organizes Brunswick Art Walks, has asked St. Paul’s to be a pop-up site for the 2014 2nd Friday Brunswick Art Walks beginning Friday May 9th, and running through October 10th. The shows will be from 5-8pm each scheduled Friday night, with art displayed in the Great Hall. Artists will be present to show their works, and answer questions from the public. St. Paul’s has often been a site for the 10X10 art shows and is now recognized as a place to view art in Brunswick. Frontline Committee Members Joan Reynolds and Terry Leitzell will coordinate for St. Paul’s.
This Sunday’s Announcements
TODAY, March 16
Healing Prayer is offered today. If you wish to receive a prayer on your own behalf or on behalf of another, proceed to the vestibule following communion.
4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Lenten Centering Prayer for Women. Home of Carol Thomas, 18 River Road, Bowdoinham.
TUESDAY, March 18
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., CHILDCARE PROVIDED FOR Lenten Potluck and Book Study, “An Altar in the World” by Barbara Brown Taylor. The Great Hall. Individual presentation by The Rev. Ben Barnes, “Sabbath.” 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.
FRIDAY, March 21
6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Friday evenings in Lent the Women’s meditation group will meet for soup and conversation. Join us as we explore The Blessing Cup. Soup & beverage provided. See Linda Ashe-Ford for more information.
SUNDAY, March 23
2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Exciting Fundraiser for the Community Garden. Food preservation with Master Preservers Allison Duffy and Kate McCarty.
FUTURE DATES. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Thursday, March 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Morrell Room, Curtis Memorial Library. The Earth Care Committees of St. Paul’s, First Parish, and the UU invite one and all to the third annual Students Speak. The panel of nine high school students from Brunswick High, Mt. Ararat High, and Morse High will field questions relating to the challenges facing our environment. A Bowdoin student will moderate. Please come.
Wednesday, April 9, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., 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.