This Sunday, March 30 at 9:30 a.m.
“A Conversation with Dave and Nancy Hawkins:
Faith in Hard Times.”
BRING A FRIEND AND JOIN US FOR LENTEN EVENSONG
SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 5:00 p.m.
Stay for refreshments afterward
One of the best kept secrets of the Episcopal Church is Evensong, a service of prayer, scripture reading and hymns. I knew nothing of this form of prayer until I entered seminary. A few years earlier, as a 20-something, I had stayed for a week in London with my sister and visited St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. But I didn’t even know to inquire about when the next Evensong was being held. I knew nothing at that time that the “Great Anglican Cathedrals” always offered a round of sung prayer services. Now, I can’t visit a cathedral of our tradition without making sure I am present for Evensong!
Then I was introduced to the daily chanting of Evensong in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd in the General Theological Seminary in New York City. I learned to love Anglican Chant, chanted prayers and alternating psalm-chanting from one side of the “choir” to the other. I learned that Evensong is a rich, worshipful and beautiful way to pray. And it is unique to our Anglican tradition. Long ago, Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer (King Henry VIII) developed the Latin forms of monastic prayer into English and created a very early version of Evensong in England.
Modern cathedral choirs and church choirs like ours offer this form of prayer from time to time in England and United States and other parts of the Anglican Communion. To have a choirmaster and choir offer a service of Evensong that invites members of the community to join in prayer and song is a very special way to offer praise and thanksgiving to God as a community.
I invite you to a St. Paul’s Service of Evensong this Lent, Sunday, April 6 at 5:00 p.m. Please bring a friend, neighbor or family member with you!
I want to thank Bob Judd, our organist and choirmaster and the St. Paul’s choir for preparing this special form of prayer and for inviting our community.
We will sing our prayers worshipfully in the beauty of God’s holiness and enjoy hospitality and refreshments afterwards. I hope to see you there!
Your friend in Christ,
Our first hymn at 10:30 this Sunday is Wesley’s “O, for a thousand tongues to sing,” written by Charles Wesley in 1739, on the first anniversary of his conversion. This is justly a classic expression of faithful response to God’s incredible gift of grace and forgiveness to those who turn to Jesus. At the gradual we sing “God will take care of you,” written by Civilla Martin in 1904. Its message of comfort and reassurance is particularly reminiscent of Psalm 23, our psalm for the day. At the offertory, the choir sings the spiritual “Steal away to Jesus,” arranged by Cam Smith. During communion we sing “Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness,” written by Johann Franck about 1650. Its meditation on the eucharist and heavenly banquet is set to Bach’s harmonization of Johann Crueger’s beautiful melody composed about the same tiime. Our final hymn is “When from bondage we are summoned,” written by Delores Dufner in 1984. Its refrain is worth carrying with you all week long: “Let us throw off all that hinders, let us run the race to win, let us hasten to our homeland…”
Church School Happenings
Gospel Reading: John 9:1-21
Jesus heals the blind man
The Eagles will talk about healing prayers with Myrna Koonce, a member of St. Paul’s Healing Ministry.
The Lions and Lambs will learn about and use the Braille alphabet.
This Sunday’s Announcements
TODAY, March 30
Please welcome our guest organist Jan Davis to St. Paul’s today.
9:30 a.m. “A Conversation with Dave and Nancy Hawkins: Faith in Hard Times.” Please join Dave and Nancy in the Great Hall while they tell about their journey through the minefield of Nancy’s multiple cancers for more than two decades.
Exploring the Word will not meet so that everyone can join the conversation with Dave and Nancy Hawkins in the Great Hall.
4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Lenten Centering Prayer for women. Home of Carolyn Eklund, 43 Spring Street, Brunswick.
TUESDAY, April 1
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. Chick Carroll “Wilderness.” 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.
WEDNESDAY, Aril 2
1:00 p.m. The Sharing and Caring Support Group which offers support to caregivers and those living with grief, will meet in the St. Paul’s library. Please join us and bring a prayer, poem, or story to share as we gather during this time of renewal and hope. Looking forward to seeing you there. Barbara Blanchard, Susan McCracken, and Sandy Meyer.
FRIDAY, April 4
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.
7:00 p.m. Bidder 70, a film about a college student who derails an illegal BLM oil and gas auction in 2008, will be shown in the chapel of Pilgrim House, First Parish Church, at 9 Cleaveland Street. St. Paul’s earth care commission as well as those of the UU and First Parish, invite you to come.
SUNDAY, April 6
5:00 p.m. Lenten Evensong. Join St. Paul’s in our uniquely, worshipful evening prayer. Please invite a friend.
FUTURE DATES. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
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.
Sunday, May 4. Take a walk to support Habitat for Humanity! After a break of several years, St. Paul’s has renewed its covenant with Habitat for Humanity, an ecumenical Christian housing ministry committed to eliminating substandard housing. The Covenant, posted on the outreach bulletin board, is a commitment to support our local 7 Rivers Maine Habitat chapter through prayer, volunteer work, and financial support. In June, Habitat will break ground for the first of 4 new houses planned on Harpswell Road in Brunswick, one of which is a veteran’s build. The biggest fundraiser is the annual spring walk on May 4th. You can support the 3.1 mile walk with prayer, pledges of money, food donations, and/or with your feet. If you would like more information, please see the volunteers in the church hall after services or contact Madeleine Msall at 607-4049.
St Paul’s welcomes Women’s Way through the 12 Steps, a newly established Alcoholic Anonymous group for women. They meet Thursdays in the upstairs room number 7 from Noon till 2:00 p.m. Please pray for all of our 12 Step Meetings.
Easter Flower memorial envelopes are available in the pews. Please PRINT the necessary information and place the envelope in the plate or return it to the church office by Monday, April 14.
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.