The Gospel for this Sunday is John 10:1-10. The Fourth Sunday of Easter is always “Good Shepherd Sunday” and the lessons are from chapter 10 in John’s Gospel. If you are curious about what John’s gospel has to say about the Good Shepherd, read all of Chapter 10. In the commentary from my “Oxford Study Bible” is says, “God is spoken of often as the shepherd, and the ancient ideal of a good shepherd is regarded as fulfilled in Jesus”…especially the risen Christ. The church makes the Good Shepherd known through our ministry together. I’m thinking of our church today, Friday as I write the weekly email article. This afternoon artists have shown up in The Great Hall to set up their exhibits for tonight’s “Popup” location at St. Paul’s for Artwalk, sponsored by Five Rivers Arts Alliance, whose mission is “to strengthen communities in southern Midcoast Maine through the Arts.” It opens at 5:00pm so come on down! Participation in Artwalk is a ministry!
I am looking forward to Sunday when we sing hymns and read scripture to remind us of Jesus as Good Shepherd. We will read or chant Psalm 23. “The LORD is my shepherd. I shall not be in want…” soothing words to troubled souls. At the 9:30am Family Eucharist we will dedicate a large, completed puzzle that our guests from The Gathering Place completed while they stayed with us this winter on Wednesdays. Most of our guests don’t have a home to go to, so this ministry of ours is very important. It’s so appropriate that the puzzle they completed is of an angel – the one who announced to Mary that she would bear a baby and call him Jesus, and he will be the Savior of the world. Through our ministry of The Gathering Place, we are “shepherds” for those in need.
Finally, my heart is joyful as I anticipate Bishop Lane’s arrival on Tuesday, May 13 for our Celebration of New Ministry at St. Paul’s, 6:00pm. My friend from seminary, Dr. Lucinda Mosher, a lay leader in the Episcopal Church and someone who is expert and passionate about interfaith dialog will be our preacher. God has called us together and Tuesday will be our celebration of the ministries we share together. You have approached our special day joyfully and generously. I can’t wait! Thank you for “shepherding” me these months! Thank you for the Tuesday celebration!
Your friend in Christ,
Celebration of New Ministry
6:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 13.
St. Paul’s will hold a Celebration of New Ministry on Tuesday, May 13th to formally welcome our new Rector, Carolyn Eklund. The Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane Bishop of the Diocese of Maine, will preside and Dr. Lucinda Mosher, Th.D. Hartford Seminary Faculty Associate in Interfaith Studies Director, Multifaith Chaplaincy Program will preach. The service begins at 6:00 p.m. with a Reception to follow in The Great Hall. There are many ways to take part in this event. Please consider volunteering to bring any of the following: Finger Food hearty appetizers, i.e., cheese and crackers, hummus and chips, nut, fruit or veggie trays, deviled eggs, or finger sandwiches. Also: cookies, bars, brownies or your favorite finger food family dessert! Cash donations are also appropriate. Clean-up volunteers are also needed. But most of all, we desire your presence at this Happy Event! Please contact Bonny LaBonte, 729-5226 or Carol Thomas, 666-8296 for more information.
See you there!
If you are donating something savory or sweet for Carolyn’s reception you may leave your donation in the kitchen at church anytime on Tuesday during the day before 5:00 p.m. (if possible).
Sunday’s music at 10:30 begins with several short organ “verses” from sixteenth century Italy that are based on plainchant melodies for the “Lamb of God.” Our first hymn is “Joyful, joyful, we adore thee,” written by Henry Van Dyke in 1907. It is a song of joy in creation, a response to the world so graciously given to us, set to Beethoven’s well-known melody written for Schiller’s “Ode to Joy.” At the gradual we sing a paraphrase of Psalm 23, “The king of love my shepherd is,” written by Henry Baker in 1868. As our Gospel reading declares, Jesus is our Shepherd, the ultimate guide for our lives. At the offertory the choir sings “Come, thou fount of every blessing,” a well known text arranged by our own Cam Smith. It too alludes to our sheepish nature and our need for a shepherd, as we are so “prone to wander.” Jesus sought us out when we were strangers, “wandering from the fold of God,” rescuing us “with his precious blood.” At the communion we sing “Shepherd of souls, refresh and bless,” written by James Montgomery about 1800. It emphasizes God’s shepherding through the provision of communion. We conclude with “Savior, like a shepherd lead us,” written by Dorothy Thrupp in 1836. It too takes up the themes of Psalm 23 and God leading us the flock through the wilderness. Worship concludes with a cheerful interpretation of Psalm 19 (“The heavens declare the glory of God”) by eighteenth-century Italian composer Benedetto Marcello. –Bob Judd
This is Good Shepherd Sunday
9:30 a.m. Eucharist Gospel Lesson: John 10
We will learn about Jesus, the good shepherd.
10:30 a.m. St. Paul’s Church School
Jane Burke, CFD, will present a story to the Lions and Lambs. The Eagles group will continue to follow the adventures of Saul or St. Paul, our patron saint.
Pricing Climate Change
7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 13. Frontier Café.
St Paul’s, First Parish, and UU earth care teams will co-host along with Maine Interfaith Power and Light
Dr. John Hagan, Pricing Climate Change,
Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences.
Advanced Registration Required, Seating is limited $5 admission fee (proceeds will be split among the 4 faith-based hosts)
We realized there is a conflict with the Celebration of New Ministry but this does not diminish St. Paul’s and the St. Paul’s Earthcare Com. support of this project.
See the StPaulsMaine.org for more information.
This Sunday’s Announcements
TODAY, May 11
On the second Sunday of the month the plate offering is designated to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund.
After all three services. The Great Hall. Library Book Giveaway. Thanks to your wonderful donations, the St. Paul’s library has tons of books it wants to give away, because we are running out of room! Many of these are duplicates for which we just don’t have space. Someone from the Library Committee will be at tables in the Great Hall with the books displayed after services today and also on May 18. We will have a donation box, but whether you make a monetary contribution for the books you choose is entirely up to you. The purpose is to find homes for all of our excess books. Please help us out. Many are in excellent condition and could even be given as gifts.
7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 13. Frontier Café. St Paul’s, First Parish, and UU earth care teams will co-host along with Maine Interfaith Power and Light, Dr. John Hagan, Pricing Climate Change, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences.
1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 14. Hospice Chat. St. Paul’s Library. The Lay Pastoral Visitors have invited fellow parishioner, Tom Keating MD, to join their May meeting and chat about the Hospice Program as it is today. As many of you know, Tom spent some time in charge of the Hospice Program in Augusta. All are invited to attend.
9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 18. Great Hall. The Frontline Committee will present the documentary “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness” by Michelle Alexander.
FUTURE DATES. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Sunday, June 8. Pentecost and Graduation Sunday. If you have a graduate from elementary, middle school, high school, college or graduate school please let the office know. We will be recognizing them on Sunday, June 8.
Please Note: On Sundays, the doors to the parking lot will be locked from the outside at approximately noon. As we have had too many instances when the doors remained unsecured all day, ushers will now lock the doors as a matter of routine. Exceptions of course will be made for events taking place on Sunday afternoons. And, nothing in this policy means anyone has to rush home – by all means, stay and enjoy the coffee and fellowship.
Did you bring something for a reception or other gathering recently? Several platters and containers have been left behind and are in the kitchen waiting to be taken home. Thank you!
Have yard work that needs doing? Several guests of The Gathering Place are offering their services, ten dollars an hour. Please call Chick Carroll 721-9245.
THANK YOU ST. PAUL’S OUTREACH. Autism, Asbergers, ADHD are a growing problem today. Children with these sensory issues seem to benefit from weighted blankets to help them sleep. These blankets are very costly to buy. With families not having money we turned to St. Paul’s Outreach. They have graciously donated enough money to make blankets for the children in need. If you are interested in helping to create the blankets. No sewing experience necessary. Contact Nancy Johnson 721-3202. Please leave a message!!