“Brother, sister, let me serve you, let me be as Christ to you; pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant, too.” That is one of the hymns we sang at the Celebration of New Ministry Tuesday night here at St. Paul’s. It is a hymn that identifies our calling as a servant church, as a parish that is called not only to serve each other with love. But we are a parish that reaches out to others in the service of Jesus Christ. But my favorite verse in this hymn is the third verse. “I will weep when you are weeping; when you laugh, I’ll laugh with you. I will share your joy and sorrow till we’ve seen this journey through.” This verse is a paraphrase of St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Chapter 12 verse 15, and it is at the heart of what defines Christian community, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” And that is exactly what this community did on Tuesday evening. Thank you for being a model of Christian friendship, faith, love and hope for all to see. Thank you, God, for calling us together!
“I want to share with you the list – an incomplete list, I am sure – of all people in this parish who made such a wonderful celebration happen. So that I can thank you. Thank you!
Those who planned and created a VERY FUN and DELICIOUS reception, thank you, thank you! Bonny Labonte, Joan Reynolds, Carol Thomas and Virginia Vincent. Now, I’m aware that there were beautiful centerpieces and flowers, delicious savory and sweet food, all prepared by members of this parish. And I thank you deeply. May I say again….DELICIOUS! I sang the “CAROLYN” song to my mother. She had a great time giggling as I sang it. Thank you for the song!

Let me also try to thank all who made the liturgy so beautiful and joyful…some even said, “fun.” Thank you, Dr. Lucinda Mosher for a most excellent sermon and lesson for us about Frances Perkins and our baptism commitments. Thank you Bishop Lane for officiating and giving me the water of baptism! (Wade in that water, children!)

Now, I might inadvertently leave a name out, and I hope I don’t. But please bear with me because this list of lay people made the worship happen and YOU are why our parish is strong.
Thank you to:
Ralph and Donna Thivierge, John Cordts, Helen and Jim Hornor, Ada Moore, Bonny Labonte, Joan Reynolds, Carol Thomas, Virginia Vincent, Mary Lee Wile, Chick Carroll, Pat Ryan, Paul Womer, Pam Nugent, Hugh Savage, Terry Leitzell, Bob Judd, Lois Kwantz, Susan Brown, Jean Mulligan, Susan McCracken, Dick Hall, Linda Ashe-Ford, Nate Wayne, Jane Burke, Bob Patterson, Rita Steadman, Lenita Richard, Lucy Leitzell, Dick Brautigam, Tom Nugent, Susan Tyler, Melanie Chicoria, Bill Edman, Zack Collins, Ally Collins, Julia and Bob Walkling, Leslie and Claude Brancard, Tim and Michael Anne Banks, Charlie Priest, Johanna Wigg, Abigail Manny, Carol Layton, Ann Carroll, Gerry Corbett, Tobey Lee, Nancy Whitehouse, Anne Street, Caroline Russell, Ariana Edwards, Devonia Redlon, Mira Levine, and The St. Paul’s Choir, the Altar Guild and the Flower Committee, and the Reception Committee. What a privilege it was to be served by you!

Thank you St. Paul’s Vestry for your leadership: Pat Ryan, Sr. Warden, Paul Womer, Jr. Warden, Joan Reynolds, Dick Brautigam, Virginia Vincent, John Cordts, Jim Hornor, Carol Thomas, Linda Ashe-Ford, Cristle Judd, Emily Levine. And thank you to our staff who works very hard and get “lots of stuff done” cheerfully: Susan Tyler, Melanie Chicoria, Bob Judd, Jane Burke, Aubrey Farmer, Kimmy Edwards…and Lois Kwantz, Junior Choir Director and Susan Brown, musician for our Family Eucharist.

And so, the next great and wonderful festival of the Church is June 8, Pentecost Sunday when we will celebrate the beginning of the Christian Church and symbolize the coming of the Holy Spirit by wearing red and filling red balloons. Be sure to notify the Parish Office of your graduate so we can celebrate his or her accomplishment at the 10:30 service that day. Bring a friend and join us.

Your happy and grateful friend in Christ,
Carolyn+
Music Notes

Our 10:30 service Sunday begins with a mystical meditation on the heavenly banquet by Olivier Messiaen (about 1940). The first hymn we sing is “We, the Lord’s people, heart and voice uniting,” Written by John Bowers in the 1970s. It affirms enthusiastically we who worship, the Lord’s church, the Lord’s Day, and the eucharist. At the gradual we sing “Hark! the voice of Jesus calling,” written by Daniel March in 1868. Its call to mission is direct and pointed: we can serve as God’s hands and feet wherever we are placed, and at any time. “Take the task He gives you gladly; Let His work your pleasure be; Answer quickly when He calleth, ‘Here am I; send me, send me!'” At the offertory the choir sings “Bright Canaan,” a traditional Gospel song that encourages with a vision of the promised land, our goal. During communion we sing “Here, O my Lord, I see thee face to face,” written by Horatio Bonar in 1855. It is a moving description of our encounter with God at communion: “here taste afresh the calm of sin forgiven.” The melody was written by American Warren Swenson in 1970. To send us out we sing “The church’s one foundation,” by Samuel Stone (1866). It is a glorious summary of our creed, rooted in Jesus, united in one baptism, and full of hope. The organ concludes our worship: a lively short prelude and fugue by Bach. –Bob Judd
Church School News,  Sunday, May 18th

9:30 Eucharist
Gospel Lesson – In My Father’s House

10:30 Sunday School
• Eagles Class will look at stories from the book of Revelation.
• Lions/Lambs class will explore the story of the disciples’ amazing catch.

This Sunday’s Announcements
TODAY, May 18

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.

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.

Exploring the Word will not meet today so that members may attend the Frontline Committee Forum. Meetings will resume next Sunday.

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.

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.

11:15 a.m. Sunday School end of year picnic. Contact Jane Burke to help organize at janelovespopham@gmail.com or janeburke@stpaulsmaine.org.

REMINDERS

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!!