Come to St. Paul’s this summer and celebrate with us the beauty of God’s holiness in creation! Two services of Holy Eucharist are offered: 8:00am and 9:30am.

This Sunday the Gospel lesson is Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. Jesus teaches his followers the Parable of the Sower. He told this parable to open up the discussion with the crowds to help them examine their spiritual life. Why do some people show the result of a healthy, balanced spiritual life and some people don’t? This Sunday, with the parable, we are given the opportunity to thinkabout our spiritual life. Could it be improved? How?

Come for a joint St. Paul’s Fellowship Hour offered between 9:00 and 9:30am. Stay and enjoy the people of St. Paul’s!

Your friend in Christ,

Carolyn+

Summer Worship Survey
Please take a minute or two to give your feedback regarding your worship experience at St. Paul’s. The following link is to a short, seven question survey. Click on the link or copy and past it into a web browser. http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e995zxt4huo5jwn4/start
Music Notes
The music at 8 a.m. this Sunday begins with a short Passacaglia by eightheenth-century French composer André Raison. (“Passacaglia” is a theme-and-variations form with a repeated bass line.) Our first hymn is “O day of radiant gladness,” written by Christopher Wordsworth in 1862 and set to a German folk song. Its theme is the joy of Sunday worship. At the gradual we sing “Surely it is God who saves me,” written by Carl Daw about 1980. It is a paraphrase of the First Song of Isaiah (Is. 12), with themes of salvation, evangelism, and praise. At communion we sing “Lord, make us servants of your peace,” a version of St. Francis’s prayer, calling us to reconciliation in many ways. Our final hymn is “Christ, for the world we sing.” written by Samuel Wolcott in 1869. It simply reminds us of our call to serve God by sharing the love of Jesus with the world, in every way, at all times. Worship concludes with another French organ setting: the Suite in A Minor by Pingré.

–Bob Judd

Sunday’s Announcements

TODAY, July 13

On the second Sunday of the month the plate offering is designated to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund.

9:30 a.m. Family Eucharist. Jesus goes out in a boat and tells the parable of the sower and the seed.

10:00 a.m. The annual Brunswick Garden Tour takes place today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rain date will be next Sunday, July 20 at the same time. Eight completely new gardens, never before on the tour, will be open to the general public. Tickets may be purchased at Hannaford, Gulf of Maine Bookstore, the Imperial Hosta, and the Gazebo for $12.00. All proceeds will go to the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. For more information call Ron Carroll at 725-6558.
FUTURE DATES. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

7:00 p.m. Hymn Sing July 20th and August 31st.

3:00 p.m. Rejoicing Spirits worship will be held on August 8th.

REMINDERS

Commit to Saving energy this winter! Sign-up for Window Dressers! Remember the cold winter wind that came through your windows? Window Dressers and St. Paul’s is joining to help homeowners build interior storm window inserts that will cut heating bills from 10 -25% each season. Windows will be measured during July and August. The actual build and pick up will be the week of October 5th. If you are interested in purchasing windows for your home and have NOT signed up, you may do so before July 13. There is a limited availability. Contact Michael Anne Banks at abtb100@yahoo.com or 729-6592.

Help out Haiti through St. Paul’s Youth Group. The St. Paul’s high school youth group will be collecting items over the summer to create safe birth kits for poverty-affected pregnant women in Haiti, through an organization called Konbit Sante Cap-Haitian Health Partnership. This initiative supports traditional birth attendants (TBAs) who deliver babies at home in Haiti. The contents of each kit includes materials for a safe home birth and comfort items for the newborn baby. Please see handout sheet for items needed. There will be a box for donations near the parking lot door. The group will set an August date for assembling the kits, and you are also welcome to help us with this task. Many thanks in advance for whatever help you can give!

Ready, Set, Go to Learn! Is a program offered by Adoptive, Foster and Kinship Families of Maine providing school supplies, a back pack, 2 school outfits, personal care items and a winter coat to children in out of home placements statewide. We also serve children in the local community through the Tedford Homeless Shelter, Sweetser, and the Independence Association, as well as kids referred from local schools. Last year we served over 500 children in need. As a result our supplies were nearly depleted and we are in need of school supplies, personal care items, underclothes, and socks for children ages 5 to 18. Look for an itemized list of items needed and collection boxes in the church the next month.

July/August Sunday Summer Schedule

8:00 a.m.
A Celebration of Holy Eucharist characterized by relaxed (wear comfortable clothes!) and joyful singing of familiar hymns and language taken from the Book of Common Prayer, present-day version (Rite II).

9:30 a.m.
Joyful, informal worship located in the “Upper Room,” centered around the Holy Eucharist with song tunes and words that are easy to learn and to memorize. The language of worship is the familiar “Family Eucharist” prayer. The homily is geared to teach children and adults the stories of the Gospels and aspects of Episcopal worship.

Please Note: The 9:30 Eucharist on the third Sundays in July and August, July 20 and August 17, will be held outdoors in the Pleasant Street courtyard. Please offer to volunteer and come early to help set up chairs and the canopy over the altar and keyboard!
(We’ll be inside if it rains hard!)

The church office is now on summer hours-closed Mondays, open Tuesday through Friday 8:30 till 2:00.

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.