FAMILY EUCHARIST AT 9:30AM SUNDAY
We’re trying something new this Sunday at St. Paul’s. Members of the 9:30am congregation are setting up a “Worship Space” outdoors in the courtyard area off the circle drive on Pleasant Street. It will be geared for families and those seeking the love of God in a community like ours and in God’s created order.
Thank you Emily Levine who is coordinating a fun craft with prayer flags. Thank you to Susan Brown who will accompany us on her accordion. Join us and bring a friend because you will be leaving worship with joy and a prayer flag to remind you of how we pray!
ELECTRONIC GIVING TO ST. PAUL’S
I was pleased recently to enroll in St. Paul’s electronic giving program so that my pledge will be maintained throughout the year, even if I’m on vacation and can’t physically provide my weekly pledge. It was easy to access the site from the St. Paul’s website, www.stpaulsmaine.org. You can go to our homepage and explore electronic giving. You can visit the site to see if it’s right for you.
About 1/3 of our pledging members at St. Paul’s give in this way. It is a convenient way to provide financial support to St. Paul’s. And it helps provide consistency of giving, even in your absence. I invite you to check it out!
SUMMER WORSHIP FEEDBACK
Thank you for reading the St. Paul’s weekly email. It is gratifying to know that there are so many people who read and responded to our Summer Worship Questionnaire last Friday. It will run for two more weeks and I invite your candid and even repeated responses! That means you are engaged and we are in conversation! Thank you to the 39 people who have responded so far.
Your feedback will help the Worship Commission, Christian Formation members and me discern what God is calling us to in terms of worship at St. Paul’s. We aim to provide engaging, holy and accessible worship. Accessible particularly to those who are seeking a community and worship like ours at St. Paul’s.
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.
This Sunday’s music at 8 a.m. begins with a mystical toccata (first written to be played at the Eucharist prayer of consecration) by seventeenth-century Roman composer Girolamo Frescobaldi. Our first hymn is “Come, labor on,” written by Jane Borthwick in 1859. Its call to “sow the seed” and its reminder of the harvest we’re called to reap accords well with today’s Gospel. At the gradual, we sing “Creator of the stars of night,” a ninth-century hymn that reminds us of Jesus’ coming, and our need to be ready. At the offertory Jane Knox offers a setting of Psalm 23 set by Antonin Dvorak. During communion we sing “Dear Lord and father of mankind,” written by John Greenleaf Whittier in 1872. It too reminds us of our call to service, emphasizing that we pursue the rest of God’s “still, small voice of calm.” Our final hymn is “O what their joy and their glory must be,” written by Peter Abelard in the twelfth century. It draws our thoughts to the joy of heaven (“endless sabbaths”) that we look forward to. The service concludes with another Frescobaldi toccata, ecstatic and almost modern-sounding in its slow-moving harmonic structure.
Check out our website for more details! www.stpaulsmaine.org
Also on our website are the instructions for electronic giving. Please consider enrolling for a convenient way to provide consistent financial support to the church.
Just a friendly reminder to keep up with your pledge this summer.
TODAY, July 20
Healing Prayer is offered today after each service. If you wish to receive a prayer on your own behalf or on behalf of another, proceed to the healing station following communion. The stations are in the vestibule at the 8:00 service, and through the glass door off the courtyard at the 9:30 service.
9:30 a.m. Family Eucharist outside in the Pleasant Street courtyard.
7:00 p.m. Hymn Sing in the church with light refreshments following. Please come, and bring your friends! It’s an unstructured time to sing those favorites that you wish we’d sing more often! Bring a list, and be ready for a fun time of worship. Phone Bob, 619-4642, for more information.
FUTURE DATES. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
3:00 p.m. Friday, August 8th. Rejoicing Spirits worship. Rejoicing Spirits is a new ministry which strives to enrich the spiritual lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families, friends and other community members. St. Paul’s will join with Good Shepherd Lutheran, St. Charles Roman Catholic Parish, Pathway Vineyard, Brunswick United Methodist, Topsham Baptist, and Midcoast Presbyterian in bringing this new ministry to Brunswick. Please join us for worship followed by refreshments at Pathway Vineyard Church, 94 Pleasant Street, Brunswick. Let Rejoicing Spirits with its lively music, hand held instruments and “no-shushing” policy lift your spirits as you share God’s message of love with others.
FMI: Bob Judd, firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-4642.
7:00 p.m. Hymn Sing August 31st.
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
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).
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.