NOTICE FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP AT ST. PAUL’S, February 15, 2015
• We will be open for all three services of worship. However, because we could very well be in the middle of a blizzard, please do not endanger yourself in order to come.
• There will be no Church School this Sunday.
• Please check the Youth Group Facebook page for updates about Youth Group meetings for this Sunday.

Dear Friends,

Once again, the congregation of the 9:30am worship service made communion bread to share this Sunday with the rest of the congregation. It is rich, delicious bread that we’ll share this Sunday, the last Sunday before the Season of Lent begins. If, by some miracle, there is no blizzard, come to church and enjoy the fellowship and companionship of breaking bread together!

Next week is very busy for Christians because of Ash Wednesday. It is indeed a busy week for the people of St. Paul’s. On Tuesday, February 17 from 1pm to 6pm, we will be hosting the American Red Cross Blood Drive in the Great Hall. I hope you will either volunteer to register donors or consider donating blood. For all the extreme weather, there is a shortage for emergencies. Please call Bill Edman for more information, 207-729-7326.

FAT TUESDAY/MARDI GRAS PARADE IN UPPER ROOM AT ST. PAUL’S
Tuesday, February 17 at 5:30 pm come on upstairs to the Upper Room and celebrate the end of the Season of Epiphany as we turn our faith toward the 40 days of Lent. We’ll have pizza, drinks and cookies to eat. Then, we’ll sing as many “alleluia” songs as we can. We’ll learn about why we have a “carnival” like atmosphere this time of year in the Church calendar. We’ll wonder about “putting our ‘alleluias’ away for Lent.” And we’ll talk a little bit about what ashes on a forehead mean.
CHILDREN AND ASH WEDNESDAY
There is a wonderful Facebook page about worshiping with children that Carolyn C. Brown posts linked to her blog, www.worshipingwithchildren.blogspot.com. In her blog she gives three good reasons to include children on Ash Wednesday:

  1.  “Because we are all marked not with golden markers but with messy black ashes, children learn that all of us mess up and are forgiven.”
  2.  “When children see all the adults they love and respect wearing ashes and they themselves are marked with ashes, they know they belong.”
  3.  After experiencing an Ash Wednesday service…when the presence of children is planned for, children and their families are more likely to come back for holy week.”

Your friend in Christ,

Carolyn+

 

A Note on Sunday’s Music

Sunday’s music at 10:30 begins with an attractive set of variations on “Amazing Grace” by Donald Johns. Our first and last hymns include lots of Hallelujahs, which we’ll be taking a break from in Lent. “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus” was written by Chatterton Dix in 1866. It is an exuberant song of praise for the work of Jesus: intercessor, friend of sinners, with us for eternity. “Ye watchers and ye holy ones” was written by John Riley about 1910. It’s an extended Hallelujah meditating on both earthly and angelic worship of our great God and savior. The name of the well known chorale tune is “let’s rejoice!”
At the gradual we sing “O wondrous type! O vision fair,” a beautiful ancient meditation on the Transfiguration, the lesson of our Gospel today. (The use of the word “type” in this translation of the Latin may be less familiar: it refers to the amazing vision of Jesus transfigured on the mountain, a “type” or representation of the glory of God.) At the offertory, the choir sings “The Secret of Christ,” a warm and beautiful anthem by living composer Richard Shephard. This too speaks of the glory of God, and the vision of God that leads us and enables us to give witness to those we meet, “following in the steps of Jesus, our master and our friend.” At communion we sing the spiritual “Swing low, sweet chariot,” a song that draws us to meditate on life’s end and our eternal heavenly home. The service concludes with the organ joining in praise with “Carillon,” by French 20th-century composer Louis Vierne. It’s a fun organ interpretation of what a glorious bell peal might sound like.
Sunday’s Announcements

TODAY, February 15

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 healing station in the vestibule after you have received communion.

Family Eucharist Join us for Worship today at 9:30 am in the St. Paul’s Upper Room! We’ll learn about Jesus being transfigured – kind of like how caterpillars turn to butterflies! We’ll sing lots of ALLELUIAS! PRAISE TO GOD! Lent begins the next day with Ash Wednesday. Bring your family to the evening worship, February 18 at 7:00 pm when you and your child receive ashes to remind us of our mortality.

Lenten Book for Sale. Our Lenten study book, Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry’s Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus, is available for purchase today in the vestibule for $15-cash, check, or an IOU is acceptable. Limited copies are available. This is a book about “radical discipleship,” in which the author challenges readers to change how we live our lives to become more like Jesus. If we really live our faith, he believes it can change the world. The bishop’s passion, faith, and conviction are contagious. And if you don’t believe that, listen to him for a spellbinding 18 minutes at http://day1.org/5236-bishop_michael_curry_crazy_christians

Tuesday, February 17, 1-6 p.m. Red Cross Blood Drive. St. Paul’s will host its 3rd annual Red Cross Blood Drive in our Great Hall. If you have ever had a transfusion or know someone who has, you know the importance of having an adequate supply of blood. During this time of year, blood is always needed. If you can spare an hour of your time to give blood, it can help to save three lives. The blood that you give is supplied to every hospital in Maine. Another fact is that 95% of blood that is donated in Maine stays here to help our fellow citizens.
In order to make this drive successful, I am asking for volunteers to help. Six volunteers are needed to register donors and to provide them with refreshments after donating. One group is needed from 1:00 p.m.to 3:30 p.m. The other group is needed from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you would like to volunteer. Please contact Bill Edman at 729-7326 or WEdman4@comcast.net.
FUTURE DATES. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Sunday, March 1, 2:00 p.m. The Winter Gardening Workshop series continues with The Local Sustainable Food Scene ‘404’ presented by Seth Kroeck, farmer and manager of Crystal Spring Farm CSA, and Maina Handmaker, director of the proposed Food Shed in Brunswick. Topics covered include: An overview of the local and sustainable food movement in our region. What can home gardeners learn from the organic practices of one of Maine’s largest CSA’s and how can they contribute to sustainable agricultural practices? Sponsored by the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s Tom Settlemire Community Garden. Free and open to the public, held in St. Paul’s Great Hall.