Tonight, Friday, April 17 at 6:30 pm bring a friend and join us for this screening of the award-winning documentary, “Here I Am, Send Me.”
On Sunday, April 19 at 7:00 pm, Bowdoin Chapel, a special service honoring NAACP civil rights leader James Weldon Johnson is being held featuring “God’s Trombones.” The Rev. Roy Partridge will be on hand with other preachers to celebrate the work of James Weldon Johnson. There will be a student choir and the choir from Green Memorial AME Zion Church leading the music.
The Collect for Sunday, the Third Sunday of Easter reminds us of what it means to gather together and receive the bread and wine that Christ gave to his disciples at “The Last Supper.” It is more than just a remembrance of his last days. It is a revelation of his life-giving spirit to us in our living days.
“O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever. Amen.” (BCP, p. 224)
During his time on earth after his resurrection, Jesus appeared to many people. He appeared often to the disciples.
He also prepared food and ate it! In the passage from Luke’s gospel for Sunday, Jesus asks, “Have you anything to eat?” He was hungry and wanted to break bread with his friends. They gave him a piece of broiled fish! Another time, in John’s gospel, Jesus appeared on the shore and prepared a bread and fish breakfast over a charcoal fire he built. In order to really understand that Jesus was alive after his resurrection, at 9:30am worship on Sunday, we will also have a small charcoal fire, pita bread and a broiled fish.
I wish to confess that I resonate deeply with the idea that Jesus is revealed in the breaking of the bread. Possibly, I get it confused with the words, “Jesus is revealed in the baking of the bread” since I love to bake bread and share it with people!
By now, you may have recognized that the Sunday Collect comes from Luke 24 when Jesus appeared to Cleopas and his friend at supper in their town of Emmaus. They did not recognize Jesus until they shared bread with him. “When [Jesus] was a the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him…” (Luke 24:30, 31)
Even after he ascended to God, Jesus gives us the gift of nourishment and community as we gather to share in his meal. As our Eucharistic Visitors are sent out with bread and wine from our Sunday Eucharistic service, we send them saying these words, “The disciples knew the Lord Jesus in the breaking of the bread. The bread which we break is the communion of the body of Christ. One body are we for though many we share one bread.”
See you Sunday…as one Body in the Breaking of the Bread!
A Note on Sunday’s Music
Sunday’s music at 10:30 continues our celebration of resurrection in this season of new life. We begin with a worshipful meditation by Louis Vierne, Parisian composer of the early twentieth century. Our first hymn is “Good Christians all, rejoice and sing,” written by Cyril Adlington in 1925, and set to an old Lutheran tune. Each stanza encourages us to tell the good news and praise the “Lord of life”; each includes a joyful “alleluia.” Before the gospel we sing “You’re called by name, forever loved,”written by Rosalind Brown in 1989. This is an expressly baptismal hymn that draws words from the promises we, or those speaking for us, made on our own baptism. It gives us an opportunity to renew our own vows and remind us of our great hope through this sacrament. At the offertory, the choir sings a spirited Easter anthem, “Let the Trumpet Sound,” by Natalie Sleeth. During communion, we sing the hymn “I am the bread of life,” by Suzanne Toolan (about 1970). It celebrates the eucharistic feast and our resurrection hope through Jesus’ own resurrection. Our final hymn is “Alleluia! The strife is o’er,” set to Palestrina’s well known tune. It is a hymn of praise to God that celebrates freedom from the bondage of death that Jesus gave at the resurrection. Our worship concludes with a lively piece by twentieth-century Dutch composer Flor Peeters.
This Sunday, April 19
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.
9:30 a.m. St. Paul’s Family Worship, where we praise God with our outdoor voices!
Church School: Both Eagles and Lions/Lambs Church School Classes will visit SIMON PETER’S RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS from Weaving God’s Promises. Both groups will be planting cucumber seeds for transplanting later into St. Paul’s plot at the Tom Settlemire Brunswick Community Garden.
Today at 7:00 p.m. God’s Trombones at Bowdoin Chapel. A special service honoring poet and early NAACP civil rights leader James Weldon Johnson is being held Sunday, A Bowdoin student will join the Rev. Roy Partridge, an Episcopal priest, and the Rev. Kenneth Lewis and Bishop Steve Coleman, both African American pastors in Portland, in rendering God?s Trombones, sermon poems published 1927 in the dramatic style of old time Negro preachers. A small Bowdoin choir and gospel choir members from Green Memorial AME Zion Church in leading special music. The service is open to the public.
FUTURE DATES. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Saturday, April 25 The Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, will be in Maine in April. She will be here on Sunday, April 26, to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of St. Mary the Virgin in Falmouth beginning with Eucharist at 9 a.m. with a reception and open forum time to follow in the Parish House. She will also speak at an open forum on “Change and the Church” at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Portland on Saturday, April 25, from 1 – 3 p.m. The Saturday event will include the opportunity to give thanks to God for ++Katharine’s ministry as PB and to hear from her on a subject of her choosing. There will be time for questions and for a reception afterwards. Her nine-year term as Presiding Bishop concludes in November.
Saturday, May 2, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. What is Pilgrimage? St. Paul’s has a history of sending our youth on pilgrimages. Many other parishioners have also undertaken adventures that they might see in that light. On Saturday May 2, 5-7 p.m., Rick and Mary Lee Wile will facilitate an interactive evening on Pilgrimage, what it means both historically and personally. Participants of all ages are invited to bring food for a potluck, possibly using menus inspired by places they’ve been, and one to three objects or photos to share. Digital photos may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, jpg 1024×768 preferred. (Note: not all pilgrimages are to recognized “holy sites.” For some people, it might be to the birthplace of a favorite musician; for others, it could be to a place of natural beauty. We’ll talk about the difference between “pilgrimage” and “vacation.”) We look forward to a lively evening! Please call the church office 725-5342 to register so we’ll know how many tables to set up.
Sunday, May 3 Habitat for Humanity Walk, Fund-raiser. This year’s 4 mile walk on May 3rd will begin at St. Charles Borromeo on McKeen Street. There will be a refreshment stop and ground-breaking ceremony for the “Faith Build,” the second house of the planned 4 house subdivision on Hope Lane, at the 2 mile mark. Look for volunteers in the church hall after services or contact Madeleine Msall at 607-4049 if you would like to take part.
Thursday, May 14 Ascension Day Evening Prayer will be offered at 7:00 p.m.
Volunteers Needed! to work at the soup kitchen on the third Saturday of the month. If interested, please sign up on the bulletin board in the main hall. If you have questions, please contact James Ford, email@example.com or 841-9377.
Window Dresser Project St. Paul’s Church will once again be the sponsor church for the 2015 Window Dresser Project. Many of us that took advantage of these window inserts are quite happy that we had this added protection this winter. If you are interested in more information about these inserts or would like to have your windows measured, please make contact at the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Measuring is scheduled to begin in June with our build scheduled for the week of September 28.
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism is a once-in-a-lifetime ancient rite that symbolizes God’s loving and permanent claim on us as God’s children. If you, or a family member or friend have talked about being baptized and wish to receive this Holy Rite, please contact the rector, the Rev. Carolyn Eklund. BAPTISMS WILL BE JOYFULLY CELEBRATED ON PENTECOST SUNDAY, May 21.