One of the marks of our faith is generosity. I have been the fortunate witness to many generous people in this parish. My first delight was the change our Outreach Ministries recommended to the Vestry last year increasing our operating budget to create a tithe together with the revenue from the Christmas Fair. Our meeting last week to discuss the Christmas Fair informed me of how deeply committed we are to organizing a fair that creates opportunities for deep fellowship and abundant proceeds to contribute to Outreach. Other generosity is reflected in financial gifts made to St. Paul’s and certainly in annual pledging. Thank you all.
I have one more “thank you” to make and that is to Nancy Whitehouse and a wood turner (artist, I would say!) Robert Biette of Brunswick. Added to this email below is the thank you letter I wrote to Mr. Biette for his contribution of a beautifully turned bowl that Nancy Whitehouse commissioned him to make from one of the Norway maples we cleared from the Memorial Garden last fall. Thank you Nancy and Mr. Biette.
In deepest thanks,
7 May 2015
Robert N. Biette, Wood Turner
46 Ocean Drive
Brunswick, ME 04011
Dear Mr. Biette:
Nancy Whitehouse, a member of St. Paul’s Church Brunswick presented me with a spectacularly beautiful turned bowl of Norway maple. She told me that she salvaged a few blocks of it from the clearing of the St. Paul’s Memorial Garden this fall. She said she commissioned you to create a piece from the wood for her to present to the church. She had every intention of compensating you for your work.
Nancy then shared with me that you were happy to create the bowl for St. Paul’s in gratitude for St. Paul’s and your wife Mary’s collaboration in ministry to help those in need in Brunswick. We accept your gift of the turned bowl with deepest gratitude.
We will be planning to commission it for liturgical use in worship. It will hold homemade communion bread, water for blessing things and people and it will hold dirt when we commit ashes for burial in the memorial garden, “earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”
I would like to invite you and Mary to join us in worship as we set the bowl apart and bless it for holy use. I will contact you when we have set a date.
My late husband John was trained in historic preservation carpentry and loved woodworking. He was quite a craftsman. So, I have a close personal appreciation for the work you do.
Yours very truly,
The Rev. Carolyn H. Eklund
A greeting on Mother’s Day
The community of St. Paul’s offers our love and affection to all who are worshiping with us this morning. To celebrate Mother’s Day today, and in the spirit of today’s gospel reading, we invite you to offer your gift of love in action to the people that have nurtured you, cared for you and cherished you, for Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you.”
A Note on Sunday’s Music
Our 10:30 worship service on Sunday begins with organ music by Jean Guilain, a seventeenth-century French composer. Our first hymn is “Earth and all stars,” written by Herbert Brokering in 1964. It’s a fun song that celebrates things like athletes, marching bands, and “loud boiling test tubes” in proclaiming a new song of praise (as our Psalm exhorts). We’ll sing the new song “O Blessed Spring, where word and sign” before the Gospel: written by Susan Cherwien in 1993, it is a meditation on life and the metaphor of the annual birth, life, and death of the tree. During the offertory, the choir sings “If Ye Love Me,” by Thomas Tallis (d. 1585). Its text is from John 14:15, and closely reflects our Gospel reading for Sunday: “If ye love me, keep my commandments, and I will pray the Father, and he will give you another comforter, that he may bide with you forever: even the spirit of truth.” During communion we sing “Come, risen Lord, and deign to be our guest,” by George Briggs (1931). It’s oriented to the eucharistic feast we celebrate, with special emphasis on Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances. Our final hymn is “Sing, ye faithful, sing with gladness,” written by John Ellerton about 1870. It is a rejoicing hymn that recounts the life of faith, reminding us of God’s great work through Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection. The music is by Christopher Dearnley, written about 1970. Worship concludes with more organ music by Guilain, a joyful piece that features the trumpet stop of the instrument.
9:30 a.m. St. Paul’s Family Worship, where we praise God with our outdoor voices! In the Upper Room we will praise God with harp and tambourine when we say Psalm 98! And we will learn that Jesus wants us to keep his commandment of love. We will talk about what love feels like, what does love look like in action? To celebrate Mother’s Day, we will think about the people in our lives who act in a “mothering” way. Who are the people that nurture us, care for us, cherish us?
Church School: Both Eagles and Lions/Lambs Church School Classes- The Godly Play story of Jesus’ Ascension.
Monday, May 11, 3:30 p.m. The book group will meet to discuss the book they are reading, Abide With Me by Maine author Elizabeth Strout. New members welcome!
Wednesday, May 13, 1:00 p.m. The Lay Pastoral Visitors will hold their regular monthly meeting in the Church Library. We will finalize our plans for the Thornton Tea for all our Visitees and Thornton Oaks residents. The Tea will take place on Thursday, May 21 in the Country Kitchen at Thornton Hall at 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 14, 5:30 p.m. Ascension Day Evening Prayer.
Tuesday, May 19, 11:00 a.m. Requiem Mass for Chester Greenleaf. St. Peter’s Church, 678 Washington Avenue, Portland, Maine.
Tuesday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. Parish-Wide Potluck with Pat and Tom McCabe. The youth group is sponsoring this potluck and slide show presentation by Tom and Pat McCabe about their time in the Peace Corps and Tanzania. Please plan to join us! A sign-up sheet for the potluck is up on the hallway bulletin board. Donations toward the 2016 youth group journey to the Dominican Republic will be gratefully accepted.
FUTURE DATES. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
June 7. Church School picnic. The last day of Church School for the summer.
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 7 at the 9:30 and 10:30 services.
Common Good Garden. We need a few more families or groups of 3 or 4 who will take turns weeding and watering St. Paul’s plot at the Common Good garden, please sign-up today at coffee hour.
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.
Diaper Drive. St. Paul’s is a drop off site for the United Way Diaper Drive from May 4 until June 26. Look for the large box at the parking lot door. uwmcm.org/Diapers.
Sermons. Is there a sermon you wanted to hear a second time? Perhaps you were away and missed a sermon of particular interest. Effective May 3, we have begun recording sermons for audio download. Bill Edman has graciously agreed to manage the recorder. After processing, they will be available on our web site. If anyone is interested in sharing the job with Bill or if interested in processing the recording (computer skills needed; it can be done at home), please contact the rector, wardens or the office.