This is the time of year that families rejoice in the accomplishment of their loved one completing a significant part of life – middle school, high school, college, graduate degree, a specific credential. As a parish it is important to be agents of encouragement and a kind of cheering section for those who have studied, struggled, passed and failed exams of all kinds, received grades on term papers, coursework and performance. It is a transition from one set of standards that a student must meet to move on, to another set of standards, be it job performance or another school.
Congratulations to all our graduates! We are pulling for you! And our prayers are with you!
Always remember that God knows you and loves you at your depth, for you were “wonderfully and marvelously made” by God.
1 LORD, you have searched me out and known me;
you know my sitting down and my rising up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
2 You trace my journeys and my resting-places
and are acquainted with all my ways. (BCP, p. 794)
In joyful congratulations!
A Note on Sunday’s Music
Music at 8 and 10:30 on Sunday begins with an organ setting of “My Song is Love Unkown” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The tune’s name, “Lovely,” is drawn from the third and fourth lines of the hymn, which celebrate God’s love: “Love to the loveless shown, that they might lovely be.” Our first hymn is “Glorious things of thee are spoken,” a classic by John Newton (1779), full of scriptural references, most prominently Ps 87:3. Its vision of the new Jerusalem accords with the “eternal weight of glory” we hear about in the Epistle. Before the Gospel we sing “Jerusalem, my happy home,” an anonymous hymn written about 1600 that again draws our hearts to the heavenly city we look forward to. The choir’s anthem is “You Are the Way,” written by Cam Smith. Its text (hymnal 457) draws us to worship Jesus, the way, truth, and life. During communion we sing “Jesus loves me, this I know,” written by Anna Warner (1859). Its simple message of assurance was famously cited by theologian Karl Barth, who, when asked about the most profound theological discovery of his life, replied “Jesus loves me, this I know; for the Bible tells me so.” Our final hymn is Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” (1529) inspired by Ps 46 (“Lord, you have been our refuge”). Its message of hope and assurance in spite of struggle has encouraged Christians for centuries. Our services conclude with The “little” (in reality not too little, but smaller than the “great”) Fugue in G Minor, by J. S. Bach. It is a classic piece of near-perfect proportion and design.
This Sunday, June 7
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.
Graduates from elementary, middle school, high school, college or graduate school will be recognized at all three services.
9:30 a.m. St. Paul’s Family Worship, where we praise God with our outdoor voices! Jane Burke will share a song with us on her guitar. The sermon will be very interactive: we’ll use a colored marker to draw a picture; we’ll write a word; to share why we come to the Upper Room!
10:15 a.m. The last day of Church School for the summer. Please note that 9:30 a.m Worship will continue through the end of June.
11:15 a.m. Church School Picnic
11:30 a.m. Say grace, eat lunch, play games
Friday, June 12, 3:00 p.m. Rejoicing Spirits will hold its next service at 3 p.m. Friday, June 12 at Pathway Vineyard Church, 94 Pleasant Street, Brunswick. Filled with music, joyous singing and a brief, meaningful message, it’s a great opportunity to share God’s message of love with friends, family and those with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Come…and see why Rejoicing Spirits is becoming one of Brunswick’s most vibrant new ministries. And, pass the word along to others who may also enjoy this opportunity.
Sunday, June 14, after 10:30 worship. Please be sure to be present to say “good-bye” to the Judd family at fellowship hour. The entire Judd family will be with us. Come thank our good friends in Christ and help to send them to their next destination with our gratitude and God’s blessing.
FUTURE DATES. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Friday, June 19, 5:30-7:00 p.m. A Night in the Dominican Republic. Great Hall, St. Paul’s Church. Please mark your calendars for a special evening of food, entertainment and fun for all ages! This is a fundraiser for the high school youth group’s 2016 journey to the Dominican Republic. Teens, parents and youth group leaders will prepare and serve authentic dishes from the Dominican culture, in a festive atmosphere that will include activities for children and musical offerings for all. Tickets will be on sale after the 8:00 and 10:30 services Today and next Sunday, June 14. Please come help us celebrate and support our journey!
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: email@example.com. 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. Bill Edman has graciously agreed to manage the recorder. After processing, they are available on our web site (Worship and Care ? Sermons). 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. We are also seeking feedback. If you have listened to a recorded sermon: Was it easy to access and hear; was it helpful spiritually? This capability might be particularly useful if dealing with shut-ins (family members, LPV, etc.)
Yard Sale The High School youth are having a yard sale the end of August. They are currently collecting items. Please call 721-3203. Nancy Johnson and Ally Collins will arrange a time to collect items from your house. It’s so easy, you don’t have to go outside! Items may also be brought and dropped off at St. Paul’s Church-just let them know with a call!
BION Teen Camp. BION Teen Camp is for everyone completing grades 6-12. The camp is a collaboration by people from churches all over our diocese. Clergy this year will be the Revs. Kit Wang and Tim Higgins. It’s a diocesan youth event that is located on beautiful Lake Megunticook at Bishopswood from Tuesday to Saturday, August 18-22. Because most counselors are volunteers, the early-bird price (before June 20) is $235. After that date, the cost is $265. Financial aid is available.Registration is at maineyouth.org.
Summer Sunday Worship for July & August will be at 9:00 a.m.
Please note that for the second Sundays of July and August worship will be set up outside in the Memorial Garden. It will be in the style of the 9:30 worship with keyboard and accordion hymn singing accompaniment plus an interactive sermon. (Rain location will be in the Great Hall).
Sunday, July 12 at 9:00 a.m. outdoor worship will be followed by a potluck picnic brunch. Sign up will be on the bulletin board.