“Troubled God, in every generation you call your people to contend against the brutality of sin and betrayal: Keep us steadfast even in our fear, uncertainty and sorrow, so that we may follow where Jesus has led the way.” Daily Prayer for All Seasons, p.95 #EmmanuelAME
Carolyn is happily hanging out with her sister, and I’m happily (with a little angst thrown in) getting ready to head to Salt Lake City on Tuesday as a deputy to General Convention.
For those of you interested in following the Convention as it happens, live streaming is available at:
If you are on Twitter (I’m not yet, but will be…) you can follow Tweets at @bishop_maine and @episcopalmaine
If you are particularly interested in the election of our next Presiding Bishop, that’s scheduled for midday Saturday, June 27, so pay attention to live streaming and Tweets. (The presentation of candidates will take place on Wednesday, June 24, 3:30-6:30p.m. EDT.)
There is also a Facebook group you can join called Mainers in Salt Lake City
You can follow the Maine deputation from June 24th through July 3rd with “Deputy of the Day” posts on The New Northeast: http://newnortheast.me (my day to wear the Maine lobster hat and write up the day’s events is June 30, which probably means it will show up July 1).
Thank you for your prayers and good wishes, not just for me but for the whole Episcopal Church as it gathers for worship, discernment, lively discussion, and (gasp) inevitable and life-giving change.
You will travel with me in heart and prayer,
A Note on Sunday’s Music
Sunday’s 10:30 service begins with an organ setting of the Nocturne from Mendelssohn’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” I find this to be perfectly evocative of the peace of a summer evening, just right for midsummer. Our first hymn is “O praise ye the Lord,” written by H. W. Baker in 1875. It is based on Psalms 148 and 150, a joyful praise song that touches the heart and allows us to express our gratitude to the Lord in full voice. Before the Gospel we sing “Almighty Father, strong to save,” written by William Whiting in 1860. The familiar “Navy Hymn” is appropriate as we hear the Gospel reading, Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee. At the offertory, the choir’s anthem is “Sing to the Lord,” a setting of a nineteenth-century tune arranged by Alice Parker. Its text, written by Isaac Watts in the early eighteenth century, speaks of the power and might of God at the second coming of Jesus, where the final struggle against death is resolved. At communion we sing “This is the hour of banquet and of song,” written by Horatius Bonar about 1850. It too speaks of the great joy that awaits us as we celebrate the heavenly banquet through eucharist. Our final hymn is “O for a thousand tongues to sing my great redeemer’s praise,” written by Charles Wesley about 1740 on the anniversary of his conversion. This classic hymn of praise calls to mind God’s forgiveness and healing power, with a look forward to the eternal joy that awaits us. Our service concludes with a joyful postlude by Mendelssohn that seems to echo our morning’s praise to God for the many blessings we receive with gratitude.
This Sunday, June 21
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.
We welcome and thank the Rev. Canon Richard Hall for being our officiant today. The rector is away until June 24th. If you have a pastoral emergency please contact one of the Deacons.
We give thanks to all the men in our lives. Happy Father’s Day.
9:30 a.m. St. Paul’s Family Worship, where we praise God with our outdoor voices! The Gospel lesson is based on Mark’s gospel. “Jesus Stops the Storm” Jesus said to the wind and the waves, “Peace! Be Still!” Think about all the ways Jesus brings peace into our lives. How can we trust Jesus like the disciples did?
FUTURE DATES. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
June 24th and ending Sunday afternoon June 28th. Housing at Lightening Speed! Now that the ground is successfully broken on Hope Lane, Habitat is planning a four day Blitz Build. If the weather cooperates, the Faith-Build house could be completely framed and roofed by the end of the month. If you would like to help (half-day shifts, starting Wednesday morning June 24th and ending Sunday afternoon June 28th) you can sign up online at: http://vols.pt/kWcdi8 Or contact Madeleine Msall: 607-4049 to tell her when you would like to work. Please keep all the Habitat volunteers and families in your prayers during this exciting time. Ben and his family should be moving into the first Hope Lane house very soon.
Sunday, June 28, 1pm-2:30pm, NEWCOMERS’ BRUNCH, Rector’s home. The St. Paul’s Vestry invites our guests and newcomers to this time of fellowship, friendship and dining on delicious food. WHERE: 43 Spring Street, Brunswick, Maine. Please contact the Parish Office to RSVP.
Friday, August 21, 7:00 p.m. A showing of the movie Wall E, outdoors weather permitting.
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.
July 5, 19, 26 Holy Eucharist in the nave with the singing of
July 12 Outdoors in the style of 9:30 Worship followed by picnic brunch.
August 2, 16, 23, 30 & Sept. 6 Holy Eucharist in the nave with the singing of familiar hymns.
August 9 Outdoors in the style of 9:30 Worship followed by picnic brunch.
Singer Summer Workshops: Emily Isaacson, Oratorio Chorale Director, and Mary Sullivan, Artist-In-Residence, are presenting singing workshops at St. Paul’s June 23-July 28. The workshops are open to singers at all levels of experience, ranging from sight-singing and how to read music, to advanced vocal technique and several sections of choral music history. Singers may enroll in any of the dozen workshops. Flyers for the workshops, with course descriptions, are on the bulletin board across from the elevator. For further information, please contact Terry Leitzell at 725-4764 or firstname.lastname@example.org
United Baptist Church of Topsham is planning a vacation Bible school for children ages 5 – 11 from 9 a.m. – Noon, June 22 – 26 FMI: Contact Rebecca Odom (email@example.com)