On Monday about 1300 people gathered at Merrill Auditorium to pray and worship and remember the nine shooting victims of Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, South Carolina. More than 15 members of St. Paul’s were present to stand in solidarity with our African American brothers and sisters in grief and sorrow.
May we never forget the faithful and their families in our prayers:
The Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41
Cynthia Hurd, 54
The Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45
Tywanza Sanders, 26
Ethel Lance, 70
Susie Jackson, 87
Depayne Middleton Doctor, 49
The Rev. Daniel Simmons, 74
Myra Thompson, 59
The Rev. Al Niese traveled to Green Memorial AME Church last Sunday to hear the preaching of his good friend and colleague, The Rev. Kenneth Lewis (one of the organizers of Monday’s event). The Rev. Lewis’ sermon is a testimony to his faithfulness as an African American pastor and a follower of Christ who nurtures a “beloved community in Christ” and teaches the centrality of love and forgiveness to our faith.
SCREENING OF THE REV. KENNETH LEWIS SUNDAY SERMON IN GREAT HALL
Al Niese has presented us with a DVD of the Rev. Kenneth Lewis’ sermon which will be shown THIS SUNDAY on our large screen TV in the Great Hall at Fellowship Hour after the 8:00am Holy Eucharist. I commend it to you, even with the irregular sound issues that crop up in it. What a holy and vibrant witness this pastor and congregation is to us! I want to thank Al Niese and Andree Appel for providing the opportunity for us to hear the word of God from this very fine preacher. And thank the many members of St. Paul’s who attended the gathering in Portland on Monday.
Before I sign off today, I would like to leave us with a question regarding the intersection of our faith and race. The Rev. Dr. Roy Partridge asked us this question after his presentation in April of the screening, “Here I Am, Send Me: the Life of Jonathan Myrick Daniels.” What is our responsibility as white followers of Christ to fight against bigotry and hate? How can we act now? What keeps us from acting and making the change in our lives?
May we deeply engage these questions and move to act.
In the faith of Christ,
A Note on Sunday’s Music
Music at the 10:30 service on Sunday begins with the organ prelude “Dearest Jesus, Here we Stand,” by J. S. Bach. It’s a setting of a Lutheran hymn of commitment, and one of Bach’s masterpieces in miniature. Our first hymn is “Not here for high and holy things,” written by Geoffrey Suddert-Kennedy around 1900. It’s a hymn of praise to God’s creation and the beauty of the earth. Before the Gospel we sing a hymn in honor of the saints, “By all your saints still striving,” with a special verse honoring Saints Peter and Paul. It was written by Horatio Nelson about 1860. At the offertory, the choir sings a spirited and joyful setting of Psalm 100, “O, be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands,” written by British composer Benjamin Britten about 1950. During communion our hymn is “We shall overcome,” a Spiritual of faith and hope in the face of trials that helps us remember the hope and faith of all witnesses, especially our patron saint. Our final hymn is “Christ is made the sure foundation,” an ancient hymn in praise of Jesus, the foundation, headstone, and cornerstone of our faith. Its cheerful tune is by seventeenth-century English composer Henry Purcell. Our service concludes with Bach’s “St. Anne” Fugue, calling to mind the hymn “O God, our help in ages past.” Amen: may the Lord God be our guide, our hope, and our eternal home!
This Sunday, June 28
9:30 a.m. St. Paul’s Family Worship, where we praise God with our outdoor voices!
This is the last 9:30 a.m. worship Sunday in the Upper Room for the summer. Be sure to bring the family for 9:00 a.m. worship outdoors on July 12 and join us for a potluck brunch afterwards!
The Gospel lesson is about Jesus appearing to Peter and asking him, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” This happened three times. The last thing Jesus said to Peter is “Follow me.” St. Peter and St. Paul followed Jesus. We will learn what the word martyr means and remember the martyrs of Charleston.
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. 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.
NOTE: The church office begins summer hours this week, closed Mondays, open Tuesday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The office is closed Friday, July 3 for the holiday.
Wednesday, July 1, 1:00 p.m. Sharing and Caring Support Group which offers support to caregivers and those living with grief will meet in the St. Paul’s library. Please join us as we take time to share stories and conversation with each other during this summer season. Looking forward to seeing you there. Barbara Blanchard, Susan McCracken, and Sandy Meyer
FUTURE DATES. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Friday, July 10 3:00 p.m. Rejoicing Spirits will hold its next service at 3 p.m. Friday, July 10th 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.
Friday, August 21, 7:00 p.m. A showing of the movie Wall E, outdoors weather permitting.
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!
Camp Bishopswood. There are still some slots available at Camp Bishopswood. St. Paul’s has scholarship money available to assist with the cost.
The Messenger Reminder that there will be a combined July and August issue of The Messenger this summer. Deadline for contributions is July 8.
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)