Dear Friends,

Bring your lawn chair or your blanket, a potluck dish and join us for worship this Sunday, July 12 at 9:00 am in the Memorial Garden of St. Paul’s! We will leave a row or two in front for you to “plop” yourself down on the grass in front or sit in one of the chairs we will have set up on the gentle slope facing the Memorial Garden! Bring a friend for what will be a fun, interactive and joyful service of praise to God with our “outdoor voices!”

Thank you accordion player, Carol Bondy for joining us in the music. And thank you, Susan Brown for leading us on the keyboard and accordion! Thank you friends from our 9:30 Sunday congregation for coming early to help set up.

Here is the line-up of songs:

  • Opening Song We are marching in the light of God…
  • Gospel Song Halle, halle, halle, lu-i-a!
  • Communion Song Let us break bread together on our knees
  • Closing Song I have decided to follow Jesus

I can’t wait to bring some carpentry tools and share them with you during my homily when we talk about the prophet Amos and his image of “the plumb line in his hand.” You can help me demonstrate a “straight line” with my tools! Did you ever think you would be playing with tools during worship?!

I call your attention to Bishop Lane’s article that summarizes the actions of the General Convention 78 for our diocese. (click here) Each person attending worship this Sunday will receive a copy. I’m excited about all the blessings God has given us as we prayerfully and joyfully move forward as disciples of Christ.

As I close today I want to share with you that for the next weeks of our Friday email this summer I have invited some “guest writers” to share their thoughts about our call to hospitality. I’ve asked them to share their personal practice of hospitality, their definition of hospitality or how they see Jesus offering hospitality. I am looking forward to reading these articles throughout the summer.
Yours in faith,
Carolyn+
The funeral and committal for Dud Follansbee will be at St. Paul’s, Sunday, July 12, 2:00pm. “Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Dudley.”

 

St. Paul’s follows Christ’s call to social justice. In particular, we give thanks for the Rev. Al Niese’s witness to racial justice. Please follow this link www.pressherald.com and read his passionate letter to the editor, that we may follow his example.

Almighty God, who created us in your own image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.” (BCP, p. 260)

Sunday’s Announcements

TODAY, July 12

On the second Sunday of the month the plate offering is designated to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund.

9:00 a.m. Worship today will take place in the Memorial Garden. We’ll learn about what a plumb line is from the prophet Amos and remember why John the Baptist was so important to us!

THIS WEEK FOUR NEW PICNIC TABLES WERE DELIVERED TO THE MEMORIAL GARDEN.
We will dedicate them for use for our neighborhood hospitality!
“We are marching in the light of God!” at St. Paul’s! Bring a friend, some food and join us!

Today 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The 13th Annual Brunswick Area Garden Tour. Rain date will be the following Sunday, July 19th, at the same time. Advance tickets are $12.00 and on the day of the tour they are $15.00. Advance tickets are available at: Hannaford in Brunswick, Imperial Hosta, and Gulf of Maine Books. Tickets will be available on the day of the tour at the Gazebo on the Brunswick Mall. All proceeds will go the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. FMI call Ron Carroll at 725-6558.

FUTURE DATES. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Friday, August 21, 7:00 p.m. A showing of the movie Wall E, outdoors weather permitting.

REMINDERS

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 August 29th. 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.

NOTE: The church office is on summer hours, closed Mondays, open Tuesday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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 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 19, 26 Holy Eucharist in the nave with the singing of familiar hymns.

July 12 Outdoors in the style of Family Worship followed by picnic brunch.

August 2, 16, 23, 30 Holy Eucharist in the nave with the singing of familiar hymns.

August 9 Outdoors in the style of Family Worship followed by picnic brunch.

September 6 Holy Eucharist in the nave with the singing of familiar hymns.