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|During the rector’s absence, the wardens and others will fill in for her by writing a note to be included in the weekly email to the parish.
Summer is here! And so my summer reading is progressing. I’m enjoying Jonathan White’s Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean (2017). My love of the ocean is as deep and vast as it. Throughout the book, White discusses the wonders of remarkable tides in various locations. He tells of the science, as well as the human history, related to these tides. One destination White explores is the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel, facing the English channel and engaging a forty five foot tidal range. White writes of the relationship between the moon, the sun and the tides.
By the time I descend the many steps of Mont Saint-Michel’s abbey, even the village below is empty and silent. The moon has almost completely traversed the night sky, leaving dew clinging to cafe awnings and tile roofs. Having risen in the east many hours ago, the moon now hovers in the west. The tide is long gone. In a few hours the moon will drop below the western horizon, and just as the last of it disappears, the sun will rise on the opposite horizon. (58)
White goes on to describe the phenomenon known to the Greeks as syzygy, as it relates to alignment between the moon and sun. While reading, I remembered the lesson Carolyn offered regarding the Greek concept of syzygy, meaning “yoked together.” She suggested we think of it in terms of marriage. However, I imagine its reference expanding to any relationship that might hold unique, compelling forces within it. I often feel “yoked together” with my three-year-old daughter, Estella. Forces beyond my control and, I think, hers propel us in the dance of life.
In addition, I am reminded of the syzygy of our congregation at St. Paul’s. Almost three years ago, it was this close union that Estella and our family experienced during her baptism. Early in the morning, Estella’s cousins trudged down to Casco Bay to collect seawater, seaweed, shells and rocks. Estella’s baptism was to be an event intimately connected to the ocean. She would be baptized with seawater. Her cousins decorated the baptismal vessel with seaweed and shells to adorn her birth into the Body of Christ. I will never forget the awesome feeling of gratitude for all the good works of God and our congregation during her baptism. May your summer continue in its ebb and flow, enhancing the union of the Body of Christ at St. Paul’s. And don’t forget the syzygy of the total solar eclipse on August 21.
Johanna Wigg, Junior Warden
7th Sunday After Pentecost
Worship at 9:00 am
Today, July 23
We welcome The Rev. Alfred Niese as our guest celebrant and preacher today.
The Rector will be away July 12-August 8th. If you have a pastoral emergency please contact one of the deacons, The Rev. Mary Lee Wile or The Rev. Chick Carroll or call the Parish Office.
2nd Annual Summer Music @St. Paul’s;
Summer Worship, 9:00 am, July 2-Sept. 3
To all available singers who attend St. Paul’s in the summer – members, visitors, family, friends, or company who are here from out-of-town:
Come to church for a brief 20-30 minute rehearsal at 8:15; then sing the Offertory Anthem together.
Dates for singing together are:
Parish Office Summer Hours-Tuesday through Friday 8:30 to 2:00 pm during July and August.
Located in the beautiful woods of mid-coast Maine, Bishopswood is an Episcopal coed overnight camp affordable and open to all youths ages 6-16.New this year: Summer Finale Week (August 21-27th) – stay with your family in a cabin or a tent for a half-week or full- week for the Camp Bishopswood experience. Relax and play in God’s Creation! Scholarships are available; see Carolyn, the Rector.
Summer is here and with it, simpler-but-super coffee hours-just lemonade and cookies-and of course fresh brewed coffee. It’s a great way to offer hospitality to newcomers and “old timers” alike. Please plan to host this happy time. More information: call Nancy Keating at 729-7187.
Healing prayer with the laying on of hands is regularly offered on the first and third Sundays of every month. However, if you would like prayer for healing at any other time, please feel free to contact any member of the healing prayer team. The members can be identified by green print on their name tags.
More donations for Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program Please! Thank you to all those who contributed to last month’s food drive for Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. Your contributions will help feed those who have encountered difficulties and are greatly appreciated. During the summer months, donations have a tendency to slow down, but need does not. Our next date to collect food items for MCHPP is on August 6th, First Sundays,
Life Together. If each person would contribute just one item of food or diapers, we can well exceed our last collection. You can also contribute by writing a check. A check will enable MCHPP to buy seven times the amount of food through their network. Just write MCHPP on the memo line.When you go shopping, please pick up a can of vegetables, a box of pasta, or a box of cereal in support of your neighbors who are less fortunate. Thank you!
Bill Edman, Chair
August 8, 7:00 pm Grace Episcopal Church, Bath. An evening with George Rishmawi, Christian Palestinian activist. “Keeping Hope Alive: Palestinian Solidarity Despite 50 Years of Occupation.”Co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement and active in many local and international organizations, George is committed to justice for Palestine and works to build a sense of hope and purpose for the future in the midst of ongoing oppression.