St. Paul’s Family Worship Weekly Postcard 3-11-21

Blessings to St. Paul’s Beloved Family Eucharist Congregation!

Join us for Worship

Reminder: Daylight Saving Time Begins —
Set Clocks forward one hour Saturday night

Join us this Sunday, March 14
The Fourth Sunday in Lent
9:30 a.m. Rev. Katie Holicky and musician Susan Brown will lead us in a time of song, prayer, story, and sharing with our friends!
Here is the link for the Zoom gathering
Click here for the 9:30 Family Worship Booklet 
10:30 a.m. Pre-recorded Diocesan Spiritual Eucharist on YouTube or St. Paul’s Facebook 
The service features various members of the St. Paul’s parish including youth! 
11:30 a.m.  Explore the Sermon over Coffee. 
Here is the Zoom link

Family Ministries Sunday Schedule
9:30-10:10 am: Family Worship via Zoom 
1:00-2:00 pm on 2nd & 4th Sundays
Middle & High School Youth Group in the Garden
2:30-3:30 pm: Family Group in the Garden

A Prayer for Lent

from Common Prayer for Children and Families
 After he was baptized, Jesus returned from the Jordan River full of the Holy Spirit, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. There he was tempted for forty days by the devil.
-Luke 4:1-2 God of mercy and forgiveness, 
You made us to love you and your creation,
And to love our neighbors as ourselves,
But we fall into sin 
When we choose to do hurtful things; 
Guide us through the forty days of Lent, 
To come closer to you 
With prayer, fasting, and giving.

All Things Youth

Hello St. Paul’s Middle & High School Youth!
2nd & 4th Sundays from 1-2 p.m. in the Garden. 
Please wear a mask, practice physical distance, and bring your own water and snack should you need them. 

Family Groups

Family Group continues to meet in the Garden
at 2:30 – 3:30 pm each Sunday.
If you are interested in joining a Family Group please reach out to Rev. Katie.
Please note: Wear a mask and practice physical distance.

Faith at Home

Check out these Lenten Resources:  
Lenten Color by Number. Check out these options for a creative daily moment with God through Lent. 
The Way of the Cross multimedia devotional. 
From tracking your carbon footprint, to Lenten Madness brackets visit the Diocese of Maine webpage for various ways to engage with Lent this year. 

 Here are some helpful resources to keep you and your family faithfully connecting.  
Holy Troublemakers and Unconventional Saints. An illustrated children’s storybook about people of diverse faiths who rocked the religious boat on behalf of love and justice.
Common Prayer for Children and Families. Whimsical, simple illustrations and prayers drawn from Episcopal prayer resources Common Prayer for Children and Families is a collection of prayers and liturgies written for kids and the adults or communities who pray with them. 
Faith at Home, lectionary based family devotions.
Enjoy some Bible Stories brought us by Godly Play.
Well suited for the youngest among us.

Parents and teens, are you looking for a way to deepen your daily prayer practice?
Order of Saint Helena offers a free Daily Office “App” for smartphones and tablets. Check out these inclusive language daily office prayers. Visit their website by clicking the link above to learn more about this community of women in the Episcopal Church. 
Pray As You Go. Here is a helpful website, also available as an app for your smartphone or tablet, that offers you a daily practice of readings, prayers and even musically Psalms!

Gather with Youth from Around the Diocese

Let’s Talk About It: Compline + Conversation for 9th-12th graders
Fourth Sundays from 7:00-8:30 PM
Pray, Play, Connect: A Fun and Prayerful Space for 6th-12th graders
Third Mondays from 7:00-8:30 PM
Connect on Instagram Follow us @maineyouth_episcopals! 

Justice Resources

Check out the new children’s book Netflix show:  
Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices
The Center for Racial Justice in Education has some great resources to help families in the work of racial justice.
 Family Sermon by Rev. Dr. Mark Bozzuti-Jones about the sin of racism.
 A list of resources from some Episcopal friends in North Carolina.
short family guide to supporting racial justice now.
Book Lists: (various social justice topics, including racial justice)
Social Justice Books; A Teaching for Change Project
Act for Social Justice
Embrace Race: “Diverse” Books for Children
Anti-Racism Books for Elementary Students
Indigo Arts Alliance Book list

21 Anti-Racism Videos To Share With Kids: 
These helpful videos cover a variety of topics to help us talk together about race and racial justice.
They’re Not Too Young to Talk About Race: 
This helpful chart breaks down concepts of race that children can engage with based upon age. 

Justice Book Bags! 
We have a beautiful collection of justice-oriented and inclusive books for children. If you would like to borrow a justice book bag, please reach out to Rev. Katie Holicky to schedule a time to pick up books.

Katie’s Corner

Stories from Katie’s Corner:
Advent 4: Joy
Advent 3: Love
Advent 2: Peace
Advent 1: Hope
Many Hands, A Penobscot Indian Story

Take-Home Bags

This school year, in addition to other offerings, we will try on “take home formation”. Stop by church and grab your family’s monthly bag with simple activities.
February/March theme is… The Lord’s Prayer and Lent!
A digital copy can be found here.
Contact Katie to schedule a time to pick up your bag or let her know if you’d like it dropped off at your home.

Sunday Junior Paper – Click to Read!

Parish Office Hours

Precautions to Observe While you are in the building of St. Paul’s
We love you. We do not wish to spread the virus to those we love. That’s why…
 1. Masks are required at all times.
2. Sign in for contact tracing.
3. No more than six people at a time in entire building.
4. Stay six feet or more apart.
5. Only one person at a time in parish office. (Please make arrangements with staff if you need to meet one-on-one in person.)
 Click for Parish Office Hours

St. Paul’s Events – This Week and Next


A Quiet Morning in Lent—Program led by Rev. Mary Lee Wile
9:00 – 11:00  a.m. via Zoom

Easter Hymn 204 begins, “Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain…”  After a year of pandemic isolation and nearly a month of Lent, I find myself especially drawn to the hope and rebirth promised in that lovely opening line.  This Quiet Morning will offer a chance to acknowledge what feels “wintry, grieving, or in pain” in us, and to explore how God touches us in the midst of it, calling us in love to newness of life.
If you’d like to take part, please email the church office or me  and I will send along some preliminary handouts and a link to the Zoom gathering.

Zoom Soup and Scripture Chat
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
We’ll discuss Mark 11:1-11—Mark’s version of the Palm Sunday entry into Jerusalem

Sacred Ground Program Offered

Have you been wondering about how you might learn more about the history of racism in our nation and how you might consider your own call to anti-racism learning and formation? Have you been wondering about joining a Sacred Ground Circle?

This Spring St. Paul’s will begin a second round of Sacred Ground Circles!
If you are interested in joining please email Rev. Katie Holicky.
For more information on Sacred Ground click here

Holy Week at St. Paul’s

Saturday March 27, 4:00 pm
Blessing of the palms to take home at St. Paul’s parking lot
Palm Sunday, March 28
9:30 Family Worship on Zoom
10:30 Spiritual Eucharist and Reading of St. Mark’s Passion on Facebook Live
Monday–Friday, 7:30 am
Holy Week Celtic Morning Prayer Facebook Live
Monday–Wednesday, 7:30 pm 
Celtic Evening Prayer Facebook Live
Maundy Thursday, April 1
7:30 am Celtic Morning Prayer Facebook Live
11:00 am Maundy Thursday Healing Prayers  Zoom
7:30 pm Maundy Thursday liturgy  Facebook Live
Good Friday, April 2
7:30 am Celtic Morning Prayer Facebook Live
11:00 am Good Friday Stations of the Cross
at St. Paul’s parking lot
12:00 pm Good Friday liturgy Facebook Live
7:30 pm Celtic Evening Prayer Facebook Live
Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 3
7:30 am Celtic Morning Prayer Facebook Live
7:00 pm Easter Vigil, Service of Light, lighting of Paschal candle and reading of salvation history. 
at St. Paul’s parking lot and streamed on Facebook Live
Easter Sunday, April 4
9:30 Family Worship on Zoom

10:30 The celebration of Easter Sunday pre-recorded service 
Facebook Live and YouTube

11:30 Easter Sunday coffee hour conversation 
on Zoom

Easter Flowers