What‘s happening at Saint Paul’s: March 18, 2022

This morning, Nancy Whitehouse and I hung these wreathes on our Pleasant Street doors to remind us of the suffering we are witnessing in the Ukraine, the suffering the war has provoked in millions of lives and the resilience of many human beings to move with grace and mercy in times of strife.
I grew up in a state that is called “The Sunflower State.” In the flat plains of Kansas not only do “amber waves of grain,” mostly wheat thrive in those fields. Kansas agriculture boasts of fields of sunflowers, corn, alfalfa, and soy beans. I feel a resonance with the sunflower of the Ukrainian people. It’s an agricultural staple for cooking oil. Indirectly, it is also a symbol of Lent when abstinence from sweets and fatty foods are replaced with the use of sunflower oil instead of trans-fats like fats from meat and milk. Now, it is a symbol of hope.
I thought of Ukrainian agricultural riches, the people who tend them, and the machines that work them when I saw a video of a Ukrainian farmer toting a broken-down Russian tank behind his tractor. Wheat has an important and even sorrowful history in Ukraine. And now, the world is full of grief to see the unprovoked destruction of buildings and fields going on right now.
Our parish is giving generously to Episcopal Relief & Development on the ground supporting the Ukrainian people directly. Thank you. We will continue to share the ERD link and contact information [HERE] with you in these mailings and in our St. Paul’s announcement bulletin. I hope you will consider giving more than once.
On a daily basis, I find myself checking on news reports, feeling helpless to do much about this violent tragedy. I’m inspired by the many people of all ages standing up against evil acts and evildoers. (Through our Tuesday Lenten conversations on Zoom, you all have helped me reframe my language to use the terms “evil acts” and “evildoers” from “evil” as a descriptor of a person.)
As we near the end of the second week in Lent, I recalled the poem I return to again and again during this holy season. It is set to a beautiful anthem written by Trinity Church Boston’s Richard Webster, Director of music and Organist. It reminds me of the meaning of the Lenten journey we take every year, war or no war and helps me return to Jesus for strength and consolation. English priest George Herbert wrote the poem, “The Dawning” in 1633.
Loved ones, we will always have “Good Friday” sorrows in our lives. But our Christian faith, even in those times of sorrow, fear, anger and worry remind us that “Thy Savior comes, and with him mirth…And with his burial linen-drie thine eyes…” We are certain that “God will wipe away every tear.”  (Rev. 7:17)

The Dawning
George Herbert 1633

Awake sad heart, whom sorrow ever drowns;
Take up thine eyes, which feed on earth;
Unfold thy forehead gather’d into frowns:
Thy Saviour comes, and with him mirth:
    Awake, awake;
And with a thankfull heart his comforts take.
But thou dost still lament, and pine, and crie;
And feel his death, but not his victorie.

Arise sad heart; if thou dost not withstand,
Christs resurrection thine may be:
Do not by hanging down break from the hand,
Which as it riseth, raiseth thee:
         Arise, Arise;
And with his buriall-linen drie thine eyes:
Christ left his grave-clothes, that we might, when grief
Draws tears, or bloud, not want an handkerchief.


Your urgent support will help Episcopal Relief & Development provide humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the violence in Ukraine, working with ACT Alliance and our Anglican partners in Europe.


Prayer in Time of War
God of infinite mercy, we trust in your good purposes of peace for all your children. We pray for those who at this time face danger in the defense of justice. Watch over those in peril; support those who are anxious for loved ones; gather into your eternal purpose those who will die. Remove from the hearts of all people the passions that keep alive the spirit of war, and in your goodness restore peace among us; for the sake of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Changes in our Guidelines for Worship & Gatherings in the Building
Starting Sunday, March 13, 2022:

Sunday Worship: Masks are required in the nave and for Family Worship. Congregational singing and Passing of the Peace are now permitted at 10:30 a.m. worship. Modified Eucharist with individual wafers will continue for now. Green tape guides dis tanced seating. Windows are cracked for ventilation. Both the Pleasant Street and parking lot doors will be accessible.

Gathering in the building: Masks are recommended. For meetings/gatherings with 15 people or larger the Great Hall and Upstairs choir rehearsal space are the only spac- es available. Groups less than 15 may reserve the library or one of the classrooms. Please contact Randy Day, Parish Administrator, at randyday@stpaulsmaine.org to re- serve these spaces. If the group is singing, masks are required. Windows are cracked for ventilation. Meals are not permitted.


Family Ministries

Join Us For Worship

Family Ministries Sunday Schedule

9 a.m. Modified Eucharist in the Great Hall & on Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 966 1711 1762
Passcode: church
Family Group following worship,
ending by 10:15

12-1 pm, 2nd & 4th Sundays Middle & High School Youth Group

Family Ministries Sunday Schedule
9am Family Worship (in person and  on Zoom)
9:30am Family Group
12-1pm, 2nd & 4th Sundays Middle & High School Youth Group

This week we will add in congregational singing at Family Worship! Thanks be to God!

*Please fill out this updated registration form for children participating in Family Ministry offerings.

Happy Belated Saint Patrick’s Day!
Learn more about St. Patrick here and here.
A prayer for Patrick of Ireland from Common Prayer for Children and Families.

Christ be with me, Christ be within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in face of friend or stranger.

Please note: There are no updated COVID safety protocols for Family Worship at this time. (wear a mask, please refrain from singing, keep distance where possible)

*Please fill out this updated registration form for children participating in Family Ministry offerings.

9:30 am Sundays
Family Group follows 9 am
worship on Sundays.

Join as we pray, play, and spend time in the story! This is an intergenerational space to learn and grow together. All are welcome!

Please note: Wear a mask
and practice physical distance

Hello St. Paul’s Middle &
High School Youth!

Please wear a mask!

2nd & 4th Sundays, 12-1pm.

We would love to hear from you!

If you or your ministry would like to have an article in the upcoming April 2022 Messenger, please email your items to stpauls@stpaulsmaine.org no later than Monday, March 21 at noon.

Sunday Worship

10:30 a.m. Modified Eucharist
in the Nave and on Facebook

Click on the link below to view from home:
To watch on Facebook
for the Worship Booklet
for the St. Paul’s Announcements


Lectionary Page

11:50 a.m. Sunday
Explore the Sermon over Coffee on Zoom

Click here for the Zoom meeting link.

Parish Announcements

THIS Saturday, March 19, 2020
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Great Hall

Child care available!

It’s Lent. It’s mud season. We’ve been living in a pandemic for over two years, and now we face the reality of war in Ukraine. Despite the lengthening light, these are dark times.

Consider coming to the Great Hall on the morning of Saturday, March 19 to share the film Mission: JOY and to explore ways of finding joy, even now, in our own lives. Below is a description of the film from the producers:

To register for the program, please email Mary Lee at maryleewile@gmail.com so she can send you some preliminary material to get you thinking about (and looking for) joy.

Adult Formation Lenten Program Offerings
Tuesdays in Lent 
Zoom, 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m., March 8, 15, 22, 29.
The Evil Done on Our Behalf (exploring this important phrase we say in the corporate confession during Eucharist)
Speakers: Chick Carroll, Macauley Lord, Deborah Goodwin, Pat Ryan
The Zoom link will be included in Friday emails and will be sent separately the day
before each meeting.

Mar 22, 2022 07:00 PM
Mar 29, 2022 07:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 810 7755 4118
Passcode: 913693

A Sacred Ground Affinity Group meets on the 2nd Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in the Great Hall to further discuss the lessons learned in the Sacred Ground study. Those attending will explore Stephanie Speller’s most recent book The Church Cracked Open: Disruption, Decline, and New Hope for Beloved Community. Contact the parish office to pick up your copy. Those wishing to offset the purchase of a book and shipping cost are invited to make a donation of $16.

St. Paul’s Newcomers and Adults Who Wish to be Confirmed into the Episcopal Church:
You are invited to attend four sessions entitled “Questions and Conversations About Our Faith”
Sundays in-person in the St. Paul’s library after 10:30 a.m. worship.
April 3, April 10 (Palm Sunday), April 24, May 1

The rector will be leading the discussion and will encourage questions. Together we will explore the many delights and challenges being a faithful Episcopalian and our current relevance in rapidly changing times. These conversations promise to be energetic! For more information please email, carolyneklund@stpaulsmaine.org

Safe Church Training


The Diocese of Maine (“the Diocese”) is committed to the prevention of child abuse of all forms. The purpose of this policy is to help the church to be a safe place for all who worship, or minister, or come in any sort of need, including children, youth, and those who work with them. We believe that this policy is one aspect of honoring our baptismal vows to “respect the dignity of every human being.”