What‘s happening at Saint Paul’s: April 8, 2022
My heart is with you as our community enters Holy Week. I am mindful that being in-person for these sacred observances after being closed for so many months brings even more meaning to our walk with Jesus and each other. Thank you for your prayers, faith, love, joy, and generosity. Many people share in the work to create a meaningful Holy Week and Easter. Gratitude is what I want to share in this letter.
Our staff, newly working together is collaborating with grace, patience, and competence, coming up a steep learning curve to perform the many necessary administrative and liturgical functions. Every single week at staff meeting, I can’t help but burst out my thanks to them for beautiful and inspiring worship on Sundays. They work hard to send notices, prepare booklets, set up the worship area and ensure that our church software is updated. This work is multiplied for Holy Week. I’m grateful to them: Randy Day (who also has brought the choir together as our musician and serves as parish administrator), Carolyn Farr and Karen Tucker. We are deeply grateful for our parish office volunteers, Karen Rienert, Carol Martin, Carol Anderson and Caroline Savage.
A joyful thank you goes to my clergy colleagues, the Rev. Katie Holicky and the Rev. Mary Lee Wile. They have helped plan the Holy Week and Easter liturgies (adapting them as we emerge a bit from pandemic precautions). In Holy Week, they will be helping with preaching and liturgical functions for all ages. I love to work with our clergy and hear them preach!
Thank you to the Lay Worship Leaders and clergy who have and will lead Morning Prayer and Compline on Facebook Live at 7:30am and pm Holy Tuesday, Holy Wednesday and Holy Thursday. (There will be a Maundy Thursday in-person service and on Facebook Live at 7:00 pm so no Compline that evening). This faithful group of worship leaders has served God with prayer and their online presence. Thank you to Myrna Koonce, Cliff Ruprecht, your rector, Mary Lee and Rick Wile, Meg Williams, Hugh and Caroline Savage. Thank you, Macauley Lord and Andree Appel for filling in.
Gratitude goes to Bonny Labonte and the Altar Guild for reverently polishing our holy things for worship, making sure the candles are refilled and seeing to the modified way we prepare for Eucharist. Their work is multiplied many-fold in Holy Week. Thank you.
Thank you to Abigail Manny Patterson, Nancy Whitehouse, Ann Carroll and the Flower Committee who have planned for beautiful Easter flowers and for the Maundy Thursday “flowers in the garden” in the vestibule where we place the consecrated elements for the Good Friday liturgy the next day.
Thank you to choir members who have been rehearsing, leading us in song so beautifully. You inspire me! Thank you Deborah Goodwin who has recruited and scheduled the Greeters and Ushers. You all offer your smiling faces to those who enter St. Paul’s for worship. Thank you to our lectors and those who have volunteered to read the Passion of St. Luke on Palm Sunday and the Passion of St. John on Good Friday: Jan DeBlieu, Peter McCracken, David and Denise Hoyle; Leslie Brancart, Larry Kalajainen, Fred Hollmann, Carol Kalajainen.
And gratitude goes to YOU. You have a role to play in worship. That role is your presence. Your presence is a gift and offers holiness and wholeness to the St. Paul’s body of Christ. Thank you for this gift.
I will see you Sunday when we begin our Holy Week observances by the blessing of the palms.
With much gratitude,
We hope you can join us on April 8th at 2:00 pm
for the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist in Thanksgiving for the life of a beloved member of our community, Robert A. Walkling.
If you can be with us in person or be with us at Saint Paul’s virtually we look forward to seeing you.
Here is the site for our Facebook Live connection.
scroll down and you’ll see when we go live at about 15 minutes prior.
Here is the bulletin and music insert.
PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 10TH
Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
PALM SUNDAY WORSHIP
Join Us For
Palm Sunday Worship
9 a.m. Modified Eucharist
in Garden and on Zoom. Meet in the garden to make a procession with palms.
Followed by Family Group.
Worship Booklet Here.
Meeting ID: 966 1711 1762
Family Group following worship.
12-1pm, 2nd & 4th Sundays Middle & High School Youth Group.
A Palm Sunday Prayer from Common Prayer for Children and Families
Praise God, praise God, praise God we say, welcoming Jesus along the way. Waving our branches of palms we say, hosanna, hosanna along the way. Welcome to Jesus, our blessed Lord. Praise God, praise God, praise God we sing. Amen.
Check out these ideas for celebrating Holy Week at home with your family from buildfaith.org. Holy Week at Home: Family Practices for the Triduum
at Growing to Give Farm.
Growing to Give Farm will be holding a special Earth Day volunteer session where they will be planting a blueberry orchard (plants donated by one of our parishioners!). There will also be crafts and story telling for young ones! Rev. Katie, by way of an invitation from Rebecca McConnaughey, worked the farm recently and it was a great chance to get her hands dirty in service to others. Learn more about the amazing farm here. You can sign up to volunteer any time you feel moved! Sign up here. (Please Note: you do need to sign up online in advance.)
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.
PALM SUNDAY WORSHIP
10:30 a.m. Modified Eucharist
in the Nave and on Facebook
Newcomers and Adults Who Wish to be Confirmed into the
Meet this Sunday, April 10 in person
(Palm Sunday), April 24, May 1.
in the St. Paul’s library after 10:30 a.m. worship.
You are invited to attend sessions entitled “Questions and Conversations About Our Faith”. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
11:50 a.m. Sunday
Explore the Sermon over Coffee on Zoom
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 Truth-telling Initiative
Have you finished the Sacred Ground program and wonder what is next? Are you interested in being a “citizen historian”? Join me and other members of St Paul’s as we look to discover more about our history as a parish and our roots in the broader context of our country’s history of racism. Contact Andree Appel at email@example.com.
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.”
Baptism: If you, a friend or loved one desires to receive the Sacrament of Baptism (a once in a lifetime sacrament of initiation into the Christian faith), there is a date coming up at St. Paul’s for this celebration: Sunday, May 8 at 10:30 a.m. Eucharist during the Bishop’s visitation. Please pray about this important in your life and contact the Rev. Carolyn Eklundto tell her of your interest.