St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church
|Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
July 9, 2017
Please welcome back The Reverend Stephen Hayward who will
preside at our service
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|The Episcopal Church of the Province of New England
Sunday, July 9, 2017
10 am: Holy Eucharist
Readings for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
(Please see scripture Notes Below)
On the Calendar:
Sunday, July 9 - 10 am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Stephen
Monday July 10 -
11am Timely Traders Investment Group
- 4:30 Silent Meditation/ Centering Prayer
Tuesday, July 11 - 1pm Outreach Committee Meeting
- 4pm Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, July 12 - 11:15 -4:00pm Deer Isle Duplicate Bridge
- 4pm Choir Rehearsal
- 5-8pm IHT Annual Meeting
Sunday, July 16 - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Stephen
Monday July 17 - 4:30 pm Silent Meditation/ Centering Prayer
Sunday, July 30 - 9am Finding Joy - with Fr. Edward Dufresne
- 10am Holy Eucharist with Fr. Edward Dufresne
- St. Brendan the Navigator Annual Meeting
(following the 10am service)
Sundays, August 13 & -Finding Joy - with Fr. Edward Dufresne
September 10 (following the 10am service)
For more details on the Finding Joy Seminars, click on the highlighted links above.
Click here to visit the
Events Page Calendar
on the website for
up to date information.
Message from the Senior Warden
As I approach the end of some thirty months on our Vestry, I wonder
what, if any, lessons I have learned. Most obviously, I suppose, I have relearned both the value and fragility of a church community. Reminiscing this past Sunday with Vesta, I found myself recalling the outset of 2016: Ginny had just retired, and a number of parishioners had left us, leaving
a significantly reduced budget in their wake. We were staring in to a decidedly uncertain future. The fragility of a church community in rural Maine was all too apparent. All it takes is for a handful of people to leave, and a precarious vulnerability shortly emerges. Now, as I look back on
that January of 2016, I also appreciate the resilience and spirit that has persisted at St. Brendan's. I wonder, though, what it is about a small church community that makes it so seemingly vulnerable.
Jane and I have now lived year round on the island for seven years. Attending the Fourth of July parade this past week brought home to me
the extent to which we have become some part of our island community. And while, as I have noted previously, loss and change assuredly occur within this broader community, there is not the sense of vulnerability I sometimes experience at St. Brendan's, where the inevitable frictions in human relations can be so damaging. Several things come to mind.
First, of course, there is the simple fact of size. In a larger community
the inevitable differences among people can be more effectively managed.
If someone doesn't like you, there are presumably others who do.
I need not get along with everyone in order to belong.
But I wonder, also, whether there is somehow more felt to be at stake
in a church community; whether for many of us in this setting, it is more important to be liked, to be agreed with, to get our way? More important that things stay the same? I'm not sure, but I think there is something to this notion. And if there is, perhaps we need to keep it in mind as we
move ahead. Belonging to a church community requires at least some sublimation of self in favor of the community as a whole.
Over the past year or so, I have learned the value of meditation. In years past any effort in this direction met with fairly quick failure at the hands of my impatience and restlessness. Now, however, I find it of great value. One of the prayers we frequently use in our Monday afternoon sessions goes as follows:
Spirit of comfort and longing,
enfold my fear,
unclothe my pride,
unweave my thoughts,
uncomplicate my heart,
and give me surrender:
that I may tell my wounds,
lay down my work,
and greet the dark.
So, as we move forward together, let us unclothe our pride, unweave our thoughts, and uncomplicate our hearts.
A Call for Worship Leaders
The Worship Committee is pleased to announce that Stewart Pierson has generously agreed to conduct a session to train people to become Worship Leaders. This means specifically training persons to lead non Eucharistic worship services. This is especially important for the Year Round Community. The focus will be on two topics: (a) an orientation to, and instruction in, the conduct of non Eucharistic services as outlined in the Book of Common Prayer, and (b) a discussion of designing and conducting other non-Eucharistic worship events beyond what is outlined in the BCP.
Please contact Ann Ottesen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pete Dane
(email@example.com) by July 12 if you are interested in participating in this initiative. Once the list of volunteers is assembled, the time of the initial session will be arranged.
Join us for Kierkegaard Reading
Last call for anyone who would like to re-read (or read for the first time) Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling, an extended reflection on the Akedah, the Hebrew scripture passage of last Sunday, July 2nd.
We will meet early in August to discuss this short book. Please let one of
us know if you intend to read the book and wish to attend the discussion.
All are welcome!
Reminder: Time to Update St. Brendan's Directory
Since last year's update, there have been several changes and additions to
St. Brendan's Directory. Please review your information and let Liz Alley know of any changes in your information, such as address, e-mails, phone numbers (summer/winter) etc.
A copy of the 2016 Directory will be available for review following Sunday's service at coffee hour. If you have questions about the information currently in your listing, Liz can be reached at 348-6240 during office
hours Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 12-5 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scripture Notes for Fifth Sunday After Pentecost:
Today's reading from Matthew is when Jesus learns of the murder
the Baptist. He mourns that people rejected him and John: John, for his
of judgment and ascetic lifestyle, and Jesus for his message
of God's love for all people and his
zest for living. Nevertheless, God's
blessing is available for all who accept Jesus' call and for all
minister God's love to other people.
The first reading continues the story of our ancestors in faith. Sarah has
died and Abraham sends his servant to his far-away relatives to find a
wife for Isaac. We hear of the servant selecting Rebekah, who becomes the next mother of God's chosen people.
We continue in the second lesson to read from Paul's letter to the Romans. Although, as we heard last week, we have died and been raised in baptism,
we still find that sin is alive in us. Paul struggles here with the notion that we are dead to sin and yet sin is still active in our lives. He comes to no easy answer but instead rejoices in God through Jesus who is the only solution to
In the liturgy, we are reconstituted as resurrection people. We find the principles of living in the world to be those of God's Kingdom rather than
those of the world. In worship and in our ministry to the helpless we become signs of contradiction to the world's standards.
The Rite Light: Reflections on the Sunday Readings and Seasons of the Church Year.
Copyright © 2009 by Michael W. Merriman. Church Publishing Incorporated, New York.
In Our Prayers
We pray for those on our prayer list suffering and recovering from illnesses, especially Jan Place, William, Pat Stoneburner, Holly, Carolyn Angel, Sidney, Colin MacNaught, Shannon Cormier, Nancy Stearns, Daniel Harriman, Ingrid Bengis, Diane, John, Tom, Claudice, Kathy Gray, Jennifer Hulsey and her family Byron, Ben, and Clair. We pray, also, for those who love and care for them.
We pray for those struggling with addiction and mental illness.
We pray for all those receiving care through Neighbor Care and for all
the residents of the Island Nursing Home, the Northern Bay Residential Facility, and their families.
We pray for the dying, and those who have died. We remember also
those who mourn.
We pray for the victims of gun violence-in our cities and towns, in our schools, in our places of worship, and in our homes.
We pray for the victims of the violence of armed conflicts around the world. We pray for those made refugees by the violence of armed
conflicts. We pray for the victims of terrorist attacks everywhere.
We pray for all who suffer the effects of domestic violence and the violence of bullying in our schools.
We pray for all peacemakers, and all those who work for justice.
We pray for all those serving in the armed forces of our country, remembering, especially, Craig, Chris, and Graham.
We pray for all who govern, and we pray for the concerns of our local community, remembering, especially, our children, our young people,
and our isolated elderly.
We pray for Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury; Suheil, Bishop of Jerusalem; Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Steve, our Bishop; for the members of our vestry; and for all our members, whose ministries are varied and far-reaching.
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for
the congregations of St. Mark's, Waterville and St. Peter's, Portland.
For all the Priests of the Diocese of Maine.
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer
we pray for
Okinawa - (Japan)
On the Island and Peninsula,
we pray for
Stonington United Methodist Church.
Note: If you know of someone you'd like to have added to this payer list,
please contact Anne Burton at 367-2266, email@example.com.
Icon of St. Brendan by Siri Beckman
Lord, I will trust you.
Help me to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown.
Give me the faith to leave old ways and break new ground with you.
Christ of the mysteries, I trust you to be stronger than each storm
I will trust in the darkness and know that my times are in your hand.
Tune my spirit to the music of heaven, and somehow, make my obedience count for you.
-Prayer attributed to St. Brendan
St. Brendan the Navigator
627 North Deer Isle Road
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 305, Deer Isle, ME 04627
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 12-5pm
Woody Osborne, Senior Warden
Skip Greenlaw, Junior Warden
For Pastoral Care