St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church
Sixth Sunday After Epiphany
February 12, 2017
Please join us in welcoming The Reverend Stephen Hayward this Sunday.
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Sunday, February 12, 2017
10 am: Holy Eucharist
Readings for The Sixth Sunday After Epiphany
(Please see scripture notes below)
13 - 9:30-12pm Parenting and children with Linda Shepard
Sunday, February 12 - 10am Holy Eucharist with Rev Stephen Hayward
2pm Island Nursing Home
4:30pm Centering Prayer/Silent Meditation
Tuesday, February 14 - 4pm Tutoring Adult Ed
Wednesday, February 15 - 4pm Choir Rehearsal
Friday, February 17 - 1-4pm Rug Hooking group meets
Sunday, February 19 - 10am Holy Eucharist with Rev. Stephen Hayward
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Message from the Senior Warden
You may recall that last week's Navigator included an excerpt from a letter from Bishop Lane. Citing the divisions in the country that were surfaced by the Presidential election, he suggested the possibility that our churches
might "host - first in our congregations and then in our communities - conversations about important community issues, seeking to learn from
each other how and why we differ and what hopes we might share." While
I readily acknowledge that this sort of thing is far more easily said than done, it is, I think, an idea well worth our effort and attention. We are a small congregation situated on a small island that is characterized by a highly diverse community. If we are to attract anyone other than aging retired cradle Episcopalians, it seems to me that we must reach out into that community.
I don't think I am particularly different when I note that most of my interactions seem to be with people with whom I agree. There is something wrong with that. The world is nowhere near that simple. I personally feel a need to have some sort of dialogue with folks who view the world differently than I, who have had different life experiences, folks who might teach me something rather than just reaffirming my existing prejudices. Frankly, I
have not had much success trying to meet this need. Jane and I have lived here for nearly seven years now. During that time I have developed a tremendous affection for the people of this island. Despite the endless gibes about "people from away" and "summer people," I consistently experience
an underlying warmth here. Still, I have not significantly broadened my
social circle beyond those who look and act and think pretty much as I do.
I hope to remedy that in the time I have left. More important, I hope we
can begin to explore that effort as a church community.
I will be pressing this point in the weeks ahead, and I would love to hear
your feedback and ideas.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
hortly after returning to Dallas last fall, there was a conference at our church here on evangelism that was attended by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. I did not attend the conference, but I did go to hear him preach at
the evening worship service one night. I had been told he was an excellent "preacher" and I was not disappointed. This is longer than his messages
we have linked to in the past, but I hope you will try to find the time to listen. I think he addresses some very important issues that are relevant to us at St. Brendans as we seek to discern the future of our church.
Our new website has been up for nine months. Here are a few numbers about visitors to our website so far:
- We averaged over 100 distinct visitors to our new website during each of the months of June through September and during November. During October, December and January we had 60 - 80 different visitors.
- The peak month was September when we had 201 visits from 114 different visitors.
- Most visitors visited 2 -3 different pages.
- 50% of the page visits were to the home page, followed by about 15% each for Location, Who We are and Events. Other popular pages included Pastoral Care, Worship, and the Navigator Blog with Anne Burton's posts on Forgiveness.
- During January 2017, 50% of our visitors were directed to our website by Google (glad we were finally able to correct their information), 30% came directly using our web address, 13% were redirected after using the old address, 5% were directed by websites of the Episcopal Church, and 2% by Bing.com
- The most visits tend to occur between Friday and Sunday. The most popular times of day for visits is 5-7am and 4-8pm.
- We have had over 1,200 visits total since June.
The Logo above is a clickable link. Click now to visit the website and be sure to make a Bookmark so you can find your way there anytime.
Parents Are Leaders
The parish hall was abuzz with the sound of small children and the smiles
of their parents Monday morning (Feb 6) as PALS under the leadership of Linda Shepard met for the first time.
Linda Shepard, a Stonington native and Head Start teacher for 38 years, established this program with the support and funding from Community Compass. The purpose of this group is to assist parents with new born children become aware of appropriate children's services, share parenting experiences, and allow the children to have a peer playgroup experience. Four children, ranging in age from 3 months to 3 years, and six parents
were present on Monday. Linda reports that she is working with 10 families.
The vestry has graciously allowed Linda to use our parish hall without cost
to have a place to meet with her group and let the children have a common play space. Linda said that "this is a dream come true for me". She has
for a long time wanted to have an opportunity to work with parents and children in this type of a setting and use her experience to support parents
as they learn how to be the best parents they can be.
Welcome, Linda. Thank you for taking on this important responsibility.
St. Brendan's is pleased that we are able to support your efforts by using
the parish hall. Linda has also worshiped with us the past two Sundays.
St. Brendan's Women's Wilderness Adventure
Please consider joining a group of St. Brendan's women for a three night trip to Katahdin Lakes Wilderness Camps (food, lodging, fun, community & nature's beauty included).
If you are interested, please indicate preference of dates as soon as possible:
1) Monday, August 21 - Thursday, the 24th
2) Monday, September 11 - Thursday, the 14th
We have had wonderful experiences in past years and are look forward to sharing new adventures this year!
Please be in touch with us soon!
Patricia Donahue (email@example.com) (520-668-7842)
Chick White (firstname.lastname@example.org) (919-942-6793)
Martha Dane (email@example.com) (207-947-8043)
Scripture Notes for the Sixth Sunday After Epiphany
Again, we hear a portion of the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew's
gospel presents Jesus as the fulfillment of Moses. In today's reading,
Jesus speaks of various requirements of the Law. Those who live in
his Way will follow the Law inwardly, not simply outwardly. Jesus'
own relationship to God as God's Child is revealed in his teaching our
relationship as children of God given to us in baptism grows through
the way of living he taught.
The first reading from Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) is perhaps the clearest
statement on human freedom of choice in the Hebrew Scriptures. This
passage alone would seem to suggest that everyone can do that which
right unhindered by sin. This passage needs the corrective supplied
by today's gospel reading that makes it clear that we are still dependent
upon God's gracious assistance if we are to carry out the inward obedience
that Jesus commands.
In the second reading, Paul continues to seek to deal with division in the
Corinthian church between cliques loyal to him and those loyal to Apollos.
His approach is to suggest that each member of the body is essential and
is God alone who is building up the church through the varied ministries
are given. The liturgy is this truth about our life in the church, as each
has a role to play and all of our individual liturgical actions and words combine
to make the work of the people of God.
rom 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, Fred, Pat Stoneburner, Holly, Carolyn Angel, Colin MacNaught, Jim White, Shannon Cormier, Nancy Stearns, Daniel Harriman, Ingrid Bengis, Mary Adams, Diane, and Sandy Nisbet. 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,
for the congregations of
St. Paul's, Brunswick and St. Alban's, Cape Elizabeth.
For justice and peace in the world.
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
we pray for Lusaka - (Central Africa)
Note: If you know of someone you'd like to have added to this payer list,
On the Island and Peninsula, we pray
for Blue Hill First Congregational Church.
please contact Anne Burton at 367-2266, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 12-4:30pm, Friday 12-5pm
Woody Osborne, Senior Warden
Skip Greenlaw, Junior Warden
For Pastoral Care