From the Dean
 
 
In Matthew chapter 22, the Pharisees ask Jesus "Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?" He said "Show me the coin for the tax." "Whose likeness and inscription is this?" They said, "Caesar's." Then he said to them, "Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
  
During this tax season, these verses have been used to argue that it is our duty and responsibility to pay our taxes (not proudly avoid paying them), and as citizens in a democracy to make sure those taxes go to support the common good.
  
During this time of political strive and division, these verses have been used to argue for the separation of church and state, that religious people should stick with religious things, and that what belongs to Caesar belongs to Caesar and what belongs to God belongs to God.
  
Though oft repeated, this second interpretation completely misses (and actually reverses) Jesus' point - that everything belongs to God. Jesus' statement about render unto Caesar is a profound teaching of stewardship, that there is no division of sacred and secular, and that all we have comes from and belongs to God. Notice, by the way, that the coin Jesus used did not show an image of the Pharisees. It wasn't theirs. Its was a gift from God they were called to honor God through the service of others.
  
This week, 150 people of faith - Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Bahai and others - spent two days in Augusta learning how to put their beliefs into action on a wide variety of issues by talking to their representatives or speaking out about specific legislative proposals. See link here for views from the Maine Council of Churches. As I worked with that group and reviewed those proposals, I was reminded that much of today's legislation is based on the idea that it's our money that someone else is trying to take away.

What would it look like if people of faith stood up and said that the bottom line is not the bottom line but rather how we cared for one another? What would it look instead, if we realized that what we have is a gift from God that we are called to use for the common good and make this world a better place? Yes, render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. Also render to God what is God's.  
   
Dean Shambaugh 
Altar Guild Polishing Party Tomorrow 10:00 am - Noon
On Saturday, April 1st, the Altar Guild will be polishing all the Cathedral's silver and brass. Arrive at 10, we'll be done at noon. We're hoping our Choir friends can come help us again, and ushers will polish brass offering plates, vergers will help with torches and candlesticks and Flower Guild will come polish brass vases. You can come help, too. Think of it as active prayer. "Our Father, this is fun!" Our legendary cucumber sandwiches and champagne will be served.                  

Choral Evensong Sunday at 4:00 pm
exterior in spring
 
Please join us for Choral Evensong Sunday afternoon at 4:00 pm in the Nave. Under the direction of Cathedral Musician, Albert Melton, and accompanied by organist, Randall Mullin, the Cathedral Choir will sing choral music by composers, Richard Ayleward, Leslie Betteridge and Franz Xaver Witt. Sunday's Evensong marks the fifth and final Sunday in Lent.
Oboist at 5:15 on Sunday, April 2
Kathleen McNerney will play oboe during the Twilight In the Chapel service on Sunday April 2.  Ms. McNerney is on the music faculty at both Bates and Bowdoin College, teaches at the Portland Conservatory of Music and is co-artistic director for the chamber music ensemble VentiCordi.  She has performed nationally and internationally.  A small reception will follow the service.  Dean Shambaugh will be the celebrant.

St. Mary Schola Concert Here Tuesday
Holy Week  and Easter at St. Luke's

  

Palm Sunday: 7:30, 10:00 and 5:15 with procession at Longfellow square at 9:45

 

Tuesday Chrism Mass: 11 am 

 
Maundy Thursday: 7:00 pm
Footwashing at Preble Street 9:00 am
 
Good Friday: Noon and 7:00 pm
 
Holy Saturday/The Easter Vigil: 7:00 pm
 
Easter Day 7:30, 9:00, 11:00, and 5:15
with an Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30 am

March 31, 2017
 
Weekly Child Care:
Our nursery (adjacent to the Upper Parish Hall) is available for children 4 years old and under from 9:45 am to 11:45 am on Sundays.

Sunday School for pre-K-5th grade is from 9:45 to 10:30 (with the children rejoining their parents at the Peace). Swing by any time after 9:45.

Youth Group for middle and high schoolers is from 11:30-12:30 every week. .  All young people in grades 6-12 are invited to attend.

Youth Meeting after Church this Sunday
 High school and middle school youth are invited to meet in the youth room with Anna Christie at 11:30 am this Sunday morning to discuss a youth ministry at St. Luke's.

Worship Schedule
Sundays
07:30 am (Chapel) 
10:00 am (Nave)
 4:00 pm (Nave) - Evensong on 1st Sundays
 5:15 pm (Chapel)

Our  Sunday 10 am services are livestreamed on our website.


Remember, the office is closed on Mondays.
 

Tuesdays
12:10 pm: Worship (Chapel)

2nd and 4th Wednesdays
5:45 pm: Taize Service in Emmanuel Chapel
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Getting Involved in Advocacy at St. Luke's
To learn about the Maine Episcopal Network for Justice or the Faith Action Network, contact John Hennessy. jhennessy@episcopalmaine.net

For information about St Lukans participating in local events, contact Liz Parsons ecparsons33@hotmail.com

Spiritual Formation 
 for Adults

A Newcomers/Inquirer's Class is being held at 9am on Sunday mornings in March. This is great for anyone wanting to learn more about the Episcopal Church or St. Lukes and is also for anyone (youth or adult) interested in being confirmed in May.

Social Justice is the theme of this year's Lenten Series,
this week's topic is Invisible Maine. Bob Greene, an 8th generation Mainer, AP reporter, and Trustee of the Maine Historical Society, teaches black history at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Harriet Price (H.H. Price), co-author of Maine's Visible Black History, worked on Maine's Underground Railroad history and for two US Commissions on Civil Rights. We meet at 11:30 am in the upper parish hall on Sunday.
 
The Explorers  are reading the last four (4) sections of the Road to Joy by Bishop Tutu and the Dalai Lama. These two men come from opposing faith positions, and yet they have points of meeting, and, sometimes, even agreement. Their thoughts, clarifications and courage will enrich our lives into the future. Join us for searching and searing conversation. We meet each Sunday from 8:45 to 9:45 am, in the Chapter Room.
  
Heart of the Matter explores religious belief through the work of Joseph Campbell.  It's a great place for those seeking new ways of understanding their relationship with their faith. Join us in Classroom 8 on Sundays from 8:45-9:45 am.

The Tuesday Bible Study and brown bag lunch continues each week after the 12:10 service.
  
The Thursday pm theological discussion group is reading Bertrand Russell's and Richard Tarness's contributions to better understand the conditions in the Levant for the spreading of the new Gospel.  Join us in our research on what the historical Jesus might have known prior to beginning his last ministry in Jerusalem. We meet in the Chapter Room from 7 'til 9 pm.
  
Spring Training, April 29
Gather with Bishop Steve Lane and Episcopalians from across the diocese for a day of learning, sharing, and growth. A church leader? A clergy person? Someone interested in spiritual growth or community outreach? 
With 20 workshops to choose from, you'll find what you're looking for. There's no cost for this event, which will be held at St. Paul's Church and the public library in Brunswick.  See details here

 
 
 
Easter Donations for Flowers, Music 
and Advertising 
Easter Memorials or Thanksgivings are due in the parish office by Monday, April 10. Envelopes are in the pews or at the entrances.