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The E-pistle of Sunday, April 23rd, 2023

The Third Sunday of Easter

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

7:30AM in Emmanuel Chapel

10:00AM in the Nave & Livestreamed

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The Cathedral Church of St. Luke

in the

City of Portland

and the

Episcopal Diocese of Maine

Whoever you are,

and wherever you may be on the journey of the spirit, 

The Episcopal Church welcomes you.

Welcome to St. Luke’s Cathedral

We are a community of faith with ancient worship and modern thought, catholic traditions and progressive theology. We proclaim a Biblical perspective for thinking people, a respect for reason, science, and a diversity of perspective. This empowers compassion and care for both the wider community and one another. Our commitment to welcome and inclusion is central to our mission modeled on the Kingdom of God and proclaimed by Jesus Christ. 


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Sunday Morning Service Participants


Christian M. Clough, Canon for Liturgy and Music


The Rev. Dr. Paul St. Germain, Transition Priest in Charge (7:30 AM)

The Rev.’d Christopher Worthley, Assisting Priest (10AM)


The Rev. Rebecca Grant, Deacon

Music Leader & Organist

Christian M. Clough, Canon for Liturgy and Music

Assistant Organist

Randall Mullins


M. Parker Roberts

Prayers Leader

Mary Linneman


MJ Northrop, Mary Linneman, Gail Swanton 

Head Verger    

Eleanor Roberts

The Healing Team

Mary Strnad, Betsey Deleuse

Live Streaming

Jack Swanton, Sam Allen

Contributing Ministries

Acolytes, Vergers, The Flower Guild, The Altar Guild, The Cathedral Choir

Music copyrights granted under #A-713087. Sources: The Hymnal 1982, Lift Every Voice and Sing II, Wonder, Love, and Praise, Voices Found, My Heart Sings Out, The Saint Helena Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer,, Enriching our Worship, The Holy Bible (NRSV)

Thank you in advance for your offering today. You can donate to St. Luke’s through our new and secure “Give and Text” feature. Please TEXT “TEXTCSL” to 73256. Our 2023 Pledge Campaign is ongoing. Pledge materials and information are available here.

Happening at the Cathedral Today


Public Policy and Environmental Action Team

Coffee Hour Presentation Today!

Today, Sunday April 23rd

Directly after the conclusion of the 10:00A.M. Service

Location: The Upper Hall

Today's coffee hour is hosted by The Public Policy & Environmental Action Team.

They will showing a short film from the American Resilience Project which explores the transition from fossil fuels to renewables with a focus on national security, economic prosperity, and environmental justice.

The film shares how the challenges of modernizing the aging power grid can be tackled by the utility, auto, tech, and defense industries to make it more secure and responsive to the needs of its users while enhancing environmental performance.

Come join us for the film and a brief discussion after about how we as individuals can support these important changes.

Childcare and Sunday School

Sunday Mornings|9:45AM

Location: Upper Hall

Contact: Sarah Dowling

 Our Sunday school and nursery are both open today. Sunday school begins in the upper hall at 9:45AM, with children returning to their families at the sharing of the Peace. The nursery is open every Sunday from 9:45-11:30AM. Families are always welcome!

Learn More About Childcare and Sunday School at St. Luke's

Roots of Jesus Study Group

Sunday Mornings|8:45-9:45AM

Location: The Chapter Room

Contact: The Rev. Dr. Bob Hanson at 207-405-8250. 

Join us in the Chapter Room from 8:45–9:45 AM on Sunday mornings. Bob Hanson, Biblical scholar, linguist and theologian, leads our group. For more information call Bob at (207) 405- 8250. Activity units are distributed for each session. Assigned readings are from the Biblical books under consideration. The journey is a joyous one.

Community Announcements

Ministry Formation Days

April 29th, please see details below

Formation Ministries: April 29 9a–1p

Sunday School, Nursery, Teen Fellowship, Adult Education, Newcomer Classes

Outreach Ministries: April 29 1-4p

St Elizabeth’s Jubilee Center, Community Kitchen, Public Policy & Environmental Action, Food Pantry 

The Upper Hall

Contact: The Rev. Dr. Paul St. Germain

Please bring a brown-bag lunch (beverages provided), and share fellowship with fellow parishioners at the morning and afternoon events.

Ministry Formation Days St. Luke’s is entering an exciting time of transition—from an acting priest-in-charge to a full time interim-dean to eventually, by God’s grace, a new dean. As in any transition, there are areas where special attention and support for its members is helpful. This encourages a smoother “ministry in transition”. This is also a time to invite increased participation, and offer the congregation fresh ways to engage, and perhaps explore joining a group “short-term”—as part of ALL of our “ministries” —“in transition”. Every member of the congregation is invited to come together—and explore more about a ministry which may be calling you. The best definition of a “call” I have heard is: “something when doing brings us closer to God”. This is an excellent Lenten or Easter exploration—perhaps taking even a “resurrection” look at where we are and what God is calling us to do! 

We are offering four separate Saturdays in April to uplift four areas of Cathedral ministry and engage the following:

  • Challenges and expectations of ministry during change and how to meet them
  • “What you always wanted to know about this ministry but were afraid to ask…”
  • Review of existing methods and procedures
  • How to support the St. Luke’s Community through YOUR ministry and service. 

Living God’s Vision

A Courtesy Resolution of Appreciation, Renewal, and Ressourcement


The Lesser Chapter of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke

A Note from your Senior Warden:

The Lesser Chapter (“Vestry”) met last evening and adopted a courtesy resolution

“Living God’s Vision” that relates to the Cathedral’s anti-racism work. Please click here to read the full resolution.

The background that led to this resolution may be found in the minutes to The Lesser Chapter’s meeting on March 15.

The resolution includes the phrases: “Appreciates the dedicated work and

compassionate efforts already done by St. Luke’s Becoming Beloved Community

Committee” and provides for a path forward: To “Charge a Working Group to

make recommendations to the Lesser Chapter that will help coordinate current and

future efforts to promote actions that will help realize the Way of Love.”

I invite anyone who would be interested in joining the Working Group to contact

me via email with the email subject header "Way of Love Working Group."

I will aim to have the Lesser Chapter finalize its charge to the Working Group at its

next meeting on May 17.

The minutes of last night’s Lesser Chapter meeting are in preparation and will be

available via a link in next week’s E-Pistle.

Minutes from the St. Luke's Finance Committee

To read the latest minutes from the St. Luke's Finance Committee meeting held on April 18th, click here.

Medication Collection Drive

Dr. Julia McDonald, daughter of St. Luke's parishioners, Dan and Joan McDonald, is leading a medical mission trip to the mountains of Honduras in the spring. Dr. McDonald is asking for donations of medications to distribute to patients while in Honduras.

If you are able to assist please bring donations to the parish office during the week ahead.

  •  -non-expired commonly used prescription medications (for blood pressure, diabetes, steroids, PPIs for reflux, antibiotics) [PPIs are proton pump inhibitors, used for GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and Reflux]). Common versions are pantoprozol (Protonix), omepraziole, famotidine (Nexium)...,
  •  over-the counter medication (ibuprofen, tylenol, naproxen, multi-vitamins, prenatal vitamins, allergy medication, antacids, muscle rubs and salves)
  •  reading glasses (Dollar store), sunglasses, visine eye drops
  •  Toothbrushes

Everything will go directly to patients in rural western Honduras.

Sign Up to Support the Flower Guild

We’re pleased to announce that the 2023 Flower Chart is up on the bulletin board (in the hallway opposite the Cathedral Office), and ready for your memorials and celebrations.

We thank the many individuals who signed up on the flower chart in the past for their donations and special flower requests in memory of, or in honor of loved ones, and in celebration of births and anniversaries. The requested donation is $75. Your memorials also contribute to the sanctity of each service and add to the beauty of

St. Luke’s Cathedral.

Clynk Bags Available to

Support Young Adults Ministry

Contact: Shana Rose

 St. Luke’s has returned to the Clynk Initiative Program. There are bags available at both entrances of Nave with barcodes that correspond to the Cathedral’s account. Anyone is welcome to take a bag and are encouraged to bring it to a local redemption center or grocery store that accepts Clynk. Proceeds from this initiative will support “The Young and the Restless.” 

Sunday Mornings

Following the 10:00am Service

Location: The Upper Hall

Contact: Meredith Cough

Sign-Up Form

Coffee Hour is a ministry of fellowship that keeps our community connected, it is especially important during this leadership transition at St. Luke's.  

Please consider hosting a coffee hour some Sunday this spring. Basic snacks and beverages are provided for you to serve, if you would like to augment that with fresh fruit and baked goods feel free to organize that beforehand.

 A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board or you can click the link below and sign up online or simply contact me and I'll sign you up. Abundant amounts of gratitude come with the job, thank you!  

Email Meredith Cough or call 207-415-8207 

Realm Online Giving Platform

The Cathedral has launched our online giving platform, Realm, which also serves as our new database.

If you are interested in establishing monthly or weekly recurring gifts for your 2023 Pledge or other outreach gifts, now is the time to do so.

Please see the link here to be able to access our giving page.

Please note, Realm is not where you make your pledge. It’s where you will schedule payment of your pledge in whatever increments you might like to do. That could be weekly, monthly, or in one lump sum payment as you set up your recurring gift or one time gift please look at those options and make sure the amount that you enter is what you want withdrawn each week or each month.

You can also donate to St. Luke’s through our new and secure “Give and Text” feature. Please TEXT “TEXTCSL” to 73256. Our 2023 Pledge Campaign is ongoing. Pledge materials and information are available here.

Weekly Ministries

  • The Food Pantry is open from 8 am to 11 am every Thursday.

  • Noon prayer is offered every Wednesday via Zoom.

  • The Tuesday 12:10 Eucharist gathers weekly in Emmanuel Chapel. Join via Zoom.

  • Contemplative Prayer is offered every Thursday at 4:30 pm via Zoom.

  • Compline is offered weekly on Friday from 8-8:30pm on ZoomFor additional details contact Ray Murdoch Curry


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Mailing Address:

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