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The E-pistle of Sunday, April 2nd, 2023

The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

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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

Service Participants

Preacher The Rev. Anne C. Fowler, Assisting Clergy

Celebrant The Rev. Dr. Paul St. Germain, Transition Priest in Charge

Assisting The Rev. Rebecca Grant, Deacon

Music Leader & Organist Christian M. Clough, Canon for Liturgy and Music

Assisting Organist Randall Mullin

Ushers Bob Parshley, Martha Parshley,

Melissa Coy, Susan McCuller

Head Verger     Eleanor Roberts

The Healing Team Mary Strnad, Oscar Mokeme

Live Streaming Jack Swanton, Sam Allen

Contributing Ministries The Cathedral Choir, Acolytes, Vergers,

The Flower Guild, The Altar Guild

Passion Readers

Matthew: The Narrator Mary Linneman

Jesus Sam Allen

The chief priests and others Ray Murdoch Curry

The Soldiers of the Governor Peter Carleton, James Hornor

The Disciples Peter Carleton, James Hornor

The Crowd The Congregation

Peter, The Centurion Peter Carleton

Judas James Hornor

The High Priest Ray Murdoch Curry

Bystander, Servants, Witnesses Susan McCuller

Pontius Pilate Jonathan Radtke

Pilate’s wife Susan McCuller

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)

Prayers for Members of Our Community

We offer prayers of healing and comfort for members of our congregation and loved ones in our extended community. 

Judy Merrill (mother of Stephanie Lomond Merrill),  Jessica and Jonathan Gallant (daughter and son-in-law of Jack and Gail Swanton), Dylan Wiseman (friend of Terry Foster), Mikayla (friend of Ray Murdoch Curry), Veronica Cutler (Mother in 

Law of Spencer Hugo Vidal), John (Husband of Tom Sumner), Helen King (Aunt of Tammy Parker), and Joseph Edgar III (son of Jeri Edgar).

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 on Sunday

Town Hall Meeting Today Following Today's Service

 Please join Senior Warden, Sam Allen, and The Rev. Suzanne Roberts in the Upper Hall at the conclusion of the 10:00A.M. service for an update on the search for an Interim Dean. 

The meetings use two questions to prompt discussion about St. Luke’s and what qualities we should seek in the Interim Dean:

•Provide just a few words that would help a prospective Interim candidate learn about St. Luke’s.

• Provide in just a few words gifts and skills that you feel are particularly important for St. Luke’s Interim Dean to possess.  

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 9:45, with children returning to their families at the sharing of the Peace. The nursery is open every Sunday from 9:45-11:30. Families are always welcome!

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

Roots of Jesus Study Group

Sunday Mornings|8:45am-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 a.m. 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.

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 

Holy Week Resources

Holy Week 2023 Schedule

Easter Offerings

Easter Offerings are available to be made online through our secure online giving platform Realm.

Offering Envelopes are also available in the Nave at both entrances. Please place your envelopes in the plate during the offertory. The cut-off for names to be listed in the Easter bulletins is Tuesday, April 4th.

For additional information please visit the Holy Week 2023 page on the website.


Easter Egg Hunt

Apr. 9th

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Bishop's Garden

Rain Location: Emmanuel Chapel

Contact: Sarah Dowling

Our annual Easter egg hunt will be held between the Easter services at 10: 30 am. This fun filled time will be held in the Bishop’s Garden which is behind the gated section at the front of St. Luke’s. If it is rainy, the egg hunt will be held in the Chapel. Everyone is welcome!

Bring Bells for the Easter Vigil

Please remember to bring bells to ring at the Easter Vigil this coming Saturday, April 8th, at 7p.

Stations of the Cross in Emmanuel Chapel

Throughout Holy Week, our service bulletins will display artwork from a collection on the Stations of the Cross entitled “Through His Eyes” by artist Don. Justin Meserve (1938-2010). Each of these works are installed in Emmanuel Chapel. We invite you to walk the stations of the cross during this time of prayer and reflection.

Station Eight: Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

V. Those who sowed with tears

R. Will reap with songs of joy.


Ministry Formation Days

April 22nd & April 29th, please see details below

Liturgical Ministries: April 22 9a–1p  

Vergers, Ushers, Altar Guild, Acolytes, Flower Guild, Lectors & Intercessors

Hospitality and Support Ministries: April 22 1-4p Building & Grounds/Facilities, Sunday Fellowship Time (AKA Coffee Hour), Greeters, Kitchen Committee, Community Suppers, Memorial Receptions

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. 

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.” 

Weekly Ministries

  • The Food Pantry is open from 9 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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143 State Street, Portland, ME 04101

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 4141, Portland, ME 04101

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