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The E-Pistle of Sunday, December 11th, 2022

Thank You For Joining Us Today

We are most grateful to welcome you to our Sunday worship. We wish you God's blessings and love for this day.


We hope that you can feel part of the Cathedral community wherever you are in your life's journey. Know that this is a place of welcome and love for all.


The church is so much more than a building or our Sunday services. At the core of the body of the church is each of you. God’s love and compassion which you carry out into the world from this place, is the living church.


Blessings to you.


Dean Shambaugh and the Cathedral Community.


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Sunday Morning Service Participants

Preacher: The Very Rev. Dr. Benjamin A. Shambaugh, Dean

Celebrant: The Rev. Suzanne Roberts, M.D. 

Assisting: The Rev. Rebecca Grant, Deacon

Music Leader: Christian M. Clough 

Assisting Organist: Randall Mullin

The Cathedral Choir

Ushers: Peter Bingham, Bob Parshley, Martha Parshley, & Gail Swinton

Advent Wreath Prayer Leader: Alec Thorne

Lector: Ellen Detlefsen 

Prayers Leader: M. Parker Roberts

The Healing Team: Ruth Roemer, John Leddy

Live Streaming: Jack Swanton and Sam Allen  

Acolytes and Vergers; The Flower Guild; The Altar Guild

Happening at the Cathedral on Sunday

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

Christmas Pageant Rehearsal

Starting Dec. 11th|Following the 10am Service

Location: The Cathedral Nave

Contact: Sarah Dowling

We are excited to begin rehearsing our Christmas Pageant. All children and youth are encouraged to join!

A Christian Life of Faith:

Signs and Thresholds

Along the Way

Sunday Mornings| 9am-10am

Location: The Oratory

Contact: Dean Shambaugh

So much of what we do at St. Luke’s is designed to help others. What about nurturing and exploring our own spiritual lives? What about our questions and struggles of faith, our relationship (or not) with God? 

  • Lead by Dean Shambaugh
  • All are Welcome
Learn about how you can get involved with this group

The Cathedral Choir

Thursday Evenings |7pm-9pm   

Sunday Mornings|10 am Service

Location: The Cathedral Nave

Contact: Christian M. Clough

Each week we are blessed with the gift of music from the St. Luke's Cathedral Choir under the direction of our Canon for Liturgy and Music, Christian M. Clough. If you are interested in singing with our choir in future services, please contact Christian. 

Learn about how you can get involved with this group

The Maine Pop's Band Christmas Benefit Concert

Benefiting the St. Luke's Food Pantry

December 11th | 2:30 pm

Location: The Cathedral Nave

Contact: The Parish Office

Learn about Concert Here

Roots of Jesus Study Group

Sunday Mornings|8:45am-9:45am

Location: The Chapter Room

Contact: The Rev. Dr. Bob Hanson 

The Roots of Jesus Study Group meets for its 65th consecutive study session on Sunday 12/11/22 from 8:45 to 9:45 AM in the Chapter Room.  Newcomers are always welcome. We are studying the contributions of II Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel.  These prophecies mark a radical turning point in the scriptural background of Jesus.  Up to this point God had only revealed His “outer personality.  That was now to be radically changed from the initial war-God, El Shaddai, to the new and inner designation, now, of loving and caring Father.  In creating man and woman with the gift of His own image, i.e., that we now have the same capacities as his. That at last, He could now speak with us, and we with Him,  as equals.  This “equality” was one of consciously seeing the span of life as the journey in search of one’s truest self.  As God's inner consciousness was emerging, mankind  also had  discovered its mission in what the three prophets were teaching. Second Isaiah was his call to become the Messiah, the redeemer; Jeremiah discovers how enormously  difficult the journey is, and Ezekiel tells us of our promised rebirth and God’s invitation to join Him in His everlasting kingdom. Join us in this life-long search. Our resource person is Dr. Bob Hanson, theologian and linguist. We look forward to learning alongside you. 

Welcome to New Visitors

We are glad you are joining us today! We want to learn more about you! Please sign our register and give us your email address so we can contact you. Greeters at the door are available to answer any questions you might have about the Cathedral.

Any Additional Questions for us?

Please Visit our "I'm New" Page on our Website

Weekly Ministries

  • St. Elizabeth's Jubilee Center is offered every Tuesday from 8:30 am to 11 am.
  • 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 also offered weekly on Friday from 8-9pm on Zoom. For additional details contact Ray Murdoch Curry

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