The E-pistle of Sunday, February 12th, 2023

The Sixth Sunday After the Epiphany

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Guests, Parish Members, Online Visitors, and Friends. If you are just passing through, we thank you for joining us. If you are here longer, we hope you will make St. Luke’s your spiritual home.

St. Luke’s has the unique role of being both a cathedral and a parish church. Wherever you are in your faith journey, whatever you believe, no matter who you are, who you love, or who you vote for, we welcome you into our parish family and our worship today.


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Sunday Morning Service Participants

Preacher The Rev. Suzanne Roberts, M.D., Associate Priest

Celebrant The Rev. Christopher Worthley, Assisting Clergy

Assisting The Rev. Rebecca Grant, Deacon

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

Ushers Peter Bingham, Melissa Coy, Susan McCuller, Gail Swanton

Lector William Salomon

Prayers Leader Curtis Maurand

The Healing Team Mary Strnad, Peter Carelton

Live Streaming Jack Swanton, Sam Allen

other participants The Cathedral Choir, Acolytes and Vergers, The Flower Guild,

The Altar Guild

The flowers for today’s services are offered to the glory of God

in remembrance of 

Stanley Kuziel Sr. and Anna Kuziel

parents of Stanley Kuziel Jr.

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

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. 

Understanding the living of a theologically responsible life and fulfilling the divine will means worshiping the triune God, and following the life examples of Jesus Christ. Understood cosmologically, we are to protect the earth from which we were created. Understood psychologically, we are to seek the divine will for oneself by living one’s life in search of one’s truest  Self. The latter is lived by becoming increasingly whose one was meant to be. Carl G. Jung, a pastor’s son, calls this the “individuation process.” In other words, living in contact with the content of the unconscious, or seeking, as in a conscious journey, the divine will. One then understands one’s life lived both as a conversation with oneself, and the enjoyment of discovering those moments about whose was one meant to be.  Worship now occurs with an appreciation that God is present in every moment. Prayer is that repeated recognition.  “Not my will, but thine be done” now becomes  a joyous moment. Such increased consciousness is now one’s continuous prayer. It is experienced as moments of lightness, as  an uncovering, as an ability to accept that about oneself that was previously unacceptable. Only when we catch a glimpse of our essential nature, which has heretofore been forbidden, can we then find  those paths to our fuller consciousness. Jeremiah reminds us of our starting point: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jer. 1:5). Jesus Christ urges us from the beginning of our journey to always remember that “I am the way, the truth and the life”.


Stewardship Update

As of 2/9 we have 150 pledges for a total of $432,709.

If you have not submitted a 2023 pledge yet, please do so as soon as you can as our 2023 budget shows pledge income at $470,000.

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New Online Giving Platform Launched

The Cathedral has launched its new 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. Realm is 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.

5:15 pm Service Has Paused Until the

Appointment of a New Dean

With Dean Shambaugh's departure, the 5:15 pm Sunday Service has gone on hiatus. This service will resume with the appointment of a full time interim. For additional questions please email the Rev. Dr. K. Paul St. Germain.

Prayer List to Renew for Lent

Beginning February 26 (the First Sunday of Lent) the parish prayer list will renew. If you or a loved one would like to remain on the list, please contact the parish office to update pastoral information and the nature of the prayer request. We will be renewing the prayer list in accordance with the liturgical seasons of the church.

Ash Wednesday February 22nd, 2023 The Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

Services at 7:00 AM, Noon, 7:00 PM

(music @ 7p only)

“The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith. We are invited, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.”  (BCP p. 264)

Messiaen Concert by Ensemble Chamarré

Sunday, February 26th 3:00pm

Location: The Cathedral Nave

Free will offering in support of St. Elizabeth's Pantry

Contact: Christian Clough

Please join us on Sunday, February 26th at 3pm in the Cathedral Nave as we host Ensemble Chamarré for a concert of the music of Olivier Messiaen. Please read the description of the concert below:

Ensemble Chamarré is dedicated to performing the powerful and moving "Quatuor pour la fin du temps" by Olivier Messiaen. This piece (translated as the Quartet for the End of Time) was composed during an excruciatingly difficult time while Messiaen was captured and held in a German POW camp during World War II. The Quartet for the End of Time draws its inspiration from the Book of Revelation, birdsong, and the colors of the northern lights. The first performance was held in the camp during the bleak winter of 1941 with Messiaen at the piano, and fellow prisoners playing violin, cello, and clarinet. Ensemble Chamarré seeks to help the listener to experience the context of this extraordinary masterpiece of chamber literature by describing the conditions at the camp and details of Messiaen's experience as it relates to the music. Listeners may draw inspiration from this musical and spiritual journey of triumph and redemption over despair.

 Past performances were greeted with great enthusiasm from audience members, who described it as “a transforming experience”. Following these successful performances together playing Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, and witnessing the transformational qualities of that musical work and the audiences' response, as well as the musicians’ chemistry of working together, the musicians decided to formally create an ensemble dedicated to playing this powerful piece. The musicians who make up Ensemble Chamarré individually bring a great mix of experiences to the ensemble: from performances with the Boston Symphony on international stages to recording for Aerosmith, from movie soundtracks to concerto solo performances. They have performed worldwide, earning praise from reviewers citing their “mesmeric” and “brilliant” playing and “amazing delicacy” and “musical wizardry”.

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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