The E-pistle of Sunday, February 5th, 2023

The Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany

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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.


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Sunday Morning Service Participants

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

Assisting: The Rev. Suzanne Roberts, M.D. & The Rev. Rebecca Grant, Deacon

Music Leader & Organist: Christian M. Clough

Assisting Organist: Randall Mullin

The Cathedral Choir

Ushers: Peter Bingham, Mary Linneman, Bob Parshley, &  Martha Parshley

Lector: Peter Carleton

Prayers Leader: Jonathan Radtke

The Healing Team: Oscar Mokeme & Ruth Roemer

Live Streaming: Jack Swanton and Sam Allen  

Acolytes and Vergers; The Flower Guild; The Altar Guild

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

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

in thanksgiving for the birthday of parishioner

Bertille Bouassa

and in remembrance of 

Leo and Virginia Grondin

parents of the Rev. Suzanne Roberts

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

A Service of Choral Evensong

Please join us this evening at 4pm as the choir resumes with a service of choral evensong.

Music for this service includes 

Responses: Craig Phillips

Evening Canticles: Stanford in B-Flat Major Psalm 34, Anglican chants by J. Marcus Ritchie & Graham Griggs.

Anthem: If Ye Love Me by Philip Wilby

Evensong Bulletin

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Choral Evensong Service Participants

Officiant: The Rev. Suzanne Roberts, M.D., Associate Priest

Assisting: The Rev. Rebecca Grant, Deacon

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


The Cathedral Choir

Volunteer assisting organist: Randall Mullin

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

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

Lectors: Mary Linneman, The Rev. Rebecca Grant

Live-streaming: Jack Swanton & Sam Allen

Acolytes and Vergers; The Flower Guild; The Altar Guild

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

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 

Join us on Sunday mornings in the Chapter Room to discover what God’s ancient and current ways are of allowing us to hear.

For more information, call The Rev. Dr. Bob Hanson at



Stewardship Update

As of January 7, 2023, the parish had received 142 pledges for $411,417.84. There are

13 new pledging units. Half the pledgers increased their pledge from the previous year. Several dozen of 2022 pledgers have not been heard from yet, and Finance Committee and Lesser Chapter members are in the process of reaching out to them for their support.

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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.

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”.

State Street Church Housing Help with

Maine Episcopal Youth Service Corp.

Today, February 5th, 2023


Contact: Please RSVP to the Rev. Peter Swarr

State Street Church is moving ahead with creating a winter shelter for unhoused families at their Church. They have been meeting with Maine Immigrants' Rights Coalition, other area faith leaders, the City of Portland, and they are beginning to transform part of their lower level into a place where people are able to stay warm, stay safe, and find shelter even as the city is no longer to offer shelter to so many individuals in our city.

Our State Street Community members need help to move items out of their space, help with cleaning, and loading a commercial dumpster. The Youth Service Corp. will be contributing $1000 towards this project. As we advocate for safe and warm housing for all.

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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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 4141, Portland, ME 04101

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