St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church

   The  Navigator    

Fifth Sunday After Epiphany
         February 5, 2017 

            Please join us in welcoming The Reverend Vesta Kowalski this Sunday.                                                         
Woody Osborne 
      Senior Warden  

The Episcopal Church of the Province of New England

  All are Welcome!

         Sunday, February 5, 2017
           10 am:  Holy Eucharist 
Readings for The Fifth Sunday After Epiphany :       
(Please see scripture notes below)



On the Calendar:
Sunday, February 5       -  10am Holy Eucharist with Rev. Vesta Kowalski 
      Monday,   February 6     -   9:30-12pm Parenting and Children with Linda                                                                                                             Shepard
                                             4:30pm Centering Prayer/Silent Meditation
      Tuesday, February 7      -   4pm Tutoring Adult Ed

       Wednesday, February 8  -   4pm  Choir Rehearsal
       Sunday, February 12      -  10am Holy Eucharist with Rev Steven Hayward
                                                  2pm Island Nursing Home
Click here to visit the  Events Page    on the website for more details. 

       Message from the Senior Warden

This past week it seemed to me that the most vulnerable among us showed us who we are as a country:
  • the Iraqi released from detention by dint of the all night volunteer work of several immigration lawyers, calling America "the greatest country on earth;"
  • the Muslim ninth grader, a student representative on her local school board who, heartbroken over the ban and contemporaneous attacks on several of her black classmates, concluded that it was her responsibility "to not really break but to try to comfort other people," then organized a march and found out that "[t]he one thing that [no one can] take away from us . . . is love;"
  • the Syrian immigrant, who said that it was her "dream to be here" in America, a country which for her "stands for freedom and liberty," a country that she is "proud to be a part of."
Despite my skeptical bent, I found myself asking "could this be the face of God?" Isn't this what we are taught: that the "poor in spirit" are blessed because "theirs is the kingdom of heaven;" that the "meek . . . will inherit the earth;" that wisdom comes from the least among us, not from the high and mighty.

Anyway, it's a thought.
Best to you all,

Woody Osborne 
       Senior Warden    

Bishop Lane's Letter to the People of the Diocese of Maine 
In a recent letter to the parishioners in his Diocese, Bishop Stephen Lane noted that we are in "a period of upheaval and political conflict in our nation . . . not seen since the height of the Vietnam War, [leaving] many people . . . angry and bitterly opposed to one another. We are [he said] in danger of making one another aliens and strangers in our own land."

He called on all of us to continue to work across differences and concluded with a call that we at St. Brendan's might well pick up:

The particular opportunity we have before us may be the chance to participate in the development of new understandings between people who have different visions for our country's future. We might well host - first in our congregations and then in our communities - conversations about important community issues, seeking to learn from each other how and why we differ and what hopes we might share. Episcopalians have always been able to come together at the Lord's table across difference, and now might be a time to practice this particular gift together.

I hope we can soon discuss how we might respond to this challenge.

Woody Osborne
Senior Warden
(For the full text of Bishop Lane's letter, please see the attached PDF:
  Bishop Lane's Letter to the Diocese) 


  All Are Welcome!

Silent Meditation: 4:30pm every Monday afternoon in the Sanctuary.



St. Brendan's Women's Wilderness Adventure !! 

Please join a group of St. Brendan's women for a three night trip to Katahdin Lakes Wilderness Camps (food, lodging, fun, community & nature's beauty included).
If you will join us tell us, tell us if both could work (then, your preference) or if either of these dates will work, which one:

1) Monday, August 21 - Thursday, the 24th
2) Monday, September 11 - Thursday, the 14th

We hope you will join the group.  KLWC is holding both dates, however we need to let them know soon.  We have had wonderful experiences in past years and are look forward to sharing new adventures this year!

Please communicate with us soon!

Patricia Donahue ( (520-668-7842)
Chick White ( (919-942-6793)
Martha Dane ( (207-947-8043)

Scripture Notes for the Fifth Sunday After Epiphany:
Today and for the next several Sundays, we hear portions of Jesus' teaching
from the Sermon on the Mount. This continues the theme of Epiphany, the
showing forth of Jesus as the Son of God. Note also that the way of living which
he teaches enables those who follow his teaching to themselves be "epiphanies"
of God's presence in the world.

Isaiah warns us that living rightly does not depend on carrying out religious
devotions such as fasting. He is speaking in a time when the people were careful
to fast but ignored God's call to live at peace with each other and to care for the
poor and helpless. Religious devotions that are merely outward show do not enable us to be right with God.

In seeking to speak to the divisions in the Corinthian church, Paul takes on those
who are proud of having special and private knowledge about God, believing their "wisdom" sets them apart from other church members. However, Paul announces that God's wisdom is far greater than human wisdom and that God's wisdom is "Jesus Christ, and him crucified."

Jesus' Epiphany is fulfilled in our own time in Word and Sacraments and in the lives of those who through baptism have been made part of his body the church. In the liturgy, our part in making Jesus known to all people is initiated in the Eucharistic feast and fulfilled as we are sent into the world in his name to care for the helpless and to be instruments of God's peace and reconciliation. 

From The Rite Light: Reflections on the Sunday Readings and Seasons of the Church Year. 
Copyright © 2009 by Michael W. Merriman. Church Publishing Incorporated, New York. 

In Our Prayers
We pray for those on our prayer list suffering and recovering from illnesses, especially Jan Place, William, Fred, Pat Stoneburner, Holly, Carolyn Angel, Colin MacNaught, Jim White, Shannon Cormier, Nancy Stearns, Daniel Harriman, Ingrid Bengis, Mary Adams, Diane, and Sandy Nisbet. We pray, also, for those who love and care for them.

We pray
for those struggling with addiction and mental illness.

We pray for all those receiving care through Neighbor Care and for all the residents of the Island Nursing Home, the Northern Bay Residential Facility, and their families.

We pray for the dying, and those who have died. We remember also those who mourn.

We pray for the victims of gun violence-in our cities and towns, in our schools, in our places of worship, and in our homes.

We pray for the victims of the violence of armed conflicts around the world. We pray for those made refugees by the violence of armed conflicts. We pray for the victims of terrorist attacks everywhere.

We pray for all who suffer the effects of domestic violence and the violence of bullying in our schools.

We pray for all peacemakers, and all those who work for justice.

We pray for all those serving in the armed forces of our country, remembering, especially, Craig, Chris, and Graham.

We pray for all who govern, and we pray for the concerns of our local community, remembering, especially, our children, our young people, and
our isolated elderly.

We pray for Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury; Suheil, Bishop of Jerusalem; Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Steve, our Bishop; for the members of our vestry; and for all our members, whose ministries are varied and far-reaching.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer,  we pray  for the congregations of 
St. John's, Brownville Junction and St. Augustine's, Dover-Foxcroft. 
For the sick and those who care for them.  
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,  we pray for Lomega - (Loryko, Sudan)
On the Island and Peninsula, we pray for our own congregation of St. Brendan's.

    Note: If you know of someone you'd like to have added to this payer list,  
   please contact Anne Burton at 367-2266,


                                          Icon of St. Brendan by Siri Beckman

Lord, I will trust you.

Help me to journey beyond the familiar and  into the unknown.  

Give me the faith to leave old ways and break new ground with you. 

                Christ of the mysteries, I trust you to be stronger than each storm
within me. 

 I will trust in the darkness and know that my times are in your hand.
Tune my spirit to the music of heaven, and somehow, make my   obedience count for you.   

                                                                            -Prayer attributed to St. Brendan


Contact Information

St. Brendan the Navigator
627 North Deer Isle Road
Deer Isle, ME 04627

Telephone: 207-348-6240

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 305, Deer Isle, ME 04627 

Office Hours:  Tuesday & Wednesday 12-4:30pm, Friday 12-5pm
Emergency Contacts:
Woody Osborne, Senior Warden
Tel: 207-348-5274
Skip Greenlaw, Junior Warden        
Tel: 207-460-1260

For Pastoral Care:
Anne Burton
Tel: 207-367-2266