St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church

   The  Navigator    

Fifth Sunday in Easter
         May 14, 2017 



Please welcome back The Reverend Stephen Hayward who will be presiding at our service  this Sunday.

Woody Osborne

Senior Warden                              

The Episcopal Church of the Province of New England

  All are Welcome!

           Sunday, May 14, 2017
           10 am:  Holy Eucharist 
Readings for Fifth Sunday in Easter :      
(Please see scripture Notes Below)   


On the Calendar:

Sunday, May 14   - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Stephen Hayward 

Monday, May 15   - 9:30-12pm Parenting and Children
                          - 11am Investment Group Meeting
                          - 4:30pm Centering Prayer/Silent Meditation

Tuesday, May 16  - 4pm Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, May 17 - 4pm Choir Rehearsal  

Saturday, May 20 - 9-12 noon Spring clean-up at church
Sunday, May 21   - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Vesta Kowalski

Click here to visit the 
  Events Page Calendar   on the website for up to date information.  

Message from the Senior Warden

I attended the Outreach Committee meeting this past week and heard Linda Shepard report on her Parents are Leaders (PALS) program. Each Monday morning at St. Brendan's Linda hosts a growing group of parents and children-new borns and pre-schoolers.  Linda headed the Deer Isle Stonington Head Start program for many years, so she knows the terrain. This new program, launched early this year, reaches out to parents and their children, offering support and guidance to both, in the course of providing snacks, music and supervised play time. In the process, Linda
can learn the needs of the parents and their children, provide her own guidance, and help them find such additional assistance as they may need. This is important work. For as the Island Advantages reported in January, some fifty-two per cent of Stonington families with children under five and seventy-three per cent of families headed by a single mother are below
the poverty level.

The Committee met in our Hall, where, coincidentally, the wonderfully loving and inviting paraphernalia of Linda's work were spread out behind her: a teddy bear in a snowsuit, a baby doll nestled among toys in a grocery cart, colorful play mats, and much more. (See photos below.) What struck me most was Linda's commitment to and love for her work and the ease and happiness with which she reported it. To my mind, there is nothing more uplifting than to witness the joy and energy that can come from helping others-an example for us all.

Thank you Linda!

Woody Osborne
Senior Warden                                                                           





Spring Clean-Up Saturday May 20th

A call for volunteers for Saturday's spring clean-up dayfrom 9am to 12 noon! Needless to say, there is a long list and the more hands and volunteers who are able to help  the better. We'll be cleaning windows, changing out storm windows to screens, sweeping and cleaning up outside stairways and entrances, as well as cleaning and removing clutter from the basement, raking grassy areas, cleaning up fallen branches and preparing outside grounds for plantings.

We'll get as much done as we can, and have a good time doing it!

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Peace and love, 

Skip Greenlaw

Junior Warden


Scripture Notes for the Fifth Sunday in Easter
We begin today the fifth of the seven weeks of the Christian year set apart 
to celebrate the dying and rising of Jesus. The Gospel reading today is a discussion between Jesus and his disciples, particularly Thomas and Philip, about the results of his dying and rising. He is revealed to be the Way into eternal life, and in knowing Jesus we know and are known by the Father.

Today's reading from Acts describes the martyrdom of Stephen, the first Christian to suffer death for the name of Christ. This is itself a particularly strong witness to the resurrection of Jesus; as Stephen joins his Lord in dying he sees Jesus raised from the dead and leading him into God's eternal Kingdom.

In the second reading today Peter applies to us the words of God to the
people of Israel during their Exodus. By virtue of our baptism into Jesus'
dying and rising, we are set apart as "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a
holy nation, God's own people," with the vocation of making God's
wonderful deeds known to all people. 

In the Eucharistic celebration, we are revealed as the royal priesthood.
In most religions, the priesthood is a small group of people who stand
between God and the rest of the people. Christians, however, all stand
before God on behalf of the entire human race; on behalf, indeed, of the whole creation. That priesthood is enacted most clearly as we stand before God in intercession and in thanksgiving in the Eucharistic liturgy. 

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, Sandy Nisbet, John, Tom, Connery, Andy Nagle, Paul Burton, Jennifer Hulsey and her family Byron, Ben, and Clair. 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 Prayerwe pray for the congregations of 
St. Matthew's, Lisbon Falls; Christ Church, Norway; and Trinity (Lutheran) South Paris. For the right use of the media. 

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer
, we pray for New Jersey - (II, The Episcopal Church)

On the Island and Peninsula, we pray for 
Community of Christ, Stonington.

  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, and 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