St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church

   The  Navigator    

First Sunday in Lent
         March 5, 2017 


Please welcome The Reverend John Allison who will be joining us for the first time this coming Sunday.

John, a new arrival to Maine, was recently ordained to the priesthood. (See photo above.) He presently serves as chaplain at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth and as Priest Associate at the Parish of St. Mary and St. Jude, Northeast Harbor. John graduated from the General Theological Seminary in
New York City in 2013 and served as chaplain at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn. John's prior career in higher education took him to the Appalachian region of eastern Kentucky where he taught writing and literature. He has also served community colleges in Chicago and central New York.

John lives in Southwest Harbor and is married to the Reverend Kathleen Killian. In his spare time he enjoys hiking and biking and generally exploring Maine's coast.

Woody Osborne
Senior Warden  


The Episcopal Church of the Province of New England

  All are Welcome!

           Sunday, March 5, 2017
           10 am:  Holy Eucharist 
Readings for The First Sunday in Lent :       
(Please see scripture notes below)



On the Calendar:
Sunday, March 5      -     10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. John Allison 
Monday, March 6      -      9:30-12pm  Parenting and Children with Linda                                                               Shepard                                                                                  4 :30pm Centering Prayer/Silent Meditation

       Wednesday, March 7  -   4pm Choir Rehearsal
Click here to visit the  Events Page Calendar   on the website for up to date information. 

       Message from the Senior Warden

I appreciate the call below from Forward Day by Day that we all
"...approach Lent as treasure hunters, discovering what we truly value,    where we actually spend our time and energy and what occupies our thoughts and worries."

For me, this call is to us as a community as well as to our individuality within that community. We are at a point at St. Brendan's, I think, where it is increasingly important for us to discover and hold up what it is that we "truly value" about our community. I'm not talking about conducting a formal survey or launching another strategic plan. I'm talking more about instilling in each of us a sense of belonging in a religious community that is important to us, and a concomitant desire to see and participate in its continuance. We can do this ourselves, I think, in a variety of ways: by continuing our post service discussions, through discussions at Vestry meetings, at our Monday afternoon meditation sessions, and by all of us simply keeping it in mind.

This past Sunday, echoing the theme of love expressed in Bishop Curry's recent sermon (see the 2/9/17 edition of the Navigator), Edward Dufresne limned how that theme might take root at St. Brendan's:

Sometimes when people ask me where I'm serving, I'll tell them
and their response might be something like, "Oh, you're at St. Brendan's - they've had their problems, haven't they?" And I always answer,
"Yes, but they also have great potential for the future!" What I hope
is that someday soon we'll all be able to say, "Oh, St. Brendan's: we're the church that's chosen to love - everyone can count on being loved here, no exceptions!"

There are at least two aspects to Edward's hope for us. First, there is the call for us to love all of our fellow parishioners and embrace those newcomers who come through our doors. I think we would all candidly acknowledge that this by itself can sometimes be a challenge. But the second aspect, in my judgment necessary to our sustenance, is even more challenging: the need
to reach out to "others." In
People of the Way, Renewing Episcopal Identity , Dwight Zscheile speaks of the tendency of many Episcopal congregations to "abdicate responsibility for engaging neighbors who differ from us." Rather, according to Zscheile, we more often simply "assume that those who want to worship how we already worship or who think like we do will find us and we can 'include' them." (People of the Way, at p. 66)

I have voiced this thought myself recently. So I won't belabor it. Suffice it to say that I concur with the call contained in the excerpt from Forward Day by Day, I join in Edward's hope for our future, and I hope we can try to move toward Zscheile's challenge.  

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Woody Osborne
       Senior Warden    


Lenten Thoughts

Matthew 6:21.  For where your treasure, there your heart will be also.

A collection of common questions arise around Lent.

What should I do for Lent this year? What should I read or study or give up or take on? These are good questions, but they are not Jesus's question.  Jesus wants to know what we treasure.  Jesus is getting to the heart of the matter--our hearts. 

He reminds us that our hearts follow and give themselves to what we treasure. When we name our treasures, we find ourselves, our very hearts.   When we name our treasures we begin to see (for better or worse) the direction in which our lives are headed.

Some treasures are of lasting and eternal value and there are others that we need to let go of regardless of how much we think we love or need them.  Some treasures enrich and grow life.  Other treasures hold our hearts captive and impoverish life.

Let us approach Lent as treasure hunters, discovering what we truly value, where we actually spend our time and energy and what occupies our thoughts and worries.  Let us name our treasures and find our hearts.



Ash Wednesday Service

T en parishioners gathered at the Ash Wednesday service
to begin their observance of Lent.  The service was lead by  
Mickey Jacoba and other lay members of the congregation. 

Special thanks to Carolyn Mor for the imposition of ashes,
to Anne Burton for reading the lessons, to Connie Mayo
for music, and to Liz Alley for preparing the bulletin.  



Don't Try to be Perfect, Try Loving Everyone the Same

"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
   - Matthew 5:43-48

To read The Reverend D
r. Edward Dufresne's February 26th sermon, please click here:  Don't Try To Be Perfect



Women's Wilderness Trip: Dates Set 


St. Brendan's Women's Wilderness Trip has been booked for three nights September 11 through departure September 14, 2017 at Katahdin Lakes Wilderness Camps (website:  

All women are welcome! The group will hike in to the camp 3.4 miles over relatively flat wooded trail in Baxter State Park.  There is an option to fly in and out (moderate charge) on a float plane.  The cost for three nights is $440, which includes amazing food, sound of loons at night, maybe an otter or bear sighting - along with peace, laughter, heavenly stars, fun & camaraderie.  The camp's setting is extraordinary, reportedly the most photographed wilderness lake in Maine and a continuously operating 1890's camp.

Holly, camp manager, has exclusively reserved the camp for us.  As before,
if there is space available, friends from other congregations can join us.

A deposit of $220 is required (50% of the cost) by April 30.  Please mail your deposit to: 

Julie Pierson 
232 High Rock Road
Hinesburg, VT 05461

Let us know if you have any questions - we hope you will join us!

Planning Team: 

Julie Pierson       Martha Dane  

Chick White        Patricia Donahue  


Scripture Notes for the First Sunday in Lent:
On this first Lenten Sunday, the Old Testament reading is the account of 
the creation of the human race and its fall, through disobedience, from communion with God.

Our choices determine who we are and our relationship to God and to others. 
As the first humans chose to be independent from God, Jesus in his temptations chose faithfulness. The story of the Temptation is the story of Jesus beginning
to turn humanity around from disobedience to faithfulness. Each of the temptations was one that the Israelites failed during their Exodus journey.

In the passage from Romans, Paul expands on this. Jesus is the new humanity. Through his death and resurrection, he has opened the way for us, in baptism, to be made part of that new humanity rather than remaining in the state of
the old.
In some congregations, those who have been called by God to baptism at
Easter will be enrolled as baptismal candidates today. In those congregations, the candidates will be the center of parish life during Lent. However, even in parishes with no baptismal candidates, our focus on each of these Lenten Sundays is still baptism and our preparation to renew our own baptism at Easter.   

F rom 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, Sydney, John, Tom, 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 Prayer,  we pray  for the congregations of 
St. Mary the Virgin, Falmouth and St. Ann's, Windham. 
Episcopal Relief and Development 
United Thank Offering  
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for Marathwada - (North India)
On the Island and Peninsula, we pray
for the Church of the Nazarene, 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 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