and wherever you may be on the journey of the spirit,
The Episcopal Church welcomes you.
Welcome to St. Luke’s Cathedral
We are a community of faith with ancient worship and modern thought, catholic traditions and progressive theology. We proclaim a Biblical perspective for thinking people, a respect for reason, science, and a diversity of perspective. This empowers compassion and care for both the wider community and one another. Our commitment to welcome and inclusion is central to our mission modeled on the Kingdom of God and proclaimed by Jesus Christ.
Bob Parshley, Martha Parshley, Deb Marcoux, Gail Swanton
Jack Swanton, Sam Allen
The Cathedral Choir, Acolytes, Vergers, The Flower Guild, The Altar Guild, The Kneeler Guild, The Healing Team
Music copyrights granted under OneLicense.net #A-713087. Sources: The Hymnal 1982, Lift Every Voice and Sing II, Wonder, Love, and Praise, Voices Found, My Heart Sings Out, The Saint Helena Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer,, Enriching our Worship, The Holy Bible (NRSV).
Happening at the Cathedral Today
Roots of Jesus Study Group
Location: The Chapter Room
Contact: The Rev. Dr. Bob Hanson at 207-405-8250.
Join us in the Chapter Room at 12:00 PM on Sunday following the 10:00 AM Service. Bob Hanson, Biblical scholar, linguist and theologian, leads our group. For more information call Bob at (207) 405- 8250. Activity units are distributed for each session. Assigned readings are from the Biblical books under consideration. The journey is a joyous one.
The Portland String Quartet at St. Luke's Cathedral
January 7th, 2024, 2:00 pm - Emmanuel Chapel
Welcome the New Year with chamber music! Enjoy the familiar sounds of Joseph Haydn, and discover new favorites in Amy Beach, Kenji Bunch, and Reena Esmail.
Seating capacity is 75, so reserve your tickets ahead of time to ensure attendance.
With potential severe winter weather in the forecast for this weekend, we invite you to stay safe.
Our weather policy invites you to use your best discretion for your own personal safety. If you feel that the conditions prevent you from traveling safely to church, please note that a livestream of the service is always available.
Thank You to This Morning’s Guest Musician Ray Cornils
We offer thanks to Ray Cornils for serving as organist and leading the choir this morning while Christian Clough is away with family.
Nominations for Vestry and Convention Delegates
The Cathedral’s Annual Meeting date has been set for February 4, 2024.
An important part of the agenda will be the election of the Junior Warden (two-year term), a new Treasurer (Vestry Appointed), and a new clerk (Vestry Appointed).
There will be an election of three Vestry members for three-year terms, and election of one Vestry member for a two-year term. In addition, we will elect five Delegates for Diocesan Convention, plus alternates.
Our Bylaws specify the Nominations Committee for these positions consist of the outgoing Warden and Vestry members, plus the Interim Dean. This year’s Nominations Committee includes: Fred Fowler, Jane Briggs, Catherine Hyde, Linda Carleton, and George Stevens.
We invite nominees for these positions. You may nominate yourself or someone else, provided that you seek that person’s permission to serve if elected.
If you have questions about what the positions entail, please consult Sam, George, or Acting Junior Warden Fred Fowler.
We are still receiving nominations at this time. Thank you!
Thank You To All Who Peacefully Demonstrated
for Gun Safety This Past Wednesday
On Wednesday, January 3rd, members of the St. Luke's community gathered with fellow Episcopalians from around the Diocese for a day of action to advocate for gun safety at the statehouse in Augusta.
This effort was part of a large ecumenical gathering calling for statewide legislative changes. Thanks are given to John Hennessy for his help in coordinating and organizing this effort.
Published by the Maine Council of Churches
"Grandma for gun safety. Physician for gun safety. Episcopalians for gun safety. Hunter for gun safety. And on and on went the line of homemade signs held by Mainers from every part of the state who came to the halls of the State House in Augusta to tell their legislators they want sensible gun safety laws and effective legislation that reduces gun violence. So many people showed up for the Gun Safety Day of Action, sponsored by the Maine Gun Safety Coalition (MCC has been a member for years) that the line to pass through security stretched around the building, down the street and all the way to Capital Park. Early estimates indicate the crowd was over 1,000 strong!
Over the next four months, as bills are assigned LD numbers and public hearings and floor votes are scheduled, we'll be counting on all of these folks and many more to take action by testifying before committees, speaking with legislators, writing letters to the editor, and praying that this will be the time when Maine does the right thing and enacts common sense, enforceable laws to keep us all safer from gun violence. For more information, visit The Maine Gun Safety Coalition website."
New State Street Sign Has Been Installed!
On Thursday afternoon the new sign on State Street was installed.
Thanks are given to the work of St. Luke's Parishioner Lin Parsons and Junior Warden, Fred Fowler, who helped to facilitate this project.
We hope that this sign will invite members of the wider community to visit the cathedral.
Choral Evensong on Break Until February
Please note that there will not be a service of Choral Evensong this Sunday following a busy holiday season.
This coming week the parish prayer list will be renewing, beginning on Sunday, January 14th. If you wish for a name to be added to the prayer list, please email the parish office.
A name will remain on the prayer list for a period of 3 consecutive weeks unless otherwise requested.
Public Policy and Environmental Action Team
Eco-tips: The limits of individual action
Did you know that the “carbon footprint” campaign came from an early 2000’s advertising campaign for British Petroleum? The idea was to deflect the responsibility for global warming from oil producers to individuals. The truth is that individual voluntary actions are not the main driver of our collective greenhouse gas emissions. This problem cannot be usefully addressed at the individual level but at the political level. As Maine produces only 0.3% of US emissions, the most effective advocacy will be at the federal level.
Both Senator King and Senator Collins are on the Senate Climate Solutions Caucus, and Rep. Pingree is a staunch environmental advocate. So we Mainers have a lot of influence on federal climate policy. Call or write your members of Congress and ask them to support elimination of fossil fuel subsidies (an estimated $10 to $50 billion per year). Or ask them to support the BIG WIRES Act, which among other benefits will increase our ability to connect clean energy to the grid. Or, most effective of all, ask them to support the Energy Innovation Act (H.R. 5457), which is the single most effective climate policy solution, estimated to reduce the average global temperature by a full degree centigrade by 2100.
St. Elizabeth’s Pantry
Thanks to everyone who donated coats and boots to the St E's coat drive over the past few months. Going forward our greatest need is for diapers in sizes 2 and 3, bedding of all kinds, and toothpaste and toothbrushes.
Join Luke’s Garden for their next meeting
on January 14th at 1:00PM
Join St. Luke’s LGBTQIA+ Group, Luke’s Garden, for their next meeting.
Please join us after the service for a time of fellowship in the upper hall through the doors to the left of the altar. Thank you to everyone that hosted a coffee hour in 2023. It is an important part of our parish life and provides us with a time for connection.
Thank you to Liz Griffin and Gail Kesich for taking over the scheduling/organizing these past six months, I am so grateful. Hosting is fun and easy, it requires bringing in a baked good and brewing coffee the Sunday of your choosing. Please consider signing up, a lot of gratitude comes with the job.
Interested in hosting? Check this schedule by visiting the link here.
We are St. Luke’s 20s-30s-year-old ministry. We are an active group at the cathedral which also gets together outside of the church.
Join us as we go hiking, ice skating, play trivia, or just enjoy each other’s company! If you are new to us, welcome! We meet every Tuesday at Maine Beer Company in Freeport for Trivia from 6-8.
Other events happen sporadically throughout the month, however trivia is a great opportunity to meet us if you’re joining us for the first time. Contact Shana Rose to stay up to date with group activities and information.
Join Luke's Garden
Luke's Garden is the cathedral's LGBTQIA+ group which meets every 2nd Sunday of the month following coffee hour.
The Cathedral’s new online database, Realm, is a useful tool for parishioners to manage their contact and pledging information.
Realm helps our community by improving our record keeping in a more streamlined fashion.
When joining Realm you can sign-up to be a part of the online directory in the database.
To activate your Realm profile please contact our financial administrator Nina Andersen.
Nina will assist you with the few steps necessary to access your profile.
We look forward to sharing this exciting new technology with you!
Clarification Regarding Pledging Using Realm
Thank you to all of our community members who have made a pledge gift using Realm.
Treasurer Tim Wilkins and Financial Administrator Nina Andersen wish to clarify the process of setting up a pledge through Realm.
In order for our team to have a record of your pledge for the year please complete and submit a pledge form. This informs us of your total amount to be pledged for the year before using Realm to enter a payment plan in Vanco for your 2024 pledge. We appreciate your understanding and are happy to answer any questions you may have.