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The E-pistle of Sunday, June 4th, 2023

The First Sunday after Pentecost

Trinity Sunday

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

7:30AM in Emmanuel Chapel

10:00AM in the Nave & Livestreamed

The Cathedral Church of St. Luke

in the

City of Portland

and the

Episcopal Diocese of Maine

Whoever you are,

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. 


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Sunday Morning Service Participants

Preacher & Celebrant

The Rev. Anne C. Fowler, Assisting Clergy


The Rev. Rebecca Grant, Deacon

Music Leader & Organist

Harold Stover, Guest Cathedral Musician

Assistant Organist

Randall Mullin


Julie Rothrock

Prayers Leader

Peter Carleton


Bob Parshley, Martha Parshley, Melissa Coy, Gail Swanton

Head Verger

Eleanor Roberts


Orion Williams

The Healing Team

Sara Schmalz & Oscar Mokeme

Live Streaming

Jack Swanton, Sam Allen

Contributing Ministries

Acolytes, Vergers, The Flower Guild, The Altar Guild, The Cathedral Choir,

The Kneeler Guild

Music copyrights granted under #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)

Choral Evensong Service Participants

Evensong Bulletin

Youtube Live

Facebook Live


The Rev. Stephen White, Assisting Clergy


The Rev. Rebecca Grant, Deacon

Music Leader & Organist

Harold Stover, Guest Cathedral Musician

Assistant Organist

Randall Mullin


Jonathan Radtke


MJ Northrop, Chester Bishop

Head Verger

Eleanor Roberts

Live Streaming

Jack Swanton, Sam Allen

Contributing Ministries

Acolytes, Vergers, The Flower Guild, The Altar Guild, The Cathedral Choir,

The Kneeler Guild

The Cathedral Choir

Georgia Bancroft • Onnie Benoist • Phoebe Blume • Linda Carleton • Joseph Colquhoun

Ray Davis Murdoch Curry • Lynn Dalheim • Joanne Taylor deKay • Ellise Johnson

• Curtis Maurand • Mac McCabe • Jamie Moore • Suezan Moore • Parker Roberts

• Shana Rose • William Salomon Connie Schmalz • Dan Schmalz • Gay Tucker

• Kathy Watt • Stacie Webb • Stephen White • Nan White

Music copyrights granted under #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)

The Altar Flowers for today’s service are given to the Glory of God 

from the garden of St. Luke’s parishioner Onnie Benoist

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.

New Hearing Assistance Devices Available

The Cathedral has new devices for anyone who needs hearing assistance during our worship services. Please ask an usher for help getting started, and let us know how they worked for you. With any additional questions or to give feedback please email Sam Allen or Jack Swanton.

Happening at the Cathedral Today

Childcare and Sunday School

Sunday Mornings|9:45AM

Location: Upper Hall

Contact: Sarah Dowling

Learn More About Sunday School and Childcare

 Our Sunday school and nursery are both open today. Sunday school begins in the upper hall at 9:45AM, with children returning to their families at the sharing of the Peace. The nursery is open every Sunday from 9:45-11:30AM. Families are always welcome!

Roots of Jesus Study Group

Sunday Mornings|8:45-9:45AM

Location: The Chapter Room

Contact: The Rev. Dr. Bob Hanson at 207-405-8250. 

Join us in the Chapter Room from 8:45–9:45 AM on Sunday mornings. 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.

St. Luke's LGBTQIA+ Ministry

Second Meeting Today

Today, Sunday, June 4th


The Lower Hall

Following Conclusion of Coffee Hour

Contact Orion Williams

Join the St. Luke’s LGBTQIA+ Ministry in the Lower Hall today at noon following coffee hour, for our second meeting. We will continue our discussion from last Sunday and begin preparations for marching in the Portland Pride Parade on June 17th!

Everyone is welcome to join! This is an all-ages, all-orientations (including allies) group, dedicated to exploring the intersection between being LGBTQIA+ and Christian, and supporting one another through our journeys of self-discovery and faith. For additional information or questions, e-mail Orion Williams.

Choral Evensong Tonight

Today, Sunday, June 4th|4:00pm

Location: The Cathedral Nave

Contact: Christian Clough

Join us this evening as our cathedral choir offers their final evensong of the choral season prior to their summer recess.

The Cathedral choir will be led by guest cathedral musician, Harold Stover alongside assisting organist Randall Mullin.

Musical Offerings include:

Organ music: Max Reger.

Preces & Responses: Robert Jones (b. 1945).

Evening Canticles: Vaughan Williams in C.

Anthem: Te Deum laudamus by Healey Willan.

Hymn: “I bind unto myself today”.

Community Announcements

St. Luke's to host a Performance of

"A Slave Ship Called Malaga"

by artist Antonio Rocha

This Coming Saturday, June 10th, 2023


The Cathedral Nave

Tickets available here

Adults (Ages 12+)- $10.00

Children (Ages 5+)- $5.00

Infants and Young Children (Ages 0-4)- Free

(Photo credit: Coco McCrackin)

*Please note that the recommended age for attending this event is ages 12 +

Join us at 7:00PM on June 10th in the Cathedral Nave as we partner with Portland Ovations to host artist Antonio Rocha in his performance of "A Slave Ship Called Malaga."

Portland Ovations describes Rocha's work as the following:

"The Malaga Ship Story is a tour de force performance by award-winning, and world-renowned storyteller Antonio Rocha. Using his entire body and voice, Antonio sings, dances, narrates, and mimes his way through this poetically toned historical tale told from the perspective of the ship. The story vividly explores the reality and impact of the slave trade then and now through Antonio’s relationships to Maine and Brazil. Each performance is followed by a moderated conversation with a facilitator."

Visit the links below to learn more about the artist, the background of the performance, and to access educational resources.

Antonio Rocha

Performance Background

Learning resources

Watch a preview of Antonio Rocha's moving performance Below


Hold the Date! Parish-Wide Picnic After the Service on June 11th

Additional Volunteers to Help Needed!

Sunday June 11th, 2023

The Park Street Parking Lot (Rain Location in Lower Hall)

Following the 10AM Service

Menu: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Vegetarian Options, Salads, and Ice Cream

Volunteer: contact Sarah Dowling

Join us for a parish wide picnic following the service as we conclude Sunday School for the summer, recognize our graduating high school seniors, and note the end of the season for the Cathedral Choir.

The picnic will take place outside in the Park Street Parking Lot (rain location is the Lower Hall).

The menu will include hamburgers, hot dogs, vegetarian options, salads, and ice cream.

With any additional questions please contact Sarah Dowling

Giving Thanks for Musical Efforts

The Cathedral Community wishes to express our gratitude to guest cathedral musicians Ray Cornils and Harold Stover, alongside assisting organist Randall Mullin, who stepped in to offer coverage in leading the Cathedral Choir while Christian Clough recovered from his spinal surgery. We wish them well and thank them for all of their efforts.

A Note of Thanks From Christian Clough

Friends, I thank you for your prayers, good wishes, cards, food offerings, patience and understanding during my rather sudden absence due to spinal surgery on 8 May. 

Some of you had been aware of my increasing pain and compromised mobility during the first months of this year. This condition presented as sciatica starting last spring, but by January, was serious enough to seek medical care. Some zigzags in diagnosis and care allowed the condition to deteriorate further, and by the end of March, I was seriously compromised, perhaps beyond your awareness. An MRI revealed a benign synovial cyst in my lumbar spine, pressing on a nerve that runs down the right leg. 

I did what I could to press on through the pain to get us through Holy Week and Easter and the end of the choir season, but the pain was increasingly debilitating. I finally saw a spinal surgeon at the beginning of May, and he immediately offered to operate. I was lucky to get a date for surgery within a week. The excision immediately relieved the source of the pain, yet a lengthy recovery is necessary to allow my lower back and the affected nerve to heal. I've carefully followed the restrictions on movement, lifting, driving, etc., and I am feeling better every week. I am continuing to take it easy until six weeks out, but I am planning to return for the last two choir events—rehearsal and liturgy—of the choir season as I approach the end of my six-week recovery window. 

You have been incredibly kind and supportive throughout, and I can't thank you enough for that spirit of generosity. None of us could have imagined the variety of vacancies, disruptions and challenges we have encountered during this program year, and I certainly could not have anticipated stepping back for so long, a longer absence than I have taken collectively through my 30 years of ministry! 

I am particularly indebted to Randy Mullin, Harold Stover, and Ray Cornils, all of whom stepped up to an exceptional need with professionalism and flexibility; to Suezan Moore & Curtis Maurand, who have kept the choral library and choir members' music up to date; to my staff colleagues for their help in keeping things running so smoothly; and to all choir members for their patience and perseverance in pressing on through many challenges. 

God willing, the next season will be smoother for us all. Thank you all so much for your care; it truly makes me feel loved and supported in my new ministry here.

with love and thanks,


St. Luke’s Cathedral Clergy Presence

 During this time of transition to a new Dean we want to explain to the congregation the ways that St. Luke’s Cathedral is providing a clergy presence. We have assembled a team of clergy who will be responsible for organizing and celebrating worship services. This team consists of the Reverends Suzanne Roberts, Anne Fowler, and Christopher Worthley. They will be assisted from time to time by guest preachers and celebrants. Rev. Fowler and Rev. Roberts are available to any congregants who have need of pastoral care. You may reach Rev. Fowler at (617)548-4783 and Rev. Roberts at (207)749-4166.

The Rev. Christopher Worthley is not available for on-call pastoral care due to full-time employment outside of his ministry, however he is active in care for our neighbors at 75 State Street.

Bach Virtuosi Festival

June 20 - 27, 2023

Concerts performed at St. Luke's Cathedral and Etz Chaim Synagogue

Johann Sebastian Bach is celebrated as the creator of numerous masterpieces of church and non-secular music, both instrumental and with vocals. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. This year marks the eighth year that the Bach Virtuosi Festival will bring together world-class musicians to share the music of Bach. 

Visit to learn more about the repertoire and world-renowned musicians from the Bach Virtuosi Festival.

Bach Virtuosi Festival Artists Looking for Housing and Ushers

The Bach Virtuosi Festival is looking for housing for participating artists.

The festival also has a need for individuals who would volunteer to serve as ushers for concerts.

If you or someone you know is interested in assisting in any capacity, please contact Administrative Director Megan Akers.

Clynk Bags Available in the Nave and around the Cathedral

Contact: Shana Rose

 St. Luke’s participation in the Clynk Initiative Program helps to support our young adults ministry, The Young and the Restless.

Additional bags have been made available at both entrances of the Nave with barcodes that correspond to the Cathedral’s account.

Anyone is welcome to take a bag and are encouraged to bring it to a local redemption center or grocery store that accepts Clynk. Thank you for your support!

Weekly Ministries

  • The Food Pantry is open from 8 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 offered weekly on Friday from 8-8:30pm on ZoomFor additional details contact Ray Murdoch Curry


Physical Address:

143 State Street, Portland, ME 04101

Parking Available at:

134 Park Street, Portland, ME 04101

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 4141, Portland, ME 04101

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