The E-Pistle of Sunday, November 13th, 2022

The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

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Thank You For Joining Us Today

We are most grateful to welcome you to our Sunday worship. We wish you God's blessings and love for this day.


We hope that you can feel part of the Cathedral community wherever you are in your life's journey. Know that this is a place of welcome and love for all.


The church is so much more than a building or our Sunday services. At the core of the body of the church is each of you. God’s love and compassion which you carry out into the world from this place, is the living church.


Blessings to you.


Dean Shambaugh and the Cathedral Community.


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Service Participants

Preacher: The Rev. Suzanne Roberts, M.D.

Celebrant: The Very Rev. Dr. Benjamin A. Shambaugh, Dean

Assisting: The Rev. Rebecca Grant, Deacon

Music Leader: Christian M. Clough  

Assisting Organist: Randall Mullin

The Cathedral Choir

Ushers:  Bob Parshley, Martha Parshley, Melissa Coy, Susan McCuller  

Lector: John Bancroft

Prayers Leader: Georgia Bancroft

The Healing Team: Ruth Roemer and Peter Carleton

Live Streaming: Jack Swanton and Sam Allen 

Acolytes and Vergers; The Flower Guild; The Altar Guild

Please Read the Entire E-pistle for a special spotlight

on the ministry of St. Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry

Dedication of the Flowers for Today's Service

The flowers in the Cathedral today are donated by Stacie and Toby Webb in loving memory of Skip Mercier.

Happening at the Cathedral on Sunday

Childcare and Sunday School

Sunday Mornings|9:45am

Location: Upper Hall

Contact: Sarah Dowling

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

Learn More About Childcare and Sunday School at St. Luke's

A Christian Life of Faith:

Signs and Thresholds

Along the Way

Sunday Mornings| 9am-10am

Location: The Oratory

Contact: Dean Shambaugh

So much of what we do at St. Luke’s is designed to help others. What about nurturing and exploring our own spiritual lives? What about our questions and struggles of faith, our relationship (or not) with God? 

  • Lead by Dean Shambaugh
  • All are Welcome
Learn about how you can get involved with this group

The Cathedral Choir

Thursday Evenings |7pm-9pm   

Sunday Mornings|10 am Service

Location: The Cathedral Nave

Contact: Christian M. Clough

Each week we are blessed with the gift of music from the St. Luke's Cathedral Choir under the direction of our Canon for Liturgy and Music, Christian M. Clough. If you are interested in singing with our choir in future services, please contact Christian. 

Learn about how you can get involved with this group

Old Testament Roots of Jesus Study

Sunday Mornings|8:45am-9:45am

Location: The Chapter Room

Contact: The Rev. Dr. Bob Hanson 

We begin our own analyses of God’s persona by searching the Biblical messages of the 27 Old Testament book's authors.

By considering the historic times, places, events and major personalities of each period we can begin to identify and interpret the major characteristics, attitudes and values that constitute YahWeh's self- revelation.

Learn about how you can get involved with this group

Spotlight: St. Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry

The Feast Day of St. Elizabeth of Hungary and

St. Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry

This week we are celebrating the Feast Day of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. In recognition of this liturgical season, we are highlighting the impactful work of St. Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry which is an intricate part of the St. Luke's community as well as the entire Diocese of Maine.

Please read below to learn more about St. Elizabeth's as well as testimonials written by St. Luke's Parishioners who give their time to the pantry in service of others.

What is St. Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry

St. Elizabeth’s is a low-barrier pantry serving non-food essentials to all those in need, including new Mainers and Mainers whose families have been here for generations.  It is a mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine.  St. Luke’s generously shares their space with the Pantry.

Read Full Description Here

Donate and Get Involved with St. E's

From Martha Parshley:

Often when I hear about a cause or a group doing good work I think “That is really nice, but I am not sure what I can do about it.” Think of the St E Donation Card like a postcard that you can stick on your fridge as a reminder of how you can take action and be part of the good work we are doing. Consider buying a package of diapers, or finding a coat or sweater from your closet or some children’s books you might have tucked away and bring them to church on a Sunday or

drop them off at St E’s on a Tuesday morning. Our neighbors and all of the St E volunteers will be grateful for your support.

Donate to St. Elizabeth's Pantry

What St. E's Means to Me: Volunteer Testimonials

Gus Goodwin

Carmen, Christine, Sunday, Sarah, Christo, Lionel and Anthony are some of the names that I know. There are many more who I don’t know by name, but do know their faces.

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Testimonial Here

Elizabeth Byrd Wood

I am a believer in “ant power.” Just like an ant colony, a collective effort by many people can bring about change.  As individuals, we can’t solve the problems of poverty, food insecurity, or homelessness single-handedly.  

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Testimonial Here

Martha Parshley

I have been volunteering at St. E’s since I retired. That makes it ten years now. Highlighting the Pantry for St. Luke’s has made me think about why I have been so committed to this service.

Read Full

Testimonial Here

Thank you to All of the volunteers who worked tirelessly this weekend to make our Holiday Fair a Success! We could not have done it without you!

Welcome to New Visitors

We are glad you are joining us today! We want to learn more about you! Please sign our register and give us your email address so we can contact you. Greeters at the door are available to answer any questions you might have about the Cathedral.

Any Additional Questions for us?

Please Visit our "I'm New" Page on our Website

Weekly Ministries

  • St. Elizabeth's Jubilee Center is offered every Tuesday from 8:30 am to 11 am.
  • The Food Pantry is open from 9 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 also offered weekly on Friday from 8-9pm on Zoom. For additional details contact Ray Murdoch Curry

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