St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church
April 9, 2017
Please welcome The Reverend Dr. Edward Dufresne who will be presiding at our Palm Sunday service this Sunday.
Please also join me in welcoming The Reverend Charles (Chuck)
Bradshaw, who will be presiding at our service on Maundy Thursday,
and joining us as a supply clergy later this month and thereafter. Chuck has been a priest for 24 years, serving parishes in Missouri, Pennsylvania, and most recently, the Church of Our Father in Hulls Cove. Chuck and
his wife Beth, "a Brooklyn girl and classically trained musician," have
been married for thirty three years and have two grown children, Gideon
and Helen. Following his retirement from the Church of Our Father,
Chuck and Beth spent three years doing teaching and ministry work
in Uganda. Chuck grew up in the suburbs of Boston. Before his
ordination, Chuck was, by his description, "a Coast Guard sailor, an advocate for refugees coming to the USA, a secondary school teacher,
and a chimney sweep." Chuck and Beth presently reside in Salisbury Cove, Maine
p.s. We presently plan to have dinner at the church after the Maundy Thursday service. Please let me and/or Ruth Robinson know if you are able to attend. We will also have a sign-up sheet available on this coming Sunday after the service.
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Readings for The Palm Sunday
The Liturgy of the Palms
The Liturgy of the Word
(Please see scripture notes below)
Sunday, April 9 - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Dr. Edward Dufresne
- 2pm Island Nursing Home
April 10 - 9:30-12pm Parenting and Children with Linda Shepard
- 11am Investment Group Meeting
- 4:30pm Centering Prayer/Silent Meditation
Tuesday, April 11 - 4pm Tutoring Adult Ed
Wednesday, April 12
- 4pm Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, April 13 - 2pm Outreach Committee Meeting
- 5pm Maunday Thursday Service with The Rev. Charles Bradshaw
- Dinner following service
Friday, April 14 - 1-4pm Rug Hooking group meets
- 5pm Good Friday Service lead by Barbara Kourajian and Mickey Jacoba
Saturday, April 15 -7pm Easter Vigil St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal
Sunday, April 16 -10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Vesta Kowalski
Message from the Senior Warden
When Jane and I bought our house in Deer Isle, now some ten years ago,
I think we had in mind that we were headed toward living in an idyllic setting, the essential features of which would never change.
Then the little restaurant in Blue Hill, where we always stopped at the end of our journey north from Washington, closed. The shop across the street, where we had purchased so many things for our house and where we had developed a seemingly warm relationship with the owner, a long-time resident of Brooklin, closed. The sweet little shop that specialized in various bird feeders, served lunch, and hosted cocktail parties on its deck in the summer, closed, amidst sad stories concerning its owners. The Maritime Inn closed. Then the Factory Tavern occupied the space, then moved; then it closed. Further back, the old Fishermen's Friend restaurant moved; then partially revived as "Susie Q's;" then it too closed last Fall. The Lester Gallery, site for wonderful photographs, has morphed into an insurance office.
My son, who recently went through a bit of a difficult patch, told me of going to have coffee at his favorite place, a place where he consistently found good company, conversation and companionship, only to find it closed with a stack of flowers piled up at the door. He shortly learned that shop's young woman owner had died the day before by her own hand.
And now, I learn yesterday that our own Barbara Sorlien died, just when it appeared that her health was somewhat improving. My first and most lasting impression of Barbara was her spontaneously consoling me in my grief over the impending death of another parishioner, my dear friend, Lael Stegall.
The point, obviously enough, is that as much as we might cling to the best of our surroundings, however we might long for the idyllic, indeed, however much as we may believe we have found it, things change - big and small. Most profoundly, we lose people we love to death. But we also lose people to other changes - aging, declining health, variations in life circumstances, and flagging relationships. And our surroundings can change in ways that throw us off kilter-like the closing of my son's coffee shop. Certainly, at
St. Brendan's we have experienced such losses. Our physical surroundings are entirely different from the way they were a relatively short time ago. And we have, of course, lost parishioners.
For me, the most important learning in all of this is to be able to acknowledge and face into my losses-to grieve over them, while at the same time remaining hopeful-even joyful. This ability, were I to achieve it, would also help me to keep some perspective on the petty day to day annoyances that can sometimes bog me down. In his Book of Hours, Thomas Merton notes poetically that:
. . . no despair of ours can alter the reality of things,
or stain the joy of the cosmic dance which is always there.
Indeed, we are in the midst of it,
and it is in the midst of us, for it beats in our very blood,
whether we want it to or not.
In his Easter message (see the link below) Bishop Michael Curry, acknowledging the horror of the crucifixion, comes away with the message that "not even the Titanic power of death can stop the love of God. . . . Love wins."
I hope I can live like that.
Easter Message From Bishop Curry
Women's Wilderness Trip Reminder - Deposits Due
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.
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 $444, 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.
For more information, contact Julie Pierson at: email@example.com.
A deposit of $222
is required (50% of the cost)
by April 30th.
Please mail your deposit (make checks payable to KLWC) to:
Julie Burger Pierson
232 High Rock Road
Hinesburg, VT 05461
Outreach Committee Report
The Outreach Committee met Tuesday, March 21st. Members present were Mickey Jacoba, Richard Paget, Martha Dane, Julie Pierson (by telephone), Jackie Wilson, Diane Greenlaw, and Skip Greenlaw.
Marshall Kaiser, Treasurer of the Island Pantry, and Pat Weirs, both members of the Board of Directors were our guests. We invited them to share with us the financial status of the Island Pantry and to discuss some questions we had about the operation of the Pantry.
Marshall reported that ten years ago their net worth was 0; today their net worth is $250,000, which is invested in the Maine Community Foundation. Their income from September 2016 to August 2017 was roughly $70,000. Expenses amounted to $70,000 annually. Recently, the Island Pantry experienced a reduction in revenue from their annual Thanksgiving appeal.
Recipients received in general about 100 pounds of food monthly, although if someone was in dire need of food, arrangements were made to make additional food available. Pat expressed the concern that volunteer help
was hard to come by. Diane Greenlaw suggested that they advertise in
the I/A to encourage more people to volunteer.
The team reviewed the scholarship form drafted by Mickey and voted to award $1,000 to a graduating member of the Deer Isle-Stonington High School this June. Jackie Wilson and Mickey Jacoba volunteered to be on an interview committee, and it was agreed that they would recruit a third person.
The team voted to expend Outreach funds by month to the following
March- HOME $500
April- Emmaus House $500
June- Camp Kooky $250
July- Windowdressers Project $2,000
September- Volunteers for Hancock County Jail Residents $500
November- Thanksgiving Meals $250
December- Alfred's Fund- $500, Island Community Center $250 and Christmas meals $250
This represents $6,000 of the $7,300 budgeted for outreach this year.
The Outreach Committee's next meeting will be held Thursday April 13th,
The Outreach Committee
Scripture Notes for Palm Sunday
Today's liturgy is in two parts. The Liturgy of the Palms
entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of the week of his Passion. After we
hear Matthew's account of that event, the celebrant gives thanks over the branches of Palm, which we
carry. In many congregations, a procession
with branches follows as we enact the event that led
directly to Good Friday.
The second part of today's liturgy changes from triumph to tragedy as it focuses on the suffering
and death of Jesus. The account of the Lord's
Passion is read from Matthew's Gospel so that we
may have a fuller sense
of sharing with him in his redemptive acts of dying and rising for our
The first reading is from Isaiah. This is one of the servant songs in which
God's servant is
rejected by the people but he will be vindicated by God.
The reading from Philippians is an early
Christian hymn announcing that
Jesus' Lordship is revealed not in power and divinity, but in
to the point of dying for us, his beloved.
Today we enter into the celebration of the mighty acts of God that brought about our redemption.
During this week we will rediscover what God has
done for us, rediscover the meaning of our
baptism, rediscover the meaning
of our sharing in Eucharist.
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, 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,
for new members of the Church, penitents and seekers.
For our Jewish sisters and brothers as Passover begins.
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer,
for the peace of Jerusalem
All glory, laud and honor, To Thee, Redeemer, King, To Whom the lips of children Made sweet hosannas ring.
Jerusalem - (Jerusalem & Middle East)
On the Island and Peninsula, we pray
for Reversing Falls Sanctuary,
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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
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
St. Brendan the Navigator
627 North Deer Isle Road
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 305, Deer Isle, ME 04627
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 12-5pm
Woody Osborne, Senior Warden
Skip Greenlaw, Junior Warden
For Pastoral Care