St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church
Our Mission: "To Love, Praise, Welcome and Serve" 
     The  Navigator    

Palm Sunday
April 14, 2019



Please welcome the Rev. Persis Williams who will preside at
our service this Sunday.  
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All are Welcome! 

10 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Readings for the Palm Sunday:
(Please see scripture notes below)

The Mission of St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church is to l ove, praise, welcome, and serve:
· t o love one another as Christ loves us,
· to praise God in all things,
· to welcome and affirm all persons,
· to serve the needs of one another and of those on the island, the peninsula, and throughout the world.



On the Calendar :
Sunday, April 14              10am Holy Eucharist with Rev. Persis Williams
Monday, April 15             9-12 Linda Shepard's Children's Group 
                                          4:30 pm Meditation/ Silent Prayer
      Tuesday, April 16            2pm Vestry Meeting   
Wednesday, April 17      11-12a.m. Tai Chi for Beginners  
                                       4:30p.m.  Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, April 18          3pm Outreach Meeting  
Friday, April 19               7pm Good Friday Liturgy with Tenebrae         
                                     (See more information below)
Sunday,  April 21             9am Nursing Home Easter Service
                                      10am Holy Eucharist with Rev. Regina Christianson

Holy Week Services at other Churches in the Area 
Saunders Memorial Church - Little Deer Isle
Thursday, April 18 - 7pm Maundy Thursday Service
Sunday April 21 - 6:30am Easter Sunrise Service at Bridge End Park
Everyone Welcome
St Frances Church - Blue Hill
Thursday, April 18 - 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service  
Friday, April 19 - Noon. The Good Friday Ecumenical Service 
Saturday, April 20 - 7 p.m. Easter Vigil 
Sunday, April 21- 10 a.m. Easter Sunday 
            Click here to visit the  Events Page Calendar  on the website for  
  up-to-date information.  

      As noted on the calendar, there will be a Vestry meeting Tuesday April 16 at 2pm.  
Tuesday's agenda includes a 1st quarter financial update report, discussion of formation of a nominating committee to fill Vestry vacancies, a Search Committee update, Worship Ministry report and other ministry updates, along with other business as needed.  
      Anyone interested is welcome to attend!
      On behalf of the Vestry,  
      Lis Ingoldsby
      Senior Warden 
 Search Committee Update  
 April 12, 2019
The Search Committee met on Wednesday, April 10, to plan how best to process and compile responses to our Portfolio Questions. We also discussed the budget for the search process.
The Committee commends the efforts of everyone working to update our website.  Improvements are already evident.
For those who have not yet responded to the Portfolio Questions, we strongly urge you to do so by April 14.   You can reply online via the link below.  Thanks to all who have sent excellent, thoughtful responses.  We are most grateful.

To hear the recording of the recent meeting with Canon Michael Ambler fast forward to 5:30:  ZOOM Meeting
                   Link to  Online Question Response Form

Luke Williams  207-367-5829
Barbara Kourajian  207-326-9153
Martha Dane  207-348-5245
Judy Miller  617-645-1711
Bill Scaife  413-531-1762
Curtis Flowers   256-275-7087

For Reports and updates on St. Brendan's Clergy Search Process
Our Prayer of Discernment:
Almighty God, giver of every good gift, look graciously on the people of St. Brendan's and guide our hearts and minds as we seek to discern your will for our future and seek to be drawn closer to you,  Amen.   
Good Friday April 14th, 7:00 p.m.
     St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church
  Good Friday Liturgy and Tenebrae
Tenebrae (Latin for 'shadows') liturgy creates the emotional aspects of Christ's Passion through scripture reading, solemn hymns or chants, and the extinguishing of candles. As candles are extinguished one by one throughout the service, darkness deepens. The last candle, symbolizing Christ, remains lite and is removed from the sanctuary thus commemorating Christ's absence, death, tomb, and final resurrection.
The congregation leaves the service in prayer and silence.



Our Website,, will be one of the ways prospective priests will learn about our church. The Search Committee has been viewing the website with this in mind and some improvements are being made.  A new addition this week is a form on the bottom or the Our Search page where you can answer the Search Questions and then submit your responses.  

  • Please consider sharing a poem, an essay, a reflection or a photo on the blog.
  • To keep the website fresh, we also need recent pictures! Please get out your phones or cameras and take photos at St. Brendans that can be posted on the website.     
  • Visit each of the pages on the website and give us your ideas on how we might make them better reflect the essence of St. Brendan's. 

Please email ideas and of any kind to

      New Reflection From Woody on the Blog!   Check it out
Woody would welcome your comments



A Message From the Outreach Ministry

Next Meeting is Thursday April 18th at 3:00pm - Everyone Welcome

Friends in Action:
Friends in Action Needs Drivers! Please sign up to take people to medical appointments. Even if you drive people on your own, please sign up with Friends in Action so that your efforts and willingness are part of their database. If you drive for Friends in Action, their insurance will cover you and your passenger for the trip. Coordination is handled from Ellsworth. Call (207) 664-6016.
Community Cleanup: 
Saturday, April 27, we will clean up the roadside between INH and the causeway.  There will be two sizes of collection bags as well as some day-glo caps, reflective vests, and tools to extend your reach available to use. Meet at the church at 9:15.  Coffee will be on.  (April 26 and 28 are also official collection dates. If you can't make it on Saturday and would like to participate in the clean-up, contact Jo Jacob ( 
Need a Prayer?

Don't forget to let Pastoral Care know if you need a Prayer, a ride, a meal, a visit. . .
Eucharistic Visits or other assistance -  
Prayer List -
A Virtual Holy Week Retreat   
Northeast Wisdom is sponsoring a  Virtual Holy Week Retreat that will start on Passion/Palm Sunday, April 14, and conclude on Easter Sunday morning, April 21. Daily, it will have four components-three of which will be recorded and available each morning. These offerings will be accessible at the start of each day.  Included will be (1.) a morning meditation with periods of silence; (2.) a more substantial message with reflections; and (3.) an evening meditation/practice. The final component will be (4.) a  lectio divina  group on the Zoom online platform at 4 pm.  To learn more about this free retreat and to sign up please click Virtual Retreat.



Happy Birthday to:

Ann Ottesen - 12
Barbara Wright - 30
Elaine Taggert - 30

Signs of Spring?

                                                      Deer Isle
Share a Picture of Spring where you are! 


Saturday, April 27, 2019
South Parish Congregational Church
9 Church Street
Augusta, Maine
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Palm Sunday: 
Today's liturgy is in two parts. The Liturgy of the Palms celebrates Jesus' entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of the week of his Passion. After we hear Luke's account of that event, we give thanks over the branches that we carry. A procession then moves into the church building with festive songs of "Hosanna in the highest!"

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 from Luke's gospel often is read with individuals and congregation taking various parts so that we may have a fuller sense of sharing with him in his redemptive acts of dying and rising for our salvation.

The Old Testament reading is one of Isaiah's poems about the suffering servant of God whose suffering atones for the sin of the people. This passage and others like it are understood by Christians to foretell the suffering and death of Jesus.

The reading from Philippians is an early Christian hymn which announces that Jesus' Lordship is revealed not in the power of his divinity but in self-giving love to the point of dying for us, his beloved. This is the ultimate restoration from exile brought about by Jesus.

Today we enter into the celebration of the mighty acts of God which brought about that restoration. During this week, we will rediscover what God has done for us, rediscover the meaning of baptism, and 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
    Prayer for St Brendan's:  
     Almighty God, giver of every good gift:  Look graciously on the people of 
     St. Brendan's and guide our hearts and minds as we seek to discern your will for             our future. May our discernment transform our spirits and draw us closer to you.   
In Our Prayers

We pray for those on our prayer list in special need of our prayers: Susan Wade, Ralph and Sandy Drayer, James Budd, Joan GagnonMary Ann Shaw, Pam Neff, Michelle Price, Jesse Zorski, Craig Harriman, Lindsey Bowker, Linda Peterson,  Rev. Edward Dufresne, Margaret Ann Crumlish, Reed and Micki Henderson, William Rice Sr., Gray Pierson , Ross Gagnon, Nancy Boothby, Elaine Graham, Pat & Tony Stoneburner, Kathy Gray, Holly Zack, Carolyn Angel, Nancy Stearns, Andrew Harriman, Tom Davenport, Marcia Scott, George A. Smith, Gladys Smith, Sam and Isabelle Hulsey, Jennifer Hulsey and her family Byron, Ben, and Claire. 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 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, Graham, and Caleb.

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 t he congregations of All Saints', Skowhegan, St. Mark's, Waterville and for all preparing for and attending Spring Training Day on Saturday, April 27th

In the Anglican  Cycle of Prayer, we pray fPray for the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem & The Middle East & The Most Revd Suheil Dawani - Archbishop, Jerusalem & the Middle East & Archbishop in Jerusalem

On the Island and Peninsula,  we pray for the United Methodist Church Stonington


                                                 Icon of St. Brendan by Siri Beckman

Lord, we will trust you.

Help us to journey beyond the familiar and  into the unknown.  

Give us the faith to leave old ways and break new ground with you. 

Christ of the mysteries, we trust you to be stronger than each     storm within us.  

We will trust in the darkness and know that our times are in your hand.
Tune our spirit to the music of heaven, and somehow, make our   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 

Emergency Contacts:

Vestry Members:

Elisabeth Ingoldsby, Senior Warden
Tel: Home: 207-348-2586 / Cell: 207-266-4541

Josephine Jacob, Junior Warden         
Tel: 207-348-6997 / Cell: 207-664-4884

Pete Dane-Treasurer 348-5245 
Barbara Kourajian-Clerk 326-9153 
Meg Graham 348-2639
Miriam Antich 972-849-7907
Tom van Buren 348-6471

Pastoral Care: 
Carolyn Mor   374-2179
Diane Greenlaw   460-7230 

Prayer List Requests: