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

Fifth Sunday in Lent
April 7, 2019



Please welcome the Rev. Lev Sherman who will preside at
our service this Sunday.  
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The Episcopal Diocese of Maine Bishop Search


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All are Welcome! 
10 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Readings for the Fifth Sunday in Lent:
(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 7              10am Holy Eucharist with Rev. Lev Sherman
Monday, April 8              9-12 Linda Shepard's Children's Group 
                                          4:30 pm Meditation/ Silent Prayer
Wednesday, April 10        11-12a.m. Tai Chi for Beginners  
                                       3:00pm Worship Committee Meeting
                                      Planning for Good Friday and Pentecost
                                      Everyone Welcome
                                      4:30p.m.  Choir Rehearsal
Sunday,  April 14             10am Holy Eucharist with Rev. Persis Williams
                                            Palm Sunday  

            Click here to visit the  Events Page Calendar  on the website for  
  up-to-date information.  

 Search Committee Update  
 April 5, 2019
Our committee feels the Search Process meeting on Sunday with Canon Ambler went well. Earlier this week we mailed a letter with the 12 Questions we need to answer for our OTM Portfolio; some suggestions were added for clarity. 

You may bring your written responses to the April 14th Parish meeting or respond by mail, email( or a phone call to a committee member.  Responses may also be entered online and submitted on the OUR SEARCH page of the website.  We need responses by April 14th, so the committee can prepare our part of St Brendan's OTM Portfolio. Canon Ambler will add the demographic info.  The Portfolio is the first part of our invitation to prospective priests.  
The second part is our website.  The website and Portfolio take the place of what many will remember was once called the Parish Profile.   The website should be up-to-date and reflect well the spirit of our St.Brendan's community.   Miriam Antich, Ministry chairs, and the Search Committee have begun the updating already.  We remind everyone of Miriam's request for photos.

To hear the recording of Sunday's 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 Schaife  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.   



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.      

Please email contributions to




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: 
There will be a Community Cleanup on April 26-27 St. Brendan's will cover the Nursing Home to the Causeway. Tom will make sticks with nails to spear the trash. Everyone should bring gloves.
Need a Meal?
Don't forget to let Pastoral Care know if you need a ride, a meal, a prayer, 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.

Silent Prayer/Meditation as a Spiritual Practice for Lent
Every Monday at 4:30 there is an opportunity to sit with others for a period of silent prayer and meditation.  If you are looking for a new spiritual practice to adopt during lent, we hope you will join us.  Everyone is welcome - no experience needed.  
Have you read Woody Osborne's recent Reflection on Meditation?
Click to view on the website and leave a comment.



Happy Birthday to:

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

Signs of Spring!

Saturday, April 27, 2019
South Parish Congregational Church
9 Church Street
Augusta, Maine
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The Fifth Sunday of Lent: 
Each of the Lenten Sundays stresses one of the events in the Old Testament history of Salvation. For us, these events foreshadow the meaning of Christ's death and resurrection and our incorporation into him in Holy Baptism.

The two greatest events in Israel's salvation history were the Exodus/Passover in the time of Moses and Israel's return from exile in Babylon to the land of promise in the sixth century B.C. Today we hear from Isaiah a reflection upon that return which transforms it into the sign that still to come. God's plan is an even greater act of salvation-something entirely new. It is that new action by God which we celebrate in this season and especially in Holy Week and Easter.

Today's gospel reading is the story of a woman who expressed her devotion to Jesus by anointing his feet with costly perfume. While Judas complained about her extravagant action, Jesus saw it as a sign of his coming death and burial. The gospel writer discounts the complaint that the money could have been given to the poor. We are reminded that to make our Lord our greatest value is essential to our role as the people of God.

In the second reading, Paul testifies that his life is lived in Christ. This is not simply a metaphor. In baptism, we have been made part of Jesus' dying and rising, which is renewed in the Eucharist.

We are nearing Holy Week, when we enter into an intense period of rediscovering our identity as people who are in Christ and in whom God has performed the ultimate act of salvation. The restoration of all people to their true homeland with God will end the exile from God created by our disobedience.

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 f or parishes in transition, for the wardens and vestries serving congregations in our diocese  and for new members of the Church, penitents and seekers

In the Anglican  Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church of Church of Ireland, The Most Revd Richard Lionel Clarke - Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland and Metropolitan 

On the Island and Peninsula,  we pray for the Trinity Episcopl Church, Castine


                                                 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: