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

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
August 25, 2019


Please welcome the Rev. Stewart Pierson who will preside at our service    this Sunday.                                            


The Episcopal Church of the Province of New England

All are Welcome! 

Sunday, August 25, 2019 
10 a.m. Holy Eucharist

Readings for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost:
(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 :
S aturday, August 24         7:00pm Bagaduce Music brings music from it's 
                                     collection of the works of late Deer Isle composer                                           Maia Aprahamian to Burnt Cove Community Center                                         on the Airport Rd., performed by a small vocal                                               ensemble under the direction of Anna Dembska,                                             Maine soprano, composer, and choral director. 
Sunday, August 25          10:00a.m. Holy Eucharist with Rev. Stewart Pierson
                                     Ingathering of pledges and Stewardship Brunch  
Monday, August  26           4:30 p.m. Silent Meditation/ Centering Prayer      
       Wednesday, August 28    11:00a.m. Tai Chi
  4:30  p.m. Choir Rehearsal                                                                                   
Saturday August 31          7p.m.  Les Petits Chanteurs from Port-au-Prince,                                             Haiti in concert at St. Francis Church, Blue Hill                        
Sunday, September 1         10a.m. Holy Eucharist with  the Rev. Richard                                                   Mallory 
                                       September Birthday Celebration   
Tuesday, September 3       3 p.m. Discussion on Race   
Wednesday, September 4   3 p.m. Worship and Music Ministry -everyone                                                 welcome
Sunday, September 8        H.O.M.E. Craft Fair                                      
 For up-to-date information on events at St. Brendan's c lick:                              Events Page Calendar
  Click the picture above to visit our website 

The Gratitude Corner

Thank you Peter Tarlton for suggesting The Gratitiude Corner in the Navigator, and for the poem submitted for the BLOG on the website,  Grace Embraces Gratitude .
Many thanks for everyone's contributions of time and talent made to enrich St. Brendan's ministries this: all who helped with coffee hours, all who helped with our worship services at St. Brendan's and the Island Nursing Home, all who helped with the new Gardens, for the special programs presented by the Outreach and Education Ministries and for Woody's discussion session and all who attended.

The Gratitude Corner is a new feature in our newsletter beginning this week where we can express our appreciation and gratitude for all the efforts made by each of us to make St. Brendan's a better place.

Please send your expressions of thanks to to be included in the newsletter and website or you can submit them on the website.  


Pledge Sunday!

Ingathering of pledges will be this Sunday, August 25th.  We hope you can be with us then as we bring the pledges up to the altar with the offering.  The Stewardship Committee will be holding a special Ingathering Brunch to celebrate following the service!  
If you cannot be with us this Sunday, confidential Pledges can also be made on the website by clicking  PLEDGE

If you prefer a mail-in pledge card, click  pledge form.
You may also e-mail your pledge to Carolyn Mor at  

If you have any questions about the pledging process, please contact Miriam Antich at


Invitation to a Discussion

A group of twelve gathered this past Monday to share recollections of their encounters with persons of color and their observations regarding the societal circumstances in which those encounters occurred. Experiences ranged from relatively little exposure to recollections of the worst of race discrimination and segregation in the southern states. The group will meet again on September 3rd at 3:00 p.m at St. Brendan's. Anyone who missed this first gathering, but is interested, will be welcome.       

Woody Osborne  (  


Worship & Music Ministry Seeks New Members and Your Input

The Worship and Music Ministry is meeting September 4 to complete planning of services until the end of the 2019 Liturgical Year and to outline the services for Liturgical Year 2020.  What this Ministry does has a significant impact on each service that takes place throughout the year.  The current members are Mickey Jacoba, Connie Mayo (ex officio), Barbara Kourajian (Vestry liaison) and Pete Dane.  It is in the best interest of our congregation that our Ministry represent a diversity of viewpoints.  Please contact one of the members if you would be willing to serve on the Committee for this next year.   

Education and Spiritual Development

Fr. Richard Mallory (nice picture of Richard on the Grace St Paul's web site) Associate Rector at Grace St Paul's Episcopal Church in Tucson, AZ will be spending the month of September on Deer Isle. Patricia Donahue and Anne Cushman are members of Grace St Paul's. Bill Scaife and Susan Wade have generously offered their home to Fr. Richard and his wife Pam till 9/9 and then they will stay at Patricia Donahue's guest house for the rest of the month.
Fr Richard will preside at our liturgy on 9/1,9/15 and 9/29.  The service will be followed by Sermon Talk Backs
Three Old Testament study/discussion groups focused on the Jacob saga and the Joseph story on Mondays September 1st, 16th and 30th from 10:00a.m. to 11:30a.m.




T he Outreach Committee would like parishioners to help us to identify local/regional priorities for support and engagement in the coming year. We hope you will think about the various areas noted in the survey and consider if you are able to become more involved. Please click below to give us your input.


Sunday September 8th during Coffee Hour



There is a festive box near the Church entrance which awaits your generosity.  

Of course, your financial donations are also welcome.  You can either make a payment to St. Brendan's, marked for Alfred's Christmas Fund, or send a payment to:

"Alfred's Christmas Fund"
c/o Bobbi Billings 
300 Sunshine Road 
Deer Isle, ME  04627



E leventh Sunday after Pentecost:  
In today's reading from the gospel of Luke, Jesus heals a woman who had been crippled for eighteen years. A rigid religious leader complains that Jesus, in healing her on the Sabbath, is breaking the Commandments. Jesus replied that if the Commandments allow one to untie livestock on the Sabbath so that they can get water, we certainly could unbind human beings who are tied to illness on the Sabbath. Jesus is showing that the law of God is for human and humane purposes and not simply a rigid rule used to beat down others.

Today's first reading is from Isaiah. The prophet brings God's word that true piety and religion is to free those who are bound, and to care for the poor and the afflicted. It is that sort of ministry to others that will bring us the blessings of God.

The writer of the letter to the Hebrews reminds us that we are no longer merely part of this world that is passing away. We are part of the divine life and of the ongoing sweep of God's story of salvation. Though we live in this world, we are part of that unseen Kingdom that is eternal.

We gather in the Eucharist as a community of faith, which transcends time and space: an eternal family whose life and joy is the result of placing God before all things. The Eucharist is a foretaste of the heavenly feast but it is not the feast itself. We are called to persevere in the faith that will lead us to feast at God's table in the Kingdom that is coming.

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: Marshall Rice and family, Rosanne McFarland, Fred Newman, Susan Todd, Roseanna and husband Jason, Ralph and Sandy Drayer, James Budd, Mary Ann Shaw, Pam Neff, Michelle Price, Jesse Zorski, Craig Harriman, Lindsey Bowker,  Rev. Edward Dufresne, Margaret Ann Crumlish, Reed Henderson, , Gray Pierson , 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; Thomas, 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 the summer chapel congregations of Trinity Chapel, Kennebunk Beach; St. Ann's by-the-Sea, Kennebunkport, and for the ministry of the staff and volunteers who attend to the administrative needs of our churches. 

In the Anglican   Cycle of Prayer,  we pray  for the Anglican Church of South America and The Most Revd Gregory James Venables - Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Church of South America & Bishop of Argentina.
On the Island and Peninsula,  we pray for the Calvary Chapel, Deer Isle

                                                 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

Bill Scaife-Treasurer (413) 531-1762
Barbara Kourajian-Clerk 326-9153 
Meg Graham 348-2639
Miriam Antich 972-849-7907
Tom van Buren 348-6471

Pastoral Care: 
  Diane Greenlaw   460-7230 

Prayer List Requests: