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

Third Sunday in Advent
December 16, 2018


   Please welcome back The Rev. Dr. Regina Christianson                     who will preside at our service this Sunday.   
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Sunday, December 16, 2018

10:00 am  Holy Eucharist 
Readings for the Third Sunday in Advent:

(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, December 16          - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Dr. Regina                                                     Christianson 
Monday, December 17           - 4:30pm Meditation/ Silent Prayer    
      Thursday, December 20       - 4:00pm Advent Vespers - Music,  Silence,                                                                   Candlelight, Readings

Sunday, December 23          - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Lev Sherman
    Click here to visit the   Events Page Calendar  on the website for  
  up-to-date information.  

Advent Resources:
The Episcopal Church is  encouraging us to await the coming of Christ by moving through the first two chapters of the Gospel of Luke.  There is an   and curriculum on the Journeying the Way of Love Website.  
Sign up to receive a daily Advent meditation and a list of other resources from the Virginia Theological Seminary (2nd oldest Episcopal Seminary):
A Collection of opportunities are listed here including a course by Cynthia Bourgeault :  Advent and Holiday e-courses.
Rough Ways:
A number of us  were struck by one of this week's posts on AdventWord, one of the online Advent resources mentioned above.
"Luke the Gospel writer, quoting John the Baptizer quoting Isaiah the Prophet, proclaims that the "rough ways will be made smooth" in preparation for the coming of God. This message passed down through the ages, now comes to us and we are called to the task of making smooth. Harsh words, sharp elbows, and uneven temperaments are challenges to harmonious relationships, human and divine. Refinement is the process of making smooth and we are called to this work by the One who lovingly refines us. Pass it on."    
This seems a wonderful reminder  for our parish life together at St. Brendan's.  What rough ways do we need to smooth out? How can we each contribute to  making sure St. Brendan's a place where everyone feels loved and heard? This is  so important in all we do together, especially our Vestry, Ministries, and parish gatherings.  We are all called to this work of 'making smooth'.  

Meditation - Silent Prayer - Centering Prayer on Christmas Eve:

In this time of Advent, this time of waiting, it is important to spend quiet time     with God. Christmas Eve and each Monday at 4:30 there an opportunity for Silent Prayer at St. Brendan's. Advent is a time in the Church Calendar when these periods of silence are especially rewarding.

Everyone is welcome and no experience is needed. If you would like to learn more about Centering Prayer the link below   to Contemplative Outreach offers two short videos on the benefits and of Centering Prayer and how to do it.  Richard Rohr has also recently written a good description available below.  




 Save the Date:Advent Vespers
Thursday December 20th at  4:00pm ADVENT VESPERS
Music,  Silence,  Candlelight, Readings. 
Invite your friends for a contemplative service in this last week in Advent.
Advent Book:
One additiona l copy of the Advent book is available.   Please pay for your copy if you have not already done so.
Wreaths and Flowers
The holidays are a time to remember loved ones who have passed. If you would like to contribute to the fund for wreaths and holiday plants, please make donations payable to St. Brendan's, with a note in the memo line for  'Holiday Wreaths,' along with a note with names of those loved ones you would like remembered.
Thank You!


Third Sunday In Advent: 
In our readings and in the Collect for today, the major themes of biblical, prophetic religion come together, deepening the preparation of God's faithful people for the approaching Christmas festival. We pray that God will "stir up his power and come among us" and we are given the paradoxical message of fearful judgment and joyful anticipation.

This message is given first in Zephaniah's announcement of "the Day of the Lord" when God will come to draw all people into a saving and life-giving community. "The Lord, your God, is in your midst." "Sing aloud... Rejoice... Exult."

For Paul and the church in Philippi, the Lord has indeed come in Jesus' death and resurrection. "Rejoice," Paul says, and be partakers in the peace of God, which is our true guardian and protector.

But first, we hear the harsh words from John the Baptist, warning that we must be prepared for that coming if it is indeed to be a time of rejoicing. Repentance is the key to that preparation. However, repentance must be more than a feeling, and it must be deeper than outward rituals such as water baptism, or tracing one's descent from Abraham. That repentance must bear fruit in social righteousness-in self-giving and concrete actions of love and mercy toward others.

The Lord is in the midst of us, and so we sing out joyful Alleluias as he comes to us in his Word, and again as he comes to us in the breaking of the bread.

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 in special need of our prayers: Ralph and Sandy Drayer, James Budd, Joan and Bob GagnonMary Ann Shaw, Pam Neff, Michelle Price, Michael Dunn, Donna Hallen, Kevin Zorski, Jesse Zorski, Ben Elkington, Craig Harriman, Lindsey Bowker, Linda Shepard and family, Linda,  Rev. Edward Dufresne, Margaret Ann Crumlish, Reed and Micki Henderson, William Rice Sr., Gray Pierson , Ross Gagnon, Nancy Boothby, Reed and Micki Henderson, 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 Isobelle Hulsey, Jennifer Hulsey and her family Byron, Ben, and Clair, and Gary and Susie Silman. 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  the congregations of St. Barnabas', Rumford ,St. Luke's, Wilton, Christ Church, Gardiner and for those grieving the loss of a loved one this holiday season.
In the Anglican  Cycle of Prayer, we pray  for Kivu - (Rwanda) The Rt. Revd. Augustin Ahimana
On the Island and Peninsula, 
we pray for the Church of Jesus Christ Restoration Branch, Sunset. 

                                                 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 

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