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

First Sunday after Christmas
December 30, 2018


Please join us at the Island Nursing Home for
our service this Sunday, December 30th, at 10am.  
(please refer to note below)    
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Lessons and Carols
10am at the Island Nursing Home  
Sunday, December 30, 2018
Readings for the First Sunday After Christmas:
(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 30       - 10am Lessons & Carols Service at the Nursing Home
Monday, December 31        - 4:30pm  New Year's Eve Meditation/ Silent Prayer    
Thursday, January 3          - 3pm  Outreach Ministry Meeting (Please see note from                                             the Vestry below) 
        Sunday, January 6            - 10am Holy Eucharist with Rev. Dr. Regina Christianson
    Click here to visit the   Events Page Calendar  on the website for  
  up-to-date information.  

Message from the Vestry:
The Vestry has been carefully addressing how best to move forward with St. Brendan's Outreach efforts with the goal of broader collaboration and community engagement as outlined in the Ministry Description adopted last January. Prompting Vestry discussions was the realization and acknowledgement there has been much Outreach program activity that has taken place 'organically' this year including:
Food Pantry Donations
Alfred's Fund
Window Dressers
Holiday Meals - Thanksgiving & Christmas
Nursing Home Services
Tutoring (on request)
Uses of the Building in 2018:
Young Mothers group (Linda Shepard) Program
Third Thursday Music Gatherings (Feb. - October)
Salt Air Seniors Holiday Party
Tai Chi Exercise Class
Anticipated Additional Programs in the Building in 2019:
Scott Cleveland Music Program (January)
Spring Monthly Music Gathering (TBD)
Celtic Music and Poetry Reading (July)
Tai Chi Exercise Class
The Vestry is pleased to announce a renewal of the Outreach Ministry. A series of meetings will take place in the winter and spring to reconstitute the group; review our mission; goals; priorities; and communications, and to delegate responsibility for programs and projects. Ann van Buren has agreed to serve as an interim coordinator to begin these discussions leading to a Ministry group-led consensus on leadership later in the year. Tom van Buren will serve as Vestry Liaison. Our efforts will focus on creating and/or expanding programs - such as those listed above - offering opportunities for greater Parish access and engagement - both in the building as well as out in our greater island / peninsula community with a goal of building Ministry programs that encourage collaboration, participation and involvement in keeping with St. Brendan's Mission and Values.
All are encouraged to participate and attend the Outreach Ministry Meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 3rd at 3pm at the church. For those who cannot be here in person, a conference call dial-in number will be available. For more information, and to let us know if you plan to attend or call in, please contact Tom van Buren at, or phone (207) 348-6471.
For Minutes of the 11/16/18 Vestry Meeting, please click link below:     
                                    Vestry Meeting Minutes.11.16.18  


LOCATION CHANGE for our December 30th Service:
Sunday, December 30th our 10a.m. worship service will take place at the Island Nursing Home.    Since that date happens to be our turn in the rotation of local churches leading Sunday services, the Worship and Music Ministry decided we would move our morning worship to the Nursing Home.  We will celebrate the birth of Christ with a Lessons and Carols service.   Please join us as we extend "tidings of comfort and joy" to the residents and staff at the Nursing Home.    

Meditation - Silent Prayer - Centering Prayer
on New Year's Eve:

New Year's Eve and each Monday at 4:30 there is an opportunity for Silent Prayer at St. Brendan's. 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 of Centering Prayer and how to do it.  A description of methods of meditation by James Finley is also available below. 




First Sunday after Christmas: 
On this first Sunday after Christmas, our attention is directed by the readings beyond the historical event of Jesus' birth to its cosmic and saving meaning. The Gospel reading is the theological prologue to the Gospel of John. This early Christian poem describes Jesus as the incarnation (en-fleshment) of the divine Word who is one with God, through whom God creates and redeems the world. It also expresses our unity with God by grace and faith. Thus, the birth of Jesus is not simply an event in his story but the event of our lives too.

The first reading today promises the reestablishment of God's people in His Kingdom. The prophet sees this as a certainty; in other words, it is an integral part of God's plan of salvation. The reading from Paul's letter to the Galatians is a portion of Paul's proclamation that in the new covenant our relationship to God is based on faith rather than obedience to the Law. Paul replaces the source of that new relationship in our unity through baptism with Jesus, which makes us sons, and daughters of God.

This Sunday's theme, then, expresses the double role of the Church's liturgy. It usually celebrates historical events, but in our action together as the people of God, the historical events are revealed as eternally saving events as well. In the liturgy, time and space are transcended and the events of history become the events of our own lives as individuals and as a community.
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 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: Roger Ingoldsby, 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 Trinity Jubilee Center, Lewiston For postulants and candidates for Holy Orders and the Commission on Ministry For the slate of candidates for Bishop of Maine and their families
In the Anglican  Cycle of Prayer, we pray for Kyushu - (Japan) The Rt Revd Luke Ken-ichi MutoLafia and ( Abuja, Nigeria) The Rt Revd Godwin A Robinson
On the Island and Peninsula,  we pray  Stonington Church of the Nazarene

                                                 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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