St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church
Our Mission: "To Love, Praise, Welcome and Serve"
The Fifth Sunday After Epiphany
February 10, 2019
Please welcome back The Rev. Elaine Hewes who will
preside over our service this Sunday.
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10am Morning Prayer
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Readings for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany:
(Please see scripture notes below)
The Mission of St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church is to
ove, praise, welcome, and serve:
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.
Sunday, February 10 10a.m. Holy Eucharist with Rev. Elaine Hewes
Monday, February 11
9-12 Linda Shepard's Children's Group
4:30p.m. Meditation/ Silent Prayer
Tuesday, February 12, 2p.m. Vestry Meeting
Wednesday, February 13 11-12a.m. Tai Chi for Beginners
4:30p.m. Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, February 17 10a.m. Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Stephen Hayward
6p.m. Doctrine of Christian Discovery - please see below
Peace and Justice Center, Bangor
Vestry Appoints Search Committee
In keeping with Resolution #5 of the Renewal Plan, and with a sufficient pledge goal met, the Vestry is pleased to announce formation of a Search Committee to discern a new priestly presence for St. Brendan's.
Search Committee Members are:
Alternate (in the event a member becomes unable to serve):
Tom van Buren
Criteria used to form the committee were the following:
- Representative of Parish make-up
- Invitations extended to those not having the opportunity to serve on prior St. Brendan search committee
- Collaborative/team players: good listeners open to diverging views
- Organizational and leadership skills
- Respectful/mindful of the importance of maintaining confidentiality
In making the appointments, the Vestry shared its 'charge' to the Committee, outlining several points and expectations, including regular communication with the congregation through this newsletter, the web site, Sunday bulletins and announcements. The Committee will be working closely with the Canon of the Diocese and Office of Transition Ministry in developing a plan to move forward. This will include an open and transparent process with members of the Parish to provide answers to a series of questions which will then serve to guide our discernment.
A special Commissioning service for members of the Search Committee is being planned for the near future by the Worship Ministry.
Please join the Vestry in thanking these Committee Members for serving such an important and vital role in moving the Parish of St. Brendan's forward.
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.
On behalf of the Vestry,
Election of the 10th Bishop of Maine takes place Saturday
For the Convention Agenda, Worship Program and information, and to watch the Live-stream beginning at 9:45 Saturday morning, please click the link below:
Thank you to the Worship Ministry for a Beautiful
Lay Led Service Last Sunday!
Several years ago, Anne Cushman, Patricia Donahue and Barbara Wright started a weekly meditation and silent prayer session on Monday afternoons. Miriam assumed responsibility for it the following summer. I had never previously participated in meditation, but something drew me to the idea, and I eventually joined in.
Now it's become my responsibility to keep it going in the winter months, when Miriam is back in Texas. The sessions are reasonably well attended in the summer, but in the winter attendance drops off and, not infrequently, I find myself alone. I don't mind that, but I also feel that more of us could benefit from a quiet time to simply ponder and try to empty the brain of various distracting thoughts. I also think this time could afford a wonderful opportunity for the sharing of thoughts and reflections. Miriam and I have developed a collection of prayers and reflections including, of course, our own Prayer of St. Brendan. But with more of us in attendance, this part of the sessions could, I think, be greatly enriched.
I recently returned to my old home town of Washington, DC to attend the funeral of one of my dearest friends. On my return, sitting alone in the sanctuary waiting for our meditation session to start, I found myself composing the thoughts that are set forth below. Since I am by no means the only one of us situated at this time of life, it was suggested that they be inserted in the Navigator.
In any event, I encourage those of you who feel drawn to join us on Monday afternoon at 4:30. And I especially encourage those of you who, like my past self, do not feel so drawn, to join us. I am quite confident that you will find it rewarding.
eturning from the funeral of a dear old friend, a friend who helped me navigate a very difficult time, leaves me wondering:
How can I best live my remaining years?
Is there anything I must do?
Or is my best alternative simply to remain open and receptive?
To keep up as best I can with family and old friends?
To be open and kind to those around me?
To tend as best I can to the chores that present themselves?
And to accept my somewhat diminished energy with a bit of grace?
Happy Birthday to:
David Morrish - 4th
Ruth Robinson - 4th
Judy Miller - 10th
Sam Hulsey - 14th
Upcoming Event of Interest:
'Doctrine of Christian Discovery: Colonial Repression of Indigenous Peoples'
John Dieffenbacher-Krall, former director of the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission, will speak on little known 15th century papal bulls that encouraged Christian nations to subjugate non-Christian peoples in lands "discovered" by European explorers, and which have continued to restrict indigenous rights to this day. Presentation on "Doctrine of Christian Discovery: Colonial Repression of Indigenous Peoples" at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow St. in Bangor.
The Fifth Sunday After Epiphany:
As Jesus began the work in which he was manifested as God's Son, he called and commissioned others to join him. In Luke's account of the calling of the first disciples, Jesus joins them on what had been up until then an unsuccessful day of fishing. When Peter sees the catch he says, "Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!" Jesus says in return, "From now on you will be fishing for people." Then Peter, along with James and John, followed him.
Our first reading gives us a parallel to the call of the disciples and Peter's confession of unworthiness. This is God's call of Isaiah to be the prophet of God's judgment and of hope. Isaiah, like Peter, at first confesses himself unworthy to be called. Nevertheless, God, like Jesus, will be the means by which the prophet is made worthy.
As Paul nears the end of the first letter to the church in Corinth, he reminds his readers of the message he preaches: that Jesus died for our sins, that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day and appeared to Cephas (Peter) and the other Apostles. Finally, he appeared to Paul, who had been an opponent of the gospel. Paul's own qualifications, then, are based on God working in him.
We-like Isaiah and Paul and Peter-are called into sharing with God in carrying out God's plan. It is because of God and God's call to us in Jesus that we are who we are, the holy people of God. We gather in Eucharist to hear and respond anew to God's call and to go forth in the power of God to draw all people into God's family in our ministry and our communion with God in the Holy Spirit.
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: Julie Miller, Roger Ingoldsby, Ralph and Sandy Drayer, James Budd, Joan and Bob Gagnon, Mary Ann Shaw, Pam Neff, Michelle Price, Michael Dunn, Donna Hallen, Kevin Zorski, 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, 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
of Christ Church, Norway Trinity (Lutheran), South Paris and for all those
in ministries of teaching and Christian formation
In the Anglican
Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Anglican Church of Canada
On the Island and Peninsula,
we pray for Reversing Falls Sanctuary, Brooksville
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
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
St. Brendan the Navigator
627 North Deer Isle Road
Deer Isle, ME 04627
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 305, Deer Isle, ME 04627
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
Carolyn Mor 374-2179
Diane Greenlaw 460-7230
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