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

Fifth Sunday of Easter 
May 19, 2019


Please welcome the Rev. Barbara Clarke who will preside at 
our service this Sunday.   

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10 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter:
(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, May 19             10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with the Rev. Barbara Clarke
Monday, May 20            9-12 p.m. Linda Shepard's Children's Group 
                                         4:30 p.m. Meditation/ Silent Prayer
Tuesday, May 21           2 p.m. Vestry Meeting

Wednesday, May 22      11-12 a.m. Tai Chi for Beginners   
Sunday,  May 26             10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with the Rev. Elaine Hewes   
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 next Outreach Committee meeting  will be on May 23rd at 3PM in the Parish Hall.  We will discuss the mission of Outreach and we will vote on related matters. Those who cannot attend in person but who would like to be part of the conversation are welcome to attend via conference call or video technology.

Save the Dates! 
Outreach supports organizations in many ways. We have invited representatives from two organizations to come and address the congregation after coffee hour.
June 9: Volunteers for Hancock County Jails  June 23: Tracey Hair from H.O.M.E.
Food Drive:
There is an ongoing food collection at the church. Please leave non-perishable items in the basket outside of the kitchen in the entry hall.


Search Committee Update May 15, 2019:   
Now that our OTM responses are finished, Michael Ambler will soon be completing the remainder of our Portfolio.  Hopefully,   by the first part of June, our Portfolio will be posted on the Diocesan website under Clergy Transitions/Congregations in Search .   
Luke Williams  207-367-5829 
Barbara Kourajian  207-326-9153
Martha Dane  207-348-5245
Judy Miller  617-645-1711
Bill Scaife  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.   
 Spring Clean-Up 
Rather than trying to find a date that will accommodate many different schedules I am starting a list of projects that can chipped away at over the next few weeks as people have time and energy:   
-Skip Greenlaw has already agreed to pull the start cord on his lawnmower for the first mow of the season and will be enlisting his mowing compatriots to schedule the season of mowing.
- I am leaving a wheel barrow out back to aid in raking and moving back to the parking the gravel that gets dropped by the snow plow. Ruth Robinson has been the torch bearer for this week task over the years but another one or two shovel bearers are welcome to pitch in, I'm sure.  
- Getting a head start on weeding the garden beds and adding compost to enrich the soil will inspire the garden designers among us. Perennial divisions are welcome.
- The stairs to the parish hall are calling out to be swept.
These chores will get us started. All suggestions for other tasks crying out for attention are welcome. Window washing, inside and out, is on the horizon.  Call, text, or email me about anything to do with getting the work done in the most expeditious, joyous way.    
Jo Jacob
Junior Warden
348-6997; 207-664-4884
Education and Spiritual Development Ministry

Book Study on Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton, 1915-2018, bearer of many labels: Mystic, Social Activist, Teacher, Poet, Painter, Photographer, Prophet, Scholar, Diarist, Rebel, Hermit, Catholic, Contemplative, Christian Existentialist. Now, more than a century since his birth and months past the 50th anniversary of his death, people of diverse backgrounds and traditions continue to seek his wisdom. As the labels suggest, his legacy affords many avenues of approach.

We are planning a book study and discussion group to focus on a common text: Love and Living, edited by Naomi Burton Stone and Brother Patrick Hart, a selection of Merton's writings on a range of subjects and grounded in his core reality, Love. 

Anne Cushman, former Deer Isle resident and long-time student of Merton,
will select the readings and facilitate discussions. Interests and needs of
participants will help to shape conversations. 

These sessions will be held on June 17th, June 24th and July 1st at 2:30 in St. Brendan's Hall.  The book, Love and Living, will be available at the Blue Hill Book Store or can be ordered online.  

For more details and to register for this class please click here:  Merton


Traveling the Way of Love

new video series is being produced by The Episcopal Church Office of Communication s. Traveling the Way of Love shares stories of the ways people across The Episcopal Church practice the Way of Love with each episode highlighting one of the seven Way of Love practices: turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and rest.  So far they have completed the first three, Worship, Bless and Rest. Click here to view these first three.


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    Evening Sunset, Eggemoggin Reach, 5/7/19 

Fifth Sunday of Easter Sunday: 
Today we begin the fifth week of celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Each Sunday in the fifty days between Easter and Pentecost, we explore the implications of Jesus' dying and rising for our lives.

Today we hear from John's Gospel some of the Lord's words on the night before his death. The Lord tells his friends that he is going away and gives them his final instructions, "the new commandment" to love one another as he loves us.

This Sunday's reading from the book of Revelation is a vision of the final consummation of God's Kingdom as the new Jerusalem. The redeemed rejoice, for God dwells with them and does away forever with death and grief and weeping.

Today's reading from Acts traces further the extension of the proclamation of Christ's resurrection. Peter describes to the leaders of the church in Jerusalem the astounding discovery that God's call is not only to Jews but to the Gentiles as well, as he tells of the conversion and baptism of Cornelius, the first Gentile Christian.

It is in our relationship of union with Christ in baptism and communion that his love for us is revealed. Our liturgy here equips us to carry out our larger liturgy, our work as God's people, in loving others through ministry, service, and prayer. In that way, the work of extending God's Kingdom will continue to spread in and through us, the Body of the Risen Christ, as we follow his command to love others as he loves us.

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 Gagnon, Mary Ann Shaw, Pam Neff, Michelle Price, Jesse Zorski, Craig Harriman, Lindsey Bowker, Linda Peterson,  Rev. Edward Dufresne, Margaret Ann Crumlish, Reed 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 for the congregations of Grace Church, Bath; St. Philips', Wiscasset, and for those incarcerated, those who love them and those who minister to them. 
In the Anglican  Cycle of Prayer, we pray for  the Anglican Church of Melanesia, The Most Revd George Takeli - Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia and Bishop of Central Melanesia.

  On the Island and Peninsula,  we pray for Soul's Outreach Church, Sedgwick.

                                                 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: