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

Sixth Sunday of Easter 
May 26, 2019


Please welcome the Rev. Elaine Hewes who will preside at 
our service this Sunday.   

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10 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Sunday, May 26, 2019
Readings for the Sixth 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, May26             10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with the Rev. Elaine Hewes
Monday, May 27            9-12 p.m. Linda Shepard's Children's Group 
                                         4:30 p.m. Meditation/ Silent Prayer
Wednesday, May 29      11-12 a.m. Tai Chi for Beginners   
Sunday,  June 2             10 a.m. Holy Eucharist with the Rev. Donna Downs  
Saturday, June 15        9-12+ noon Spring Clean-Up Day 
      For up-to-date information on events at St. Brendan's c lick:                              Events Page Calendar
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Parishioner Tickets for the Ordination and Consecration  
of the 10th Bishop of Maine  
Ea ch Maine congregation is being allotted eight tickets. T here are three seating areas in the Cathedral: Each congregation will receive 2 tickets for the Nave, 2 for Emmanuel Chapel, and 4 tickets will be for viewing Consecration on monitors in the Upper and Lower Parish Halls. Communion will be distributed in all seating areas.
      Doors open at 9:45am and close at 10:45am. Late arrivals will not be seated.  
At our May Vestry meeting it was agreed our elected convention delegates would be given preference along with fair representation from our parish ministries.  Anyone interested in attending is asked to contact Lis Ingoldsby (348-2586) or Pete Dane (348-5245) by June 1st.  
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.
Sedgwick - Paul Sullivan, celebrated pianist and composer, will hold a benefit concert to help raise funds for Families First Community Center (FFCC) on Saturday, June 8.  The 5 p.m. concert will take place at the intimate performance space known as The Palazzo at the home of Sullivan and wife, Jill Knowles. It will be immediately followed by a wine & cheese reception organized by FFCC volunteers Wendy Schweikert of Blue Hill and Julie Wang of Brooklin. Tickets are $50 each.
FFCC is a non-profit organization devoted to breaking the cycle of homelessness by equipping families with minor children the skills needed to gain self-sufficiency. The group is nearing completion of a large home at 41 North Street, Ellsworth, to house six homeless families, provide life skills classes, and outreach to Hancock County residents; planned to open this summer. Money raised by the concert will help FFCC with programming start-up costs such as recruiting, hiring, and staff development.  
"We are very grateful to Paul and Jill for using their talent and their home to help homeless families in our area. They are providing a soul-satisfying way to contribute to a really worthy cause," says Schweikert, who serves on FFCC's Board of Directors, chairing the Development Committee.
More than 65 local agencies, programs, civic groups and churches are supporting the FFCC transitional home by acting as community resources including Healthy Acadia, Emmaus, H.O.M.E., the Opportunity Fund of the UU Congregation of Castine, Community Compass, Ellsworth Adult Education, Ellsworth Police Department, GEAR Parent Network, Next Step Domestic Violence Project, Friends in Action, Downeast Community Partners, and MDI/Ellsworth Housing Authority. 
Concert tickets are available at  
For more information, contact Schweikert at 207-610-3035 or email:      

Search Committee Update   
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
At its May 21srt meeting, The Vestry approved with great thanks the work the Search Committee has done to complete this part of our portfolio.  

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  - Saturday, June 15th
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 15th - Spring Clean-up Day at                   St. Brendan's. Mowing, sweeping, window-washing, weeding are but a few of      the tasks needing attention. More to come in the weeks ahead!
For information, contact:  
J o 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.



Sixth Sunday of Easter Sunday: 
The liturgy today continues to be concerned with exploring the consequences of Christ's resurrection and our new life in him through baptism and Eucharist.
Today's first gospel reading is a portion of the discourses between Jesus and the disciples on the evening before his crucifixion. Here Jesus talks about the union between himself and the Father. This union is shared with us so that we can say with St. Paul, "not I, but Christ in me." The source of that union is the Holy Spirit given us in Baptism. The ultimate result of this union is peace; in Hebrew, Shalom. Shalom is the restored unity of the creation with God, and the resultant reconciliation between all peoples.
  In John 5:1-9 the gospel reading is one of the healings Jesus performed, this one used by Christians as an image of baptism. A sick man is unable to get into the pool that is reputed to have healing powers. Jesus comes to him by the water and raises him up in an action that reminds us that Jesus, in baptism, raises us up and makes us whole.

In the first reading, Paul, Silas, Timothy, and Luke come to Philippi, the first time the gospel moves from Asia Minor to Europe. There Paul encounters a woman who worshiped God although she was a Gentile. After hearing Paul proclaim the resurrection of Jesus, she and her household were baptized and her house became Paul's center of ministry there and quite likely the home of the church in that city.
It is not the created universe that is the ultimate destiny of the human race but the new, perfect city of God's Kingdom. John, in today's reading from the Revelation, envisions the perfection and peace of that Kingdom.

Shalom-the peace and wholeness of God's Spirit-is our destiny and our present reality. The peace and unity of God's reign is revealed in the inclusiveness of the church as people of every race and nation are called by God. In the Eucharist, we have the foretaste of the new life in the holy city prepared for us by God.

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: Roseanna and husband Jason, Susan Wade, Ralph and Sandy Drayer, James Budd,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 , 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 students who are graduating and For Memorial Day as we remember all who have died in the service of their country.
In the Anglican  Cycle of Prayer, we pray for all members of the Anglican Communion around the world For the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, and all primates and bishops;For members of the Anglican Consultative Council;For the Secretary General, The Most Revd Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon;For the staff at the Anglican Communion Office in London and the UN offices in Geneva and New York.
  On the Island and Peninsula,  we pray for Eggemoggin Reach Society of Friends, Sargentville.

                                                 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: