St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church
Our Mission: "To Love, Praise, Welcome and Serve"
Twenty Third Sunday After Pentecost
October 28, 2018
Please welcome Welcome The Reverend Lev Sherman who
at our service this Sunday.
A Brief Bio:
Lev has been a priest in the Diocese of Maine since 1989. He was
ordained to the priesthood in Western North Carolina in 1974,
and has also worked in counseling and public mental-health positions,
and later in Public Television and educational media (both in North Carolina and Maine). He has served parishes in Augusta, Skowhegan, Palmyra, Winn, and Millinocket. He is married to Dr. Ann Holland of St. John's Bangor, and they reside in Bangor. Together, they have four
grown children, and one grandson (in Maine).
Lev served as clergy-deputy to two national Episcopal General Conventions, 2009 in Anaheim, and 2012 in Indianapolis. He was a member of the Committee on Holy Orders / Commission on Ministry,
the Baptismal Ministry Committee, the Diocesan Grants Committee, and served as a consultant in ministry and Ministry Development.
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Sunday, October 28, 2018
Readings for the Twenty Third Sunday After Pentecost
(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.
Saturday, October 27 - 9-3 Diosesan Convention Portland
Sunday, October 28 - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev Lev Sherman
Monday, October 29 -
4:30pm Meditation/ Silent Prayer
Sunday, November 4 -10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Stephen Hayward
-2pm Service at the Island Nursing Home
Diocesan Convention Saturday. October 27
The Diocesan Convention will be held this Saturday at the University of
Maine's Abromson Center in Portland, beginning at 9am.
St. Brendan's Diocesan Convention Delegates are Skip Greenlaw and Ruth Robinson, with
Rich Paget and Josephine Jacob serving as alternates.
Bishop Lane's address to the diocese can be viewed live over YouTube channel 'episcopalmaine' at about 9:00am and his sermon will also be live-streamed at about 3:15pm. Both addresses will be available on the Diocesan website, where there is also additional information available on the convention.
Season of Prayer for Midterm Elections
Forward Movement is calling us all to join them in a Season of Prayer. There will be a two week+ period in which we pray each day with a particular intention for this time in our national life. This prayer time begins Sunday October 21 and goes through Election Day. Click below to open the weekly prayers for each week.
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 Parish and seek to be drawn closer to you.
There is a steady flow of pledges coming in! We have received 38 pledges so far and are grateful to all of you who were able to make your pledge so promptly. The results to-date are very encouraging. If you have not pledged yet and you would like to read the Stewardship Letter or Pledge Form again, please click below to open a copy of each. If you prefer to receive one by mail, please email Miriam at email@example.com. You can also email your confidential pledge to Carolyn Mor: s
It is that time again!
The sign-up sheet for November and December Coffee Hours is on the bulletin board. Please find a date that works for you and sign up during coffee hour this week.
Alfred's Fund Christmas Toy Drive!
Thank you to everyone who brought gifts for Alfred's Fund last week! Please help with gifts for island children this Christmas and fill our box!!
Gift Ideas: barbie dolls, winter boots, lego sets for boys and girls, winter jackets, winter snow pants, tonka trucks, board games for all ages, jewelry kits, baby dolls you feed, remote control planes, trucks and cars, batteries for the above, dinosaurs, match box cars, hair accessories, craft kits, art paper and artist kits
Shakespeare School - Threadbare Theater Workshop:
Scholarship Sponsors are being sought for local young Shakespeareans.
Observance of Domestic Violence Month Continues:
If you notice purple lights around the new garden by the side entrance, they are to remind us of Domestic Violence in our community. Thank you to Linda Shepard for providing them. Click below for more information:
Nursing Home Services led by St. Brendan's:
The churches on the island take turns holding a Sunday Service at the Island Nursing Home. St. Brendan's presides about every eight weeks. November 4th is our next service. Ideally we have at least three volunteers attend: one to preside at the service, one to play some music(any instrument) to accompany the hymns and one to help with the singing and help residents find the page in the hymnal. No experience is necessary to fill any of these rolls.
Please consider volunteering to help with one of these upcoming services - November 4th, December 30th, February 24th, April 21st, and June 16th. This is an important Outreach for us and is very much appreciated by the residents. If you can help please let Miriam know. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We respond to storms in the United States and U.S. territories through our U.S. Disaster Program. Through our partnerships with Episcopal dioceses, we offer resources and training to help people prepare for disasters and provide emergency support so vulnerable people can make a sustained recovery after the storm. The benefit of our partnership with Episcopal churches is that these congregations are already deeply integrated within their communities. In other words, the Episcopal Church is there before responders arrive and will remain long after the news cameras have gone. You can help provide critical relief to affected communities by donating to our Hurricane Relief Fund. To donate and read the latest updates, visit:
A Fond Farewell for Vesta
My dear friends,
What a send-off! There are no words to thank you adequately for your loving kindness to me on Sunday, from the moving blessing at the close of the service, to the delicious spread at coffee hour, through the overwhelming generosity of your gifts, including not only checks but a Holy Donut and a now treasured poem by Mickey. On a very practical note, your gifts will make a significant contribution to furnishing my new apartment, so you can be sure that I will think of you with gratitude every day of my new life.
As I said on Sunday, and hope you will all remember, the last three years of being with you regularly have been a rich and rewarding time for me. We have all worked hard together to try to discern a path to St. Brendan's future. That path is becoming clearer, and the future looks more promising than it did three years ago, so I am ending my ministry with you at a time of hope, with the confidence that you are about to take good next steps. I will follow the process with great interest.
San Diego is a lovely place to visit when Maine is at its most challenging, so I hope to see many of you there. You are, after all, part of my larger family.
My love and best wishes to each and every one of you.
Last Sunday's service and coffee hour were opportunities to say goodbye and thank Vesta for her spiritual guidance and support, and also let her know how much she will be missed as she
moves west to San Diego to start a new life of retirement.
The parish formed a 'Holy Huddle' around Vesta at Sunday's service and the following Celtic Blessing entitled 'The Path' was read:
God bless the path on which you go
God bless the earth beneath your feet
God bless your destination.
God be a smooth way before you
A guiding star above you
A keen eye behind you
This day, this night, and forever.
God be with you whatever you pass
Jesus be with you whatever you climb
Spirit be with you wherever you stay.
God be with you at each stop and each sea
At each lying down and each rising up
In the trough of the waves, on the crest of the billows.
Each step of the journey you take.
- Celtic Blessings, Prayers for Everyday Life, compiled by
Ray Simpson (Loyola Press 1999)
And during coffee hour, Mickey read a poem she wrote:
Fly bird, fly wild, fly high
Fill your wings with music and your throat with song
Let the air sing out your melodies
And notes of joyous sound.
Too brief your time with us
Our composition just begun
You, a messenger of God's wisdom
Helped prepare for what's to come.
Now soar high into the heavens
And rising drop for us one feather
A token of your beauty, hope, love
Our forever treasure.
- Mickey Jacoba 10/20/2018
Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost:
In today's Gospel reading, Jesus heals a blind man. It is the man's faith which
gives him his sight. The rules of religion understood blindness to be caused by sin,
so this man was excluded from the life of the people. Jesus, however, welcomes him,
heals him, and includes him among his followers.
Job hears God's reply that God is unknowable. Realizing how small and weak he is and how presumptuous he was to question God, Job now repents. God's response is to undo all the trouble Job had and to restore him and his family to their former good fortune. This little fictional story represents a deepening of the Jewish conception of God during the last few centuries before the time of Jesus.
Our second reading continues the letter to Jewish Christians. This was probably written after Jerusalem and its Temple were destroyed, thus there were no more sacrifices offered. The writer reminds his readers that Jesus' own self-offering makes continued sacrifices of animals by fallible human priests no longer necessary. Jesus' one sacrifice of himself is eternally effective for all humanity.
In the Eucharist, our use of physical bread and wine as the elements of spiritual communion with God remind us of this truth. We become part of the once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus so that we can live in his life eternally. We cannot live apart from God or apart from moral responsibility to all people. In baptism, our spiritual blindness is healed, and we are called to grow into a Body of people committed to justice, reconciliation, and righteous living.
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: : Joan and Bob Gagnon, Mary 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 Cathedral Church of Saint Luke, for St. Elizabeth's Jubilee Center
in Portland, and for our sisters and brothers in common mission in the Evangelical Lutheran Church
in America on Reformation Sunday
In the Anglican
Cycle of Prayer, we pray for
The Church of the Province of The West Indies
On the Island and Peninsula,
we pray for the
Galilean Gospel Temple, Stonington
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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