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

Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
September 16, 2018

    Please welcome back The Reverend Vesta Kowalski                          
    who will preside at our service this Sunday.  
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Sunday, September 16, 2018

10:00am, Holy Eucharist 
Readings for the Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost :
(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, September 16  -     10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Vesta Kowalski
                                              Eucharistic Visitor and Altar Guild Meeting
Monday, September 17  -     10am Timely Traders
                                        3 pm Bible Study
                                              4 :30pm  Meditation/ Silent Prayer       
      Wednesday, September 19- 4:30 Choir Practice       
      Thursday, September 20   - 6-8pm Third Thursday Music Gathering                                                                                                            
     Sunday, September 23   -   10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Barbara Clark
                                             Worship Committee lead discussion on A Confession of                                               Faith in a Time of Crisis (see below for details)
Sunday, September 30  -    10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Vesta Kowalski
                                             Ingathering of Pledges followed by Stewardship                                                         Brunch
    Click here to visit the   Events Page Calendar   on the website for  
  up-to-date information.  


Almighty God, giver of every good gift, look graciously on the people  of St. Brendan's and guide or hearts and minds as we seek to discern your will for our Parish and seek to be drawn closer to you.
2019 Stewardship 
Our Stewardship Campaign is under way and pledges are coming in.  Thanks to everyone who has already returned their Pledge Form.   Stewardship letters have been mailed to everyone who was not at the Parish Meeting.  If you have not received the Stewardship Letter and Pledge Form, please click below to open a copy of them.  If you prefer to receive one by mail, please email Miriam at  
Ingathering of Pledges will take place on Sunday, September 30, followed by a Celebratory Brunch.  Please get your pledges in by then so we can carry them up to the altar.  Thank you for your support of St. Brendan's! 
Window Dressers Wrap-Up 
Well, we did it. St. Brendan's hosted the first Summer Window Dressers Community Workshop. Thanks to all the people who pitched in, many coming back several times over the workshop days, snatching an hour or two from end of summer visitors or bringing them along for the fun.  One of the best spontaneous helping moments came the first day, after the frames were assembled by Jack March, Dave Bayley, Herm Kidder, Dan and Bunnie Reardon, and Tom van Buren.  They had all gone home when Rita O'Brien and I started setting up the various stations and noted that a connector piece seemed to be missing from the frame that holds the heat gun in position to shrink the film.  At that moment John Lofty walked through the door, analyzed the situation and took off for the hardware store, coming back with pieces that allowed us to complete the set-up.  
Miriam Antich, Sheila Nichols, and Judy Miller provided delicious soups and a casserole.  44 North donated a bag of coffee to pair with Miriam's winning cinnamon rolls.  Katy Allgyer doesn't even have windows ordered yet but jumped in with eagerness to learn all phases of insert construction and brought a tasty variety of cheese and crackers and fruit and veggies for snacks.  
The picking up process this year is slow. Without chilly winds upon us it is easy to put off the last planning push. However, appointments have been made for a Friday afternoon pick- up time and the weekend will provide time for some deliveries.  Soon there will be no signs of Window Dressers in the great hall but the activity of repairing inserts that have suffered from accidents will continue in the basement.  
From conversations I overheard while building inserts and from direct comments after the fact, I know we have expanded our base of window insert enthusiasts.   At least two customers expressed interest in the PR aspect of the project and both of them I know to be artists and tech savvy.  I will reel them in, come Winter!  Getting the word out in a way that inspires folks to make the initial inquiry continues to be a challenge.  
     Thanks to all!
     Jo Jacob
Reclaiming Jesus:  A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis
In June a distinguished group of leaders of various denominations including our own Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, released a document entitled Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis. It has evoked much discussion.  

After the Sunday Eucharist Sunday September 23rd, members of the Worship Committee will lead a discussion of this significant statement. Please read and attend and contribute to a lively discussion.   
Its full text can be read 
"Kaleidoscoping Christianity"
Beginning September 23rd: A six-week exploration at Reversing Falls Sanctuary toward a deeper understanding of the Christian faith in these days (wrestling with the tradition all the way to mystery).  
Pastors, priests, professors and poets rooted in the Christian tradition and active in the Christian community will share ways in which they have taken some of the traditional symbols, words, and teachings of the Christian Church and have "breathed new life into them" through a process of deconstruction and reconstruction. Just as a kaleidoscope uses pieces of colored glass, rearranging them in new patterns for new visions and insights, these faith leaders will speak   of the ways they have broken open and rearranged pieces of the Christian  tradition in an effort to uncover the life and fire and mystery that lies at the    heart of the faith.
Each gathering is on Sunday afternoon, beginning at 4:00, and wrapping up about 5:30, with time before and after for participants to view art work done by local artists reflecting the themes of the series. The first Sunday, September 23, Rob McCall will offer "An Obscure Lecture on Natural Theology."
All are welcome. For information, click on this link: Reversing Falls Web Site 

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost: 
Today's liturgy is similar in theme to the feast of the Holy Cross (September 14), which always falls near this Sunday of the Church year. The Gospel reading is Peter's acknowledgement of Jesus as the Messiah, which was followed by Jesus' first prediction of his crucifixion and resurrection. Jesus calls his followers to pattern their own lives on his, sharing in the self-giving love which leads to the Cross.

In the Wisdom writings of the Hebrew scriptures which we are using in our first readings during this period, the term "wisdom" is not simply a function of thought but is the personification of God. Strikingly, God, as Holy Wisdom, is feminine. The person who would be truly wise will live in God. God, Holy Wisdom, will give us her counsel and guidance.

The second lesson is again drawn from the Epistle of James, an intensely practical discourse on Christian living. In today's reading, James exhorts us to learn self control, especially in our speaking. The tongue, when disciplined, is used to glorify God, but when undisciplined, can cause hurt and damage.

The People of God enact in song, story, and sacrament their unity with Jesus dying and rising in their midst. In baptism and Eucharist we join him in his death and resurrection. We speak and sing our praise to him in our worship and in our lives of ministry, acceptance, and love for all people.
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: Pam Neff, Michelle Price, Michael Dunn, Donna Hallen, Kevin Zorski, Jesse Zorski, Ben Elkington, Craig Harriman, Roger Ingoldsby, Barbara Branum, Lindsey Bowker, Jerry Shepard and Linda, Sidney Peck, Linda,  Rev. Edward Dufresne, Margaret Ann Crumlish, Reed and Micki Henderson, William Rice Sr., Gray Pierson and the entire Stewart Pierson Jr. family   , 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, the Northern Bay Residential Facility,
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  Standing Committee,  the Diocesan Council and other decision-making bodies of the Dioces eofMaine, Fortheharvest, and the fruits ofhumanwork

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for th e Province of the Episcopal Church in Sudan.

On the Island and Peninsula for St. Mary's by the Sea, 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 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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