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

Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost
September 30, 2018


    Please welcome back The Reverend Vesta Kowalski                        
    who will preside at our service this Sunday.  
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Sunday, September 30, 2018

10:00am, Holy Eucharist 
Readings for the Nineteenth 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 30       - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Vesta Kowalski
                                          Ingathering of Pledges followed by Stewardship Brunch
                                          and Parish Conversation(See Below)
Monday, October 2            - 10am Timely Traders
                                       - 3pm Bible Study
                                       - 4:30pm  Meditation/ Silent Prayer    
Wednesday, October 3        - 4:30pm Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, October 7              - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Stephen Hayward
                                           October Birthday and Anniversary Recognition and   
    Click here to visit the   Events Page Calendar   on the website for  
  up-to-date information.  

  Considering the Future of St. Brendan's
As has been mentioned, t he Vestry has met several times since our Parish meeting 8/26 to discuss the outcomes, thoughts and and feedback received since. What has become clear is the need (and appetite)  for more listening and conversation around the future of St. Brendan's before any decisions, financial or otherwise, can be made.  This Sunday, September 30th during the Stewardship Brunch will be an opportunity to have such a conversation - the first of several - which will hopefully spur and encourage a greater sharing of thoughts and ideas as we discern our path forward.   
On behalf of your Vestry/Renewal Team, 
Lis Ingoldsby
Senior Warden
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 Ingathering of Pledges will be this Sunday September 30 during our Worship. Please plan to attend the Stewardship Brunch following the service.   We are grateful to everyone who has already returned their Pledge Form.  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  You can also email your confidential pledge to Carolyn Mor ( 
All pledges received before the 30th will be carryied up to the altar during the Ingathering.  Thank you for your support of St. Brendan's! 
Pastoral Care Ministry
The Pastoral Care Ministry has worked hard this year to address the needs of the Parish.  A card ministry has been established and everyone is encouraged to let us know when a card is needed.  The box of cards is in the office on top of the filing cabinet and you are welcome to get one out and circulate it during coffee hour.  
We have also begun a recognition and Celebration of Birthdays.  A  prayer for Birthdays and Anniversaries of special events is part of the service on the first Sunday of each month and a celebration will be held during coffee hour following the service.   
A group of us have been trained as Eucharistic Visitors and can bring communion to you if you are unable to attend our Sunday Morning Worship.  Please contact Diane Greenlaw ( if you would like to arrange a Eucharistic Visitor to bring you communion or if you know of someone who might want a Eucharisitc Visit.   
Fall Clean Up Day Saturday, October 13th

Please mark your Calendars now and plan to join us for our annual              Fall clean up Day Saturday October 13th from 9am-12noon. As always, the more volunteers and hands at work the better!

Please contact Jo Jacob for more information.    
"Kaleidoscoping Christianity"
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).  The last talk will be November 4th.  
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. Check the link below to see the topic for this week.  

All are welcome. For information, click on this link: Reversing Falls Web Site .

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost: 
In today's Gospel reading, the disciples complain about someone (who was not part of their group) casting out demons in Jesus' name. Jesus' response is that the man should not be stopped, for "whoever is not against us is for us." The importance of the ministry of every person, rather than just the ministry of disciples or clergy or church members, is so great, that to despise other ministries is to risk personal disaster. If pride in our own ministry is getting in the way, cut off that pride.

In the first reading, Moses complains to God about the burden of being the sole leader of the Israelites. God has Moses call together seventy of the leaders and gives them a share of the Spirit. Two of those chosen had not come to the meeting, and yet they also received the Spirit. When some complain about those two, Moses upholds the value of their ministry as well.

We continue to read from the Letter of James for our second lesson. Here James give some pastoral advice to the elders (the Greek word is "presbyters," the origin of the term "priest" in the Christian church). The leaders are to minister to the sick, anointing them with laying on of hands and prayer. James reminds us that the prayers of faithful people are the source of God's power.

Our ordained leaders are not the sole ministers of Christ; rather, they model the ministry we are all to perform. In our baptism, we are set apart as ministers of Christ who share in his royal priesthood. It is in that ministry, especially to the poor, oppressed, and dying, that we find God present to us in the lives of those for whom we care. Our ministry is expressed in our liturgical actions, and the Eucharist is the model for our daily living and for the nature of God's Kingdom.

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: Mary Ann Shaw, Pam Neff, Michelle Price, Michael Dunn, Donna Hallen, Kevin Zorski, Jesse Zorski, Ben Elkington, Craig Harriman, Roger Ingoldsby, Barbara Branum, 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, 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 For the Trustees and other decision-making bodies of the Diocese of Maine. For fulfilling the basic right of all people to adequate shelter as we approach the United Nations' World Habitat Day.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for The Church of the Province of Uganda.

On the Island and Peninsula, we pray for the Advent Christian Church, Deer Isle


                                                 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: