St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church

   The  Navigator    

Second Sunday in Lent
         March 12, 2017 


Please welcome The Reverend Stephen Hayward who will be joining us again this coming Sunday.

Woody Osborne 
Senior Warden  


The Episcopal Church of the Province of New England

  All are Welcome!

           Sunday, March 12, 2017
           10 am:  Holy Eucharist 
Readings for The Second Sunday in Lent :       
(Please see scripture notes below)



On the Calendar:
Sunday, March 12    - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Stephen Hayward 

Monday, March 13   - 9:30-12pm Parenting and Children with Linda Shepard
                             - 4:30pm Centering Prayer/Silent Meditation

Tuesday, March 14   - 2pm Outreach Committee

Wednesday, March 15   - 3pm Worship Committee 
                            - 4pm Choir Rehearsal

Friday, March 17      -    1-4pm Rug Hooking group meets
                                       -    9:30-3 pm Window Dressers- Belfast (see below) 

      Tuesday, March 21   -    4pm Vestry Meeting 
Click here to visit the  Events Page Calendar   on the website for up to date information. 

Message from the Senior Warden

I wish I could be more like my granddaughter, Lucy. Her third grade teacher described her this way in her most recent report card:

Lucy seems to live by the mantra, "Nothing without joy." She continues to shine academically and has grown in her ability to collaborate and work with members of the learning community. Her passion and joy are contagious. It is a treat to have her energy in class!

I certainly have observed her joy myself. There are times when her feet literally don't even touch the ground.


This is particularly noteworthy considering that just a few years ago Lucy
was diagnosed with absence mal epilepsy, a condition which causes seizures in which she blanks out for varying periods of time - leaving her staring into space and unresponsive. This affected her relations with her classmates,
who simply couldn't figure her out. Aware of her condition, she became self conscious and sometimes withdrawn. But that gradually changed. She began to treat her condition with humor:

Mom to Lucy (with some anxiety): "Are you OK?" Lucy to Mom: "Yes. I'm just ignoring you."

She engaged actively with her doctor, who she loved, and his staff at Kaiser. They even made a video about her treatment.  Presently, we are cautiously optimistic that she will outgrow this condition.

As I thought about all this, a number of things occurred to me. First, the
truth is that Lucy is not always full of joy. Like the rest of us, she can occasionally be cranky and disagreeable. More important, I saw no evidence that Lucy sat down on a given morning and decided "today I am going to be joyful." Rather, her joyful spirit, to be sure a gift to those around her, is also a gift to her. This in turn made me think about the extent to which I too receive the gift of joy. And I realize that I do. It can come when I least expect it: from music, from the sun bursting forth in the midst of a grey afternoon, from those interactions with people that remind me of the good in the world. I need to remind myself that for me, as for Lucy, joy is a gift, a gift I need to be ready to accept.

And while I think of it, I should let you all know that our own Edward Dufresne will be offering a four part course on Joy. The sessions will be held after Church - beginning on June 18th and running monthly through September.

Woody Osborne
Senior Warden


Window Dressers to Meet March 17 
In preparation for a new season of Community Builds, Window Dressers central is holding a meeting on Friday, March 17 in Belfast from 9:30 to 3pm
(lunch provided).  There will be opportunities to review all the stages of the insert building process from measuring window openings, to applying the
final layer of tape, to safely delivering and installing the inserts. We will have plenty of time to trade ideas and gain skills in all aspects of the Window Dresser project including volunteer recruitment and the care and feeding
of volunteers. 

Jo Jacob and Rita O'Brien are definitely going and would be glad to have
one more person join them for the day.  If you are interested in attending,  please e-mail Jo  (josephinejacob30@gmail.comor call her at 348-6997.
For more information on Window Dressers visit:

What better place to be on March 17 than Belfast!




Webcast on Trinity: The Soul of Creation


If these are the creatures, what must the Creator be like?
       -Francis of Assisi, First Life of Francis of Assisi, Thomas of Celano

Beloved authors and teachers Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, and Wm Paul Young come together to reveal a three-dimensional view of the many sided Mystery. The Trinity is the foundation and template for the entire universe. Belief in a Trinitarian God is not primarily a Christian theological revelation as much as it is a metaphor for the nature of reality, both seen
and unseen.

We find the pattern of dynamic relationship in the very structure of the atom, in our families, in ecosystems and economies. It is a pattern of mutual giving and receiving: in a word, Love. If Trinity is the model for Creation (Genesis 1:26-27), then it is a relational, benevolent universe.

Rohr, Bourgeault, and Young believe the Trinity-fully experienced and enjoyed-has the capacity to change everything. We already participate within this dance whether we realize it or not. But when we consciously engage in loving communion, we open ourselves to being transformed at the deepest levels.

Bring your heart, mind, and body to this far-reaching, personal, and life-changing conversation. Join an ecumenical and inter-faith gathering, moving together through reflective experiences, including contemplative prayer, music, movement (Yoga, Tai Chi Chih, and walking meditation),* group and individual processing. Come early for a pre-conference introduction to contemplation; beginners and long-time practitioners alike are welcome!
We invite you to enter into a deep journey, wherever you are on the path-
just beginning, lost along the way, longing for companionship, enjoying
God's friendship.

We hope you leave with an entirely different way of knowing yourself and
the world. Our teachers offer not mere information but wisdom that has implications for theology, psychology, science, and politics.


Women's Wilderness Trip: Dates Confirmed


St. Brendan's Women's Wilderness Trip has been booked for three nights September 11 through departure September 14, 2017 at Katahdin Lakes Wilderness Camps (website:  

All women are welcome! The group will hike in to the camp 3.4 miles over relatively flat wooded trail in Baxter State Park.  There is an option to fly in and out (moderate charge) on a float plane.  The cost for three nights is $440, which includes amazing food, sound of loons at night, maybe an otter or bear sighting - along with peace, laughter, heavenly stars, fun & camaraderie.  The camp's setting is extraordinary, reportedly the most photographed wilderness lake in Maine and a continuously operating 1890's camp.

Holly, camp manager, has exclusively reserved the camp for us.  As before,
if there is space available, friends from other congregations can join us.

A deposit of $220 is required (50% of the cost) by April 30.  Please mail your deposit to: 

Julie Pierson 
232 High Rock Road
Hinesburg, VT 05461

Let us know if you have any questions - we hope you will join us!

Planning Team: 

Julie Pierson       Martha Dane  
Chick White        Patricia Donahue  


Scripture Notes for the Second Sunday in Lent:
Today's readings focus on the theme of journey. Whenever we travel, we undergo the pain of leaving behind familiar things and the uncertainty of a
new future. In Lent, Christians remember that they are life-long "pilgrims in
a strange land," people on a journey into the future that God has prepared
for us.

The Old Testament reading tells of the story of Abraham's calling by God,
and the beginning of his journey into the Promised Land. In this new and unknown place, God opened up new rivers of grace for Abraham and Sarah.
In the second reading, Paul expounds on Abraham as the father of faith and
as our ancestor in the faith. The journey begun by Abraham and Sarah is a journey that continues in our lives and a journey begun this Lent by all those among us who seek baptism at Easter.

Nicodemus is also interested in a journey -- the journey into God's Kingdom. Here a leading rabbi comes to discuss God's Word with Jesus, whom he recognizes as a fellow rabbi. John tells us this was Passover season and it
was accounted specially blessed for rabbis to discuss God's Word through the night during that season. Jesus reveals the way into God's Kingdom to be a
new birth, a birth from heaven (the original text means both) through water
and the Holy Spirit.

We gather to support each other in our journey, to pray for those who will be baptized, and to be nourished by Christ in his Word and Sacraments -- they
are our food for the journey. 

F rom 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 suffering and recovering from illnesses, especially Jan Place, William, Fred, Pat Stoneburner, Holly, Carolyn Angel, Colin MacNaught, Jim White, Shannon Cormier, Nancy Stearns, Daniel Harriman, Ingrid Bengis, Mary Adams, Diane, Sandy Nisbet, Sydney, John, Tom, Jennifer Hulsey and her family Byron, Ben, and Clair. 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, and Graham.

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 
St. Paul's, Fort Fairfield and Church of the Good Shepherd, Houlton. 
For the needy and hungry.
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for  Maseno South - (Kenya) and Maseno West - (Kenya)

On the Island and Peninsula, we pray 
for the Church of Jesus Christ, Restoration Branch, Sunset.

          Note: If you know of someone you'd like to have added to this payer list,  
   please contact Anne Burton at 367-2266,


                                          Icon of St. Brendan by Siri Beckman

Lord, I will trust you.

Help me to journey beyond the familiar and  into the unknown.  

Give me the faith to leave old ways and break new ground with you. 

                Christ of the mysteries, I trust you to be stronger than each storm
within me. 

 I will trust in the darkness and know that my times are in your hand.
Tune my spirit to the music of heaven, and somehow, make my   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 

Office Hours:  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 12-5pm
Emergency Contacts:
Woody Osborne, Senior Warden
Tel: 207-348-5274
Skip Greenlaw, Junior Warden        
Tel: 207-460-1260

For Pastoral Care:
Anne Burton
Tel: 207-367-2266