St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church

   The  Navigator    

Third Sunday in Lent
         March 19, 2017 


Please welcome The Reverend Dr. Edward Dufresne 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 19, 2017
           10 am:  Holy Eucharist 
Readings for The Third Sunday in Lent :       
(Please see scripture notes below)



On the Calendar:
Sunday, March 19  - 10am Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Dr. Edward                                                                                                     Dufresne

Monday, March 20  - 9:30-12pm Parenting and Children with Linda Shepard
                            - 4:30pm Centering Prayer/Silent Meditation

Tuesday, March 21  - 1pm Outreach Committee
                             - 4pm Vestry Meeting

Wednesday, March 22  -  4pm Choir Rehearsal
      Sunday, March 26 -  Holy Eucharist with The Rev. Stephen Hayward
Click here to visit the  Events Page Calendar   on the website for up to date information. 

Message from the Senior Warden
I had a medical procedure yesterday-nothing dramatic, but it did involve some anesthesia and interaction with a number of nurses. It reminded me
of my long-standing admiration and affection for hospital personnel generally and nurses in particular. In my experience they are almost uniformly caring people who are happily and actively engaged in their work-the work of tending others who are in some health related difficulty. This in turn reminded me of what have been among my very best times at St. Brendan's: times when folks are happily engaged in helping others. As I recall thinking
in the early days of Dinner is Served:
You can see it in the faces of the folks who come early and stay late to do the cooking; the folks who set up the hall; the folks who serve the meals; the folks who make the eighty odd deliveries of meals to people
at their homes; the folks who clear the tables; and the folks who do the dishes. Something akin to pure joy. It's not that often that we get the opportunity to throw ourselves into doing something for others. Not for money; not for acclaim; not because they are part of our immediate family. But for the pure and simple gratitude that comes from selfless giving to our fellow human beings.

The more recent week devoted to the Window Dressers project was similar.

I am hopeful that we can continue to find opportunities for this kind of service effort. For me, this is the source of our strength and endurance and the heart of our mission-engagement "with each other and the world and service to the people of the island and beyond."


On another subject, I wanted to let you all know that Judy Miller has
resigned from the Vestry. Her various travel plans dictate her prolonged absence from the island, and she felt it best in that circumstance to vacate her place on the Vestry. Let me just say that she will be sorely missed.
Her wisdom and judgment and support have been a crucial part of our work. Just for example, recall her organization and leadership of last summer's fair! So let's all wish her well and look forward to her return in 2018.

Woody Osborne
Senior Warden


Outreach Committee To Host Guest Speaker

The Outreach Committee will meet Tuesday March 21 at 1pm, and will be welcoming guest speaker Marshall Kaiser, who will provide an update on the Island Food Pantry.  Everyone is invited to attend!






To register click on this link: To Register 

Scripture Notes for the Third Sunday in Lent
This is often called the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman. This story is one of the  classic biblical passages for those preparing for baptism at Easter. As the woman was gradually  enlightened about Jesus and about her relationship to God, so the candidates are growing in their  relationship with God during Lent. They look forward to receiving in baptism the "living water"  of God's Spirit in their lives. Those already baptized are filled with that living water and  continue to be enlightened by God's Spirit.

In the first reading, we move forward in the history of salvation from the call
of Abraham and 
Sarah to the account of Moses and Israel in the Exodus from Egypt. On the occasion we read  about today, God provides water for the people in the desert. This is an image of God's loving  care for all people in the spiritual dryness of this world.

The second reading is about the new life we have in God through Christ.
Jesus gave up his life 
for us, in order that we might be put right with God.
In his death and resurrection, the 
estrangement between God and humanity
is being repaired. We, in baptism, have been 
reconciled with God.

As people in the desert thirst for water, so Christians find in their Lenten
living the thirst for life 
that only God can quench. All of us, both the baptized
and those preparing for baptism, are, like 
the Samaritan woman, being enlightened and filled with the grace of the living water that comes from
our Savior.

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 
Christ Church, Eastport and St. Aidan's, Machias. 
For the wardens and vestries of the congregations in the Diocese of Maine 
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for  Mbale - (Uganda)

On the Island and Peninsula, the Blue Hill Pentecostal Assembly.
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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