From Your Dean
Military Chaplains do many things, offering support, doing counseling, leading religious services and other ceremonies, and more. In all this, the primary role of a chaplain is to insure operational readiness and effectiveness. In other words, a chaplain’s goal is to help people deal with the stresses, traumas and tribulations of their job today, so they can go out and do the same job again tomorrow. This is one thing in a service like the Coast Guard where fulfilling the mission is the saving of lives. It is another thing in other branches where when fulfilling the mission might mean having to take lives away.

In recent days, I have thought much about my friend, army Chaplain Andrea Baker, a West Point grad and wife of the former Dean of the cathedral in Sacramento. The last time I saw her, Andrea had just returned from a long tour of duty in Afghanistan. She told stories of bringing a therapy dog with her on visits to soldiers in isolated forward operating bases. Petting the dog broke through the barriers of the most hardened of veterans and enabled them to talk and often break down and cry.

She knew what to say to those soldiers then. I wonder what she would say to them now, as they saw the country they had gone to rebuild fall apart, as they watched those who had helped them being left behind on the tarmac as US planes flew away, as they remembered the sacrifices their families had made and friends who had died… or as they realized that a previous administration had been negotiating with terrorists rather than the Afghan authorities or local people with whom they had worked so hard to build relationships and trust.   There are times as a chaplain when your heart is broken too, when all you can do is be with people and join in their grief, when all you can do is pray. I don’t know what she or my other chaplain colleagues are saying or doing right now. I am glad, however, that they are there.
With Chaplain Baker and her dog at General Convention in 2018

As in the case of Iraqis who helped Americans, chances are that some of the Afghans who are getting out will find their way to Portland. And, as in the case of Iraqis who helped Americans, chanced are that some of the Afghans who helped Americans will find their way to St. Luke’s. Through St. Elizabeth’s, through our food pantry, and through the cathedral itself, we will have an opportunity to do a little for these people who did so much for us.

The images in the news turn my stomach and tear at my heart. It all seems beyond our control and ability to do anything. Here at St. Luke’s we have an opportunity to think globally and act locally. We have an opportunity to show these people what the church – and what America – is really all about.

Dean Shambaugh
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry offers a prayer
for the people of Afghanistan
 

Eternal God, hear our prayer for the peoples of Afghanistan. There is a profound humanitarian crisis. Countless people, mostly women and children, are now fleeing and vulnerable. The lives of many are now endangered. The hopes of many are forgone. Send your Spirit, Lord, to rally the resolve of the nations of the earth to find pathways to save human lives, protect human rights, and to resolve the hardships of those seeking refuge, asylum, and safety. Hear our prayer for the peoples of Afghanistan. This we pray as followers of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen.
 
The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church
Episcopal Migration Ministries is helping Afghans

 
NOTE: For the many people who have asked how they can support The Episcopal Church's efforts to resettle and provide direct assistance to Afghans seeking special immigrant visas, please visit episcopalmigrationministries.org/give.
Sunday, August 22, 2021
7:30 Holy Eucharist (in Person)

10:00 Holy Eucharist (In Person)
Click here for livestream. 

Lemonade Hour will follow the 10 am service.

Please Note that the 5:15 service is on summer break.

National Cathedral worship on line at 11:15

Bulletins for all services are here.
Ushers Needed!
As we move back into the fall season at St. Luke’s, we need some more ushers. If you enjoy meeting and assisting people, this may be the job for you. If you are interested, please let Anna Messmer (aemessmer@maine.rr.com) know. On the job training is available.
Christian Ed
Summer registration is now open for Pray, Play, Connect LIVE! Click here to register! The
last event is in August and is at Camp Bishopswood in Hope on the 29th from 1-4 pm. All
youth graduating 5th-12th grade are welcome! If you haven’t participated in a diocesan youth
event, this is a great opportunity to check one out.

Teen Simple Daily Devotional https://d365.org/ This resource is used by teens across the
country. It walks you through simple daily devotionals (sort of like meditations). You could
use it any day, to strengthen you on your faith journey.

Upcoming
Summer Finale Day for Youth, Individuals and Families
Sunday, August 29 at Camp Bishopswood
This day-long opportunity for youth will be paired with an opportunity for individuals and
families to engage in faith formation while enjoying all camp has to offer. Folks will have the
optional chance to spend Friday and/or Saturday night, August 27-29, at camp. Click here to
register!
Update on Haiti
The area immediately west of Duny devastated by the recent earthquake will be in need of assistance in the coming months. Many of you have asked, how can I help? 

Our partnership director, Rev. Dr. Kesner Ajax, lives in Les Cayes which is the area most affected by the earthquake. We are anxiously waiting for his report of the situation on the ground.  A donation sent to St. Luke's Cathedral with the memo Haiti Earthquake relief will be collected and sent to the Episcopal Church Partnership Program at the Diocese in Haiti.  These are people we work directly with every year. The people in the communities they represent may have lost their homes, their family, have to pay funeral expenses or have health needs because of the quake. This is our best recommendation on how to help going through an organization that we trust and have experience with. Thank you for supporting our friends in Haiti.  

Click here for our Haiti-Maine website, with a donate button at the bottom of the page

Duny is in the center of the circle. The arrow points to the quake

An article from the Episcopal News Service:
Join us for our 12:10 worship service every Tuesday
Join us in-person every Tuesday at our 12:10 worship service in Emmanuel Chapel. Please wear your mask. Bible Study is on summer break.

You may also join us via Zoom here

Both Compline and Contemplative Prayer are on Summer vacation - see you in September!
Noon Zoom on Wednesdays
Noon Zoom remains on our Summer schedule - we zoom on Wednesdays only through August.

Are you feeling isolated or looking for ways to connect with old friends and make new ones? Join a time of prayer and check-in at Noon Zoom.

Click here to join our Zoom Meeting, from
12:00-12:30.

Meeting ID: 980 0503 8807
Passcode: 531349
Exciting Happenings here at St. Luke's

August is turning into a very auspicious month at St Luke's

With the Bach Virtuousi, concerts returned to the nave. Concerts are now scheduled through Christmas!

The columbarium has been completed and is fully functional, with it's first inurnment last week.

The choir room is completed and the choir is scheduled to come back on our start up Sunday and beginning of Sunday School on September 12.

The kitchen passed the final inspection by the fire chief; vestry member Tom Flinn, Sarah Dowling started developing plans for the use of the kitchen; and Dawn Brennan-Daly helped inaugurate the kitchen with a dinner for the leaders of the fall fair (in place for November).

And, coming soon:

The design of the Labyrinth will go before the City Historic Preservation on September 1

Plans are being put in place to refurbish the floor of the Sunday School hallway and upgrade wifi access in the upper and lower halls and Sunday school rooms.
Evening Compline is back soon!
Compline is an ancient service of night prayers that stretches back to Saint Benedict. A perfect way to have a meditative end to the day and prepare for the quietness of night.

Starting Monday, September 6, we'll meet online Monday - Friday at 8:00 pm.
Join our evening compline service via ZOOM

Monday & Wednesday, led by Tom and Emma Flinn
Tuesday & Thursday, led by Jon Radtke
Friday, led by Ray Davis Murdoch Curry
Taizé returns to St. Luke’s this Fall
Taizé returns to St. Luke’s starting on September 22: 5:30 pm gathering, service at 5:45 pm in Emmanuel Chapel. We will meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. If you have any questions, please contact the parish office.