From your Dean
The Stations of the Cross are a way of illustrating Jesus' final journey through Jerusalem to the cross. Traditional stations show images designed to help the viewer reflect various moments in Jesus' experience. In our chapel, we have a set of stations that turn this around. Instead of showing Jesus, these stations help you see what Jesus saw, reflect on how you have experienced the same thing, and make his story your own. For example, the first station is “Jesus is condemned before Pilate.” This is an opportunity to look back over your own life. Have you ever been unjustly accused? Betrayed by those who said they loved you? What did that feel like? Where was, or wasn't God in that experience? The seventh station, over the organ, is “Jesus falls a second time” and shows Jesus’ view from lying on the ground. Have you ever fallen under the too heavy burden of doing what you thought you were supposed to do? Have you ever made mistakes and tripped not once but several times and wondered how in the world you could get up? Where was or wasn't God in all that?

 In 2016, I participated in a day-long pilgrimage on the Scottish Island of Iona in which we were asked questions just like these. However, rather than being in a church, these stations were all over the island itself. One reflection that stood out for me was at a cross roads – the only place on the whole island where two roads cross. The leader had us stand in the middle of the intersection and told us that when you come to a crossroads, you have a number of possible choices. You can go forward, you can go backward, you can turn to the right or turn to the left. The one thing you can't do is stay in the middle. He then went further and told us that making a decision includes a grief process, a loss. Choosing to go right means choosing not to go left. Choosing to go straight ahead means choosing not to turn.  Making a choice costs something. Making a choice is necessary to move ahead. 

Labor Day is one of those crossroads moments. As we begin another school year in the time of Covid, our nation and our communities are divided about what to do next. We need to make choices about what we are going to do next, how we are going to be and become the church, and how we are going to love our neighbor as ourselves. The Iona pilgrimage was a reminder that, like Jesus, our journey to the cross will cost something. We have choices. The one choice we don’t have is to do nothing at all. If like Jesus, we can step ahead in faith, we may, like Jesus discover that the way of the cross is also the way of life. 
Sunday, September 5, 2021
7:30 Holy Eucharist (in Person)

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

Lemonade Hour

Please Note that the 5:15 service is on break, will restart on Sunday September 12.

Reminder -Sunday Morning Healing Prayers will be held today. Healing Team ministers once again will be offering private prayers in All Saints Chapel at the 10:00 am service. You are invited to come to the chapel after receiving communion to request prayers for yourself or for others. Masks are required
National Cathedral worship on line at 11:15

Bulletins for all services are here.
Don't Miss Homecoming at St. Luke's
Next Sunday, September 12!
Summer is drawing to an end, it's back to school time and here at St. Luke's, we are looking forward to seeing you all at Homecoming Sunday on September 12. It's looking like a busy fall with something for everyone...

Sunday school begins with a weekly hybrid program of in person and zoom gatherings from 10:00-10:45 am - please note this new time! Parents are encouraged to contact Sarah Dowling here to register your child for Sunday school.

Albert Melton and the Cathedral Choir will offer music at the 10 am Sunday service and the 5:15 Sunday service restarts after summer break.

Evening Compline is back on 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 FlinnTuesday & Thursday, led by Jon Radtke
Friday, led by Ray Davis Murdoch Curry

The Dean is planning a Newcomer's group to begin September 19 - we'll gather in person from 9-9:45am. More details to come.

Concerts are back with our first Rossini Club Concert slated for Sunday, September 19 at 3:00 pm.
Taizé returns on September 22 and World Too Beautiful is set to return in September as well.

Stay tuned for so many more offerings !
Newcomer's Class begins September 19
Weddings!
Congratulations to
Kaitlin Cough and Caleb Jackson and Nell Britton and Joao Barbosa
who were married this last weekend!

(Both Katie and Nell grew up at St Luke's)
Deaths in our church family
I am deeply saddened to announce that longtime St. Luke's parishioners Jacquelin Libby and Jim Messmer have died. Jacquelin Libby died on Wednesday, August 25. Service details to come. View her obituary here. Jimmy Messmer died on Saturday, August 28. A private burial will be held later this week with service details to come. Click here for his obituary.
 
Please keep Jacquelin, Jim and their families in your prayers. May light perpetual shine upon them.

Dean Shambaugh
Jacquelin Libby
Jimmy Messmer
Look at our Labrynth Design!
Landscape architect and Labyrinth designer Jennifer Bear was in town this week, did a chalk layout of the labyrinth in the cathedral's front yard, and joined Claire and Mike Hammen in representing St. Luke's at a Historic Information Workshop last night, held with the city's Historic Preservation Board. The Historic Preservation Board was supportive of the idea and raised a few questions that will be addressed before the final hearing about four weeks from now. If all goes well, we anticipate approval of the labyrinth project at that meeting, with construction likely beginning in the spring. Come by, check out the layout on the lawn, and see architect's sketches on display in the cathedral tower. For more information, contact Claire Hammen.  
Outreach focus for September
St. Elizabeth's Pantry
Adult Winter Coat Drive for St. Elizabeth's begins!
 Questions, please contact Linda Draper (ldraper347@gmail.com) or Anne Jacobs (ajacobs207@gmail.com). 

(Donations can be left in the lower vestibule at 134 Park Street or contact us if you prefer to have your donation picked up.)
Colder temps are around the corner. Many of our neighbors come from warmer climates and are not prepared for Maine’s fall and winter temperatures. Let’s help them feel welcome.
 
* Do you, or someone you know, have an extra winter coat, no longer being used?
* Could you purchase a used winter coat from Goodwill, the Freeport Community Services Thrift Shop, or a consignment store? 
* Would you consider purchasing a winter coat from Walmart, Sam's Club, or another store?
* Perhaps make a donation for the purchase of a coat?
 
Large and extra large sizes for both men and women are most needed. 
All coats must be clean and in good condition.  
 
Strategic Plan
The most recent Long Range Strategic Plan for St. Luke’s Cathedral was completed in 2013 and had a horizon of 5 years. The Plan was reviewed in 2018, but its goals and objectives were not changed. You may review the 2013 plan, with the 2018 comments here.

Recognizing that strategic plans need to be regularly reexamined, refreshed and updated in order to reflect the current realities and objectives of an organization and set goals for the future, the Vestry earlier this year directed the preparation of a new Long Range Strategic Plan for the Cathedral. 

The Strategic Planning process will begin this fall. The Vestry is looking to form a committee of 7-12 or so people who are willing to devote significant time over the next few months to envisioning the planning process, engaging with the broader parish community to solicit thoughts and ideas, and then establishing goals for the next few years and writing a report. 

If you are interested in participating in the Strategic Planning process for the Cathedral, please contact Lynne England at the Parish office. Her contact information is telephone 207-772-5434, email office@cathedralofstluke.org. Please make your wishes known to her by Labor Day.
West End Neighborhood Association Community Picnic
Wednesday, September 8 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm at Harbor View Park
Episcopal statements on abortion and women's reproductive health
Recent legislation in Texas has raised concerns among many and questions about where the Episcopal Church stands. The introductory paragraph of the Office of Government Relation's Summary of General Convention Resolutions on Abortion and Women's Reproductive Health puts it well.

Clergy throughout The Episcopal Church counsel women, men, and families who must make decisions relating to pregnancy and childbirth, adoption, family planning, and who face infertility. Our ordained and lay leaders walk alongside Episcopalians and others who struggle with this intimate and challenging aspect of human life. Over the past several decades, the General Convention has addressed the topic of abortion from a position informed by this ministry and personal lived experience of clergy and laity within their own families. As a result, the General Convention of The Episcopal Church recognizes the moral, legal, personal, and societal complexity of the issue. The diversity of views within the Church represents our common struggle to understand and discern this issue.

As this paragraph states, your clergy are here for you as you discern your own thoughts on this. Please contact one of us if you would like to talk, vent, or struggle through this together.

The following is a link to a sampling of General Convention resolutions on abortion and women's reproductive health. https://www.episcopalchurch.org/ogr/summary-of-general-convention-resolutions-on-abortion-and-womens-reproductive-health/
Hurricane Ida
On Sunday, August 29, sixteen years after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Ida made landfall in the same region. This Category 4 storm brought flooding and damaging winds that caused a loss of water to hundreds of thousands and a loss of electricity to over 1 million people. Click here for up to date information. Episcopal Relief & Development is working closely with the Diocese of Louisiana and other regional partners in what will be a long-term response. Your generous gift will help alleviate suffering for the most vulnerable residents impacted by Hurricane Ida. Please visit episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-relief to make a gift today.
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

From the Episcopal News Service Click here
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.