The day before Ash Wednesday, known as Shrove Tuesday in the Anglican Church in England, and marks the beginning of the Christian season of fasting and prayer called Lent ending with Easter. Shrove Tuesday is commonly known in English-speaking countries associated with the United Kingdom and its Anglican traditions. The celebratory aspect of the day developed long before the Protestant Reformation, and was associated with releasing high spirits before the somber season of Lent. It is analogous to the continuing Carnival tradition associated with Mardi Gras.
This past year, Pat and Jim Algrant – faithful communicants of St. Peter’s – died and left two bequests, one for the Altar Guild and another to be used by St. Peter’s at the discretion of the Vestry. After careful thought, Rhonda Hart (Altar Guild directress) and members of the Guild decided to use the gift to purchase new linens. The first of these arrived just in time for Lent. Take time to admire the handsome new purple (color of the season) linens and note the lovely embroidered inscription, expressing gratitude for this gracious gift (photo above).
Adult Forums in Lent – Please join David Grima and Jim Bowditch for an instrumented Lenten forum experience. For those of you who joined us for the Advent Forum, this will continue the theme of “The Way of Love”, and from our perspective it is better than the Advent offering. Sunday, March 10 will outline the program for Lent and cover the first lesson. There will be plenty of opportunity for an interactive discussion among the participants. Also, there is a resource book which is available through the national Church or through Amazon in either print or Kindle formats. The idea behind this series it is to continue development on a rule of life which will guide us in the Way of Love, much along the path the early Christians pursued in doing their best to follow Jesus.
Rector’s Lenten Forum on Celtic Theology and Spirituality to be held onSundays during Lent at 4:00pm in the Parlor, (March 10, 17, 24, 31, and April 7). St. Peter’s has offered for the past year+ an evening Celtic Eucharist. It is our fastest-growing service. Why? In what ways is Celtic theology and spirituality different from or similar to what we know of Christianity on Sunday morning? What are its unique graces and gifts to our spiritual lives? Join us to learn more about the renewal of this rich strain of Christian worship and thought, and then join us to experience our contemporary expression of Celtic Spirituality in our meditative service.
Looking for an alternative worship service? Join us for our meditative 5:30 Sunday Celtic service, with participants are invited to stay for a communal meal following the service. Drawn from the liturgical traditions of Iona and Northumbria, this service combines meditative silence and music, simplicity of utterance, and faithful commitment of care for the earth. This way of prayer, of opening oneself to God’s love, God’s forgiveness, and God’s hope – to the fullness of God’s presence in our lives – is hundreds of years old but speaks with immediacy to the yearning of our hearts now. The service includes meditative reflections from lay persons about their personal spiritual journeys, as well as readings from diverse traditions that focus on the divine unity of all creation and encourages participation from all seeking to deepen their spiritual journey through shared prayer that seeks to break down barriers between different faith traditions and seekers.
Ash Wednesday – March 6, Ash Wednesday services of Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes will be held at 7:00am, 12:00pm (spoken service), and 5:30pm (choral service).
Ashes to Go – St. Peter’s will be offering Ashes to Go in downtown Rockland on Ash Wednesday (March 6th), again joining up with our friends from Nativity Lutheran. Ashes to Go is a practice of bringing the important traditions of our faith out from behind church walls and into the places we need them every day – and we especially need reminders of forgiveness in the tough places of our working lives. This is an opportunity to listen, to offer a blessing, and, for those who request it, to impose ashes and be with others who long to make a connection with the transcendent on this Holy Day. It requires some training, and, if you’re interested, call the church office (594-8191) and ask to speak with the Rector.
March 5th, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Episcopal Church Women are again hosting a special Shrove Tuesday Pancake Lunch with pancakes, sausage, syrup, fruit and sherbet. All are invited to this traditional feast before the season of Lent begins on Wednesday. Adults $8, for adults; $4 for children – and pay at the door (reservations not required) Proceeds will benefit St. Peter’s outreach ministries.
The women of St. Peter’s and a man or two, will cook and serve fabulous pancakes. Gluten-free pancakes also will be available on request. The St. Peter’s folks organize the food, cook it all, decorate the parish hall with a Mardi Gras theme, and delight in serving each guest.
The final program in the series “Spirituality At the End of Life”
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church’s series concludes on Sunday March 3rd at 4 pm
As people age, issues in life raise questions that often are not
experienced in their youthful years. They may seek answers for
themselves, friends, or older relatives. The series has covered palliative
care, hospice, funeral planning, and cognitive disorders.
The focus in the final program will be Intergenerational Conversations
and Conflicts. Some people feel all the preparation for the death of a
loved one that can be done is done. Then they are surprised by the
unexpected. That surprise may cause conflict or be a joy or both.
Several speakers will share their experiences with siblings and parents
as a parent faced the end of life. Speakers will be Manette Pottle,
Deborah Oliver, John Snow, Bridget Buck, and the Rev. Lael Sorensen,
rector at St. Peter’s.
The programs in the community series are free and open to the public.
Reservations are not necessary. Beverages and light snacks will be
provided. For additional information contact the parish administrator
at St. Peter’s at 594-8191 or see the Latest News announcements
An online two-week discussion of how the Bible came into being, ways to read it, and how Episcopalians read it. You can join this from the comfort of your home. We will meet online on Thursdays February 21 & 28. Orientation and introductions are at 6:00pm and the seminar is from 6:15-7:15. If you are new to using Zoom on your computer, we will help you to get oriented before the first session, and if that fails you can participate by phone.
Our leader, Deirdre Good ThD, is an experienced teacher of the New Testament and Christian origins. She is a licensed lay preacher in the Diocese of Maine, a parishioner at St. Margaret’s Belfast, and on the faculty at the Stevenson School for Ministry in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. We’ll record the presentation for churches who want to use it in the future. This seminar is free. Questions about the seminar? Please email Deirdre Good or Jane Hartwell. Register here
Sunday, January 20, immediately following the 9:00 a.m. service, the parish will gather in the sanctuary for the Annual Meeting. This is your opportunity to elect Vestry members and delegates to the Diocesan Convention. Reports will be presented, primarily in written form, to update everyone on the activities or the past year and plans for the future of St. Peter’s. The approved 2019 operating budget will also be reviewed. In these times of social change and discernment of new ways to be church, being informed about our own congregation is important – so plan to come. Refreshments and coffee will be available.
Then following the meeting, plan to stay to “meet the candidates” for the next bishop of the Diocese of Maine.
Meet the Candidates for Next Bishop of Maine – Sunday, January 20, after the Annual Meeting, 1:30-4:30pm. The Portland “Walk-About” with candidates will be live-streamed, and we can watch from the comfort of our parlor. Bring a bag lunch and settle in as we have an opportunity to watch and phone in with questions of the candidates for our next bishop. Our delegates from St. Peter’s (The Clergy and Lay Delegates Marty Rogers, Harold Van Lonkhuyzen, and Doree Fisher) need your wisdom and impressions.
If you would like to read up on the candidates, their resumes and responses to some short questions, take a look at the Bishopquest Website.