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July 1 Independence Day 9:00 Service

July 1 Independence Day 9:00 Service

On Sunday, July 1st,  St. Peter’s will again kick off the Independence Day week with a special service of civic readings and American song at the 9:00 a.m. service.  Officials from the City of Rockland will be among us as readers and hymns and choir music will highlight our heritage as a nation.  This service will also mark the St. Peter’s Choir’s capstone event for the summer services.  They will then be in recess as a choir, but will instead be worshipping in the pews with the congregation.  They will return with music for Sunday worship after Labor Day.

Update from Building & Grounds

Update from Building & Grounds

St. Peter’s Junior Warden and Building & Grounds Committee have been busy.  Walk around and see some of the repairs and updates completed recently.  They include: 1) Getting the City to trim the potential “eye-poking” tree limbs that were hanging into the parking lot; 2) New, safe steps outside the kitchen; 3) lifts on thresholds throughout and wheel chairs are now able to come through the elevator without obstacle; 4) a welcoming, accurate and attractive new sign at the church door; 5) a temporary fix to the large sign on the outside of the parish hall to block out the old service dates. As the Junior Warden says, “So much done, so much more to do, keep your eyes open for more!”

From Our Bishop: Aid for Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza

From Our Bishop: Aid for Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza

Dear Friends,
As I’ve watched the tragedy in Gaza unfold over the past several days, my prayers have gone immediately  to the ministry and care offered to all people by the Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City. The doctors, nurses, and staff are truly on the front lines in meeting the need of those injured in the violence of recent days.
This ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East holds its doors open to people of all faiths and ethnicities and operates under extreme circumstances and limited resources even in those times that pass for “normal” in occupied Palestine. The Diocese of Maine, through its International Outreach budget line, has made donations to the the Al Ahli Hospital since 2012. Indeed, if you were at our Convention a few years ago, you’ll remember watching the video posted below that bears witness to the work of the hospital.
Last night I received an update from the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ):

Suhaila Tarazi, the director of Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza, reports that Ahli is implementing an emergency response to receive trauma cases and has configured an emergency wing with 24 additional beds. The staff is on extended shifts to treat the injured and wounded. Ahli surgeons are treating serious wounds and complex limb injuries. Ahli Hospital needs immediate and substantial financial support to respond to the catastrophe in Gaza. They need to obtain emergency medicine and medical supplies and fuel for generators. Suhaila wants you to know that while the resources of Ahli Hospital are stretched to the limit, the hospital staff is working around the clock, treating and healing victims of the violence. This includes many children who have family members, friends and neighbors who are dead or injured. These children are suffering, and Ahli Hospital is providing them compassionate counseling and psycho-social therapy.

 With your help, Ahli stands as a powerful example of Christian witness in this place of desperation and unimaginable horror. Thanks to you, Ahli Hospital sends a message of hope and love.
I encourage you to join me in support the ministry of Al Ahli Arab Hospital with your prayers, both your personal prayers and in your congregations, and, as you are able, with a donation.
You may donate through AFEDJ’s secure donation site.Thank you for your generosity on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Gaza. The Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane
Bishop of Maine
Annual Diocesan Adult Retreat: Camp Bishopwood

Annual Diocesan Adult Retreat: Camp Bishopwood

Where Do You Find God?, 
a diocesan retreat – June 15-17
Join us for a weekend on beautiful Lake Megunticook, at Bishopswood near Camden, Maine.  The annual retreat is an opportunity to step away from the busyness of everyday life and be refreshed.

This year, we’ll use Celtic and Ignatian resources to help us connect with Christ in nature, scripture, community, and the depths of our hearts. We’ll seek to deepen our awareness of Jesus and open ourselves in generosity and compassion.  We’ll also enjoy delicious home-cooked meals, the out-of-doors, campfires and the lake.

Check out the details, see what people are saying about past retreats, and register on the webpage.  For more information, contact Jane Hartwell at jhartwell@episcopalmaine.org.  Click here for a flyer.

Ongoing Opportunities for Bible Study

Ongoing Opportunities for Bible Study

Tuesday Bible Study – The morning group meets at 9:00am in the Parlor and previews the next Sunday’s readings. Their practice is to dwell on what the Scriptures speak to the heart.  Such Scripture reading is both ancient & contemporary. Consider opening yourself to God in this gentle way.

The evening group meets at 6:00 pm and is considering studying the New Testament book of Phillipians throughout July.  The rector will lead these sessions. This is a small, thoughtful, questioning, and open group.  No advance preparation is necessary. Please consider joining them – and call the church office to confirm the date the Philippians study will begin.  The group will take a summer recess in August.

Bible Study for Everyone – if you would like to follow along with our Sunday lectionary readings on your own, copies of a short Commentary and study aid called “Synthesis CE” are available in the Narthex to help you prepare for next week’s readings.

Sunday Evening Meditative Celtic Worship

Sunday Evening Meditative Celtic Worship

Looking for a worship service? We have introduced  a  Sunday evening Celtic worship service at 5:30 pm. Our Celtic worship, drawn from the liturgical traditions of Iona and Northumbria,  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.   This service encourages  participation from all  seeking to deepen their spiritual journey and through shared prayer to break down barriers between different faith traditions and seekers.