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Opening to Grace

Opening to Grace

The Community Speakers Series organized by the St. Peter’s Pastoral Care Committee is offering a new program titled “Opening to Grace.” The program will be held on Sunday, February 7, 2021, at 2:00 PM via Zoom. Presenters will be Rev. Abby Pettee and Dr. Kirsten Staples.

Click on the button below to join the Zoom meeting on February 7.

To describe the program, the presenters share this quote from Anne Lamott’s Travelling Mercies, Some Thoughts on Faith: “Grace meets us where we are, but does not leave us where it found us.” Through conversational sharing and discussion we will consider how significant health events and grief can be a catalyst for opening to and receiving grace.

Rev. Abby Pettee, ordained in the Episcopal tradition, has served for the past 10 years as lead chaplain through the spiritual care services department at Pen Bay Medical Center. She is part of an interdisciplinary team of healthcare providers on behalf of holistic well-being. Abby values ecumenism and interfaith dialog on behalf of helping to cultivate safe and empowering opportunities for learning from one another, and partnering. Prior to healthcare chaplaincy, Abby was an inner city mental health care provider and advocate. She has a passion for folks who find themselves on the margins of our society because of mental health difference and stigmatization. Abby enjoyed studying recently at Boston College because of Jesuit values being deeply embedded into her coursework. Service to others and care for the whole person was emphasized.

Kirsten Staples, MD is a board-certified internal medicine physician who has practiced at Pen Bay Medical Center for 20 years. She earned her medical degree at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. She was drawn to the University of Rochester’s focus on the biopsychosocial model of caring for patients. After completing her internal medicine residency training, she and her husband moved to midcoast Maine. She had the privilege of caring for primary care patients here in Knox county for 18 years before transitioning to caring for patients in the hospital. She currently is a hospitalist at Pen Bay Medical Center and values working with interdisciplinary teams including spiritual care.

There will be a time of open sharing followed by a short concluding discussion.

Future programs will cover end of life issues, family conversations, memory and cognitive decline. These topics surround difficult and sensitive issues that are important but often avoided in conversations even with close family members. Future dates in 2021 will be announced later.

The programs are free and open to the public.

Prayers for our Nation, from the National Cathedral

Prayers for our Nation, from the National Cathedral

In the two weeks leading up to the presidential inauguration, the National Cathedral will offer brief online prayers for our nation, together with interfaith and ecumenical colleagues, each day at 5:00 PM. We invite you to spend five minutes in prayers for safety, solace and national unity.

To join in these prayers go to the National Cathedral web site and you will find the link near the top of their home page. Find it here.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services at St. Peter’s

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services at St. Peter’s

Christmas Eve

We will gather outside in front of St. Peter’s at 5:30 PM for an in-person Christmas Eve service. The usual CDC protocols will be in place: please maintain social distancing between family groups and wear a mask. We will take information for contact tracing. As we have in the past, I invite you to bring your own communion bread and wine. We will have some chairs to share with those who need support, but most of us please plan to stand for the (abbreviated) service. The current forecast is for cloudy skies with rain holding off until later. Hale and hearty, please bundle up and join us for this special Feast of the Nativity.

For those not wanting to venture forth, know that you can watch the Christmas Eve Service at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland with Bishop Brown preaching. This prerecorded service will “go live” at 5:00pm from the St. Luke’s LiveStream Page or from the St. Luke’s YouTube Page.

Christmas Day – 9:00 – 11:00am, Private Prayer in the Church

On Christmas Day the church sanctuary will be open for private prayer from 9:00 – 11:00 AM.  The church looks lovely with poinsettias and the crèche in place, and candles will be lit. We will continue to maintain CDC protocols: we will limit the numbers of people in the sanctuary at one time, contact tracing information will be taken, and we ask that you wear a mask and keep 6′ social distance between family groups. But you are welcome to come in, sit for quiet contemplation, kneel at the altar, and receive holy communion from the reserved sacrament.  

A Christmas Day service from St. Luke’s Cathedral will also be available for viewing at 10:00am. You can watch it from the St. Luke’s LiveStream Page.

St. Peter’s Community Speakers Series on Difficult Conversations

St. Peter’s Community Speakers Series on Difficult Conversations

The Community Speakers Series organized by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is resuming using the media tool Zoom. The first program in this new series will be at 2:00 PM on Sunday, December 13, and is titled Love in a Time of Coronavirus with presenter Manette Pottle. She will speak to her own experiences of the losses, the challenges, and the unexpected gifts of the pandemic, and what she has learned about maintaining relationships. Attendees will be invited to share their own experiences in small groups followed by a short concluding discussion.

Note that the program begins promptly at 2:00, but you can join as early as 1:30 so that you will have time to adjust your device settings.

Manette is a member of the St. Peter’s community and a documentary film producer with a passion for justice and transformative story-telling. Most recently, she produced the documentary Picture a Scientist, about gender bias and discrimination in the sciences, and was a producer of the evangelical environmentalism documentary Behold the Earth. Prior to film production, she produced the Camden International Film Festival, and for many years operated a sustainable landscaping company and farm in Appleton. She earned her B.A. in photography and critical theory at Yale University.

Future programs will cover end of life issues, family conversations, memory and cognitive decline. These topics surround difficult and sensitive issues that are important but often avoided in conversations even with close family members. Future dates will be in 2021 and will be announced later.

Prepare the Way this Advent

Prepare the Way this Advent

Advent, the season of waiting and preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ nativity, begins on Sunday, November 29. Here are just a couple of examples of the devotional activities, events and resources available online.

An Advent devotional calendar.

Advebt Calendar“With ev’ry passing day, as sunlight disappears, the dusk descends, and prayers ascend for strength to calm our fears”

The hand-drawn Advent calendar that so many look forward to each year from creators Tom Mousin and Merry Watters is available for 2020. Get it here.

Each day on their calendar offers a Scripture reading and a suggested devotion.
You also can subscribe to receive a daily e-mail on the calendar’s devotions, using the link above.

#AdventWord

Other Advent Calendars and Devotions

Way of Love Advent calendar. This Advent calendar accompanies the Journeying the Way of Love Advent curriculum, and offers daily suggestions for engaging in seven “Way of Love” practices: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest. The calendar can be used as a stand-alone resource to keep nearby and refer to every day.

American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ) Advent calendar offers a glimpse into the lives of Holy Land Christians. Beginning on December 1, AFEDJ will launch a Holy Land Advent calendar to offer a daily glimpse into the lives of Holy Land Christians and the humanitarian ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. Start each day of Advent with a splash of joy by opening a door to a photo or a brief video and news from one of the Episcopal ministries in the region. Find the calendar at www.afedj.org/advent.

 

Introducing Centering Prayer

Introducing Centering Prayer

We are excited to offer a four week opportunity to learn about and practice Centering Prayer led by Judy Mullins (July 8, July 22, July 29, and August 5 from 8:30 am-10am).

Centering Prayer is a form of Christian contemplative prayer that deepens one’s capacity to abide in a state of what ancient practitioners called “attention of the heart.”  Once you get the “hang of it”, attention of the heart allows you to be fully present to God, while at the same time fully present to the situation at hand.  One can think of it as a practice that, over time, anchors you in the peace of Christ, so that without being conscious of it, you discover you are operating from a deeper, calmer, more mindful and more joyful state. For more information about Centering Prayer please visit this website. Read More

Presiding Bishop on the President’s action and the Paris Climate Accord

Presiding Bishop on the President’s action and the Paris Climate Accord

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry has issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s action and the Paris Climate Accord.

“With the announcement by President Donald Trump of his decision to withdraw the commitment made by the United States to the Paris Climate Accord, I am reminded of the words of the old spiritual which speaks of God and God’s creation in these words, “He’s got the whole world in his hands.” The whole world belongs to God, as Psalm 24 teaches us. (…)

Read full article on the Episcopal Church website: HERE

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