Creation Care Month at St. Peter’s coming in September – For the five Sundays between September 8 and October 6, we will focus our Sunday liturgies, our readings and sermons, and hear invited guests talk with us on the topic of Creation Care. What does the Bible say about how faithful people are to understand this earth and the universe around us? What does right relationship with all of God’s creatures look like? In what ways does our tradition support and challenge us to live more faithfully in the world regarding this planet and its ecological systems? Please stay tuned for this exciting phase in our parish life of worship and ministry.
AIO by the Numbers
St. Peter’s representative on the AIO Board, writes that the Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) served 301 families, representing 773 people in June. This is down from May and is normal — as the weather becomes warmer, assistance with heating and electricity bills decline.
The AIO food pantry, though, always needs soups (Progresso is great), pasta, pasta sauce, and cereals. Keep forgetting to bring your cans? Money is actually the single most useful donation. With money the AIO is able to purchase milk, yogurt, and butter, and provides emergency vouchers for utilities. You can find out how to donate by visiting the AIO Website HERE and following the “Donate” tabs. You can read Ron’s full report by clicking HERE. He also wants to direct your attention to a recent and powerful Story on Maine Public Radio, whose picture we have used above. You can read and listen to that by clicking HERE
You are invited to join other pilgrims from the Episcopal Church in Maine and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brookline, MA as we walk in the footsteps of Jesus. The pilgrimage will be under the direction of the Rev. Thomas Mousin, spouse of Bishop-elect Thomas Brown, and the Rev. Jeffrey Mello, rector of St. Paul’s Church. Together, we will visit the places of Jesus’ birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection. Our experienced personal guide Iyad Qumri, will lead us in exploring ancient places, vibrant markets, and modern museums in a land that is suspended between East and West, past and present. Detailed information will be available soon. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Tom at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-380-8913.
Sunday Morning Service Music – This summer our service music comes from Jonathan Dimmock’s Missa Appalachia. Missa (Latin “mass”) refers not only to the act of sacramental worship, known by such names as Holy Communion, Holy Eucharist, or the Lord ’s Supper but also conjures up numerous musical settings, musical forms, and the composers who wrote them.
Dimmock is a contemporary church musician. His works appear in both Wonder, Love, and Praise and Enriching Our Worship, supplements to our The Hymnal 1982. A native of Staunton, Virginia, which is beautifully nestled in the very heart of the Appalachian Mountains, Jonathan, like many from that region, claims an ancestry that is at least 40% Celtic (Scots/Irish).
Celtic and Appalachian music both employ pentatonic scales (the black keys on a piano), melodies shaped with gentle rises and falls, and harmonies that are basic and unencumbered. To me such music speaks of the ease of summer. I hope you enjoy learning these settings of the Gloria, Sanctus, and Fraction anthem.
June 23, 2019 10;30 TEMPLE PARK, OLD ORCHARD BEACH You are invited to join us for a special worship service at the Ocean Park Temple with guest preacher, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. Bishop Curry is excited to be in Maine with us to share the good news of Jesus Christ with everyone not just Episcopalians but people of all faiths and even those who are “just looking”. The Temple at Ocean Park is a historic, interdenominational space open only during the summer months. We are thrilled that Bishop Curry is the first preacher for the 2019 season.
Remember how Bishop Curry captivated the world with his words at the Royal Wedding last year? Well, this will be an extraordinary opportunity to hear Bishop Curry preach in his inimitable style. Bishop Curry is quick to say it is not about him. Rather, it is the message itself. “The God who loves us into being and redeems us envisions more for us than we can imagine. Our call, in faith and hope, is to live in to that dream by following in the footsteps of Jesus – not just in our heads, but with our hearts and with our feet.”
If you cannot join us, you will be able to see the sermon via live stream or a recorded version on the Diocese of Maine website. And, in case you don’t already know, Bishop Curry will be back with us in Bangor, Maine on May 2, 2020 to help us celebrate the Bicentennial (200th) Anniversary of the Episcopal Diocese in Maine.
Ongoing Group : A Centering Prayer group meets the 2nd and 4th Saturday mornings of each month from 9:00 to 10:00 in the reception area outside the Rectors office (second floor of the the office wing). Newcomers are asked to arrive at 8:15 am for an overview of how the Saturday session functions. Our general practice is to observe about 20 minutes of silent meditation, then exchange reflections and end with another period of centering prayer. If you are looking for a way to enter into a deeper relationship with the Holy, a path that goes beyond rational thought into the heart of the silent Word, consider joining the group. The group will help you to ease into ways of thinking and entering into silent meditation to find a deeper relationship with your soul and with God. If you don’t know much about Centering Prayer, you can also go online and Google “Centering Prayer” to learn more. For more information, contact Mary Alice Bird through St. Peter’s office, 594-8191.
Tuesday Evening Bible Study – meets in the Vestry Room at 6:00pm. We are beginning a series of meetings dedicate to reading the scriptures related to sermons by well known preachers. At the At the end of each session, we will read and practice “dwelling in the spirit, a form of Lectio Divina, Ignatian contemplation of scripture. Then in anticipation of the next meeting, we will take home copies of a sermon based on the same scripture. This will be the basis for the first 40 minutes of our next Tuesday session. This promises to be a very rich and rewarding sharing of spiritual insights. No need to sign up on advance, just show up.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study – 9:00am group meets in the Parlor to review next Sunday’s lectionary readings. Drawn from such practices as Lectio Divina, Ignatian contemplation of Scripture, or what nowadays is sometimes called “Dwelling in the Word” (a practice used regularly by our Vestry). This way of reading invites the Spirit to speak through the Scriptures to you now and increases your own ability to notice and be moved by God through Scripture.
Looking for an alternative worship service? Join us for our meditative 5:30 Sunday Celtic 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.
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Gather with Bishop Lane and Episcopalians from all across the diocese for a day of learning, sharing and growth. With 22 diverse workshops to choose from, you’ll find what you’re looking for. It will be held at South Parish Church in Augusta. Coffee begins at 8:30, workshops are at 9:30, and we’ll gather together at mid-day for worship and an address by Bishop Steve. There’s no charge. But registration by Easter is required. Contact the church office (594-8191) if you need a ride to the workshop.