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Ernest Bloch’s Sacred Service at Bowdoin & Camden Opera House

Ernest Bloch’s Sacred Service at Bowdoin & Camden Opera House

Bowdoin College Chorus & Mozart Mentors Orchestra present Ernest Bloch’s Sacred Service / Avodath Hakodesh with baritone soloist Cantor Scott Sokol on Sunday, May 5 and Monday, May 6.  There is also an opportunity to attend the concert at the Camden Opera House on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. The performances are given in memory of those who lost their lives at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. They will be conducted by Anthony Antolini, Music Director at  the Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist in Thomaston.

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Ongoing Centering Prayer Schedule: 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Ongoing Centering Prayer Schedule: 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

 

Ongoing Group : A Centering Prayer group meets the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 8:30 – 9:30  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.  The group observes about 20 minutes of silent meditation; then exchanges reflections; and ends 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 to ease you into ways of thinking and entering into silent meditation to find a deeper relationship with your soul and 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.

 

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Sunday Evening Meditative Celtic Worship

Sunday Evening Meditative Celtic Worship

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.

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Spring Training: Diocesan Workshop Day Sat. April 27

Spring Training: Diocesan Workshop Day Sat. April 27

 

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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.

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Community Easter Dinner April 21

Community Easter Dinner April 21

Sunday, April 21, Adas Yoshuron Synagogue will be preparing and serving a community Easter Dinner at St. Peter’s. Every one is the community is invited to participate. St. Peter’s is very appreciative of this gracious offering by our Jewish friends. Adas Yoshuron also prepares and serves an annual Christmas Dinner to allow members of St. Peter’s to spend these important religious holidays with their families.  Check out details on the above flyer.

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New Altar Linens

New Altar Linens

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).

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Celtic Theology/Spirituality Forum 4 p.m. Sundays

Celtic Theology/Spirituality Forum 4 p.m. Sundays

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.

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Lunch

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Lunch

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 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.


 

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Reading the Bible Online Seminar Feb. 21 & 28

Reading the Bible Online Seminar Feb. 21 & 28

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 HartwellRegister here

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