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June 23 Presiding Bishop in Maine

June 23 Presiding Bishop in Maine

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. 

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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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Bible Study Opportunities: Tues at 6 p.m. and Tues. at 9 a.m.

Bible Study Opportunities: Tues at 6 p.m. and Tues. at 9 a.m.

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.

 

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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

 

Register Now! (click here)
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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Pledge to Care for Creation Earth Day, April 22

Pledge to Care for Creation Earth Day, April 22

The Pledge to Care for Creation

Reflect and commit to grow a loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God’s Creation. Episcopalians and friends concerned about all of God’s creation are invited to join Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in pledging to take action to protect and renew God’s world and all who call it home. The goal is to gather at least 1,000 pledges with concrete, personal commitments by Earth Day, April 22.

The Pledge to Care for Creation is part of living as the Jesus Movement. It’s a promise to protect and renew this good Earth and all who call it home. It’s a promise to share our stories, stand with those who are most vulnerable, and live more gently on the Earth.
What can you do?

  • During Lent, reflect on the Pledge alone or in a group, with the help of the Reflection Guide
  • During Lent, decide on your 3 commitments to be more LOVING, LIBERATING and LIFE-GIVING in relation to Creation
  • By Easter Sunday (April 21), take the Pledge, including your specific, personal commitments
  • On Earth Day (April 22), the day after Easter, let’s celebrate at least 1,000 pledges
  • All year long, keep your specific commitments to be more loving, liberating and life-giving

The Pledge to Care for Creation

Reflect and commit to grow a loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God’s Creation. Episcopalians and friends concerned about all of God’s creation are invited to join Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in pledging to take action to protect and renew God’s world and all who call it home. The goal is to gather at least 1,000 pledges with concrete, personal commitments by Earth Day, April 22.

The Pledge to Care for Creation is part of living as the Jesus Movement. It’s a promise to protect and renew this good Earth and all who call it home. It’s a promise to share our stories, stand with those who are most vulnerable, and live more gently on the Earth.
What can you do?

  • During Lent, reflect on the Pledge alone or in a group, with the help of the Reflection Guide
  • During Lent, decide on your 3 commitments to be more LOVING, LIBERATING and LIFE-GIVING in relation to Creation
  • By Easter Sunday (April 21), take the Pledge, including your specific, personal commitments
  • On Earth Day (April 22), the day after Easter, let’s celebrate at least 1,000 pledges
  • All year long, keep your specific commitments to be more loving, liberating and life-giving
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Holy Week Schedule: April 14 – 21

Holy Week Schedule: April 14 – 21

Palm Sunday, April 14, services at 9:00 a.m., and 5:30 p.m., liturgy of the palms and reading of the Passion Narrative

Tenebrae, April 17, 7:00 p.m., a dramatic service of readings and musi

Maundy Thursday, April 18, 7:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Foot-Washing, Stripping of the Altar, and veneration of the sacrament in The Garden of Repose

Good Friday, April 19, All day: Self-Directed Stations of the Cross; 7:00 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy with Eucharist from the reserved sacrament

Holy Saturday, April 20, 7:45 p.m., The Great Vigil of Easter (Nativity Lutheran Church hosts this year)

Easter Sunday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. ONE service only; Choral Festival Eucharist, followed by the parish Easter Brunch; Easter Egg Hunt at 12 Noon and the Easter Community Meal at 12:30 p.m.

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