Difficult Conversations: Community Speakers Series at St. Peter’s

Difficult Conversations: Community Speakers Series at St. Peter’s

The Pastoral Care Committee of St. Peter’s Church presents a series of programs led by experts on topics related to health, physical and mental well-being, and spirituality.

The series will open on Sunday, February 23, at 3:00 PM, with the subject of Stress, Coping and Mental Health, presented by Harold Van Lonkhuyzen, MD. The program will cover how people cope with stress to maintain balance and mental health and, additionally, how to have conversations with family members and friends that are supportive and respectful of personal boundaries. The program is not intended to provide individual diagnoses or treatment. Dr. Lonkuyzen is a psychiatrist working in community mental health at Pen Bay Medical Center and Maine Behavioral Health. He works with patients from all walks of life, with all manner of mental health concerns, but especially those suffering from severe and persistent mental illness.

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

  • March 29, 2:30 PM, Living with Cognitive Decline & Alzheimer’s, presented by Cheri Blouin, Director of Social Services at the Knox Center and Quarry Hill.
  • April 26, 2:30 PM, Opening to Grace as Death Nears, presented by Abby Pettee, Chaplain at Pen Bay Medical Center and Sarah Dwelley, RN, Palliative Care Coordinator at Pen Bay Medical Center.

All the programs will be held at St. Peter’s. The programs in the community series are free and open to the public. Reservations are not necessary. Beverages and light snacks will be provided. For additional information contact the St. Peter’s parish administrator at 207.594.8191.

Holy Week Services and Activities at St. Peter’s

Holy Week Services and Activities at St. Peter’s

Palm Sunday, April 5, services at 9:00 AM, and 5:30 PM with Liturgy of the Palms, and
reading of the Passion Narrative.

Tenebrae, April 8, 5:30 PM, a dramatic service of readings and music.

Maundy Thursday, April 9, 5:30 PM. Agape Meal/Dinner in the Parish Hall.

Good Friday, April 10,

  • All day, Self-Directed Stations of the Cross;
  • 5:30 PM, Good Friday Liturgy with Eucharist from the reserved sacrament.

Holy Saturday, April 11, The Great Vigil of Easter (St. Thomas, Camden).

Easter Sunday, April 12, 9:00 AM, Choral Festival Eucharist, followed by the parish Easter Brunch.

  • 12:00 noon, Easter Egg Hunt, and
  • 12:30 PM, the Easter Community Meal
Spiritual Direction at St. Peter’s

Spiritual Direction at St. Peter’s

The Rev. Bill Blaine-Wallace, B.A., M.Div., Ph.D., offers spiritual direction at St. Peter’s on the last Tuesday of each month. Bill is an Episcopal priest, pastoral counselor, and spiritual director. He has served as a spiritual director at the Society of St. John the Evangelist and the Episcopal Divinity School, both in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Bethany House of Prayer in East Arlington, Massachusetts. Bill moved to Maine in 2006 and continues a ministry of spiritual direction. He is author of Water in the Wastelands: The Sacrament of Shared Suffering and continues to publish in the areas of grief and bereavement, pastoral psychology, and spirituality. Bill can be reached at (207) 491-9645 or by email at

The Rev. Lael Sorensen, B.A., M.A., M.Div., also offers spiritual direction, usually on the third Wednesday of the month. Lael is currently rector of St. Peter’s. She is an Episcopal priest, hospital chaplain, and spiritual director. She has served parishes in Silver Spring, Maryland, and Wilmington, Delaware, and at Christiana and Wilmington Hospitals and the Swank Center for Memory Care in Delaware. She is currently enrolled in the 2020 Program for Contemplative Spiritual Direction Training at the Alcyon Center in Seal Cove, Maine. Lael can be reached at (207) 594-8191 or by email at

The rector keeps a list of referrals for other spiritual directors who work at other locations in the area.

Advent and Christmas Activities at St. Peter’s

Advent and Christmas Activities at St. Peter’s

The season of Advent begins on Sunday, December 1. See what’s going on at St. Peter’s during this season and on into Christmas.

December 1, 9:00 am, 5:30 pm, First Sunday of Advent

December 8, 9:00 am, 5:30 pm, Second Sunday of Advent

December 15, 9:00 am, 5:30 pm, Third Sunday of Advent

December 21, 9:00 am – 1:00 p.m. Advent Quiet Day

December 22, 9:00 am, Fourth Sunday of Advent
                         10:00 am, Greening of the Church
                          5:30 pm, Festival Service of Lessons and Carols

December 24, 8:00 pm, Christmas Eve, Festive Candlelight Eucharist with Choir

December 25,10:30 am, Christmas DayFestive Eucharist for the Nativity of our Lord
                          12:30 pm Community Christmas Meal

December 29, 9:00 am, Christmas I, Holy Eucharist

January 5, 9:00 am, Christmas II, Holy Eucharist

Daily Meditations from Richard Rohr

Daily Meditations from Richard Rohr

In his daily meditations, Richard Rohr mines the depths of his Christian tradition through his Franciscan and contemplative lens. You can receive these meditations in your inbox each day. Each week builds on previous topics, but you can join at any time. Sign up here. You can discontinue these emails at any time.

From his website:

One of Richard’s foundational convictions is that God—who is Love—is with and in us and all of creation. But we’ve been conditioned or taught to see ourselves as separate from God and each other. Contemplation opens our hearts to experience this union and become an embodied presence of healing and creativity in our world. As Quaker author and elder Parker Palmer suggests, ask these important questions: “What do we want to let go of? What do we desire to give ourselves to?”

Whether or not you identify as a Christian, Richard invites you to see the Christ—the unifying principle of wholeness at the core of the universe—in everything and everyone. What does it mean to be the Body of Christ, the cosmic and coming Christ, now and for the future?

Richard dives deep into this theme with 1-2-week segments over a full year. Every Saturday includes a summary of the previous week’s meditations and an invitation to contemplative practice. “Gateway to Presence” (at the bottom of each meditation) is an invitation to deepen your experience of reading that day’s reflection.

Please join our growing community of people finding support from these meditations in their daily lives. We offer them with our hearts full of hope that they will meet you where you are and provide a contemplative experience. Learn about contemplative prayer and other forms of meditation.