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Loaves & Fishes – 4th Sunday of the Month

Loaves & Fishes – 4th Sunday of the Month

Loaves & Fishes

Loaves & Fishes gives food to the hungry, water to the thirsty, and speaks the Gospel to everyone who enters our doors.

While we temporarily satisfy people’s basic needs, our true purpose is to provide them with the permanent answer to their problems: Jesus Christ. In John 6:35, Jesus declares, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”

It is our goal for every person who steps into our building to be saved, healed, and delivered! We pray for sickness and disease, and command debt and financial pressure to dissolve. many people leave our building positively changed, built up in faith, and trusting God for their situation to improve.

The Loaves & Fishes on the 4th Sunday of the month is hosted by two different teams: Nativity Lutheran Church and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

Centering Prayer Group – Temporarily Suspended

Centering Prayer Group – Temporarily Suspended

Given the current evidence that vaccinated and boostered persons are contracting the omicron virus, the Centering Pray group has made the decision to temporarily suspend meeting either in-person at the church (with masks) or via Zoom.  This decision will be re-evaluated pending future assessments of the risks of spreading or contracting the virus.

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). 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. Newcomers are always welcome. 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.

National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) FaithNet Support Group

National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) FaithNet Support Group

 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a support group for individuals living with mental health challenges as well as family and friends, which includes a non-denominational spiritual component that many find helpful in recovery. NAMI FaithNet Support group meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m. at St. Peter’s. All are welcome.

For more information please call Penelope at 207-975-6188 or go to the NAMI website.

Loaves & Fishes – 2nd Sunday of the Month

Loaves & Fishes – 2nd Sunday of the Month

Loaves & Fishes

Loaves and Fishes gives food to the hungry, water to the thirsty, and speaks the Gospel to everyone who enters our doors. 

While we temporarily satisfy people’s basic needs, our true purpose is to provide them with the permanent answer to their problems: Jesus Christ. In John 6:35, Jesus declares, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”

It is our goal for ever person who steps into our building to be saved, healed, and delivered! We pray for sickness and disease, and command debt and financial pressures to dissolve. Many people leave our building positively changed, built up in faith, and trusting God for their situation to improve.

Centering Prayer Group – Temporarily Suspended

Centering Prayer Group – Temporarily Suspended

Given the current evidence that vaccinated and boostered persons are contracting the omicron virus, the Centering Pray group has made the decision to temporarily suspend meeting either in-person at the church (with masks) or via Zoom.  This decision will be re-evaluated pending future assessments of the risks of spreading or contracting the virus.

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). 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. Newcomers are always welcome. 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.

National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) FaithNet Support Group

National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) FaithNet Support Group

 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a support group for individuals living with mental health challenges as well as family and friends, which includes a non-denominational spiritual component that many find helpful in recovery. NAMI FaithNet Support group meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m. at St. Peter’s. All are welcome.

For more information please call Penelope at 207-975-6188 or go to the NAMI website.

Loaves & Fishes – 1st Sunday of the Month

Loaves & Fishes – 1st Sunday of the Month

Loaves & Fishes

Loaves and Fishes gives food to the hungry, water to the thirsty, and speaks the Gospel to everyone who enters our doors. 

While we temporarily satisfy people’s basic needs, our true purpose is to provide them with the permanent answer to their problems: Jesus Christ. In John 6:35, Jesus declares, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”

It is our goal for ever person who steps into our building to be saved, healed, and delivered! We pray for sickness and disease, and command debt and financial pressures to dissolve. Many people leave our building positively changed, built up in faith, and trusting God for their situation to improve.

This Loaves & Fishes meal is hosted by Adas Yoshuron Synagogue.

A Service in Celebration of Our Nation’s Day of Independence

A Service in Celebration of Our Nation’s Day of Independence

Independence Day and the Episcopal Church

Two days after the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia the prominent Church of England congregation of Christ Church in downtown Philadelphia had a momentous decision to make. Their new rector was the chaplain to the first Continental Congress, that group who had just voted with no small amount of fear and trembling to “dissolve the connection” with Great Britain. But Christ Church owed its existence to the government in England. The king was the head of the church and the clergy had all taken oaths to “bear faith and true allegiance to the King’s Highness…and to…assist and defend all his jurisdictions”.

The issue of whether or not faithfulness to Jesus could require loyalty to the King or even to a revolution was hotly debated. But here was an impending decision for the whole parish, theological and practical and political: Sunday was coming up, and they had to decide whether or not they would pray for the king and royal family with the prayers included in the prayer book.

On that Sunday, July 6, 1776, the rector and vestry decided not to say the prayers for the king and royal family, or as the minutes from their meeting show: “for the peace and well-being of the churches, to omit the said petitions” for the king. To this day, you can visit Christ Church in Philadelphia and see the old Prayer Book where the prayer has an ink line literally crossing out those prayers for the King. But, again, it was not an easy decision.

What we do today is remember.  And remembering is a theological activity; resisting amnesia is Gospel work. So, we remember the complexity about whether faithfulness to Jesus meant loyalty to the God-given King or to revolution. We remember the complicated intermeshing of religion and politics in our very founding. We remember the conflict in our own founding: that “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” but people with darker skin are only three-fifths of a person. Native peoples are not included in full citizenship. Women were not included in full citizenship. We resist amnesia because Christ calls us to be clear-eyed and to be open to God’s perfect freedom. It’s important to remember that God is not done with us yet, not done with our country or the world in setting all God’s people free. Thank you for worshipping with us today.

Centering Prayer Group – Temporarily Suspended

Centering Prayer Group – Temporarily Suspended

Given the current evidence that vaccinated and boostered persons are contracting the omicron virus, the Centering Pray group has made the decision to temporarily suspend meeting either in-person at the church (with masks) or via Zoom.  This decision will be re-evaluated pending future assessments of the risks of spreading or contracting the virus.

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). 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. Newcomers are always welcome. 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.

National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) FaithNet Support Group

National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) FaithNet Support Group

 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a support group for individuals living with mental health challenges as well as family and friends, which includes a non-denominational spiritual component that many find helpful in recovery. NAMI FaithNet Support group meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m. at St. Peter’s. All are welcome.

For more information please call Penelope at 207-975-6188 or go to the NAMI website.