To support prayer at home, we will distribute this order of service. Many thanks to the Rev. Stephen Muncie and the parish of St. Mary and St. Jude for sharing this resource with us.
Worship at Home: August 14, 2022 Pentecost 10 Feast of St. Mary the Virgin
The lessons in today's Worship at Home are those appointed for St. Mary the Virgin, which is St. Mary and St. Jude's patronal feast day, which they will celebrate this Sunday.
When life's circumstances prevent us from attending Church.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. -Philippians 1:2
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor. Silence may be kept.
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen.
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: Come let us adore him.
Jubilate Psalm 100
Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; * serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song. Know this: The Lord himself is God; * he himself has made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise; * give thanks to him and call upon his Name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; * and his faithfulness endures from age to age.
The First Lesson
Isaiah 61:10-11 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.
Psalm 34:1-9 Benedicam Dominum
1 I will bless the Lord at all times; * his praise shall ever be in my mouth. 2 I will glory in the Lord; * let the humble hear and rejoice. 3 Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord; * let us exalt his Name together. 4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me * and delivered me out of all my terror. 5 Look upon him and be radiant, * and let not your faces be ashamed. 6 I called in my affliction and the Lord heard me * and saved me from all my troubles. 7 The angel of the Lord encompasses those who fear him, * and he will deliver them. 8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; * happy are they who trust in him! 9 Fear the Lord, you that are his saints, * for those who fear him lack nothing.
The Second Lesson
Galatians 4:4-7 When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.
The Gospel Lesson
Luke 1:46-55 Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever." __________
The Apostles' Creed I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth; I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Prayers Prayers are offered for the whole world; for peace on earth; for those we love; for the sick and the suffering; for those working to respond to the pandemic; for the poor, the hungry, the homeless, and the uninsured; for the dying and the dead; for those who mourn; and for our communities, friends, and neighbors, and for other prayer concerns.
The Lord's Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Collect of the Day O God, you have taken to yourself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of your incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Prayers of the People
Friends in Christ, we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves, and so we now offer our prayers for the church and the world, saying, Hear our prayer.
For the Church - and for people of other faiths: that we may bear witness to the depths of God's love for all people; in your mercy… Hear our prayer.
For Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Thomas, our bishop; and for the parishes of Mount Desert Island: that we may be a people of love and service; in your mercy… Hear our prayer.
For an end to war, violence, and terrorism; for the people of Ukraine; and for those we find it hardest to love: that God will lead the human family to peace and reconciliation; in your mercy… Hear our prayer.
For our political leaders; for Joe, our President; for Janet, our Governor, and for members of Congress: that they may govern with integrity and serve the common good; in your mercy… Hear our prayer.
For the hungry, the poor, the addicted, and the abused: that God will relieve their suffering and strengthen our care for them; in your mercy… Hear our prayer.
For a deeper reverence for God's creation: that we may be responsible stewards of the world God has entrusted to our care; in your mercy…. Hear our prayer.
For all who are recovering from storms and floods: that God will comfort them in their loss and open the hearts of many to be generous to them; in your mercy... Hear our prayer.
For students, teachers, and administrators as they prepare to return to school: that they may model mutual respect, build character, and celebrate learning; in your mercy…. Hear our prayer.
For a spirit of gratitude: that we may appreciate all the gifts God has given us and become rich in those things that foster life and love; in your mercy…. Hear our prayer.
For the sick and the suffering; and for those we have been asked to remember: Skye Brickley, Jim and Dorothy Clunan, Kerry Kenney; and for those on our Parish Prayer List; I now invite you to offer the names of those you know who are in need of our prayers….. (silence)….; in your mercy… Hear our prayer.
At Church of Our Father we pray for those in our prayer list.
At St. Andrew & St. John we pray for Bill Merrill, Bob Stanwood, Charles Sellick, Liz, Elizabeth Ward, Bunny Watts, Anne Wetzel, Chuck Bradshaw, Ted Bromage, Jean Storace, Spencer Ervin, Geoff Schuller, Doris McCorison, Gail Leland, Michael Shook, Joyce and Jim Risser, Loretta Schmidt, Theresa Mitchell, Fred & Dollis Sprague, Sara Winchenbach, Richard Ramsdell, Dorothy & Jim Clunan, Bill & Barbara Loveland.
At St. Saviour's Parish we pray for Don Allen, Bill Scott, Gregory Berube, Connie Brush, Yolanda Ferrari, Cheryl Kolodziej, Julie Grindle, Geoff Schuller, Eleanor Raynes, Howard Brush, John Stewart, Ruth Westphal, Gretchen Westphal, Lucy Triplett, Gail Leland, Christopher Lebida, Christopher Walls, Linda Carman, Mary Smith, John Fibiger, Ray McDonald, Emily O'Connor, Sarah Cleaves, Nicholas, Janet Flood, Rachel, Mimi, Charlie, Sarah B., Dickie, Alex, Penny Ayer, Arletta Sullivan, and Anne Cleaves.
For the Rev. Linda Parker, Jody Clark, and all who have died; and for members of the Morris, Morison, Kinney, and Rasmussen families, in whose memory the flowers at the Altar have been given today; in your mercy… Hear our prayer.
In thanksgiving for the Rev. William Hague and his 40 years of faithful ministry to St. Jude's Church; in thanksgiving for Aster, who is being baptized at St. Mary's today; and in thanksgiving for the presence of our visitors and guests today; in your mercy…. Hear our prayer.
Concluding Collect Judge eternal, you love justice and hate oppression; you give peace to those who seek it, and you condemn the rage of violence. Give us courage to take our stand with all victims of bloodshed and greed, and, following your servants and prophets, look to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. Amen.
For Those We Love Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us to thy never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come, knowing that thou art doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14
Midweek Holy Eucharist on MDI Wednesdays at Church of Our Father at 8 am Using the readings appointed for the day in the Book of Common Prayer, we will have a service Holy Eucharist. On the first Wednesday of the month, we will use a Rite I liturgy.
Vaccinations expected, unless medically prohibited Everyone masked indoors Socially distanced seating is available, not required Communion in one-kind, bread only Outdoor coffee hour, weather permitting Sanitize your hands prior to receiving Communion.
God bless you for keeping our church, our community, and our loved ones safe.
If you or a close contact tests positive for Covid, please let Mother Holly know so we can support you in your recovery and communicate with the community as necessary about their possible exposure to the virus while maintaining confidentiality and pastoral privacy.
Assisting at Services
If you are returning to MDI for the summer, perhaps you would enjoy serving on Sundays! Wewould love your support for our worship services: Acolytes, Greeters/Ushers, Lectors, Intercessors, Altar Guild,Flower Guildand Officiants for Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer (at St. John's). If you would like to help at any of our services, please contact the parish administrator of your church. Thank you!
Please Wear Your Name Tag to Church
Remember that wearing your name tag at worship is helpful to each other, Mother Holly, supply clergy, and to visitors! If you would like a new name tag, contact your Parish Administrator.
Pastoral Care Requests
Holy Communion: If you are unable to attend an in-person worship service and would like Holy Communion brought to you, please contact the church office (contact information is at the bottom of this email). We will arrange a time for the clergy, our Pastoral Care Associate Maribeth Payne, or a Eucharistic Visitors to bring the Sacrament to your home or hospital bedside.
Hospital Visits: If you or a loved one is in the hospital, please let Mother Holly know. She is glad to come visit you in the hospital or call you during your stay.
Summer Choir at St. Saviour's
During the summer months our choir continues to lead our worship on Sunday mornings, but takes a break from mid-week rehearsals. We meet on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am (an hour before the service begins) to practice service music and (familiar) anthems. This is a very good time for any potential choir-members to join in, to "get their feet wet," and see if this is something they would like to do — or return to doing. Come join in.
Remember what St. Augustine taught: "the person who sings prays twice."
NEW MDI EPISCOPAL CHURCH MUSEUM!
The four Episcopal Churches of Mount Desert Island are working to establish a new historical museum located in a beautiful, secured setting at St. Saviour's Church. We have found that there are many, many items of church history hidden away in boxes, closets, etc. that are never seen and should be displayed for all to see. The museum is well underway and will open this summer. This is quite exciting! We are looking for donations of bookcases, a glass china cabinet, a larger desk, old church history items hidden in parishioners' homes. We will need volunteer docents for times we are open this summer. Please contact Diane Zito, Sue Blaisdell, Joanne Sousa or Lauri Fernald (all listed in the directory) if you can help with any of these items. Thank you so much!
Three Ways YOU Can Help Direct the Future of the Diocese!
Fill one of the six open seats on Diocesan Council Leading up to the 203rd Convention of the Diocese of Maine in October, six new lay representatives, one from each of the six diocesan areas, will be elected to the Diocesan Council to serve a three-year term. As a representative, you take part in the major work and decisions of the church. Click here to learn more about Council. Please use the nomination formto nominate yourself or someone else (with their permission) by September 16. The form will ask for a photo. Please have a headshot of the nominee ready to submit.
Nominate yourself for a leadership position Consider whether you may be called to serve in any one of the open leadership positions listed below. Click hereto learn more about each position.
Treasurer (1-year term)
Secretary (1-year term)
Disciplinary Board - Lay (2-year term)
Standing Committee - Clergy (3-year term)
Standing Committee - Lay (3-year term)
General Convention Deputation (four clergy, four lay to serve at GC 2024)
Nominate yourself or nominate someone else (check with them first, please!) by completing this form by September 16th. Propose a change by submitting a resolution Resolutions to be considered by 203rd Diocesan Convention in October may be submitted until September 16th using this form. If you have any questions about resolutions, please contact Marge Kilkelly. Find all these forms and more information on the convention page of our website.
Resolution Learning Session Tuesday, August 16th 7:00 pm on Zoom Click here to register
If you have an idea for a resolution — or want to learn more about the process — mark your calendar for August 16th at 7:00pm. The Resolutions Committee is hosting a learning session and workshop focused on crafting a resolution, the life cycle of a diocesan resolution, and a look back at the impact of previous resolutions passed in the Diocese of Maine.
Who can submit a resolution? You! Resolutions can be submitted by parishioners in good standing, convention delegates, parishes, interim bodies, justice councils, and the Bishop. Resolutions call on the Convention to take specific legislative action, such as amending the Canons, creating/funding/starting a particular initiative, or enacting specific policies and procedures.
To view past convention resolutions and resolution-related resources, those are here on our Episcopal Maine website.
Mark your calendars for Town Hall meetings in September and October!
September is almost here. Get out your pen and paper, or hop on your keyboard and save these dates for important convention-related Town Hall meetings!
It is important to note that Town Hall meetings take the place of pre-Convention hearings.
Tuesday, September 27 (intro to convention/area caucus)
Tuesday, October 4 (budget, rules of order, resolutions)
Tuesday, October 11 (resolutions, consent calendar)
Tuesday, October 18 (pre-convention preparation)
Tuesday, October 25 (post-convention debrief and thanksgivings)
Are these meetings just for delegates? Nope! All are welcome at these learning opportunities!
All Town Hall meetings will run from 7pm to 8pm (with an optional Q&A at 6:30 for the October meetings) and the link to the meeting will be sent out the Saturday morning before the Tuesday meeting.
Upcoming Events and Dates
Continuing this Friday: The August Organ Recital Series continues this year! Fridays at 12:15
Our annual organ-recital series continues for its 15th season. It was started in 2007 by Julia Morris-Myers, and has continued since then, featuring mostly regional performers on the Fridays of August, but also bringing in artists from farther afield. This years series will include some familiar faces and some new.
Dr. Terry Yount will play the second program on August 12. Terry is the music-director for St. Andrew's Chapel in Sanford FL; he has also been the organist for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the organ-professor at Rollins College.
Katherine Johnson comes from Oberlin College to play the third recital on August 19.
On August 26, the series concludes with a program for organ and flute by Daniel Pyle and his wife, flutist Catherine Bull.
August 14: Meeting of the MDI Partnership Churches on the lawn of St. John the Divine, Southwest Harbor
4:00 PM – Meeting following on from our parish "listening sessions" 5:00 PM – Holy Eucharist 6:00 PM – Potluck
Members from St. Andrew & St. John are to bring SALADS or SIDE DISHES. Members from Church of Our Father are to bring MAIN DISHES. Members from St. Saviour's are to bring DESSERTS or BREAD.
ALL members are asked to bring their own place settings (plates, utensils, cups) which will minimize clean up afterwards.
We are also looking for people who are willing to set up and clean up tables and chairs. Please contact Diane Krueger (239-233-4800) or click here , if you are willing to help. Thank you!
August 17: Where Two or Three Are Gathered...
9:00 am on Wed, and August 17, at CoOF or on Zoom
Join us on Wednesday morning for fellowship and dialogue at Church of Our Father around topics central to our faith as Christians and as Episcopalians: belief and the creeds, the Bible, and the sacraments.
What do these things mean to you? How are they challenging? How have they helped you to grow in love for Christ?
Led by summer seminarian Emily Carter, this discussion series offers an opportunity to connect with the wider MDI Episcopal community, to enrich the faith of your community by sharing your perspective, and to grow together in understanding. To contact Emily by email, click here.
August 24: Taize Prayer Service this month will be at ST. ANDREW'S, Rt. 102, Seal Cove at 5 pm
If you would like to assist in setting up for this beautiful prayer service, please contact Mother Holly.
August 29 at 2 pm: Memorial Service for John "Jack" Walls
Please join the family and the faith community in remembering John Butterfield Walls at St. Saviour's Church.
September 7: Outreach Meeting, 9 am
The Outreach, Evangelism, and Mission committee meets every first Wednesday at Church of Our Father after 8 am worship. Please join us Wednesday, September 7! We will discuss initiatives for the fall and winter, too.
September 25: SAVE THE DATE
Partnership-wide Shared Worship Service at 10 am at St. Saviour's with Commissioning of all lay ministers and Baptism of "Charlie" Mace, grand niece of Tammy Bloom.
Island-wide worship with SMSJ on the fourth Sunday of the month will resume on October 23, 2022.
Ways to Support Those Suffering from Violence in Ukraine
Continue to pray for Ukraine and those in danger. Collect for Peace from the BCP:
Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquillity your dominion may increase until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Members of the Partnership parishes gathered in the first week of the month to discuss Outreach projects for the spring. There was a strong desire to focus our energies on promoting organizations that are helping those living in the Ukraine. Two organizations that are being recommended are:
Episcopal Relief and Development is working closely with Anglican agencies and ecumenical partners to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of Ukrainian refugees in Europe. People quickly packed up and fled Ukraine to safety and are now in need of basic supplies and will need long-term support. Your contribution to the Episcopal Relief & Development International Disaster Response Fund will help provide clothing, food, water and other items. For more information on this organization, including instructions on how to give, visit: www.episcopalrelief.org or call 1.855.312.4325
Save the Children: UKRAINE CRISIS RELIEF FUND Ukraine's children are in grave danger of physical harm, severe emotional distress and mass displacement. Save the Children is concerned for children caught in the middle of armed conflict, forced from their homes in freezing temperatures, and exposed to injury, hunger and cold. Your donation to Save the Children's Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund can help provide children and families with immediate aid, such as food, water, hygiene kits, psychosocial support and cash assistance. Together, we can protect children in crisis.For more information on this organization, including instructions on how to give, visit: https://www.savethechildren.org
Bar Harbor Food Pantry for Rest of the Summer Once again thanks to all who have given in these times. The Food Pantry appreciates our donations. There is a collection spot for non-perishable food items at Church of Our Father and St. Saviour's. Volunteers will transport them to the BHFP. Thank you for your support! Brad Berry
Sunday Fellowship Outdoors
As the warm weather continues, we will be having time after the services of worship for fellowship outside.
If you are interested in assisting with refreshments for these times, please be in touch with the parish administrator of your church, and she will connect you with others assisting in this ministry within our community.
At St. John's, speak with Dianne McMullan. At Church of Our Father, speak with Joanne Sousa.
Covid Task Force Update
Our MDI Covid Task Force meets regularly to discuss our protocols. Updates:
An area (not the whole worship space) will be marked off for Social distancing for those who want to sit in an area designated for this seating arrangement
Guests and visitors will be invited at announcements to provide their contact information, should they want to be notified of a possible exposure to Covid-19 at worship service.
To protect the most vulnerable, masking will required at all indoor gatherings for all people in attendance.
Note: Full vaccinations expected, unless medically prohibited.
Age 5+ eligible to schedule COVID-19 vaccination, Age 12+ eligible for booster
COVID-19 vaccination and booster shots are available by appointment at the Community Health Center, Cooper Gilmore, Trenton Health Center, and Carroll Drug Store.
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is the only vaccine currently authorized for children ages 5-17. Everyone age 12+ is eligible for a booster shot. You must be 5 months past your second dose of Pfizer/Moderna or 2 months past your first dose of Johnson & Johnson to receive a booster dose. If you would like to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination or booster, please call one of our vaccination sites below or check our Bar Harbor Regency Clinic calendar. COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are also available by appointment at local pharmacies in Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Ellsworth.
Call now to schedule your vaccine or booster (Pfizer/Moderna/J&J):
Cooper Gilmore Health Center: 207-288–502417 Hancock Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Community Health Center: 207-244–563016 Community Lane, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679
Trenton Health Center: 207-667–5899394 Bar Harbor Road, Trenton, ME 04605
The FDA has authorized a 3-dose primary series of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for children 6 months through 4 years of age.
A 3-dose vaccination series is Authorized for Emergency Use in individuals 6 months through 4 years of age. The initial 2 doses are administered 3 weeks apart followed by a third dose administered at least 8 weeks after the second dose.
The vaccine may not protect everyone.
To learn more, please see the Recipients and Caregivers Fact Sheet (6 months through 4 years of age)