Thursday, April 17, 2014

Events & News from St. Andrew & St. John Episcopal Church




APRIL 17, 2013


GOOD FRIDAY, April 18, 2014

6:00 p.m. – Solemn Liturgy at St. John the Divine


Ah, holy Jesus, how hast thou offended (158); Stay with me (826);

When I survey the wondrous cross


Psalm 22; Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Hebrews 10:16-25; John 18:1-19:37


Celebrant: The Rev. Tim Fleck

Usher: Ken Cochrane

First Lesson/Psalm: Candace DaCosta

Second Lesson: Kate Chaplin (St. Mary’s)

Prayers: Ken Cochrane

Chalice: Rita Redfield

Acolyte: Rita Redfield

Altar Guild: Margot Haertel

Vestry Member in charge: Bunny Watts

Sunday, April 20, 2014


9:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist at St. John the Divine


Jesus Christ is risen today (207); Now the green blade riseth (204);

At the Lamb’s high feast we sing (174); Christ is alive (182)


Psalm 31:9-16; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:14-27


Celebrant: The Rev. Vesta Kowalski

Usher: Sandy Watts

First Lesson/Psalm: Margot Haertel

Second Lesson: Diane Krueger

Prayers: Ann Cox Halkett

Chalice: Chloe Hatcher

Acolyte: Chloe Hatcher

Altar Guild: Joan Bromage

Vestry Member in charge: Chloe Hatcher


8:30 Forums

April 20: Easter Sunday (no forum)

April 27: Classical Education, Aaron Hanson


Thursday Holy Eucharist:
April 17 – No service

April 2412:30 pm

The Rev. Tim Fleck


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Office Hours:

8:30-2:30, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays

Michele Daley, Parish Administrator

Fr. Timothy Fleck will be at St. John’s (244-3229) on Tuesdays and Thursdays

and at St. Saviour’s (288-4215) on Mondays and Wednesdays

He can be reached at 812-8362 (cell) or 

Sr. Warden, Bunny Watts (244-3699); Jr. Warden, Rita Redfield (244-4025)






St. John:


Sunday, April 20, 12:00-1:00 p.m. — Westside Food Pantry

Monday, April 28, 5:00 p.m. – St. John Singers

Fridays, 1:00-3:00 p.m. – Mahjong (come learn and play)


Morning Prayer in Holy Week at St. John's, 8:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and on Easter Monday.  Please join us.


Community Easter Brunch: Following the 9:00 service on Easter Sunday, April 20th, there will be a free brunch in the undercroft.


8:30 Sunday Forum: April 27, our guest will be Aaron Hanson, headmaster of Mirus Academy, a Classical Christian school which plans to open its doors in Southwest Harbor in September of 2014.  Visit for more background.


Church of Our Father

Teaching Needs for Beth Bradshaw: Mityana has absolutely nothing in the way of teaching materials.  If you have extras at home of such things as paper, crayons, pens, pencils, paper clips, dolls and toys, learning aids/materials, etc. please bring them to the church and we will get them to the Bradshaws.


St. Mary and St. Jude

Prayer Shawl Ministry: Thursdays, 9:00 a.m.


Community Events

Easter Service at Sonogee, Sunday, April 20th  – 10:30 a.m. – You are invited to attend.


The Evensong singers, a ministry of Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, are offering a friend raising concert on Friday, April 25th at the Somesville Union Meeting House at 7pm. This is a rare opportunity to hear, in public, what we do. Our work is to bring comfort to Hospice patients and their families. Our musical offerings are varied, ranging from joyful to solemn, as we attempt to suit the particular needs of those for whom we sing. Please come!


The 9th Annual Spring Fest Concert and Auction to support the Emmaus Shelter will take place on Sunday, April 27, at the Ellsworth Elementary/Middle School (behind the Mill Mall) from 12:30-3:30 p.m.  The fundraiser will include a delicious Caribbean catered buffet, a live and silent Auction, and wonderful Celtic entertainment by the Craggy Islanders.  You may support the shelter by making a monetary donation, making a pledge in memory or honor of someone, by donating items for the auction, selling tickets, or volunteering at the event.  For more information, visit their website at, or  call Sister Lucille MacDonald at the shelter at 667-3962.



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Keep in your prayers this week: Jean Rohrer, Molly Lyman, Gloria Macgruder, Karen Craig, Bill Myers, Ted Kanellakis, Angelina Sharpe, James Stanton, Wayne Buchanan, Dorothy Smith, Bob Theriault, Norman Shaw, Violet, Ron, Mary Parker, Amy Beal Church, Sarah Flynn, Joseph and Kimberly Pratt family, Ruth and Bob Zachary, Sachi Mallack, Carolyn Bowman, Martha Thompson, Karen Floyd, Lydia Thayer, Martha Masiello, Gary Dunlap, Kay and Bill Barney, George Swanson, Jennie Cline, Julie Russell and Sharon Dayana Salazar, our sponsored child in Costa Rica. Pray for the safe return of Ryan Maynard, Nathan Gumm, and Ty Elkins who are among our armed forces serving overseas, and their families.


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Maundy Thursday

Holy Eucharist, Footwashing, Agape meal

Thursday, April 17, 5:30 p.m.

St. Saviour’s, Bar Harbor


Good Friday Solemn Liturgy

Friday, April 18, 6:00 p.m.

St. John’s, Southwest Harbor


The Great Vigil of Easter

Saturday, April 19, 7:30

St. Mary’s, Northeast Harbor


Easter Sunday

Church of Our Father, Hull’s Cove: 9:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist

St. John’s, Southwest Harbor: 9:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist

With free community brunch to follow

St. Mary’s, Northeast Harbor: 9:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist

St. Saviour’s, Bar Harbor: 7:30 and 10:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist

Easter Message 2014

The tomb is empty, and nobody knows where the body is.  Mary Magdalene tells the others about the mysterious disappearance, but they give up and go home.  Mary stays behind, weeping, and then fails to recognize the risen one before her.  As the days pass, each resurrected encounter begins in surprise or anonymity – the disciples fishing all night without catching, Jesus cooking breakfast on the beach, the two on their way to Emmaus.  Nobody recognizes him at first sight.


Clearly the risen body is not identical to the Jesus who was crucified.  People mistake him for a stranger.  He enters locked rooms.  He walks along the path to Emmaus for a long time without being recognized.  Crucifixion, death, and resurrection result in a transformed body – with evident scars, but changed nonetheless.  When he reminds others of God’s banquet, meant for the whole world – when human beings are fed and watered, delivered from prison, gathered from exile across the earth, and healed and reconciled into a community of peace – his companions discover that he has once again been in their midst.


What does that resurrection reality mean for the Body of Christ of which we are part?  How does the risen Body of Christ – what we often call the church – differ from the crucified one?  That Body seems to be most lively when it lives closer to the reality of Good Friday and the Easter mystery.  In the West, that Body has suffered a lot of dying in recent decades.  It is diminished, some would say battered, increasingly punctured by apathy and taunted by cultured despisers.  That body bears little resemblance to royal images of recent memory – though, like Jesus, it is being mocked.  The body remembers and grieves, like the body of Israel crying in the desert, “why did you bring us out here to die?” or the crucified body who cries, “My God, why have you forsaken me,” or “why have you abandoned us?”  In other contexts the Body of Christ is quite literally dying and spilling its lifeblood – in Pakistan and Sudan, in Iraq and Egypt – and in those ancient words of Tertullian, the blood of martyrs is becoming the seed of the church. 


The Body of Christ is rising today where it is growing less self-centered and inwardly focused, and living with its heart turned toward the cosmic and eternal, its attention focused intently on loving God and neighbor.  This Body is rising to stand in solidarity with criminals sentenced to death, with widows and orphans, with the people of the land who slave over furrows and lettuce fields to feed the world.  This Body can be found passing through walls and boundaries that have long been misused to keep the righteous “safe” and “pure.”  The Body is recognized when the hungry are fed – on the lakeshore with broiled fish, on the road to Emmaus, on street corners and city parks, in food pantries and open kitchens, in feeding neighbor nations and former enemies, and as the Body gathers once again to remember its identity and origin – Christ is risen for the sake of all creation.


Where and how will we look for the Body of Christ, risen and rising?  Will we share the life of that body as an Easter people, transformed by resurrection and sent to transform the world in turn?


Christ is risen, Alleluia!  Alleluia, Christ is risen indeed!


The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church