Thursday, December 24, 2015

Events & News from St. John's




December 24, 2015



Christmas Services:

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve

Psalm 96; Isaiah 9:2-7; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20

4:00 p.m. – St. John the Divine

The Rev. Kathleen Killian presiding

4:00 p.m. – St. Saviour

The Rev. Timothy Fleck presiding

10:00 p.m. – Choral Eucharist at St. Saviour

The Rev. Timothy Fleck and The Rev. Kathleen Killian presiding


Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Day

Psalm 97; Isaiah 62:6-12; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:1-20

10:00 a.m. – St. John the Divine

The Rev. Kathleen Killian presiding

10:00 a.m. – St. Saviour

The Rev. Timothy Fleck presiding


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas 1

9:00 a.m. – St. John the Divine

 (only one service)



By all your saints still striving (231); Book of books, our people’s strength (631);

O Christ, the Word Incarnate (632); O Holy City (583)



Psalm 147; Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Galatians 3:23-25, 4:4-7; John 1:1-18

Celebrant: The Rev. Kathleen Killian

Usher: Dean

First Lesson/Psalm: John

Second Lesson: _____

Prayers: Margot

Chalice & Acolyte: _____

Altar Guild: Margot

Vestry Member in Charge: Elaine



Thursday Holy Eucharist – 12:00 noon

No noon service on December 25

December 31 – Holy Name


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The Rev. Timothy Fleck, Rector (207-812-8362)

The Rev. Kathleen Killian, Assistant Rector (718-775-6069)

Stephen Sampson, Music Director

Michele Daley, Parish Administrator (244-3229)

Sr. Warden, Bunny Watts (244-3699)

Jr. Warden, Rita Redfield (244-4025)

The Church Office is open Monday through Thursday






St. John:

December 27: Start of Winter schedule, 9:00 a.m. Eucharist – The Rev. Kathleen Killian


St. Saviour:

December 25: 11:30 am, Parishioner Christmas lunch in the Rectory Common

December 27: Start of Winter schedule, 10:00 a.m. Eucharist – The Rev. Timothy Fleck


We have set up a snow-closing notification on WLBZ TV channel 2. We will also post on our website, so if you question whether a service or event is taking place at St. Saviour’s, check both places for information, then let anyone know who you think might not have a computer or TV


Church of Our Father:

Wednesdays, 8:00 am: Eucharist followed by a light breakfast


St. Mary & St. Jude:

Prayer Shawl Ministry: Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. (except on Christmas Eve)



COFFEE’S ON! The Maine Sea Coast Mission cordially invites all MDI Senior Citizens to join them for Coffee, Conversation and Music the first and thirds Tuesdays of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 am at the Colket Center, 127 West Street, Bar Harbor. St. Saviour’s and St. John’s will be co-hosting the January 5 event and are looking for volunteers to bring healthy and tasty snacks. Please contact Bunny Watts, 244-3699 to offer to help.

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Keep in your prayers this week: Ruth Grierson, Norman Aubrey, Scott and Debbie Hammond, Sherry Warner, Joy Ryan, Kirsten Haertel, Gloria Magruder, Catherine English McCann, Adam Temple, Jamie Li, Malcolm Hughes, Adam Harkins, Nancy Kincaid, Trevor Agar, Herb Hasenbalg, Jack Weisner, John Cronin, Sarah Flynn, Trisha Roy, Bob Theriault, Ron Martin, Joseph and Kimberly Pratt family, Lydia Thayer, George Swanson, Jennie Cline and Sharon Dayana Salazar, our sponsored child in Costa Rica.


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The following is the transcript of the Presiding Bishop’s Christmas message.

Christmas Message 2015

Hello. Our original plan was for me to tape a Christmas message in front of the United Nations building in New York as a way of sending a message that this Jesus of Nazareth whom we follow came to show us the way to a different world, a world rounded in God’s peace and God’s justice, God’s love and God’s compassion.

I recently had surgery and so we had to change those plans and so I’m here in Raleigh on Capitol Square. Christ Church is here and we’re filming this message here just as a way of giving me a chance to say “Thank you” to all of you who sent cards and prayers in my recent surgery.  I’m doing well and I’m coming back to work. 

But I did want to say something to you.  It occurs to me that this Jesus of Nazareth really does make a difference.  And God coming into the world in the person of Jesus matters profoundly for all of us regardless of our religious tradition.

In the park across from the United Nations, the Ralph Bunche Park, the words of the Prophet Isaiah are quoted,

They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks
Nation will not rise against nation
Neither shall they learn war any more

What’s not there is another part of that passage that’s in the second chapter of Isaiah, and it says,

Come, let us go to the mountain of God,
That he may show us His ways and teach us His paths

We who follow Jesus believe that the mountain came to us when God came among us in the person of Jesus to show us the way to live, to show us the way to love, to show us the way to transform this world from the nightmare it often is into the dream that God intends for us all.

So, as the words were spoken on that night when Jesus was born, peace, good will to all people, God bless you, God keep you.  A blessed Advent, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year to all.

The Most Rev. Michael Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church