Sunday, March 26, 2017 Fourth Sunday of Lent 9:00 a.m. – St. John the Divine
Hymns: I want to walk as a child of the light (490) Heal Me Hands of Jesus (WLP 773) O for a thousand tongues to sing (493)
Scripture: Psalm 34; 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41
Participants: Celebrant: The Rev. Timothy Fleck Usher: Edie First Lesson/Psalm/Second Lesson: Gen Prayers: ____ Chalice and Acolyte: ____ Altar Guild: Margot Flowers: Lent Vestry Member in Charge: Gen
Weekday Holy Eucharist—Thursdays at 12:00 noon March 30 – 4th week of Lent
St. John's Calendar
The full St. John's Calendar can be viewed <HERE>.
Sunday, March 26 9:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist 10:30 a.m. - Book Study 12:00 noon - Food Pantry Tuesday, March 28 4:00 p.m. - Meditation in the Common Room this week 5:00 p.m. - Worship and Supper at St. John's Thursday, March 30 12:00 noon - Holy Eucharist
Events at St. John's
Easter Flowers: If you wish to remember or honor a loved one with flowers on Easter Sunday (April 16), please complete the form enclosed in Sunday's bulletin and return it to the church office or sign up on the sheet in the undercroft. The names will be printed in the Easter Sunday bulletin.
Lent Forums: Father Tim and Mother Kathleen continue the book study on The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen. There are still some books available in the office ($10).
Meditation on Tuesdays at 4:00 at St. John's. Please join us for 30 minutes of shared silence and "prayer of the heart," an ancient meditative practice of the Christian tradition. All are welcome! We meditate sitting on chairs, though if you prefer to sit on the floor, feel free to bring a mat or cushion. If you are new to meditation, have questions or concerns, or would like more information, please contact Mother Kathleen.This week, because of the Lenten supper, we will meet in the Common Room
Stations of the Cross panels depicting the Scriptural Stations of the Cross are laid out in the Common Room and are available for quiet coloring any time.There is only ONE panel finished. There are seven more to do! And coloring can be very meditative. Come and color as little or as much as you want, when you want. Markers are provided. During Holy Week, we will mount and hang the colored panels in the church, where we can use them for the Devotion of the Stations of the Cross.
From the Diocese of Maine
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Saturday, April 29, 2017, Spring Training at St. Paul's, Brunswick. This is the primary teaching and training event of the Diocesan year, when folks from all over gather to exchange wisdom and knowledge in workshops about being the church today. More than twenty workshops to choose from, with more information [here].
If you'd like to share a ride to Spring Training, St. Dunstan's, Ellsworth, is looking into renting a 12-passenger van to transport folks from our area. If you're interested, contact Mother Johanna Johannson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
at St. Saviour:
Holy Eucharist is celebrated on Wednesdays at noon in the Chapel, in a simple, non-musical service. We plan to commemorate saints and seasons using the church's published calendar, as well as focusing on healing for ourselves and for the world.
at St. John and St. Saviour:
Lent Forums: During Lent Father Tim and Mother Kathleen will be offering a book study. The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen
Confidential Prayer Chain: Unlike our published prayer lists, prayer requests that come into the Prayer Chain remain private to the prayer chain itself, which will pray devotedly for one week unless an updated request is made. If you'd like to know more about this or our Pastoral Care Team, please contact our office administrators or Mother Kathleen.
There are hundreds of daily Lenten Meditation resources available on the internet and in bookstores, focusing on many different ways of experiencing Lent. I'd like to recommend two: Episcopal Relief and Development has been publishing Lenten Meditations for years, calling us each day to remember those in need of help, and exhorting us to see the spiritual joy in partnering with them to "heal a hurting world." Their daily devotions are available in booklet form, for PDF download, or daily email delivery at http://tinyurl.com/ER-Dlent2017. The Anglican Board of Mission is an analogous agency of the Church of Australia. They have published a beautiful Lenten Devotional called "Into the Desert," meditating on the spiritual and physical experience of the desert which is so integral to Australian identity, and which may be strange and challenging to us. It is available in book form, or as a free iPhone/Android app at http://tinyurl.com/desert2017. This is the devotional I hope to follow this Lent. Inviting you to a Holy Lent, Fr. Tim.
Church of Our Father:
Bible Study in March and April: A 5 week study program based on a book by Max Lucado titled: "He Chose the Nails" on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am.
St. Mary & St. Jude:
Reading Group on the Spiritual Life: Do you crave a deeper spiritual life? Do you feel like your daily preoccupations are too numerous to make time for it? Henri Nouwen's Making All Things New is a short, easy book that offers valuable insights and practical suggestions for spiritual growth in the face of everyday life. The first half of each session will be spent reading the book aloud together, followed by discussion of the material and time for prayer. In the Parish Hall, following worship: Sunday, March 26: Chapter 3
Contemplative Prayer Group: Tuesdays at 4:30, join Father John in exploring the practice of Christian meditation and contemplative prayer. Meetings will take place in St. Mary's Chapel and will include instruction and practice in this ancient form of prayer. While not required, recommended supplemental reading is Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Practice of Contemplation by Martin Laird.
In Our Community:
Worship and Supper at 5:00 p.m. NOTE: This Tuesday, March 28, is St. John's turn to host. If you can help with food, setup or cleanup, please contact Karen Craig, 244-5267. As it has been over the last few years, each church will offer a Lenten devotional worship, to be followed by a simple supper (e.g., soup, bread, salad). The final service/supper will be on April 4, at St. Saviour,'s in Bar Harbor
Coffee's On: The Maine Sea Coast Mission, along with many local service organizations (including St. John's) hosts a free coffeehouse gathering for seniors on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 am through April at the Mission's Colket Center at 127 West Street in Bar Harbor. They provide an opportunity for coffee, goodies, music and fellowship during the long, dark winter. All MDI Seniors are welcome, and transportation is available. Call the Sea Coast Mission at 288-5097.
Heidi Shott talks about "The Power of the Well-Considered Yes" at St. Margaret's, Belfast On Saturday, April 1, women from the midcoast region are invited to St. Margaret's Episcopal Church at 95 Court Street in Belfast to learn how saying "yes" to opportunities to serve can transform one person's life. Gather with Heidi Shott, Canon for Communications and Advocacy at the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, as she share her journey of staying open to possibilities to become involved, sometimes messily, in the lives of others. The program begins with refreshments at 9:30 a.m.
In addition to her advocacy work with the Episcopal Diocese, Shott serves a mentor for youth offenders with the Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast and as the legal guardian of a teenage minor asylum seeker from East Africa.
"Those times when I've opened my life to possibilities outside my comfort zone have led to fascinating and rewarding opportunities and rich relationships," said Shott, who will also share a multimedia presentation of recent trips to Jordan, Palestine, Israel, and Turkey and the surprises she found there.
Seating is limited so please call to save a place: Susan Mayer, St. Margaret's Outreach Coordinator at 338-6436 the church office at 338-2412, Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to. to noon. Plenty of on street parking as well as behind the Parish Hall.
Keep in your prayers this week: Denae Reath, Marcia Murphy, Mary K. Parkman, Sophie Pooler, Pete and Anna Welles, Joan Preble, Andrea Horner, Robert Dudley, Nicole Burnett, Steve Bell, Eileen Dunn, Karen Pike, Sherry Warner, Adam Temple, Malcolm Hughes, Herb Hasenbalg, Jack Weisner, John Cronin, Bob Theriault, Ron Martin, Lydia Thayer, George Swanson and Sharon Dayana Salazar, our sponsored child in Costa Rica.
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 8:30 - 2:00