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Spring Forward!  Weekly news from St. Andrew & John

Events and News
from the Parish of
St. Andrew & St. John

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Worship Schedule

Sunday, March 12, 2017
Lent 2
9:00 AM - St. John the Divine

Baptised in Water (WLP 767)
Let thy blood in mercy poured (313)
Lift high the cross (473)
Psalm 121; Genesis 12:1-4a; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17
Celebrant: The Rev. John Allison
Usher: Sandy
First Lesson/Psalm/Second Lesson: Gen
Prayers: Ellen
Chalice and Acolyte: Jayne
Altar Guild: Jayne
Flowers: ____
Vestry Member in Charge: Gen

Weekday Holy Eucharist—Thursdays at 12:00 noon
March 16 – 2nd week of Lent
March 23 – 3rd week of Lent
March 30 – 4th week of Lent

St. John's Calendar

***Remember to set your clocks forward***

***one hour this Saturday night!***

The full St. John's Calendar can be viewed <HERE>

Sunday, March 12
9:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
10:30 a.m. - Book Study
11:30 a.m. - Vestry
Tuesday, March 14
4:00 p.m. - Meditation
5:00 p.m. - Worship and Supper at St. Mary and St. Jude
Thursday, March 16
12:00 noon - Holy Eucharist

From the Diocese of Maine{Diocese of Maine}

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Spring Training
Save the Date:  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 information will be forthcoming soon, but for information about last year's event, click [here]

Events at St. John's

Scenes from the Pancake Supper, Shrove Tuesday, February 28
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.
Do you like to color?  Coloring is not just for children; many adults find it very meditative. This Lent, St. Andrew & St. John is offering a collaborative coloring project as a spiritual practice.  Eight pre-printed panels depicting the Scriptural Stations of the Cross are laid out in the Common Room and are available for quiet coloring any time.  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.

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.

Bach's Creeks gurgling at Saint Saviour's on Sunday at 4pm:  Augustin Martz is a COA student, originally from Austria, who has been sharing his music and his ministry on Sunday mornings at St. Saviour over the past several months.  He is offering a recital as part of his Senior Project this Sunday, March 12, playing Bach for solo violin and original compositions as part of his senior project: "Sounds Beyond Oceans."

at St. John and St. Saviour:

Lenten Forums: During Lent Father Tim and Mother Kathleen will be offering a book study.  The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen. The book and study guides are available in the parish office, and the study guide can be downloaded from
PDFs of Mother Kathleen's sermons and video recordings of Fr. Tim's sermons are now available on St. John's website at ( and at St. Saviour's website (
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
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 phone app at 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. Hard copies are available in the parish office. In the Parish Hall, following worship, Sunday, March 12: Chapter 1, Sunday, March 19: Chapter 2, 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:


The four MDI Episcopal parishes are offering Lenten worship and suppers on Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m.  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). 

          March 14 at St, Mary & St. Jude, Northeast Harbor
          March 21 at Church of Our Father, Hull's Cove (at 5:30)
          March 28 at St. John's. Southwest Harbor
          April 4 at St. Saviour's, Bar Harbor

Alcyon Center Schedule:
March 9-12 - Silence and the Heart:  Engaging culture, inner work and practice

Meditation/Silent Mondays (please call ahead) - 1:00-2:00 pm - 20 minute sit, 5 minute walk, 20 minute silent sit

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.


Keep in your prayers this week: 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)
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