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Worship Schedule

Sunday, December 9
Advent 2
8:00 a.m. – Quiet Contemplative Eucharist
10:00 a.m. – Eucharist with Music
Hark! A thrilling voice is sounding (59)
Comfort, comfort ye my people (67)
The Lord will come and not be slow (462)
On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry (76)
Baruch 5:1-9
Philippians 1:3-11
Luke 3:1-6
Canticle 16

Celebrant: The Rev. John Allison
Usher: Sandy
First Lesson/Psalm/Second Lesson: Pamela
Prayers: Patsy
Chalice and Acolyte: Ted F.
Altar Guild: Jayne
Coffee Hour:  Joey
Vestry Member in Charge: Betsy

 Weekday Healing Prayer and Eucharist at 12:00 noon on Thursdays





St. John's Calendar

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

Sunday, December 9:
            8:00 a.m. – Contemplative Eucharist
            9:00 a.m. – Advent Study (The Way of Love)
            10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist with Music
Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. — Meditation
Thursday, 12:00 noon — Healing Prayer Eucharist
Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – Backpack preparation
Saturday, December 8, 2:00 p.m. – Magic Show!
Sunday, December 16, 12:00-1:00 p.m. – Westside Food Pantry distribution






At St. John's


During Advent we will be studying The Way of Love, Practices for Jesus-Centered Life. Our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites all Episcopalians to Journey the Way of Love together, exploring how we can grow more centered in Jesus and share his loving, liberating, and life-giving way in the world.  Please join us on Sundays at 9:00 during December to take part in this church-wide movement!

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS -- Please consider making a donation in memory of a loved one for the Christmas Eve service. The names will be printed in the bulletin. A sign-up sheet is available in the Undercroft.

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.


Westside Food Pantry
The next distribution will be Sunday, December 16, 12 Noon to 1 PM, at the Harbor House. 

Magic Show:  Alan Drew, local Magician, will present a magic show at St. John's on Saturday, December 8 at 2:00 p.m. to benefit the Westside Food Pantry Backpack Program. Young and Old are invited to enjoy the Magic!






From the Diocese of Maine{Diocese of Maine}

As a Parish of the Diocese of Maine, we are part of a church family that extends from Kittery to Fort Kent, and connects us to the rest of the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion.  We share ministry with our Bishop and with every worshipping community.
If you are not subscribed to the Diocesan twice monthly email newsletter, the DioLog, please click [here] to subscribe.  If you are subscribed, don't forget to open it and read it every time!  There is a lot going on in every corner of the Diocese, and you wouldn't want to miss anything.


Special Convention to Elect the Tenth Bishop of Maine:  Official notice is hereby given, in accordance with Canon Six, Section I, of the Canons of the Diocese of Maine, that a Special Electing Convention of the Diocese will assemble, God willing, at the Cross Center, Bangor on Saturday, February 9, 2019. St. John's representatives will be Pamela Smith and Ted Fletcher. Information and updates will be available on our website: I urge you to check the website and The Dio Log regularly for updated and new information. 
The Diocese of Maine has published our Diocesan Profile at  This snapshot of our diocese has been made available across the church, and it is worth reading to see how we are presenting ourselves to potential candidates.  The profile also includes a timeline of the process, culminating in an election in February and the consecration of the Tenth Bishop of Maine in June, 2019.










MDI+ Episcopal Churches:

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.









COME TO THE MDI COFFEE HOUSE! Formerly known as Coffee's On, Island Connections has changed the name to encourage all ages to come for coffee, goodies, and conversation. Meeting at the YWCA on Mount Desert Street in Bar Harbor, December's gatherings are on December 11 and 18 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Usually on the first and third Thursdays, note December's change.) A new feature will be speakers once a month. Invite a friend to join you.  Need a ride?  Call Joan Bromage at 244-3227.

The Alcyon Center is a place of contemplation and peace, offering a variety of programs including quiet days, a gathering of women to discuss various topics through poetry, personal experiences (Soul Friends), a monthly quiet day and a weekly study of the Gospel for the coming Sunday. The center is located in Seal Cove on MDI.  For more information please visit their website at

Dec 12,19  Bible Reflection 3:30 pm
Dec 14* Quiet Day 9am-1 pm
Dec 14* Soul Friends 7-9 pm
Dec 25-Jan 6   Holy Nights at Alcyon
Dec 31 Annual New Years Eve Labyrinth Walk and Open House


Services at the Partnership Parishes:

St. Andrew & St. John

Sundays — 8:00 a.m. — Quiet Contemplative Eucharist

10:00 a.m.—Holy Eucharist with Music

Tuesdays — 4:00 pm–Meditation

Thursdays—12:00 noon—Saint of the day & Healing Prayer Eucharist

Church of Our Father

Sundays—8:00 and 10:00 a.m.—Eucharist

Wednesdays, 8:00 am—Eucharist. 

St. Saviour's

Sundays—7:30 and 10:00 a.m. Eucharist

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30am—Morning Prayer

Wednesdays, 12:00 noon—Saint of the day & Healing Prayer Eucharist


Keep in your prayers this week:

Cassandra Crabtree, Sue Newman, Beth Pfeifer, Eric Lange, Dorothy Clunan, Anne DeGolyer, Jackie Mayhew, Jim Risser, Ray McDonald, Bill and Barbara Loveland, Win Short, and Bob Theriault.






The Rev. Kathleen Killian, Priest in Charge (669-2029)
Stephen Sampson, Music Director
Michele Daley, Parish Administrator (244-3229)
Sr. Warden, Gen MacKenzie (244-7313)
Jr. Warden, Ted Fletcher (244-5225)
The Church Office is open Monday through Thursday 8:30 - 2:00 (244-3229)
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