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St. John the Divine

315 Main Street, Southwest Harbor

Sunday, December 8
The Second Sunday in Advent
10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Sleepers, wake! A voice astounds us (61)
Isaiah the prophet has written of old (723 WLP)
People, look East (724 WLP)
Awake, O sleeper, rise from death (547)
Isaiah 11:1-10
Romans 15:4-13
Matthew 3:1-12
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Participants at St. John's:
Celebrant: The Rev. Dean Henry
Usher: Sandy
First Lesson/Psalm/Second Lesson: Michael
Prayers:  Candace
Chalice and Acolyte: Ted
Altar Guild: Jayne
Coffee Hour: Edie
Vestry Member in Charge: Ted

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>

Sundays, December 8, 15, 22, 9:00 a.m. – Advent Book Study
Sundays, December 8, 15, 22, 10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. — Meditation
Thursdays, 12:00 noon – Holy Eucharist
Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – Backpack preparation

During Advent, there is a 9:00 A.M. Book Study in the Undercroft. Copies of the book, The Great Divorce, by C. S. Lewis, are available in the office for $12.25. Briefly stated, the book is a story about a group of people in Hell visiting Heaven. The question is: Would you choose your own comfortable Hell?










At St. John's

Images of St. Andrew by the Lake and St. John the Divine are available for sale ($15 each) in the church office. These are Cat's Meow wooden figures of both churches. If you have any questions, please see Michele.

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. 



Westside Food Pantry

The distribution Sundays are as follows: December 15, January 5 and 19, February 2 and 16, March 1 and 15, April 5 and 19.  The first Sunday distribution hours are 12 noon to 2 PM, the second Sunday hour is 12 noon to 1 PM.  Distribution will be held in Harbor House.









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.
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A Pilgrimage for the Episcopal Diocese of Maine

Dear Friends,
Will you join me for a pilgrimage in England after Easter -- April 15-27, 2020?
A neighbor in Portland asked me, "so, is the Episcopal Church the same as the Church of England?" "Well, "I said, "yes and no." So I proceeded to explain the similarities and differences. She said, "Oh, so they're like the mother ship." It's probably not the way I would have put it, but you know something? It fits.
A tour through England's many cathedrals will take on a quality of vacation, and in one sense it will be a holiday. Yet in another way this will be much more than a vacation, you will return from this pilgrimage with a keen knowledge of our history, and I hope, a stronger sense of your faith in Jesus Christ.
Please prayerfully consider joining this journey designed to foster a deeper relationship with God by visiting and praying at holy places, connecting with old friends, and making new ones, and discovering for the first time (or once again) the depths of the English church's spirituality and history.
I will serve as our chaplain, and local guides will accompany us at the various sites. We will be blessed to pray as a pilgrimage community along the way, and to be a learning community, too.
All in all, we shall gain great insight as we love the Lord and the Church.
Download the pilgrimage brochure for the full itinerary. The brochure contains the booking form that you'll need if you wish to reserve a space on the tour. Brochures are also available at the back of St. John's Church. Deposits and forms should be mailed to: LightLine Pilgrimages, 1829 N Cleveland Ave., Unit B, Chicago, IL 60614.
Faithfully in Christ,
The Right Reverend Thomas J. Brown
Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Maine

MDI+ Episcopal Churches:

St. John's:
In Dulci Jubilo -- A Christmas Concert for the Community, Saturday, December 21 at 3:00 p.m. Festive music for the season and traditional carols. Cherie Magnello (Soprano), Carl Wrubel (Baritone), William Merrill (Piano). Freewill offerings are appreciated.

Church of Our Father:
Christmas Fair, Saturday, December 7, 9:00-1:00.  Christmas White Elephant; Fresh Balsam Wreaths; Bake Table; Boutique; Handcrafts; Hand knit hats, sweaters and scarves; Soup and sandwich luncheon. Wonderful gifts for family and friends.

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.







MDI Coffee House, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., December 17. Warm up and relax with friends and neighbors at the Bar Harbor's YWCA free coffee house every other Tuesday. Co-sponsored by YWCA MDI, Island Connections and local businesses. Refreshments provided.

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




Services at the Partnership Parishes:

St. John the Divine
Sundays -- 10:00 a.m.—Eucharist or Morning Prayer
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
Tuesdays, 12:00 noon—Saint of the day & Healing Prayer Eucharist
St. Mary and St. Jude
Sundays — 10:00 a.m. — Eucharist


Keep in your prayers this week:

Dianne McMullan, Ted Kanellakis, Ann Benson, Liz Hall, Loretta Schmidt, Susannah Jones, Theresa Mitchell, David Douglass, George Harorack, Lee Pike, Fred Sprague, Sara Winchenbach, JoAnn Krestan, Dorothea Mead, Ray McDonald, Jessica Stewart, Richard Ramsdell, Cassandra Crabtree, Beth Pfeiffer, Dorothy & Jim Clunan, Bill and Barbara Loveland, Win Short.

Give thanks for the life of The Rev. George Swanson who died on Wednesday, December 4th. Keep his family and friends in your prayers.







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, Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 - 2:30 (244-3229)
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