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St. John the Divine

315 Main Street, Southwest Harbor

Sunday, December 22
Advent 4
10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist
O come, O come, Emmanuel (46)
Saviour of the nations, come! (54)
How bright appears the Morning Star (497)
Come, thou long expected Jesus (66)
Isaiah 7:10-16
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-25
Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18

Participants at St. John's:
Celebrant: Tom Mousin
Usher: Karen
First Lesson/Psalm/Second Lesson: Margot
Prayers:  Mia
Chalice and Acolyte: Rita
Altar Guild: Margot
Flowers: Pamela Hattem
Coffee Hour: ____
Vestry Member in Charge: Michael D

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>

Saturday, December 21, 3:00 p.m. – Christmas Concert, In Dulci Jubilo
Sunday, December 22, 9:00 a.m. – Advent Book Study, The Great Divorce
Sunday, December 22, 10:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist, The Rev. Thomas Mousin
Tuesday, December 24, 4:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Service, The Rev. Bill Hague
Wednesday, December 25, 10:00 a.m. – Christmas Day Eucharist, The Rev. John Burton
Sunday, December 29, 10:00 a.m. - Combined Worship Service at St. John the Divine, The Rev. Tim Fleck
Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. — Meditation
Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – Backpack preparation

In Dulci Jubilo — A Christmas Concert for the Community will be performed on Saturday, December 21st at 3:00 p.m. at St. John the Divine in Southwest Harbor. There will be festive music for the season and traditional carols performed by Cherie Magnello (Soprano), Carol Wrubel (Baritone) and William Merrill (Piano). Freewill offerings are appreciated.









At St. John's

St. Andrew & St. John Parish Profile Questions 2019
Please find time in your busy schedules to answer these questions ASAP (DEADLINE IS JANUARY 12). Thanks. Answers can be short and only a few words will suffice. Please talk to your Warden's if you need help or have questions. Copies of the questions (with spaces for answers) are available in the church.

1.       Describe a moment in your worshiping community's recent ministry which you recognize as one of success and fulfillment.
2.       Describe your liturgical style & practice.  If your community provides more than one type of worship, describe all.
3.       How do you practice incorporating others in ministry?
4.       As a worshiping community, how do you care for your spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being?
5.       Describe your worshiping community's involvement in either the wider Church or geographic region.
6.       How do you engage in pastoral care beyond your worshiping community?
7.       Tell about a ministry your worshiping community has initiated in the past five years.  Who can be contacted about this?
8.       How are you preparing yourself for the Church of the future?
9.       What is your practice of stewardship and how does it shape the life of your worshiping community?
10.     What is your worshiping community's experience of conflict? And how have you addressed it?
11.     What is your experience leading/addressing change in the church? When has it gone well? When has it gone poorly? And what did you learn?
12.     In no more than four descriptors of one or two words each:  Provide words describing the gifts and skills   essential to the future leaders of your worshiping community. 

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: 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. Saviour's:
"The Longest Night" – Thursday, December 19, 5:30 PM, St. Saviour's Episcopal Church is offering a service of comfort for the long nights before Christmas. Advent and Christmas are joyous times for many, but for others they are a time heavy with grief, anger, and sadness.  While our culture tells us relentlessly that we should be celebrating a perfect Christmas, our very human feelings of loss or loneliness may make joy difficult.
If Christmas is a hard time for you, please consider joining the community at St. Saviour's Church for a service of quiet prayer and remembrance, for sharing grief with one another and with the God who knows what it is to be human. All are welcome, and no one will be asked to share more than is comfortable.

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.







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:

Keith Storm, Joyce and Jim Risser, Ephron Catlin, Dianne McMullan, Michael Shook, 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. 







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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