St. John the Divine's sanctuary is open for meditation. Please sign in and wear a mask.
If you need help or need to talk with someone, please call Gen MacKenzie, 244-7313 Ted Fletcher, 266-8415
Evening Prayer St. Andrew and St. John Lay members will offer an outside Evening Prayer Service at St. John on Thursday, September 17, at 4:00 PM. Hildegard of Bingen will be commemorated. Covid19 protocols are to be observed and reservations requested. Please call the office (244-3229).
We thank Thee, Lord, for the glory of the late days and the excellent face of Thy sun. We thank thee for good news received. We thank Thee for the pleasures we have enjoyed and for those we have been able to confer. And now, when the clouds gather and the rain impends, permit us not to be cast down; let us not lose the savour of past mercies and past pleasures; but, like the voice of a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memory survive in the hour of darkness. If there be in front of us any painful duty, strengthen us with the grace of courage; if any act of mercy, teach us tenderness and patience. Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
St. John's Calendar
The full St. John's Calendar can be viewed <HERE>.
The next Vestry meeting will be on Sunday, September 20, at 4:00 p.m. via zoom.
At St. John's Keep in your prayers this week:
Susan Buell, Geoff Schuller, Bill Krueger, Doris McCorison, Gail Leland, Jeremy Harkins, Michael Shook, Joyce and Jim Risser, Loretta Schmidt, Susannah Jones, Theresa Mitchell, David Douglass, George Harorack, Fred & Dollis Sprague, Sara Winchenbach, Dorothea Mead, Ray and Susan McDonald, Richard Ramsdell, Cassandra Crabtree, Beth Pfeiffer, Dorothy & Jim Clunan, Bill and Barbara Loveland.
Thanks to Stephen Sampson, Jayne Ashworth and Michael Shook, you may enjoy some piano music on the St. Andrew & St. John website. On the menu on the left-hand side of the home page there is now a link titled 'Music,' and clicking on that link brings you to recordings of piano pieces by Stephen Sampson.
Westside Food Pantry
We invite you to visit the new page for the Westside Food Pantry! On this facebook page you will find periodic announcements and information about the Westside Food Pantry. Please visit the page and like it. You can find it at: https://www.facebook.com/WestsideFoodPantry/
From the 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 worshiping 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.
This is a call for volunteers to participate in the September diocese-wide online worship service, to be broadcast on Sunday, September 27th on YouTube and Facebook!
The diocese-wide online worship services are reaching thousands of viewers online who are sharing their thoughts with us:
"Thank God for the technology to enable those of us who are not able to attend church in a building to celebrate with others all over the state. It is a blessing and a comfort beyond words."
"Filled with meaning, encouraging self-examination, lovely music and Maine scenery. Thank you for preparing these Diocese-wide services. 🙏🎶 'Be not complacent' .....You have confronted a difficult, sad, situation with our churches partly-closed and our hymns left unsung, and created a refreshing, new kind of worship service across Maine."
"From my living room, I thoroughly enjoyed visiting and hearing from our churches across the State of Maine."
If you or your church have not yet participated in a diocese-wide online worship service, now is the time! Participating is easy: attend a volunteer meeting to learn more about the process and the liturgy for that Sunday, and then record your part (all you need is a way to record yourself such as a smartphone) and send it in.
Volunteers for the September service will meet the week of September 7th, time and date to be determined.
If you are interested in participating in the September service, please email Director of Communications Katie Clark.
Cathedral of St. Luke Contemplative Prayer, a prayer of silence, is also known as centering prayer, listening prayer, breath prayer, and prayer of the heart. Join us on Thursdays at 4:30 as we open our minds and hearts to God. Join our Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/484179071 Meeting ID: 484 179 071 +1 253 215 8782 US +1 301 715 8592 US
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.
St. Mary and St. Jude The Rev. Stephen Muncie is conducting a Zoom Bible Study on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. He is using the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) translation of the Bible but you may use any translation you have on hand. For direct dial or URL information for this meeting, click here.
Church of Our Father Music and Chatter: On each Wednesday at 5:30 pm there is a 30 minute program entitled "Music & Chatter". The idea is to keep us all involved and up to date. It can be seen on the MDI Episcopal You Tube channel. Click on the link below: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-fGpm4_aFoi0mNvMiXhSwg.
A variety of ways exist on Mount Desert Island for people to offer to provide help or to receive help during the current pandemic.
Connecting with the people who are coordinating this effort may happen:
6) Lincoln Millstein has put together a Quietside newsletter -- very interesting: theqsjournal.com
Stephen Byers 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 and Thursday 8:30 - 2:30 (244-3229)