Thursday, September 10, 2020

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St. Andrew & St. John

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Worship Schedule

St. John the Divine

315 Main Street, Southwest Harbor

September 13, Pentecost 15
Morning Prayer
St. Andrew & St. John
The Rev. Bill Hague
8:00 a.m.


Links to other churches:
Cathedral of St. Luke is
(website is for info)
National Cathedral in Washington DC is
(website is 

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).

"Hildegard of Bingen had a special intimacy with the natural world. She was not attracted to the divine in its pure transcendence as are many of the mystics. Nor was she preoccupied with the human world directly in its psychological problems of integration or with the problems of social reconciliation…..
"In an age when it is easy to feel the wrath of God, she would have us dare to feel God's pleasure. Living and dying 1000 years ago in lush and beautiful Bavaria, she was poetess, abbess, musician, artist, healer, scientist, theologian, prophet and mystic par excellence. "

"The earth is mother of all that is natural, of all that is human."

If you wish to learn more, there are two books available in the church's library:
"Meditations with Hildegard of Bingen"
"The Journal of Hildegard of Bingen"



Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing dismay you.
All things pass:
God never changes.

St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

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.

Remember to check out our website for MUSIC:

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:



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 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.
You are invited to sing in a virtual choir presenting music during the 201st Convention of the Diocese of Maine (October 17-18)! We welcome singers of any age, especially children, to participate. We also welcome singers who are not members of Episcopal churches, so please feel free to pass along this invitation to musical friends. Four hymns are being produced, and participants may submit videos for just one or two or all of them. Click here to register to participate in the choir.

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
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:



Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County is offering an Online Grief Support Group Starting on Sept. 28: Grieving in this time of social isolation due to coronavirus can be especially challenging. You are not alone. Support from others who have also experienced a loss can help you cope with the pain of grief.  
Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County is offering a free online grief support group for those who have lost a loved one. Meetings will take place on a weekly basis during the period of September 28—November 20, with the weekday and time to be determined by the availability of registered participants. 
This group is:

  • Confidential and free of charge
  • Meets online weekly for 8 weeks
  • Starting at the end of September, so register soon!

To register, please visit our website:, and click the Support Group Registration button to sign up. For  more information you can email or call our office at 667-2531.

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:
1)   Via a website -  MDI Community Response
2)   Via FaceBook - search for the group: MDI Helpers:   Pandemic Mutual Aid
3)   Contact Jessica Stewart, one of the coordinators for the group
      home (207) 266-0919

5)  Also:

6)  Lincoln Millstein has put together a Quietside newsletter -- very interesting:



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)
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