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
Stewardship 2021 The Reverend Steve Muncie will be blessing the 2021 stewardship pledges for the four MDI Episcopal Churches on December 6, 2020. Could you please return your pledge cards by December 1, 2020. Thank you to the members who have made their pledges and thank you all for your continued support during this challenging year!
A Blessed Thanksgiving! Gen MacKenzie
"For having been born in freedom; for having lived under a republican form of government in a part of the world where justice, opportunity and good will prevail and where the people enjoy the highest degree of civilization thus far attained; for peace; for health; for homes with comforts unexcelled elsewhere in the world; for family ties; for the happiness which comes from the loves we bear each other; for our hopes; for friendships; for our work and our play; for the multitude of our blessings: - our lives, day by day, must ever be the best expression of our appreciation and our thankfulness to our heavenly Father by and through Whom all these things are.
On this Thanksgiving Day, it is fitting that we should reflect upon the obligations which our blessings impose upon us and should strongly resolve to lead lives of high endeavor and noble purpose, to the end that as our ancestors through good character, persistent effort and self sacrifice transmitted cherished inheritances to us, so we in turn may transmit them to our descendants, not simply unsullied and undiminished, but with something added of merit and honor."
These words were prepared and spoken by Glover Crocker, Senior, at the family Thanksgiving dinner at 319 Commonwealth Avenue, all standing around the table before dinner.
Margaret Crocker Wight Thanksgiving Day 1913
St. John's Calendar
The full St. John's Calendar can be viewed <HERE>.
At St. John's Keep in your prayers this week:
Scott Hatcher, Geoff Schuller, Bill Krueger, Doris McCorison, Gail Leland, Jeremy Harkins, Michael Shook, Joyce and Jim Risser, Loretta Schmidt, Theresa Mitchell, David Douglass, Richard K. McMullan, Fred & Dollis Sprague, Sara Winchenbach, Ray & Susan McDonald, Richard Ramsdell, 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
The next distribution will be Sunday, December 6 from 12:00-2:00 at St. John's.
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/
Raising our Voices on Race and Racism Two Part Lecture Series and Community Discussion sponsored by the University of Maine PART II: Monday, November 30th from 4-5 pm Virtual via Zoom, Free and Open to the Public REGISTER AT: https://forms.gle/QkZobyEPXYRatYBw7
Part II: Confronting Racism: Historical Reckonings and Contemporary Reforms (Monday, November 30th, 4-5 pm)
The Doctrine of Christian Discovery Underpinning European Colonization John Dieffenbacher-Krall, Committee on Indian Relations, Episcopal Diocese of Maine
The Penobscot Nation, Territorial Takings, and the State of Maine Dr. Darren Ranco, Professor of Anthropology & Chair of Native American Programs Chelsea Fairbank, PhD candidate in Anthropology & Environmental Policy
Racism and the Environment: Learning from Local Efforts for Institutional Change and Environmental Justice Dr. Bridie McGreavy, Associate Professor of Environmental Communication Dr. Darren Ranco, Professor of Anthropology & Chair of Native America Nolan Altvater, McGillicuddy Humanities Center Undergraduate Fellow
Raising our Voices on Race and Racism series is supported by Native American Programs, The McGillicuddy Humanities Center, The School of Social Work and the Departments of Anthropology, Philosophy, Communications and Journalism, and Political Science. For additional information, contact email@example.com.
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.
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Remarks by The Right Reverend Thomas J. Brown, Bishop of Maine November 2, 2020
My dear siblings in Christ - Let me begin by sharing how proud I am of you, the leaders of our faith communities from across the state. You are doing everything you can to balance the spiritual needs of your church alongside the priority of slowing the spread of the virus in your community.
The situation with this virus is ever-evolving and we continue to follow the guidance of our public health and government officials. What they are saying, especially within this past week, is cause for concern. As I record this, we are seeing a surge of COVID-19 cases here in Maine and elsewhere across the country.
As Dr. Shah and Governor Mills mentioned last week: ● We now have transmission in every part of the state and the infection rate is high and climbing each day ● The virus is affecting all of us, everywhere in the state, in every age group, in every county, in every walk of life. ● And the trends are significant and concerning ● We are facing the possibility of exponential growth in infection rates, a worst case scenario that is happening in other states and could happen to us here in Maine ● According to health officials, much of the rise continues to be driven by small, indoor gatherings.
I say to you, there are risks here that we cannot ignore. We in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine are called to do whatever we can to slow the spread of this virus. Whereas in the past we have taken a regionalized, one size does not fit all approach to regathering, widespread community transmission statewide changes things.
I am asking you now to move to online-only, or broadcast-only, worship.
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)
Opening Hymn - Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation #390
Opening Acclamation - The Rev. Ryan Mails Blessed be our God. For ever and ever. Amen.
Song of Praise - Praise my soul, the king of heaven #410 Connie Mayo and vocalists from St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church, Deer Isle
The Collect of the Day - Sam Allen Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The First Lesson: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 - Mickey Jacoba Thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice.
Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.
I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.
Psalm 100 - The Rev. Dr. Brent Was Jubilate Deo 1 Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; * serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song. 2 Know this: The Lord himself is God; * he himself has made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. 3 Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise; * give thanks to him and call upon his Name. 4 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; * and his faithfulness endures from age to age.
The Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46 - The Rev. Donna Downs The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to Matthew. Glory to you, Lord Christ Jesus said, "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.' Then he will say to those at his left hand, 'You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' Then they also will answer, 'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?' Then he will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.' And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." The Gospel of the Lord Praise to you, Lord Christ
The Sermon - The Rt. Rev. Thomas James Brown, Bishop of Maine
The Nicene Creed - The Rev. Ryan Mails We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Prayers of the People - The Rev. Kerry Mansir, Catherine and Sarah Mansir Father, we pray for the Church That we all may be one. Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you; That your Name may be glorified by all people. We pray for all bishops (especially our Bishop Thomas, and all), priests, and deacons; That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments. We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world; That there may be justice and peace on the earth. Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake; That our works may find favor in your sight. Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble; That they may be delivered from their distress. Give to the departed eternal rest; Let light perpetual shine upon them. We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy; May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom. Let us pray for our own needs and those of others. Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully accept the prayers of your people, and strengthen us to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Confession and Absolution - The Rev. Canon Nancy Moore Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name, Amen.
Almighty God, have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.
The Peace - Ben and Sylvia Cooke The peace of the Lord be always with you And also with you
The Great Thanksgiving: Eucharistic Prayer A, BCP p.361 - The Reverend Nathan Ferrell The Lord be with you. People And also with you. Celebrant Lift up your hearts. People We lift them to the Lord. Celebrant Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. People It is right to give him thanks and praise. It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and every where to give thanks to you,
Almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth. Because in Jesus Christ our Lord you have received us as your sons and daughters, made us citizens of your kingdom, and given us the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth.
Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Holy and gracious God: In your infinite love you made us for yourself; and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Maker of all.
He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.
On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Savior Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, "Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."
After supper Jesus took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, "Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me."
Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O God, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. recalling Christ's death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.
All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ. By Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory is yours, Almighty God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Lord's Prayer - Heather and Gary Sylvester As our Savior Christ has taught us, we now pray, Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.
The Breaking of the Bread - The Reverend Nathan Ferrell Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us; Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.
A Prayer for Spiritual Communion - Ben Cooke From St. Augustine's Prayer Book In union, Blessed Jesus, with the faithful gathered at every altar of Your Church where Your blessed body and blood are offered, I long to offer You praise and thanksgiving. I believe that You are truly present in the Holy Sacrament. And since I cannot at this time receive communion, I pray You to come into my heart, my soul, and my mind. I unite myself to You, and embrace You with all the affections of my soul. Let nothing separate me from You; let me serve You in this life until, by Your grace, I join You in Your reign of unending peace. Amen.
Communion music - Musicians from St. Michael's, Auburn
Prayer of Thanks and Mission - Michael Gleason Almighty and ever living God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom. And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Dedication of Kneelers - The Very Rev. Dr. Benjamin Shambaugh
The Blessing - The Rt. Rev. Thomas James Brown, Bishop of Maine
Dismissal - The Rev. Mary Lee Wile Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Postlude: Alleluia Sing to Jesus #460 - Joel Pierce, organ
Participants from across the Episcopal Diocese of Maine: The Rt. Rev. Thomas James Brown, Bishop of Maine Sam Allen, Senior Warden, The Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland Benjamin Cooke, Postulant, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Newcastle The Rev. Donna Downs, Priest in Charge, Trinity Episcopal Church, Castine The Rev. Nathan Ferrell, Rector, The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary, Falmouth Michael P. Gleason, SMSgt (Ret) USAF, St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, Brewer The Rev. Ryan Mails, Rector, St. George's Episcopal Church, York Harbor The Rev. Kerry Mansir, Rector, Christ Church, Gardiner Catherine Mansir, Christ Church, Gardiner Sarah Mansir, Christ Church, Gardiner Mickey Jacoba, St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church, Deer Isle The Rev. Cn. Nancy Moore, Rector, Christ Church, Norway/Pastor, Trinity Lutheran, So. Paris The Very Rev. Dr. Benjamin Shambaugh, Dean, The Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland Heather Sylvester, Postulant, and Gary, St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Yarmouth The Rev. Dr. Brent Was, Rector, St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church, Blue Hill The Rev. Mary Lee Wile, Deacon, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Brunswick Musicians: Connie Mayo, Music Director, St. Brendan the Navigator Episcopal Church, Deer Isle and vocalists, Joel Pierce, Director of Music, St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Cape Elizabeth St. Michael's Auburn Musicians: Melanie Lee, Susan Trask, Woody Trask, Jonathan Whitmore Production Team: Worship Designer & Project Manager: Katie Clark, Director of Communications, Episcopal Diocese of Maine Video Editor: Mark Spahr, Consultant for Social Media, Episcopal Diocese of Maine Additional Photography Michael P. Gleason Mark Spahr The Rev. Mary Lee Wile