St. John the Divine
315 Main Street, Southwest Harbor
Sunday, February 24
10:00 a.m. – Eucharist
Holy, holy, holy! (362)
"Forgive our sins as we forgive" (674)
Lord, make us servants of your peace (593)
Love divine, all loves excelling (657)
Genesis 45:3-11, 15
1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50
Psalm 37:1-12, 41-42
Celebrant: The Rev. Kathleen Killian
First Lesson/Psalm/Second Lesson: Margot
Chalice and Acolyte: Ted F/
Altar Guild: Margot
Coffee Hour: ____
Vestry Member in Charge: Ted F.
Weekday Healing Prayer and Eucharist at 12:00 noon on Thursdays
The full St. John's Calendar can be viewed <HERE>.
St. John's Calendar
Sunday, February 24
9:00 a.m. -- Forum
10:00 a.m. — Holy Eucharist, The Rev. Kathleen Killian, Celebrant
Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. — Meditation
Thursdays, 12:00 noon — Healing Prayer Eucharist
At St. John's
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. If you are new to meditation, have questions or concerns, or would like more information, please contact Mother Kathleen.
Westside Food Pantry
Our third Sunday distribution was light in numbers, but when added to a heavy first Sunday, we saw an actual increase in vouchers distributed over last February, as well as January. For February 2019 we distributed $16,480 worth of vouchers to 384 neighbors: 282 adults, 102 children. That's a .09% increase over last February. The vouchers were distributed to 213 west side households. There were 7 new households registered make up of 14 children and adults.
I want to thank Steve of Old Dog Baking Company for supplying four dozen loaves of bread in February for our neighbors. Steve has made a commitment to supply bread each month. Yesterday's bread was baked on the day before and was still warm! You will be able to buy Old Dog Bread at Sawyer's Market this spring.
I want to report that we received over $9,000 in contributions to help our "shutdown" neighbors last month. $8,000 of that was from a single contribution. It was a very gratifying response from the neighborhood to our Coast Guard and Park Service neighbors.
Overall, this year's Annual Appeal results have been running ahead of last year's. What I remain most grateful for are the supporters of the Pantry who faithfully give year after year. Giving for our neighbors-in-need is very gratifying to both the giver and the receiver. I also appeared before the Southwest Harbor Medical Center Committee last Tuesday to make an appeal for their support of our work and was very warmly received.
Finally, as always, it is you, our faithful volunteers who make this work a reality. You never fail to give your full presence to our neighbors who sit and stand across from you at the voucher, registration, check-in, and pantry tables. You have done so much to break down the barriers between "giver and receiver" in this work. We are truly and simply neighbors helping neighbors. Thanks yesterday to Ellen Brookes, Ken Brookes, Beth Renault, Sandy Wilcox, Gloria Higgins, Dianne McMullen, and Dean Henry.
With deep gratitude for this work with you,
The next distribution will be Sunday, March 3, 12 Noon to 2 PM, in Harbor House.
From the Diocese of Maine
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The Rev. Thomas Brown
Elected 10th Bishop
of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine
The Rev. Thomas James Brown was elected to become the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Maine at a Special Electing Convention in Bangor on Saturday, February 9. One of five nominees, Rev. Brown, is currently serving as Rector of the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, MA. He was elected on the 3rd ballot, receiving a majority of clergy and lay delegate votes representing 60 year-round congregations and 20 summer chapels. The other nominees were Rev. Kenneth Brannon, Rev. Rachel K. Taber-Hamilton, Rev. Anne Mallonee and Rev. Janet Waggoner.
In making the announcement, The Rev. Maria Hoecker, Rector of St. Columba's in Boothbay Harbor and President of the Diocesan Standing Committee said "We have been blessed by the Holy Spirit today with the election of Thomas Brown and the gifts he will bring as our next Bishop. We thank the Committees and all involved across the state for their prayerful, dedicated and faithful work, as well as the other nominees who were called to pursue this quest with us."
In addressing the Electing Convention following announcement of the results, Bishop-elect Brown commented, "during the walkabouts it was so clear to me that the church in Maine is living the good news of Jesus Christ. I am humbled and overjoyed to accept the invitation to join the people of Maine as their bishop."
The Bishop-elect told the delegates, "I give God thanks and praise for this call, and the opportunity to continue building the church in Maine on Christ the solid rock. Bishop Lane and his family, along with the diocesan staff, and every congregation are in my prayers as they continue in the holy work of transition. To God be the glory."
Bishop-elect Brown received his Master of Divinity from The Church Divinity School of the Pacific. In addition to his service at The Parish of the Epiphany, he has served as Rector of St. Michael Episcopal Church in Brattleboro, VT and as the Director of Alumni/ae and Church Relations at The Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. Bishop-elect Brown has held many leadership positions in The Episcopal Church and in the Diocese of Massachusetts.
Pending consent of a majority of the bishops with jurisdiction and the diocesan standing committees, Bishop-elect Brown will be ordained and consecrated on June 22nd at St. Luke's Cathedral in Portland. Presiding Bishop, Michael B. Curry will officiate. Bishop-elect Brown will succeed the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane who has served the Diocese since 2008 and will retire in June. The bishop-elect and his spouse, Rev. Thomas Mousin, will be moving to Maine later this Spring.
For more information, please visit http://bishopquest.episcopalmaine.org.
Almighty God, giver of every good gift:
Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those
who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese
that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your
people and equip us for our ministries;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
MDI+ Episcopal Churches:
Ash Wednesday Services
8:00 a.m. at Church of Our Father, Hull's Cove
12 noon at St. Saviour's, Bar Harbor
4:00 p.m. at St. John's, Southwest Harbor
Come Home for Supper returns on Saturday, March 2nd. The suppers, held at various parishioners' homes from St. John, St. Saviour, Church of Our Father and St. Mary & St. Jude, are a way for folks to become better acquainted and to increase the feeling of community in our island congregations through food, fellowship and fun! Sign up sheet is in the undercroft. If you would like more information or would like to host, please contact Rita Redfield, 244-4025.
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 or Mother Kathleen.
Schubert Song-Cycle at St. Saviour's
The Friends of Music at St. Saviour's have rescheduled this concert of Franz Schubert's song-cycle Winterreise ("The Winter Journey") on Sunday, February 24, at 4:00 pm, performed by baritone Jeffrey Heyl and pianist Daniel Pyle.
Winterreise is a set of 24 songs, on poems by the German poet and soldier Johann Müller, and set to music by Franz Schubert in 1828, the last year of his all-too-short life. They constitute a dramatic monologue, a series of meditations by a young man as he is journeying on foot in the heart of winter. He is leaving his home village, where he had formed a deep attachment to a young woman whom he hoped to marry, only to have her reject him in favor of another. As he wanders through the snowy countryside, the sights and sounds which he encounters trigger reflections on his grief and despair.
Jeffrey Heyl sings extensively in and around St. Louis, including Orff's Carmina Burana, Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the Beethoven 9th Symphony, Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem & Mahler's Songs of a Wayfayer with Robert Hart Baker and the St Louis Philharmonic, and the midwest premiere of Mark Hayes' Requiem with conductor Kevin McBeth. He has appeared with the St. Louis Symphony with conductors David Robertson, Nicholas MeCegan, John Starguard and in Robert Kapilow's Summer Sun, Winter Moon where he sang the part of Raven with the composer conducting. In the past two seasons he was bass soloist with the symphony in Beethoven's Mass in C, Nielsen's 3rd Symphony and Weill's Flight of Lindbergh. Dr. Heyl holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the Hartt School of Music, & the University of Iowa. He presently teaches at Millikin University and Maryville University.
Admission to the concert is free, but donations benefitting the Friends of Music will be welcome. The church is handicap accessible to all, and parking is available.
March on Mt. Desert Street will be held on Mardi Gras Tuesday, March 5. A progressive dinner starts at 5:15 with a short play by Connors Emerson students at the Abbe Museum; 5:30 Appetizers at the YMCA; 6:00 Salad at St. Saviour's; 6:30 Soup and Bread at Jessup Library; 7:00 Dessert at Bar Harbor Congregational Church. Free and Open to the Public.
Church of Our Father:
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be held at Church of Our Father this year on Tuesday, March 5, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. If you would like to help, please contact Mike Bullard (266-5913).
MDI COFFEE HOUSE: Held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the YWCA, 36 Main Street in Bar Harbor. Refreshments, musical entertainment and conversation. Bring a friend with you! Need a ride? Call Joan Bromage at 244-3227.
Free Meals in our community. Enjoy the great food, fellowship and warm hospitality!
- Second and Fourth Sundays—4:30 at Bar Harbor Baptist Church, 46 Ledgelawn St. Bar Harbor. Childcare provided.
- First Sunday each month starting May 6, 11:30-12:30, Seaside UCC, 8 Main St., Seal Harbor.
- Common Good Café, 19 Clark Point Road, Southwest Harbor, Mondays, 11:00-1:00.
- Mondays from 3-6 pm, Everybody Eats Free Community Meal, in the Parish Hall of St. Dunstan's Church, 134 State Street, Ellsworth.
- Tuesdays from 4-8 pm. Open Table MDI, Bar Harbor Congregational Church, 29 Mt. Desert Street.
- Wednesdays from 3-6 pm – Welcome Table - First Congregational Church - 2 Church St., Ellsworth
A Little Episcopalian History:
Reverend Absalom Jones
First African American Episcopal Priest
Absalom Jones was an abolitionist and clergyman. He was born enslaved to Abraham Wynkoop in 1746 in Delaware. Jones moved to Philadelphia after his master sold his plantation along with Absalom's mother and six siblings. Jones bought his wife Mary's freedom and later his master awarded Absalom emancipation in 1784. In 1787, with his friend Richard Allen, they founded the Free African Society, a mutual aid benevolent organization that was the first of its kind organized by and for black people. Jones was ordained a priest on September 21, 1802, faithfully serving the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia, a church which remains a vibrant congregation today.
Services at the Partnership Parishes:
St. Andrew & St. John
Sundays — 10:00 a.m.—Holy Eucharist
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.
Sundays—10:00 a.m. Eucharist
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30am—Morning Prayer
Wednesdays, 12:00 noon—Saint of the day & Healing Prayer Eucharist