Saturday, May 30, 2020

MDI Sunday bulletin for 5-31-20

St. Andrew & St. John Episcopal Church
Southwest Harbor, Maine

Day of Pentecost
May 31, 2020
10:00 AM
Fr. Stephen Muncie

St. Mary and St. Jude Episcopal Church

Click Here for Online Worship at 10 am

Prelude   "Suite for Unaccompanied Cello BWV 1011 in C minor", by J.S. Bach
Clare Monfredo
Hymn 225    "Hail thee, festival day!"
Opening Sentence
Officiant Alleluia! Christ is Risen
People The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Officiant You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come up on you; and you shall be my witness in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8
Confession of Sin         
Officiant to the people
Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.
Officiant and People together
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.
The Officiant says
Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.
The Invitatory and Psalter       
Officiant Lord, open our lips.
People And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Officiant and People
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.
Alleluia. The Spirit of the Lord renews the face of the earth: 
Come let us adore him. Alleluia.
Christ our Passover Pascha nostrum
Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us; *
therefore let us keep the feast,
Not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, *
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia.
Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; *
death no longer has dominion over him.
The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; *
but the life he lives, he lives to God.
So also consider yourselves dead to sin, *
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Alleluia.
Christ has been raised from the dead, *
the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since by a man came death, *
by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, *
so also in Christ shall all be made alive. Alleluia.
Alleluia. The Spirit of the Lord renews the face of the earth:  
Come let us adore him. Alleluia.
Psalm 104:25-35, 37: Read by Pamela Smith
25 O Lord, how manifold are your works! *
in wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
26 Yonder is the great and wide sea
with its living things too many to number, *
creatures both small and great.
27 There move the ships, and there is that Leviathan, *
which you have made for the sport of it.
28 All of them look to you *
to give them their food in due season.
29 You give it to them; they gather it; *
you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.
30 You hide your face, and they are terrified; *
you take away their breath,
and they die and return to their dust.
31 You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; *
and so you renew the face of the earth.
32 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever; *
may the Lord rejoice in all his works.
33 He looks at the earth and it trembles; *
he touches the mountains and they smoke.
34 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; *
I will praise my God while I have my being.
35 May these words of mine please him; *
I will rejoice in the Lord.
37 Bless the Lord, O my soul. *
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. 
The First Lesson: Read by Tony Sousa                                                    Acts 2:1-21
            When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
            Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs-- in our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power." All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?" But others sneered and said, "They are filled with new wine."
            But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
`In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord's great and glorious day.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.' "
Reader The Word of the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.
Canticle DA Song of the Wilderness                    The Rev. William Hague
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, * 
 the desert shall rejoice and blossom;
It shall blossom abundantly, * 
  and rejoice with joy and singing.
They shall see the glory of the Lord, * 
  the majesty of our God.
Strengthen the weary hands, * 
  and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to the anxious, "Be strong, do not fear! *
  Here is your God, coming with judgment to save you."
Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, * 
  and the ears of the deaf be unstopped.
Then shall the lame leap like a deer, *
and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. 
For waters shall break forth in the wilderness *
  and streams in the desert;
The burning sand shall become a pool *
  and the thirsty ground, springs of water.
The ransomed of God shall return with singing, *
 with everlasting joy upon their heads. 
Joy and gladness shall be theirs, *
  and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. 
Glory to the Father and to the Son, *
  and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.
The Second Lesson: Read by Jim Vallette           1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
            No one can say "Jesus is Lord" except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.
            For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body-- Jews or Greeks, slaves or free-- and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
Reader The Word of the Lord
People Thanks be to God.
Canticle G: A Song of Ezekiel                    The Rev. William Hague
I will take you from among all nations; *
  and gather you from all lands to bring you home.
I will sprinkle clean water upon you; *
  and purify you from false gods and uncleanness.
A new heart I will give you *
  and a new spirit put within you.
I will take the stone heart from your chest * 
  and give you a heart of flesh.
I will help you walk in my laws *
  and cherish my commandments and do them.
You shall be my people, * 
  and I will be your God. 
Glory to the Father and to the Son, *
  and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
  and will be for ever. Amen.
The Third Lesson: Read by Jayne Ashworth                 John 20:19-23
            When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."
Reader The Word of the Lord.
People Thanks be to God.
Sermon                                  The Rev. Stephen Muncie
The Apostles' Creed        
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Prayers
Officiant The Lord be with you.
People And also with you.
Officiant Let us pray.
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Suffrages A
V. Show us your mercy, O Lord;
R. And grant us your salvation.
V. Clothe your ministers with righteousness;
R. Let your people sing with joy.
V. Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;
R. For only in you can we live in safety.
V. Lord, keep this nation under your care;
R. And guide us in the way of justice and truth.
V. Let your way be known upon earth;
R. Your saving health among all nations.
V. Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten;
R. Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
V. Create in us clean hearts, O God;
R. And sustain us with your Holy Spirit.
The Collect for the Day of Pentecost
Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
A Collect for Sundays         
O God, you make us glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son our Lord: Give us this day such blessing through our worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Collect for Guidance
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Hymn 504 "Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire"
The Prayers of the People: Read by Kate Berry
Holy God, you gave your Church the gifts of the Spirit so that we might build your kingdom on earth. Now hear us as together we pray, "Come, Holy Spirit."
For the gift of unity: that God will bring an end to the sad divisions that separate the human family, and help us to work together for the good of all people; let us pray…  Come, Holy Spirit.
For the gift of peace: that God will deliver us from the sin of violence and war, and turn our hearts from hatred to compassion; let us pray…   Come, Holy Spirit.
For the gift of faith: that we may recognize Christ in one another and make him known through acts of loving kindness; let us pray…  Come, Holy Spirit.
For the gift of hope: that we may resist despair in the midst of this global pandemic and commit ourselves to build God's promised future; let us pray…   Come, Holy Spirit.
For the gift of love: that we may offer ourselves in service to others, especially those we find it hardest to love; let us pray…  Come, Holy Spirit.
For the gift of justice: that the poor, the oppressed, and the abused may be delivered from bondage, and come to know their dignity as daughters and sons of God; let us pray… Come, Holy Spirit.
For the gift of healing: that God will strengthen all who are burdened with illness, especially those who are suffering from Covid-19; let us pray…   Come, Holy Spirit. 
I now invite you to offer the names of those you know who are in any need or trouble….(silence)….; let us pray…   Come, Holy Spirit.
For the gift of forgiveness: that God will free us to forgive as we have been forgiven; let us pray…  Come, Holy Spirit.
For the gift of reverence: that we may protect and preserve God's creation, this fragile earth, our island home; let us pray…  Come, Holy Spirit.
For the gift of life: that God will be merciful to all who have died and comfort those who mourn; let us pray…  Come, Holy Spirit.
For the gift of gratitude: that we may remember our many blessings; let us pray…  Come, Holy Spirit.
For the gift of joy: that we may celebrate one another, especially our sisters and brothers at St Saviour's, Church of Our Father, St. Andrew & St John, and St Mary & St Jude, and rejoice in the presence of all who are worshipping with us today; let us pray…  Come,  Holy Spirit.
The General Thanksgiving     
Officiant and People
Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and
to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen
A Prayer of St. Chrysostom
Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.
Officiant Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia. Alleluia.
People Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia.
Officiant The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy
Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen2 Corinthians 13:14
Blessing for Pentecost
May Almighty God, who enlightened the minds of the disciples by pouring out upon them the Holy Spirit, make you rich with his blessing, that you may abound more and more in that Spirit for ever. Amen.
May God, who sent the Holy Spirit as a flame of fire that rested upon the heads of the disciples, burn out all evil from your hearts, and make them shine with the pure light of his presence. Amen.
May God, who by the Holy Spirit caused those of many tongues to proclaim Jesus as Lord, strengthen your faith and send you out to bear witness to him in word and deed. Amen.
And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever. Amen.
Hymn 506     "Praise the Spirit in creation"
Postlude "Suite for Unaccompanied Cello BWV 1011 in C minor, Gavottes I, II and Gigue", by J.S. Bach               Clare Monfredo
* The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission. The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

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St. John the Divine

315 Main Street, Southwest Harbor

Sunday, May 31, Pentecost Sunday
St. Mary and St. Jude
The Reverend Stephen Muncie, Celebrant
10:00 a.m.

Links to other churches:
Cathedral of St. Luke is
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National Cathedral in Washington DC is
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St. John the Divine is temporarily closed.
If you need help or need to talk with someone, please call
Gen MacKenzie, 244-7313
Ted Fletcher, 266-8415



From the Wardens:
Bishop Brown has requested that churches continue their online services during June, even though the CDC now permits in person worship services. We all miss worshiping together "in person" at St. Andrew and St. John. Hopefully, we will be together again in July!
Worship services for June will continue online rotation between the MDI Episcopal Churches. This includes the Thursday Evening Prayer Service. As you may be aware, Rev. Stephen Muncie has conducted Zoom bible studies on Wednesdays mornings. A session on 1 Samuel will begin next week.
At the May 17th Vestry Meeting, the Nominating Committee presented the slate of nominees. They are: Pamela Hattem—1 year vestry term (filling a vacancy); Edie Stanwood—2nd vestry term; Ted Fletcher—2nd term Junior Warden; Rita Redfield—Clerk; Paul Haertel—Treasurer; Rita Redfield—Representative to Annual Convention; and Bob Stanwood—Representative to the Annual Convention. Liz Erickson will continue with the FIC as Assistant Treasurer. One vestry position remains open.
Our Annual Meeting will be June 29th at 4 PM on Zoom. The agenda includes the following:
1. Approval of June 2019 minutes;
2. Election of Vestry members and representatives to the Annual Convention;
3. Approval of Annual Reports.
In order to conduct the Annual Meeting a quorum of 20 is required. Please plan to attend. The Annual Report will be available both online and at the church. More information will be available for accessing the Annual Meeting on Zoom.
For many of us, this has been a time to reflect on our lives. It has been a quiet time to examine what is important to us and to those we love. May God guide you. May He guide St. Andrew and St. John and all the MDI churches.

Gen MacKenzie, Senior Warden
Ted Fletcher, Junior Warden


Reflection from Ted Fletcher
(The Rev.) John Burton's wonderful, insightful, sermon last Sunday, May 24th, put me in mind of this Emily Dickinson poem – one of her "gorgeous nothings:"
The Brain—is wider than the Sky—
For—put them side by side—
The one the other will contain
With ease—and you—beside—
The Brain is deeper than the sea—
For—hold them—Blue to Blue—
The one the other will absorb—
As sponges—Buckets—do—
The Brain is just the weight of God—
For—Heft them—Pound for Pound—
And they will differ—if they do—
As Syllable from Sound—
Emily Dickinson, c. 1862 
Far be for me to endorse or not to endorse Dickinson's Transcendentalism, lest I invite further ecclesiastical discipline – yet again, but you might seek out Bill Hawley's wonderful settings of some of Dickinson's poem here:

When we "re-gather," we are all going to have to find new ways to bring God's creative generosity to the world around us. John Burton has given us a good suggestion in one way to do that.
[1] No.632 in the Little Brown edition, 1890.



St. John's Calendar

The full St. John's Calendar can be viewed <HERE>

All meetings have been cancelled until further notice.



At St. John's

Keep in your prayers this week:

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:

Upcoming distribution Sundays are as follows: June 7 and 21.  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 at St. John's.



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.



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 will be 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 will be 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:

St. Saviour's 
Thursdays at 5:30 pm Zoom Evening Prayer. The invitation is below.  You can call in or join by touch tone, smart phone, ipad or computer! 

Our Thursday Evening Worship will look a bit different this week. Rather than Evening Prayer, we will meet on Zoom to reflect upon the "Homework" Prayer Exercise that Fr. John Burton provided at the end of Sunday's MDI worship service.

We will conclude with the Daily Devotion for Early Evening from the BCP.
Meeting ID: 814 8666 7602   Password: 787839
Or on a touchtone phone, dial by your location
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
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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 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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