Prelude: Sleepers, wake! a voice astounds us by Joh. Sebastian Bach
Welcome: The Rev. Thomas Mousin
Hymn: 57 "Lo! he comes with clouds descending"
Opening Acclamation BCP pg. 355 Celebrant: Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit People: And blessed be God's Kingdom, now and forever. Amen.
Collect for Purity: Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Trisagion: Celebrant: Holy God Holy and Mighty Holy Immortal One, People: Have mercy upon us.
The Liturgy of the Word
Collect of the day: Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.Amen.
The First Reading: Isaiah 64:1-9 reader: Dick Salisbury A reading from the book of Isaiah O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence-- as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil-- to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him. You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed. We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity. Yet, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Do not be exceedingly angry, O LORD, and do not remember iniquity forever. Now consider, we are all your people.
The Word of the Lord Thanks be to God!
Psalm: 80:1-4,16-18(together)Qui regis Israel leader: Ted Fletcher
Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; * shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.
In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, * stir up your strength and come to help us.
Restore us, O God of hosts; * show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
O LORD God of hosts, * how long will you be angered despite the prayers of your people?
You have fed them with the bread of tears; * you have given them bowls of tears to drink.
You have made us the derision of our neighbors, * and our enemies laugh us to scorn.
Restore us, O God of hosts; * show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, * the son of man you have made so strong for yourself. And so will we never turn away from you; * give us life, that we may call upon your Name.
Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; * show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
The Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 reader: Karol Hagberg A reading from the book of Corinthians Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind-- just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you-- so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Word of the Lord Thanks be to God.
Gradual Hymn: 59 "Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding"
The Gospel: Mark 13:24-37 The Reverend Thomas Mousin The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Jesus said, "In those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in clouds' with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. "From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. "But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake." The Gospel of the Lord Praise to you, Lord Christ.
Homily The Reverend Thomas Mousin
Nicene Creed (together)BCP page 358 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: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. 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 and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He 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: Form II BCP page 385 Wayne Parlee I ask your prayers for God's people throughout the world; for our Bishops Michael and Thomas; for this gathering; and for all ministers and people. Pray for the Church. Silence I ask your prayers for peace; for goodwill among nations; and for the well-being of all people. Pray for justice and peace. Silence I ask your prayers for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, and those in prison. Pray for those in any need or trouble. Silence I ask your prayers for all who seek God, or a deeper knowledge of him. Pray that they may find and be found by him. Silence I ask your prayers for the departed. Pray for those who have died. Silence Members of the congregation may ask the prayers or the thanksgivings of those present I ask your prayers for ______ I ask your thanksgiving for______ Silence Praise God for those in every generation in whom Christ has been honored. Pray that we may have grace to glorify Christ in our own day. Silence
Confession and Absolution (together) BCP page 360 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 Holy Communion
Eucharistic Prayer B BCP pg. 367 Celebrant 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 everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. 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: Celebrant and People (spoken) 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.
Then the Celebrant continues We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life. On the night before he died for us, our Lord 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 he 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, according to his command, O Father,
Celebrant and People We remember his death, We proclaim his resurrection, We await his coming in glory;
The Celebrant continues And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine. We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with [ and] all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation. By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. Amen.
The Lord's Prayer BCP page 364 And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say, 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
Prayer of Spiritual Communion: Presider: Since now we are apart, let us pray:
In union, O Lord, with your faithful people at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I desire to offer to you praise and thanksgiving. Since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart. Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you. May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and in the life to come. Amen.
Post Communion Prayer Presider: Let us pray. Eternal God, you have graciously accepted us as living members of our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Savior. Amen.
Closing Hymn: 61 " 'Sleepers, wake!' a voice astounds us"
Postlude: Savior of the nations, come! by Joh. Sebastian Bach
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
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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)