The Welcome Opening Sentence of Scripture BCP page 77 Officiant: Grace to you and Peace from God our Father and the Lord, Jesus Christ
Opening Hymn: 558 - Faith of our fathers
Confession and Assurance of Absolution: BCP page 79 Officiant: Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor People: 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. Officiant: Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you an all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen.
The Invitatory and Psalter
Opening dialogue: BCP page 80 Officiant: Lord, open our lips, People: And our mouth shall proclaim your praise All: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning is now, and will be forever. Amen. Alleluia.
Invitatory: Venite Psalm 95:1-7(spoken in unison, leader: officiant) Come, let us sing to the Lord; * let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving * and raise a loud shout to him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, * and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the caverns of the earth, * and the heights of the hills are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, * and his hands have molded the dry land. Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, * and kneel before the Lord our Maker. For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. * Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!
Psalm 22:22-30 Deus, Deus Leaders: Pat and Roger Samuel 22 Praise the Lord, you that fear him; * stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel; all you of Jacob's line, give glory. 23 For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty; neither does he hide his face from them; * but when they cry to him he hears them. 24 My praise is of him in the great assembly; * I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship him. 25 The poor shall eat and be satisfied, and those who seek the Lord shall praise him: * "May your heart live for ever!" 26 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, * and all the families of the nations shall bow before him. 27 For kingship belongs to the Lord; * he rules over the nations. 28 To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; * all who go down to the dust fall before him. 29 My soul shall live for him; my descendants shall serve him; * they shall be known as the Lord'S for ever. 30 They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn * the saving deeds that he has done.
First Lesson: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 reader: Lauri Fernald
A Reading from the book of Genesis When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, "I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous." Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, "As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. God said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her." Here ends the reading.
Second Lesson:Romans 4:13-25reader: Don Whalen A reading from the book of Romans For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations") —in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become "the father of many nations," according to what was said, "So numerous shall your descendants be." He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith "was reckoned to him as righteousness." Now the words, "it was reckoned to him," were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification. Here ends the reading.
Hymn: 691 - My faith looks up to thee
Gospel Reading: Mark 8:31-38 reader: The Rev. Holly Hoffmann
A Reading from the Gospel of Mark Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things." He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." Here ends the reading.
Homily - The Rev. William Hague
The Apostles' Creed(in unison) BCP page 96 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
The Lord's Prayer (in unison) BCP page 97 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 Suffrages, A BCP page 97 officiant leads 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.
Collect of the Day: officiant O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Prayers of the People leaders: Ted and Joan Bromage The Leader and People pray responsively
God of Love, in your mercy hear the prayers of your children who come before you. For all who seek to follow God's way of love in the world For the Church in every land For Michael, our Presiding Bishop For Thomas, our Bishop And for the parishes of Mt Desert Island, God of Love, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For peace on earth, For an end to violence, war, and oppression, For the leaders of the nations, And for all who are called to govern and serve your people, God of Love, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For those who work to overcome racism For refugees and their children For those serving in the armed forces and law enforcement, and for all first responders God of Love, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For a blessing on the earth, For those facing wildfires and hurricanes, For the poor, the hungry, and the homeless for the unemployed, the uninsured, and the desperate And for the addicted, the abandoned, and the abused, God of Love, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For those we find it hardest to love, For those who have hurt us in the past, And for all those the Church has injured or offended, God of Love, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We ask your healing mercies upon all who are sick and suffering, For the hospitalized and the homebound, And for those in assisted living; We now remember all those we love and care for who are in any need or trouble; I invite you to offer your own prayer concerns, either silently or aloud…. (a period of silence, then say)… God of Love, in your mercy… hear our prayer.
For all who have died. We give thanks for the life of Brian Reed, cousin of Linda Foster, who died this past week. Please hold Brian's family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. We remember also the family and friends of Fr. Bob Raymond and of Bob Theriault and those who have died in the pandemic; And we pray for all who grieve and mourn; God of Love, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We give you thanks this day for the children of the world, for our family members, friends, and neighbors, and for our many blessings, God of Love, in your mercy… hear our prayer.
Silence The People may add their own petitions.
The General Thanksgiving (in unison) BCP page 836 officiant leads Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love. We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side. We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us. We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone. Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying, through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom. Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know him and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.
The Prayer of St. Chrysostom (in unison)BCP page 102 officiant leads 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.
Closing Hymn: 401 - The God of Abraham praise
Postlude: On Eagle's Wings by Rev. Jan Michael Joncas ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Ministers of the Service: Officiant The Rev. Holly Hoffmann Preacher: The Rev. William Hague Music: Tony Sousa and Daniel Pyle Vocalist: Lena Hatch First Lesson: Lauri Fernald Second Lesson: Don Whalen Psalm: Pat and Roger Samuel Prayer Leaders: Ted and Joan Bromage Service Facilitator: Jayne Ashworth
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 The Rev. Holly Hoffman will be in the church office on Thursdays (244-3229); at other times please call Gen MacKenzie, 244-7313 Ted Fletcher, 266-8415
Remembering Those We Have Lost to Covid-19 At noon on Sunday, February 28, several Mount Desert Island churches will join in a bell ringing to honor and memorialize Americans lost to COVID-19.
"Our bells will ring for five minutes — one minute for every 100,000 American lives lost to COVID-19," says Gail Leiser of St. Saviour's Episcopal Parish in Bar Harbor, one of the participating churches. "This observance is a message of unity and remembrance during the COVID- 19 pandemic and is one of inclusiveness for people of all faith traditions and political ideologies. We hope that people will hear the bells and take time to pause, reflect and find strength to continue during this national health crisis."
Additionally, a prayer service will be offered that evening over Zoom, led by the Rev. Holly Hoffmann at 5:00 pm. There will be a time in the service to light a candle in your home in memory of those lost to the coronavirus, so you may want to have a candle ready to light if you care to do so. The service will be recorded and posted to the MDI YouTube channel for those unable to attend at this time. If you do not wish to have your image on the recording, please turn off your camera. To learn how to make sure you are running the most up to date version of Zoom, visit: https://youtu.be/E7zERcVLUBM
Praying through Lent and Discussion Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.
Mother Holly will offer a time to gather together on Zoom to pray and to discuss our experiences with the Lenten reader, A Season of the Spirit by Martin Smith. It will be held on Wednesday afternoons at 4 pm. Amazon.com describes the book, "Originally commissioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1991, A Season for the Spirit provides forty daily meditations for Lent, leading us on a journey of discovery in which we find that Christ, through the Spirit, embraces every aspect of our humanity. Each meditation concludes with a prayer and passage of scripture or quotation for further reflection and study."
This is a drop in time for prayer and discussion. Come every week or as your schedule allows. Mother Holly is looking forward to praying with you and getting to know you through these gatherings! The Zoom link listed below will be the same for each week.
Or dial by your location +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) Meeting ID: 825 3914 2758
ZOOM INSTRUCTIONS If you have never used Zoom before, you will need to download the application when you click the link for the service. Then, Zoom will connect you to other people gathering online for fellowship. This short, helpful video walks you through how to use Zoom for the very first time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9isp3qPeQ0E
St. John's Calendar
The full St. John's Calendar can be viewed <HERE>.
At St. John's Keep in your prayers this week:
Paul Haertel, Chuck Bradshaw, Ted Bromage, Jean Storace, Spencer Ervin, Geoff Schuller, Doris McCorison, Gail Leland, Jeremy Harkins, Michael Shook, Joyce and Jim Risser, Loretta Schmidt, Theresa Mitchell, David Douglass, Fred & Dollis Sprague, Sara Winchenbach, Ray & Susan McDonald, Richard Ramsdell, 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 date is Sunday, March 7 from 12:00 to 2:00.
We invite you to visit the facebook page for the Westside Food Pantry! 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/
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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AT ST. LUKE'S: Contemplative Prayer, a prayer of silence, is also known as centering prayer, listening prayer, breath prayer, and prayer of the heart. Join us as we open our minds and hearts to God. We meet via Zoom on Thursdays at 4:30 pm. Click here to join us.
Compline is an ancient service of night prayers that stretches back to Saint Benedict. A perfect way to have a meditative end to the day and prepare for the quietness of night. Join Tom and Emma Flinn Monday, Wednesday and Fridays and Jonathan Radtke Tuesday and Thursdays at 8:15 pm. Join our evening compline service via ZOOM!
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.
The Good Food Box: The MDI Food Access Project provides weekly vegetarian healthy meals, non-perishable food, and fresh produce to residents of MDI, the Outer Islands, and Trenton. The food delivery van stops at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church; The Neighborhood House in NEH, and the Community Health Center in SWH. To participate in this program you may complete a short registration form and be a current resident of Hancock County. To request more information: firstname.lastname@example.org , 669-2208; or www.opentablemdi.org
FREE MEALS AVAILABLE: Open Table MDI exists to inspire strong, loving, and inclusive communities by bringing people together to share in nourishing food. A free takeout meal is available for pickup each Tuesday from 4:00-6:00pm at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church, 29 Mount Desert St.,Bar Harbor. Delivery, based on need, is also available by calling/texting 207.664.9026 or by emailing email@example.com. Visit their website at www.opentablemdi.org.
Everybody Eats Free Community Meal is a project whose goal is to provide free, healthful and wholesome meals to the Ellsworth community. Free takeout meals are available every Mondayfrom2:30 - 4:30 pm at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, 134 State St. Ellsworth.
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)