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Worship Schedule

St. John the Divine

315 Main Street, Southwest Harbor


February 14, 2021
The Episcopal Diocese of Maine
Service in Honor of The Rev. Absalom Jones

7:30 a.m.


Links to other churches:
Cathedral of St. Luke is
(website is for info)
National Cathedral in Washington DC is
(website is 

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



Coffee Hour to meet Mother Holly
Sunday, February 14 at 11:00 AM

On Sunday, February 14 at 11:00 a.m. you are invited to a Zoom Coffee Hour to meet Mother Holly Hoffmann, our new Priest-in-Charge. This will be an informal gathering on Zoom for all parishioners. Mother Holly will also share an overview of the plans for observing Lent among the Episcopalians of MDI. 
If you have used Zoom before, simply click on the link in the invitation below and you will join the gathering. Having your correct name appear in Zoom will help Mother Holly place faces with names.  Thank you.
Meeting ID: 773 552 2951; Passcode: CoffeeHour

Lent on MDI

Please join together via Zoom for a shared meal on Shrove Tuesday,  February 16 at 5:30 PM.  Some will have traditional pancakes, others might choose jambalaya, some will want something else, or even nothing at all (just drop in to say hello)! We will join when we can during the allotted time, try to have a "room view" as we eat (so that no one is watching us chew too closely).  We will close with a prayer about 6:50 p.m. and finish our conversations by 7:00 p.m. 
This is a fabulous opportunity to meet Mother Holly. 
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 773 552 2951
Passcode: worship

Ashes for Ash Wednesday 
Following the Coffee Hour on Zoom on Sunday February 14, ashes will be available for pick up at each church for you to have at your home for the service offered on Zoom on Wednesday at noon.  Mother Holly will be outside the church in the parking lot at the following times, so she can say a quick hello to you in person when you are picking up the ashes.
         12:00-12:45 pm - St. Saviour's 
         1:00-1:45 pm - Church of Our Father 
         2:30 pm - St. John's
Ashes will also be available for pick up at your convenience at St. John's from 2:30 pm on Sunday through Ash Wednesday. Please make sure you also pick up the short devotional prayer pamphlet. 
If you need ashes delivered to your home, please contact the church office and arrangements will be made. Thank you in advance to the drivers who will assist in this delivery! 
Liturgical note: Ashes are not a required part of the liturgy, and they do not require imposition by a priest. (BCP 264)

The Episcopal churches on MDI will gather over Zoom for the simple and moving service of a Litany of Penitence at noon on Ash Wednesday, February 17. The service will be posted on the MDI YouTube channel shortly following the live service on Zoom. For those who wish to impose ashes upon themselves or within their family group as a part of this online service, ashes will be available for pick up at each church the Sunday prior to Ash Wednesday, February 14.  Ashes will be also available in the sanctuary at St. John the Divine from Sunday, February 14 (2:30-3:30)and through Ash Wednesday itself. If you need ashes delivered to your home, please contact the church so that arrangements can be made. 
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 773 552 2951
Passcode: worship


St. John's Calendar

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

Vestry Meeting will be on Monday, February 15 at 4:00 PM via Zoom.


At St. John's
Keep in your prayers this week:

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.


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

The next distribution date is Sunday, February 21 from 12:00 to 1:00.

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:



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.

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. 
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. On February 17.....Valentine music and songs with Tony Sousa on the piano and Lena Hatch singing! It can be seen on the MDI Episcopal You Tube channel. Click on the link below:



On Thursday, February 25 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. (via Zoom)
(1) Uncover common myths about hospice care and learn about hospice services which extend beyond what many people realize.
(2) Volunteer hospice service will be explained with the goal of serving patients earlier in their journeys.
(3) Information about other hospice services such as assistance with Advance Care Directives and bereavement support for families will be provided.
To register, please contact: 

Ellsworth Adult Education (664-7110) or
MDI Adult Education: (288-4703)  or
Websites: or

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: , 669-2208; or





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)
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