Sunday, October 2, 2022

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP


Worship Reminder from the Parishes of
St. Andrew and St. John,
Church of Our Father,
& St. Saviour

Join Us for Worship Sunday, October 2:
The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

 
8:00 am Holy Eucharist
St. Andrew by-the-Lake, Seal Cove
Celebrant: The Rev Holly Hoffmann
click here for bulletin

9:00 am Morning Prayer

Church of Our Father, Hulls Cove
Officiant: Mike Bullard, Preaching: Tony Sousa
click here for bulletin

11:00 am *
St. Saviour's Parish, Bar Harbor
Celebrant: The Rev. Holly Hoffmann
click here for bulletin

5:00 pm Order of Worship for the Evening with Holy Eucharist 
St. John the Divine, Southwest Harbor
Celebrant: The Rev. Holly Hoffmann
click here for bulletin


*= these services will be streamed to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/MDIEPISCOPAL 
 

There will be a Island-wide worship held on October 23 and hosted by St. Mary's by-the-Sea.

 
You can always look to the online calendar to see the service schedule:
 
https://mdi-episcopal.org/mdi-calendar/
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If you are looking for other online worship,
please visit (click on church name): 
St. Luke's Cathedral at 10 am
The National Cathedral at 11:15 am

To support prayer at home, we will distribute this order of service.
Many thanks to the Rev. Stephen Muncie and the parish of St. Mary and St. Jude for sharing this resource with us.


Worship at Home:

Pentecost 17
 
When life's circumstances prevent us from attending Church.
 

The Greeting

 

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord

Jesus Christ.    -Philippians 1:2

 

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Silence may be kept.

 

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.

 

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins

through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all

goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in

eternal life. Amen.

 

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness:

Come let us adore him.

 

Jubilate      Psalm 100

 

Be joyful in the Lord, all you lands; *

    serve the Lord with gladness

    and come before his presence with a song.

Know this: The Lord himself is God; *

    he himself has made us, and we are his;

    we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;

go into his courts with praise; *

    give thanks to him and call upon his Name.

For the Lord is good;

his mercy is everlasting; *

    and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

 

The Lessons

 

The First Lesson

Lamentations 3:19-26

The thought of my affliction and my homelessness
is wormwood and gall!

My soul continually thinks of it
and is bowed down within me.

But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

"The Lord is my portion," says my soul,
"therefore I will hope in him."

The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul that seeks him.

It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.

 

 

The Response
 

Psalm 137

Super flumina

1 By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept, *
when we remembered you, O Zion.

2 As for our harps, we hung them up *
on the trees in the midst of that land.

3 For those who led us away captive asked us for a song,
and our oppressors called for mirth: *
"Sing us one of the songs of Zion."

4 How shall we sing the Lord'S song *
upon an alien soil.

5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, *
let my right hand forget its skill.

6 Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth
if I do not remember you, *
if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.

7 Remember the day of Jerusalem, O Lord,
against the people of Edom, *
who said, "Down with it! down with it!
even to the ground!"

8 O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, *
happy the one who pays you back
for what you have done to us!

9 Happy shall he be who takes your little ones, *
and dashes them against the rock!

The Second Lesson

Lamentations 1:1-6

How lonely sits the city
that once was full of people!

How like a widow she has become,
she that was great among the nations!

She that was a princess among the provinces
has become a vassal.

She weeps bitterly in the night,
with tears on her cheeks;

among all her lovers
she has no one to comfort her;

all her friends have dealt treacherously with her,
they have become her enemies.

Judah has gone into exile with suffering
and hard servitude;

she lives now among the nations,
and finds no resting place;

her pursuers have all overtaken her
in the midst of her distress.

The roads to Zion mourn,
for no one comes to the festivals;

all her gates are desolate,
her priests groan;

her young girls grieve,
and her lot is bitter.

Her foes have become the masters,
her enemies prosper,

because the Lord has made her suffer
for the multitude of her transgressions;

her children have gone away,
captives before the foe.

From daughter Zion has departed
all her majesty.

Her princes have become like stags
that find no pasture;

they fled without strength
before the pursuer.

 

The Gospel Lesson
 

Luke 17:5-10

The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" The Lord replied, "If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, `Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.

"Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, `Come here at once and take your place at the table'? Would you not rather say to him, `Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink'? Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, `We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!'"

 __________

 

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

Prayers are offered for the whole world; for peace on earth; for those we love; for the sick and the suffering; for those working to respond to the pandemic; for the poor, the hungry, the homeless, and the uninsured; for the dying and the dead; for those who mourn; and for our communities, friends, and neighbors, and for other prayer concerns.

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.
 

The Collect of the Day
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
 

Prayers of the People

God of Love,

in your kingdom

the poor are blessed,

the hungry filled,

and every tear is wiped away.

Hear us now as we pray

for all in need of your mercy.

 

For the Church: that we may bear witness to the depths of God's love for all people; in your mercy….  Hear our prayer.

For people of other faiths and for all who seek the truth: that we may respect one another and reveal God's compassion for the world; we pray especially for our Jewish friends and neighbors as they celebrate their High Holy Days; in your mercy…. Hear our prayer.

For Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Thomas, our bishop; and for the parishes of Mt. Desert Island: that we may do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God; in your mercy….  Hear our prayer.

For an increase in faith among us: that we may have courage to envision God's future for our lives, for our church, and for our world; in your mercy…. Hear our prayer.

For an end to violence and war; for the people of Ukraine; and for those we find it hardest to love: that God will lead the human family in paths of reconciliation and peace; in your mercy….  Hear our prayer.

For Joe, our President; Janet, our Governor; and for all seeking public office: that they may serve the common good and serve the best interests of our nation; in your mercy….  Hear our prayer.

For the hungry, the homeless, the addicted, and the abused: that God will lead us to care for them; in your mercy….  Hear our prayer.

For those who are recovering from Hurricanes Ian and Fiona, and for those who have lost their homes and livelihoods: that they may have hope for the future and receive the help they need; in your mercy…. Hear our prayer.

For all who travel, especially our friends and neighbors who are departing Mt Desert Island this month: that they may be kept in safety; in your mercy….  Hear our prayer.

For the sick and the suffering; for Skye Brickley, Jim Clunan, Carolyn Drew; Mary Ann Mahoney, De Witt Sage; and Kathy Suminsby; and for those on our Parish Prayer list.

I now invite you to offer the names of those you know who need our prayers….. (silence – then add); in your mercy…. Hear our prayer.

At Church of Our Father we pray for those in our prayer list.
 
At St. Andrew & St. John we pray for Christina Spurling, Bill Merrill, Bob Stanwood, Charles Sellick, Liz, Elizabeth Ward, Bunny Watts, Anne Wetzel, Chuck Bradshaw, Joan Bromage, Jean Storace, Spencer Ervin, Geoff Schuller, Doris McCorison, Gail Leland, Michael Shook, Joyce and Jim Risser, Loretta Schmidt, Theresa Mitchell, Fred & Dollis Sprague, Sara Winchenbach, Richard Ramsdell, Dorothy & Jim Clunan, Bill & Barbara Loveland.
 
At St. Saviour's Parish we pray for Don Allen, Bill Scott, Gregory Berube, Connie Brush, Yolanda Ferrari, Cheryl Kolodziej, Julie Grindle, Geoff Schuller, Eleanor Raynes, Howard Brush, John Stewart, Ruth Westphal, Gretchen Westphal, Gail Leland, Christopher Lebida, Christopher Walls, Linda Carman, Mary Smith, John Fibiger, Ray McDonald, Emily O'Connor, Sarah Cleaves, Nicholas, Janet Flood, Rachel, Mimi, Charlie, Sarah B., Dickie, Alex, Penny Ayer, Arletta Sullivan, and Anne Cleaves. 


For all who have died; we remember especially Theo Ferrara, Dick Salisbury, and those who have perished in Hurricane Ian: that they may dwell in the house of the Lord forever; in your mercy…. Hear our prayer.

For all who mourn: that God will comfort them in their sorrow and grant them resurrection hope; in your mercy….  Hear our prayer.

In thanksgiving for Kimberly Haller as she returns to offer her musical gifts with us; in your mercy...  Hear our prayer.

In thanksgiving for the many blessings in our lives, for our family members, friends, and neighbors; and in thanksgiving for the presence of our visitors and guests today; in your mercy…. Hear our prayer.

Concluding Collect

God of all the ages,

you have revealed your grace

in our Savior, Jesus Christ.

As we wait patiently on your mercies,

strengthen us to live in your justice,

that with open hearts we may hear

and accomplish your will,

through Christ, who lights the way to life everlasting. Amen.

 

Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts, Augsburg Fortress. The online Revised Common Lectionary is a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, a division of the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries.

For Those We Love

Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us to thy never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come, knowing that thou art doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.
 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore.

Amen.    2 Corinthians 13:14

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St. Andrew's and St. John's
PO Box 767
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679
GPS Location: 315 Main Street, Southwest Harbor, Maine 

207-244-3229       Email the Parish Office    http://standrewstjohn.blogspot.com 
St. Andrew's and St. John's parish office is staffed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9 am to 2 pm. 

Church of Our Father 
P.O. Box 186
Hulls Cove, Maine 04644
GPS Location: 91 State Highway 3, Bar Harbor, Maine

207-288-4849      Email The Parish Office        https://www.churchofourfather.org/
The church office is staffed Wednesday from 10 am to 1 pm. At other times please call or email the office, and we will respond to your message soon.  

St. Saviour's 
41 Mt. Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207-288-4215   Email the Parish Office
      www.StSaviours.me

St. Saviour's Parish office is staffed Tuesday from 10 am to 1 pm. At other times please call or email the office, and we will respond to your message soon.  


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For pastoral emergencies, please contact the Rev. Holly Hoffmann directly at 207-244-8144. 


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Join Us for Worship Sunday, October 2:
The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost


8:00 am Holy Eucharist
St. Andrew by-the-Lake, Seal Cove
Celebrant: The Rev Holly Hoffmann

click here for bulletin

9:00 am Morning Prayer

Church of Our Father, Hulls Cove
Officiant: Mike Bullard, Preaching: Tony Sousa

click here for bulletin


11:00 am *
St. Saviour's Parish, Bar Harbor
Celebrant: The Rev. Holly Hoffmann

click here for bulletin

5:00 pm Order of Worship for the Evening with Holy Eucharist
St. John the Divine, Southwest Harbor
Celebrant: The Rev. Holly Hoffmann
click here for bulletin


*= this services will be streamed to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/MDIEPISCOPAL 
 

Island-wide Shared Worship services on the island will resume October 23, hosted by St. Mary's by-the-Sea, Northeast Harbor.

You can always look to the online calendar to see the service schedule:
https://mdi-episcopal.org/mdi-calendar/

If you are looking for other online worship,
please visit (click on church name): 
St. Luke's Cathedral at 10 am
The National Cathedral at 11:15 am

 
Midweek Holy Eucharist on MDI
Wednesdays at Church of Our Father at 8 am

Using the readings appointed for the day in the Book of Common Prayer, 
we will have a service Holy Eucharist.
On the first Wednesday of the month, we will use a Rite I liturgy.
Covid Precautions:

If you are exhibiting any of the symptoms of Covid,
please choose to attend a service online. 

Our Covid protocols will be followed:
 
Vaccinations expected, unless medically prohibited
Everyone masked indoors
Socially distanced seating is available, not required

Outdoor coffee hour, weather permitting
Sanitize your hands prior to receiving Communion. 


The Bread and Wine are both offered at Communion.  Receiving the Bread only is a full communion. If individuals wish to receive the Wine, they should sip lightly from the Cup from the Chalice Bearer. For safety reasons, Intinction - dipping the Bread into the Wine - is not an option. 

God bless you for keeping our church, our community, 
and our loved ones safe.
 
If you or a close contact tests positive for Covid, please let Mother Holly know so we can support you in your recovery and communicate with the community as necessary about their possible exposure to the virus while maintaining confidentiality and pastoral privacy.
Assisting at Services

Perhaps you would enjoy serving on Sundays! We would love your support for our worship services: 
Acolytes, Greeters/Ushers, Lectors, Intercessors, Altar Guild, Flower Guild and Officiants for Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer (at St. John's). If you would like to help at any of our services, please contact the parish administrator of your church. Thank you!
Please Wear Your Name Tag to Church
Remember that wearing your name tag at worship is helpful to each other, Mother Holly, supply clergy, and to visitors! If you would like a new name tag, contact your Parish Administrator.
Pastoral Care Requests
Holy Communion: If you are unable to attend an in-person worship service and would like Holy Communion brought to you, please contact the church office (contact information is at the bottom of this email). We will arrange a time for the clergy, our Pastoral Care Associate Maribeth Payne, or a Eucharistic Visitors to bring the Sacrament to your home or hospital bedside.

Hospital Visits: If you or a loved one is in the hospital, please let Mother Holly know. She is glad to come visit you in the hospital or call you during your stay. 
News
Season of Creation September 1- October 4
Yes, it's time for caring for creation to be the focus of our worship in the Diocese of Maine!

"The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims God's handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the Earth, and their words to the end of the world." (Ps. 19:1-4)

The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment together. During the Season of Creation, the Episcopal Diocese of Maine joins our siblings in the ecumenical Christian family in prayer and action for our common home.The season starts today with the World Day of Prayer for Creation, and it ends on 4 October with the Feast of St.Francis of Assisi. 

The Climate Justice Council shared this letter last week welcoming us to prepare for the Season and pointing us toward liturgical resources.  Find these and more on the Creation Care page of our website. 

Here on MDI in the Partnership, we are using a form of Prayers of the People for the Season of Creation, which was composed by our diocesan "Earth Keeper", Linda Foster. We will also have a blessing of the animals on Sunday, October 2 on the Bar Harbor Village Green at 1 pm and in the field beside St. John the Divine, Southwest Harbor at 3 pm. Details to come! 
Bishop Brown Welcomes You to Convention Season!
Stay up to date with 2022 Diocesan Convention news
 
The 203rd Convention of the Diocese of Maine will convene online on Saturday, October 22. Clergy and delegates who are voting will meet via Zoom. The meeting will be livestreamed on YouTube for everyone to watch!

Finding Convention Information

Convention information is sent out in the weekly Clergy and Lay Leaders (CLL) email newsletter. We also have an all-in-one place diocesan convention webpage here. Scroll through to find the information you need.

If you'd rather subscribe to updates, all of the same info sent out in these enewsletters is also placed on our website's blog.

Afraid you missed something in a past newsletter? This page on the website lists all convention communications that have gone out. (To find it, type "Convention Communications" in the search bar.)

Finally, for all clergy and lay delegates, an "all you need to know" email will arrive in your inbox closer to convention time. 

Important Convention Dates

Mark the important dates below and watch for Town Hall invitations via email!
  • October 4 Budget, Rules of Order, Resolutions (Town Hall 7 pm)
  • October 11 Resolutions, Consent Calendar (Town Hall 7pm)
  • October 12 Changes to Certificate of Elected Delegates Due
  • October 12 Registration Deadline
  • October 18 Diocesan Convention (Town Hall 7 pm)
  • October 22 Day of Convention (Convenes at 9 am) 
  • October 25 Convention Debrief (Town Hall 7 pm)
Upcoming Events and Dates
October 2: Blessing of the Animals, 1 pm Bar Harbor Village Green & 3 pm beside St. John the Divine, Forsythe Field  



We will conclude our participation in the diocese's observation of the Season of Creation with our annual blessing of the animals on the observance of the Feast of St. Francis. We will have two locations: 1 pm on the Bar Harbor Village Green and 3 pm beside St. John the Divine in Southwest Harbor. We will join with our neighbors in prayer these ecumenical services.  
 
October 4: Save the date for a Memorial Service for Lucy Triplett at 1 pm at St. Saviour's with a reception outdoors. (The churches are not hosting indoor receptions at this time.)
October 5: Outreach Meeting, 9 am 

The Outreach, Evangelism, and Mission committee meets every first Wednesday at Church of Our Father after 8 am worship. Please join us Wednesday, October 5! 

We will discuss initiatives for the fall and winter, such as the Thanksgiving baskets and holiday gift cards we've participated in for many years. We will continue to discuss the invitation we received from St. Andrew's Lutheran, Ellsworth to co-sponsor the "adoption" of a Ukrainian family who is relocating to the greater Ellsworth area.  
 
October 10: Save the date for a memorial service for Dick Salisbury at Church of Our Father at 1 pm with a reception following at the Hulls Cove Schoolhouse.
October 11: Save the date for a graveside service for Barbara Sunderland at 1 pm
at Ledgelawn,
with a reception following outdoors
at St. Saviour's
Ready for a hike?
I am planning two nature hikes in October. The first one is on Tuesday, 10/11. This one will be an easy one as we will walk to Sand Beach from the Great Head parking lot. The path, which goes around the base of Great Head, leads us gently through the woods and ends at the beach. Round trip is a little over a mile. We will meet at the parking lot at 1 PM and should get us back to our cars by 2:30 or so. Please consider joining me for this.
 
The second walk is to Tilting Rock at the base of Day Mountain. Although it will require some elevation gain,(about 200 ft) it is gradual and about a mile to our destination. We will leave from the Day Mt parking lot on Rte 3 on Monday, 10/17 at around 1 PM. I'm hoping we will see great foliage colors while in the woods there. Again, I hope you can join me to see this little known, but amazing rock formation.
 
If you are interested in either or both of these walks, please contact me via email (linda@foster.net) or see me at church. It is always wonderful, soul healing and inspiring to spend time with God. There is no rain date, so if it's raining, it will be cancelled. 

 
Linda Foster
October 12: Bible Study with Rev. Stephen Muncie Resumes 
WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY will resume on October 12. 
We gather every Wednesday on Zoom from 10:30 am - 12 noon. All are welcome at any time.
Contact the Rev. Steve Muncie to receive the Zoom link at: stephenmuncie@mac.com
October 15: Evening Music series at St. Saviour's Continues at 4 pm

Evening Music continues with music for Flute, Piano, and Soprano
 
The second season of chamber-music concerts, Evening Music, continues on Saturday, October 15, with a program of music by Franz Schubert, Samuel Barber, and Cécile Chaminade, for flute, piano, and voice. Flutist Catherine Bull will be joined by pianist Ann Sears and soprano Sara Michale Smith, in the concert which begins at 4:00 pm in St. Saviour's Episcopal Church in Bar Harbor. Smith will sing Schubert's song "Trockene Blumen" ("Dry Flowers") from his song-cycle Die schoene Muellerin, after which Bull will play the Introduction and Variations on that same song, also by Schubert. The program will also include the Hermit Songs by Samuel Barber, a cycle of ten songs on texts by medieval Irish monks, along with Barber's "Canzona" for flute and piano, and "Portrait" a song for soprano, flute and piano by the French post-Impressionist composer Cécile Chaminade.
 
Catherine Bull is the flutist in the Baroque-ensemble Harmonie Universelle,  and has played with Blue Hill Bach and with Music in the Great North Woods. Before coming to Downeast Maine, she was principal flutist for the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra and the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta. Ann Sears is Professor of Music at Wheaton College in Norton MA, and has performed several times in Bar Harbor. 
 
The Evening Music series was inaugurated last year, to bring concerts of chamber-music to the year-round residents of MDI and the rest of the Downeast region. The concerts take place one Saturday of each month (except December) at 4:00 pm in the sanctuary of St. Saviour's Episcopal Church in Bar Harbor, presented by the Friends of Music at St. Saviour's. The admission for all concerts in the series is free, but donations are requested from the listeners in support of the Friends of Music. It is required of all audience-members to wear a mask. 
 
The Fall season of 2022 will continue with a another concerts of music for flute, piano, and voice, performed by flutist Catherine Bull and pianist Anne Sears with vocalist Marcia Gronewold Sly, on November 19.
October 17: Newsletter Photo and Article Deadline

All submissions for the newsletter "Upon This Rock" should be submitted to your parish administrator by today. Thank you! 
October 22: Diocesan Convention

Delegates, remember to register in time to receive the link. All can view the Convention at the YouTube channel of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine. 
October 23: Shared Worship
 
Island-wide worship  with SMSJ on the fourth Sunday of the month resumes on October 23, 2022
at St. Mary's by-the-Sea. 


The loose plate offertory collection at this service will go to support a shared outreach project.
 
October 26: Join us for our monthly Taize service

Outreach News
Ways to Support Those Suffering from Violence in Ukraine

Continue to pray for Ukraine and those in danger. 
Collect for Peace from the BCP:

Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquillity your dominion may increase until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 

To watch our prayer service for the Ukraine from August 3, go to: 
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Members of the Partnership parishes gathered in the first week of the month to discuss Outreach projects for the spring. There was a strong desire to focus our energies on promoting organizations that are helping those living in the Ukraine. Two organizations that are being recommended are:  

Episcopal Relief and Development
 is working closely with Anglican agencies and ecumenical partners to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of Ukrainian refugees in Europe. People quickly packed up and fled Ukraine to safety and are now in need of basic supplies and will need long-term support. Your contribution to the Episcopal Relief & Development International Disaster Response Fund will help provide clothing, food, water and other items. For more information on this organization, including instructions on how to give, visit: www.episcopalrelief.org or call 1.855.312.4325

Save the Children: UKRAINE CRISIS RELIEF FUND Ukraine's children are in grave danger of physical harm, severe emotional distress and mass displacement. Save the Children is concerned for children caught in the middle of armed conflict, forced from their homes in freezing temperatures, and exposed to injury, hunger and cold. Your donation to Save the Children's Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund can help provide children and families with immediate aid, such as food, water, hygiene kits, psychosocial support and cash assistance. Together, we can protect children in crisis. For more information on this organization, including instructions on how to give, visit: https://www.savethechildren.org
 
A helpful resource for evaluating charitable organizations is Charity Navigator: https://www.charitynavigator.org
Bar Harbor Food Pantry for Rest of the Summer
Once again thanks to all who have given in these times.  The Food Pantry appreciates our donations. There is a collection spot for non-perishable food items at Church of Our Father and St. Saviour's. Volunteers will transport them to the BHFP.
Thank you for your support!    Brad Berry

 
FELLOWSHIP
Sunday Fellowship Outdoors

As the warm weather continues, we will be having time after the services of worship for fellowship outside.

If you are interested in assisting with refreshments for these times, please be in touch with the parish administrator of your church, and she will connect you with others assisting in this ministry within our community.


At St. John's, speak with Dianne McMullan.
At Church of Our Father, speak with Joanne Sousa.
Covid Task Force Update
Our MDI Covid Task Force meets regularly to discuss our protocols.
 
Updates:
  • An area (not the whole worship space) will be marked off for Social distancing for those who want to sit in an area designated for this seating arrangement
  • To protect the most vulnerable, masking will required at all indoor gatherings for all people in attendance.
Note: Full vaccinations expected, unless medically prohibited. 

Covid Home Tests Extend Shelf Life

The US Food and Drug Administration has extended the dates for at home rapid tests for Covid. For more information and a list of test kits to which this applies, click here.

Growing in Faith
Weekly Sermons and More
The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
Sermon by the Rev. Holly Hoffmann at St. Saviour's Bar Harbor, ME September 25, 2022 " But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. [...] They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life." (Luke 16:19-31) Sermon begins at 2:53.