Ash Wednesday follows on March 5th. Services are at Noon and 6:00 PM.
The first Wednesday Evening Lenten Group will meet on March 9th at 5:30 PM. Soup and bread is provided, bring whatever else you’d like to share.
Serving with faith, love and joy
Wednesday evenings during LentMarch 12, 19 @5:30 – 7:30 PM April 2, 9 @5:30 – 7:30 PM March 26 at noon.
Everyone is welcome for prayer, supper and conversation. Let us know which session(s) you’ll be coming to. Bring your favorite dish. Sign up sheets are in the parish hall.
“A Season of the Spirit“, Lenten meditations by Martin Smith, will be available when they arrive from the publisher. Two copies are available for your perusal in the parish hall.
Lent comes from an old word, lengten, meaning lengthening of days. In our climate, the season brings a thawing of frozen ground. In our Christian tradition, we’re invited to soften our hardened hearts and enter a time of spiritual growth and awareness, awaiting the renewal of Easter.
During Lent, vestry members will invite everyone in the parish to a Wednesday evening. We’ll begin with evening prayer in the sanctuary and move to supper and a conversation in the parish hall. Fr. Warren will convene the discussion around a Biblical passage or a meditation from our Episcopal tradition. We’ll be keeping the attendance to 10-15 persons, so that we can better hear and appreciate each other. Please choose one of our five Wednesdays. You may want to come for more. We’ll have hearty soup and bread; we’d welcome other food offerings. One of the Wednesdays will be noonday prayer, and a lunch- especially for those reluctant to go out in the evening. Our schedule:
March 12 & 19;
April 2 & 9, 6:00-8:00pm;
March 26, noon-2:00pm
Happy New Year everyone!
The beginning of a new year always gives us reason to make a change if we choose to. Sometimes we get caught up in changes that others make because they somehow involve us. Some changes make us sad while others give us an opportunity to grow or be happier.
During 2013, we saw a lot of changes at St. Michael’s. Some were more obvious than others. The changes made to the classroom wing, the hallways and bathrooms and the sacristy were major physical changes that allowed us to take a deep breath and say “yes, this is good.” Some were more subtle like closets cleaned out, a window replaced in the stairway to the undercroft and the emergency exit to the undercroft which no one ever sees. As a safety issue, it was re-constructed.
The more dramatic changes were when Fr. Jim retired (for real) at the end of July. He was one of the greatest priests St. Michael’s has ever seen who took us from broken hearts to mended minds. He was here as a supply priest first and eventually became an interim. We will never forget Fr. Jim and will always want to call him our friend. We are grateful for what he did for us. Then followed Fr. Dan, whom we spent the latter half of last year adjusting to and he to us. We are thankful for finding Fr. Dan with such a short list of available priests for our parish profile.
Now comes 2014 and what is in store for this new year? We have a few things for you to think about.
One of the gifts St. Michael’s has is its gift of talents. We are graced with the talent of music; choir and now children’s choir. Every Sunday, we have available to us a service that includes music complete with an organist and people leading us in heartfelt song. We also have the benefit of a Sunday School program that includes Godly Play followed by a crafts time where children create from what they have learned and an Inquirers’ Class for adult learning. This is preceded by a Joyful Noise children’s choir rehearsal where the kids not only learn songs, but learn about music, rhythm, pitch and so on.
We have many other talents as well. We have book groups, an exemplary Outreach program that has a planned program each month to give, to help, to reach out to those in need…and they lead us to do that. We have a Treasurer and a dedicated Finance Committee that has brought us into compliance with canons, monitors our spending and income and helps us invest our endowments to the benefit of our parish and outreach. We have Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEVs) that go out to give communion to those who can’t come to church, acolytes, readers, chalice bearers, altar guild members who prepare the table and the list goes on and on.
As you can see and appreciate, many people come together to make it all happen, and happen out of the goodness of their hearts for the love of God.
In 2014, we will be taking a very focused look at where we as a parish are going in accordance with the goals of the diocese. Bishop Lane described at convention in 2012, his intention to form a group to discuss holy conversations in an effort to begin the talk. In his address, he described:
“We are God’s people and we are empowered by baptism to participate in God’s ministry of reconciliation. In order to share in the ministry of reconciliation, we have to know our neighbors and to understand their needs. In many ways, the contemporary church is isolated from and hostile towards the culture in which it lives. We are suspicious of people who are not part of the church. We must overcome the separation between the church and the culture if we are to have meaningful opportunities to help reconcile the world to God.”
We at St. Michael’s must continue to be a part of this discussion and work towards inviting people in by stepping into their midst and listening. For it is by listening that we become a part of their conversations and they then become a part of ours.
We look for your input on how we can best serve our neighbors and bring them into the realm of God’s people. As a vestry, we will be spending a lot of time discussing this and suggesting and recommending ways that we as a parish can fulfill this undertaking. We need to look at our Sunday mornings and assess whether together are fulfilling our spiritual quest or just going through the motions. Are we serving young and old and in-betweens as best as we can? Are we taking care of your neighbors as Jesus exemplified? Are we inviting or just welcoming. Read this linked article to learn how we need to step out of our pews and get out on the street with the people that need us most. We are all apostles after all.
Paul & Evelyn
Stay tuned to Channels, 6,8 & 13 for any changes in services Sunday, Dec 22 relating to the pending ice storm. You will also be notified via this email, on the website and on Facebook. The decision will only be made at 6:00AM in the morning.
If you have any questions in the morning or wish to verify, call Paul Beaudette at 577-1948.
Dearly Beloved of St. Michael’s,
How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven.
No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive him, still the dear Christ enters in.
Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 5:00pm
Candlelight Festival Eucharist with Creche Service
A choral introit will give way to a children’s creche service. We’ll light the final white candle on the Advent wreath and hear the bidding prayer call us all into wonder, praise, and thanksgiving. Adult and children’s choirs will lead our carols, through communion to the candlelight procession into the blessed night.
Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 10:00am, Holy Eucharist
Sunday after Christmas, Dec. 29, 10:00am Lessons and Carols
Second Sunday of Christmas, Jan. 5, 10:00am a Christmas Pageant, with Eucharist
Please note, there will be no 8:00am services through Christmastide.
It is a great joy to anticipate welcoming, receiving, and sharing the coming of our Lord.
The Rev. Daniel Warren
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Everyone interested in serving on the altar, there will be an acolyte training on Thursday at 4:00. Adults and children included. Children that carry candles or book need not attend this time.
The Rev. Daniel Warren grew up in Windsor, CT along the Connecticut River north of Hartford. He attended the Windsor Public Schools, graduated from Yale University, and taught at the East Harlem Block Schools in New York City before attending the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. He has served parishes in Toledo, OH, New York City, Providence RI, and most recently in Brunswick, ME. He is married to Meg Little Warren, who is now teaching immigrants for Portland Adult Education. Fr. Dan has also served as an associate chaplain at Bates College and participated in the multi-faith chaplaincy at Maine Medical Center.
They have two young adult sons who live in Somerville, MA and Seattle, WA. Fr. Warren enjoys singing, painting, and the many outdoor activities in Maine.
One of the key characteristics that drew Fr. Dan was to St. Michael’s is his love for Sundays and his need to celebrate Holy Eucharist. Since he retired from St. Paul’s in Brunswick, Fr. Dan has longed for that time even though he had been attending and singing each Sunday. His commitment to Sundays was a perfect match for the St. Michael’s family. Also, he has been loyal to the pastoral needs of his parishioners and has provided spiritual leadership.
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church is an active congregation performing many outreach programs, tending to the pastoral needs of its parishioners as well as those in need in local care facilities. Masses are held each Sunday at 8:00AM and at 10:00AM with music. The children’s Joyful Noise Choir rehearses at 8:30AM and Sunday School starts at 9:00AM. Visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/385792211448512/.