A New Look!! For the New Season!!

Dear friends,

Welcome to Lent 2015 and the new look for the St. Francis by the Sea website. This new form and format gives us the opportunity to get more news out to you in a timely fashion.  It will enable us to tell our stories more deeply than we are able to do in the wonderful eClare email newsletters that you have come to love so much. In a very real sense this new website is a 21st Century Franciscan (our former print newsletter).

The Rev. Claudia Smith Rector St. Francis by the Sea

The Rev. Claudia Smith
Rector St. Francis by the Sea

In this season of Lent as we walk with Jesus toward Jerusalem, in one sense spiritually we are on a journey to discover what it means that God took on human flesh to be one with us. We are on no less of a journey as we live into a new way of telling the story of St. Francis by the Sea and it’s people. Please check back often to see what is happening. If you would like to be notified when a new article is posted simply subscribe in the column on your right and changes will automatically show up in your email inbox.

Communications have come a long way from Jesus traveling around with his small band of followers, Continue reading

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Holy Week at St. Francis

St. Francis by the Sea will hold four services during Holy Week, commemorating Jesus’ finals days before his death, and resurrection. These services are: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, an Easter Vigil, and an Easter Sunday Celebration.

Thursday, April 2, 7 p.m. The Maundy Thursday Service will be held to commemorate Jesus’ last supper with his friends and his commandment, “As I have loved you, you should also love one another.” (John 13:34). Following the ancient tradition, based on Jesus’ washing of the disciples feet, the congregation will be offered the option to participate in having their feet washed as well. The service ends on a poignant note as the congregation recites Psalm 22 in unison “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” as the alter and all decorative furnishings are removed and the lights go dim; communicants will leave in silence.

Friday, April 3, noon. The Good Friday Ecumenical Service will be held to commemorate Jesus’ crucifixion. Clergy and members of the congregations of the First Baptist and First Congregational churches in Blue Hill will join those from St. Francis in a deeply meaningful service of The Stations of the Cross. Using the various medium of art, music, prayers and mediation, this service enables participants to walk the final steps of Jesus on his way to the cross, without ever leaving their seats. Come and join us for this very moving service.

Saturday, April 4, 7 p.m. Easter Vigil The service begins in darkness as the new light of Christ’s radiance is ignited marking Jesus’ passing over from death to life. It is by this light that the sacred story of God’s saving acts are told, prayer and praise are offered, and we celebrate the Easter sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist. Drawing on this ancient tradition therefore, this service becomes the first celebration of Jesus’s resurrection at Easter.

Sunday, April 5, 10 a.m. A Festival Eucharist will be held as the high point of the week. Jesus’ resurrection will be celebrated with word, special music, and flowers symbolizing Christ’s new life among us.

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You can listen to Sunday’s St. Francis Sermon

March 22, 2015 Sermon by Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith

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There were poets before Shakespeare?

Yes! Consider all of the “Poetry In The Bible”. And now you can learn all about it.

“Poetry in the Bible” is being taught by our own Vesta Kowalski.
Dates and Time: Tuesdays, April 7,14,21,28 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Location: Right here at St. Francis by the Sea

The Bible is, although often not thought of as, a library of literary materials in a variety of genres. Many of those genres use poetry to convey their divers kinds of messages to a generally pre-literate society. After a brief introduction to the mechanics of Hebrew poetry, participants in this colloquy will read and discuss samples of poetry from a number of genres, with a focus on how poetry makes the messages more memorable. Passages to be discussed will include liturgical poetry (Psalms); erotic poetry (Song of Songs); aphorisms and moral instruction (Proverbs); sermons and theological teachings (Prophets); philosophical reflection (Job); and epic poetry (Psalms and Wisdom of Solomon).

Vesta Kowalski is a more-or-less retired Episcopal priest whose Ph.D. is from the Jewish theological Seminary. Her chief delight in life is discussing Biblical topics with interested adults.

This program is through the Colloquy Downeast. To register go to www.colloquydowneast.org
There is a $50 fee to participate in this program.

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A Beautiful Church – A Wonderfully Dry Building!

2014 St. Francis by the Sea Building Construction Project, Phase I Summary Report

-Submitted by David Decrow-

North Wall – BEFORE

Construction Contract – Planning and Work Scope

On June 13, 2014, a construction contract agreement was signed by St. Francis by the Sea and general contractor E.L. Shea, Ellsworth, Maine. The contract work scope was based upon architectural plans and specifications prepared by Lewis & Malm Architecture, Bucksport, Maine. The contract sum was structured as “cost of the work plus contractor’s fee” with a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) not to exceed $ 394,003.00 with a substantial completion date of September 26, 2014. Construction work commenced on June 16, 2014.

North Wall AFTER!

North Wall AFTER!

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Outreach at St. Francis by the Sea…is this our identity?

by Judy Rountree

Picture any parishioner of St Francis by the Sea…year-round or summer…and you will see someone who is involved with “reaching out” in love and kindness to each other, to the needs of our community, and well beyond.

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“Reaching Out” ranges from our largest ongoing project, The St. Francis Fair,







to telephone calls and brief notes of support. Continue reading

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