There’s nothing Ordinary about Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,
Welcome to the Season after Pentecost which stretches from the day after Pentecost at the end of May until the First Sunday of Advent at the end of November. It is the longest season in the church calendar and is often referred to as “ordinary time.”

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

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

I love what that says about the church and our spiritual journeys. You see even though there are moments of high drama and deeply moving events in our liturgical life together such as the birth of God in human form at Christmas or the end of that very special life on Good Friday and then his being resurrected back into the world at Easter – the bulk of our time together is spent in “ordinary time,” just getting about our life and trying to figure out what that means in terms of our faith.

We live in ordinary time. This period of approximately 5 months, therefore, is the fertile ground of our everyday lives into which we are being called to sow and cultivate the seeds of our faith. The liturgical color for this season is even green, which speaks to this as a season of greening and growth.

Throughout this season, you’ll hear stories of the first disciples of Jesus from whom we can learn much as we embark on our own journey as followers of The Way. Just as they often got the message wrong or lacked understanding, may we too be patient with ourselves on this journey. It is not a straight line. Ordinary time may feel at times like one step forward and two steps back and that is ok. We are not being called to walk a perfect path, we are simply being called to put one foot in front of the other and remain open to whatever insights the Holy Spirit has in store as we journey along.

So as I say each week in our worship service, “whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith” you are welcome to join us as we live into all that God is calling us to be in the ordinary days of our lives.
Peace and blessings,

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You can listen to Sunday’s St. Francis Sermon

May 24, 2015 The Day of Pentecost Sermon by Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith

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Testament of a Naked Man

A headline that is not designed to be provocative. Or is it?

“Testament of a Naked Man: A Contemporary Dramatization of the Gospel of Mark.” is performed by The Rev. Angus Stuart an Anglican Priest at St. Francis-in-the-Wood, West Vancouver, Canada. And “Mark” will be brought to life at three events at St. Francis by the Sea the weekend of June 12, 13, and 14.

The first event is a one-man (fully clothed by the way) performance of the full Gospel.

Sound II – a sculpture by Antony Gormley; Winchester Cathedral.Photograph by Roger Twigg used with kind permission.

Sound II – a sculpture by Antony Gormley; Winchester Cathedral.Photograph by Roger Twigg used with kind permission.

Friday, June 12, 2015. 7-9 p.m. at St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church, 330 Hinkley Ridge Road (Rte. 177) in Blue Hill.

Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors 65 and over and students. Tickets will be available at the door.

According to his bio Fr. Stuart “began by telling the story of Christ’s arrest, trial and crucifixion from memory on Palm Sunday in 2007. Then he was inspired to memorize the whole of Mark’s Gospel. The effect is dramatic!”

So, where does the title come from?  The Gospel according to Mark, of course:5732.angus-photo-new

“A certain young man was following him wearing nothing but a linen cloth. They caught hold of him, but he left the linen cloth and ran off naked.”  Mark 14:51-52

“We are excited to be bringing Rev. Stuart to Blue Hill,” said Rev. Claudia Smith, rector of St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church. “The Gospel of Mark is perfectly written to be acted. This one-man show is an ideal vehicle to communicate the Gospel’s true essence.”

By the time Fr. Stuart arrives here in Blue Hill he will have presented this powerful performance more than 50 times across Canada and the US.
You can get a video taste by clicking here.

The performance lasts approximately two hours. There is no intermission, but there will be two short musical interludes.

ACT I – Beginning of the Good News (Mark 1:1 – 6:29)

ACT II – Visions of Jesus (Mark 6:30 – 10:31)

ACT III – On the Road (Mark 10:32 – 16:8)


Saturday June 13: For those who wish to go deeper into the Gospel of Mark, Rev. Stuart will facilitate a “quiet day.” “Through hearing portions of the Gospel told as a story, through times of silence and times of conversation we will explore both the challenges and the invitations it has for us, said Rev. Stuart. “No prior knowledge of the Gospel is required – come as you are; come prepared to receive.”  from 9am to 3pm  at the church.

There is no fee for this event.

A buffet lunch will be available at the church for $8 or individuals can bring their own lunch. Those wishing to purchase lunch should call the church at 374-5200 to make reservations. All proceeds from the lunch will go to Episcopal Relief and Development, which works to end human, suffering around the world.

Sunday June 14: Rev. Stuart will present the sermon at both the 8 a.m. (without music) and 10 a.m. (Rite II with music) Sunday morning services at St. Francis. Everyone is invited to coffee hour after services.

These events are sponsored by the Spiritual Life and Learning Center at St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church in Blue Hill. For more information on the Center and its mission, call Rev. Smith at 374-5200.

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Remembering a founding St. Francis Member

Ellen Anthony

As remembered by Emily Chaney:

They didn’t stand Ellen Anthony on the corner and build a church around her, but almost.  Ellen AnthonyShe and her husband, The Rev. Kenneth Anthony, were living on Main Street in Blue Hill when Ken was approached to conduct an Episcopal service in the village.  That was in June.  Soon, Ken was priest-in-charge on a preaching station called St. Francis by the Sea.  By December, the original congregation of ten had grown and they borrowed the Congregational Church for a 5:00 service on Christmas Eve.  Seventy people attended the service and sang to the organ music provided by Ellen Anthony. Later, Ellen served as organist and choir director for many years.  She introduced the very popular Lessons and Carols which is still enjoyed annually. Continue reading

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Holy Week at St. Francis

St. Francis by the Sea held 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. DSC_0492DSC_0378Click on “Continue reading” to see photos, videos and hear sermons and the special  Stations of the Cross!

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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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