We are entering a season in the church that we call Advent. At no time in the entire year is the counter-cultural nature of the church made clearer than during Advent. You see, now that we have checked Thanksgiving off the calendar, it seems the entire world is focused on Christmas.
The Rev. Claudia Smith Rector St. Francis by the Sea
Beginning with all the marketing hype about making sure we buy the “perfect” gift so we can have the “perfect” holiday surrounded by our loving circle of “perfect” family and friends. Even if you don’t buy-into that sort of rampant commercial nonsense, there’s no escaping the endless round of Christmas carols on the radio or the plethora of nativity scenes that start popping up all over. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the beauty of the sights and sounds of Christmas, but the church in her wisdom, stands firm on the fact that it’s too soon – we’re jumping ahead of ourselves. We’re not ready for the baby Jesus to be born. We have to prepare. Continue reading →
Carols, Candlelight, and Communion. Christmas Eve Service will be held at St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church in Blue Hill on Saturday, December 24 at 5:00 p.m. Please join us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Our Adult Choir plus children from our Sunday School will be singing special music for this most festive occasion. After the service, we will have a potluck dinner in the lower level.
If you don’t have other plans, we would love for you to join us. If you would like to attend the potluck dinner, please let the church know how many will attend and what you plan to bring by calling 207-374-5200. The church is located at 330 Hinckley Ridge Rd in Blue Hill. Or look on right side of this web page for directions.
Our Christmas Day service on Sunday, December 25, will be a quiet, meditative Christmas Holy Eucharist service at 10:00 a.m.
The long parish nightmare is over. Our elevator repairman, Luke, installed the specially manufactured part and tested it fully. I even tested it.
He was part of the team when the elevator was first installed. He thinks it was the fall of 1999. They also put in the same elevator in an Orono church right after this one. It too had to have the same part replaced not too long ago. Please remember that holding the elevator door open is not a good idea. Cost $5,000+
During the last week of September St. Francis by the Sea took part in this year’s Window Dresser’s “build”. Volunteers from around the Blue Hill Peninsula put the finishing touches on the window inserts, or “inside storm windows” as some call them, that were ordered several months ago. The finished products were delivered to the clients by week’s end.
Have you ever wondered what it takes to make the flowers on the Altar look so lovely? Each week a group of dedicated and talented women who make up the Flower Guild take a turn arranging flowers for the altar, narthex and on occasion downstairs in the Parish Hall.
When you ask a member of the Flower Guild what attracts them to this ministry they will easily tell you it’s a combination of their love of flowers and joy that comes from beautifying the Altar. “The flowers represent a visual feeling of beauty and cheerfulness which is a great accompaniment to the spiritual experience,” states Flower Guild Chair, Patty Deetjen. If you love flowers and would like to participate in this ministry, please let the church office know 374-5200.
Flower Guild members are responsible for creating the flower arrangements that grace the front of the church sanctuary each Sunday. Members share responsibility for flowers on a rotating basis throughout the year. During Advent, unadorned greens are used, and for Lent, bare branches signify the austerity of the season. In the spring and summer, guild members often bring flowers or greens from their own gardens and the variety and creativity make for bright bursts of color. The Flower Guild is also responsible for dressing the church for Christmas and Easter.
Funding for flowers comes from donations. The guild often receives requests for flowers in memory of loved ones and will honor these requests. At the end of the service, flower arrangements are distributed to members of the parish family who are ill or celebrating milestone events or anniversaries.
On Friday evening July 22, 2016 St. Francis was the scene of a special program sponsored by the Episcopal Peace Fellowship with a repeat of the program they did the night before at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick.Three artists/activists provided first-hand accounts of their experiences of living with Palestinians in the West Bank. Lily Yeh (of Barefoot Artists), Robert Shetterly (Americans Who Tell the Truth), and Dudley Hendrick of Deer Isle shared their stories and pictures of their work and projects over several stays in the Nablus area. You are able to hear the full presentation by clicking on this link: The views and opinions expressed are those of the presenters and not necessarily those of St. Francis by the Sea.
The Saint Francis by the Sea sermon for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, July 17, 2016, by guest speaker Robert J. Miller, Rosenberger Chair of Christian and Religious Studies at Juniata College in Pennsylvania.
The Saint Francis by the Sea full 10 am service for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, July 17, 2016, celebrated by St. Francis Rector, The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith:
Please forgive us for some audio interference during this recording.
In Dallas 12 law enforcement officers were shot and five died. This was after the consecutive fatal shootings of black men by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota. Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has recorded a video asking every Episcopalian to share in deep prayer following the shootings. Click here to see the video, it may take a minute or so to play.
It was a beautiful day for the Spring Clean Up! A dedicated group of parishioners turned out as did the ”black flies”. But everyone was itching to get as much done as possible before we had a super lunch! Thank you to everyone involved. Check out the slide show:
The whole week before and including Easter is the holiest time of the Christian calendar. A time of spiritual excitement, spiritual dread, spiritual shock, then a renewed spirituality and joy. It is a week of roller coaster emotions and we invite you to hear and see what has happened at St. Francis. Adding to this was a special visit by the Bishop of Maine, Rt. Rev. Stephen Lane for much of the week. You are invited to enjoy magnificent moving moments Holy Week through videos, photos, and audio recordings. Just click on “continue reading”.