Reclaiming Jesus

Dear friends,

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

Recently our Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, joined with other faith leaders to publish a statement of faith in a time of religious and political turmoil. It follows here in its entirety for your prayerful consideration. As you will see it is a sweeping statement that calls us into deeper conversation about what exactly it means to be followers of Jesus.
Faithfully,
Claudia+

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Reclaiming Jesus

A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis

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Sunday, October 14, 2018 Sermon and Full Service*

The 20th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by St. Francis by the Sea Rector, The Rev.Claudia Wyatt Smith:

The 20th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Full Service by St. Francis by the Sea Rector, The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith:

*Just a quick note: We attempt to post the sermon and service each week as soon as possible. Most weeks it is late evening of that day. But, for various reasons, sometimes it is not until Tuesday Morning. Thank you for your inquiries and understanding.

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A Special Twist to the Blessing of the Animals

On Sunday October 27th during the 10 am Blessing of the Animals service announcements St. Francis by the Sea Fair co-chair Mary Hartley presented a big check to the SPCA of Hancock County for their partnership of the 2018 Fair in Blue Hill, Maine.

Yes, the dogs you hear in the background were there to be blessed.

 

 

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Sunday, October 7, 2018 Sermon and Full Service*


The 20th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by St. Francis by the Sea Rector, The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith:
October 7, 2018 The 20th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Full Service from St. Francis by the Sea, Blue Hill, Maine celebrated by Rector, The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith:
*Just a quick note: We attempt to post the sermon and service each week as soon as possible. Most weeks it is late evening of that day. But, for various reasons, sometimes it is not until Tuesday Morning. Thank you for your inquiries and understanding.

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“Beloved” 2018 Stewardship Minutes +/-

“So, As those who have been chosen of God, holy and Beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12

With that bible passage Vestry Member and Stewardship Chair Sarah Everdell kicked off the 2018 Campaign pledge card.

On Sunday, September 30th Vestry Member Mary Crawford’s message was:

“We all come to this sacred, BELOVED space, to worship, to learn, to sing … to mourn, to heal, to celebrate … to be fed!”

Hear it all here:

We are privileged to celebrate the ingathering with Bishop Stephen Lane when he visits St. Francis on November 4th.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018 Sermon and Full Service*

September 30, 2018 The 19th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by Guest Preacher The Rev. Canon Hannah Anderson:

During announcements The Rev. Claudia commissioned the new Vestry.

September 30, 2018 The 19th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Full Service from St. Francis by the Sea, Blue Hill, Maine celebrated by Rector, The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith:

*Just a quick note: We attempt to post the sermon and service each week as soon as possible. Most weeks it is late evening of that day. But, for various reasons, sometimes it is not until Tuesday Morning. Thank you for your inquiries and understanding.

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Sunday, September 23, 2018 Sermon and Full Service*

September 23, 2018 The 18th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by St. Francis by the Sea Rector, The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith:

During announcements The Rev. Claudia, Mary Hartley and the rest of the congregation took part in a dedication of a new kneeler!

September 23, 2018 The 18th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Full Service from St. Francis by the Sea, Blue Hill, Maine celebrated by Rector, The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith:

*Just a quick note: We attempt to post the sermon and service each week as soon as possible. Most weeks it is late evening of that day. But, for various reasons, sometimes it is not until Tuesday Morning. Thank you for your inquiries and understanding.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018 Sermon and Full Service*

The 17th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Full Service from St. Francis by the Sea, Blue Hill, Maine celebrated by Rector, The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith:

The 17th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by Saint Francis by the Sea’s Rector The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith

*Just a quick note: We attempt to post the sermon and service each week as soon as possible. Most weeks it is late evening of that day. But, for various reasons, sometimes it is not until Tuesday Morning. Thank you for your inquiries and understanding.

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Sunday, September 9, 2018 Sermon and Full Service*

September 9, 2018 The 16th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by Saint Francis by the Sea licensed Lay Preacher Heather Ford:

September 9, 2018 The 16th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Full Service from St. Francis by the Sea, Blue Hill, Maine celebrated by Rector, The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith:
*Just a quick note: We attempt to post the sermon and service each week as soon as possible. Most weeks it is late evening of that day. But, for various reasons, sometimes it is not until Tuesday Morning. Thank you for your inquiries and understanding.

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Sunday, September 2, 2018 Sermon and Full Service

September 2, 2018 The 15th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Claudia Smith:

September 2, 2018 The 15th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Full Service celebrated by The Rev. Claudia Smith:

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August 26, 2018 Sermon and Full Service

August 26, 2018 The 14th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Claudia Smith:

August 26, 2018 The 14th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Full Service celebrated by The Rev. Claudia Smith:

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August 19, 2018 Sermon

August 19, 2018 The 13th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling:
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August 12, 2018 Sermon

The Rev. Virginia Peacock1August 12, 2018 The 12th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Virginia Peacock:

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August 5, 2018 Sermon and Full Service & Baptism

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost August 5, 2018, 10 am Sermon by Allan Sandlin:
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August 5, 2018 The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Full Service and Baptism of Henry Ronan Malloy celebrated by The Rev. Allan Sandlin:

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Sunday July 29th Sermon

July 29, 2018 The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev.Robert Tobin:

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Sunday July 22nd Sermon

The Rev. Elaine Hewes

July 22, 2018 The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Elaine Hewes:

 

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Nothing to Hear Here! July 15, 2018

The Rev. Steve Hayward


Because of technical problems are no audio recordings of the July 15, 2018 Service or Sermon by The Rev. Steve Hayward

Our sincere apologies.

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Sunday July 7th Sermon

July 8, 2018 The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Virginia Peacock:

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Sunday July 1st Sermon

July 1, 2018 The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Elaine Hewes:

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Sunday June 24th Sermon

The Fifth Sunday After Pentecost June 24, 2018, 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling:

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Sunday June 17th Sermon

June 17, 2018 The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Elaine Hewes:

 

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Sunday June 10th Sermon

June 10, 2018 The Third Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Virginia Peacock:

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Sunday June 3rd Sermon

June 3, 2018 The Second Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Elaine Hewes:

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Bishop Steve Calls For Support for the Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza


Dear Friends,

As I’ve watched the tragedy in Gaza unfold over the past several days, my prayers have gone immediately to the ministry and care offered to all people by the Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City. The doctors, nurses, and staff are truly on the front lines in meeting the need of those injured in the violence of recent days.

This ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East holds its doors open to people of all faiths and ethnicities and operates under extreme circumstances and limited resources even in those times that pass for “normal” in occupied Palestine.

The Diocese of Maine, through its International Outreach budget line, has made donations to the the Al Ahli Hospital since 2012. Indeed, if you were at our Convention a few years ago, you’ll remember watching the video posted below that bears witness to the work of the hospital.

Last night I received an update from the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ):

Suhaila Tarazi, the director of Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza, reports that Ahli is implementing an emergency response to receive trauma cases and has configured an emergency wing with 24 additional beds. The staff is on extended shifts to treat the injured and wounded. Ahli surgeons are treating serious wounds and complex limb injuries.

Ahli Hospital needs immediate and substantial financial support to respond to the catastrophe in Gaza. They need to obtain emergency medicine and medical supplies and fuel for generators.

Suhaila wants you to know that while the resources of Ahli Hospital are stretched to the limit, the hospital staff is working around the clock, treating
and healing victims of the violence. This includes many children who have family members, friends and neighbors who are dead or injured. These children are suffering, and Ahli Hospital is providing them compassionate counseling and psycho-social therapy.

With your help, Ahli stands as a powerful example of Christian witness in this place of desperation and unimaginable horror. Thanks to you, Ahli Hospital sends a message of hope and love.

I encourage you to join me in support the ministry of Al Ahli Arab Hospital with your prayers, both your personal prayers and in your congregations, and, as you are able, with a donation.

You may donate through AFEDJ’s secure donation site.

Thank you for your generosity on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Gaza.

The Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane
Bishop of Maine

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The Day of Pentecost Sermon

The Day of Pentecost May 20, 2018, 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling:

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What’s Cookin’ at St. Francis???

The Kitchen Upgrade!!!!

On Tuesday morning, May 15, 2018 the physical work on the Kitchen Upgrade began after being delayed slightly by a back order over the new vent for the new stoves.

This project has been in planning stages since we learned, last year,  of a very generous $50,000 donation by anonymous parishioners to fix the deficiencies.  The most expensive and extensive work is creating a commercial grade vent duct system.

That vent has not only arrived but is already in place.

 

The work is being overseen by parishioner David Decrow, who oversaw the very successful work required to deal with our leaks and mold in the under-croft several years ago.

As for this project he says, “My best guess is that the kitchen will be out of service for a two-week interval including the week-end between the two weeks. We will try to keep with that schedule as much as possible.”

 

Decrow adds, “The two rear bathrooms will probably be out of service for about 3 weeks once the duct work starts but again will attempt to minimize that. Overall the project may take up to 6 weeks which includes work in the sacristy, the attic, and on the roof.”

 

While the kitchen is not in use, coffee hour will be limited to coffee and items that don’t need to be warmed or baked.

And because we won’t have access to the kitchen sinks we will use “paper” disposable cups and plates.

 

The refrigerator and water dispenser are just outside the kitchen during this stage of the process.

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The May 13th Sunday Sermon

The Seventh Sunday of Easter May 13, 2018, 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Steve Hayward:

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The May 6th Sunday Sermon

The Sixth Sunday of Easter May 6, 2018, 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling:

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April 29th’s Sermon for You

The Fifth Sunday of Easter April 29, 2018, 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Steve Hayward:

 

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April 22nd Sunday Sermon for You

The Fourth Sunday of Easter April 22, 2018, 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Steve Hayward.

 

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April 15th Sunday Service and Sermon for You

The Third Sunday of Easter April 15, 2018, 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Elaine Hewes:

The Third Sunday of Easter April 15, 2018, 10 am Full Service celebrated by The Rev. Elaine Hewes which includes the Anthem: “Oh Christ, Our Joy and Gladness” Composed by Carlton T. Russell with text by Edward Dufresne, based on Gospel of John 20:1-18:

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The Sunday April 8th Sermon

The Second Sunday of Easter sermon by The Rev. Steve Hayward:

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Easter Morning’s Sermon and Full Service

Easter Sunday April 1, 2018, Sermon by The Rev. Steve Hayward:

Easter Sunday April 1, 2018 Full 10 am Service celebrated by The Rev. Steve Hayward:

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The Great Vigil of Easter

The Great Vigil of Easter Saturday March 31, 2018m, 7 pm Sermon by The Rev. Steve Hayward:

The Great Vigil of Easter Saturday March 31, 2018, 7 pm Full Service celebrated by The Rev. Steve Hayward:

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An Easter Message from the Presiding Bishop

On Palm Sunday during his visit to the Holy Land, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry delivered his Easter 2018 Message while standing outside of St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem.
Click here to see the video

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Palm Sunday Service and Sermon for You

Palm Sunday March 25, 2018, 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Elaine Hewes:

Palm Sunday March 25, 2018, 10 am Full Service celebrated by The Rev. Elaine Hewes:

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Sunday March 18th Sermon

The Fifth Sunday of Lent March 18, 2018, 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Elaine Hewes:


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Sunday March 11th Sermon for You! *

The Fourth Sunday of Lent March 11, 2018 10 am Sermon by Saint Francis by the Sea Rector, The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith:

*Just a quick note: We attempt to post the sermon and service each week as soon as possible. Most weeks it is late evening of that day. But, for various reasons, sometimes it is not until Tuesday Morning. Thank you for your inquiries and understanding.

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We are all children of God!

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry has released a video calling for action, “We must make our country safe because all of us are valuable and we are all children of God: We must make our country safe because all of us are valuable and we are all children of God.”

You can view the video he posted by clicking here.

Resources

The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations: Take action with the Episcopal Public Policy Network on an assault weapons ban here, and tell the Senate to oppose the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act Click here.

Bishops United Against Gun Violence resources here. Bishops United Against Gun Violence statement on Parkland, Florida, Click here.

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today. Click here for a link to the “March for our Lives”, sponsored by some of the kids in Parkland, FL who survived the shooting.

 

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