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, December 9, 2018 Sermon and Full Service*

The Second Sunday of Advent 10 am Sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

The Second Sunday of Advent 10 am Full Service celebrated by the Rev. Steve Hayward:
*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, December 2, 2018 Sermon and Full Service*

The First Sunday of Advent 10 am Sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

* Because of a microphone issue several parts of the full service were not recorded. We do apologize.

The First Sunday of Advent 10 am Full Service celebrated by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

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Sunday, November 25, 2018 Sermon*

The Last Sunday after Pentecost, 10:00 am Sermon by the Rev. Carlton Russell:

The 10:00 am Full Service for The Last Sunday after Pentecost, celebrated by the Rev. Carlton Russell:

*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, November 18, 2018 Sermon and Full Service*

The 26th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am full service celebrated by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

 

The 26th Sunday after Pentecost, 10:00 am Sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

*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 gift that WILL keep on giving!!

A reminder from the Planned Giving Committee. Do you have a traditional IRA. If so, and you are 701/2, you might want to make a distribution from that IRA to St. Francis to complete your 2018 pledge (or as an additional gift). As a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD), the amount would not be included in your income but would qualify as part of your required minimum distribution from the IRA. If you have questions, a chat with your tax advisor or IRA custodian might be helpful.
Tim Thomas

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Sunday, November 11, 2018 Sermon and Full Service*

The 25th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

The 25th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am full service celebrated by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

*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, November 4, 2018 Bishop Steve’s Sermon and Full Service*

The 24th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Right Rev. Stephen Lane, 9th Bishop of Maine during what was most likely his final visit to St. Francis before retiring next spring:

The 24th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Full Service celebrated by The Right Rev. Stephen Lane, 9th Bishop of Maine:

*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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All Creatures Great and Small

The 2018 St. Francis by the Sea Blessing of the Animals was a big hit for both the two and four-legged among us. Click here to check it out!

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Sunday, October 28, 2018 Sermon

The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by St. Francis by the Sea Rector, The Rev.Claudia Wyatt Smith including the words of The Right Reverend Steve Lane from his Homily delivered during this weekend’s 199th Diocesan Convention:

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Researching Religious Roots??

Have you ever wanted to explore the Anglican roots of our worship and spirituality? If so come and join a small group led by the Rev. Claudia Smith, rector of St. Francis by the Sea in Blue Hill for a journey departing on April 29, 2019. Whether one’s interest is to experience religious sites and stories for their spiritual impact or whether one leans more toward an exploration of the history of Great Britain that has formed us as a society – come. This trip has an abundance of both the sacred and the secular to satisfy everyone. There are only a few spots still available however, so contact Rev. Smith at revclaudiainmaine@gmail.com as soon as possible for more information and a detailed itinerary.  Or check out this PDF on the trip:
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Sunday, October 21, 2018 Sermon and Full Service*

The 22nd Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

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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:

 

On Sunday, September 30th new Vestry Member Millisa LaLonde‘s message was: “I’ve grown to respect the wisdom of the way this community utilizes money…even though we are frugal people we will continue giving because it is a really good investment.”

On Sunday October 21th Vestry Member Bob Publicover, Senior Warden’s message was: “there are a lot of important things we do here at St. Francis, not the least of which is our commitment to (community)Outreach.”

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

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Sunday, October 14, 2018 Sermon

The 21st Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by St. Francis by the Sea Rector, The Rev.Claudia Wyatt Smith:

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A Special Twist to the Blessing of the Animals

On Sunday October 7th 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

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

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Sunday, September 30, 2018 Sermon and Vestry Commissioning

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.

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Sunday, September 23, 2018 Sermon and Kneeler Dedication

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!

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Sunday, September 16, 2018 Sermon

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

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Sunday, September 9, 2018 Sermon

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

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Sunday, September 2, 2018 Sermon

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

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August 26, 2018 Sermon

August 26, 2018 The 14th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon 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 Sermon

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

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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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