The Meaning of Easter

Dear friends,

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

On Sunday, May 6th we had a special visitor for our worship service.  The Rev. Claudia Smith, Rector of St. Francis by the Sea is still on medical disability leave after back surgery and the possibility knee surgery. During announcements she spoke from a seat in the back of Nave.

It was the first time in more than six weeks that Claudia has felt well enough to be in church.

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This Sunday’s Sermon and Full Service

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

The Day of Pentecost May 20, 2018 10 am Full Service Celebrated 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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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 May 13th Sunday Service and Sermon

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

The Rev. Steve Hayward

 

 

 

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

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The May 6th Sunday Service and Sermon

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

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The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling

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

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April 29th’s Service and Sermon for You

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

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

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April 22nd Sunday Service and Sermon for You

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

The Fourth Sunday of Easter April 22, 2018, 10 am Full Service celebrated 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 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 and Service for you!

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

 

The Second Sunday of Easter full service celebrated 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:

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 and Service for you!

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



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

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Sunday March 11th Sermon and Service 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:

The Fourth Sunday of Lent March 11, 2018 10 am Full Service from St. Francis by the Sea, Blue Hill, 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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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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A Gift To You!!

There was a Christmas present for the St. Francis Family and it was opened on Christmas Eve with help from young Ambrose Chung.

This gift was specifically directed by the anonymous donors to be used to upgrade the kitchen.  We are in the planning stages and will share more information as soon as it is available.  So stay tuned.

 

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A Surprise in Church???

It can happen!!   On Sunday November 12, 2017 the Rector St. Francis by the Sea Blue Hill, Maine the Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith was serenaded by the Sunday School Singers under the direction of organist Lorna Russell. It was part of a surprise for Claudia’s 10th anniversary at the helm of St. Francis. The celebration was coordinated by a number of parishioners under the leadership of Charity Chung and Brenda Higgins

Claudia was visibly touched:

Dear Friends,

As you are aware, I am rarely lacking words and yet that is what happened to me last Sunday. Not only did you totally surprise me with your amazing gifts, but also I was so deeply touched by your love, that it was beyond my ability to find the words to express my thanks at the time. That said, I hope you will now accept my thanks and appreciation for all that was done to celebrate my tenure here. In truth any celebration is one that needs to be shared among you all since all of the good things that have happened at St Francis have very much been a combined effort.

So thank you…thank you…thank you for the amazing party last Sunday AND thank you… thank you…thank you for the past 10 + years together. May God continue to bless our work in the days to come.

With love and thankfulness for the people of St. Francis,

Claudia+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Among the gifts,  a color painting of St. Francis by a parishioner 

 

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How to deal?? Pray!

That is the recommendation of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

In the wake of the deadly shooting at the First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, Texas The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry says, “We pray for those who suffer and for those who have died”.

 

You can view the video he posted by clicking here.

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