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Wednesday Seekers 10am Zoom

Catechism – Thursdays @ 5pm Zoom

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Introduction to Contemplative Practices: A Lenten Wednesday Seekers Presented by First Congregational Church of Blue Hill and St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church

The Rev. Lisa Durkee and Fr. Brent Was, leading. Wednesdays of Lent (beginning February 24) 10:00 –11:30 on Zoom

Join us as we explore the theology and practice of contemplative prayer.

2/24 Introduction to Contemplative Practice – For class read Forward and Chp. 1

3/3 Centering Prayer: Christian Meditation–Fr. Brent – For class read Chp. 2 & 3

3/10 Chant: When we sing, we pray twice–Rev. Lisa – For class read Chp. 4 & 5

3/17 Lectio Divina: Holy Reading, Praying with Scripture – Fr. Brent – read Chp. 6 & 7

3/24 Art: Wellspring of Creativity–Rev. Lisa – For class read Chp. 8

3/31 Moving meditation: Embodied Prayer and Conclusion-Rev. Lisa & Fr. Brent — For class read Chp. 9

Text: Becoming Christ: Transformation through Contemplation by Brian C. Taylor (Cambridge: Cowley, 2002). Due to weather, the book is back ordered through Blue Hill Books.

You can read the first portion here

Other Lenten Reading from Fr. Brent “Here are a few (accessible) suggestions for Christian study”:

  • Lent with Evelyn Underhill ed. G.P. Mellick Benshaw
  • The Spiritual Life by Evelyn Underhill
  • The Day the Revolution Began by N.T. Wright
  • The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day
  • St. Francisof Assisiby G.K. Chesterton
  • Love is the Way by Bishop Michael Curry
  • The Cost of Discipleshipby  Deitrick Bonhoeffer
  • Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamont
  • In the Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • The Gospel of St. Mark by St. Mark
  • Tokens of Trust by Rowan Williams
  • Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time by Marcus Borg
  • The Seven Story Mountain by Thomas Merton
  • Confessions by St. Augustine

✠ Recently Fr. Brent sent out a reflection on the occasion of his family’s one year anniversary of arriving in Maine.  If you did not receive it, click here for a pdf.

People living their faith across Maine:   A podcast of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine.  In addition to downloading to your device, you can listen on the Diocesan Website  https://www.episcopalmaine.org/news-category/faith-in-maine-podcast    ** And NOW you can listen on the telephone! The phone number is:  207-223-6402.    Call and listen ANYTIME.


Diocesan Wide Youth Led Worship!   The planning for the March diocesan-wide online worship service is in process, and we invite the youth of the diocese to participate! Interested youth (or their parents) can connect directly with  Rev. Canon Sara D’Angio White,  Canon for Youth Ministry if they are interested in participating. 

Healthy Acadia wants to help you continue positive note. Give yourself the gift of improved health and well being while taking time to relax, boost your immunity, and strengthen your mind and body with Tai Chi for Health.

Healthy Acadia will offer multiple classes, some have already begun! Pre-registration is required for all classes. For more information or to register by phone, contact Nina Zeldin at (207) 479-1206.

World Too Beautiful -An Online Contemplative Gathering. World Too Beautiful, a collaboration between St. Luke’s Cathedral and the Diocese of Maine, is a musical and meditative gathering that focuses on beauty, interconnection, harmony, mutual encouragement, and healing. Bring a candle to light during our prayer time. View or download the Winter 2021 bulletin here. Join at 5:45 PM using this link (meeting ID: 821 7619 2486) or by phone: 1.301.715.8592.

A Message from The Planned Giving Committee. Still looking for a New Year’s resolution? Have you been thinking of providing for St. Francis in your will (or other method taking effect at your death)? The Committee invites you to so provide for St. Francis and thereby share in the assurance of it future.

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