Who We Are!

2014-winter-sky-2-1024x768We are a welcoming, engaged and diverse community of faith dedicated to the spiritual, physical and social well-being of ourselves and our neighbors.  Whoever you are, whatever your beliefs, come explore and experience with us the mystery of God’s Love.

St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church is located in the coastal community of Blue Hill in Downeast Maine.  Established in 1975 as a preaching station and shortly after that as a mission of the Diocese of Maine, it is today one of three established Episcopal churches on the Blue Hill Peninsula. St. Francis has an extensive membership of people who live locally in the summer and take part in church life remotely during the winter months. StFrancisFair2010_web

Our Goal

It is St. Francis’ goal to glorify God and to serve as a vital and spiritual place for worship and education. We want to be a church whose life is centered in the sacraments, most particularly Holy Baptism and the Eucharist, and the preaching of the Gospel. We believe that, in order to fulfill our mission, we must love and care for one another, and reach out to others in the knowledge and conviction that the church exists for those within it and for all God’s people.

Our Roots

The Episcopal Church of the United States is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. We embrace the traditional view of the creeds, the ministry and sacraments––the benchmarks of faith since apostolic times. We also value and incorporate the intellectual renewal and freedom of the Reformation. We base our authority upon Scripture, the scan0007record of God’s covenant with us; tradition, the ways in which the Holy Spirit has guided the church; and human reason, the experience of God’s revelation to us through the human mind and conscience.

4 Responses to Who We Are!

  1. Darryl Raasch-Saint Paul, Minnesota says:

    I just reviewed your nice website. Looks like you have a vibrant congregation. Just curious…..
    Do you ever use incense at any of your services? I like it, but many people do not? Could you answer this for me?

  2. rjp49 says:

    Thank you for your kind words, Darryl. This is a work in progress website and just went live a few days ago. We do not use incense at St. Francis. The reasoning has more to do with an incident that triggered the smoke alarm during a service maybe twenty years ago. Personally, I love smells and bells but I love this congregation and rector even more.
    Robert Publicover
    St. Francis by the Sea webmaster.

  3. Aziza Daigle says:

    Do you have Bible Study or other Christian educational activities or support and learning groups for adults?

  4. rjp49 says:

    Aziza, Thank you for question. Yes, we do have all of those and more. The Adult Forum (On Sunday’s after coffee hour) will take the next several months to look more deeply at who are neighbors are in God’s Kingdom, we began with our Islamic brothers and sisters. we have just finished using a program called The Jesus Fatwah (Arabic word meaning principle or concept) – Love your Neighbor as Yourself.

    We are now in a multi-week video and discussion of “Embracing Interfaith Cooperation” by Eboo Patel, including Patel interacting with a small, diverse group of adults and young adults as they respond and discuss interfaith issues.embracing Patel

    Interfaith Cooperation in American History
    Interfaith Literacy
    The Science of Interfaith Cooperation
    The art of Interfaith Leadership
    The Role of Colleges, Seminaries, and Houses of Worship
    Patel believes religion is a bridge of cooperation, rather than a barrier of division. Inspired by his faith as a Muslim, his Indian heritage, and his American citizenship.

    Wednesday Seekers is reading and discussing Living Gently in a Violent World — The Prophetic Witness of Weakness by theologian Stanley Hauerwas in Living Gentlycollaboration with Jean Vanier, founder of the worldwide L’Arche communities. “Together, they carefully explore the contours of a countercultural community that embodies a different way of being and witnesses to a new order — one marked by radical forms of gentleness, peacemaking, and faithfulness.” It is a four-week discussion group that meets every Wednesday at 10:30am in our lower level.

    The Downeast Spiritual Life Conference titled Jesus and the Heart of Wisdom, was a huge success July 15-16 at the Moore Community Center in Ellsworth Maine. This year we partnered with the Jesus Seminar on the Road to bring to you scholarship about Jesus that is the result of more than ten years of extensive research by the members (fellows) of the Jesus Seminar.

    I hope this answers your question, if not feel free to let us know.

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