St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church

This Week at Church (well sort of)

eTea w/Fr. B! 2:00, Tuesday, March 31


Join the St. Francis community for a time to figure out how we operate as a community in this time we have to be apart for the sake of the world.
Bring ideas about Book groups… Bible Study… Centering Prayer… Sewing Circles???


Hopefully the sound will work better, but have your phone near by incase the online audio fails like ti did yesterday.  (Good save, by the way!  51 of us were able to navigate Zoom yesterday)!!!

Here is the zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/427059813?pwd=OUFuQ0pWWGZpUzRGWFJSWHRqcEF2Zz09

Meeting ID: 427 059 813Password: 277877

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The 5th Sunday of Lent Zoom Morning Prayer

On Sunday March 29, 2020 in continuing our efforts to provide spiritual sustenance during this COVID19 crisis St. Francis tried something new Zoom-based Morning Prayer Live from Cape Rosier!

Listen here for the full Morning Prayer Service

Listen here to the audio of sermon by St. Francis Rector The Rev. Dr. Brent Was

Or you can simply watch the Zoom video. Morning Prayer begins around 12 minutes in. Those first twelve minutes give a rare glimpse into what went into making this happen:

This Sunday’s New Way to Worship

In this extraordinary time, we are trying to maintain some sense of normality.  Sadly, due to the governor’s Executive Order to close our buildings, our collaboration with the folks on Deer Isle and in Castine cannot continue. (They will be doing their own things).   The diocese has also directed that Eucharistic ministry be suspended, so we will all be joining in the Eucharistic Fast.

But fear not, we will still gather! We will share a Zoom-based Morning Prayer Live from Cape Rosier! at 10:00 on Sunday.  Log on and dial in instructions are below.

To Join Morning Prayer click here:  Sunday Morning Prayer Link

For the Order of Service, Click here: Order of Service, March 29 

For the text of the Sermon, Click here:  Sermon, March 29

If your internet is wonky, dial in on the number below that is closest to you. When prompted, enter the meeting ID: 446 695 846

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The 4th Sunday in Lent March 22, 2020

This Sunday St. Francis conducted the first Live-streamed Mass offered by the three Episcopal parishes on the Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle: St. Brenden the Navigator, Deer Isle – Trinity, Castine – St. Francis by the Sea, Blue Hill –

Sermon by The Rev. Elaine Hewes

The video of the Live-Streamed service is being uploaded to YouTube right now but should be available by mid-day Monday.

The Full 10 am Service The Rev. Dr. Brent Was, Celebrant

There were many challenges which we hope to minimize next Sunday (not minimized like the start of this week’s video LiveStream).

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to navigate these uncharted waters.

The 1st St. Francis Live Streamed Service.

The Full Service Celebrated by St. Francis Rector The Rev. Dr. Brent Was.

The 2nd Sunday in Lent March 8, 2020

Sermon by St. Francis Rector The Rev. Dr. Brent Was.

With the Beginning of the new Ministry of St. Francis Rector The Rev. Dr. Brent Was a new tradition has begun with the Children of St. Francis ringing the bell to start the service. The Second Bell Ringer is Taggart Chung.

Each Sunday another Sunday School child will be The Bell Ringer

The Full Service Celebrated by St. Francis Rector The Rev. Dr. Brent Was.

You May Read The Sermon Here!

March 8, 2020 The Reverend Dr. Brent Was

       “…no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”

       Good morning everyone!  A blessed 2nd Sunday in Lent to you.  I think this is going to work out, you now, us.  I am meeting people here and a bunch of clergy colleagues.  Just great.  And last Sunday came together!  I was a little nervous, seeing you all here for the first time, getting used to this new chasuble and altar and teeny-tiny microphone switches. 

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The 1st Sunday in Lent March 1, 2020

Sermon by St. Francis Rector The Rev. Dr. Brent Was.

With the Beginning of the new Ministry of St. Francis Rector The Rev. Dr. Brent Was a new tradition is beginning with the Children of St. Francis ringing the bell to start the service. The First Bell Ringer is Brigid Was who inspired the idea.

Each Sunday another Sunday School child will be The Bell Ringer

The Full Service Celebrated by St. Francis Rector The Rev. Dr. Brent Was.

It Takes A Peninsula!

The history of St. Francis is an exciting example of the power of a vision and the deep faith needed to pull it off!

One of those is the person most responsible for our very special kneelers 97-year-old parishioner Mary Semler.

Who IS Our New Senior Warden??

On Sunday August 25, 2019 the St. Francis church family gathered for the Annual Meeting.  Among other important issues they voted in a new Sr. Warden.  Vestry member Milissa LaLonde is now the new Senior Warden for St. Francis by the Sea.

She replaces Bob Publicover who served four years as Sr. Warden.  During the annual meeting he shared: “this is the perfect time for new blood in the church leadership.  And, Milissa LaLonde brings new energy, new ideas, an ear that really listens as well as a mind that is truly open.”

We asked Milissa to tell us about herself: “I hail from Michigan but have lived in Bucksport for 36 years, where my husband and I raised 4 children.  I retired from teaching in 2016 but continue to substitute and tutor children on a regular basis.  I love to cook, garden and am an avid reader. I am deeply involved with Restorative Justice; a process in which those who break the law or do harm can repair that harm and victims can be made whole.  John Paul and I were active Catholics for 57 years until discovering the open arms and spiritual life of St. Francis by the Sea.”

The Vestry is made up of nine St. Francis members, each elected for a three-year term. 

The Vestry is responsible, with the guidance from a search committee, to call a new rector if needed. They are also responsible for filling other positions in the parish, thus ensuring that appropriate programs, policies, duties and committees have been developed and are followed.

The Senior Warden is often referred to as the Rector’s warden and the Junior Warden (TBA) is known as the People’s Warden.

Milissa LaLonde, Senior Warden (Vestry Term ends: 2021)
Kevin Hunt, Treasurer
Sarah Everdell (Term ends: 2022)
Bill Gould (Term ends: 2022)
Prudy Heilner (Term ends: 2021)
Katie MacLeod (Term ends: 2020)
Ellie Neuhauser (Vestry Term ends: 2020)
Bob Publicover (Vestry Term ends: 2020)
Teri Stephens (Term ends: 2021)
Lynne Yurosko (Term ends: 2022)

A NEW Senior Warden

On Sunday August 25, 2019 the St. Francis church family gathered for the Annual Meeting.  Among other important issues they voted in a new Sr. Warden.  Vestry member Milissa LaLonde is now the new Senior Warden for St. Francis by the Sea.

She replaces Bob Publicover who served four years as Sr. Warden.  During the annual meeting he shared: “this is the perfect time for new blood in the church leadership.  And, Milissa LaLonde brings new energy, new ideas, an ear that really listens as well as a mind that is truly open.”

We asked Milissa to tell us about herself: “I hail from Michigan but have lived in Bucksport for 36 years, where my husband and I raised 4 children.  I retired from teaching in 2016 but continue to substitute and tutor children on a regular basis.  I love to cook, garden and am an avid reader. I am deeply involved with Restorative Justice; a process in which those who break the law or do harm can repair that harm and victims can be made whole.  John Paul and I were active Catholics for 57 years until discovering the open arms and spiritual life of St. Francis by the Sea.”

The Vestry is made up of nine St. Francis members, each elected for a three-year term. 

The Vestry is responsible, with the guidance from a search committee, to call a new rector if needed. They are also responsible for filling other positions in the parish, thus ensuring that appropriate programs, policies, duties and committees have been developed and are followed.

The Senior Warden is often referred to as the Rector’s warden and the Junior Warden (TBA) is known as the People’s Warden.

Milissa LaLonde, Senior Warden (Vestry Term ends: 2021)
Kevin Hunt, Treasurer
Sarah Everdell (Term ends: 2022)
Bill Gould (Term ends: 2022)
Prudy Heilner (Term ends: 2021)
Katie MacLeod (Term ends: 2020)
Ellie Neuhauser (Vestry Term ends: 2020)
Bob Publicover (Vestry Term ends: 2020)
Teri Stephens (Term ends: 2021)
Lynne Yurosko (Term ends: 2022)

Les Petits Chanteurs September 1, 2019

The Full 10 am service with Les Petits Chanteurs Performing
10 am Sermon by The Rev. Steve Hayward

Maine’s New Bishop Thomas James Brown! Amen!

The Reverend Thomas James Brown was Ordained and Consecrated as the 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine on Saturday June 22nd in the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State Street in Portland.

Watch the ceremony via YouTube  using this link (https://youtu.be/ecpU2vkDFTM)

DOWNLOAD ORDER OF WORSHIP HERE

About the liturgy

The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, the Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church was the chief-consecrator. The Reverend Barbara K. Lundblad, a Lutheran pastor and a retired homiletics professor, preached.

View or download the Order of Worship here. 

Fr. Brent in Local Paper

In the March 26, 2020 edition of the Weekly Packet on page 5

1st Joint Tri-Parish Live Stream Video

On Sunday March 22, 2020 in the era of COVID19 St. Francis conducted the first Live-streamed Mass offered by the three Episcopal parishes on the Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle:

St. Brenden the Navigator, Deer Isle – Trinity, Castine – St. Francis by the Sea, Blue Hill –

We had some growing pains so please understand the issues with the video and some of the audio are not your fault or your interest connection’s fault.

How to be part of Mass from home and more from Fr. Brent!

From St. Francis Rector The Rev. Dr. Brent Was:

Because of COVID-19 the Diocese of Maine has delcared that all public worship is suspended until further notice.  

That said, we are joining St. Brenden’s – Deer Isle and Trinity – Castine to Livestream Mass!  Sundays at 10 on the St. Francis Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StFrancisbytheSeaBlueHillME.  (There will also be a link to YouTube on our website so you can watch any time later).  The three of us Priests (with a skeleton crew of Lectors and Acolytes from each church) will rotate preaching and celebrating at St. Francis.  This expansion of our sense of community on the Peninsula and Island is welcome in this troubling time.  This plan will also provide coverage for the three parishes if any of the clergy get sick.  

Regarding the rest of our response, this is the latest on the three areas we are working on:

1.       Slowing the spread:

  •   In addition to worship being suspended, the building will be closed to outside groups with the exception of AA.
  •  All meetings will become virtual, starting with Vestry this afternoon

2.       Serving Blue Hill

  •  Sue Grindle and the Outreach Committee are working hard to determine needs.  We will be on a call with Healthy Peninsula Thursday to see if we can help them
  •  I am speaking with the pastor at First Congregational, the Rev. Deborah Jenks, and we are working on getting a faithful voice into the community, perhaps a column in the Weekly Packet or something on WERU.  One idea is the local churches hold an ecumenical Easter service that is broadcast to the community.  Stay tuned for details.

3.      Serving each other

  • Shopping Ministry is coming together!  Milissa LaLonde, our intrepid Senior Warden will be the coordinator.  If you need something essential from outside, groceries, prescriptions and the like, get in touch with her: home 469-2155, cell 385-5019(voice and text) or email milissa.lalonde@gmail.com  She will take your order and dispatch someone to the store.  We will discuss how payment works tonight at vestry.  Our first shopping is happening today.  If you are interested in being a shopper, let Milissa know.
  • Phone Tree is being developed.  The purpose is to check in (are you ok, do you need anything), pass on any news, and just a time to chat. Expect a call.  Soon.
  • Our beloved administrator, Barbara Brady, will be working from home starting today.  She will be checking voicemail regularly and will be on email.  
  • Pastoral care.  I have been directed to suspend all unessential in-person meetings.  If there is a pastoral emergency, such as a death, I will be there, that is my place as your priest, but other concerns will be dealt with over the phone or with FaceTime or Skype. 

** A note to folks thinking of coming to Blue Hill early this year.  I totally understand it.  I recently arrived here from an urban center and I am very glad to be here as opposed to there.  However, there is talk at the hospital and among town officials about discouraging folks from returning right now.  This is a real moral dilemma.  In some ways, it is better here.  It is not as crowded, the community is tight and caring, and there is plenty of open space to be in.  What I am being told, though, is that in the long term it is no safer here when it comes to avoiding infection.  It might take longer to get here, but it will get here.  More importantly, and you probably know this better than a newcomer like me, the rural medical system here is unlikely to be able to handle the people here already let alone a return to summer population levels. 

It might be better here than where you right now; but it is not going to stay that way for long.  Please pray long and hard on it before you make a big decision.  “…speak to your heart in silence upon your bed,”  as the psalmist says (see my reflection below for more on that).  

If you have already come back: God Bless you.  If you are coming back: God Bless you.  If you are staying put and hunkering down: again, God Bless you.  And God Bless us, everyone.

If you need anything, I am always available.  For voice and texts, I am at 207.412.8807, or for email: bwas@riseup.net.  You are in my prayers.  Please keep me in yours.

In Christ,

Brent+

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Reflection on Thursday of the 3rd Week of Lent

I was saying Compline with my daughters last night, a Lenten practice we have, and a verse from Psalm 4 struck me in a way that it never has before:  

“Many are saying, ‘Oh, that we might see better times!’ * 

Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O Lord.”

I am not sure what sort of times they were having when Psalm 4 was written, but we are in some uncertain times ourselves right now, more uncertain than in my lifetime.  The writer lamented their situation, they were honest about how hard it was, how scared they were, andthey didn’t languish there.  The author knew where to turn: God.  

The way of God is the way of faith.  Having faith doesn’t mean that you believe that everything will be ok.  For many it is not, will not be ok.  The physical, mental, financial and social well-being of most of us are in question in ways most of us are very unaccustomed to right now.

“Tremble, then, and do not sin; * 

speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.”

It is ok to be scared right now.  I am certainly having my moments of fear for my children, my parents and in-laws, for you all, this congregation I am just getting to know and love.  Be it for the world, for those you love, for you own well-being, even your life, fear is not an unfaithful response to scary things.

            “Know that the Lord does wonders for the faithful; * 

when I call upon the Lord He will hear me…  

Offer the appointed sacrifices * 

and put your trust in the Lord.”

As I said in my sermon on Sunday, faith in God in this moment doesn’t mean that it will be ok, not that “God is my hand sanitizer if I only believe enough.”  Putting our trust in God is not expressing confidence or even expecting this cup to pass us by.  Putting our trust in God in moments like this is accepting what is.  It is doing everything we can, like using the hand sanitizer that God’s gift of memory, reason and skill gave us the power to create.  It is maintaining social distance, staying at home, caring for yourself and the vulnerable around us, doing all of that and knowing that that is all we can do.  Faith in God means approaching the inevitable without fearful loathing, without denial and panic, but with patience and courage, because if we have done what can be done, what else can we do?  In Christian language, that is what we mean “God’s will be done.”

When we can do that, really accept what is happening, not rail against the inevitable, it will be like…

            “You have put gladness in my heart, * more than when grain ad wine and oil increase.

            I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; * for only you, Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

I do not know many of you yet, but there is a real sense of love and compassion and caring here, one that I haven’t seen so clearly in a church community before.  That is a strength that will carry us all.

The 3rd Sunday in Lent March 15, 2020

Hear the Sermon by St. Francis Rector The Rev. Dr. Brent Was.
Hear the Full Service Celebrated by St. Francis Rector The Rev. Dr. Brent Was.

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March 15, 2020 The Reverend Dr. Brent Was

   “Is the Lord among us or not?”

   Good morning everyone!  I hope your Lenten practice is picking up steam, or that your consideration of taking one up is.  It is never too late and right now that prayer wheel needs turning, it needs some strong backs leaning in to it.

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