About Today’s Music: The text of today’s offertory anthem is a canticle from the South African Daily Office but the musical setting was originally composed for the Salisbury Diocesan Choir Festivals of 1982 by English composer and organist, Philip Moore. Written in an exuberant, declamatory style, the choir and organ are set against each other in fanfare-like phrases. The music is not especially difficult and it is quite approachable for both singers and listeners alike.
Liturgical Notes: The beginning of the service with the penitential order is customary in many Anglican, Lutheran, and other liturgies as a way to prepare people for worship. Our usual placement of the confession does the same thing but focuses it as a response to the readings, sermon, and prayers. We are doing this to set Lent apart as a time of reflection and self-examination.
The Explorers welcome new members to our weekly Sunday morning meetings. On March 11th we’ll begin reading Paul Tillich’s The New Being. Paul Tillich, widely recognized theologian and Harvard’s University Professor is considered one of the great interpreters of the New Testament for the post World War II period. Tillich’s voice stands out as both a New Age preacher and a teacher with a new age language for better communicating the radical message of the Gospel. Tillich’s theological language opens new vistas of hope and understanding for our war-weary world. Join us from 8:45 to 9:45 on Sunday mornings. Our March 11th session will address chapters 1 and 2.
The Search Committee for a new bishop (the Diocesan Discernment Committee) is inviting open conversations in parishes and with clergy in the quest of a Bishop to follow the tenure of Bishop Stephen Lane in 2019. The committee encourages all in the diocese to send the committee feedback via surveys or from listening sessions in their parishes to clarify the qualities desirable in our next Bishop. An open discussion to get input from St. Luke’s member will be held Sunday, March 4, after the 10:00 service. Your diocesan delegates, alternates, and representatives on the search and transition teams will be there to hear your ideas. Please join us! A link to the survey is in the e-pistle. The survey deadline is February 25. See https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mainebishopsearch
Haiti Partnership Meeting: Our meeting for February has been cancelled. We’ll meet next on Sunday, March 11 at 11:40 am in the chapter room.
Twilight in the Chapel: We welcome musician Kate Beever to tonight’s 5:15 service. Please join us in the Chapel for an intimate and welcoming Rite II Eucharist with The Rev. Suzanne Roberts.
Newcomer’s Coffee and Class: Many have expressed interest in class to learn more about St. Luke’s and the Episcopal Church and perhaps even becoming an Episcopalian through the service of Confirmation. In response, we will have a series of Lenten “Discovery Opportunities” held on Sundays from 11:45-12:30. While these opportunities are designed for newcomers, they are a wonderful refresher on “what it means to be an Episcopalian” and a time to ask questions and develop connections with others in the congregation.
February 25 St. Luke’s tour: our history, our present, our future; how our community works
March 4 The Episcopal Church: our core values, our mission, our beliefs in action
March 18 Putting Tools to use: The Bible, the Prayer Book, Spirituality and Prayer
March 25 Living it out: Finding God in our lives
Tai Chi Health & Wellness: Drop into our beginner’s class on Tuesdays from 2 to 3 pm in the lower hall! All you need are comfortable clothes and flat shoes. A donation of $5 will be appreciated.
The Thursday pm Theological Study group reconvenes on March 1st. We will be concluding our study of Anders Nygren’s Commentary on Romans. Our next challenge will be Carl Jung’s Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self. In this volume, we’ll be reflecting on how Jesus as the Christ is the symbol for the Self. What light can Analytical Psychology spread on the person of Jesus as the Christ, and how God is present in the human soul? Can this greatest of the depth psychologies spread new light on how we are to understand the promised God-image within, or are Jung’s reflections simply a reinterpretation of St. Augustine’s insights? Join us at 7:00 pm in the Oratory. Please read Chapters one through three. All are welcome.
Parents — Do you need a night out? Come on over to St. Luke’s on Friday, March 2nd! Park your car in the church lot at 134 Park Street, drop off your kids, and enjoy a First Friday night out on the town. Your kids will have a fun-filled night with movies, games, crafts, dinner (Pizza & veggies provided for dinner) and more! Child care and fun provided by Portland Youth Group and their adult leaders. *To pre-register* email Katie Holicky, Youth Group Coordinator, at email@example.com. Walk-ins are also welcome!
The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross is sponsoring a Lenten quiet day with the Rev. Mary Lee Wile on the theme Prayers and Trees: how we are knit together with God, with one another, and with the whole created world. Please join us on Saturday, March 17 from 9:30-2 in the Upper Hall. Lunch is provided and childcare can be arranged upon request. FMI contact Sarah Braik firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-415-6556.
Upcoming Youth Offerings
Youth Confirmation Class: We have joined forces with The Reverend Larry Weeks and Trinity Episcopal Church for this year’s confirmation class. We meet today at 4:00 today in the Chapter room. Looking ahead, we are developing plans for a year-long confirmation program with Woodfords, Trinity and Hope Gateway that will begin in fall, for seventh graders on up.
Portland Area Youth Sleepover at St. Luke’s March 2/3: Middle and High School youth are invited to join the Portland Area Youth Group here for an overnight on March 2. Join us earlier in the evening for the “Park your car, park your kids” babysitting fundraiser (please arrive at 4:30 pm) and stay for a fun-filled night with your friends! Dinner & breakfast will be provided (please bring a snack to share).
A new “Club 56” is being started for 5th and 6th graders: The Portland area youth group with Woodfords, Hope Gateway, Trinity, and St. Luke’s is reaching out to 5th and 6th graders through “Club 56.” This is a parent run program, designed to get the kids looking forward to youth group. For information on all these, contact email@example.com or see Jon Radtke. A Parent’s Meeting for the Portland area youth group will be held March 4 from 2 – 3:30 pm at Woodfords Church.
Reach: Reaching In, Reaching Out, Reaching God, March 2-4, 2018 at Christ Church in Gardiner For middle schoolers in 6-8 grade We will reach inside ourselves to understand who we are right now, reach out to our community to help other people live out who they are, and use song and worship to find who we are called to be. Kids in grades 6-8 are invited to spend the weekend playing games, doing a service project, making friends, eating awesome food, and worshiping God together.
Called to Serve, March 16-18, 2018 at Grace Episcopal Church in Bath, For high schoolers Jesus calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves, and as a part of that love, we are called to serve. What does it mean to love? What does it mean to serve? How do we find the strength to do something that sometimes feels so hard? A team of youth staff and adults will lead us, as we spend a weekend together doing the work of serving others while figuring out how to keep up the energy to do that work. We will laugh together, sing together, serve together, pray together and make friends we can rely on as we figure out how we are called to serve.
Adult Lenten Studies
The Social Justice Bible Challenge meets Sunday mornings in lent at 9:00 in classroom 8. Lead by Jonathan Radtke and others, this class will explore the biblical roots of social justice. Students will be expected to read and reflect on forty daily readings. As a group, we will have an opportunity to share our reflections and insights. The class will use the book The Social Justice Bible Challenge: A 40 Day Bible Challenge, by the Marek Zabriskie which is available at https://www.forwardmovement.org
Inwardly Digest: The Prayer Book as a Guide to a Spiritual Life: Thursdays evenings at 7:00 in the Chapter Room, beginning February 15. Led by The Reverend Suzanne Roberts, M.D., this class will explore how the two thousand years of Christian tradition in the Book of Common Prayer can be used as a framework for deepening our spiritual lives. The class will use the book by Derek Olsen.