Welcome to St. Luke’s Cathedral

St. Luke’s is part of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement in Portland
and the chief mission church for the diocese of Maine.

We are both a warm congregation and a house of prayer for all people.
We welcome visitors from all over the world.

Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here.

We are a community of faith with ancient worship and contemporary thought,

Catholic traditions, and progressive theology,

a Biblical perspective for thinking people, a respect for reason, science, and

diversity of perspective, compassion and care for the wider community and one another, and

a commitment to radical welcome and inclusion…

all modeled on the Kingdom of God that Jesus proclaimed.

Whoever you are and wherever you may be in your journey through life, we welcome you!

This Week:

Today at St. Luke’s

The Flowers on the altar today are given by The Rev. Samuel Henderson to the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of Christopher L. Henderson.

St. Luke’s Day Time and Talent Ministry Celebration:  After today’s 10:00 service, you are invited to join in conversation about and celebration of our major areas of ministry: Worship, Parish Life, Education and Outreach. Facilitators will lead a discussion about your visions and dreams for in each area, then the Chairs of our missions and ministries will be available to speak with you about opportunities to help fulfill St. Luke’s mission and help our congregation grow. We’ll have a Time and Talent pledge card, Frequently Asked Questions and Spiritual Gifts Survey.  Please join us for coffee hour in the Chapel followed by the Ministry Celebration  in the Nave.

The Explorers are reading J. Philip Newell’s Listening to the Heartbeat of God: An introduction to Celtic Spirituality. This book presents a spirituality for today, modeled on the vital characteristics of Celtic spirituality through the centuries. Here is an emphasis on the essential goodness of creation and humanity made in the image of God. This book traces the lines of Celtic spirituality from the British church in the fourth century through to the twentieth century, in the founder of the Iona Community, George Macleod. Refresh the roots of your faith with us on Sundays from 8:45 ’til 9:45.

Twilight in the Chapel:  We are delighted to welcome musician Gary Richardson to our twilight service tonight. Please join us at 5:15 in Emmanuel Chapel for an intimate and welcoming Rite II Eucharist.  Dean Shambaugh will be the celebrant and preacher.

Upcoming Events

October 26              Thursday night Supper

October 28              Diocesan Convention in Bangor

October 29              Trunk or Treat, Halloween Party

November 1           All Saint’s Day (12:10 service)

November 4           Oratorio Chorale Presents Handel’s “Messiah”

November 5           All Saint’s Day, Kneeler Dedication, Baptisms

November 11        St. Luke’s Holiday Fair (Part of the State Street Stroll)

November 19        Youth Led Worship Service & Stewardship Ingathering

November 22        Thanksgiving Eve Ecumenical Service (at Trinity on Forest Ave.)

Announcements

The Thursday Theological Study group has begun its eighth consecutive year.  We will use this study time to understand better and to analyze Jesus’ teaching on the Gospel, and the inauguration of the New Aeon.  Facilitating our study will be Paul Tillich’s The New Being, and Anders Nygren’s Commentary on the Romans. Dr. Robert Hanson will present papers on the several stages of the issue.  All are welcome.

Thursday night dinners resume Oct. 26th:   A community supper will be held on Oct. 26th from 6:00 to 7:30 in the lower hall.  The menu will be spaghetti and homemade sauce – with or without meatballs, fresh salad, bread, butter, and dessert.  Your free will offering is welcome. We’ll be gathering close to All Saints Day and will have an All Saints Trivia Challenge with a special prize to the winner(s). Come and share in food, fellowship, and fun! Bring your kids! Newcomers are encouraged to come!

Diocesan Convention, Oct. 28: Please pray for our delegates Sam Allen, Lisle Blind, George Cooper, Fred Fowler, and Jack Swanton who, along with David Savage, Thurl Haeden, Albert Melton, Suzanne Roberts and Ben Shambaugh, will be at the Diocesan Convention in Bangor this coming weekend.  See the Diocesan website for more information and live streaming of the convention,  www.episcopalmaine.org .

Trunk or Treating, Sunday, October 29, 2:30-4:30:  Bring the kids for our annual trunk or treat and haunted hallway!  It’s a fun and safe way to celebrate Halloween and a great way to reach out to the families in our neighborhood.

All Saint’s Day (November 5):

Remembering the Faithful Departed: We will pray for all those who have died since All Saints Day last year.

Memorial Flowers Special memorial bouquets in memory of loved ones are available for All Saint’s Day.   A suggested fee of $25 covers the cost of a bouquet arranged by the Flower Guild to be attached to the person’s pew in the Nave or Chapel with a card.  The flowers are meant to be taken home afterwards to enjoy.  Email  office@cathedralofstluke.org  by Nov. 1 to participate.

Baptisms will be held at the 10:00 service. If you are interested, please see one of the clergy.

Dedication of Kneelers:  Kneelers for St. Luke, St. Cuthbert’s, MacMahan Island, St. Margaret’s, Belfast and St. John, Presque Isle will be dedicated at 10am.

Holiday Fair, November 11, 9am-3pm:  Planning for the fair is in full swing and we are still accepting your donations! You may bring your household items, jewelry, crafts, books, tools, attic treasures, Christmas decorations, children’s toys and games to church on Sunday or drop them off in the lower vestibule during office hours. If you need us to pick up your donations, please contact Dawn at dbrennandaly@gmail.com.

We have already received many wonderful items for the fair and will be sorting on Sundays from now until Nov. 5th. Please help us out by joining us after Coffee Hour in the Under Croft. Many helping hands make for a lighter task! Thank you all for your continued support.  Dawn Brennan-Daly  &  Margo Hill

Prayer Shawl Knitters:  The Blessing of the Prayer Shawls will be held on Sunday, January 21 during the 10am service.  Knitters, please let me know how many prayer shawls you will have completed   Helen Smith, Chair

Please check out the upcoming events on our calendar. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Worship

Spiritual Education

Prayer & Care

In Contribution

Community Outreach

Connection & Fellowship

What people say about St Luke’s…

“A welcoming space. You can come as you are.”

“Strong church school and youth programs.”

“Strong sense of social justice through action.”

“The Dean believes in preaching with a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other.”

“The tradition is grounding and comforting.”

“Musical excellence.”

“People take on leadership roles because they want to serve.”

“This is a place where God is.”