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, Evensong
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.)
Today at St. Luke’s
Welcome! There are greeters at the door who are available to answer any questions you might have about the Cathedral. Please join us for coffee hour after the service.
About Today’s Music: Today’s offertory anthem is written by American composer, Jane M. Marshall. Born in 1924, Ms. Marshall graduated from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, with both Bachelors and Masters degrees in music. Best known for her sacred choral works, she has deliberately and consistently selected meaningful, un-hackneyed texts for her compositions. The text of today’s anthem (published in 1995) comes from an old Gaelic rune – a rune being the legacy of an early writing system used for Germanic languages. The final line of the text summarizes the result of the narrator’s kind actions toward a stranger he or, perhaps, she had seen – “And the lark said in song, often goes love in the stranger’s guise” – and that thought draws our hearts and minds to the second great commandment as stated in today’s Gospel: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
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.
Trunk or Treating Today from 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.
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. The Rev. Suzanne Roberts will be the celebrant and preacher. We continue to evaluate this service. If you have feedback let us know!
Today’s Stewardship Message: In today’s Gospel Jesus boils down the hundreds of laws in the Torah to just two primary ones. The first commandment, “love God with all your heart and soul and mind,” may seem abstract, but it is foundational because it deals with our fundamental understanding of who we are. Genesis assures us that all of God’s creation is good, indeed very good. We are a part of that good creation, but we, who are created in the image of God, have special responsibility to nurture and care for the part of creation we inhabit as a steward would take care of his or her master’s property. In our Celtic heritage of incarnational theology we understand that God is present in all of God’s creation. When we are faithful to that understanding, everything we do, from mundane housework to sublime artistic accomplishments, becomes an act of devotion to God. What makes this commandment so demanding is its requirement that we put nothing in place of God ever. In other words, God demands that 100% of our personal and material resources be devoted to stewardship of our God-created and God-filled world. Our humanity allows many things to get in the way of this understanding of ourselves as both part of God’s holy creation and as stewards responsible for taking care of that creation. In Biblical terms these impediments are called, “idols. When our devotion drifts away from God-the-Creator and toward idols such as Scarcity, Greed, and Power we deny the truth of who God is and who we are. Idols may have been the original “alternative facts.” As we consider renewing our pledge of support for God’s Church in the coming year, we should first consider how our commitment to God’s church will help us renew our devotion to loving God with all our heart and soul and mind and then act accordingly.
Diocesan Convention thanks: Thank you to our delegates Sam Allen, Lisle Blind, George Cooper, Fred Fowler, and Jack Swanton who, along David Savage, Thurl Headen, Albert Melton, Suzanne Roberts and Ben Shambaugh who represented St. Luke’s at this weekend’s Diocesan Convention in Bangor. See more at www.episcopalmaine.org .
An All Saints Day Service: Will be held, Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 12:10 in the chapel.
Kitchen design: We are hopeful that Phase II of the Living Stones Campaign will be able to fund major renovations to St. Luke’s kitchen. A Foodservice Consultant, Tom McArdle, has been engaged to help us select equipment and lay out a new design for the kitchen. Tom would like to meet with interested past and future users of the kitchen to help him better understand our needs. We’ve arranged the meeting for 5 P.M. Wednesday, November 1 in the kitchen. Please join us if you’re interested.
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.
Thank you to all who attended the Time and Talent Fair after church on St. Luke’s Sunday. Some of the many good ideas suggested in each area of our activity, Education, Outreach, Parish Life and Worship, included more education on spiritual growth in body, mind and spirit; more on economic justice and the social gospel; reach out to war veterans; obtain a van to deliver clothes around Portland; broaden community dinner outreach; more information available at the entrances; and discussion about how we can grow our young adult and children ministries, among others. Thank you also to those who submitted pledge cards, pledging to devote time and talent to St. Luke’s missions and ministries. There will also be a Time and Talent pledge card in your stewardship materials, to be mailed to you soon.
Nominations for vestry, diocesan delegates, Bishop discernment/search committee, Bishop transition committee: As of November 1, nominations (via forms available from the cathedral office) will be open for members of the vestry, St. Luke’s delegates to the 2018 diocesan convention and the 2019 special convention that will elect the next bishop of Maine. Nomination applications are also open until Nov 8 (via the diocesan website) for members of the Bishop discernment/search committee and the Bishop transition committee. It would be wonderful to have St. Luke’s represented on these committees. For more information, see Dean Shambaugh
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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