E-pistle


E-pistle- May 19

The twentieth anniversary of Albert Melton's arrival at St. Luke's as Cathedral Musician

This fall will mark the twentieth anniversary of Albert Melton's arrival at St. Luke's as Cathedral Musician. Our beloved Albert has served faithfully and well, playing the organ, training the Choir... More »

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Post Date: Friday, May 19, 2017 3:34 PM

E-Pistle May 10

Some writers have suggested that a major contribution of the Abrahamic religions has been to replace a cyclical world view with a linear one in which humanity progresses toward an end time, one in which Christians look for the return of Christ.

Some writers have suggested that a major contribution of the Abrahamic religions has been to replace a cyclical world view with a linear one in which humanity progresses toward an end time, one in... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, May 14, 2017 4:48 PM

E-pistle May 3

Would you like to write an E-pistle cover letter?

Would you like to write an E-pistle cover letter?  While Dean Shambaugh is gone on Sabbatical, the e-pistle cover letters will be written by staff and volunteers.  This is a great way... More »

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Post Date: Saturday, May 06, 2017 6:08 PM

E-pistle April 28

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Join us May 13th for Maine Walks with Haiti

In late February Wisly Clairis the school director of St. Simon and St. Jude married his long-time sweetheart. He asked me to come down for the wedding and to be the couple's godmother, a tradition... More »

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Post Date: Wednesday, May 03, 2017 12:18 PM

E-pistle April 21

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From the Rev. Samuel Henderson

I wanted to take a brief moment to introduce myself to you and tell you how pleased and honored I am to be among you as your priest and pastor while Dean Shambaugh is taking his well-deserved... More »

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Post Date: Wednesday, May 03, 2017 12:09 PM

E-pistle April 14

It's all one story

It's all one story.   Last Sunday we began the great journey of Holy Week. On Palm Sunday, we re-enacted Jesus' triumphal entry to Jerusalem by processing with palms from Longfellow square.... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, April 16, 2017 6:26 AM

Holy Week through the Eyes of Egeria

A summary of Holy Week from the 3rd Century for today

On Egeria's travels... and our own. (A brief history and overview of Holy Week)   In the period between 381 and 384 AD, a woman named Egeria made a remarkable journey from Spain to the Holy... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, April 09, 2017 1:22 PM

E-pistle March 31

Render to Caesar what is Caesar's... or not!

In Matthew chapter 22, the Pharisees ask Jesus "Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?" He said "Show me the coin for the tax." "Whose likeness and inscription is this?" They said, "Caesar's."... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, April 02, 2017 8:40 AM

E-pistle March 15

How the Irish saved the church

I have always loved St. Patrick's Day. In Chicago where I grew up, they had a huge parade and dyed the river green. In New York where I went to seminary, local pubs featured Irish music "sessions"... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017 7:14 AM

E-pistle March 10

Education plus

Education plus   These days, if you go to a seminary or a conference on Christian Education, you quickly learn that what we have thought of as Sunday School, youth group or adult... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, March 12, 2017 7:16 AM

E-pistle March 2

The Great Lengthening of Days

The Great Lengthening of Days    What are you giving up for Lent? This question frequently comes up this time of year and is usually answered with some sort of answer like... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, March 05, 2017 6:26 AM

E-pistle February 16

Snow Days and Sabbaticals

Snow Days and Sabbaticals    Do you remember the excitement of snow days when you were young? No school, playing with friends, watching TV, hanging out, building snow-forts and... More »

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Post Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017 10:43 AM

E-pistle, February 11

Absalam Jones

Dear Ben    In the post-revolutionary era, the Episcopal Church was struggling to find its identity. On the one hand, with many of the founders being Episcopalian (including George... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, February 12, 2017 6:21 AM

E-pistle February 1

In the heart of the city with the city in our heart

Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. (Jeremiah 29:7) These words were written to a... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, February 05, 2017 6:27 AM

E-pistle January 27

"Friluftsliv," "Shinrin Yoku"

"Friluftsliv," "Shinrin Yoku"   These were the answers to the question. A friend had just asked me what I did to stay centered and grounded. I knew what I wanted to say but could not... More »

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Post Date: Friday, January 27, 2017 4:22 PM

E-pistle January 19

Religion and Politics?

I have often been told that politics and religion do not mix.    I wonder if those who say this truly understand religion or politics... or the first amendment of the constitution... More »

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Post Date: Saturday, January 21, 2017 7:43 PM

Invocation for the NAACP MLK Dinner

Invocation for the Martin Luther King Dinner at the Holiday Inn by the Bay

  In this season which Christians call Epiphany when the wise men who followed the star reminds wise men and women that the light of Christmas came not just for one nations but for all nations... More »

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Post Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 9:41 AM

E-pistle January 13

Walking the walk and making Epiphany real

Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 7:21)   I recently saw... More »

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Post Date: Monday, January 16, 2017 2:57 PM

E-pistle, Dec 21

I heard the bells on Christmas Day

Did you know that as well as being Jesus' birthday, Christmas is the birthday of St. Luke's? The first service in this cathedral was held on December 25, 1868. Henry Wadwsorth Longfellow... More »

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Post Date: Saturday, December 24, 2016 2:40 PM

E-pistle, December 14

The Magnificence of the Magnificat

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the... More »

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Post Date: Saturday, December 24, 2016 2:40 PM

E-pistle December 9

Our duty to be joyful

It was getting late. We were most of the way through a two-hour rehearsal and people were getting tired, tripping over tempo changes, and making simple mistakes. There was only a dress rehearsal left... More »

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Post Date: Friday, December 09, 2016 10:42 AM

Climate Spirituality speach to Environment Maine

The "Why" of caring for creation

Address to Allagash Climate Summit – Environment Maine - December 8, 2016 God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise. At your command all things came to be:... More »

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Post Date: Friday, December 09, 2016 10:41 AM

E-pistle Dec 2

A Twilight Moment

In Jewish tradition, a new day begins at sundown. That's the reason Shabbat is celebrated on Friday night, Christmas Eve counts as the first service of Christmas, and Saturday night services fulfill... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, December 04, 2016 6:40 AM

E-pistle November 23

The first snow

The first snowfall has come, bringing with it a blanket of freshness, of beauty, and quiet. It tells us that the seasons are changing, that we will quickly move from Thanksgiving to Advent, that four... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, November 27, 2016 6:57 AM

E-pistle November 18

Lead us not into temptation

Two weeks ago, I talked about Dr. Donna Hicks' work with the clergy of the diocese on dignity. In my e-pistle cover, I gave you her essential elements of dignity - ways to build up the dignity of... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, November 20, 2016 7:06 AM

A Message of Welcome

Un message pour les réfugiés et les immigrants à Portland et au Maine:

Un message pour les réfugiés et les immigrants à Portland et au Maine: Nous sommes heureux que vous soyez ici. Nous sommes bénis parce que vous êtes ici. Nous vous... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, November 13, 2016 7:08 AM

E-pistle November 11

It's our turn

It’s up to us.   The election is over. The people have spoken. There is grief on one side and jubilation on the other. What’s going to happen next isn’t clear. What is clear... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, November 13, 2016 7:05 AM

Prayers for the election

Election Prayers from the Episcopal Church

“If we who are Christians participate in the political process and in the public discourse as we are called to do — the New Testament tells us that we are to participate in the life of... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, November 06, 2016 3:34 PM

On Dignity

10 Essentials of Dignity

Practicing Dignity 1 – the Essential Elements   On Tuesday, Harvard University professor Dr. Donna Hicks met with the clergy of the diocese of Maine to talk about her work on human... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, November 06, 2016 3:32 PM

On Standing Rock

Episcopalians, prayer, and our Native American brothers and sisters

The Indians lost last night.   The World Series has been a magnificent distraction from the election. Both teams played wonderfully and, to the glee of my Chicago roots, the Cubs won. In... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, November 06, 2016 3:31 PM

E-pistle, October 28

Living Local: Joining God

Living Local: Joining God   As those who attended last week’s convention heard in the bishop’s address, the Episcopal Diocese of Maine is embarking on a journey of transformation... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, October 30, 2016 7:01 AM

E-pistle, October 20

Subsidiary, Diocesan Convention, and you!

Decisions are best made on a local level.   Or, to quote Tip O’Neil “All politics is local.” Did you know that what sounds like a campaign slogan for the school board is... More »

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Post Date: Friday, October 21, 2016 10:24 AM

E-pistle, October 14

To respect the dignity of every human being

To respect the dignity of every human being.   I was bullied as a child. An awkward and uncoordinated kid who was neither good at or interested in sports, I was a frequent target from my... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, October 16, 2016 7:15 AM

E-pistle, October 7

There are people there

I have been closely following the meeting of the Arctic Council being held in Portland this week. I love stories of exploration and the sea and have long had a romantic fascination with the history... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, October 09, 2016 7:10 AM

E-pistle September 23

What is it with the Creed?

What is it about the creed?   Earlier this month, we moved back into using a more traditional liturgy, including the saying of the Nicene Creed. Almost immediately, one person told me that he... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, October 02, 2016 4:58 PM

E-pistle Sept 30

Draw what you see

Draw what you see.   This is the advice that Professor Charles Hawthorn of the Cape Cod School of Art famously gave his students. It sounds simple but is much harder than one might... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, October 02, 2016 4:57 PM

Address at dedication of Rose Window

Rose Window thank yous

I welcome you to St. Luke’s Cathedral and this special celebration of Evensong in which we rededicate the Rose Window and celebrate the rebuilding of the East Wall and the repair of much of the... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, September 18, 2016 6:23 PM

E-pistle Sept 16

A Rose Window and A Thank You

A Rose Window   Have you noticed how the focal point of the cathedral is not the crucifixion shown in the window to the left of the altar or the resurrection shown in the window to the right,... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, September 18, 2016 3:30 PM

E-pistle Sept 9

What makes your heart sing?

What makes your heart sing?   One of the things I did on vacation was to build a sleeping loft at my dad’s camp. After seeing me disappear into the cabin and make a couple (long) trips... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016 7:22 AM

E-pistle September 2

On Labor Day

  It's Labor Day weekend, the unofficial last gasp of summer, the beginning of the school year, and the last chance to gather with friends and family before the fall... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, September 04, 2016 12:16 PM

E-pistle August 12

Reflections on an Experiment in Worship

It has been an interesting experiment.   Thank you for your many thoughts about this summer's worship. Though there is a little debate over one or two staples, most people like the... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, August 14, 2016 6:35 AM

E-pistle, August 5

For whom the bell tolls

Ask not for whom the bell tolls…   After two days of camping in Baxter State Park last week, Shari and I made a stop in Millinocket… and I made a quick visit to St.... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, August 07, 2016 9:16 AM

E-pistle July 29

Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina: another way to experience scripture, another way to pray   Looking for a new way to experience scripture or to pray? Consider Lectio Divina. Developed by monastic communities in... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, July 31, 2016 8:37 AM

E-pistle July 22

Breathing life into an old practice

Breathing life into an ancient practice.Have you ever been stuck in traffic and found yourself getting more and more frustrated? I remember describingthese feelings to a nun who lived in New York... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, July 24, 2016 7:32 AM

E-pistle, July 15

Swimming in a sea of priviledge

I don’t understand.   I have traveled extensively in the US and abroad. I have lived overseas. For a while I attended a seminary where I was the only white student and worked at a church... More »

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Post Date: Sunday, July 17, 2016 8:55 AM