Did you know that December 6 (not December 25) is St Nicholas’ Day? 

December 7, 2022

A Piece by Dean Shambaugh, Did you know that December 6 (not December 25) is St Nicholas’ Day?  St. Nicholas is a 4th century bishop of Myrna (in Turkey) who was known for his generosity, particularly in one story of giving gold coins to young children.  Brought to America by Dutch colonialists and immortalized in […]

Feeling Blue in Advent

November 30, 2022

You may have noticed that we have been using blue instead of purple as our liturgical color this Advent. Blue is a “Sarum” color, coming from rites developed at Salisbury Cathedral in the 11th century, restored during the English Reformation, then rediscovered during the Oxford movement of the latter 19th century.  Blue was used with […]

A New Look at Thanksgiving

November 17, 2022

A Reflection by the Very Rev. Benjamin A. Shambaugh, Dean Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love gathering with family. I love Thanksgiving hymns and prayers and the story of Indigenous peoples helping European settlers to survive their first winter here and the celebration of that in a feast. A film from Sacred […]

Reflection on Diocesan Convention from Dean Shambaugh

October 27, 2022

-The Very Rev. Benjamin A. Shambaugh, Dean The Annual Convention of the Diocese of Maine was held last Saturday. Delegates from congregations across the state gathered on zoom to worship, pass resolutions, approve a budget, elect positions, and hear the bishop’s address.  Resolutions were passed on Evangelism, on Deacons, on Indigenous Sovereignty, on repentance for […]

PPEAT Eco-Tips

October 27, 2022

The recently passed Inflation Reduction Act offers a number of initiatives for changing from fossil fuel usage to electricity and renewable energy. The website  www.rewiringamerica.org is an excellent guide to these federal incentives. In addition to these federal opportunities, Efficiency Maine gives rebates for insulation, heat pump installation, and electric as well as hybrid vehicles. See www.efficiencymaine.com […]

All Saints Day; November 6th

October 27, 2022

Remembering the Faithful Departed: On November 6, we will pray for all those who have died since All Saints Day last year. If you have a name that you would like printed in the Sunday bulletin, please send it to office@cathedralofstluke.org by Monday, October 31. November 6 is a traditional day for Baptisms. If you are interested, please email Dean Shambaugh. Following the 10:00 service we will […]

St. Luke’s Day, October 16th

October 12, 2022

October 16 is our celebration of St. Luke’s Day. The scriptures mention Luke as a traveling companion of Paul, who referred to him as “my beloved Physician” and today’s letter from Timothy suggests that Luke stayed with Paul to care for him at the end of his life. Tradition says that Luke was also a […]

Spiritual Fitness. Spiritual Readiness. Spiritual Resilience.

October 6, 2022

-Written by the Very Rev. Benjamin A. Shambaugh, Dean of the Cathedral In my role as a United States Coast Guard chaplain, I am responsible for the spiritual fitness, readiness and resilience of the people in my care. You could say the same about my role as a priest. Like physical fitness spiritual fitness helps […]

Sermon of the Day: October 2, 2022 Proper 22C: Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4 , 2 Timothy 1:1-14 , Luke 17:5-10

October 5, 2022

As part of our “Sermon of the Day Blog” parishioners now have the ability to read and engage with reflections offered from the previous week’s service. To read Dean Shambaugh’s sermon from October 2nd, please select here.

Sermon of the Day: Proper 21C: Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15; 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31 “God sees you”

September 28, 2022

As part of our new “Sermon of the Day Blog” parishioners now have the ability to read and engage with reflections offered from the previous week’s service. To read Dean Shambaugh’s sermon from September 25th, please select here. 

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