The Feast Day of Absalom Jones

February 13, 2022

February 13 is the feast day of Absalom Jones.  Jones is one of the most important Episcopalians we remember and honor in our Church calendar.  He is a man who broke barriers in many ways; beginning life as an enslaved human being in the time of slavery in the United States, and as a disciple […]

Cover Letter: Be Brilliant

January 23, 2022

One of the things that attracted me to my volunteer work as a Coast Guard was the idea of cross-training, of getting a refresher on ministry, and learning things that would enhance my ministry at St. Luke’s.  I was reminded of this last week, when I received a letter from Captain Clifford Stuart, the Chaplain […]

Cover Letter: Wedding at Cana

January 17, 2022

The gospel for last Sunday was the story of the Wedding at Cana.  Mary and Jesus were at a wedding. The hosts ran out of wine. Mary told Jesus and 12 huge jars of water were turned into wine, not just ordinary wine, but the very best.  It is amazing to me that Jesus’ first […]

Reparative Work: Enriching our Worship

January 17, 2022

Last Sunday’s sermon and the lead Opinion Page article in the last Maine Sunday Telegram both addressed the history of Portland and the relationship of Maine to the slave trade.  The bottom line is that the money trail is as clear as the triangular trade. Though our ancestors may not have owned slaves, we – […]

Cover Letter: There Is A Crack In Everything

January 13, 2022

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”  Leonard Cohen The numbers are a bit scary.  Not just numbers related to Covid or Climate, but also numbers related to church.  Even after including on-line views, our attendance is less than half what it was before the pandemic. With the loss of […]

Cover Letter: A Church that Looks and Acts Like Jesus

January 7, 2022

A Church that Looks and Acts Like Jesus Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has consistently invited Episcopalians to reimagine ourselves as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, a community of followers who live Jesus’ Way of Love. In these times of challenge and change, he offers this statement and the accompanying resources as a prayer, […]