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Father Andrew Stoessel
Fr. Andrew Stoessel

From the Rector
Capturing the Wind
A few years ago, in the course of a conversation with a spiritual director, I spoke of my then sailboat and sailing. “What does it have to teach you?” he asked me, referring not just to the boat but also the endeavor. I responded quickly, “Everything!” The old boat was new to me. I knew my learning curve was steep. Living in a community of life-long sailors of every level, I sensed those around me would likely forget more than I would ever know! Obviously, his question was an invitation to look well beyond the mere bounds of boat maintenance and sailing. The spiritual director’s question has stayed with me through many other endeavors and tasks. That particular sailboat is gone now. A smaller one has replaced it. I know more, it is true, and still have much to learn!

Later in the conversation he related the gift of the Holy Spirit with the wind propelling a sailboat: sails and headings are adjusted to best capture the wind and course direction, just as we adjust and shift as the Spirit leads us through familiar and new ministries. ...
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Kelley Howells
Kelley Howells
From the Church School
In May, both Church School Groups continued their study of Saints and Easter People. We learned about St. Augustine of Hippo and Mother Teresa of Calcutta and were inspired by their lives and their good works.

Some highlights this month include the wonderful job done by Church School and Supper Club members as they took on various roles in our Intergenerational Service on May 8th. Also, Church School members worked hard to beautify the grounds on the Pleasant Street side of the property on Rogation Sunday, May 15th. A huge thank you goes to all of the families who donated plants, loaned tools, and volunteered to help. Our garden looks spectacular! ...
Read more in the latest Church School Notes
Dr. Douglas Major
Dr. Douglas Major
From the Music Director
On Sunday 6/5, our Youth Choir will be travelling to St. John's Episcopal Church in Gloucester to join their Youth Choir for Choral Evensong. The choirs have learned a beautiful setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by my dear friend and colleague David Hogan. He was a very fine tenor in my choir at Washington Cathedral, and tragically perished in the TWA flight that went down off of Long Island in 1996. He was a music educator and a fine composer whose work we performed regularly in Washington. St. John's Church is located at 48 Middle Street, Gloucester, MA, and parking is available just off Washington Street. ... Read more in Doug's Column
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Regular Worship Schedule
Holy Eucharist
Sundays at 8:00 am, Rite I
Sundays at 10:00 am, Rite II
Wednesdays at 9:30 am, Rite II

Summer Worship Schedule
Holy Eucharist
Sundays at 9:00 am, Rite II

Church School
each Sunday at 9:45 am

Child Care
downstairs each Sunday from 9:30–11:30 am
resumes in September

Choral Evensong
1st Sunday of each month at 5:00 pm


Our Mission is to seek transformation in God's grace by worshipping God in prayer, song, and study; loving and serving our neighbor in and outside our parish Community; and being good stewards of God's creation.

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Lobster Lunch Signup!
Signup sheets are in the lobby next to the Parish Hall doors. We will be sending an email soon with a link to sign up online. Online sign-ups will be added to the lobby sign-up. Contact Ellie Doyle if you have questions.

Altar Flowers
One of the gifts of spring and summer are the wonderful flowers in our gardens and on our altar. Contact Anne Foster (or the Church Office) if you have flowers in your garden that can be cut for the altar. Thank you!

Photos of the Steeple and more!
Check out our Flickr page to see photos from Tercentenary events, the Heart of Christmas Fair, our Lobster Luncheon, the Blessing of the Animals, the steeple raising, and more.

Wed 6/29
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I

Thu 6/30
6:00–8:00 pm Lobster Lunch Tent Setup and Festival of Arts Exhibit

Fri 7/1
10:00 am Table & Chairs set up by high school & Supper Club youth
2:00–7:00 pm Festival of Arts Exhibits open
5:00 pm Lobster Lunch Setup

Sat 7/2
10:00 am–4:00 pm Thrift Shop open
10:00 am–5:00 pm Festival of Arts Exhibit
11:00 am–3:00 pm Lobster Lunch and Historic Church Open House

Sun 7/3
9:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:00 am–4:00 pm Thrift Shop open
11:00 am–3:00 pm Lobster Lunch and Historic Church Open House

Mon 7/4
10:00 am–4:00 pm Thrift Shop open
11:00 am–3:00 pm Lobster Lunch and Historic Church Open House
12:00 pm Bell Ringing
12:30 pm Organ Recital & Concert with Doug Major
6:00 pm Bell Ringing

Tue 7/5
5:00 pm St. Michael's Team at My Brother's Table (Lynn)

Wed 7/6
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I

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