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Father Andrew Stoessel
Fr. Andrew Stoessel

From the Rector
Let the rumble of the traffic diminish and the song of the birds grow clear and may the Son of God come striding towards you walking on these stones.—Caroline Moore, for St. Aidan’s Chapel, Bradford Cathedral, West Yorkshire, England

The above prayer comes from a small book, A Celtic Liturgy, compiled by Pat Robson, published by the SPCK in 2008. I bought the book six years ago while on sabbatical in northern Wales. I had just finished a course there on Celtic Christianity. The book has been sitting quietly on my shelf since. Moved by something—let’s say God’s Spirit, who knows my needs before I ask—I picked it off my shelf just before leaving for vacation a little over a week ago. I’m glad I did.

Both Sue and I feel blessed to be able to return in past years to the same summer cottage overlooking Penobscot Bay in downeast Maine. We find it a very peaceful and restorative place.  Looking out across the water we frequently spot seals, porpoise, and various large and small birds: eagles, osprey, loons, cormorants, eiders and other ducks, and different gulls. On land we hear the ethereal call of a wood thrush, the happy chirping of chickadees, and the bright songs of warblers. We glimpse the occasional rabbit, squirrel, fox and deer. ... Read more in the Newsletter

Kelley Howells
Kelley Howells
From the Church School
We will be gathering all Church School and Nursery families for our second annual end of the year breakfast celebration at 9:30 am on our last day June 7th! We plan for parents and children to arrive to the Chapter Room by 9:30 am and for all to enjoy some breakfast treats while parents fill out registration forms for the fall to get a jump on next year’s program. By 10:00 am parents should head into services, while activities and fun continue for the children in our outside space, weather permitting. Children will join the service at our usual time. ... Read more in the latest Church School Notes
Dr. Douglas Major
Dr. Douglas Major
From the Music Director
Please join us on Sunday 7/5 at 12 noon, for the Independence Day Organ Recital (free). I'll be playing music by American composers, Sousa, Gershwin, and Joplin, and to mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” which will be narrated by Victor A. Wild. As always there will be the fun "Name That Tune" contest. The winner receives two free lobster rolls! ... Read more in Doug's Column
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Holy Week Services Why We Sing lecture promo St. Michael's interior shot Stations of the Cross promo
Michaelmas 2014 Howie Gate Evensong promo First Communion group photo
Organ Recital Series St. Michael's weather vane Organ Recital Series promo St. Michael's interior from back
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Summer Worship Schedule (July & August)
Holy Eucharist
Sundays at 9:00 am, Rite II
Wednesdays at 9:30 am, Rite I

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

Child Care
downstairs each Sunday from 9:30–11:30 am
resumes Sunday September 13th

Choral Evensong
1st Sunday of each month at 5:00 pm
(Oct–May)

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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
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Signup sheets are posted outside the Parish Hall. If you are unavailable to help during the event, please consider a monetary donation to help defray the associated costs. You may also...

Bake Cookies
Help is needed to make Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies or Market Basked Chocolate Chip or Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Both brands can be found in the dairy section of the grocery store. Bake according to directions. Then, include two cookies of the same type in one baggie and place one or two dozen of these baggies into a larger zip-lock bag. Mark on the outside of the larger bag what type of cookie and the quantity of baggies contained. Please put them in the upstairs freezer at church. Thank you!

Photos of the Steeple and more!
Check out our Flickr page to see photos of the Tercentenary Michaelmas Celebration with the Bishop of London, the Blessing of the Animals, the steeple raising, and more.


Wed 7/1
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:45 am Staff Meeting
6:00-8:00 pm Festival of Arts exhibits open to public

Thu 7/2
2:00-7:00 pm Festival of Arts exhibits open to public

Fri 7/3
Office Closed
10:00 am-5:00 pm Festival of Arts exhibits open to public
11:00 am-3:00 pm Lobster Lunch served
11:00 am-3:00 pm Historic Church Tours

Sat 7/4 Independence Day
10:00 am-5:00 pm Festival of Arts exhibits open to public
11:00 am-3:00 pm Lobster Lunch served
11:00 am-3:00 pm Historic Church Tours
Revere Bell ringing 7:30-8:00 am, 12:00-12:30 pm, 6:00-6:30 pm

Sun 7/5
9:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II (one service only)
11:00 am-3:00 pm Lobster Lunch served
11:00 am-3:00 pm Historic Church Tours
12:00 pm Organ Recital: Doug Major & "Name That Tune"
12:00-5:00 pm Festival of Arts exhibits open to public

Mon 7/6
9:00 am–12:00 pm Tent removal and Festival of Arts cleanup

Tue 7/7
9:00 am–12:00 pm Festival of Arts cleanup
5:00 pm St. Michael's Team at My Brother's Table (Lynn)
6:00 pm Art pickup

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July–August 2015
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