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Thursday, March 7, 2024


What does social justice mean for Episcopalians?

"Social justice" likely means different things to different people, including us Episcopalians.  John Hennessy, our Diocesan Director of Public Advocacy, will be here this Sunday, March 10 for the 10:30 worship service and coffee hour, and at Noon, will speak to the above question from our baptismal covenant perspective, to put feet on it and to describe what it looks like in our Diocese, our community and Maine. Come with your questions, hear about ways you can make a difference in our society and to learn about St. David’s Social Justice Council. Questions? Contact Roy Smoot.

Lenten Discussion Group Sundays at 9:30!

Join us on Sunday mornings in Lent for a discussion of Walking with Suffering Creation. Written by St. David’s Earth Keeper, Mary Jane O’Connor-Ropp, this 8 day meditative guide offers an invitation to experience different aspects of creation (e.g., trees, water, the air we breathe, our non-human relatives, etc.), to reflect on our own relationship with each one, and to offer a prayer for healing. Copies are available on the piano in the Great Hall. This meditation booklet is also available on-line. Please contact the church office if you would like to receive a copy by e-mail.


Mary Jane invites you to share your thoughts and responses to this meditation experience each Sunday morning at 9:30 in the church library.

Sanctuary Open for Prayer

St. David's sanctuary will be open and available for prayer and meditation on Wednesdays during Lent from 2:30-4:30. Drop by!

Maine's Welcoming Library is at St. David's!

Stop by the display in the Great Hall to check out the Welcoming Library at St. David's! This is a traveling ministry of the Diocese of Maine's Racial Justice Commission, and includes 30 children's books that focus on welcoming the stranger. It will be at St. David's through the end of Lent. Stop by and check out a book! More information in the Great Hall.

Stations of the Cross during Lent

The final three Stations offerings are:

March 8 - Stations of the Cross Traditional (St. George's)

March 15 - Mary's way of the Cross (St. David's)

March 22 - The Way of the Cross; Deacon Jean's liturgy (St. George's)  

Secret Prayer Pal update

Are you praying for your Prayer Pal every day during Lent? You may choose to send a note or card to your SPP during this time. Do not sign your name, just sign, “your Prayer Pal”. Drop your card in the wooden box on the Information Table and it will be delivered. We will all meet our Secret Prayer Pal on the Sunday after Easter, April 7th, at coffee hours. 

Soup Bowl for Lent

Several years I bought a beautiful soup bowl at the Harvest Fair. I used it often, but as Lent approached I was reminded of all our local neighbors who experience food insecurity. During the days of Lent that year I asked parishioners to put an empty bowl on their table and put what they could in support of our Hands Across Our Community food pantry. Some people put their pocket change in the bowl at the end of the day, others, bills of various denominations, and other folks wrote checks, or maybe calculate the cost of meals made in your kitchen and make that your donation. With the cost of food being high I’m again asking for you to put an empty bowl on your table during the days of Lent and prayerfully consider how you might help to assure that the pantry shelves are full for those needing this important support.

Deacon Kris 

Easter Flowers

If you would like to honor a loved one with flowers on the altar for Easter, please complete the flower donation form found here, or on the Information Table in the Great Hall. Deadline to submit forms is Friday, March 22nd. 

St. Luke’s Chili Cook-Off for St. Elizabeth’s

Join the Inaugural Chili Cook-Off at St. Luke’s Cathedral, 143 State Street,

Portland on Friday, March 22nd. Activities and games begin at 5:30, followed by dinner at 6PM. No charge but donations welcome. All donations will support the pantries operating out of the cathedral, including St. Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry. A time of food, community, fun and friendly competition!! Parking available at 134 Park Street. Families and children welcome!

Upcoming Lectionary Readings

March 17 2024

5th Sunday in Lent

Jeremiah 31:31-34

Hebrews 5:5-10

John 12:20-33

Psalm 51:1-13

or Psalm 119:9-16

Worship at St. David's


8 AM Holy Eucharist, traditional language

10:30 AM Holy Eucharist, contemporary language (livestreamed)

Sunday School 10:15AM ages 3-11

Youth Group 5th grade up

Nursery Care 10AM-1PM ages 0-3


9:00 AM Holy Eucharist with Healing

9:40-10:45 Bible Study


Saint David's Episcopal Church
138 York Street
Kennebunk, ME 04043

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