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The E-pistle of Sunday, October 22nd, 2023

The Twenty-First

Sunday after Pentecost

A Celebration of the Feast of

Saint Luke the Evangelist

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

7:30AM in Emmanuel Chapel

Holy Eucharist, Rite II

10:00AM in the Nave & Livestreamed

The Cathedral Church of St. Luke

in the

City of Portland

and the

Episcopal Diocese of Maine

Whoever you are,

and wherever you may be on the journey of the spirit, 

The Episcopal Church welcomes you.

Welcome to St. Luke’s Cathedral

We are a community of faith with ancient worship and modern thought, catholic traditions and progressive theology. We proclaim a Biblical perspective for thinking people, a respect for reason, science, and a diversity of perspective. This empowers compassion and care for both the wider community and one another. Our commitment to welcome and inclusion is central to our mission modeled on the Kingdom of God and proclaimed by Jesus Christ. 

The altar flowers are given to the glory of god

by the Episcopal Diocese of Maine 

in recognition of the gathering of individuals & ministries

 as part of the 204th Annual Diocesan Convention


Youtube Live

Facebook Live

Sunday Morning Service Participants


The Rev. Christopher Worthley, Assisting Clergy


The Rev. George Stevens, Interim Dean


The Rev. Rebecca A. Grant, Deacon

Music Leader & Organist

Christian M. Clough, Canon for Liturgy & Music

Volunteer Assisting Organist

Randall Mullin


Georgia Bancroft

Prayers Leader

John Bancroft


Peter Bingham, Stan Kuziel, Mary Linneman, Gail Swanton  

Head Verger

Eleanor Roberts


Randi Hogan


Orion Williams

Live Streaming

Jack Swanton, Sam Allen

The Healing Team

Jonathan Radtke, Sara Schmalz

Contributing Ministries

The Cathedral Choir, Acolytes, Vergers, The Flower Guild, The Altar Guild, The Kneeler Guild, The Healing Team

Music copyrights granted under #A-713087. Sources: The Hymnal 1982, Lift Every Voice and Sing II, Wonder, Love, and Praise, Voices Found, My Heart Sings Out, The Saint Helena Psalter, The Book of Common Prayer,, Enriching our Worship, The Holy Bible (NRSV)

Happening at the Cathedral Today

Thanking The Rev. Anne Fowler, Assisting Clergy

Claire Hammen, Former Junior Warden

Today, October 22nd, the cathedral community will recognize the ministry of The Rev. Anne C. Fowler at the cathedral during the interim period in clergy leadership. The Rev. Fowler will be transitioning away from her role as assisting clergy at the cathedral and returning as a parishioner. Furthermore, the cathedral community will recognize the work of former junior warden, Claire Hammen, for her numerous years of dedicated leadership.

Luke’s Garden Meeting Today!

This month’s meeting of Luke’s Garden LGBTQIA+ group will be taking place today, October 22nd at noon in the Lower Hall. This meeting will consist of planning for next steps for the upcoming year. With any questions please contact Orion Williams

Roots of Jesus Study Group

Sunday Mornings|8:45-9:45AM

Location: The Chapter Room

Contact: The Rev. Dr. Bob Hanson at 207-405-8250. 

Join us in the Chapter Room from 8:45–9:45 AM on Sunday mornings. Bob Hanson, Biblical scholar, linguist and theologian, leads our group. For more information call Bob at (207) 405- 8250. Activity units are distributed for each session. Assigned readings are from the Biblical books under consideration. The journey is a joyous one.

Community Announcements

Time of Silent Prayer To Be Held on Monday, October 23rd

During this troubling time with the outbreak of violence in the Holy Land, the Cathedral would like to offer a space for silent prayer and meditation for community members to process, grieve, and pray for victims who have lost their lives as a result of the conflict.

The Nave will be open from 6:00-7:30PM on Monday, October 23rd. Candles will be available to light in remembrance of lives which have been lost. We ask that anyone entering this space respectfully observe silence.

Thank you to all who volunteered at the service for

Diocesan Convocation Yesterday!

On behalf of the cathedral staff and wider community, we wish to thank all volunteers and members of ministries who gave their time to make the service of Holy Eucharist for Diocesan Convocation a success. We deeply appreciate your efforts to help support the Diocese and make the cathedral a welcoming space for all.

Sunday parking for St. Luke’s

Off-street parking is available in two locations for those attending Sunday services: our lot adjacent to the Parish Hall, accessed from Park St.; and the Cumberland Club’s, on Spring Street between Park & High Sts. We are grateful to the Cumberland Club for sharing their space with us (except on Easter and Mother’s Day). In addition, limited handicap parking is available in the traffic circle in the State Street churchyard.

2024 Stewardship Materials Have Been sent

Both mailed and online stewardship materials were sent out to members of our community on Friday, October 13th. If you have yet to receive your materials by Friday, October 27th, please contact the parish office.

We are happy to provide you with our online materials or a printed copy, which can be picked up in the office.

Choral Evensong on November 5th

Join the Cathedral choir under the direction of Canon for Liturgy and Music, Christian M. Clough, for a service of choral evensong November 5th at 4PM in the Cathedral Nave.

Musical Selections Include

PRECES & RESPONSES in D, Herbert Sumsion

PSALMS 8 & 84, Anglican Chants Andrew Seivewright (Ps. 8), and Lionel Pike (Ps. 84)


ANTHEM: Lay me low, Shaker song arr. Grayston Ives

OFFICE HYMN: “Give thanks for life”, Sine nomine

St. Elizabeth's Pantry Coat Drive

As we gear up for colder temperatures, St. Elizabeth’s is launching its annual coat and boot drive. Many of our neighbors come from warmer climates and don’t have the necessary clothing for fall and winter in Maine. 

Large and Extra-Large sized coats for both men and women are most needed, but coats and boots of all sizes are welcome. Items should be in clean, good condition.

Monetary donations may also be made for the purchase of new coats and boots for our neighbors.

Financial contributions can be mailed to: St. Elizabeth’s Jubilee Center PO Box 4036 Portland, ME 04101 or visit here.

St. Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry -

Looking for Housing for a Volunteer

Bernardo is a loyal volunteer at the Pantry and needs a 1 bedroom or studio apartment, or a room in a house to rent. He speaks very good English and is an asylum seeker from Angola where he taught physics and math. 

He is also a petroleum engineer. General Assistance will pay his rent (about $1,200/month) until he gets his work permit and a job. 

He is responsible, hard working, and happy to help out with yard work or chores around the house if applicable. 

Please contact Anne Jacobs for more information.

Environmental Action Tip from St. Luke’s Public Policy & Environmental Action Team (PPEAT)

The Lambeth Call on the Environment and Sustainable Development provides a theological rationale for why creation care is a global mission imperative. It also outlines some bold commitments in tackling the environmental crisis, including just financing, community resilience building, advocacy, biodiversity restoration and promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Visit here for more information.

Hold the Date! PPEAT Coffee Hour

On November 12 the PPEAT committee is hosting coffee hour after the service where we’ll hear from State Representative Christopher Kessler, one of the four members of the State Legislature who serve on the Maine Climate Council. Please plan to come listen to Chris who will share with us the work of the Council and how we as individuals and St. Luke’s overall can also contribute to efforts to reduce Maine’s emissions by 45% by 2030.

Opportunity for morning meditation in Emmanuel Chapel

St. Luke’s Parish Administrator Avery Levesque-Schott invites you to join him in Emmanuel Chapel from 7:00AM-8:00AM on Tuesday & Thursday mornings for a time of silent sitting and walking meditation.

A brief reading will be offered with accompanying active listening dyads. Coffee, tea, and pastries will be available in the Upper Hall following the conclusion of the meditation. 

Seeking Input for the Sunday 5:15 pm Service

We are seeking input from parishioners interested in restarting the Sunday 5:15 pm service in the chapel.

A working group is forming to explore how we might form this service, possibly using lay leadership.

One option is to launch a time limited series of 5:15 services starting in the Sundays following Epiphany, and reassess whether continuing into the new year is feasible.

We are hoping this group will consider options, ask questions and explore ideas together on how to proceed. If you have thoughts or are interested in joining in, please contact Tim Wilkins.

Visit Hannaford over the Bridge

and Support Our Food Pantry in November

During November, St. Luke's Food Pantry will receive $1 from every $2.50 reusable Fight Hunger Bag sold during the month of November at the Hannaford on 50 Cottage Road in South Portland.


Plus, our pantry will receive $0.25 from every Hannaford Snack Pals Plate sold there.

Ongoing Opportunities & Announcements

Coffee Hour

For the time being, Liz Griffin and Gail Kesich are managing the Coffee Hour schedule. If you have any questions or would like to sign up to host, please contact Gail Kesich  or Liz Griffin.

St. Luke's Food Pantry in Need of Contributions

The Food Pantry welcomes your contributions of oil, flour, and dried beans!

These continue to be the most wanted items and and the most difficult for us to keep in stock.

Donations can be dropped off at any service or at the Cathedral's rear entrance. Thank you! Both neighbors and volunteers are grateful for your support!

With any questions please contact Mary Brighthaupt.

Help the Cathedral With Recycling

 As Portland does not pick-up recycling for businesses we are looking for volunteers to take home the paper we gather in blue bins and add them to parishioner's recycling bins at their homes (We do however recycle cardboard and compost both of which have been a very successful campaigns). If you would like to help please contact Sarah Braik or Tim Wilkins. Thanks for your help.

Join the Young and The Restless

We are St. Luke’s 20s-30s-year-old ministry. We are an active group at the cathedral which also gets together outside of the church.

Join us as we go hiking, ice skating, play trivia, or just enjoy each other’s company! If you are new to us, welcome! We meet every Tuesday at Maine Beer Company in Freeport for Trivia from 6-8.

 Other events happen sporadically throughout the month, however trivia is a great opportunity to meet us if you’re joining us for the first time. Contact Shana Rose to stay up to date with group activities and information.

Join Luke's Garden


Luke's Garden is the cathedral's LGBTQIA+ group which meets every 2nd Sunday of the month following coffee hour.

All are welcome!

For additional information contact Orion Williams

Access Your Realm Profile

The Cathedral’s new online database, Realm, is a useful tool for parishioners to manage their contact and pledging information.

Realm helps our community by improving our record keeping in a more streamlined fashion. 

When joining Realm you can sign-up to be a part of the online directory in the database.

To activate your Realm profile please contact our financial administrator Nina Andersen.

Nina will assist you with the few steps necessary to access your profile.

We look forward to sharing this exciting new technology with you!

Events in the Wider Community

The Rev. Dr. Benjamin Shambaugh, Former Dean of the Cathedral, Extends an Invitation to His Institution at

St. Luke's Episcopal Church in East Hampton, NY

Portland Shakespeare Company

St. Luke's is thrilled to welcome the Portland Shakespeare Company to Emmanuel chapel for their performances of The Lion in Winter.

Tickets are available here.

Weekly Ministries

  • The Food Pantry is open from 8 am to 11 am every Thursday.

  • Noon prayer is offered every Wednesday via Zoom.

  • The Tuesday 12:10 Eucharist is offered every week in Emmanuel Chapel in-person and on Zoom.

  • Compline is offered weekly on Friday from 8-8:30pm on ZoomFor additional details contact Ray Murdoch Curry


Physical Address:

143 State Street, Portland, ME 04101

Parking Available at:

134 Park Street, Portland, ME 04101

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 4141, Portland, ME 04101

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