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The E-Pistle of Thursday

May 4th, 2023

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Vestry Updates

Remarks from Senior Warden, Sam Allen from this past Sunday

In recognition of the Rev. Dr. Paul St. Germain

This past Sunday, April 30th, was the final service for The Rev. Dr. Paul St. Germain as Transition-Priest-in-Charge at St. Luke's.

Senior Warden, Sam Allen, offered words of thanks and prayers to wish Paul well in his future endeavors.

To read Sam's full statement, please click here.

Minutes from The Lesser Chapter meeting

To read minutes from the most recent Lesser Chapter Meeting held on April 19, please click here.

To read all minutes from the Vestry, Finance Committee, and to see a complete roster of the Lesser Chapter, please visit the page on our website here.

Community Announcements

"All Night, All Day"

a concert offered by the Portland Community Chorus

This Friday, May 5th, 2023 at 7:30 PM

This Saturday, May 6th, 2023 at 2:00 PM

The Cathedral Nave

Purchase tickets here

Please see a description of the concert from The Portland Community Chorus Webpage below:

"It’s spring and the birds are singing and so are we! Please join the Portland Community Chorus under the direction of Camille Saucier for our spring concert. Melodies will be from traditional composers and spirituals, plus several modern delightful writers. Songs will celebrate the bright morning, daytime, evening, and the dreamtime of night. Tickets are a suggested donation of $15. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at the door and online using the button below. Parking is available in the parking lot behind the church or on the street."

Choral Evensong Returns This Sunday

Sunday, May 7th|4:00pm

Location: The Cathedral Nave

Contact: Christian Clough

Join us this Sunday evening as our cathedral choir under the direction of

Christian M. Clough (Canon for Music and Liturgy)offer a service of choral evensong.

Musical Offerings include:

Introit: Harold Friedell (1905-1958) Day by day, Dear Lord

Preces and Responses: on themes from the operettas of W.S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan

Anthony Hunt (b. 1981), after Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)

Psalms 8 and 84:  The Saint Helena Psalter

Anglican Chants by Andrew Seivewright (1926-2010) & Lionel Pike (b. 1939)

Service: Joseph Barnby (1838-1896) in E Major

Anthem: "When Mary Thro’ the Garden Went"

from Eight Part-Songs, Op. 127, No. 3, Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)

Hymn: "Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God", Seek Ye First

"Eternal Light"

Music of Farewell and Promise

a concert offered by Renaissance Voices

Saturday, May 13th, 2023


The Cathedral Nave

Tickets are $25 at the door. Seniors $20

Students with ID: $10

Children under 10: free

Tickets can also be purchased through Renaissance Voices Website Here

Advance tickets are available for $20 at Longfellow Books and Letterpress Books in Portland and The Sherman’s (formerly The Book Review) in Falmouth through May 12, 2023 .

Please see a description of the concert from maestro Harold Stover, a St. Luke's Parishioner, below:

"The singers of Renaissance Voices and I are looking forward to welcoming you to “Eternal Light”, our spring concert at St. Luke’s on Saturday, May 13, at 7:30 PM. We’ll bring you a program of profound music that deals with last things and offers the consolation and hope that is expressed in the vision of eternal light. That vision is part is part of the ancient text of the Requiem Mass that will be heard in settings by the Renaissance master Tomás Luis de Victoria and the 21st-Century composers Carlotta Ferrari and Maine’s John Newell. You will also hear music from William Byrd, one of the English masters from the age of Shakespeare, the contemporary Australian composer Melissa Dunphy, and two very different versions of the beloved 23rd Psalm. The concert concludes with the meeting across three centuries of two great visionary minds: the writer John Bunyan and the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. We hope that this music will bring a touch of eternal light into the here and now of our busy lives." 

St. Luke's to host a Performance of

"A Slave Ship Called Malaga"

by artist Antonio Rocha

Saturday, June 10th, 2023


The Cathedral Nave

Tickets available here

Adults (Ages 12+)- $10.00

Children (Ages 5+)- $5.00

Infants and Young Children (Ages 0-4)- Free

(Photo credit: Coco McCrackin)

*Please note that the recommended age for attending this event is ages 12 +

Join us at 7:00PM on June 10th in the Cathedral Nave as we partner with Portland Ovations to host artist Antonio Rocha in his performance of "A Slave Ship Called Malaga."

Portland Ovations describes Rocha's work as the following:

"The Malaga Ship Story is a tour de force performance by award-winning, and world-renowned storyteller Antonio Rocha. Using his entire body and voice, Antonio sings, dances, narrates, and mimes his way through this poetically toned historical tale told from the perspective of the ship. The story vividly explores the reality and impact of the slave trade then and now through Antonio’s relationships to Maine and Brazil. Each performance is followed by a moderated conversation with a facilitator."

Visit the links below to learn more about the artist, the background of the performance, and to access educational resources.

Antonio Rocha

Performance Background

Learning resources

Watch a preview of Antonio Rocha's moving performance Below

The Mandala Journaling Group

Saturday, May 13th, 2023


The Lower Hall

Contact: Linda Carleton

We will be exploring Stage 5 of the mandala Great Round. It’s the stage of the boy Jesus teaching in the temple, beginning to discover his true nature and the plan God had for him. Through working with concentric circles, we see how the Spirit shines through every layer of who we are at any moment in our lives and prepares for carrying that identity into the world.

Please join us on Saturday, May 13th (and every 2nd Saturday) from 9:30-12:00 in the Lower Hall—no experience or artistic talent required! For more info contact Linda Carleton.

Monday Night Zoom Book Group

Every First and Third Monday of the Month

6:00-7:00 pm

Location: Zoom

Contact: Linda Carleton

The Monday Zoom Book Group is reading Barbara Brown Taylor’s The Luminous Web: Essays on Science and Religion

Taylor suggests that we might close the gap between spirit and matter, between the sacred and the secular.”

The Jamestown Cross Book Review describes the book as “profound in its implications and a must-read for anyone seeking to reconcile the faith they cling to with the science they encounter.” The group meets on 1st and 3rd Mondays from 6-7pm. 

The Luminous Web is only four chapters and we’ll complete it in 2-4 weeks. Contact Linda Carleton if you’d like to join us.

St. Luke’s Alumna Writes the News!

Don’t miss the article about “The Not-So-Small Problem of Shrink Wrap” in the May issue of

the Working Waterfront, available locally as a free newspaper and inserted in some issues of the

Portland Press Herald.

The article was written by Kate Cough, daughter of Jamie and Meredith, who grew up at St.

Luke’s and now lives with her husband and new baby, Ruby, in Bar Harbor.

Kate has the Energy and Environment beat for the Maine Monitor. Her original articles can be accessed on the Maine Monitor website, by clicking here.

Thank You To St. Luke's Parishioner

Fred Fowler

We wish to extend parishioner Fred Fowler our deepest thanks for his tireless work on the new Park Street entrance door.

The new door will provide easier handicap access to the building upon it's completion.

The Healing Team

The Healing Team will be offering prayers of healing during the following Sunday services with the following Healing Team members offering prayers:

5/7/23    Elise Magnuson and Mary Strnad

5/14/23  Gail Kesich and Ruth Roemer

5/21/23  Sara Schmalz and Peter Carleton

5/28/23  Betsey Deleuse and Judd Hume

6/4/23    Sara Schmalz and Oscar Mokeme   

If you have any questions, please contact Judd Hume by calling (207) 773 - 5611 or by email.

The St. Luke's Public Policy

and Environmental Action Team Meeting

Tuesday, May 9th, 2023



Contact: Sarah Braik

The St. Luke's Public Policy and Environmental Action Team will

meet Tuesday May 9 from 6-7 PM. All are welcome!


The St. Luke's Public Policy

and Environmental Action Team

Eco Tips

There’s a proposal on the table related to America’s debt ceiling, but major anti-climate measures have been included. If passed, they would gut the historic clean energy and climate investments Congress made in last year’s Inflation Reduction Act. The Inflation Reduction Act has helped many municipalities around the country, but especially in Maine, to implement measures to reduce their carbon emissions.

Please contact Senator Collins and Senator King and Representative Pingree to keep the Inflation Reduction Act intact!

Hold the Date! Parish-Wide Picnic After the Service on June 11th

Join us for a parish wide picnic following the service as we conclude Sunday School for the summer, recognize our graduating high school seniors, and note the end of the season for the Cathedral Choir.

Additional details for the picnic will follow in next week’s announcements. 

The Show Up Network (SUN) for Gun Safety

This Saturday

This Saturday, May 6th, 2023


Register Here

The Show Up Network for Gun Safety (SUN) will be holding trainings this Saturday, May 6th, at 7PM in response to two Bill Hearings in committee this coming week.

To learn more details about the Bill Hearings in Committee and training details click here.

How to Get Involved at St. Luke's

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed!

A big thank you to everyone that has hosted coffee hour this year, it has been very successful and creates an important time for fellowship. We need a few more people to host at the end of May and throughout June. You can view the schedule by clicking on this link. Please take a look and email me with your preferred date and I will add you to the schedule. 

Email Meredith Cough or call 207-415-8207 

Events in the Diocese and the Wider Church

Diocesan Listening Sessions

Every faith community’s voice is necessary for us to have a diocese-wide vision! You're invited to attend at least one of the Diocesan Listening Sessions below:

Tuesday, May 23rd, 6:30PM - St. Mark, Waterville

Thursday, May 25th, 6:30PM - Trinity, Portland

Tuesday, June 20, 7PM via Zoom Passcode 461525

Watch the video below as Bishop Brown speaks about his hopes for these gatherings.

 ‘Mental Health + Gratitude’ Webinar

Wednesday, May 17

12:00-1:30 pm

Register Here

As published by the Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs

"Join this panel discussion on how gratitude affects the mental health of those in hospitals, addiction recovery, and senior care facilities—as well as its impact for individuals engaged in coaching leadership development, or spiritual direction."

 Learn more about the panelists and the webinar.

Last Week's Service

Last Week's Livestream of Last Sunday's Service and the Bulletin can be found here by visiting our webpage

Bulletins, Sermons, and

E-pistle Archives

If you are looking to see previous bulletins, sermons, or prior publications of the E-pistle, please see the archive page on our website.

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 gathers weekly in Emmanuel Chapel. Join via Zoom.

  • Contemplative Prayer is offered every Thursday at 4:30 pm via Zoom.

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

Click on the Episcopal Maine Logo to learn about all that is happening in the wider Diocese.




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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 4141, Portland, ME 04101

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