The Weekly E-Pistle

Thursday, June 27th, 2024

A Reflection from the Reverend George Stevens, Interim Dean

Dear Friends-


Each week at our staff meeting, we begin with prayer from Daily Prayer for all Seasons. It’s a resource that the General Convention approved in 2014. This morning’s service from the ‘Ordinary Time’ section included what we commonly call The Serenity Prayer. Reinhold Neibuhr is credited with the first form of the prayer and William ‘Bill’ Wilson, who was the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, expanded it further. 


The version I’ve included below is further adapted with inclusive language.  I commend it to you this day and always. 




God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as a pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting, O God, that you will make all things right if I surrender to your will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with you for ever in the next. Amen


In Memoriam: Nancy Allen

A Service in Celebration of Life

This Saturday, June 29

11:00AM to 2:00PM

Gilsland Farm: Maine Audubon Society

20 Gilsland Farm Road Falmouth, ME 04105

Rain or shine, casual attire

All are welcome to attend and bring along a memory or story about Nancy to share.

If you are unable to attend in person, a Zoom link to the livestream of the service is available here.

A Celebration of the Ministry of

The Reverend Suzanne Roberts

This Sunday, June 30

After a long and fruitful ministry with St. Luke’s, this Sunday (June 30) our community will bid farewell to The Rev. Suzanne Roberts.

Suzanne will be focusing her ministry on her role as Transition and Deployment Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Maine.

Sunday's worship service will include a Rite of Leave-Taking followed by a festive reception in the Upper Hall, in which we will offer our blessings for her next chapter.

Cathedral Pick Up Choir to Sing

This Sunday Morning (June 30) at 10AM Service

Interested in singing at the cathedral this summer? Join the cathedral pick up choir this Sunday!

We will gather in the choir room at 8:45AM to learn a very simply anthem which will be sung at the 10AM liturgy.

Come as you are—ALL ages welcome, no prior singing experience necessary, no robes required, no processions to worry about—to enrich our summer worship. The anthems will be distributed on the day of the services, and will be simple enough to learn in the time allowed, but if you would like to see the music in advance, please send an e-mail to Canon for Liturgy and Music, Christian Clough and he will send you a link to a scan of the music.

Can't make it this week? There are still two remaining opportunities to participate this summer, July (28th) and August (25th). Please meet us in the choir room at 8:45AM on either Sunday to participate.

“Uke’arist” on Sunday 7 July

Local ukulele ensemble “Ukuleles Heal the World” (the group includes cathedral parishioner Fred Fowler), will share joy in our 10 AM worship. Plan to arrive early enough to hear them play the Prelude (ca. 9:50 AM), and other selections throughout the liturgy. When they perform in places of worship, their motto is "Fidicula Inter Angelos”, which can be translated as "Ukuleles Among Angels”.

The St. Luke's Public Policy

and Environmental Action Team Meeting

Tuesday July 9 at 6:00PM in person in the Upper Hall.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend!. We will share a meal together and conduct our regular business meeting. 

The meal will consist of a potluck. Please bring a dish to share.

For more information email Ruth Roemer


Faith Formation Discussion With

Emily Keniston

This past Sunday we were joined by Emily Keniston, Director of Faith Formation at the Diocese of Maine, for a discussion surrounding what Christian Formation means in 2024 at the cathedral.

Thanks are given to Emily and all community members in attendance for a thoughtful discussion.


Phase II Educational Sessions and Phase III Small Groups

Sessions are Ongoing!

Sign-Ups Available

All cathedral community members are invited and encouraged to sign up for Phase II Educational sessions and Phase III Small groups on Zoom with Susan Czolgosz of WorkLife Consulting.

Times and sign-up links are available in the email which was sent on June 7th. Click here to read the email.

If you are unable to sign-up for sessions at home, we will have access to the sign-up pages for both Phase II and III available at coffee hours via the cathedral laptop. A member of our team would be glad to assist you.

If you need help or clarification with this process, please contact our parish administrator Avery Levesque-Schott for assistance via email or phone (207)-772-5434.

Phase II

The Phase II Educational Sessions begin on Friday June 28th.

The Educational Sessions are additional times to the initial meetings held in May. 

Phase II workshops are designed to equip members in conflict mediation, caring communication skills and structured dialogue. They will introduce the idea of interest-based conflict, address the root causes of our congregational conflict, and will teach us how to avoid pitfalls in the future. This phase of our conflict transformation process seeks to build rapport and trust within our community.

If you attended one of the earlier Phase II Educational Sessions in May and would like to participate again, you are welcome to do so. We ask that you please be courteous and allow all members of the community an opportunity to participate.

Phase II Sign-up

Phase III

Phase III of the conflict transformation process is the small group experience. Phase III sessions began on Monday June 24th. 

It is a two-hour commitment. Groups of no larger than 8 individuals will gather to create an intentional listening community. The pre-requisite for participation in the small groups is attendance in the Phase II workshops. This is mandatory.

If you have not yet participated in a Phase II Education Session, there are sign-ups available here.

The small group experience at its core is an opportunity for healing and reconciliation.

Phase III Sign-up

‘In Person’ Sessions

For both Phase II and Phase III sessions, we will offer specific sessions which are ‘in person only’. For these meetings participants will gather in the Chapter Room at the cathedral, and join a singular Zoom call to connect with Susan. If you sign-up for this type of meeting, you must attend in person.

Space still available
for a Variety of Camps this Summer!
"Camp Bishopswood has been owned and operated as an arm of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine since the early 1960’s. Located on the shores of Lake Megunticook near Camden, Maine, Bishopswood is a beautiful, picture-perfect slice of God’s creation – ideal for a children’s summer camp!"
Opportunities This Summer Include:
  • Youth Camp for children 8-16: Campers can do 1 week or multiple week sessions

  • Mini-Camp for ages 6-8

  • Summer Finale: September 13-15. A weekend multigenerational summer camp experience for people of all ages. Registration for this experience is now open! There is also a day-only option on Saturday, Sept. 14.

  • Back this year after a several-year hiatus is a mini retreat especially for those who do formation work in our diocese on Friday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. As in years past, this will be an opportunity to spend a day in conversation with formation folks, to enjoy delicious food, and imagine ways in which we can collaborate and uplift one another in our formation work. 

Register for Summer Finale here, including one-day and overnight options.

Register for the Formation Mini-Retreat on Sept. 13 here.

To view dates, camp offerings, register for camp, and to learn more visit Bishopswood's webpage here.
To support Camp Bishopswood, visit their giving page here.

Watch the video above to learn more about Camp Bishopswood

An Update from St. Elizabeth’s Essentials Pantry

Diaper supplies are getting low at St. Elizabeth Essentials Pantry, especially size 3. Please consider adding diapers to your grocery list this week and leave in the blue box at the Park Street entrance. We are very appreciative of your continuing donations of kitchen ware and linens.

Questions?  Contact Byrd Wood


To view last week's bulletin click here.

To view last week's service livestream click here.

To listen to last week's sermon preached by The Reverend George Stevens, click here.

To View past services visit our Youtube Page or visit the archive page on our website to read past bulletins, sermons, and newsletters.


Hannaford Supports Our Food Pantry

Once More in July

In May the bag donation program at the Bayside Hannaford raised $742 for St. Luke's Food Pantry!

Now, once again in July, our food pantry was chosen to receive donations from a different store.

Our pantry will receive $1 for each $2.50 reusable Fight Hunger Bag sold throughout July at the South Portland Hannaford on Cottage Road.

Pantry volunteers are proud to have their work acknowledged by our local stores and neighbors!

"The Philadelphia Eleven" Panel Discussion

Published by the Episcopal Diocese of Maine

"In case you missed the screening of "The Philadelphia Eleven" on May 14 in Portland, or want to revisit the excellent panel discussion afterwards, we captured it on video. Listen to the Rev. Merrill Bittner, the Rev. Sukie Curtis, the Rev. Portia Hirschman, the Rev, Nancy Moore, and the Rev. Vicki Smith discuss women's ordination and the evolving role of women in The Episcopal Church."

The First-Ever Major Retrospective of a Wabanaki Artist

in a Fine Art Museum in the United States

Currently on Display at the Portland Museum of Art

May 24 though September 15, 2024

Published by the Portland Museum of Art

"As the first-ever major retrospective of a Wabanaki artist in a fine art museum in the United States, Jeremy Frey: Woven is a groundbreaking exhibition in contemporary and Indigenous art. Featuring more than 50 baskets, made from natural materials like black ash and sweetgrass, Woven presents a comprehensive collection that spans a career of more than two decades. These works are intricate, mesmerizing, and expressive, emphasizing Frey’s prodigious skill and prolific creative output that honors and transforms one of the oldest art forms in the northeast. "

To learn more about the collection, the artist, and to purchase tickets, visit the link here.

Cultivating Climate Resilience: An Inclusive Discussion

July 11, July 18


The South Portland Library

Published by the South Portland Land Trust

The South Portland Land Trust, in partnership with the South Portland Library, invites you to a three-session discussion of ALL WE CAN SAVE (One World, 2021), an anthology of essays and poems by women regarding "Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis." 

The discussions will be led by Chelsea Steinauer-Scudder, a writer and editor based in Northern New England and the author of the forthcoming book, MOTHER, CREATURE, KIN (Broadleaf Books, 2025). The sessions will be held in the Main Library from 9:00 to 10:00 AM (or a bit longer) on June 27, July 11, and July 18 (all Thursdays). Please save these dates and plan to attend all three sessions. 

Paperback copies of the book can be purchased from various outlets for around $12, and the Library will have a number of both physical and electronic copies available at the Main Library or though the Library System.

To register for the All We Can Save discussion group, please click on the link here to go to the Library page where you can sign up. 


Eco Tips from the Public Policy and Environmental Action Team

With the beginning of summer following the solstice last Thursday, PPEAT offers the following eco tips to “green” your summer activities:

1.Plan a "staycation" by finding interesting and enjoyable activities in your local area. This activity will support local organizations and diminish the use of fossil fuels used in cars or planes.

2. Have “green “ picnics by packing food in reusable containers. Bring cloth napkins as well as reusable plates and utensils. Remember the reusable water bottle! These steps will help reduce waste and protect the environment.

3. Plan sustainable reading through e-books or audio books. If you prefer a physical book, borrow from your local library or swap books with friends.

4. Harvest rainwater by investing in a rain barrel and use the stored water on plants.

5. This is a wonderful time to frequent farmer’s markets where you can find delicious fresh produce and support local farmers.

To learn more about PPPEAT click here

The Healing Team

The Healing Team offers prayers weekly on Sunday during and after communion in All Saint's Chapel (the small chapel to the right of the communion rail).

The following team members will be serving in the coming weeks:

June 30, 2024 Mary Strnad, Peter Carleton

July 7, 2024   Sara Schmalz, Judd Hume

Contribute to St. Luke’s Summer Music Ministry

The Cathedral Choir will be in recess from 9 June through Labor Day, and summer is a great time to make a musical contribution to our worship as a singer or instrumentalist. Help us to keep our music well-supported with your offerings.

Please email Christian Clough, Canon for Liturgy & Music.

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!

Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour - Please join us after the service for a time of fellowship in the upper hall through the doors to the left of the altar. All are welcome.

Interested in hosting? It is an important part of our parish life and provides us with a time for connection. Hosting is fun and easy, it requires bringing in a baked good and brewing coffee the Sunday of your choosing. Please consider signing up, a lot of gratitude comes with the job. Thank you!

Check the hosting schedule by visiting the link here.  

Please email Meredith Cough with your date.

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

The Biblical Study Group

Summer Learning Resources

The Biblical Study Group will be on vacation until 1 September.

When we resume, we will meet Sundays 8:00-10:00AM.

Our ongoing theme is discovering the nature and meaning of “being created in the image of God.” To stimulate spiritual growth over the summer months, we invite you to read the following recommended resources:

1) God: A Biography by Jack Miles. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, The New York Times calls this text “a tour de force.” Published by Vintage Books, Random House Publishing, New York, 1996

2) Jung’s Thoughts on God: Religious Depths of the Psyche by Donald Dyer, PH.D. Published by Nicholas Hays, 2000 P.O. Box 2039, York Beach, ME 03910.

“It is only through the psyche that we can establish that God acts upon you.”

3) Jung’s Map of the Soul: An Introduction and In Support of Jung’s Extensive and Intensive Thought by Murray Stein.

Published by Open Court Publishing Co., P.O. Box 300, Peru, Illinois 61354. To order call 1-800-815-2280.

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 each Tuesday at Maine Beer Company in Freeport, 6-8 PM for Trivia.

Other events happen sporadically throughout the month, however trivia is a wonderful 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.

The Kneeler Guild and

Prayer Shawl Knitters



The Upper Hall.

For additional information contact Jeri Edgar 207-303-8447 or Nancy Mawhinney 207-775-7500

Everyone is welcome, whether you are curious or want to begin. Kneeler kits cost $75, which include directions, yarn, needles & canvas. Novices are welcome; we will teach you as needed. Prayer Shawls: 26-29” by 60”; select your yarn & needles. Coffee & Tea available.





To read about stories, resources, and events from around the Diocese of Maine, read their newsletter, The DioLog, by clicking the link here, or by clicking on the Episcopal Maine Shield in the bottom of this email.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon during

Episcopal Church ‘Love Always’ revival

Published by the Episcopal Office of Public Affairs

The following is a lightly edited transcript of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon delivered at a June 22 churchwide revival at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky, the evening before the start of the 81st General Convention of The Episcopal Church.

Choose Love!

"But let me share some thoughts with you. From Matthew 28. Jesus has died and been raised from the dead. Matthew says he takes some of his disciples out. They climb up a mountain and he said, “I need y’all to go out.”

Now, for those of y’all who are not from the south, “y’all” is a contraction for you all. I want you to go. Go into all the world, make disciples of all nations, of all stripes and types of God’s children. Because I need them to be a witness to all people, and I love them.

Make disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. I slipped and said Holy Ghost. Yeah, Holy Spirit is much more polite. My grandma used to say the Holy Ghost.

Baptize them. And then teach them. Teach them everything I have taught you. And when you do that, whether in the first century or 21st, I will be with you. I will be with you. I will be with you. I will be with you."

To read the whole sermon click here

To watch the video of the Love Always Revival, click here

The Right Reverend Sean Rowe Elected 28th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

Published by the Episcopal Diocese of Maine

"On a day full of prayer and celebration, the Rt. Rev. Sean W. Rowe, bishop of Northwest Pennsylvania and bishop provisional of Western New York, was elected to be the 28th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. The election, which was decided on the first ballot, took place during the 81st General Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, where on Wednesday at mid-morning, members of the House of Bishops walked from the Kentucky International Convention Center to nearby Christ Church Cathedral to cast their votes. Their decision was made by noon, with the announcement held until after a lunch break, sparking much excited speculation among members of the House of Deputies (HOD), visitors, and the press.

When it was announced, the news was greeted with elation in the HOD, which confirmed the bishops' vote by a 95-percent majority. Here is what some members of the Maine deputation had to say about the presiding bishop-elect

  • "The energy! He's been a bishop for 17 years and now he's going to be our presiding bishop—the man is a saint." — Deputy Richard Rozene

  • "I was elated. I'm very excited about what he's going to be capable of getting done for us." — Rev. Joshua Hill

  • "I’m delighted about the new presiding bishop. I’ve heard from several different people who worked with him. They all sing his praises regarding his ability to be forward thinking, an excellent administrator, and easy to work with."  — Rev. Lisa Fry

  • "I think it's a real blessing for the church that he was elected on the first ballot; it's a real mandate for him. I can't wait to see what the future has [in store for] for The Episcopal Church." — Deputy Mark Spahr

At 49, Bishop Rowe is the youngest presiding bishop ever elected, he was also the country's youngest Episcopal priest when he was ordained at 24, and became the denomination's youngest bishop at 32. He will begin his nine-year term on Nov. 1. Read more about the presiding bishop-elect and the election process here.

In his address to the HOD, which you can watch here, Rowe expressed gratitude to his fellow nominees, stressed that a willingness to take risks and embrace change was key to the future of the church, and urged the HOD to "hold our structure lightly," with an eye on providing more church resources for dioceses, "where ministry happens on the ground." He suggested that the time between now and his installation on Nov. 1 be considered as "a kind of relational jubilee," where anger and resentments built up during the pandemic and post-pandemic years be forgiven "for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ."

Rowe finished his speech with a quote from "Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander," by theologian Thomas Merton, who spent much of his life in Kentucky.

“In a time of drastic change one can be too preoccupied with what is ending or too obsessed with what seems to be beginning. In either case one loses touch with the present and with its obscure but dynamic possibilities. What really matters is openness, readiness, attention, courage to face risk. You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope. In such an event, courage is the authentic form taken by love.”

Presiding Bishop Elect, The Rt. Rev. Sean W. Rowe addresses

 the House of Deputies

Bishop Brown walking with his fellow bishops to Christ Church Cathedral in Louisville, Kentucky, to vote for the 28th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. Photo by Randall Gornowich

Watch the Video Below to Hear Bishop Brown's

Thoughts on the Election of The Rt. Rev. Sean W. Rowe

House of Deputies Reelects

Julia Ayala Harris as President

Published by the Episcopal Office of Public Affairs

“Julia Ayala Harris, a deputy from the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, was reelected June 25 as president of the House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church. Originally elected at the 80th General Convention in 2022, Ayala Harris' second term as one of the denomination’s two presiding officers begins on June 28 at the close of the church’s 81st General Convention.

Ayala Harris, 43, is the first Latina and the first woman of color to serve as president of the House of Deputies. A first-generation Mexican American and the daughter of an undocumented immigrant, she was reelected from a field of three candidates on the first ballot. To ensure procedural impartiality, she yielded the chair to Crystal Plummer, a deputy from the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago during the vote.

Ayala Harris received 521 votes, 107 more than the required number to elect. Candidate Zena Link of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts received 241 votes; the Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton, a candidate from the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, received 64 votes. Ayala Harris’ reelection on June 25 was historic, marking a slate of three women of color vying for the leadership position.

Ayala Harris can serve up to three consecutive terms, or, in her case, a total of eight years.”

Weekly Ministries

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

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

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

  • Compline is offered weekly on Friday from 8-8:30pm on Zoom.

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