To the Glory of God and for the Common Good, we make God’s love known now and for generations to come through worship and service to all.

                                           -- Mission Statement

                                            adopted June, 2010

Welcome to St. John’s Episcopal Church! Holy Eucharist is celebrated on Sundays at 8am & 10am.  Choral Evensong is offered on the first Sunday of each month at 4pm, during the academic year.  (Nursery care is provided during the 10am service & during Choral Evensong).   

Since 1835, the Parish of St. John’s has been worshiping and serving God, both from within our Church family and within our community of Bangor, Maine.  We conduct traditional Episcopal services in our historic gothic building high atop State Street Hill at 225 French Street.  We have a notable choir who has a reputation for fine music-making in the Anglican choral tradition.  Please join us as we worship in prayer and song!  

Announcements

On September 25th, following the 10am service, we will have a presentation to introduce Rite I -- its history, meaning, and  usefulness to us today.  On October 9th we will revive for one Sunday the old practice of conducting Morning Prayer as the primary Sunday service (some of us remember this from childhood).  

 

The September meeting of the St. John’s book group will be held on the 27th at 7pm. The book is Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman. New members are always welcome.

 

St John's will be hosting a watch party for The Great Bible Experiment on Tuesday, September 27th at 7pm in the library at 234 French St.  We will be viewing the event live as it occurs at Harvard University.  There will be three panelists advocating biblical literacy from humanist as well as religious viewpoints.  If you are interested in the issue of biblical literacy, please consider joining your fellow parishioners on September 27th.  The webcast begins at 7 p.m. and should conclude at approximately 8:30pm. 

 

Now through September 30th, take the opportunity to stop by Boyd Place, 21 Boyd St. Bangor, and view the beautiful, handmade works of art that are on display. The show is entitled Cutting Edge: The Work of Sally K. Field with Elizabeth Busch and Ellie Pancoe. With 39 of the 46 quilts on display having been made by our very own, Sally Field it would be great if our parishioners could stop by and show their support. Viewing times are 9 am - 5 pm.

 

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us on October 2nd for our Ministry fair and 181st Celebration of the founding of St. John’s Episcopal Church.   More information will be posted in the coming weeks.

 

Choral Evensong - Sunday, October 2nd at 4pm - In celebration of the 181st Anniversary of the Founding of St. John’s Church. Music includes Stanford's Evening Service in C and Vaughan Williams' festive anthem on "Old Hundredth," composed for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey in 1953. Donations benefit Spruce Run Domestic Violence Resource Center.

 
On October 5th at 1pm in the Oratory, we will be offering the first of three courses as an Introduction to Bible study, we’ll begin with the 6 week session What is the Bible? This course will provide a broad overview of the Bible, including chapters on how to select a Bible suitable to your needs, how the Bible is organized, how the collection of books that comprise the Bible were chosen, different ways that people approach the text, and what archaeology has to tell us about the text and its stories.  There will also be a closed FB group during Advent for those interested in increasing their knowledge of the Bible but who cannot attend the Wednesday group.

 

Embracing the Prophets: We will be re-showing the Walter Brueggemann dvd series called Embracing the Prophets.  This will be presented in the chapel on Sundays at 11:30, beginning on October 9th.  A complete listing of fall offerings will be made available in the coming weeks.

 

The Fall Rummage Sale date is Saturday October 22nd.  Donations may be dropped off starting October 16th.

 

A Centering Prayer (CP) group will be meeting each Thursday in the oratory (parish office building) from 5:45-6:30.  CP is a contemplative spiritual discipline that seeks to develop the prayer habit of resting in the presence of God.  This group presents an excellent opportunity for silent meditation following attendance at Evening Prayer.  

 

Bringing communion to our sick and homebound is an important part of our life together. If you or someone you know would like to receive communion please e-mail: deacon@stjohnsbangor.org .

 

On Sundays, when making your offerings to God and giving financial support to the church, please consider also bringing canned food each week for our donations to the Food Cupboard at the Bangor Homeless Shelter.  They can be placed by the bread and the wine at the entrance of the church and will be brought forward at the Offertory by our children and youth.

 

"CLYNK" for St. John’s! There’s a new and easy way to contribute to St. John’s.  Just pick up a green "CLYNK" bag with a St. John’s sticker already on it.  The bags are in the undercroft and the parish office. Then take the bag home and fill it with your returnable bottles and cans.  Return the bag to the "CLYNK" counter at Hannaford's. All the money from your returnable’swill be credited to St. John’s account.