St. Augustine's is a house of prayer for all welcoming the questioner, the seeker, the uncertain and the faithful. We walk together in living the Way of Love as expressed through God's revealing ways in the example of Jesus whom we seek and serve.
Sunday Morning Service of Holy Eucharist 10:00 AM
Operating as usual
A worthwhile. beautiful worship service experience led by our diocesan children and youth.
From this Palm Sunday afternoon's Meditation on Words and Music for Holy Week...
A clip from this Palm Sunday afternoon's prayer meditation on words and hymns for the start of Holy Week.
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In John's Gospel, we see the resurrection of Lazarus prefiguring the resurrection of Jesus. We see Martha exercise the apostleship that is ours as well. We see Mary whose lavish loving compassionate gesture of worship and contemplation invites our own.
Though today, resurrection, apostleship, and the lavish act of utterly devoted love look as separate to us as these three individuals, though blood-related sister, sister, and brother. By Easter, what looks separate to us today will be joined in oneness.
This is not the end of the story for Martha, Mary, and Lazarus anymore than it is for us. Between now and Easter Sunday we have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. In doing so, we will remember that “God’s children scattered everywhere will be gathered together as one.”
The full homily may be heard by clicking the link below.
At Home with Mary, Martha and Lazarus The Fifth Sunday in LentApril 3, 2022In John's Gospel, we see the resurrection of Lazarus prefiguring the resurrection of Jesus. We see Martha exercise the a...
Sunday, April 10 is Palm Passion Sunday. All are welcome to join St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 1213 Dexter Rd. Dover-Foxcroft in our observance of Holy Week from Palm Sunday through Easter or any other time. For events and times see the church's website calendar www.staugiedoverfoxcroft.us
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Let us be encouraged by Mary's example to say 'Yes' to God without having all the answers.
While the Boston Globe is reporting:
“Another Covid-19 surge may be coming, are we ready?”
“Civilian areas under heavy fire…”
“Putin not ready for talks with Zelinsky”
It is no less true that the bush of long ago still burns, for this is the nature of God’s longing for each of us, God’s longing that burns like a burning bush that cannot be put out.
The Sacrament of the Moment While the Boston Globe is reporting: “Another Covid-19 surge may be coming, are we ready?”“Civilian areas under heavy fire…”“Putin not ready for talks with Z...
From last night's sharing at the Prayer Service for Ukraine with churches of Dover-Foxcroft.
from Matthew, the Fifth Chapter, beginning at the fourteenth verse.
“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
The virtues of humanity dwell within each one of us. For good to manifest itself, something more is asked of us. This is the more, the substance of which we are made. We who are the ancestors, according to tradition, of Sarah and Abraham, are among those who are vast in number, like the stars in the sky.
Stars don’t only shine the light. Stars reflect light, too. Like the light, we learn to sing about as young children, and the light we teach our children to sing about. This song moves from “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…” to “all around the world.”
The light we teach our children about is the same light, the Light of Life shining forth from within our hearts, Light that cannot be extinguished, despite attempts made to the contrary. As long as there is light to be shone before others – light that begins deep from within emerges to shine light into darkness – this light still brings hope for our beautiful yet wounded world.
When we shine our light, when we share our life, light gives life. In this way, let us shine our light before others – for the love of all that God loves.
Join us for a diocese-wide Chrism Eucharist on April 7th from 11am-2pm at Church of the Good Shepherd in Rangeley led by Bishop Brown. We'll renew our promises of baptism, and clergy will renew their ordination vows. Holy oils will be blessed for the coming year. Please let us know you're coming! RSVP at https://conta.cc/37xPhtc.
Thomas Merton's Prayer for Peace
Almighty and merciful God, Father of all, Creator and ruler of the universe,
Lord of all history, whose designs are without blemish, whose compassion for
the errors of all is inexhaustible, in your will is our peace.
Mercifully hear this prayer which rises to you from the tumult and desperation
of a world in which you are forgotten, in which your name is not invoked,
your laws are derided and your presence is ignored. Because we do not
know you, we have no peace.
From the heart of an eternal silence, you have watched the rise of empires
and have seen the smoke of their downfall. You have witnessed the impious
fury of ten thousand fratricidal wars, in which great powers have torn whole
continents to shreds in the name of peace and justice.
A day of ominous decision has now dawned on this free nation. Save us then
from our obsessions! Open our eyes, dissipate our confusions, teach us
to understand ourselves and our adversary. Let us never forget that sins
against the law of love are punishable by loss of faith, and those
without faith stop at no crime to achieve their ends!
Help us to be masters of the weapons that threaten to master us.
Help us to use our science for peace and plenty, not for war and
destruction. Save us from the compulsion to follow our adversaries
in all that we most hate, confirming them in their hatred and
suspicion of us. Resolve our inner contradictions, which now
grow beyond belief and beyond bearing. They are at once a torment
and a blessing: for if you had not left us the light of conscience,
we would not have to endure them. Teach us to wait and trust.
Grant light, grant strength and patience to all who work for peace.
But grant us above all to see that our ways are not necessarily
your ways, that we cannot fully penetrate the mystery of your
designs and that the very storm of power now raging on this earth
reveals your hidden will and your inscrutable decision.
Grant us to see your face in the lightning of this cosmic storm,
O God of holiness, merciful to all. Grant us to seek peace where
it is truly found. In your will, O God, is our peace.
Amen. (Thomas Merton)
Dover-Foxcroft Prayer Vigil for Ukraine
Prayer Vigil and Fundraiser for the People of Ukraine
March 23 at 7 PM at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church
We are all aware of the destruction and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. We have seen cities in smoke and ruin. We have seen people killed and wounded, and others running for their lives, sometimes with babies in arms and a backpack with their only belongings. Outright war and conquest goes on each day and nothing so far has stopped it. While we may have little power to stop it, we are not powerless to help the people living in the midst of such devastation or fleeing from it. The Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church is holding a Prayer Vigil and Fundraiser for the People of Ukraine at the church on March 23 at 7 PM. The Vigil will include prayers, candle lightings, readings, and music. All proceeds raised from the Vigil will go to the United Ways of Maine who are working with the United Way Worldwide to channel humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian people. The immediate support will cover transportation, shelter, food and medicines, critical childcare supplies, including infant formula and diapers, hygiene kits and more.
St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine is led by the Rev. Douglas A. Beck. The congregation strives to walk together in living the Way of Love as expressed through God’s revealing ways in the example of Jesus. Stop by their Thrift Shop on Thursday or Friday from 10 am to 2 pm. Join them for Holy Eucharist on Sundays at 10 am.
Have you ever taken one of those genealogical DNA tests that have become popular these days? No matter who you are, no matter what circulatory route your ancestors have taken throughout human existence, no matter who your ancestors are, regardless of what they have or have not done, one place in each of our test results is the same. One place. Your test will ultimately show what everyone else’s shows. The origins of human DNA trace back to the same place.
God brought Abraham outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you can count them…so shall your descendants be.”
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A Franciscan Prayer for International Women’s Day by Christine Sine March 8th is International Women’s Day and it seems very fitting to remember the women of this world, especially those who are mistreated, during Lent. Several years ago I c…
for the First Sunday in Lent
March 5, 2022
As Lent begins, we remember that, again and again, God also calls us to return.
“God calls us through prophets and sages who revealed God’s righteous Law.”
“God calls us, who in the fullness of time, sent Jesus the Son, born of a woman, in fulfillment of the Law.”
“Jesus opens for us the way of freedom of peace.”
“By his blood, Jesus has already reconciled us.”
“By his wounds, we are already healed,” as the words of the Eucharistic Prayer affirm.
Every Lent, we are invited to remember who we are, reliant on God who creates, redeems and loves us.
So we renew our promise to turn away from those things that cause us to miss the mark. And, we remember that we are reconciled. We remember that we are healed. We are called to live like the reconciled and healed people of God that we are through Christ.
As we walk through the wilderness of Lent, it might feel like we can’t be further away from Christmas and the Epiphany. However, what Christmas and Epiphany are to the Incarnation of God – that God the Son sent to live as one of us; Lent and Easter are to God’s redemption of humanity – transforming pain and suffering to God’s glory.
Without the Incarnation, there can be no redemption.
Yet, too often, Lent feels like the time that we’re supposed to wander around, bumping into this or that in the darkness. But, I don’t think this is accurate.
Lent comes around once a year to remind us that evil is the biggest loser.
For no longer are we left alone to wander around, to stumble around life’s wilderness moments alone.
The Spirit never left Jesus, not in the wilderness, not ever.
The same Spirit that drove him brought him through.
Consider world events. The human dictators of the world will not have the final say. Of all the dictators the world knows, God is not one of them, nor is God among them.
In his book, “The Solace of Fierce Landscapes,” Belden Lane writes that wilderness or desert moments can feel “devastating” initially. “Put on edge by its wildness… Its vast sense of silence and [instability] (anomie) is disquieting. We feel physically threatened. We feel physically threatened. In the process, however, we’re opened to a great truth, that we often end up loving what we first approach with fear” (Solace of Fierce Landscapes, 1998, 220).
Lent reminds us that we don’t live on bread alone. We don’t live on bread alone because we are not made that way.
Matthew’s account of these words has Jesus finishing his thought this way. We don’t live on bread alone, but we live by every Word spoken by God. This is how we are made. To live by every Word spoken by God.
not by bread alone for the First Sunday in LentMarch 5, 2022As Lent begins, we remember that, again and again, God also calls us to return. “God calls us through prophets and s...
Don't forget tomorrow- Faith Formation at 10am followed by 11am Eucharist!
For the Last Sunday after Epiphany
February 26, 2022
St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine
Those with Jesus see into the cloud and hear God. From the here and now, they see beyond the dimness, beyond the fog, beyond the confusion, beyond the suffering, beyond the fear of today. They see from one degree of glory to another. They see that good is more present than evil. They see how good overcomes evil. They see that good outlasts evil. God is a God of mercy. Because of the mercy that comes from God, we do not lose heart. The very best that we can do is to project the rays of light God shines through us. And, to be people who pray.
free before God For the Last Sunday after EpiphanyFebruary 26, 2022St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Dover-Foxcroft, MaineThose with Jesus see into the cloud and hear God. F...
This Sunday at 4 pm, join Bishop Brown and the Cathedral Church of St. Luke for a service of Prayers for Peace in Ukraine.
Both in-person and livestreamed, this service will include music, Scripture reading and prayer as we reflect on God’s vision of a world where “nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Micah 4:4).
Our prayers express faithful solidarity with the people of Ukraine and with our neighbors who are fearful and anxious following the Russian invasion.
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We pray for Ukraine.
What is humane?
What is humane about denying clean water?
What is humane about murdering people because of their dark skin?
What is humane about abusing anyone, child, woman, or man?
What is humane about hating someone because of sexual orientation?
What is humane about denying someone what they need to live, food, medicine, shelter, clothing?
What is humane about considering someone of a different religion to be less than? Or, a different culture, nation, or political or social position?
What is humane about any of this?
is it humane What is humane about denying clean water?What is humane about murdering people because of their dark skin?What is humane about abusing anyone, child, woman, ...
Faith brings us to trust. The faith that we share is the same faith that brought Isaiah and Simon and so many others to live new lives, new lives serving God and the common good. They, like us, were not always certain when God called them forward. But, when we step forward as they did, we learn to trust that God calls what God deems worthy, including us.
you are worthy Faith brings us to trust. The faith that we share is the same faith that brought Isaiah and Simon and so many others to live new lives, new lives serving God...
February 6 Commissioning of St. Augustine’s Bishop's Committee with grateful hearts.
Faith Formation is back! Join us for education and discussion on Tuesday mornings at 10:30.
Eucharist to follow at 11:30.
Today the Church celebrates the Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple, also known as Candlemas and the Feast of the Purification. According to Luke, this is when Simeon and Anna met Jesus. Celebration of the feast traditionally included a procession with candles and the singing of Simeon's Song, The Nunc dimittis.
St. Augustine's 10:00 AM Sunday Services for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (January 30) will be virtual services via Zoom, not in person.
Any desiring to join with our regular congregation are welcome to do so. Please message your name, location and e-mail address in the messenger feature of FB before 9:00 on the respective Sunday mornings to be included in the mass invitation email.
If you are not able to join us live, the video of the Zoom service will be posted on this page later.
Stay safe and warm ❄️
A "right-sized" congregation in the shiretown of Piscataquis County. Sunday Communion Service is at 11 AM. All are welcome
A "right-sized" congregation in the shiretown of Piscataquis County. Sunday Communion Service is at 11 AM. All are welcome
We believe the Bible is true in all that it teaches and is just as relevant today as it has always been. We would love for you to join us Sundays at 10:15AM
Sunday school 9:30 am Sunday Worship Service 11:00 am Visit our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7iL2iMN30TFsj7oardaEAw?view_as=subscriber
We are a congregation that is a loving family welcoming anyone & everyone to come join us.