BLUE HILL, Maine — The congregation of Blue Hill’s St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church and Rector Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith invites the public to a special “prayers-in-the-park” worship service in Blue Hill Town Park, on Sunday, August 31 at 10 a.m.
The non-denominational service will be held outdoors in the park at the end of Water St. and everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs and attend. In the event of rain, the service will take place at St. Francis by the Sea Church, 330 Hinckley Ridge Rd., Blue Hill.
This service, titled “Great Creating Spirit,” is a reprise of the enormously successful worship service created by visiting theologian Rev. John Philip Newell at the close of the Downeast Spiritual Life Conference this July. The event was attended by over 200 people of different faith traditions and many who had not set foot inside a church for decades. The service takes the format of a Celtic Earth Mass in recognition of the oneness of all creation.
“It was so clear that this service addressed a profound need for those who feel estranged from organized religious practice. There are many who do not include the word God in their vocabulary but feel the power of an Almighty in all creation,” explained Rev. Smith. “In truth, whatever name we choose to use, we believe that it is still the same divine spirit that is the source of all of us.”
“This service is about God not church,” she added. “We made the service accessible to people who are not usually in church and whose spiritual needs lie outside the boundaries of organized religious dogma.”
Everyone is invited. Just come as you are and bring a lawn chair to sit on.
For more information, call St. Francis by the Sea at (207) 374-5200.