Wayne and I have commenced our “summer tour” of seasonal Maine Episcopalian churches with St. Ann’s in Kennebunkport being our first. St. Ann’s is “an historic seaside Chapel that offers the opportunity for summer worship, fellowship, and outreach on the coast of southern Maine. Located in Kennebunkport, the picturesque chapel was built in 1887 to serve the communities of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Cape Porpoise. People of all faiths join residents and visitors to the region for Sunday worship, special services and quiet meditation in the park setting overlooking the Kennebunk River and the Atlantic Ocean.” We decided to go to the 8:00 a.m. Eucharist which was held in the outside chapel overlooking the sea!
It was extremely foggy outside with temps in the 60s. Services are held at the outside chapel for the 8:00 a.m. service “weather permitting.” It was a bit chilly with the ocean breeze but the call was for services to be outdoors.
The Rev. Dr. Peter Cheney walking to the outdoor chapel.
This is the view from the pews!
We originally sat at the back on the stone bench but had trouble hearing over the waves since there are no microphones used, so we moved closer to the front once services began.
We did explore inside the church.
Seashells are embedded in the glass.
I would like (and need) to learn to rest and meditate more which is why I will be attending their first “Centering Prayer” group on Tuesday which includes a 20 minute meditation.
The sermon topic was hope. I really enjoyed contemplating Romans 5:1-8 while sitting by the ocean which has always been a spiritual connection for me. Wayne and I had such a rich experience that we are going to come back next week with the hopes that it will be sunny. Also, they are having a Lemonade on the Lawn!
Afterward we walked around Kennebunkport.
There were many fallen petals which smelled wonderful.
Inside one of the thousands of beach roses before us.
A colorful display downtown.
About our 2017 Maine Episcopal Summer Chapel Tour: Wayne and I plan to visit approximately eight seasonal chapels in Maine over the next few months. I will be sharing our experiences here on Serene New England. You can see all posts related to the tour here. I hope you will enjoy them and would love to have you share your thoughts in the comments!