Happy Father’s Day from Maritime Gloucester!

Cape Ann Community

wolffish sparkThis Sunday in honor of Father’s Day, dads and grand-dads will enjoy 1/2 price admission from 10-1 when accompanied with their kids. Visit our Sea Pocket Aquarium and look for the Atlantic Wolffish. Male wolffish keep watch and protect their nests for up to four months until the eggs hatch. Happy Father’s Day!  For more information on our hours and programs, please visit http://www.maritimegloucester.org.

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National Day of Prayer, May 4, 2017

                                                  National Day of Prayer

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Today, May 4, is the National Day of Prayer, an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May.

The theme this year is For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us… Forgive Us…Heal Us! Taken from Daniel 9:19, which says, “O Lord, Listen! O Lord, Forgive! O Lord, Hear and Act! For Your Sake, O My God…”.

Designated by the United States Congress, people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.”  Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day, with historical origins going back to a mandate by President George Washington.
First Call of Prayer in 1775
The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.

Joan Chittister Event-7/15/17 Register early-Limited seating- This will sell out!

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Easter Services on Cape Ann

Image result for Easter religious servicesPublished in Gloucester Daily Times -April 13, 2017

Gloucester
Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington St. April 14, noon to 3 p.m., church open for prayer and meditation. April 16, 7 a.m. sunrise service at Squam Rock, followed by breakfast at 8 a.m. in the Cove Room; and 10 a.m. Easter service. 978-281-0376. www.annisquamvillagechurch.org.

Calvary Chapel Baptist Church, 384 Washington St., 10 a.m. Sunday service. 978-283-8856.

Cape Ann Bible Church, 8 Thompson St., West Gloucester. March 24, 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday service. March 27, 7 a.m. sunrise service at Stage Fort Park (meet at cannons), followed by 8 a.m. breakfast at church; and 10:30 a.m. Easter service. 978-281-3941. www.capeannbiblechurch.org.

Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport: April 13, 8 a.m. morning prayer at St. Joachim Church, 62 Broadway, Rockport; 7 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s supper at St. Ann Church, 74 Pleasant St., Gloucester; and Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, 142 Prospect St., Gloucester, until midnight. April 14, 8 a.m. morning prayer at Our Lady’s; Stations of the Cross, noon, at St. Ann’s; and Good Friday services: 3 p.m. at St. Joachim’s, and 7 p.m. at Our Lady’s. April 15, 8 a.m. morning prayer and 7 p.m. Easter vigil at St. Ann’s. April 16, Easter services: 7 and 11:45 a.m. at Our Lady’s; 8:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. (English/Portuguese) at St. Ann’s; and 10 a.m. at St. Joachim’s. www.ccgronline.com.

Community Church of East Gloucester, April 16, 5:50 a.m. sunrise service. Gather with Gloucester Assembly of God at Bass Rocks, followed by 7 a.m. pancake breakfast at the church, 7 Chapel St. Easter Sunday services: 9 and 11 a.m. 978-283-5527. www.eastgloucester.org.

First Baptist Church, 38 Gloucester Ave., 10 a.m. Sunday service. 978-283-4808.

Gloucester Assembly of God, 211 Washington St. April 16, 5:50 a.m. sunrise service. Gather with Community Church at Bass Rocks, followed by 7 a.m. pancake breakfast at the church, 7 Chapel St. Easter Sunday service at 10 a.m. 978-283-1736. www.gloucesterassembly.org.

Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, corner of Church and Middle streets. April 13, 6 p.m. Maundy Thursday service. April 16, 10 a.m. Easter service. 978-283-3410. www.gloucesteruu.org.

Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St., 9:30 a.m. Sunday service. 978-281-1040.

Orthodox Congregational Church of Lanesville, 1120 Washington St. March 24, 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday service. March 25, 7 p.m. Tenebrae service. March 27, 6:30 a.m. sunrise service at Pigeon Cove Chapel, 155 Granite St., Rockport. Easter Sunday service at 10 a.m. 978-283-2345. www.lanesvillechurch.org.

St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St. April 13, 7:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday service and vigil. April 14, noon, Stations of the Cross; and 7:30 p.m. Good Friday service. April 15, 7:30 p.m. Easter vigil. April 16, Easter services: 8 and 10:30 a.m. Parking at 33 Washington St. www.stjohnsgloucester.org.

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St. April 13, 6 p.m. Maundy Thursday dinner church. April 14, 7 p.m. Tenebrae service. April 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., church open for prayer. April 16, 5:50 a.m. sunrise service at Good Harbor Beach (park near footbridge); and 10 a.m. festive Eucharist. 978-283-6550. www.stpaulcapeann.org.

Trinity Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 70 Middle St., corner of School and Middle streets. April 13, 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday service. April 16, sunrise service at Good Harbor Beach, followed by 9 a.m. pancake breakfast and 10 a.m. children’s Easter egg hunt; and 10:30 a.m. Easter service. 978-283-1442. www.trinitycongregational.org.

Union Congregational Church, 3 Norman Ave., Magnolia, 10:30 a.m. Easter service. 978-525-3346. www.uccmagnolia.org.

West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 488 Essex Ave. April 13, 6 p.m. Maundy Thursday soup, followed by 7 p.m. service. April 16, 7 a.m. sunrise service; and 10 a.m. Easter service. 978-283-2817. www.westgloucesterchurch.org.

Rockport
Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport, see listing above.

Christian Science Society of Rockport, 2 Beach St., 10 a.m. Sunday service. 978-546-7708.

First Baptist Church, 4 High Street at Harvey Park. April 13, 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday service. April 16, 6 a.m. sunrise service at Headlands; and 10:30 a.m. Easter service. 978-546-6121. www.firstbaptistrockport.org.

First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 12 School St. April 14, 7 p.m. Good Friday service. April 16, 10 a.m. Easter Sunday service. 978-546-6638. www.rockportucc.org.

Pigeon Cove Chapel, 155 Granite St., 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. 978-546-2523. www.pigeoncovechapel.org.

Rockport United Methodist Church, 36 Broadway, 11 a.m. Sunday service. 978-546-2093.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 24 Broadway. April 13, 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday service with Eucharist and Taize chant, followed by vigil. April 14, 12:05 p.m., Liturgy of the Day. April 15, 8 p.m., Easter vigil. April 16, Easter Sunday Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m., and Festival Eucharist at 10:15 a.m. with adult and children’s choirs. 978-546-3421.

Unitarian Universalist Society, 4 Cleaves St., 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. 978-546-2989. www.rockportuu.org.

Manchester
First Baptist Church
, 20 School St. April 13, 7 p.m. Tenebrae service. April 14, noon, Good Friday service. April 16, 6 a.m. sunrise service at Singing Beach; and 10 a.m. Easter service. 978-526-4283. www.cornerstonenorthshore.org.

First Parish Church, Congregational, Central Street. April 13, 7:30 p.m., Maundy Thursday service. April 14, noon, Good Friday service. April 16, 6 a.m. sunrise service; and 10 a.m. Easter service. 978-526-7661. www.firstparishchurch.org.

Sacred Heart Church, 62 School St., 8:30 a.m., Sunday service. 978-526-1263.

Essex
Emmanuel Community Church, 180 Western Ave., 10 a.m. Sunday service. 978-768-6180. www.emmanuelcommunitychurch.org.

First Congregational Church, 39 Main St. April 13, 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday service. April 14, noon to 8 p.m., church open for reflection. April 16, 6 a.m. sunrise service at Conomo Point, followed by breakfast at First UU Church, 59 Main St.; and 10:30 a.m. Easter service, followed by egg hunt. 978-768-7855. www.fccoe.org.

First Universalist Church, Unitarian Universalist, 59 Main St. April 13, 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday service. April 16, 6 a.m. sunrise service at Conomo Point, followed by breakfast; and 10 a.m. Easter service. 978-768-3690. www.uuessex.org.

North Shore Bible Church, 65 Eastern Ave., 10:15 a.m. Sunday service. 978-768-3539. www.northshorebiblechurch.com.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 54 Main St., 10 a.m. Sunday service. 978-768-6284.