Category Archives: From the Bishop

An update from Bishop Steve on change

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One Holy Week – Two Sermons

On Palm Sunday, Bishop Steve Lane visited St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland.  Here, in part, is what he had to say to all of us at the start of Holy Week.

When Jesus entered Jerusalem on the back of colt, there were only two possibilities: he was either the author of an incredibly brave, but ultimately deluded, act of defiance against the oppressive authority of church and state, or he was the author of a new heaven and a new earth. As we enter into Holy Week and our journey to Golgatha, I invite you into your own journey of prayer and reflection. Who is this Jesus for you?

Read it all here. (Please scroll down to the second sermon.)

On Tuesday, he gathered with clergy of the diocese at St. John’s in Bangor for their annual renewal of vows. He challenged the clergy of Maine with these words:

Jesus said, “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” The key to meeting the spiritual hunger of our age, for people both in the church and the many more who are outside the church, is to stand at the foot of the cross, to be where he is: for real life to meet a real God.

Read the entire sermon here.

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Holy Week video meditation from Bishop Steve – Good News

Here is the last meditation from Bishop Steve Lane’s Lenten series on practicing the presence of God.

The text version is here.

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What is Our Hope: A video meditation from Bishop Steve

Bishop Steve offers this reflection on practicing the presence of God.

The text version is here.

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We are already home: Bishop Steve’s video reflection

Live from Portland! It’s Wednesday in Lent!

Bishop Steve Lane offers a video reflection on practicing the presence of God.

The text version is here.

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Bishop Stephen T. Lane’s Pastoral Letter

This morning a pastoral letter by Bishop Lane was read in each Maine congregation. The letter outlines the issues facing the Episcopal Church and the people in Maine later this year regarding the Anglican Covenant and the blessings of same-gender relationships, both of which will come before the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in July, and the marriage equality referendum that Mainers will consider in November.

You may read the Pastoral Letter here.

A two-page list of resources and background material about the Anglican Covenant and the work of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music is available here.

In his letter Bishop Lane commends the Maine Council of Churches’ Covenant for Civil Discourse to members of the Diocese of Maine. That document is available here.

An exhaustive list of primary documents charting the evolution of the Anglican Covenant and a detailed timeline is available at www.noanglicancovenant.org.

The Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music’s blog liturgyandmusic.wordpress.com has excerpts from its report and information on its work to date.

These links will be posted on the diocesan home page at www.episcopalmaine.org as soon as server issues are resolved on the new website. Thank you for your patience.

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Saying Yes – Wednesday reflections in Lent

This week, Bishop Steve share the fourth in a series of Lenten meditations on practicing the presence of God.

He says,

The heaviness with which so many of us view ourselves, the desire we have to be somehow other or better than we are, misses the truth that God created us and loves us as we are.

or read it here.

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Wednesdays in Lent: a new video reflection from Bishop Steve

Who am I?  What do I want to do?

Here is the third in a weekly series of reflections on practicing the presence of God.

Read the text version here.

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This week’s Lenten reflection from Bishop Steve – Repentance

The second in a Lenten video series on practicing the presence of God.  Bishop Steve has this to say:

But the word repent comes from the Greek meaning, “to turn around.” We might think of that as meaning that we are invited to turn from sin, to turn from our failures – and that is certainly one meaning. More importantly, it means to turn toward God, to turn in a godward direction – to conform our lives to God.

You may read the text version here.

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Follow Bishop Steve’s Lenten meditations

Each Wednesday in Lent, beginning today with an Ash Wednesday meditation, Bishop Steve will post a video (and text version) meditation on his blog over at Round Maine with Bishop Lane.

This year the series will focus on practicing the presence of God.  He welcomes your comments.

The text version may be found here.

A Collect for Ash Wednesday

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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