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Bishop Steve: “Baptism brings change”

On his visit to St. Peter’s, Portland, last Sunday, Bishop Steve had this to say in his sermon:

Some scholars have wondered if the people of John’s day actually recognized the radical nature of the message he preached. Did they understand that they were participating in an attack on the corrupt religious establishment of the day? Who knows… but I think they knew they were getting something they valued, and usually paid for, for free. I think they knew that John was practicing the Jewish faith outside the norms of contemporary practice and authority. I think they knew that to accept John’s baptism was to be challenged to change their lives – and they flocked to the River Jordan.

Read it all here.

 

Bishop Steve Lane’s (center) visitation to St. Peter’s in Portland, Maine on December 9, 2012. With him (l-r) The Rev. Ben Barnes, regular supply priest; Robert Sherwood, Senior Warden; the Rev. Kelly Moughty, assistant priest; and the Rev. Larry Weeks, priest-in-charge.

Bishop Steve Lane’s (center) visitation to St. Peter’s in Portland, Maine on December 9, 2012. With him (l-r) The Rev. Ben Barnes, regular supply priest; Robert Sherwood, Senior Warden; the Rev. Kelly Moughty, assistant priest; and the Rev. Larry Weeks, priest-in-charge.

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Committing ourselves to building the new world that’s coming

Last Sunday at St. Michael’s, Auburn, Bishop Steve had this to say:

It’s not only about agreeing that creating a new heaven and a new earth is a good idea. It’s about committing to work for its coming, to live ourselves as signs of its coming, to see ourselves as first members of the body of Christ and then as members of families and churches and nations.

Read the entire sermon here.

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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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Where do we find Jesus? A sermon for Lent 5

From Bishop Steve’s sermon at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church, Bar Harbor, last Sunday:

 Jesus says, if you want to see me,  follow me. Come with me, be where I am. Join me in my work. The challenge of our lessons today is that there is a deep connection between seeing and following. Indeed, following may allow us to see, may open our eyes to Jesus’ presence.

We are invited this morning to consider where we have seen Jesus at work, where we have been moved to follow. Have we allowed ourselves to be in the places where Jesus is – where there is suffering, where there is grief, where there is oppression? Have allowed our hearts to be moved with compassion by the needs of others? Have we shared what we have for the welfare of others? Have we spoken a word of kindness, a word of blessing, a word of hope?

Read it all here.

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God’s grace demands a response

Today Bishop Lane visited St. Stephen the Martyr Church in Waterboro.  During his sermon he had this to say:

So perhaps the meaning here is not about being destroyed for our failures. Perhaps the meaning here is that God’s grace demands a response. God gives us what we don’t deserve, gives to both the good and bad among us. God invites us over and over again. God reaches out to us whoever we are. But when we are reached, when we accept the invitation, then God expects us to live into it. God expects us to change, to put on new clothes, as it were; to live a new life.

Read his sermon here.

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With Thomas we are challenged to change

Bishop Stephen T. Lane – “What I want, what I fervently desire, is for the Resurrection to be real – very real. And for it to make a difference. I don’t want my faith to be an intellectual construct or a spiritual fantasy. I want faith to be so real that the world must be changed…”

With Thomas we are challenged to change | Round Maine with Bishop Lane

Check out Bishop Steve’s blog for his sermon delivered at the Portland-area regional confirmation service at the Cathedral of St. Luke on Sunday, May 1.

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Bishop Steve’s Passion Sunday sermon

Bishop Steve’s sermon on Passion Sunday at Trinity, Portland…”And the final irony is this: throne and cross are the same. Salvation comes through crucifixion, through the peace of the cross.”

Read it here…

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