The New Northeast

tracking the Spirit in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine

Sermons

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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…