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Make way for summer: All Saints by the Sea in Southport makes ready for the season

All Saints by the Sea, Southport

Around the diocese committees governing summer chapels are organizing work crews, preparing bulletins and posters, and filling last minute clergy vacancies.  On Southport Island All Saints by-the- Sea has the additional task of confirming with Bill Campbell, Captain of the Novelty out of Pier 8 in Boothbay Harbor, the time of departure that best serves the church congregation.

One can also drive onto Southport and south on Route 238 about two miles to the All Saints Road, either parking on the main road or, if necessary, driving down All Saints Road to one of the seven parking spots in the lot above the chapel.  From there one can either walk down the path or accept a ride on the golf cart to the chapel porch.  Many persons linger on that porch through the organ prelude to enjoy the view across Boothbay to Squirrel Island, and, following the service enjoy coffee, punch, and light refreshments either on the porch or around the deck and dock.  Or you can come to church on your own boat and tie up to the dock, being mindful of the tide and nearby rocks.

This season the services begin Sunday, June 19 and continue through Sunday, September 11 with Holy Communion each Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and the first, third, and fifth Sundays at 10:00 a.m.  Morning Prayer and sermon constitute the 10:00 a.m. services on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.  Clergy from near and far will fill the pulpit including local clergy, The Rev. Frank Strasburger, for the opening service on June 19 and The Rev. Wes Shields on June 26.  The Rev. Sandra Moyle and The Rev. Dr. Allison Moore will fill the pulpit during July; the Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith and the Rev. Kit Sherrill in August; and in September from London, the Rev. Stuart Nattrass returns for the second time to All Saints.

In addition to Sunday worship, the visiting clergy offer Bible study every Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. outside on the church porch, weather permitting, or inside the church if not.  The church, dock, and grounds are open every day.  Visitors during the week are sometimes fortunate enough to arrive when resident organist Dr. Calvin Johansson is practicing.

So if you are in the area on Sunday, please plan to join us for worship, arriving either by sea or by land.  Anytime you are welcome to enjoy the peace and beauty of All Saints by-the-Sea.

– Leigh Sherill

Here’s a link to more information and a history about All Saints.  And another to the summer chapel page on the diocesan website where most of Maine’s 18 summer chapels are profiled.

Bishop Steve reflects on the death of Osama bin Laden

On his blog, “Round Maine with Bishop Lane,” Bishop Steve offers a reflection on his reaction to the death of Osama bin Laden.

He writes:

“…As I watched, I struggled with mixed emotions: a sense of surprise and relief that bin Laden was no more; a surge of pride for the skill of the Navy Seals; a sense of foreboding about the likelihood of retaliation; embarrassment that so many demonstrators seemed to treat this military operation as a sort of sporting event; and other, harder to define, feelings. I woke this morning to read that the Portland mosque had been vandalized with graffiti equating bin Laden with Islam – and my harder to define feelings sprang into sharp focus.”

Read it here.

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.

Priest to retire after reviving flock at Good Shepherd

Photo by Gabor Degre/BDN

A story in today Bangor Daily News celebrating life and ministry at Good Shepherd, Houlton, and the good gifts the Rev. Leslie Nesin has shared there. Love the headline.

“Leslie makes people feel welcome,” Dana Delano, 50, of Houlton said after the Palm Sunday service. “She’s very good at finding out what people’s talents are and putting them to work. Everybody’s got spirituality and personality. She’s good at finding where they intersect.”

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An Easter greeting from Bishop Steve

And also on this Earth Day:

Holy God, kindle in all hearts the true love of peace and a deep desire for justice; guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth and for the care of Creation. Help us to encounter Christ in all we meet so that the earth may be filled with the knowledge of your love. Amen.


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A video reflection for Holy Week: Confronting Grief


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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.”

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This week’s Lenten reflection


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This week’s Lenten reflection: Circles of Trust


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