Bicentennial Celebration

Celebrating 200 years as God's people in Maine: 
Honoring our Past, Embracing the Present and Building our Future



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Let's start celebrating 200 years! The Diocese of Maine will be celebrating its 200th birthday in the year 2020. The Bicentennial Committee has planned a year long multi-event celebration, beginning with a kick-off at convention 2019. A highlight of the year will be a service at the Cross Center in Bangor in May 2020 with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaching. Please mark your calendars for the planned events below. More info to come!

Diocesan Bicentennial Celebrations

November 16, 2019:  Historic Worship service at Christ Church, Gardiner at 1:00pm (Join the Bicentennial Choir! Info here.)
May 2, 2020:  Energizing for the Next 200 Years: Revival with The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry in Bangor
October 2020:  Diocesan Convention: Continuing the Celebration (location TBA)
November 2020:  Bicentennial Closing Ceremonies with Choral Evensong Cathedral, Portland

Prayer for the State of Maine

Dean Sayre's prayer from the National Cathedral for the State of Maine
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a prayer for the state of maine


Thank you, God, for the State of Maine, reaching ever for the first light of day. As Thy people wake to the Eastern rays, what chowder of nourishment dost Thou prepare for body and soul: concocted so delectably of pine and needles and potatoes, of herring and clams and lobsters in their rocky lairs, of blueberries and new-mown hay and a thousand lakes and little boats brave upon the deep.

Of such blessing did our fathers distill their rugged liberty: Grant us grace to win the same, along the country roads and on the fringed and tasseled coast of our wooded land;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 


Ways to Get Involved

Repurposing liturgical items to make new worship spaces vibrant and joyful
After an inspiring kick-off at convention with the blessing of a celebratory altar frontal and a custom chalice and paten as well as the introduction of a hymn that celebrates our heritage and our state, the party continues. Download this flyer that contains the schedule for upcoming opportunities to worship and celebrate together.

The altar frontal from convention was made from no longer used liturgical fabric donated by many congregations. Using that fabric the frontal sought to tie together our past and present and look forward to the future. The old has been re-purposed and blessed for something new! 

The Bicentennial Committee invites everyone in the diocese to continue this project by using donated fabric to make celebratory banners and wall hangings that will enhance the worship space for the revival service with Archbishop Curry at the Cross Center in May.  

Sewing groups, quilters, fabric artists, even Sunday School and Youth Groups are encouraged to try their hand. Fabric is still needed and can be sent to Loring House, or brought to the historic service at Christ Church, Gardiner at 1:00 pm on November 16. More information on the project as well as distribution of fabric is forthcoming. Contact Rev. Ginny Urbanek at  for more information or to offer your suggestions.

Choir members needed for the Bicentennial Choir on November 16
Join the choir for the special service to honor and celebrate the Diocese of Maine's 200th birthday (1820-2020) at Christ Church in Gardiner on Saturday, November 16 at 1:00 pm. Christ Church has historical significance. The first Bishop of Maine was the rector there, it is the oldest church in the Diocese of Maine, and it was consecrated in 1820 so it shares a birthday with the Diocese of Maine and the state of Maine. The service will use elements from the 1789 Prayer Book and the Scottish Episcopal Church Book of Common Prayer.


The choir will rehearse at 11:00 am the same day as the service. The anthems will be:
Simple Gifts - Attrib. to Elder Joseph Brackett, adapted by Aaron Copland, arr. by David L. Brunner
The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune - William Kethe/Louis Bourgeois, arr. by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Links to buy copies of these anthems:  

Please pass this information along to choristers, organists, choir directors and others who might be interested. If you are interested in singing for this or have choristers interested, please send a message to Sean Fleming, Organist at St. Andrew's, Newcastle listing your name or names and voice part(s) at 


Telling the story of our diocese through a timeline

The Bicentennial Committee is building a timeline to tell the story of our diocese! It takes a look at all of the congregations, chapels and ministries around our diocese. It also highlights historical items found in the archives and from other sources. The timeline is a work in progress and can easily be updated to include things as they are submitted. Sign into Facebook to watch this video of the timeline in action. 

Or view and play around with the interactive timeline here

 Belfast pic  Eastport Community Thanksgiving Dinner 2018  Machias Working with UMM students Sept 2018
Bicentennial Committee
The Rev. Ginny Urbanek
Ms Elizabeth Estey
Ms Rachel Zoller, Chair
Ms Billie Ellis
The Rev. Kerry Mansir
Mr. Chris Glass
Presiding Bishop's Visit Planning Committee
The Rev. John Balicki, Chair

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