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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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The Diocese of Maine celebrated its 200th birthday in the year 2020. The Bicentennial Committee planned a year long multi-event celebration, beginning with a kick-off at Diocesan Convention in 2019.

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. 


Bicentennial Hymn: On Christ the Solid Rock

Our bicentennial hymn, using the tune of Solid Rock with new lyrics from the Rev. Maria Hoecker, St. Columba's in Boothbay Harbor is available to download and use as you wish. Download the PDF here.

The inaugural singing of the hymn took place at Diocesan Convention on Saturday, October 26. Clergy and delegates were accompanied by the Rev. Kevin Kinsey of the Aroostook Cluster on trumpet. (Click here and here to hear and watch the Convention sing this hymn.)

The author of the hymn tune SOLID ROCK (1863), William Bradbury (1816-1868), was born in York, Maine! He was a prolific composer and taught music for a time up in Machias, Maine.  Here is a summary of his history and a long list of his compositions.  https://hymnary.org/person/Bradbury_William?tab=tunes  

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 continued.

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 future services.

Sewing groups, quilters, fabric artists, even Sunday School and Youth Groups are encouraged to try their hand. Contact Rev. Ginny Urbanek at  for more information or to offer your suggestions.


Telling the story of our diocese through an interactive timeline

The Bicentennial Committee built 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 https://time.graphics/line/285077.

 Belfast pic  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

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