Diocesan Bicentennial Celebrations
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/
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.
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 http://bit.ly/EpiscopalMaineTimeline.