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“It is what it is” except on Easter

easterBishop Stephen Lane celebrated Easter with the people of Good Shepherd, Rangeley, in the beautiful Western mountains of Maine. In his sermon he had this, in part, to say:

Our cry this morning is not, “It is what it is,” but “The Lord is risen!” Like Mary, our eyes are covered by the scales of our expectations, of the relentless press of life as it is. But the good news of Easter is that there’s more.

Read it all here.

No surprise ending, only love

Bishop Lane joined the people St. Barnabas’, Rumford, and their neighbors from local churches on Good Friday. In his sermon he had this, in part, to say:

There is nothing we can do that can put us beyond the reach of God’s love. There is nothing we have done or might do that can’t be rehabilitated and transformed. We kneel before the cross guilty as charged and free to try again. Bitterly as we might weep over our sins, we are invited as well to weep in thanksgiving for the love that sets us free.

Read it all here.

 

Trusting in our identity as God’s beloved

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Follow Bishop Lane on Twitter @bishop_maine

Bishop Stephen Lane visited with the people of St. Peter’s in Portland on the first Sunday of Lent. In his sermon he had this, in part, to say:

“The Good News of the story of testing is that God is with us. The time we’re in is difficult for us, but that does not mean we are alone. Far from it. God is with us ministering to us. God, you see, has promised never again to destroy his people. That’s the meaning of the Noah story, and why we read it on this day. God has made a covenant with us, a covenant renewed in every baptism. And that covenant is secure. Our relationship with God is fixed, like the rainbow. God loves us with a love greater than life itself and will not let us go, even in the midst of severe testing. We belong to God, and we can trust God come what may.”

Read it all here.

Lent is a season of essentials

A Lenten message from Bishop Stephen Lane with video and photos of Ashes to Go.

Guns and domestic violence can’t be separated

One of the more than 60 Episcopal bishops who are members of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, Bishop Lane offers this post today on the group’s website. Writing on the topic of guns and domestic violence homicides in Maine and beyond, he has this, in part, to say:

“As people of faith, those committed to protecting all of God’s children entrusted to our care, we must support the organizations that advocate for protection against domestic violence and improved mental health services. We must be vocal and visible in our support of legislation that addresses the complicated interplay between what is on the books and what is actually enforced. Our legislators, our prosecutors, and our local law enforcement officials need to hear from us.”

Read it all here.

a true epiphany is transformative

On Sunday, January 25, Bishop Steve Lane visited Trinity Episcopal Church in Saco. In his sermon he had this, in part, to say:

If I were asked to leave my home and family, I don’t think I could do it. But I’m not asked to leave. I’m asked to love. And not just the members of my family or my community, but all God’s children. I’m asked to love not only all of you, but all those folks whizzing by in their cars… and all those on the ski slopes… and all those in the Middle East… and everywhere else… immediately.

Read it all here.

Christ born in us: not an ordinary miracle

In his sermon at the Christmas Eve service at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland, Bishop Steve Lane had this, in part, to say:

The sweet scene in the manger is actually the outward sign of the greater birth that takes place in the human heart when we can find room for him. Christ is born in us so that we may join him in transforming the world, making the world a place in which every child can sleep safely  and without fear.

That’s the true power of this night, the power to transform the world by sharing the love of Christ. A new world will not arrive because of greater armies or higher walls, new weapons systems or more prisons. It will not arrive on the backs of ipads and social media. A new world will come because a holy child has been born in us. It will come as we are changed to love one another, as we meet one another as the human faces of God. It will come as we meet one another in mutual vulnerability and mutual love, as children of one father.

Read it all here.