The Rev. Thomas Brown Elected 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine

The Rev. Thomas James Brown was elected to become the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Maine at a Special Electing Convention in Bangor on February 9, 2019. One of five nominees, Rev. Brown, is currently serving as Rector of the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, MA. He was elected on the 3rd ballot, receiving a majority of clergy and lay delegate votes representing 60 year-round congregations and 20 summer chapels. The other nominees were Rev. Kenneth Brannon, Rev. Rachel K. Taber-Hamilton, Rev. Anne Mallonee and Rev. Janet Waggoner.

In making the announcement, The Rev. Maria Hoecker, Rector of St. Columba’s in Boothbay Harbor and President of the Diocesan Standing Committee said “We have been blessed by the Holy Spirit today with the election of Thomas Brown and the gifts he will bring as our next Bishop. We thank the Committees and all involved across the state for their prayerful, dedicated and faithful work, as well as the other nominees who were called to pursue this quest with us.”

In addressing the Electing Convention following announcement of the results, Bishop-elect Brown commented, “during the walkabouts it was so clear to me that the church in Maine is living the good news of Jesus Christ. I am humbled and overjoyed to accept the invitation to join the people of Maine as their bishop.”

The Bishop elect told the delegates, “I give God thanks and praise for this call, and the opportunity to continue building the church in Maine on Christ the solid rock. Bishop Lane and his family, along with the diocesan staff, and every congregation are in my prayers as they continue in the holy work of transition. To God be the glory.”

Bishop-elect Brown received his Master of Divinity from The Church Divinity School of the Pacific. In addition to his service at The Parish of the Epiphany, he has served as Rector of St. Michael Episcopal Church in Brattleboro, VT and as the Director of Alumni/ae and Church Relations at The Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. Bishop-elect Brown has held many leadership positions in The Episcopal Church and in the Diocese of Massachusetts.

Pending consent of a majority of the bishops with jurisdiction and the diocesan standing committees, Bishop-elect Brown will be ordained and consecrated on June 22nd at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland. Presiding Bishop, Michael B. Curry will officiate. Bishop-elect Brown will succeed the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane who has served the Diocese since 2008 and will retire in June. The bishop-elect and his spouse, Rev. Thomas Mousin, will be moving to Maine later this Spring.

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The Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany February 10, 2019

The 10 am Sermon by the Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith
The full 10 am Service celebrated by the Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith.
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The Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany February 3, 2019

The full 10 am Service celebrated by the Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith.

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The Third Sunday After the Epiphany January 27, 2019

10 am Sermon by St. Francis by the Sea Rector
The Rev.Claudia Wyatt Smith
The full 10 am Service Celebrated by St. Francis by the Sea Rector
The Rev.Claudia Wyatt Smith
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A Mitre Fine Election Slate

The Episcopal Diocese of Maine is about to Elect its 10th Bishop!

Adult Forum This Sunday at 11:45

After coffee hour come and share your thoughts on the candidates for the 10th Bishop of Maine.  Lay delegates Marcia Fenn, Bob Publicover, and Maurine Tobin want to hear from you before the election on February 9. 

You can view the candidates’ Walkabout presentations at http://bishopquest.episcopalmaine.org/candidate-walkabouts/ or at http://Youtube.com/episcopalmaine

You may also send your thoughts to Marcia (mbfenn4@gmail.com), Bob (rjp@publicover.net) or Maurine (mmtobin38@gmail.com).

  • Nominees are listed in alphabetical order)
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Spoiler Alert??

We hope this doesn’t spoil anything. We held off posting this during the Christmas Season so as not to spoil any surprises.

https://youtu.be/qDw8xhbTiTo

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There was No Church January 20th. Snow Day

That means that there is nothing to hear here for this Sunday!

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The First Sunday after the Epiphany January 13, 2019

10 am Sermon by St. Francis by the Sea Rector
The Rev.Claudia Wyatt Smith
The full 10 am Service Celebrated by St. Francis by the Sea Rector
The Rev.Claudia Wyatt Smith

 

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The Feast of the Epiphany January 6, 2019

10 am Sermon by St. Francis by the Sea Rector The Rev.Claudia Wyatt Smith

Scarves, blankets and shawls created by Chris Ramsay

The full 10 am Service Celebrated by St. Francis by the Sea Rector The Rev.Claudia Wyatt Smith

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The First Sunday After Christmas Day

A Festival of Lessons & Carols December 30, 2018

The full 10 am Service Celebrated by The Rev. Steve Hayward

The Lectors: Lyn Swazey, Sarah Everdell, Tim Thomas, Judy Thomas, John Paul LaLonde, Milssa LaLonde, & Bob Publicover.


Baby Jesus blanket and the scarves created by
Chris Ramsay
The Three Wise Men are on their way to the Manger
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Christmas At St. Francis

Bob Gorrell
Copyright 2018 Creators Syndicate Inc.

Christmas Morning Sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

The Rev. Steve Hayward

 

 

Baby Jesus was carried to the altar by Jillian & Sadie Weed Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

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Christmas Eve Full Service celebrated by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

A Merry Church Filled Christmas Eve

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Sunday, December 16, 2018 Sermon and Full Service*

The Third Sunday of Advent 10 am Sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayward:
The Third Sunday of Advent 10 am Full Service celebrated by the Rev. Steve Hayward:
During the anthem this week’s all male choir was accompanied by young Camdyn Chung on flute:

*Just a quick note: We attempt to post the sermon and service each week as soon as possible. Most weeks it is late evening of that day. But, for various reasons, sometimes it is not until Tuesday Morning. Thank you for your inquiries and understanding.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018 Sermon and Full Service

The Second Sunday of Advent 10 am Sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

The Second Sunday of Advent 10 am Full Service celebrated by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

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Sunday, December 2, 2018 Sermon and Full Service

The First Sunday of Advent 10 am Sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

* Because of a microphone issue several parts of the full service were not recorded. We do apologize.

The First Sunday of Advent 10 am Full Service celebrated by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

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Sunday, November 25, 2018 Sermon

The Last Sunday after Pentecost, 10:00 am Sermon by the Rev. Carlton Russell:

The 10:00 am Full Service for The Last Sunday after Pentecost, celebrated by the Rev. Carlton Russell:

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Sunday, November 18, 2018 Sermon and Full Service*

The 26th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am full service celebrated by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

 

The 26th Sunday after Pentecost, 10:00 am Sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

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A gift that WILL keep on giving!!

A reminder from the Planned Giving Committee. Do you have a traditional IRA. If so, and you are 70 1/2, you might want to make a distribution from that IRA to St. Francis to complete your 2018 pledge (or as an additional gift). As a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD), the amount would not be included in your income but would qualify as part of your required minimum distribution from the IRA. If you have questions, a chat with your tax advisor or IRA custodian might be helpful.

Tim Thomas

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Sunday, November 11, 2018 Sermon and Full Service

The 25th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

The 25th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am full service celebrated by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

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Sunday, November 4, 2018 Bishop Steve’s Sermon and Full Service

The 24th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Right Rev. Stephen Lane, 9th Bishop of Maine during what was most likely his final visit to St. Francis before retiring next spring:

The 24th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Full Service celebrated by The Right Rev. Stephen Lane, 9th Bishop of Maine:

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All Creatures Great and Small

The 2018 St. Francis by the Sea Blessing of the Animals was a big hit for both the two and four-legged among us. Click here to check it out!

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Sunday, October 28, 2018 Sermon

The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by St. Francis by the Sea Rector, The Rev.Claudia Wyatt Smith including the words of The Right Reverend Steve Lane from his Homily delivered during this weekend’s 199th Diocesan Convention:

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Researching Religious Roots??

Have you ever wanted to explore the Anglican roots of our worship and spirituality? If so come and join a small group led by the Rev. Claudia Smith, rector of St. Francis by the Sea in Blue Hill for a journey departing on April 29, 2019. Whether one’s interest is to experience religious sites and stories for their spiritual impact or whether one leans more toward an exploration of the history of Great Britain that has formed us as a society – come. This trip has an abundance of both the sacred and the secular to satisfy everyone. There are only a few spots still available however, so contact Rev. Smith at revclaudiainmaine@gmail.com as soon as possible for more information and a detailed itinerary.  Or check out this PDF on the trip:
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Sunday, October 21, 2018 Sermon

The 22nd Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by the Rev. Steve Hayward:

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“Beloved” 2018 Stewardship Minutes +/-

“So, As those who have been chosen of God, holy and Beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12

With that bible passage Vestry Member and Stewardship Chair Sarah Everdell kicked off the 2018 Campaign pledge card.

On Sunday, September 30th Vestry Member Mary Crawford’s message was:

“We all come to this sacred, BELOVED space, to worship, to learn, to sing … to mourn, to heal, to celebrate … to be fed!”

Hear it all here:

 

On Sunday, September 30th new Vestry Member Millisa LaLonde‘s message was: “I’ve grown to respect the wisdom of the way this community utilizes money…even though we are frugal people we will continue giving because it is a really good investment.”

On Sunday October 21th Vestry Member Bob Publicover, Senior Warden’s message was: “there are a lot of important things we do here at St. Francis, not the least of which is our commitment to (community)Outreach.”

We are privileged to celebrate the ingathering with Bishop Stephen Lane when he visits St. Francis on November 4th.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018 Sermon

The 21st Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by St. Francis by the Sea Rector, The Rev.Claudia Wyatt Smith:

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A Special Twist to the Blessing of the Animals

On Sunday October 7th during the 10 am Blessing of the Animals service announcements St. Francis by the Sea Fair co-chair Mary Hartley presented a big check to the SPCA of Hancock County for their partnership of the 2018 Fair in Blue Hill, Maine.

Yes, the dogs you hear in the background were there to be blessed.

 

 

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Sunday, October 7, 2018 Sermon

The 20th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by St. Francis by the Sea Rector, The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith:

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Sunday, September 30, 2018 Sermon and Vestry Commissioning

September 30, 2018 The 19th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by Guest Preacher The Rev. Canon Hannah Anderson:

During announcements The Rev. Claudia commissioned the new Vestry.

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Sunday, September 23, 2018 Sermon and Kneeler Dedication

September 23, 2018 The 18th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by St. Francis by the Sea Rector, The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith:

During announcements The Rev. Claudia, Mary Hartley and the rest of the congregation took part in a dedication of a new kneeler!

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Sunday, September 16, 2018 Sermon

The 17th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by Saint Francis by the Sea’s Rector The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith:

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Sunday, September 9, 2018 Sermon

September 9, 2018 The 16th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by Saint Francis by the Sea licensed Lay Preacher Heather Ford:

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Sunday, September 2, 2018 Sermon

September 2, 2018 The 15th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Claudia Smith:

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August 26, 2018 Sermon

August 26, 2018 The 14th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Claudia Smith:

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August 19, 2018 Sermon

August 19, 2018 The 13th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling:
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August 12, 2018 Sermon

The Rev. Virginia Peacock1August 12, 2018 The 12th Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Virginia Peacock:

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August 5, 2018 Sermon and Full Service & Baptism

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost August 5, 2018, 10 am Sermon by Allan Sandlin:
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August 5, 2018 The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Full Service and Baptism of Henry Ronan Malloy celebrated by The Rev. Allan Sandlin:

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Sunday July 29th Sermon

July 29, 2018 The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev.Robert Tobin:

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Sunday July 22nd Sermon

The Rev. Elaine Hewes

July 22, 2018 The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Elaine Hewes:

 

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Nothing to Hear Here! July 15, 2018

The Rev. Steve Hayward


Because of technical problems are no audio recordings of the July 15, 2018 Service or Sermon by The Rev. Steve Hayward

Our sincere apologies.

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Sunday July 7th Sermon

July 8, 2018 The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Virginia Peacock:

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Sunday July 1st Sermon

July 1, 2018 The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Elaine Hewes:

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Sunday June 24th Sermon

The Fifth Sunday After Pentecost June 24, 2018, 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling:

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