As many of you will have already learned, Bishop Stephen Lane has announced his retirement in June of 2019, and has called for the election of a Bishop Diocesan to succeed him (Bishop Lane’s letter can be read here: https://tinyurl.com/DioMaineTransition).
Over the next twenty-two months, we will be invited to thanksgiving for +Steve’s ministry among us, to self-examination of our diocesan life together and discernment of how we are all called to ministry as we move forward. Such a process is always challenging, and one of Bishop Steve’s legacies to us is the capacity to be challenged and remain in conversation.
Twenty-two months is a long time, and a short time. I ask you to continue to hold +Steve and Gretchen in prayer, as well as the Standing Committee, Discernment Committee, and Transition Committee of the Diocese. Pray for all who are discerning whether or not they are called to be candidates, and of course pray for our next bishop, whoever he or she may be.
Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified:
Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you;
Through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.