The Ordination and Consecration of the Tenth Bishop of Maine

The Ordination and Consecration of the Tenth Bishop of Maine


♪ elect from every nation yet one o’er all the earth Her charter of salvation, one Lord, one faith, one birth One holy name she blesses partakes one holy food And to one hope she presses with every grade endued Through with a scornful won — men, see her sore oppressed By schisms rent asunder by heresies distressed Yet saints their watch are keeping, their cry goes up “how long” And soon the night of weeping shall be the morn of song Mid toil and tribulation and tumult of her war She waits the consummation of peace for ever more Till with the vision glorious her longing eyes are blessed And the great church victorious shall be the church at rest ♪ Yet she on earth hath union with God the three in one And mystic sweet communion with those who rest is won O happy ones and holy! Lord give us grace that we Like them, the meek and lowly, on high may dwell with thee ♪>>Blessed be good, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.>>And blessed be God’s kingdom now and fore ever amen.>>Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name through Christ, our Lord. Amen.>>Amen.>>Bishop in the church of God, the clergy and people of the Diocese of Maine, trusting in the guidance of the Holy Spirit, have chosen Thomas James Brown to be a bishop and chief pastor. We, therefore, ask you to lay your hands upon him and in the power of the Holy Spirit to consecrate him a bishop in the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic church.>>Let the testimonials be read.>>This is to certify, that at a special convention of the church in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, duly called in accordance with the Constitutions and canons of the said Diocese, and assembled at the cross insurance center in Bangor, Maine, on the ninth day of February in the year of our Lord 2019.>>The Reverend Thomas James Brown being at least 30 years of age — [ Laughter ] — was duly elected by a constitutional majority consistent with the Constitution and canons of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine and that all requirements of the Constitution of The Episcopal Church have been complied with. In witness whereof, we, myself, Maria Hoecker, President of the said convention, and Ms. Leigh Spahr, secretary thereof, have here unto set our hands and caused the seal of the Diocese to be affixed this ninth day of February in the year of our Lord 2019.>>Canonical testimonial of election. These whose names are hereunder written, fully sensible of how important it is that the sacred order of the office of a bishop should not be unworthily conferred and firmly persuaded that it is our duty to bear testimony on this solemn occasion without partiality, do, in the says sense of Almighty God testify that we know of no impedement on the account of which the Reverend Thomas James Brown ought not be ordained to that holy office. We do, moreover, jointly and severally declare that we believe that the Reverend Thomas James Brown to have been duly and lawfully elected and to be of such sufficiency in learning of such soundness in the faith, and of the such godly character as to be able exercise the office of a bishop to the honor of God and the edifying of the church, and to be a wholesome example of the flock of Christ. Signed by the Reverend Maria Hoecker, standing committee President. I hereby certify that the above canonical testimonial was signed by a constitutional majority of the convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine meeting in special session at the cross insurance center in Bangor, Maine, on the ninth day of February in the year of our Lord 2019. Leigh Spahr, secretary of convention, February 9, 2019.>>Certificate of consents of standing committees. I hereby certificate that consents have been received from the standing committees of 57 Dioceses to the ordination and consecration of the Reverend Thomas James Brown to be bishop diocesan of The Episcopal Church of Maine and furthermore that five nonconsents to this election have been received. Signed the Reverend Maria Hoecker, The Episcopal Church of Maine, President of the standing committee.>>Certificate of ordination. This is to certify that according to the recorder of ordinations Thomas James Brown was ordained to the diaconate on June 28th, 1997, by bishop Edward Lewis Lee Jr. at cathedral of Christ the king in portage, Michigan. And to the priesthood on January 17, 1998 by bishop Edward Lewis Lee junior at cathedral of Christ the king in portage, Michigan, as certified by the church pension fund in its capacity as recorder of ordinations. Signed by Felicia Diaz.>>Testimonial from the bishop’s pertaining to the ordination and consecration of the bishop of Maine. Be it known by all the people of God that 59 bishops, being a majority of the bishops having jurisdiction in this church have consented to the ordination and consecration of Thomas James Brown as a bishop in the Church of God and to his status in the House of Bishops as bishop of Maine. Being 1,120th bishop in the American succession. Signed Diane M. Jardine Bruce, secretary, House of Bishops.>>My brother, please make your declaration.>>In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, i, Thomas James Brown, solemnly declare chosen bishop of the church in Maine, solemnly declare that I do believe the holy scriptures of the old and New Testaments to be the word of God and to contain all things necessary to salvation. And I solemnly engage to conform to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of The Episcopal Church.>>Brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, you have heard testimony given that Thomas James Brown has been duly and lawfully elected to be a bishop of the Church of God to serve in the Diocese of Maine. You have been assured of his suitability and that the church has approved him for this sacred responsibility. Nevertheless, if any of you know any reason why we should not proceed, let it now be made known. Is it your will that we ordain Thomas a bishop?>>That is our will.>>Will you uphold Thomas as bishop?>>We will.>>The holy scriptures tell us that our Savior Christ spent the whole night in prayer before he chose and sent forth his 12 apostles. Likewise, the apostles prayed before they appointed Matthias to be one of their number. Let us, therefore, follow low their examples, and offer our prayers to Almighty God before we ordain Thomas for the work to which we trust the Holy Spirit has called him.>>Holy God in whom all things in heaven and earth have their being.>>Have mercy on us.>>Jesus Christ, through whom the world is reconciled to the Father.>>Have mercy on us.>>Holy Spirit, whose glory fills the world and searches the depths of God.>>Have mercy on us.>>Blessed Trinity, source of both unity and diversity.>>Have mercy on us.>>From blind hearts and petty spirits that refuse to see the need of all humankind for your love.>>Spare us, good Lord.>>From pride, self-sufficiency, and the unwillingness to admit our own need of your compassion.>>Spare us, good Lord.>>From discouragement in the face of pain and disappointment, and from lack of persistence and thoroughness.>>Spare us, good Lord.>>From ignorance, apathy, and complacency that prevent us from spreading the gospel.>>Spare us, good Lord.>>O God, we pray for the gifts of ministry. Inspire our minds with a vision of your kingdom in this time and place.>>Lord, hear our prayer.>>Strengthen with your love Michael, our Presiding Bishop, all bishops, priests, deacons, and the whole people of God.>>Lord, hear our prayer.>>Sustain and encourage Thomas, chosen bishop in your church, that he may lead us according to your will.>>Lord, hear our prayer.>>Bless the members of Thomas’ family that they may support him and engage their own ministries.>>Lord, hear our prayer.>>Touch our eyes, that we may see your glory in all creation.>>Lord, hear our prayer.>>Touch our ears, that we may hear from every mouth the hunger for hope and stories of refreshment.>>Lord, hear our prayer.>>Touch our lips, that we may tell in every tongue and dialect the wonderful works of God.>>Lord, hear our prayer.>>Touch our hearts, that we may discern the mission to which you all us.>>Lord, hear our prayer.>>Touch our feet, that we may take your good news in our neighborhoods, communities, and all parts of the world.>>Lord, hear our prayer.>>Touch our hands, that we may each accomplish the work you give us to do.>>Lord, hear our prayer.>>Strengthen and encourage all who minister in your name in lonely, dangerous and unresponsive places.>>Lord, hear our prayer.>>Open the hearts and hands of many to support your church in this and every place.>>Lord, hear our prayer.>>Rejoicing in the fellowship of Mary, the God-bearer, Alban, Luke the Evangelist, and all the saints, let us commend ourselves and all our lives to Christ our God.>>The Lord be with you.>>And also with you.>>Let us pray.>>O, God of unchangeable power and eternal light, look favorably on your whole church, that wonderful and sacred mystery, by the effectual working of your Providence, carry out the tranquility the plan of salvation. Let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, things which have grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit one God for ever and ever.>>Amen.>>The first lesson is from the prophet Isaiah. Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen in whom my soul delights. I have put my spirit upon him. He will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice or make it heard in the street, a bruised reed he will not break and a dimly burning wick he will not quench. He will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth and the coastlands wait for his teaching. Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it. I am the Lord. I have called you in righteousness. I have taken you by the hand and kept you. I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in my darkness. I am the Lord, that is my name, my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols. See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare before they spring forth.>>I tell you of them. The word of the Lord.>>Thanks be to God. ♪ be joyful in the Lord, all you lands Serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song ♪ ♪ know this, the Lord himself is God He himself has made us and we are his ♪ ♪ we are his people and the sheep of his pasture ♪ ♪ enter his gates with Thanksgiving Go into his courts with praise Give thanks to him and call upon his name ♪ ♪ for the Lord is good his mercy is everlasting And his faithfulness endures from age to age ♪>>A reading from St. Paul second letter to the Corinthians beginning at the fourth verse of the third chapter. Such is the confidence we have through Christ towards God. Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us. Our competence is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new confident, not of letter but of spirit; for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life. Now if the ministry of death, chiseled in letters on stone tablets, came in glory so that the people of Israel could not gaze at Moses’ face because of the glory of his face, a glory now set aside, how much more will the ministry of the spirit come in glory? For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, much more does the ministry of justification abound in glory! The word of the Lord.>>Thanks be to God. ♪ ♪ my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness I dare not trust the sweetest frame But wholly lean on Jesus’ name On Christ, the solid rock, I stand all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand ♪ ♪ when darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil ♪ ♪ on Christ the solid rock I stand All other ground is sinking sand All other ground is sinking sand ♪ ♪ his oath His covenant and blood, support me in the overwhelming flood When all around my soul gives way He then is all my hope and stay ♪ ♪ on Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand ♪ ♪ all other ground is sinking sand ♪ ♪ when he shall come with trumpet sound O may I then in Him be found Dressed in His righteousness alone faultless to stand before the throne ♪ ♪ on Christ the solid rock, I stand ♪ ♪ all other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand ♪>>The holy gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.>>Glory to you, Lord Christ.>>Then he said to them, “these are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures. And he said to them, “thus ifs written that the messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised, so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high. This is the gospel of the Lord.>>Praise to you, Lord Christ. ♪>>Bishop Curry, Bishop Lane, Bishop-elect Brown, and too many bishops to name, and all of you who are gathered in this cathedral and those of you gathered from front of a screen far from me, grace be to you in the name of God who was, who is and who will be forever. Amen.>>Amen.>>I am truly honored to be invited to preach at this momentous service today. But you may be wondering why the Bishop-Elect would invite a Lutheran from Minnesota — [laughter] — to preach at an Episcopal service in Maine. Surely there must be fine preachers in The Episcopal Church. [ Laughter ] I have even heard some of them! [ Laughter ] A few years ago, Bishop Curry and I were at the same preaching conference at Luther Seminary in St. Paul and so it seems to me if an Episcopalian could preach at a Lutheran seminary, well, then a Lutheran can preach at an Episcopal service and that kind of evens things out. But Thomas had other reasons. He wanted to lift up the full Significance of the Episcopal Lutheran full agreement and this is an agreement which has taken on flesh in many places in New England and in places within this Diocese like — now, I don’t know how you say it, the Emanuel Episcopal Lutheran church or maybe Bishop Hazelwood, would it be the Emanuel Episcopal Lutheran Church in Augusta? This has been a very important agreement that has lept off the page into our lives. In spite of some reservation — [ Laughter ] — about the historic episcopate, most of us Lutherans have managed to get over our nervousness and now rejoice not only in sharing this worship service today but also in the ministry that we share together. And one more thing, Nicole and I, my spouse and I, have spend parts of summer in Deer Isle Maine for over 25 years. I know this means that we are still from “away.” [ Laughter ] But we count Maine also as our home. And I want to turn to the gospel of Luke as Lutherans would focus on the gospel and maybe Episcopalians, too. This text is a prelude to the Pentecost story we heard two weeks ago , so it’s in a sense like a flash book in a movie. Where going back before pentecost, even though we have already celebrated pentecost. Jesus returns to his disciples — this is the Resurrection chapter in Luke. And he stands in their midst and he reminds them of all he has said and then Jesus opened their minds to understand the scriptures. Exactly the same words in the story just before this when he opened the minds of two rather unknown disciples on the Emmaus road. Why does Jesus keep doing this? Opening their minds to understand the scriptures? It seems that they probably didn’t get it the first time. And actually they seldom did get it the first time. Maybe we don’t get it either. Thomas, you are called to be a teacher, to open the scriptures to people in this Diocese and to let them open the scriptures to you. When we met a few weeks ago — maybe months ago — you said that one of the things you wanted to do was to help people talk about Jesus. I thought, well, that should be easy. We hear about Jesus every Sunday. But it’s not so simple. We don’t want people to think we are some kind of religious fanatics. And we know that in our culture and in our country right now the word “Christian” has pretty negative vibes so that it is easier, I think, to say “I’m an Episcopalian than to say I’m a Christian.” And they may not even know what an Episcopalian is. [ Laughter ] But we need practice talking about Jesus, about what Jesus means to us, who Jesus is in our lives. So, Thomas, we hope that you will give us voice lessons, not only to sing those hymns that you love so much but that you would help us to talk about Jesus in our lives. Then after Jesus opened the scripture to his disciples, he gave them a commission to proclaim the gospel of repentance and forgiveness to all the nations beginning in Jerusalem. That is a huge task. There is no way they could have done it by themselves or that we can do it ourselves, so Jesus made this promise. “I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” When I was a pastor in New York, we loved this verse because it said “stay here in the city.” [ Laughter ] We heard Jesus singing “if I can make it there” — [ Laughter ] “I’ll make it anywhere It’s up to you New York, New York! ♪ ” But probably Jesus didn’t sing that. [ Laughter ] In fact, a few years ago, the part of the Lutheran church that I’m part of called the ELCA had a special program called “In the City for Good.” It was meant to affirm urban ministry, we’re in the city to do good and we’re here to stay for good. But in rural Iowa where I grew up, people heard “out of the country forever.” They felt forgotten, dismissed, disregarded. Now, I know that most of the 59 congregations in this Diocese are not in the city, not in any city. And many are small. It’s easy to feel disregarded. But the spirit is not geographically limited. So stay where you are. It may be that your congregation on an island or a farm or in a small town welcomes people who have only been ostracized before. It may be that your congregation hosts a food pantry that will not ask: Are you documented? Or are you really poor? It may be, indeed, that your congregation in a small town or on an island provides more social services than any other agency around. Wherever you are, you will be clothed with power from on high. And Jesus is talking about the Holy Spirit without saying those words. But I’m telling you something you may already know, the spirit can seem out of control. When I taught at Union, I served as part of the pastor all staff at advent Lutheran church in Manhattan which meant I helped with certain things but didn’t get paid. [ Laughter ] So one pentecost Sunday I was giving a children’s sermon. And we had a long wall like this along one side of the church but it had no windows because we abutted right up against a hotel that shared the same wall. And so an artist had made these tall, about four-feet tall, dancers out of construction paper. And they were dancing on that sidewall with the flame of pentecost over their heads. And so I said to the children: What’s going on here? And one little boy named Gavin said: It’s not safe. [ Laughter ] It’s not safe. He was very wise because even though the spirit may be very assuring to us, it’s not always safe to follow where the spirit is leading. It’s not safe to advocate for poor people if it means raising taxes on other people. It’s not safe to challenge the racism that shapes our country and our churches. It’s not safe to stand with people who are seeking asylum at the southern border. And it’s not safe to care for creation if it cuts into profits. Thomas, you are called to follow the Holy Spirit to the statehouse as well as into the sanctuary and to bring others along with you. The spirit calls us to be the church, the church of Jesus Christ, and nothing less. Even if it means being weird. [ Laughter ] Many of us Episcopalians and Lutherans alike worry about how to reach millennials and generation Z and others who have left the church or who have never been part of it. Some of you know that Rachel Held Evans died last month. She was only 37. But her blogs and her books had reached thousands of people who had never been inside a church. And when someone asked her: What can churches do to attract young adults? She said the trick isn’t to make church cool, it’s to keep worship weird. She meant it doesn’t need to look like everything else. It doesn’t need to look like the PowerPoint presentation in your office. And it doesn’t need to be entertaining. It may be, well, weird. Then she talked about her own faith journey which took her from an evangelical church of her background, her childhood, and a church that she really became very, very disenchanted with as she grew in her faith journey, especially the condemnation of LGBTQ people. And she talked about her faith journey this way: My search let me to the Episcopal church where every week I find myself at age 33 kneeling next to a gray-haired lady to my left and a gay couple to my right as I confess my sins and pray the Lord’s prayer. In one is desperately trying to make the gospel relevant, hip, or cool. They’re just joining me in proclaiming the great mystery of the faith that Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again, which in spite of my persistent doubts and knee-jerk cynicism I still believe, most days. Then she added a little later: Church attendance may be dipping but God can survive the Internet age. After all, God knows a thing or two about Resurrection. And Jesus knew a thing or two about the spirit. In this text, the spirit is poured out on all the disciples, not just one of them alone. So, Thomas, I asked you when we met what this day means to you. And you said: It’s about you. Oh, you didn’t mean me. [ Laughter ] It’s about you. It’s about you, even those of you way back in the chapel. It’s about you far away from here looking on a screen. It’s about you, all of the people of this Diocese. It’s really about you. This day is about you. It’s about you to remember the promise of Jesus, that the spirit would empower you, would anoint you, for the spirit is not geographically limited. The spirit assures us but it’s not always safe. The spirit empowers us to be Christ’s church even when that’s hard and it may mean we’re a little weird. But, Thomas, it is also about you. The people of this Diocese have chosen you to be with them in a new way, to lead them and to listen to them. So don’t ever go alone. I mean, you can’t take everybody here with you. But I hope you remember what it’s like here to see all of these people and some who have gone before you, who you remember on this day and how wonderful that you do not have to travel this journey alone but with your beloved spouse Tom. I guess that’s how you tell each other apart. [ Laughter ] Thomas and Tom. How could a bishop ask for more than a life partner who is not only a priest but a hymn writer? Make time for each other. You’ll be very busy, but make time for each other and for colleagues and friends. And, remember, if your head should ever happen to outgrow your miter — [ Laughter ] — these words that Paul wrote to the Corinthians, our competence is from God who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant. And when you grow discouraged, which might happen, remember this picture of the servant — and Christians will think of the servant from Isaiah is Jesus. But the people of Israel might have thought of it as referring to the whole people. But it’s a message that is very particular about what the servant will do. And these are wonderful words for you and for all of us: A bruised reed he will not break and there will be days when you will feel broken. And a dimly burning wick he will not quench. For all of us, there are those days when it feels like the candle of our faith is about ready to — [blowing] — go out. But a dimly burning wick he will not quench. He will faithfully bring forth justice. In a little while, there will be a laying on of hands and we will notice that the bishops, including the bishop from the Lutheran church, will participate in the laying on of hands. And we will be singing. We will be singing Veni Sancte. All of those not in this room will be extending their hands upon you. Veni Sancte spiritus. It is a prayer for our new bishop. But it is a prayer for all of us. Veni Sancte Spiritus. Come, holy spirit, come. Amen.>>Amen. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ O thou who camest from above the fire celestial to impart Kindle a flame of sacred love upon the altar of my heart ♪ ♪ there let it from thy glory burn with ever bright undying blaze and trembling to its source return in humble prayer and fervent praise ♪ ♪ Jesus confirm my heart’s desire to work and speak and think for thee still let me guard the holy fire and still stir up the gift in me ♪ ♪ still let me prove thy perfect will My acts of faith and love repeat Till death thy endless mercies seal And make the sacrifice complete ♪>>My brother, the people have chosen you and have affirmed their trust in you by acclaiming your election. A bishop in God’s holy church is called to be one with the apostles in proclaiming Christ’s Resurrection and interpreting the gospel, and to testify to Christ’s sovereignty as king of kings and Lord of Lords. You are called to guard the faith, unity and discipline of the church, to celebrate and provide for the administration of the sacraments of the new covenant, to ordain priests and deacons, and to join in ordaining bishops, and to be in all things a faithful pastor and wholesome example for the entire flock of Christ. With your fellow bishops, you will share in the leadership of the church, the church throughout the world. Your heritage is the faith of patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and those of every generation who have looked to God in hope. Your joy will be to follow him who came, not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many. My brother, are you persuaded that God has called you to the office of bishop?>>I am so persuaded.>>Will you accept this call and fulfill this trust in obedience to Christ?>>I will obey Christ, and I will serve in his name.>>Will you be faithful in prayer, and in the study of holy scripture, that you may have the mind of Christ?>>I will, for he is my help.>>Will you boldly proclaim and interpret the gospel of Christ, enlightening the minds and stirring up the conscience of your people?>>I will, in the power of the spirit.>>As a chief priest and pastor, will you encourage and support all baptized people in their gifts and ministries, nourish them from the riches of God’s grace, pray for them without ceasing, and celebrate with them the sacraments of our redemption?>>I will, in the name of Christ, the shepherd, and bishop of our souls.>>Will you guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the church?>>I will, for the love of God.>>Will you share with your fellow bishops in the government of the whole church? Will you sustain your fellow presbyters and take counsel with them? Will you guide and strengthen the deacons and all others who minister in the church?>>I will, by the grace given me.>>Will you be merciful to all, show compassion to the poor and strangers, and defend those who have no helper?>>I will, for the sake of Christ Jesus.>>Thomas, through these promises you have committed yourself to God, to serve his church in the office of bishop. We, therefore, call upon you, chosen to be a guardian of the church’s faith, to lead us in confessing that faith.>>We believe in one God. We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, Of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, The only son of God, Eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, light from light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, One in being with the Father. Through him all things were made.For us and our salvation he came down from heaven. By the power of the Holy Spirit He was born of the Virgin Mary And became man. For our sake He was crucified under pontius pilate;He suffered death and was buried. On the third day he Rose again in accordance with the scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the father and the son, with the father and the son she is worshiped and glorified. She has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy, Catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the Resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen. ♪ ♪ ♪ Veni Sancte Spiritus Veni Sancte Spiritus Veni Sancte Spiritus. Veni Sancte Spiritus Veni Sancte Spiritus Veni Sancte Spiritus ♪ Veni Sancte Spiritus ♪>>God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, father of mercies and God of all comfort, dwelling on high but having regard for the lowly, knowing all things before they come to pass: We give you thanks that from the beginning you have gathered and prepared a people to be heirs of the covenant of Abraham and have raised up prophets and kings and priests, never leaving your temple unattended. We praise you also that from the creation you have graciously accepted the ministry of those whom you have chosen. Therefore, Father, make Thomas a bishop in your church. Pour out upon him the power of your principally spirit, whom you have bestowed upon your beloved son Jesus Christ with whom he endowed the apostles and by whom your church is built up in every place, to the glory and unceasing praise of your name. To you, O Father, all hearts are open; fill, we pray, the heart of this your servant whom you have chosen to be a bishop in your church, with such love of you and of all the people, that he may feed and tend the flock of Christ, and exercise without reproach the high priesthood to which you have called him, serving before you day and night in the ministry of reconciliation, declaring pardon in your name, offering the holy gifts and wisely overseeing the work, life, and work of the church. In all things may he present before you the acceptable offering of a pure and gentle and holy life. Through Jesus Christ your son, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and power and glory in the church, now and for ever. Amen.>>Amen. [ Applause ] [ Cheers and applause ]>>Thomas, receive the holy scriptures. Feed the flock of Christ committed to your charge. Guard and defend them in his truth, and be a faithful steward of God’s holy word and sacraments. Now, hold on one second. [ Laughter ] Tom, Maine, greet your new bishop. Now greet him! [ Cheers and applause ]>>The peace of the Lord be always with you.>>And also with you!>>I’m not sure I’m supposed to be telling the Presiding Bishop where to stand. We are so grateful to you, and we greet you — the mic is on. [ Laughter ] We are grateful to you, your faith inspires us and your presence here today reminds us that we don’t do this work alone, that we do it with our sisters and brothers and siblings across the world. Thank you for being here. We look forward to seeing you in May when you come back for many more days to celebrate our bicentennial. We’re very glad that you are here. I want to say thank you to every single one of you who have made your way here and especially to those of you who are watching in your parish halls. There are people here today who represent every chapter of my life. There are two parishes in particular who are watching today. One in Winchester, Massachusetts. And you can say hello to them. [ Applause ] I’m so grateful to all of them and to the people of saint Michael church in Brattleboro. [ Applause ] So you know how books have chapters that are about what was. There’s also a chapter about what is. And if you are a person from Maine, I want you to know that I am ready. [ Laughter ] I am ready to love you and serve you and learn from you. And I look forward to the years ahead. I want to acknowledge that some have traveled very far. Israel, Palestine, Scotland, California. But there are a few people who have traveled not so far but Michigan isn’t around the corner. To my family, thank you. Thank you for making your way to main. The road is not that far. It just took you two days so you can do it on a regular basis. [ Laughter ] [ Applause ] There are so many people who have made the last several months possible. The standing committee for sure, the transition committee, the search committee, the diocesan staff. But in the last several weeks, people have worked literally hundreds of hours of work every week. I’m so grateful to them, and I know that we all are. I want to acknowledge really three people. The first is the eighth bishop of Maine, bishop Knudsen. Will you please stand so we can welcome you home. [ Applause ] For those of you who are staying over and not going to ocean park to hear the Presiding Bishop preach, please come to the cathedral where bishop Knudsen is preaching here. The second is — where is he? [ Applause ] This one has been so generous in his teaching of me. I promised him that I would give him 30 days to have retirement and that on July 22nd, I’ll be calling him every day. [ Laughter ] Thank you very much. I want to acknowledge Tom and the preacher did it all. So I know I’m repeating. Thank you to Barbara. But most especially to Tom. He looks forward to getting to know you, too. And as I always say, he is the smart, kind one. [ Laughter ] Thank you. There is more to come. Please stay afterwards for refreshment and the dean now has some words for you about our next part of our life together right now.>>We’re going to move into the communion part of our service. As always, all are most welcome to receive communion. There will be standing stations for communion. Please come to the station in front of you and follow the ushers to just come forward and loop around. The same will work in the front of the nave, the back of the nave, the chapel, and in the parish hall. All of our hosts are gluten free. If you wish to come forward and not receive, just cross your arms and you will receive a blessing instead.>>Thank you. And thank you to the cathedral community who have been so hospitable in making this possible. The Presiding Bishop has a word for us about the offertory and then I will say the offertory sentence.>>Maya Angelou a few years ago composed the poem of the inauguration of William Jefferson Clinton. If you are a Republican, don’t get upset. It’s not a political statement. In that poem, she said to America on that inauguration day: Good morning. It may be 12:12 on the clock now but it’s morning in Maine. Good morning, Maine! [ Applause ] It’s more thanking in Maine. In a few moments, you will have an opportunity to give in the offering toward the bishop’s discretionary fund. And that fund really is established — I think the canons say for pias and charitable services. That what means is for human services that help people quietly, in very quiet ways, that really make a difference in the lives of people whose names you may never know. So I invite you to be as generous as you can in this offering and I’m very aware of the fact that George Washington was a very devout Episcopalian and his image emblazons the one-dollar bill, I think. Am I right about that? There are many other worthies in our history. [ Laughter ] And it would be nice for them to come to church also. [ Laughter ]>>Yours O Lord is the greatness, the power, and the glory for you created everything that there is. And by your will, they were created and they have their being. ♪ ♪ ♪ Jerusalem is built as a city that is at unity with itself; to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, the assembly of Israel, to praise the name of the Lord. For there are the thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ pray for the peace of Jerusalem May they prosper who love you ♪ ♪ peace be within your walls and quietness within your towers ♪ ♪ for my brethren and companions’ sake, I pray for your prosperity ♪ ♪ because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek to do you good ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ I am the bread of life They who come to me shall not hunger They who believe in me shall not thirst No one can come to me unless the father draw them ♪ The bread that I will give is my flesh for I will raise them up and I will raise them up They shall believe for ever. ♪ ♪ ♪ Unless you eat of the flesh of the son of man and drink of his blood you shall not have life within you You shall not have life within you I will raise them up And I will raise them up And I will raise them up on the last day I am the Resurrection I am the life They who believe in me even if they die they shall live forever And I will them up And I will raise them up And I will raise them up on the last day. Lord, we believe that you are the Christ The son of God who has come into the world I will raise them up I will raise them up I will raise them up on the last day.>>The Lord be with you.>>And also with you.>>Lift up your hearts.>>We lift them up to the Lord.>>Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.>>It is right to give our thanks and praise.>>All thanks and praise are yours at all times and in all places, our true and loving God. Through Jesus Christ, your eternal word, the wisdom from on high by whom you created all things. You laid the foundations of the world and enclosed the sea when it burst of the womb. You brought forth all creatures of the earth and gave breath to humankind. Wondrous are you, holy one of blessing, all you create is a sign of hope for our journey. And so as the morning stars sing your praises, we join the heavenly beings and all creation as we shout with joy. ♪ holy holy holy Lord God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of glory Hosanna Hosanna hosanna in the highest Hosanna hosanna hosanna in the highest ♪>>Glory and honor are yours, creator of all. Your word has never been silent. You called a people to yourself, as a light to the nations, you delivered them from bondage and led them to a land of promise. Your grace, you gave Jesus to be human, to share our life, to proclaim the coming of your holy reign and to give himself for us a fragrant offering. Through Jesus Christ our redeemer, you have freed us from sin, brought us into your life, reconciled us to you, and restored us to the glory that you intend for us. We thank you that on the night before he died for us, Jesus took bread. And when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, gave it to his friends and said: “Take, eat, this is my body broken for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.” After supper, Jesus took the cup of wine, said the blessing, gave it to his friends and said: “Drink this, all of you, this cup is the new covenant in my blood. Poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.” And so, remembering all that was done for us: The cross, the tomb, the Resurrection and ascension, longing for Christ’s coming in glory, and presenting to you these gifts your earth has formed and human hands have made, we acclaim you, O Christ. Dying, you destroyed our death. Rising, you restored our life. Christ Jesus, come in glory! Send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts of bread and wine, that they may be to us the body and blood of your son. Grant that we are one with your spirit’s power, may be a people of hope, justice, and love. Giver of life, draw us together in the body of Christ and in the fullness of time gather us with blessed Alban, Luke the Evangelist, and Mary the God-bearer and all your people into the joy of our true eternal home. Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, we worship you our God and creator in voices of unending praise. Blessed are you, O God, now and forever. And let the people of God say amen.>>Amen.>>And now in the language of your heart, we are bold to pray as Jesus has taught us to saying our father. Who heart in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and give us forgive trespasses and we forgive those who trespass pass against you. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.>>Amen. ♪ Jesus, lamb of God, have mercy on us ♪ ♪ Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ Jesus, redeemer, redeemer of the world ♪ ♪ ♪ donanobis pacem donanobis pacem donanobis pacem ♪>>The gifts of God, for the people of God, take them in remembrance that Christ died for you and feed on him in your heart by faith with Thanksgiving. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ oh freedom Oh freedom Oh freedom, freedom is coming Oh, yes, I know Freedom is coming Freedom is coming Oh, yes I know Freedom is coming Freedom is coming Freedom is coming Oh, yes I know Freedom is coming Freedom is coming Oh, yes I know Freedom is coming Freedom is coming Oh freedom is coming Oh, yes I know Freedom is coming Freedom is coming Freedom is coming Oh, yes I know Oh freedom is coming Freedom is coming Oh, yes I know Freedom is coming Freedom is coming Oh, yes I know Oh Jesus, oh Jesus Oh Jesus is coming Oh, yes I know Jesus is coming Jesus is coming Jesus is coming Oh, yes I know Freedom is coming Freedom is coming Oh, yes I know Oh, yes I know Oh, yes I know Oh, yes I know Oh, yes I know Freedom is coming Freedom is coming Freedom is coming. Oh, yes I know Freedom is coming Freedom is coming Freedom is coming Oh, yes I know Oh yes I know Oh, yes I know Oh, yes I know Oh, yes I know Oh, yes I know Oh, yes I know Oh, yes I know Oh, yes I know Oh, yes I know ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ tell me where is the road I can call my own That I left, that I lost So long ago All these years I have wandered Oh when will I know There’s a way, there’s a road That will lead me home? After wind, after rain When the dark is done As I wake from a dream In the gold of day Through the air there’s a calling From far away There’s a voice I can hear that will lead me home. Rise up, follow me Come away, is the call With the love in your heart As the only song There is no such beauty As where you belong Rise up, follow me I will lead you home ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ as once you took upon yourself all human joy and pain to show that all is your gift within God’s just and gracious reign So now we take this bread and wine Your gifts which we return in thanks for all we have received ♪ the love we cannot earn ♪ ♪ as once you blessed the Lord our God With heart and soul and mind And showed us in your faithfulness the face of love divine So now we bless this bread and wine and pray that they will be your very presence in our midst That we might taste and see ♪ ♪ as once you broke the power that threatens ev’ry human good By being broken and reviled upon across of wood So now we break this bread and in that brokenness we see the food of faith, the wine of hope, love’s faithful victory ♪ ♪ as once you gave yourself to us in faithful life and death And Rose to give new life and love, the spirit as your breath So now we give these gifts of yours and bid the spirit come To make this meal the feast at which though many we are one ♪ ♪ and so we take, we bless and break, then give this bread and wine To see, and touch, and eat with thanks the feast of your design Now take the lives we offer here to bless, to break, and give Till all are fed and healed and will, in love’s abundance live.>>Almighty father, we thank you for feeding us with the holy food of the body and blood of your son and for uniting us through him in the fellowship of your Holy Spirit. We thank you for raising up among us faithful servants for the ministry of your word and sacraments. We pray that Thomas may be to us an effective example in word and action, in love and patience, and in holiness of life. Grant that we, with him, may serve you now and always rejoice in your glory. Through Jesus Christ, your son of our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever. Amen.>>We are blessed today by many partners in faith, including ecumenical leaders from across the region and across the state. One of them in particular is the bishop of Portland, Robert Deely. We are very glad you are here. I look forward to working with you and our sisters and brothers and siblings in every way. [ Applause ] Our help is in the name of the Lord ♪ the maker of heaven and earth Blessed be the name of the Lord From this time for the forever-more ♪>>The blessing, mercy and grace of God almighty, the father, the son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you, and remain with you for ever.>>Amen.>>Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the spirit.>>Thanks be to God! ♪ ♪ ♪ Alleluia! Sing to Jesus His the scepter his the throne Alleluia his the triumph, his the victory alone Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion Thunder like a mighty flood Jesus out of every nation hath redeemed us by his blood Alleluia! Not as orphans are we left in sorrow now Alleluia he is near us Faith believes, nor questions how cloud from sight received him when the forty days were o’ er shall our hearts forget his promise, I am with you ever more ♪ ♪ alleluia bread of heaven Thou on earth our food, our stay Alleluia here sinful flee to thee from day to day Intercessor, friend of sinners, earth’s redeemer plead for me Where the songs of all the sinless sweep across the crystal sea note ♪ alleluia, king eternal Thee the Lord of lords we own Alleluia born of Mary earth thy foot-stool heaven thy throne. Thou within the veil hast entered, robed in flesh, our great high priest Thou on earth both priest and victim in the Eucharistic feast ♪ ♪ alleluia! Sing to Jesus! His the scepter, his the throne Alleluia! His the triumph, his the victory alone Hark! The songs of holy Zion thunder like a mighty flood Jesus out of every nation hath redeemed by his blood ♪ [ Cheers and applause ]
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