In-person services have resumed at 11am each Sunday. We welcome all those who feel comfortable attending. Face masks and social distancing are required during the service.
You can also attend virtually via Zoom at 12:30 each Sunday. If you need information on how to connect via Zoom, please contact Gloria Powers.
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Church of the Good Shepherd
PO Box 1672
Houlton, ME 04730
Come as you are
Book of common prayer
The (Online) Book of Common Prayer – https://www.bcponline.org/
a valuable and easy-to-use online version of our Book of Common Prayer.
Book of Common Prayer (downloadable .pdf file) - https://episcopalchurch.org/files/book_of_common_prayer.pdf
This downloadable version is easy to use from any of your electronic devices.
Virtual service options
St. Margaret's, Belfast - 9:30 am
St. Francis-by-the-Sea, Blue Hill with St. Brendan the Navigator, Deer Isle and Trinity, Castine - 10:00 am
St. Patrick's, Brewer - 10:00 am
St. Paul's, Brunswick - 10:30 am
Christ Church, Gardiner -10:00 am Sunday
St. David's, Kennebunk - 7:30 am Sunday
St. Andrew's, Newcastle - 10:00 am Sunday
Christ Church, Norway - 10:45 am Sunday
Cathedral of St. Luke, St. Peter's and Trinity, Portland - 10:00 am Sunday
St. Ann's, Windham - 9:00 am Sunday
St. Andrew's, Winthrop - 10:30 am Sunday
St. Bartholomew's, Yarmouth - 8:00 and 10:00 am Sunday
Online Worship in The Episcopal Church
The National Cathedral - 11:15 am Sunday
St. Paul's, Brunswick - 7:30 am Daily
St. George's, Sanford - 7:00 am Monday-Wednesday, Friday & 6:00 pm Thursday
Church of the Good Shepherd - Rev. Kevin Kinsey
St. Paul's, Brunswick - 7:30 pm Daily Compline
St. George's, Sanford - 6:00 pm Thursdays
Food for the Spiritual Soul During a Church Shutdown
Sacred Space - https://www.sacredspace.ie/
Sacred Space is a ministry of the Irish Jesuits. The site originated in the offices of the Jesuit Communication Centre in Ireland in 1999. Points of interest: 1) 2020 Lent Retreat: Journeying With Jesus; 2) Begin The Prayer (pressing this button takes you to the daily prayer service); 3) ‘Something to pray and think about this week’; this week’s reading was about St. Patrick.
The Church of England - https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer
The website of the Church of England, this is a rich resource. Plenty of services are available including Morning and Evening Prayer, Compline (a night prayer).
Northumbria Community – https://www.northumbriacommunity.org/offices/how-to-use-daily-office/
Another valuable resource for your daily prayer service needs. Morning, Midday, Evening, and Compline services are available. This site is offered by the Northumbrian Monastic Community. Celtic Daily Prayer.
Mission St. Clare - https://www.missionstclare.com/english/index.html
Probably my favorite online resource. I even have their app on my phone. It’s great for participating in a service even when you’re on the go. They even offer sound clips, so you’ll get hymns, service music, the works. Very well done. It’s for ‘bringing the church to people when people can’t get to church.’ Very use-friendly.
The National Cathedral - https://cathedral.org/worship/weekly-services/
The National Cathedral (an Episcopal Cathedral) has a valuable archive of services available at this website. Unfortunately, their in-person services are cancelled until May 16. However, they are working on ‘coronavirus online options’ which will be updated on their website. They WILL continue to offer an 11:15 a.m. Sunday Eucharist Service online.
St. Luke’s Cathedral, Portland, Maine - http://stlukesportland.org/index.php/sunday-live-stream/
Our own cathedral for the Diocese of Maine normally live-streams their services. I don’t know what they will provide during this shut-down, but I will be keeping an eye on it. This would certainly be a good one to watch, since one would think we might get valuable, diocesan information.
The Revised Common Lectionary – https://www.lectionarypage.net/
This is a great, user-friendly page that I use all the time.
The Episcopal Diocese of Maine – https://www.episcopalmaine.org/benefits-hidden/live-stream-services
Diocese of Maine Covid-19 Updates - https://www.episcopalmaine.org/benefits-hidden/covid-19-updates
Check here for the latest updates on our Diocese and the COVID-19 Virus.
Prayer for People Critically Ill or Facing Great Uncertainty
God of the present moment, God who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to all who wait or work in uncertainty. Bring hope that you will make them the equal of whatever lies ahead. Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided, for your will is health and wholeness; you are God, and we need you.
-Adapted from New Zealand Prayer Book, p. 765