Sitting on the shores of Rangeley Lake and in the midst of the Western Mountains of Maine, Good Shepherd provides a welcome environment for first-time visitors as well as seasonal and year-round residents. Our doors are always open and we seek to be a house of prayer for all people. At Good Shepherd, we commit ourselves to discover and share God’s love in seeking, finding, and cherishing all of God’s sheep. We celebrate with joy and worship God in the beauty of holiness through liturgical worship, steadfast prayer, hopeful preaching of the Good News, and loving care for our neighbors as well as the inbreaking beauty of this corner of creation. We strive to reach out in love, responding to the needs of those within and beyond our parish, and share the love of Christ with all people, no exceptions. Wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here.
Whether the faith life of your heart resonates with silent prayer, plain spoken liturgy, lovely music, or the beauty of creation, we offer a worship experience that will give glory to God and bring you spiritual life and assurance. You are most welcome to join us online or in person!
Worship During Pandemic
The church is now open for limited in-person worship on Sundays, carefully observing recommended safety protocols. (Our Wednesday Morning Prayer and Healing Litany in the chapel is currently not happening due to Covid-19 restrictions.)
7:30 a.m. (in person)
9:30 a.m. (online and in person: contact the church office for the Zoom link)
In our common life of worship, we, who are many and diverse, come together in Christ through prayer. Along with Holy Scripture, The Book of Common Prayer (or BCP) is the Episcopal Church’s unifying guide for our life in communion. Our liturgical and prayer lives are rooted in its pages; for they contain our rites and rituals, our petitions and thanksgivings, our calendar, our catechism and theological documents, even our psalms of praise and longing. More than a symbol of our unity, it points us from whatever direction we each may have come toward the communal worship of our one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Moreover, our common life of prayer extends beyond the pews of the church and the covers of The Book of Common Prayer; its pages bid us to seek and serve others, “strive for justice and peace among all people, and [to] respect the dignity of every human being” (BCP 305).
Good Shepherd is one of 58 churches and ministries that comprise the Episcopal Diocese of Maine. Together, “we seek to build and support strong communities of faith for God’s mission, [striving] to be good stewards of the natural beauty where we live and work. We are called to welcome and serve all people in our midst.” We do this under the spiritual leadership of our Bishop, the Right Reverend Thomas James Brown, 10th Bishop of Maine. “We are a relational diocese, in a relational state,” the Bishop has noted, “This is among God’s biggest blessings.”
The Episcopal Church
The Diocese of Maine is part of the wider Episcopal Church, which is a part of the world-wide Anglican Communion. From episcopalchurch.org: “We Episcopalians believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As constituent members of the Anglican Communion in the United States, we are descendants of and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and are part of the third largest group of Christians in the world. We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.
We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; women and men serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expresses by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation. We believe that God loves you – no exceptions.”