Our Maine Episcopal Summer Chapel Tour: Trinity in York Harbor, Maine & Brunch in Ogunquit

Today Wayne drove us to our next new-to-us summer church in York Harbor for the 10:30 service at Trinity Church. It was a very warm morning with lots of sunshine and blue skies. From their website: “The fieldstone church, which seats 400, is designed in classic cruciform tradition. Among its most notable features are a crenellated stone bell tower, a 12 rank, 947 pipe Wicks Organ, and two large stained glass windows. Also notable are the overhead structural beams throughout the nave.

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There is a lush and fragrant garden with a stone bench.

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I enjoyed the sermon today by the Pastor, Reverend Calvin Sanborn, which offered an interesting perspective on the Genesis 22:1-14. The Reverend asked us: What about Sarah? Why was she left out? Just because someone isn’t a part of a narrative doesn’t mean they aren’t a part of that reality. All around us there are people with stories we can never fully know. Likewise, we do not always know our impact on others. We all have limited perspectives, so why not do our best to be open to learning more about the people in our lives? 

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During the service we were treated to a 50th Wedding Anniversary Renewal of Vows!

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At the end of the service we experienced a blissful mini concert by the organist. Wayne and I were sitting towards the back and there was a summer breeze carrying in the scent of sweet flowers and sounds of songbirds. It was a sensory delight!

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The Reverend and his Deacon Aaron Perkins were both warm and welcoming.

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After services refreshments were served on the lawn underneath the beech tree.

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After church we took the scenic route to Ogunquit and stopped at The Roost for brunch. Out of all the places to eat that we had passed along the way, that was the one I chose. We had never been here before, either.

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A great morning service followed by pancakes with real maple syrup!

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Gluten-free BLUEBERRY pancakes, that is! Wayne loved his “Crabby Granny” omelet which was filled with Maine crabmeat, brie and caramelized onions.

The morning felt enchanted, and inside everyone was so friendly. A couple sitting at the table next to ours was openly ogling my pancakes which was fine with me! I told them they must order them next time (they already ordered lunch). Well, they ordered sweet potato fries and they were waffle style! I’ve never seen waffle style sweet potato fries! They saw me ogling and–this has never ever happened to me–they shared them with me. I thought that was the cutest thing ever. And just then, a large party entered the room next to where we were sitting: It was the “wedding” party from church!

It’s life’s little pleasantries, kind people and welcome coincidences that can really make me smile. Maine can be such a cold place, especially this past spring, but our morning was one of the warmest in memory.

About our 2017 Maine Episcopal Summer Chapel Tour: Wayne and I plan to visit approximately eight seasonal chapels in Maine over the next few months. I will be sharing our experiences here on Serene New England. You can see all posts related to the tour here. I hope you will enjoy them and would love to have you share your thoughts in the comments!

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