N∞shun kesukqut Wunneetupantamunach k∞wesuonk Peyaum∞utch kukkeitass∞tam∞onk. The beginning of the Lord’s Prayer in Algonquin as translated by John Eliot In 1631 John Eliot arrived in Boston, part of a massive migration of Puritans and others to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. As Eliot pastored the church in Roxbury, he became increasingly concerned with the welfare of the Native peoples of the area, the Algonquin. Not all off his efforts to help the Native Americans were truly helpful, but he left one lasting legacy; he and a few colleagues took the time and effort to learn the language of the people, and translated the Bible into Algonquin. Eliot’s translation has become the basis for the current revival of the Algonquin language. Like Eliot, we are people of our own time and place. We do the best we can to live into our baptismal vows to "strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” We often fall short, as Eliot did; yet God has a way of honoring our striving. We don’t know the impact of our attempts, large or small. We can only follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit to bring the light of Christ to our small corner of the world. How are you bringing the light of Christ to your world today? Linnae Peterson, M.Div.
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- Today we celebrate Pentecost when the church commemorates God’s gift of the Holy Spirit. The Book of Acts speaks of the Apostles being able to miraculously speak in other languages so that everyone in Jerusalem, no matter where they were coming from, could understand them (and vice versa). The gift of the Spirit gave the members of this fledgling church power and inspiration and courage to live more fully into this new relationship they had with God through Jesus. Three thoughts/questions were running through my head as I prepared for today: 1) What gifts do I or you or we need from God so that we, too, can live more fully into this relationship we have with God through Jesus? And 2) How can God help us speak to one another in “languages” that allow us to truly understand each other, no matter where the other is coming from? 3) Lastly, is the Spirit something that God gives from without or is the Spirit already within us just waiting to be activated? Peace, Nancy
- A Prayer In Spring Robert Frost Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the springing of the year. Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white, Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night; And make us happy in the happy bees, The swarm dilating round the perfect trees. And make us happy in the darting bird That suddenly above the bees is heard, The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill, And off a blossom in mid air stands still. For this is love and nothing else is love, The which it is reserved for God above To sanctify to what far ends He will, But which it only needs that we fulfil.
- I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge --- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesian 3;17-19 What is your story? Why are you here? These are two questions that have been swirling around me frequently the last month or so. A week ago I attended a Diocesan workshop that asked us to tell our story and share why we are here. Why do we show up to church on Sunday mornings? Why do we volunteer in our communities? How can our presence help reach others and shape our stories? This past Sunday, 3 moms shared their spiritual story and how it has affected them as mother's. This got me thinking about my story and how over the 28 years that I have been a mom, my story has changed and evolved. This also got me thinking about the people around me at church, in the community and work. What is their story? How has it shaped who they are and what they do? I am interpreting these thoughts as God asking me these questions. He is showing me that my spiritual journey needs to be constantly evolving and growing. I am interested in hearing your story. Let's share our stories with those around us. It is a way we show that we care and share God's unconditional love for us. Why are YOU here? What is YOUR story? Angie Battey, Sr. Warden
- I love this piece from SSJE. It reminds us to be still as we listen. It is not only OK but it is necessary to be still. And listen. Joan Alayne Stevens Listen Listen to me, Jesus says. Listen with still posture and eyes closed. Listen while walking or letting yourself dance. Listen looking up gazing at bright green-leafed trees. Listen kneeling in soil to tend plants springing to life. Stop to smell the flowers and listen. Jesus the good shepherd has so many good things to say to you. Be still and listen. -Br. Luke Ditewig Society of Saint John the Evangelist
- “Hitler didn’t steal power. His people voted for him and then he destroyed his people. That is the risk.” Pope Francis I have always believed in the power of our daily meditations to provoke thought and something to think about as we go about our daily lives. As a former Catholic I have been impressed with Pope Francis and his messages. I try not to be political in my opinions but I confess that I am so concerned with the lack of morality and empathy we are surrounded with in the leadership we have today. Where has respect and and tolerance gone? Since when has immorality become acceptable? I think we had better pay attention. History is known to repeat itself. I end this with a prayer: Dear God we need your help and understanding, and more than ever we pray for your guidance. Roger Fortier Sexton
- "Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion." - Thích Nhất Hạnh
- Praying Seasonally I try to pray daily, and as I do so, I try to remember to include some small prayer that ties in with the liturgical season. So right now, between Easter and Pentecost, I pray, “Lord, fill us with your new life in this holy season of the resurrection.” In this way, I seek to connect my personal prayer life to the spiritual journey of the whole church, traveling together through the liturgical year. And this, in turn, connects me to the Great Story that is represented by the changing liturgical seasons, the story of sin and redemption, of death and birth to new life in the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s good to be reminded that each of us is part of the whole church, that each of us is part of the Great Story. How will you connect to the Great Story today? Paul Peterson
- The words below are taken from "Bread for the Journey" written by theologian Henri Nouwen, a book of meditations for each day of the year. As I read this one, a picture appeared in my mind of a place I know very well, one that I see each week, usually on Sunday. As you read Henri's words, what picture do you visualize? The Mosaic that shows us the face of God A mosaic consists of thousands of little stones. Some are blue, some are green, some are yellow, some are gold. When we bring our faces close to the mosaic, we can admire the beauty of each stone. But as we step back from it, we can see that all these little stones reveal to us a beautiful picture, telling a story none of these stones can tell by itself. That is what our life in community is about. Each of us is like a little stone, but together we reveal the face of God to the world. Nobody can say "I make God visible." But others who see us together can say, "They make God visible." Community is where humility and glory touch. What picture came into your mind of a community that makes God visible? Barbara Carbonneau: Outreach member, St. Matthew's (reprinted from May 2014)
- "A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing" - Martin Luther (words and music) Whenever we sing this hymn in church, I feel the words and music echo through me back to when I was a young boy growing up in the Midwest. As I sing it, I get a deep reminder of piling into the station wagon and attending mass with my parents and siblings. God gave us five senses and we use all of them as we go to church. Which sensory experience takes you back to your youth: the melody of a hymn, the smell of incense, the squares of colored light on the back of the pews as sunlight shines through stained glass? I wonder what aspects of our little church will resonate with my children when they are older. -Leo Steffens (reprinted from May 2014)