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  • Monday January 15, 2018

    The Collect for use on the Feast of Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil Rights Leader and Martyr, 1968   Almighty God, by the hand of Moses your servant you led your people out of slavery, and made them free at last: Grant that your Church, following the example of your prophet Martin Luther King, may resist oppression in the name of your love, and may secure for all your children the blessed liberty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
  • Sunday January 14, 2018

    January 15th is the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The Episcopal Church commemorates him either on January 15th or April 4th. Even as a child, I was very interested in Rev. King because of his leadership in the Civil Rights movement, his courage, his nonviolent approach, and his obvious love for all. As a follower of Christ, he felt called by Jesus to work for justice for all.   Today and next Sunday, the Gospel lessons are about Jesus calling his disciples to follow him. How are you answering Jesus' call to you? How are you living your life as his disciple?   Is there anything you feel called to do or say to work for justice for all? Is there anything you feel called to do or say in order to show love for all? Pondering these questions might bring some clarity and energy to your discipleship.   Peace, Nancy Rector, St. Matthew's Church
    Nancy
  • Saturday January 13, 2018

    "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." Mother Teresa   One of my favorite quotes. I try to think - there are so many, many small things I can do that start that ripple of God's love to spread. A smile, kind word, keeping quiet when I am mad and counting to ten, a hug, offer to help, respect others...I am sure you have yours too. In reality, when we all think back on life's events- it ends up being those small offerings of love given to us that we remember most of all and carry us. So I am thanking God for this day and the chances I have all day to do small things with great love - God's love.   Natalie Sennett (reprinted from January 2015)
    Natalie Sennett
  • Friday January 12, 2018

    And God said, "Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years,  and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth." And it was so.   God made the two great lights-the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night-and the stars.  God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:14-18   These crisp, cold, New England nights provide some the best star gazing opportunities of the entire year.  If you don't have a telescope, grab some binoculars or just sit back and view the heavens with the eyes God gave you.  You will be treated to a wonderful view of constellations, stars, moons, nebulas, planets and galaxies.  Just be sure to bundle up well as you ponder the vastness of God's creation.   Leo Steffens, Vestry Member  (Reprinted from January 2014)
    Leo Steffens
  • Thursday January 11, 2018

    Joe Bonamassa is a blues musician I have been following recently.  In his song - Asking Around for You, the chorus proceeds: "If I get to heaven, the first thing I'll do Before I meet my maker I'm gonna ask around for you."   When you get to heaven, who are you going to look for?   As I make my list, I wonder are they waiting for me to ask? Do my loved ones who have preceded me hear me now? Are they sitting in a bright light at the end of a tunnel? Or in the scene of a grand master's painting?   Does Heaven really look like Earth? Or are souls floating in pastel colored space     Drinking the bright light of our Lord and Saviour? Take some time today, consider what you expect Heaven to    Look like, Feel like, Smell like, Sound like. Is it a different experience for different souls?   As you ponder these questions, allow prayer to enter your thoughts, Remember those who have departed this world.  Those who may not be here long. You may find answers from within, or find the encouragement to ask, Or read, or even stump the Rector. I am just glad of God's promise to bring us to Heaven whether it matches my dreams, or St Paul's.    Randy Cheyne Vestry Member (Reprinted from January 2014)
    Randy Cheyne
  • Wednesday January 10, 2018

    "...I was a stranger and you welcomed me..." Matthew 25:35   St. Matthew's welcomes many into its fold not just on Sundays but almost any day of the week at one program, service or ministry. One way we welcome strangers is at the Community Clothing Center when those known and unknown to us donate clothing and small housewares, shop and volunteer. We sometimes have young people who have disabilities or others who are assigned to perform community service. But whatever brings strangers to our door, they are welcomed in and soon become strangers no more.   Joan Alayne Stevens Parishioner    
    Joan Alayne Stevens
  • Tuesday January 9, 2018

    Blessing What you're searching for, you already know. God has blessed us with this amazing life, with eyes to see, ears to hear, a mind to discern, and a heart in which to perceive the living presence of God in our midst.   - Br. Jim Woodrum Society of Saint John the Evangelist
    Br. Jim Woodrum
  • Monday January 8, 2018

    Our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry read this poem by Howard Thurman in his recent Christmas message. Now that the Christmas season is over and Epiphany has begun, I felt it appropriate to share:   The Work of Christmas When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the kings and the princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flock, The work of Christmas begins: To find the lost, To heal the broken, To feed the hungry, To release the prisoner, To rebuild the nations, To bring peace among brothers, To make music in the heart.  - Howard Thurman
    Howard Thurman
  • Sunday January 7, 2018

    Today at our 10am service, we will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany with the Epiphany Play. At 8am we will remember the Baptism of our Lord. I remember learning what an epiphany was in my high school English class: "an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure."   A big "Aha" moment. A sudden realization of some truth. We have all had these moments of clarity in our own lives. Looking back, we see how important they were and how these epiphanies many times changed the course of our lives. This was true for the Magi. I'm sure it was true for all who encountered Jesus.   I look forward to the epiphanies we will have together at St. Matt's as we encounter Jesus together. I am excited to be your new Rector and I look forward to meeting (or re-meeting) you this morning.   Peace, Nancy
    Nancy
  • Saturday January 6, 2018

    Worship with us tomorrow at 8am quiet, simple worship or join us at 10am to celebrate with The Great Epiphany Play.     O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen   The name "Epiphany" is derived from a Greek word meaning "manifestation" or "appearing." Anglican Prayer Books interpret the word with an alternative title, "The Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles." The last phrase, of course, is a reference to the story of the Wise Men from the East.    A Christian observance on January 6 is found as early as the end of the second century in Egypt. The feast combined commemorations of the visit of the Magi, led by the star of Bethlehem; the Baptism of Jesus in the waters of the River Jordan; and Jesus' first recorded miracle, the changing of water into wine at the marriage of Cana of Galilee-all thought of as manifestations of the incarnate Lord.    The Epiphany is still the primary Feast of the Incarnation in Eastern Churches, and the three-fold emphasis is still prominent. In the West, however, including Anglican Churches, the story of the Wise Men has tended to overshadow the other two events. Modern lectionary reform, reflected in the 1979 Prayer Book, has recovered the primitive trilogy, by setting the event of the Baptism as the theme of the First Sunday after the Epiphany in all three years, and by providing the story of the Miracle at Cana as the Gospel for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany in Year C.   From Holy Women, Holy Men; Celebrating the Saints

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