The collect for the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist: Almighty God, who inspired your servant Luke the physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of your Son: Graciously continue in your Church this love and power to heal, to the praise and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Who is Luke in the Bible? Saint Luke, (flourished 1st century ad), in Christian tradition, the author of the Gospel According to Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, a companion of the Apostle Paul, and the most literary of the New Testament writers. Information about his life is scanty. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Luke
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In her essay, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, Peggy McIntosh writes, "I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group." Here are a few of the daily effects of white privilege that Ms. McIntosh has discovered in her own life: - I can if I wish arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time. - I can avoid spending time with people whom I was trained to mistrust and who have learned to mistrust my kind or me. - If I should need to move, I can be pretty sure of renting or purchasing housing in an area which I can afford and in which I would want to live. - I can be pretty sure that my neighbors in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me. - I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed. Think about it. Do you have these advantages? How would your life be different if you didn't have them? Do you know of any people who don't have these advantages? Celeste Hemingson+
Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6 I saw this lone flower on my way out of the church last week. The bright yellow in the sea of green is what caught my eye. It is a lone pansy that took seed in the middle of the lawn. Do not be afraid, for you are never alone (especially within the St. Matthew's community!). Kelly Kennerson Parish Administrator
The Wedding Feast at Cana (1563), by Paolo Veronese The Gospel lesson assigned for today is the parable in which Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to a lavish wedding banquet, to which, He says, "Many are called, but few are chosen." Come and consider what happens between being "called" and being "chosen." And whose choice is it, anyway? "See you in church," Celeste+ P.S. - Parish breakfast is served 8:45-9:30am today.
This is what I have seen to be good: it is fitting to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of the life God gives us; for this is our lot. Ecclesiastes 5:18 Good Saturday morning! Goffstown is hopping! Come into town to enjoy breakfast sandwiches (or lunch) cooked on the grill, good shopping, and try out the new sidewalks on Main Street. The giant pumpkins on the common are always a sight to behold. Please be sure to thank a volunteer that is working today, without their efforts these church and town events would not succeed.
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16 Tomorrow is our annual fall yard and bake sale! The weather forecast shows a glorious day on tap. Twice yearly the Outreach Committee and friends organize the yard sale to help our neighbors in need. All the proceeds go to the outreach committee's fund so that they can respond in an emergency situation to someone in need - electric bill, oil need, medication, clothing, rent, car repair, etc. If you haven't signed up to volunteer, you can still help out by coming down and buying some good yard sale items from 8am-1pm. Most items are 'sold' by donation. Be generous in helping your neighbor. Kelly Kennerson Parish Administrator P.S. Volunteers are always on the lookout for the most unique item unpacked. Last year, Natalie Sennett, found and modeled this apron. What will folks fi
So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. - John 4:16 If we can believe the love that God has for us then we can begin to believe in ourselves and all in which we are capable. Dream fiercely Envision Excellence Cherish your creations Exude enthusiasm Be inspired Inspire others Recognize inner beauty Draw on inner strength Look inside your soul Create peace Seek truth Spread joy Embark on adventure Launch new ideas Think big Invoke positives Live fully Reach out Aim high Find happiness Expect the best Be the best from Believe in Yourself - Leanin'Tree
"Then God said, 'Let there be light'; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called night. " I was lucky enough to capture God's painting Saturday morning at 7 am along Hardy Road in Bedford. This is the day God has made; Let us rejoice, and be glad in it. Steve Fry, Parishioner
Comparison Comparisons always leave us in a bad place. We either judge ourselves better than someone, which is the toxin of pride; or we judge ourselves worse than someone else, which tarnishes our own dignity and may affect theirs. God gives each one of us a story line, and our story is our story, like none other. - Br. Curtis Almquist Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Encouragement for daily meditations from all (children & adult): You do not need to consider yourself a writer, but simply an observer of the holy in the routine of life. The thought of an empty piece of paper in front of me, is not comforting - I rarely decide to write a meditation and just do it. The mood often strikes while I am out walking my dogs, or sitting in church, or simply 'being'. An object in nature will catch my eye, or a line from scripture/hymn, photograph or painting, even a movement will sometimes prompt a daily meditation. So... look for God at work around you. Sense the places where God is nudging, inviting, revealing, comforting, challenging, and renewing. Share your reflections in a few sentences. The meditations are shared daily via Constant Contact to over 250 households (about 65 open them daily) and on our Facebook page. All submissions are proofread prior to publishing and edited as needed. If you have any questions, please ask. If the spirit moves you to write, please share. Many thanks for your consideration. Kelly Kennerson Parish Administrator Send thoughts to email@example.com