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
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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
Today is "Grapevine Sunday" in the church. Not officially, of course. But the lessons appointed tell about vineyards, vines, and grapes. In the Old Testament readings, the vineyard is the people of God. Today, we might well see the vineyard as the Church-the Body of Christ in this post-Easter world. Come and consider the fruit we bear, and how we can put that fruit to its best use. And after the 10:00 service, come to the ministry fair and learn what you can do as workers in the vineyard. "See you in church," Celeste+
O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Psalm 95:1 Join us tomorrow, Sunday October 8 at 8am for quiet worship. If you'd prefer a service with more 'joyful noise' join us at 10am for a family style folk mass with our junior choir (seen rehearsing here) leading the offertory.
May we walk with grace and may the light of the universe shine upon our path. -Anonymous Photo credit - Jennifer Gilliland
Things speak to us differently at different times in our life. The collect two weeks ago was: Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. The phrase that caught me was 'while we are placed among things that are passing away'. The previous Friday we had taken our dog, Pansy, into the vet. We suspected cancer and the doctor confirmed lymphoma. We brought her home and thought we'd have to go day by day. That Sunday morning was a bad one for her and while at church, I thought she would be gone by the time I got home. Dogs are amazing creatures though, she made it through the day, went to bed, and when we woke up Monday morning, she did too! It's been a week and we are still taking her condition day by day. We know that she is passing away and we'll enjoy our last couple weeks with her. Despite her doggy naughtiness, I believe she will endure in heaven. Anyone who has a dog, knows they have beautiful, loving, souls, that stay with us always. Peace, Kelly Kennerson Parish Administrator
Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Francis of Assisi The Collect for the Feast of St. Francis: Most high, omnipotent, good Lord, grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may for love of you delight in your whole creation with perfectness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
AHO MITAKUYE OYASIN WADO The Bird The Bee The Stone The Tree The Four-legged The Two-legged The Fish in the Sea These Are "All My Relation" They Are Equal To Me Submitted by Joan Alayne Stevens
One of the most gut wrenching and yet most inspirational experiences in my life occurred back in the 1980 's. HIV/Aids was a new misunderstood social issue that hit at the core of our humanity. Initially it was considered a gay only problem and often thought of as a punishment from God for something we really didn't understand. Then one day we heard about a young 13 year old boy. He caught it because of a blood transfusion. When he surfaced as infected with positive aids he was vilified by his town and banned from attending school and not allowed any contact with his friends. He became a symbol of the true misunderstanding of this terrible affliction. He toured the country trying to educate us and remove the stigma from all those infected. This poor young man died in 1990 at the age of 18. His name was Ryan White. I was deeply affected by what had happened to him and so discouraged because of the callousness of the way he was treated . This cartoon appeared in the Boston Globe at the time of his passing and it was a relief for me. It reminded me of what my faith in what God was all about. I knew that in the end he was there to make things right. So much to think about!!! Thank you Lord. Roger Fortier, Sexton
O Gracious Light Phos hilaron BCP p.118 O gracious Light pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven, O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed! Now as we come to the setting of the sun, and our eyes behold the vesper light, we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices, O Son of God, O Giver of life, and to be glorified through all the worlds. Just over 100 friends of St. Matthew's Church gathered at dusk this past Friday to celebrate our 150 years of ministry in Goffstown. The church began in darkness and candle by candle was lit, brightening the space with light and prayers. Many thanks to our leadership (past and present) who have moved St. Matthew's forward by answering 'yes' to the calling question of 'who me?' If you were not able to join us, click HERE to view the service led by Bishop Rob Hirschfeld & Rev. Celeste Hemingson.