As we wind down our program year it's good to reflect and give thanks to those who have made it a success. This weeks upcoming meditations are taken from the Prayers of the People offered last Sunday. Let us give thanks to God for all who offer themselves for the good of our parish and community: For all who respond to Kelly’s pleas to write daily meditations and who end up writing amazing and thought-provoking ones, we pray, Thank you, Lord. I thank all of you who share your thoughts with me, so that I can share them with the wider fellowship of friends of St. Matthew's Church. Please keep them coming throughout the summer. If you've considered writing something, but then thought "I'm not a writer" please give it a try! It's a ministry I never thought I could do, and is now one I've come to enjoy. -Kelly
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As we wind down our program year it's good to reflect and give thanks to those who have made it a success. This weeks upcoming meditations are taken from the Prayers of the People offered last Sunday. Let us give thanks to God for all who offer themselves for the good of our parish and community: For all who make sure everyone is cared for and supported including our parish nurse, all those who write cards and visit parishioners and others in nursing homes, pray for those in need, give rides to church, make a meal for another, and listen kindly, we pray, Thank you, Lord.
As we wind down our program year it's good to reflect and give thanks to those who have made it a success. This weeks upcoming meditations are taken from the Prayers of the People offered last Sunday. Let us give thanks to God for all who offer themselves for the good of our parish and community: For all who through fellowship build up our affections for one another – for those who help with our parish breakfasts, the SHINE program, progressive dinners and Yankee Swaps, who host coffee hours, who bring delicious food to special events, and whose smile and good humor bring us joy, we pray, Thank you, Lord.
As we wind down our program year it's good to reflect and give thanks to those who have made it a success. This weeks upcoming meditations are taken from the Prayers of the People offered last Sunday. Let us give thanks to God for all who offer themselves for the good of our parish and community: For all who help us worship you, Lord – altar guild members, acolytes, Sr. and Jr. Choir members, musicians, readers, chalice bearers and ushers, those who bring up the bread and wine, lead the prayers, welcome guests and newcomers, who put together the bulletin, and who bring communion to our members who can no longer make it to church, we pray, Thank you, Lord.
There is hope! ABC has cancelled one of it’s biggest shows because of it’s stars unacceptable tweets that insults decency. There is hope! Disney (the ABC network parent company) has learned that goodness can make money. I’m quite impressed that the Mouse rose above what is currently being accepted and took a stand. I realize it was for money but there is nothing wrong with making money promoting wholesomeness! Thank you Lord for a beam of hope that people will realize that integrity and morality can overcome the current climate on television and in our culture. Roger Fortier Sexton
"I AM ST. MATTHEWS" At the Yard Sale last Saturday, one little girl who was sitting with me at the Bling Table asked what my pin said. I read it to her: "I am St. Matthews." She looked up at me and said "You are St. Matthews?" I told her I am St. Matthews and so is she; and so is her sister; and so is her mother; and so is everyone here. She seemed a little taken aback so we continued talking about how we could be St. Matthews. We talked about going to church, what we learn there and how we take what we learn out into the world and why. I think she got it in her own way. But her message was really for me. It made me think about how I am St. Matthews and how I could be better at it. I know that I need to be present at St. Matthews every Sunday to refuel in order to be a better person and to share love and loving kindness as I make my way. How are you St. Matthews? Joan Alayne Stevens
This weekend is a BIG weekend for St. Matt’s - our yard sale was yesterday and Mass on the Grass is this morning at 10am (regular worship at 8am in the church). I was excited for both events as they are great opportunities for fun and fellowship. The trailer was overflowing with stuff and the forecast was cloudy with just a chance of rain (MUCH better than was expected earlier this week). Today's weather is supposed to be fine as well. So I invite you to put on your “I am St. Matthew’s” pin if you have one and enjoy this weekend together. Together, at the yard sale, we raised money for those in need and together, on Sunday, we will worship and play and swim and share a meal with one another at the Clark’s. To me, this weekend shows what St. Matthew’s is all about. Thank you for being such a loving and outreaching community of faith. Peace, Nancy
The thought that has been running through my mind as I pray about the world we live in today is: "Christ has no body but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours, Yours are the eyes with which he looks Compassion on this world." - Teresa of Avila (1515-82) 16th Century Roman Catholic Saint and Carmelite nun These words seem to me, to be based significantly on Paul's teachings about Jesus. They seem to be the basis for the Jesus Movement. They also seem to be grandiose and not related to where we are here in the Goffstown area. So, if we are to be part of that movement, the question arises, "How can we be the Jesus Movement here where we live? One answer might be to get involved in the Poor People's Campaign's 40 Days of Moral Action being led here in New Hampshire by our friend Rev. Jason Wells. The Campaign makes the 3 demands of: 1) eliminate Systemic Racism 2) eliminate Ecological Devastation 3) shift resources from the War Economy and Militarism to domestic uses For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/NewHampshirePPC/ Participating in this campaign has made me feel like I'm doing something for the betterment of the world right here in NH. How will you become part of the Jesus Movement? James McKim
"Where two or three people gather in my name, I am there with them.” Matthew 18:20 St. Matthew's has several committees, all of which are needed to help run an organization full of so many people and purposes. The one committee that is the most visible to the community is that of outreach. The outreach committee meets at various times throughout the year but is the busiest when it's Yard & Bake Sale time. Tomorrow, Saturday June 2, will be a time where we gather to help support the efforts of outreach in our community.Tomorrow will be a time where (hopefully more than!) two or three people will be gathered in the name of Jesus. We will gather to give our hands and hearts, caring for whose life circumstances have been made difficult for a time. Please consider coming to help out. We start unloading the trailer early at 6am, but would also appreciate a couple of hours of help throughout the day to help with sales and reorganizing items. Finally we start cleaning up at 1pm. Many hands gathered together make light work, benefit the community, and give volunteers a sense of purpose in Christ's teachings. Blessings, Kelly Kennerson
The news has been full of so many stories recently that ask for some follow up thoughts. This was my favorite – the US televangelist who asked his followers to help fund his fourth private jet - because Jesus wouldn't be riding a donkey. I had the news on while cleaning up after supper and the kids were doing their thing. When I heard the story starting I turned it up and loved their reactions as they watched it. When the televangelist said God spoke to him and told him to buy the $54 million jet, one child said “God spoke to you, my butt.” (Except that’s not exactly what was said, but this is a church meditation!) I was glad to hear the skepticism toward the preacher and happy in the knowledge that St. Matthew’s has educated my kids to know who Jesus was. Nowhere in their understanding of Jesus is that he would approve of a private jet at the cost of $54 million. It did get me wondering for fun – it’s true Jesus probably wouldn’t be riding a donkey today, but what would he be riding? I figured a bicycle or moped when wandering alone, but probably the bus or train when attending to his ministry. After all, wasn’t Jesus all about the people and being amongst them? I don’t imagine him flying solo in a jet. What about you? Kelly Kennerson