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Friday June 7

"When you see only waves, you might miss the water. But if you are mindful, you will be able to touch the water. Once you are capable of touching the water, you will not mind the coming and going of the waves. You are no longer afraid. You are no longer upset about the beginning or the end of the wave, or that the wave is higher or lower, more or less beautiful." Living Buddha, Living Christ, Thich Nhat Hanh    Where have I seen God today? This is my favorite spiritual practice. And the more I ask myself this question, the less often I actually have to ask it. Instead I will often instantly recognize and appreciate God that is always with me - in the beauty of the flowering tress of spring or in parents volunteering seemingly endless hours at the baseball field or girl scout meetings. And I continue this practice, so that I continue to see God in new ways around me - no matter what waves I am in.    Jill Desrochers, Sunday School Coordinator Parishioner since 2006
Jill Desrochers

Thursday June 6

"The kingdom that Jesus preached and lived was all about a glorious, uproarious, absurd generosity. Think of the best thing you can do for the worst person, and go ahead and do it. Think of what you'd really like someone to do for you, and do it for them. Think of the people to whom you are tempted to be nasty, and lavish generosity on them instead. These instructions have a fresh, spring like quality. They are all about new life bursting out energetically, like flowers growing through concrete and startling everyone with their color and vigor. " (N. T. Wright, Luke for Everyone).
N. T. Wright

Wednesday June 5

"It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth."  - Book of Common Prayer We often hear this sentence on Sundays during the Eucharistic Prayer.  It has a wonderful cadence and as I thought about that, I started thinking about the cadence and rhythm of our lives.  As we move through our days, how much does our relationship with God come into play?  If we're mindful of God's gifts and give thanks during the day, it will certainly expand God's part in our rhythm - and that is a good and joyful thing. Leo Steffens, Vestry Member
Leo Steffens

Tue Jun 4 2013

St. Matthew's Church has been my spiritual home since 1987, and while I know only a few personally, there is a comfortable familiarity in our shared experience in this lovely church and with our own shepherd, Father Exner. As someone who had a moral but not religious upbringing, I believe that all authentic and loving spiritual languages nourish us rather than threaten us. I appreciate that our leadership enjoys diversity. As Thich Nhat Hanh has said, "I think it is possible to profit from many traditions at the same time. If you love oranges, you are welcome to eat them, but nothing prevents you from enjoying kiwis or mangoes, as well. Why commit yourself to only one kind of fruit when the whole spiritual heritage of mankind is available to you? It is possible to have Buddhist roots as well as Christian or Jewish roots. We grow very strong that way." Pat Soule  
Pat Soule

Mon Jun 3 2013

"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26 I love hearing these words when they are occasionally used at the end of the service.  They give me hope and strength to take on a new day, a new week, or a new whatever comes round the bend.  This passage is one of my favorites from the Old Testament.  God doesn't just drop help from far above.  In a very personal way, God give us what we need.   Melanie Sherwood, vestry liaison for Stewardship and Administration Parishioner at St. Matt's for 10 years
Melanie Sherwood

Sun Jun 2 2013

"The Christian story is the claim that the paradox of laughter and tears, woven as it is deep into the heart of all human experience, is woven also deep into the heart of God." N.T. Wright, Simply Christian
N.T. Wright

Sat Jun 1 2013

Today and each Saturday you are invited to join with the faithful people around te world by saying Morning or Evening prayer at http://thetrinitymission.org orhttp://dailyoffice.org.  You can find these daily prayers in the  Book of Common Prayer as well.  Morning Prayer begins on page 75 and Evening prayer on page 115.  If you have specific prayer requests, please email them tooffice@stmattsepiscopal.org and the prayer team will include them in their prayers on Sunday morning before worship.
The Reverend William Exner

Thu May 30 2013

Tell it out among the nations: "The LORD is King! * he has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity."  Psalm 96: 10 We celebrated Memorial Day on Monday, but today is the traditional date. Begun shortly after the Civil War, this day was set aside to remember all those, North and South, who had died. We do well to remember today that the cry of the Psalmist "The LORD is King!" is as radical now as it was when he wrote it. As Christians, our proclamation that "Jesus is Lord!" always has the potential to put us in opposition to any government or group. We are people of the kingdom of God, and our allegiance is first and foremost to the values of that kingdom, to resist evil, to seek and serve Christ in all people, to strive for justice and peace, to respect the people, and to proclaim the Good News of God in Christ. (See BCP Pgs 304-5) Where are you being asked by God to live the values of God's kingdom in a new way?  The Psalms Every Sunday one of the readings is from the Psalms. Sometimes it is said in unison, sometimes as a call and response, sometimes it is chanted, sometimes sung, yet the words of Israel's song book are there. The reciting of the Psalms has been for centuries a central aspect Christian's daily connection with God. Like the rest of the Bible, these poems contain the whole of human life, the light and the dark. This week's meditations are on the psalm that we will hear this upcoming Sunday. I pray that they may water your soul, and help you enter more deeply into your life in Christ.   -Linnae Peterson, M.Div.
Linnae Peterson, M.Div.

Wed May 29 2013

Ascribe to the LORD, you families of the peoples; * ascribe to the LORD honor and power. Ascribe to the LORD the honor due his Name; * bring offerings and come into his courts. Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness; * let the whole earth tremble before him. Psalm 96: 7-9 I read constantly. Novels, magazines, recipe books, theology, romance, children's books, they are all piled on my nightstand, threatening to fall over and bury my shoes beneath a pile of paper. Last year I was given a Kindle for my birthday and now I have library of books wherever I go. I admire a well turned phrase. I savor it, delight in it and love to share it. For me words carry holiness. They lift me to the presence of God. What lifts you into God's presence? The Psalms Every Sunday one of the readings is from the Psalms. Sometimes it is said in unison, sometimes as a call and response, sometimes it is chanted, sometimes sung, yet the words of Israel's song book are there. The reciting of the Psalms has been for centuries a central aspect Christian's daily connection with God. Like the rest of the Bible, these poems contain the whole of human life, the light and the dark. This week's meditations are on the psalm that we will hear this upcoming Sunday. I pray that they may water your soul, and help you enter more deeply into your life in Christ.   -Linnae Peterson, M.Div.
Linnae Peterson, M.Div.

Sat May 25 2013

Today and each Saturday you are invited to join with the faithful people around te world by saying Morning or Evening prayer at http://thetrinitymission.org or http://dailyoffice.org.  You can find these daily prayers in the  Book of Common Prayer as well.  Morning Prayer begins on page 75 and Evening prayer on page 115.  If you have specific prayer requests, please email them to office@stmattsepiscopal.org and the prayer team will include them in their prayers on Sunday morning before worship.
The Reverend William Exner

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