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Tuesday November 28, 2017

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." In occasional meditations this season, I'm sharing some of her observations. Here are a few more of the daily effects of white privilege that Ms. McIntosh has discovered in her own life:   * I can go home from most meetings of organizations I belong to feeling somewhat tied in, rather than isolated, out-of-place, outnumbered, unheard, held at a distance or feared. * I can be pretty sure that an argument with a colleague of another race is more likely to jeopardize her/his chances for advancement than to jeopardize mine. * I can be pretty sure that if I argue for the promotion of a person of another race, or a program centering on race, this is not likely to cost me heavily within my present setting, even if my colleagues disagree with me. * If I declare there is a racial issue at hand, or there isn't a racial issue at hand, my race will lend me more credibility for either position than a person of color will have. * My culture gives me little fear about ignoring the perspectives and powers of people of other races.   Think about it. Do you have these advantages? What would your life be like if you didn't? Do you know of other people who don't have these advantages?   Celeste Hemingson+
Celeste Hemingson+

Monday November 27, 2017

For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. Phil. 1:21   Recently my friend Terry died. I was trying to remember how long I had known her, over 20 years at least. She had stood by me when I was struggling with relationships, disappointment, and deaths. She made me laugh by creating an imaginary, online crazy birthday bash for my 40th birthday (anyone for a trip to Tahiti and a parade down 5th avenue?). Terry was passionate about her faith, and about loving those of all faiths. She was part of a interfaith women's group, and worked for years for the Red Cross. She had no children, but was an honorary aunt to many. Terry lived in Christ, and dying she moves to live in the nearer presence of the God she loved so dearly. In all those years, Terry and I never met face to face. One day we will, in the nearer presence of God. God bless you Terry,   Who are the ones who brought you closer to God?   Linnae Peterson, M.Div.
Linnae Peterson, M.Div.

Saturday November 25, 2017

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrew's 11)   As familiar as this verse is, a clearer, fresher, version of this showed up on the refrigerator door of one of St. Matthew's children. The school assignment read, "Name something that you cannot see that you are thankful for," to which the child had printed in neat letters, "God."   Celeste+
Celeste+

Thursday November 23, 2017

The collect for Thanksgiving:   Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Wednesday November 22, 2017

For this busy travel period ahead of us, a Prayer for Travelers:   O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go: Preserve those who travel, surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey's end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Tuesday November 21, 2017

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." In occasional meditations this season, I'm sharing some of her observations.   Here are a few more of the daily effects of white privilege that Ms. McIntosh has discovered in her own life: * I can remain oblivious of the language and customs of persons of color who constitute the world's majority without feeling in my culture any penalty for such oblivion. * I can criticize our government and talk about how much I fear its policies and behavior without being seen as a cultural outsider. * I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk to the "person in charge", I will be facing a person of my race. * If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven't been singled out because of my race. * I can easily buy posters, post-cards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys and children's magazines featuring people of my race.   Think about it. Do you have these advantages? What would your life be like if you didn't? Do you know of other people who don't have these advantages?   Celeste Hemingson+
Celeste Hemingson+

Monday November 20, 2017

It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be put to shame in any way, but that by my speaking with all boldness, Christ will be exalted now as always in my body, whether by life or by death.  Phil. 1:20   There are people who exalt themselves. You have met them. Every sentence seems to start with "I", every opinion is only valid if it is the same as theirs, they seem to suck all the air out of the room. Then there are the others. They bring peace wherever they go, there is a joy in their presence, you know that everyone matters just by how they treat each person. I can only pray that the more I let go of my fear, my rigidity, my self-importance, I hope to exalt Christ, and to become the bringer of peace and the presence of Christ into my little corner of the world.   How to you bring Christ into your world?   Linnae Peterson, M.Div.
Linnae Peterson, M.Div.

Sunday November 19, 2017

The very wise Prayer for our Nation (BCP p. 820) ends with these words: "In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in you to fail."   Written over 100 years ago and still relevant today, this entreaty acknowledges how quick we are to forget the Source of all goodness when we are showered by goodness. And it also recognizes how easy it is to forget that it is God in whom we live and move and have our being in good times and bad.   As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday I'm praying about the fact that this past year has been both: a time of prosperity that has also been a troubled time. On both accounts, I'm giving thanks for St. Matthew's church. Your examples of giving our of gratitude for what you have received have inspired me and shown me the face of Christ, the greatest gift of all. And your presence during the times of danger and disappointment in the world around us has reassured me that God is still speaking and working to heal this broken world.               Your sister in Christ,                          Celeste+   Please join me in worship this morning at 8am or 10am, and in fellowship at the Parish Breakfast, serving from 8:45-9:30am.
Celeste+

Saturday November 18, 2017

And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE      Hosted by:  Hillside United Methodist Church 82 Center Street     Goffstown, NH Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM   Sponsored by the Goffstown Clergy Association. Come together with: **St. Lawrence Church** Harvest Christian Church**Goffstown Christian Fellowship**Goffstown Congregational Church** **St. Matthew's Episcopal Church**Hillside United Methodist** **Chaplain - Goffstown Police Department**  - to worship and give thanks.   Vocal and Music by Goffstown Churches and New Boston Church Musicians and Choirs, and Goffstown High School under the direction of Mr. Joshua Desrochers   Offerings will support the Clergy Association's Winter Emergency Needs Funds

Thursday November 16, 2017

The Ministry of the Word   Boy does this photo bring back some memories for me! It reminds me of when my children were young and would come up to church on a quiet Saturday afternoon to set the altar. Sometimes they'd sit quietly, but more likely they'd take the verger cross and march up and down the aisle or busy themselves exploring other things. This photo is a huge part of the reason I love St. Matthew's  Church. It is 'home' for so many. This shows how comfortable children are at this church that they are happy to sit at the altar and read while adults are busy doing their own things around them. May you all feel home at St. Matthew's Church. Peace, Kelly Kennerson Parish Administrator
Kelly Kennerson

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