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Friday September 8, 2017

Back in July I spent a day with the Connecticut River Pilgrimage. On that day, the river was very high and the current swift and steady. The river's flow moved us along so fast that we really didn't need to paddle. We did paddle, because that is what you do when you are in a small boat and you have a paddle in your hands. But, for a while we stopped and rafted up in the middle of the river. Looking at the shore, we were moving along almost as fast as we were when we were paddling. It was an interesting reminder. First, it made it clear who was in charge; it was not us. Second, it showed us that sometimes we don't need to be doing, we just need to be, and we will get to where we need to go. Are we sometimes busy just because we feel like we need to be busy? Maybe we need to stop and let God move us along in the river of life.   Benge Ambrogi, Parishioner
Benge Ambrog

Thursday September 7, 2017

Do you ever have a song or music that you just cannot get out of your mind?   This past Sunday our opening hmm was one of my most favorite and one of those that makes me feel the most emotional. Here it is Wednesday and the tune and words are still rattling in my brain and soul. The refrain, He has done marvelous things. I, too, will praise him with a new song!,chokes me up and brings tears to my eyes because those words reminds me to give blessing for all the marvelous things in my life. How grateful I am to God for the life, the family, the friends and community I have.   Earth and all stars, loud rushing planets, sing to the Lord a new song. O victory, loud shouting army, sing to the Lord a new song. He has done marvelous things, I, too, will praise him with a new song. Hail, wind, and rain, loud blowing snowstorms, sing to the Lord a new song. Flowers and trees, loud rustling dry leaves, sing to the Lord a new song. He has done marvelous things, I, too, will praise him with a new song. Engine and steel, loud pounding hammers, sing to the Lord a new song. Limestone and beams, loud building workers, sing to the Lord a new song. He has done marvelous things. I, too, will praise him with a new song. Classrooms and labs, loud boiling test tubes, sing to the Lord a new song. Athlete and band, loud cheering people, sing to the Lord a new song. He has done marvelous things, I, too, will praise him with a new song.   Marvelous Indeed.   Angie Battey Sr. Warden
Angie Battey

Tuesday September 5, 2017

I've spent too much time of late on the end of a paint brush trying to finish up those things that didn't get done earlier in the summer. Painting gives me lots of time to think and to try and solve the world's problems. Believe it or not, I think that I've come up with the solution! I've decided that it is really very simple---the Golden Rule! If we all treated each other with love and respect, the way we want to be treated, the way God wants us to treat each other, we wouldn't have any problems!   I know that the world is not going to jump up and say "Great Idea!" "Let's do it!" But, if each of us in our own little corner of the world tries to live by the Golden Rule (Do unto others as you would have them do to you.) we will know that we are doing our best to make this world a better place.   Susan Osburn reprinted from September 2013
Susan Osburn

Monday September 4, 2017

Almighty God, you have so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP p. 261)

Sunday September 3, 2017

This morning I hope you will bring a symbol of your weekday ministry to church to offer your work to God's service and to receive God's blessing. At the same time we will hear what Jesus has to say about that symbol of his ministry: the cross. Jesus invites us to take up our crosses and follow him.  What is the cross you carry in following Jesus? Does your ministry sometimes seem like a cross you have to bear?  Come and hear what the prophet Jeremiah has to say about that.           Celeste+ 

Saturday September 2, 2017

"I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself." Robert E. Lee "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."  Abraham Lincoln   While Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee were both on opposite sides of very serious moral issues they ironically seemed to have similar opinions on power, and on the responsibilities of powerful leaders. Too many actions of the ultra right are being irresponsibly defended by our leaders, at a time when leadership is called to express outrage. My prayer is that people will speak up and change the direction we seem to be headed.    My prayer is the words of Isaiah: "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" Isaiah 41:10.    My faith is in God's wisdom and his support for our cause of love, tolerance, and caring for our fellow man. Lord, hear our prayer!   Roger Fortier Sexton 
Roger Fortier

Thursday August 31, 2017

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
Br. Curtis Almquist


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