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Tuesday May 16, 2017

During this Easter season, as we prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we're offering a sampling of what others have said about that mysterious 3rd person of the Trinity. Please send in your own thoughts about the Holy Spirit. Celeste+   "Prayer does not blind us to the world, but it transforms our vision of the world, and makes us see it, all men, and all the history of mankind, in the light of God. To pray 'in spirit and in truth' enables us to enter into contact with that infinite love, that inscrutable freedom which is at work behind the complexities and the intricacies of human existence. This does not mean fabricating for ourselves pious rationalizations to explain everything that happens. It involves no surreptitious manipulation of the hard truths of life." - Thomas Merton, Contemplative Prayer
Thomas Merton

Monday May 15, 2017

During this Easter season, as we prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we're offering a sampling of what others have said about that mysterious 3rd person of the Trinity. Please send in your own thoughts about the Holy Spirit. Celeste+   Years ago I came across an article on the back page of the Union Leader. It is a space in the paper that is usually reserved for light hearted curiosities, so I was not surprised when I started reading an article about an evangelical charismatic church in Toronto that had been kicked out of its denomination because it had gotten too charismatic. It seemed that people were rolling in the aisles and barking like dogs because they were "so filled with the Holy Spirit"; too much for their mother church to handle. I chuckled in amusement at what that scene must have been like. But, when I read the last paragraph of the article, I stopped chuckling. In that paragraph, this is what their Pastor, John Arnott, had to say:   "We've spent years trying to motivate people to get out there and do evangelism, or get out there ...and talk to the people, visit the poor. (But) it always ends up becoming a religious sense of duty without the motivation of God's love. I'm here to say that if you will soak in the presence of the Holy Spirit a couple of hours everyday it will so revolutionize your life you won't be able to stop yourself from finding a place to serve God."   It's not often that you see real wisdom spelled out on the back page of the Union Leader. In fact I can confidently say that that is the only time that I've seen it in the 24 years that I have been reading that paper. Charismatic or not, this guy gets it. Feel the Holy Spirit all around you, shining on you, washing over you. Listen to it, and respond. That's all there is to it. It's so simple, and yet so challenging.   How do you "soak in the presence of the Holy Spirit?" How do you respond?   Benge Ambrogi
Benge Ambrogi

Sunday May 14, 2017

During this Easter season, as we prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we're offering a sampling of what others have said about that mysterious 3rd person of the Trinity. Please send in your own thoughts about the Holy Spirit. Celeste+   On this Mother's Day, we give thanks to God for the divine gift of motherhood in all its diverse forms. Let us pray for all the mothers among us today; for our own mothers, those living and those who have passed away; for the mothers who loved us and for those who fell short of loving us fully; for all who hope to be mothers someday and for those whose hope to have children has been frustrated; for all mothers who have lost children; for all women and men who have been our substitute mothers and we who have done so for those in need; and for the earth that bore us and provides us sustenance. We pray this all in the name of God, our great and loving Mother. Amen. From the Episcopal prayer book Women's Uncommon Prayers (Morehouse Publishing, 2000), p. 364   Join us at 8am for a simple Rite I service. The 10am service is Family Sunday, folk mass style. The youth of the parish will worship with us today and will be the readers, ushers & acolytes.

Saturday May 13, 2017

During this Easter season, as we prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we're offering a sampling of what others have said about that mysterious 3rd person of the Trinity. Please send in your own thoughts about the Holy Spirit. Celeste+   "When God laughs at the soul and the soul laughs back at God, the persons of the Trinity are begotten. When the Father laughs at the Son and the Son laughs back at the Father, that laughter gives pleasure, that pleasure gives joy, that joy gives love, and that love is the Holy Spirit." - Meister Eckhart
Meister Eckhart

Friday May 12, 2017

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8   It is good to know that some things won't change. This is the season where there is a lot of change happening for families with children, especially college age. My oldest has been away at school since the end of last August. Yes, he's been home for breaks, but now he'll be home for several months and I'll get to see the changes being away has brought about. There will new routines, (and a new grocery bill!), and getting to know this newer version of my child. For some families, it could mean graduation and receiving the child back home or sending them out into the world. It is good to know that despite all these changes going on in households throughout our community, there is one constant in Jesus Christ. I look forward to Sunday morning. It is my time to just 'be'; to revisit the past week and gather my thoughts for the week ahead. Come enjoy the constancy of ministry in the St. Matthew's household.   Blessings, Kelly Kennerson Parish Administrator
Kelly Kennerson

Thursday May 11, 2017

During this Easter season, as we prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we're offering a sampling of what others have said about that mysterious 3rd person of the Trinity.  Please send in your own thoughts about the Holy Spirit.  Celeste+ "The Holy Spirit never uses guilt or shame to persuade us to give. For that matter, he never persuades us to give in the first place. That's called manipulation, a device employed by a different spirit."  - Ron Brackin
Ron Brackin

Wednesday May 10, 2017

During this Easter season, as we prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we're offering a sampling of what others have said about that mysterious 3rd person of the Trinity.  Please send in your own thoughts about the Holy Spirit.  Celeste+ When they bring you to trial and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say; but say whatever is given you at that time, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. Mark 13:11   Over and over again Scripture remarks on those who are moved to speak by the Holy Spirit. They might be judges or kings, prophets or even donkeys! On the day of Pentecost we see the Holy Spirit causing those present to preach in many different languages to the multi-national crowd in Jerusalem. There is something interesting about all of this. It is as if, the very presence of the Holy Spirit opens us up to connecting with others, to relaying the glory of God's presence that we have seen and experienced. The presence of the Holy Spirit overflows the dam we have erected to channel and tame our relationship with God.   Where do you speak of God's presence in your life?   Linnae Peterson, M.Div.
Linnae Peterson, M.Div.

Tuesday May 9, 2017

During this Easter season, as we prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we're offering a sampling of what others have said about that mysterious 3rd person of the Trinity.  Please send in your own thoughts about the Holy Spirit.  Celeste+ "Neither the Temple of Solomon, the Second Temple, Mount Gerizim, nor Jerusalem itself replace the existential awareness of God within the soul. Likewise, the ornate sanctuaries of the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome, Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, neither Westminster Abbey in London, nor Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York contain the Holy Spirit without the faith of their congregants."  - James Mikołajczyk, Jesus the Jew, Christ the King: Exploring the Hypostatic Union Between the Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith
James Mikołajczyk

Monday May 8, 2017

'Which commandment is the first of all?' Jesus answered, 'The first is, "Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength." The second is this, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." There is no other commandment greater than these.' Mark 12:28-31   When we talk as a family about what it means to be Christian and how this should apply to our daily lives, this passage comes up a lot. As we discuss it, we talk about putting the idea of loving your neighbor into action: giving them space to be who they are; being slow to judge and quick to forgive; loving your neighbor for who they are.   Well the other day, I had an epiphany of sorts that was brought on by algebra of all things. Lots of homework help has put algebra in the front of my brain. So, subconsciously, I must have been thinking that if A = B, then B = A. Applying this to the passage from Mark: Jesus it not only telling us to love our neighbor as we love ourself - he's telling us to love ourselves as we love our neighbor.   Jesus is telling us give ourselves space to be who we are; be slow to judge and quick to forgive ourselves; and to love ourselves for who we are.   Leo Steffens Vestry Member
Leo Steffens

Sunday May 7, 2017

During this Easter season, as we prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we're offering a sampling of what others have said about that mysterious 3rd person of the Trinity. Please send in your own thoughts about the Holy Spirit. Celeste+   "You may not fully discover who you are until you are helped by the Holy Spirit." - Bamigboye Olurotimi   Come join us in worship this morning. 8am is a simple spoken, Rite I service. At 10am, we will be witness to the journey of discovery with the Holy Spirit as we baptize twins, Hazel & Theo Jaworowski. Welcome them into the family of Christ and St. Matthew's Church.
Bamigboye Olurotimi

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