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Tuesday October 24, 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, 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 turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented. * When I am told about our national heritage or about "civilization," I am shown that people of my color made it what it is. * I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race. * If I want to, I can be pretty sure of finding a publisher for this piece on white privilege. * I can be pretty sure of having my voice heard in a group in which I am the only member 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 October 23, 2017

"Breathe on me breath of God..." Hymn 508   But you've got to meet God halfway. We take breathing for granted but sometimes when we are stressed our breathing needs help.   I invite you to:   Sit comfortably with hands on thighs   Slowly take a deep breath in through your nose and out through your mouth   Let your arms drift upward as you inhale slowly and deeply, bringing hands to jaw level with palms facing and elbows slightly rounded, exhale slowly   Imagine that you are holding a ball the size of your head   As you inhale slowly and deeply widen the space between your hands to shoulder width, imagining that the ball is stretching with the movement   As you exhale slowly move hands closer together so they once again are holding a ball the size of your head at jaw height   Repeat two additional times then let your arms float down so hands rest on thighs   Take one more cleansing breath in through your nose and out through your mouth.   Hymn 508 continues on: "Breathe on me breath of God. Fill me with life anew..." Taking time to breath purposefully can do just that: fill us with life anew. Joan Alayne Stevens (reprinted from October 2013)
Joan Alayne Stevens

Sunday October 22, 2017

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,   In the Gospel lesson today, Jesus answers a riddle with another riddle of his own:   "Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's." (Matthew 22.21)     Here's a clue to Jesus' riddle: Sunday is also our grounds and roadside cleanup day.  I hope you can come to church dressed for action, and lend a hand.  And when you do, will it be something you give to the world or to God?             "See you in church,"                    Celeste 
Celeste

Saturday October 21, 2017

"In these days of difficulty, we Americans everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice..., the path of faith, the path of hope, and the path of love toward our fellow man."  - Franklin D. Roosevelt              Today we are faced with so many issues that could affect us all especially those most vulnerable in our society. I worry that we could lose the conscience and morals that made our country great. Our country was founded on a belief in God almighty and His goodness. Now is the time to join hands and change the direction we may be heading. The words of the psalms tells us what we need to do to fulfill our mission to serve the Lord.     Psalm 82:3 "Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute."   Back in the day many years ago it was a blessing to hear the words of President Roosevelt setting the tone of where we were heading as a nation. There was a war, fear for our survival, and a nation so badly in need of hope.  Dear Lord, I wish we could all remember that time and its lessons. We need to step back in time and hope we can live God's message.    Peace, Roger Fortier, Sexton
Roger Fortier

Friday October 20, 2017

Resemblance By recognizing how similar my failure to love is to my enemy's failure to love, I begin to see that we are in the same boat, we are suffering the same universal malady. I may not be capable of warm fuzzies toward my enemy, but I can at least begin to respect his or her dignity as a human being. I can at least begin to see that we are probably more alike than we would want to think.   - Br. Mark Brown Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Br. Mark Brown

Thursday October 19, 2017

  "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command you.  I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.   John 15:12-15   This is just a small group of friends of St. Matthew's Church who spent their time this past Saturday in community fellowship. The weather was gorgeous and sales brisk. The money raised will support our community needs this fall and winter. It's a very long day, but I couldn't have spent it with finer people. The leadership and outreach oriented people of St. Matthew's are some of the most important reasons I have called this church home for many years. Thank you all for your giving hearts and hands.   Kelly Kennerson Parish Administrator  
Kelly Kennerson

Wednesday October 18, 2017

The collect for the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist:  Almighty God, who inspired your servant Luke the physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of your Son: Graciously continue in your Church this love and power to heal, to the praise and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Who is Luke in the Bible? Saint Luke, (flourished 1st century ad), in Christian tradition, the author of the Gospel According to Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, a companion of the Apostle Paul, and the most literary of the New Testament writers. Information about his life is scanty. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Luke

Tuesday October 17, 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." Here are a few of the daily effects of white privilege that Ms. McIntosh has discovered in her own life: - I can if I wish arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time. - I can avoid spending time with people whom I was trained to mistrust and who have learned to mistrust my kind or me. - If I should need to move, I can be pretty sure of renting or purchasing housing in an area which I can afford and in which I would want to live. - I can be pretty sure that my neighbors in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me. - I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.   Think about it. Do you have these advantages? How would your life be different if you didn't have them? Do you know of any people who don't have these advantages?   Celeste Hemingson+
Celeste Hemingson+

Monday October 16, 2017

Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6   I saw this lone flower on my way out of the church last week. The bright yellow in the sea of green is what caught my eye. It is a lone pansy that took seed in the middle of the lawn. Do not be afraid, for you are never alone (especially within the St. Matthew's community!).  Kelly Kennerson Parish Administrator
Kelly Kennerson

Sunday October 15, 2017

The Wedding Feast at Cana (1563), by Paolo Veronese The Gospel lesson assigned for today is the parable in which Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to a lavish wedding banquet, to which, He says, "Many are called, but few are chosen."  Come and consider what happens between being "called" and being "chosen."  And whose choice is it, anyway?           "See you in church,"                    Celeste+   P.S. - Parish breakfast is served 8:45-9:30am today. 
Celeste+

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