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Sunday January 28, 2018

This morning in worship (8 or 10am), we will hear about God's power and our response to that power. The Israelites could not deal with being close to God's power so they asked Moses to be their mediator and for God to raise up prophets like Moses to serve in this capacity. In the Gospel lesson, Jesus teaches in the synagogue and heals a man possessed by a demon and those who witnessed both were taken by the power and authority with which Jesus ministered.   Do you experience God's power at work in your life or our world? Where and when? And if not, why do you think that is the case? Where do you fit in to all of it?   My sermon today will explore the issue of power in one way or another.   Peace, Nancy

Saturday January 27, 2018

Reach In Christ, in the life of Christ, we reach forward into greater life, beyond ourselves, beyond our own life into the greater life of Christ. From lesser into greater...Love, in all its manifestations is the ultimate reaching beyond ourselves. - Br. Mark Brown Society of St. John the Evangelist
Br. Mark Brown

Thursday January 25, 2018

Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle From Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints   Paul, or Saul as he was known until he became a Christian, was a Roman citizen, born at Tarsus, in present-day Turkey. He was brought up as an orthodox Jew, studying in Jerusalem for a time under Gamaliel, the most famous rabbi of the day. Describing himself, he said, "I am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin" (Romans 11:1).   A few years after the death of Jesus, Saul came in contact with the new Christian movement, and became one of the most fanatical of those who were determined to stamp out this "dangerous heresy." Saul witnessed the stoning of Stephen. He was on the way to Damascus to lead in further persecution of the Christians when his dramatic conversion took place.   From that day, Paul devoted his life totally to Christ, and especially to the conversion of Gentiles. The Acts of the Apostles describes the courage and determination with which he planted Christian congregations over a large area of the land bordering the eastern Mediterranean.   His letters, the earliest of Christian writings, reveal him as the greatest of the interpreters of Christ's mind, and as the founder of Christian theology. He writes, "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).   Paul describes himself as small and insignificant in appearance: "His letters are weighty and strong," it was said of him, "but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account" (2 Corinthians 10:10). He writes of having a disability which he had prayed God to remove from him, and quotes the Lord's reply, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore, Paul went on to say, "I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me" (2 Corinthians 12:9).   Paul is believed to have been martyred at Rome in the year 64 under Nero.

Wednesday January 24, 2018

I awoke extra early this morning and instead of tossing and turning I decided to get up and do a little meditation. Quiet meditation is difficult for me, I constantly have to bring my thoughts back to my breath. Sometimes my thoughts race as if on a high speed highway with many exits. This morning, one thought kept coming into my mind. Prepare.   Was it because I needed to prepare for the day, or a meeting I had today or an upcoming trip? As my mind wandered and I kept breathing I realized how much I love this time of year. The time of year between Christmas and Lent. The time of year when I tidy up the things from last year and put them away and start thinking about what is in store for the coming months. While I love all the holiday decorations that go up in December, I enjoy having it all put away. It liberates space and and helps me make room in my heart and soul for the Holy Spirit.   So, I heard your message God. I will take these next few weeks and prepare.   Angie Battey
Angie Battey

Tuesday January 23, 2018

  "Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile."  - Mother Teresa "Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile."  - Mother Teresa  
Mother Teresa

Monday January 22, 2018

After church yesterday I got home and went out on my deck to enjoy the sunshine. I sat in the chair, my dog laid on the deck. We were both enjoying the warming sun.  I took a deep breath in and could smell the good air. Crisp and clean. Then I thought back to the most recent episode of 'The Crown' that I watched. The storyline focused on the great smog that enveloped London in December 1952. It blanketed the city for 4 days and thousands died as a result of the poor air quality. At the end of the episode, it noted because of that incident, there was greater concern for the environment and the British Parliament created the Clean Air Act of 1956. They joined other countries in recognizing the effects pollution was taking on air quality. Yesterday, on my deck, I was so appreciative of those first people who fought for clean air.   From The Book of Common Prayer, Prayers for the Conservation of Natural Resources - Almighty God, in giving us dominion over things on earth, you made us fellow workers in your creation: Give us wisdom and reverence so to use the resources of nature, that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.   Kelly Kennerson Parish Administrator
Kelly Kennerson

Sunday January 21, 2018

Today's gospel lesson is about Jesus calling more disciples to follow him. What is quite interesting (and a bit hard to believe) is that Mark writes that they IMMEDIATELY followed Jesus. No hesitation. No, "Let me think about it, Jesus, and get back to you." No, Mark writes that, "Jesus said to them, 'Follow me and I will make you fish for people.' And immediately they left their nets and followed him." Such spontaneity! Others, I'm sure, think: such recklessness!   I have been thinking if I do anything immediately and have only gotten all too in touch with all the ways I drag my feet and procrastinate. So now I've started wondering, "How would it change my day (or my life) if, when I feel prompted by the Spirit - or my conscience - I immediately obeyed?" That assumes that I am listening for the Spirit and to my conscience and that takes a good dose of mindfulness and attention in our fast paced culture of distraction.   Far from being reckless, I think this would take a lot of courage and trust. And the Greek word for "trust" - pistus - is also translated as "faith." No wonder many said to Jesus, "Lord, increase my faith!" Faith in God and faith in ourselves.   Peace, Nancy

Saturday January 20, 2018

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus .   Galatians 3:28   Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.   Abraham Lincoln November 19, 1863 Gettysburg Address   Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.   Martin Luther King   We celebrated the birthday of Dr. King last week. It is a time when we all can reexamine our feelings of racial equality and how it relates to God's teachings. Is it possible that we can sometimes get lost with all the horrible principles flowing around us? I need this time of celebrating such a great man to remind me to never lose focus on what he stood for and Our Lord wants us to remember with all his teachings. A good reexamination of what we practice daily in our lives is good for the soul. Let's do it!   Thank you God for giving us the inspiration of this great man.   Roger Fortier, Sexton 
Roger Fortier


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