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Wednesday April 26, 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+ "Those in whom the Spirit comes to live are God's new Temple. They are, individually and corporately, places where heaven and earth meet."  - N.T. Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense
N.T. Wrigh

Tuesday April 25, 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+ "I used to tell young preachers, in order to preach you've got to have the power of God on your life. Now I tell them, in order to tie your shoes you've got to have the power of God on your life." - Paul David Washer
Paul David Washer

Monday April 24, 2017

This season of Easter is known as "The Great Fifty Days" because it ends with the feast of Pentecost, the Greek word for "fiftieth day." What we celebrate on Pentecost (June 4th) is the joyful and tumultuous arrival of the Holy Spirit. So as we prepare for that day, our meditations will be a collection of quotations about that mysterious Holy Spirit. But wait! On Ascension Day (May 25th) our meditation will be a special surprise! If you would like to surprise us with your own thoughts about the Holy Spirit, please send them in. Celeste+   "In my experience, self-hatred is the dominant malaise crippling Christians and stifling their growth in the Holy Spirit."   - Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belongin
Brennan Manning

Sunday April 23, 2017

This season of Easter is known as "The Great Fifty Days" because it ends with the feast of Pentecost, the Greek word for "fiftieth day." What we celebrate on Pentecost (June 4th) is the joyful and tumultuous arrival of the Holy Spirit. So as we prepare for that day, our meditations will be a collection of quotations about that mysterious Holy Spirit. But wait! On Ascension Day (May 25th) our meditation will be a special surprise! If you would like to surprise us with your own thoughts about the Holy Spirit, please send them in. Celeste+   "The wizard [of Oz] says look inside yourself and find self. God says look inside yourself and find [the Holy Spirit]. The first will get you to Kansas. The latter will get you to heaven. Take your pick."   - Max Lucado, Experiencing the Heart of Jesus: Knowing His Heart, Feeling His Love
Max Lucado

Saturday April 22, 2017

This season of Easter is known as "The Great Fifty Days" because it ends with the feast of Pentecost, the Greek word for "fiftieth day." What we celebrate on Pentecost (June 4th) is the joyful and tumultuous arrival of the Holy Spirit. So as we prepare for that day, our meditations will be a collection of quotations about that mysterious Holy Spirit. But wait! On Ascension Day (May 25th) our meditation will be a special surprise! If you would like to surprise us with your own thoughts about the Holy Spirit, please send them in. Celeste+   "Will God ever ask you to do something you are not able to do? The answer is yes--all the time! It must be that way, for God's glory and kingdom. If we function according to our ability alone, we get the glory; if we function according to the power of the Spirit within us, God gets the glory. He wants to reveal Himself to a watching world."   - Henry T. Blackaby, Experiencing the Spirit: The Power of Pentecost Every Day     Join Our Mailing List!
Henry T. Blackaby

Friday April 21, 2017

This season of Easter is known as "The Great Fifty Days" because it ends with the feast of Pentecost, the Greek word for "fiftieth day."  What we celebrate on Pentecost (June 4th) is the joyful and tumultuous arrival of the Holy Spirit. So as we prepare for that day, our meditations will be a collection of quotations about that mysterious Holy Spirit.  But wait! On Ascension Day (May 25th) our meditation will be a special surprise!  If you would like to surprise us with your own thoughts about the Holy Spirit, please send them in.  Celeste+ "The dove descending breaks the air With flame of incandescent terror Of which the tongues declare The one discharge from sin and error. The only hope, or else despair Lies in the choice of pyre or pyre- To be redeemed from fire by fire. Who then devised the torment? Love. Love is the unfamiliar Name Behind the hands that wove The intolerable shirt of flame Which human power cannot remove. We only live, only suspire Consumed by either fire or fire."  - T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
Celeste+

Thursday April 20, 2017

"Do not neglect your gift," 1 Timothy 4:14a   I admit a couple of Sundays ago, during the very long Gospel reading, my mind started to wander.  I was looking around the church and then looked down in front of me. There was a child who decided to come to church instead of Sunday School. She had her box of crayons and paper and was using her gift of drawing. It dawned on me, she had drawn our stained glass window above the altar. Kids draw what they find interesting and beautiful. I was thankful that St. Matthew's welcomes children to worship at any time and that we have the beauty of an 1867 building and windows to house and inspire all who sit within the walls.    Kelly Kennerson Parish Administrator
Kelly Kennerson

Wednesday April 19, 2017

Did I misjudge my friend? Did I identify "friend" too quickly? Did I define "friend" as "100% compatible"? When I ponder behavior in others, it is especially difficult to sort out split level attitudes. In close encounters, my friend is kind and generous, upholding other's dignity. When general views are spoken, prejudice and negativity are verbalized. This is a time to pray for spiritual guidance.   Lord, help me see clearly and guide me in knowing what to say after I listen. To say something like, "That's odd that you say that because your actions are the opposite - open and generous -" might be suave, but in the moment may not be on the tongue. To jump on skewed views may result in separation, likely producing more heat or cold than light. Perhaps more beneficial would be , "I hear your words. May I tell you how I see this?" Less side stepping about a real issue.   Help me, Lord, to see that in an imperfect world, we need to be more Christlike - patient in listening with the heart.   Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt.   Gayle Feick, Parishioner
Gayle Feick

Tuesday April 18, 2017

It is a troubling thing to be with someone you admire, trust, enjoy and then you listen to views that seem to be at odds with that person's behavior and character We are comfortable with harmony, out of sorts when faced with dissonance. Do I point out or challenge this to my friend? We all want tolerance but is that reciprocated? Still, side-stepping issues isn't healthy.   Lord Jesus, be with me as I explore this. The jeopardy in experiencing the presence of a double standard up close, such as a person espousing negative views about certain classes of people while reaching out to help those very people in actual contact, this danger is the prospect of separation. When I separate myself from others by judgement or withdrawal and when I fail to forgive, I love less. Lord, help me to see the way to help a friend to feel my strength and support. I know it is not a perfect world, and we are not perfect people.   Lord, hold my hand. When I try to evade, thoughts remain to pervade and courage will lessen.   The Epistle of St. Paul to the Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ, which strengthen me."   Gayle Feick, Parishioner
Gayle Feick

Monday April 17, 2017

Easter 2017 Message from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry   "Go forth to be people of the Resurrection. Follow in the way of Jesus. Don't be ashamed to love. Don't be ashamed to follow Jesus."   It's taken me some years to realize it, but Jesus didn't just happen to be in Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday. He wasn't on vacation. He wasn't just hanging out in town. Jesus was in Jerusalem on purpose. He arrived in Jerusalem about the time of the Passover when pilgrims were in the city. When people's hopes and expectations for the dawn of freedom that Moses had promised in the first Passover might suddenly be realized for them in their time.   Jesus arranged his entrance into Jerusalem to send a message. He entered the city, having come in on one side of the city, the scholars tell us, at just about the same time that Pontius Pilate made his entrance on the exact opposite side of the city. Pilate, coming forth on a warhorse. Pilate, with soldiers around him. Pilate, with the insignias of Rome's Empire. Pilate, representing the Caesars who claimed to be son of god. Pilate, who had conquered through Rome the people of Jerusalem. Pilate, representing the Empire that had taken away their freedom. Pilate, who represented the Empire that would maintain the colonial status of the Jewish people by brute force and violence.   Jesus entered the city on the other side, not on a warhorse, but on a donkey, recalling the words of Zechariah:   Behold your King comes to you Triumphant and victorious is He Humble and riding on a donkey   Jesus entered the city at the same time as Pilate to show them, and to show us, that God has another way. That violence is not the way. That hatred is not the way. That brute force and brutality are not the way.   Jesus came to show us there is another way. The way of unselfish, sacrificial love. That's why he entered Jerusalem. That's why he went to the cross. It was the power of that love poured out from the throne of God, that even after the horror of the crucifixion would raise him from death to life.   God came among us in the person of Jesus to start a movement. A movement to change the face of the earth. A movement to change us who dwell upon the earth. A movement to change the creation from the nightmare that is often made of it into the dream that God intends for it.   He didn't just happen to be in Jerusalem on that Palm Sunday. He went to Jerusalem for a reason. To send a message. That not even the titanic powers of death can stop the love of God. On that Easter morning, he rose from the dead, and proclaimed love wins.   So you have a blessed Easter. Go forth to be people of the Resurrection. Follow in the way of Jesus. Don't be ashamed to love. Don't be ashamed to follow Jesus.   Have a blessed Easter. And bless the world. Amen. The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry Presiding Bishop and Primate The Episcopal Church
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry

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