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Wednesday June 7, 2017

  "How lovely is they dwelling place, O Lord of hosts, to me!... Beside thine altars, gracious Lord, the swallows find a nest;" Hymn 517   Hidden nicely in the new growth of leaves on this apple tree, are three bluebird houses that wait, patiently each Spring for the birds to return to their summer dwelling place. House #1 on the left is where they choose to start raising their family, reserving the middle house for the growing children ... giving the parents space and time to welcome a second group to the nest. Very often a sparrow will "claim" the third house because he likes the neighborhood. The "welcome mat" is out for anyone who flies by!   Barbara Mace, Parishioner
Barbara Mace,

Tuesday June 6, 2017

"Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good. What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale." from You Were Made For This, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD
Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Monday June 5, 2017

"For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them." Matthew 18:20   The presence of God was strong at the St. Matthew's Annual Spring Yard Sale on Saturday. So many parishioners and community members came out to help unload the trailer, make sales, grill numerous sandwiches, and help clean up. It is a day of wonderful fellowship amongst the community of St. Matthew's and the community of Goffstown. There was a steady stream of people on the grounds.  Rev. Celeste was there to welcome all. The donations and everyone's efforts raised over $3,000 for community outreach. That is what St. Matthew's is all about and I am always so happy to be one small part of the whole event.  If you've never volunteered for a time on yard sale day I highly recommend you come be a part of the gathering and experience the presence of God outside of the 4 walls of the church building.   Kelly Kennerson Parish Administrator
Kelly Kennerson

Saturday June 3, 2017

"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

Friday June 2, 2017

"I also came to see that I should not worry about tomorrow, next week, next year, or next century. The more willing I was to look honestly at what I was thinking and saying and doing now, the more easily I would come into touch with the movement of God's Spirit in me, leading me to the future. God is a God of the present and reveals to those who are willing to listen carefully to the moment in which they live the steps they are to take toward the future. "Do not worry about tomorrow," Jesus says, "tomorrowwill take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matthew 6:34)."  - Henri J.M. Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership
Henri J.M. Nouwen

Wednesday May 31, 2017

"All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability." (Acts 2:4)   Recently I caught part of a radio interview in which a scientist was describing his research into the way the brain processes language. He made the point that "thought," as we understand it, is impossible without language; to learn a language is to learn to think. To learn a new language is to learn to think a new way.   The coming of the Spirit teaches us a new language, a new way to think. The Spirit teaches us that not every sentence has to have "I" as its subject, or "me" as its object. The Spirit teaches us to skip over old vocabulary about self-interest, resentment, fear, and prejudice, and to learn new terms like "grace," "reconciliation," "empathy," and "love." The Spirit teaches us to form sentences in which "God" is the subject, or "God" is the object. Maybe "God" can even be the verb-think about that.   What new vocabulary is the Spirit teaching you today?   Paul Peterson Sr. Choir
Paul Peterson

Tuesday May 30, 2017

"The Breath of God Within Us" When we speak about the Holy Spirit, we speak about the breath of God breathing in us. The Greek word for "spirit" is pneuma, which means "breath." We are seldom aware of our breathing. It is so essential for life that we only think about it when something is wrong with it. The Spirit of God is like our breath. God's spirit is more intimate to us than we are to ourselves. We might not be aware of it, but without it we cannot live a "spiritual life.' It is the Holy Spirit of God who prays in us, who offers us gifts of love, forgiveness, kindness, goodness, gentleness, peace, and joy. It is the Holy Spirit who offers us the life that death cannot destroy. Let us always pray, "Come Holy Spirit, come." The words above are taken from theologian Henri Nouwen's book "Bread for the Journey". One of my favorite hymns is "Breathe On Me, Breath of God", # 508 in our Hymnal. Submitted by Barbara Carbonneau
Barbara Carbonneau

Monday May 29, 2017

"We say we want revival . . . but on our terms. We don't pray this way, but this is what our hearts are saying to God: "Come Holy Spirit . . . but only if you promise in advance to do things the way we have always done them in our church." "Come Holy Spirit . . . but only if I have some sort of prior guarantee that when you show up you won't embarrass me." "Come Holy Spirit . . . but only if your work of revival is one that I can still control, one that preserves intact the traditions with which I am comfortable." "Come Holy Spirit . . . but only if your work of revival is neat and tidy and dignified and understandable and above all else socially acceptable." "Come Holy Spirit . . . but only if you plan to change others; only if you make them to be like me; only if you convict their hearts so they will live and dress and talk like I do." "Come Holy Spirit . . . but only if you let us preserve our distinctives and retain our differences from others whom we find offensive." - Sam Storms, Practicing the Power
Sam Storms


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