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Sunday January 7, 2018

Today at our 10am service, we will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany with the Epiphany Play. At 8am we will remember the Baptism of our Lord. I remember learning what an epiphany was in my high school English class: "an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure."   A big "Aha" moment. A sudden realization of some truth. We have all had these moments of clarity in our own lives. Looking back, we see how important they were and how these epiphanies many times changed the course of our lives. This was true for the Magi. I'm sure it was true for all who encountered Jesus.   I look forward to the epiphanies we will have together at St. Matt's as we encounter Jesus together. I am excited to be your new Rector and I look forward to meeting (or re-meeting) you this morning.   Peace, Nancy

Saturday January 6, 2018

Worship with us tomorrow at 8am quiet, simple worship or join us at 10am to celebrate with The Great Epiphany Play.     O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen   The name "Epiphany" is derived from a Greek word meaning "manifestation" or "appearing." Anglican Prayer Books interpret the word with an alternative title, "The Manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles." The last phrase, of course, is a reference to the story of the Wise Men from the East.    A Christian observance on January 6 is found as early as the end of the second century in Egypt. The feast combined commemorations of the visit of the Magi, led by the star of Bethlehem; the Baptism of Jesus in the waters of the River Jordan; and Jesus' first recorded miracle, the changing of water into wine at the marriage of Cana of Galilee-all thought of as manifestations of the incarnate Lord.    The Epiphany is still the primary Feast of the Incarnation in Eastern Churches, and the three-fold emphasis is still prominent. In the West, however, including Anglican Churches, the story of the Wise Men has tended to overshadow the other two events. Modern lectionary reform, reflected in the 1979 Prayer Book, has recovered the primitive trilogy, by setting the event of the Baptism as the theme of the First Sunday after the Epiphany in all three years, and by providing the story of the Miracle at Cana as the Gospel for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany in Year C.   From Holy Women, Holy Men; Celebrating the Saints

Friday January 5, 2018

Joy Stop and look for any kind word or act of charity, any generosity or forgiveness, any sharing or respect. Thank God for what you see. Receive the joy. The challenges won't vanish, but do you sense the grace, the joy of God with you?   - Br. Luke Ditewig Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Br. Luke Ditewig

Thursday January 4, 2018

Let us remember the Golden Rule:   "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Matthew 7:12). This Rule points us in a clear direction. Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves. In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities. The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us."   - Pope Francis in his address to Congress September 24, 2015
Pope Francis

Wednesday January 3, 2018

Genesis 1:1 - In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.   Welcome to a new beginning!  Thankfully I do not have the task ahead of me that God did; however, some days it certainly feels as though I have to move heaven and earth to get anything accomplished.  I love opening my new calendar on Christmas and seeing the blank days ahead of me (yes, I am old-school and have a paper calendar on my kitchen wall).  It always gets filled in with practices, games, rehearsals, and appointments, but for a few moments I feel complete peace looking at the blank year ahead and wonder what it might bring - visits from friends, travels, new birthdays and wedding anniversaries to record?  Despite the breakneck speed at which we move, remember to find the time daily to take a few minutes and breathe, look to the heavens to feel peace here on earth and be ready for those life surprises that are not yet recorded on your calendar.   Kelly Kennerson Parish Administrator  (reprinted from January 2014)
Kelly Kennerson

Tuesday January 2, 2018

Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.                                                               - Henry David Thoreau   With a grateful heart, I thank God for the new year and all the promises of each fresh new day.   Angie Battey, Sr. Warden (reprinted from January 2014)
Angie Battey, Sr. Warden

Sunday December 31, 2017

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. -Ecclesiastes 3:1   Once again we are on the verge of a transition at St. Matthew's Church.   Today at 9am is Celeste's last service with us as our Interim Rector.  Over the last 18 months, she has guided us spiritually and has also guided us to a place of understanding.  The understanding is that we are all St. Matthew's.  Each and every one of us play an important part in accomplishing the mission of the church and the mission of the Kingdom of God.  She has readied us for our future.   She has shown us the strength we have, and how much we accomplish and can continue to accomplish for our church and our community.  We will miss her and she will always be a part of St. Matthew's.  Her mark on us will not be soon forgotten.  We wish her well as she moves on to her next interim position.     Please join us this morning at 9am as we say goodbye.   How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.  -Winnie the Pooh   Angie Battey, Sr. Warden
Angie Battey

Saturday December 30, 2017

"The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don't wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope."  - Barack  Obama   Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. Proverbs 19:17   At this time of the year I am always impressed with the generosity of people. Watching the news and reading the papers often depresses me because all I see is the lack of humanity that society projects. It is so refreshing to see the people around me that are always willing to offer their help to those in need. I am so thankful for the people I know and work with in our great community. I read a quote the other day that for me says it all:   "As you get older, you really just want to be surrounded by good people. People that are good for you, good to you, and good for your soul"   Thank you Lord.    Roger Fortier, Sexton
Roger Fortier,

Friday December 29, 2017

Ask, and it will be given you; Matthew 7:7   A week ago the scramble was on to get the Christmas food moved, sorted, and packed for basket distribution. The weather forecast for Friday 12/22 was not looking good and the Goffstown Network was nervous that school might be cancelled. They asked GHS if it was possible that the collected food (from the Student Council's annual food drive) be taken from GHS to St. Lawrence a day early in anticipation of bad weather. Calls were made and the GHS Hockey Team was able to assist the Goffstown Network Food Pantry in moving the food from the high school and food pantry to St. Lawrence Church.   Sure enough, Friday brought school cancellations across the state. Messages went out to the Goffstown community asking that anyone who could safely make it to St. Lawrence, please come to help with the sorting.  Boy, did they come! About 50 people were able to make it out. They decided that rather make people come back out in the evening to pack the baskets, they would continue working and get it all done.    The Saturday basket pick up had to be delayed until Sunday due to the freezing rain that fell in the morning. Volunteers showed up Sunday to help with the final stage of distributing the Christmas Food Baskets.    It was a whirlwind couple of days filled with a lot of emails, bad weather, and wonderful volunteers.    Many thanks to those who gave of themselves this season.    * There are many community organizations who exist solely because of volunteers. Please consider giving some time to a group whose purpose you believe in.


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