Flat St. Matt enjoys the view from atop of Brenda's sun hat. She is joined by our wonderful sexton, Roger Fortier. Please thank Roger and Brenda for all the work they do keeping our buildings clean and looking good. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, Colossians 3:23
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Rev. Celeste read this Proper Preface at The Great Thanksgiving yesterday: Through Jesus Christ our Lord; who on the first day of the week overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life. Today is Monday, what many of us consider the first day of the week. If Jesus could overcome death on the first day of the week, it's time to up your own game. Is there a personal challenge you're ready to overcome or a goal to achieve? Some personal challenges can be simple - park farthest away from the store and walk, remember to smile at the grocery cashier and bagger, hold the door for someone, be more courteous and bring kindness to someone. Others have a harder challenge - illness to conquer, family relationships to mend, unhealthy habits to get rid of. How will you begin your everlasting life today? Kelly Kennerson Parish Administrator
The Collect for the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ: O God, who on the holy mount revealed to chosen witnesses your well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistening: Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the disquietude of this world, may by faith behold the King in his beauty; who with you, O Father, and you, O Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Transfiguration icon by Theophanes the Greek, 15th century
Pilgrimage: Endings & New Beginnings From the River Blog, Published July 10, 2017 http://kairosearth.org/category/river-blog/ The Hartford Courant produced an article and a video about the Pilgrimage: "Pilgrims spend the first four hours of the day in what Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas calls 'the great silence.' Then, at 10 a.m., he said they break the silence with a song. "The practice is to clear our minds of all that is distracting," he said. "The journey is inward just as much as it is down the river." "Along the way, Douglas said he has seen countless blue herons and bald eagles swooping overhead as he prays. He described the sights of the river as incredible. Reflections will be continued on Saturday August 12
The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." Mark 12:31 Flat St. Matt found a friend and a message while visiting Apotheca. See the sign posted - 'Hate has no home here.'
Stillness There is something of Mary and Martha inside each one of us: the active, busy, and distracted, as well as the reflective and contemplative. But our modern life so stresses the active virtues that we are more in danger of forgetting the need for spiritual replenishment, for practicing the presence of God, for sitting quietly and still at the feet of Jesus: just being with him in quietness and stillness, in order to renew our energy and our spirit. - Br. Geoffrey Tristram Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Flat St. Matt enjoying some time with the flowers.
'Cause love rules, at the Love Shack' - Love Shack, The B-52's I had the 80's radio station on last week and heard this favorite from my college years. This line struck me... 'Cause love rules, at the Love Shack'. I wonder, why can't love also rule in the home, school, workplace, on the roadway, and in government offices? Make an effort to let love rule your day today. Kelly Kennerson
"As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand." Romans 14:1-4 When we disagree, we should respect one another and live our lives free to be who we are. Today if one group disagrees with another the call comes out to defeat the other side and not coexist. I feel we have become a 'me only' society and anyone who disagrees with us must be defeated. If a family brings up their children in the Muslim faith, who should care? If I have a gay or lesbian friend, who is anyone to tell me I can't enjoy their friendship? We are one nation under God and I wonder what He must think about what we have become. I pray, Lord if there is a time we needed your wisdom it is now. Roger Fortier, Sexton
In the Gospel lesson today (join us at 9am) Jesus teaches about treasures of the Kingdom of God, and concludes with these words: "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old." Matthew 13:52. Interim ministry is a lot like a treasure hunt: discovering hidden treasure, conserving old treasures, and acquiring new ones. What old and new treasures have you discovered at St. Matthew's? What old ones are looking new because they have been conserved and renewed? Celeste+