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Friday May 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+   Sensibly it seems somewhat arrogant to define and explain the Holy Spirit. Often people resort to jargon and nebulous concepts which may satisfy the speaker but rarely communicate enlightenment.   Personally, I never got comfortable with the other name - the Holy Ghost. Somehow it always stirred my thoughts to a Casper-like figure with polka dot holes in the cape. On the other hand, the Holy Spirit evokes a presence in my inner being which supports and sustains me, not only in times of trial and tribulation but in enrichment of me having an ordinary day.   To have a fuller awareness of my potential is not just psychological. It may be the best hope I have of being spiritually activated and actualized. The Holy Spirit transforms us in ways that go beyond definition. It may not be continuous, but the change is joyful.   "Fools give you reasons, wise men never try." from South Pacific: Some Enchanted Evening.   Gayle Feick Parishioner
Gayle Feick

Thursday May 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+   The Ascension, by Salvador Dali

Wednesday May 24, 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+   The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. Galatians 5:22-23   A tall order, all those fruits of the Spirit, most of mine are rather stunted. I won't say they don't exist, it is just that they never seem to grow to the size I would like them to be. Some are attacked by mold and rot because there was not enough sun, others shriveled for lack of water. Others have gown misshapen because they were tucked up against a rock. I long for those wonderful picture perfect fruits of the Spirit. I wish for my soul to produce consistent crops that will feed both my own heart and those around me. Meanwhile I try to remember that while I do my part, God is the gardener. God and it is the Holy Spirit that provide the sunshine and rain, and will ensure that, in the end, the fruit will grow. It is a collaboration and while I will try to do my part, the Holy Spirit will also be working to create an abundance of "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control".   Where do you notice the Holy Spirit bringing growth in your life?   Linnae Peterson, M.Div.
Linnae Peterson, M.Div.

Tuesday May 23, 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+ "Fear not, brothers and sisters, God, who is full of grace and abounding in steadfast love, meets us in our sin and transforms us for God's glory and the healing of God's world. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, your sins are forgiven, be now at peace."  - Nadia Bolz-Weber, Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint
Nadia Bolz-Weber

Monday May 22, 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+   What is the role of the Holy Spirit? To fill me with joy:   Joy to displace despair Joy to nudge away doubt and emptiness Joy to help me show others an example of steadfastness and strength Joy to deny futility Joy to help me see the good in others Joy to enjoy wonder as a gift   Fulfillment by the presence of the Holy Spirit is purely personal and yet it enables me to look into and to participate in that wider, deeper space of community and humanity.   Galatians 5:22   Gayle Feick Parishioner
Gayle Feick

Sunday May 21, 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+ "Prayer is standing in the presence of God with the mind in the heart; that is, at that point of our being where there are no divisions or distinctions and where we are totally one. There God's Spirit dwells and there the great encounter takes place. There heart speaks to heart, because there we stand before the face of the Lord, all-seeing, with us."  - Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Way of the Heart: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers Come be one with us this morning as we welcome Caleb Henry Erdahl into the household of God and the St. Matthew's community.  Worship at 8 & 10am. Last Parish Breakfast of the program year is served 8:45-9:30am.
Henri J.M. Nouwen

Saturday May 20, 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+   "Very few of us understand Honorable Bird, except to acknowledge that without his power and grace nothing would be written, painted, or composed at all. To say anything beyond this about the creative process is like pulling all the petals off a flower in order to analyze it, and ending up having destroyed the flower." - Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet
Madeleine L'Engle

Friday May 19, 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+   Nicene Creed: We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son the Holy Spirit is worshiped and glorified.   Do we do something to earn the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives?   By acknowledging God in three persons, Blessed Trinity, we partially open the door to the Holy Spirit into our lives.   By awareness of one's need for the Holy Spirit, the fuller presence is allowed and the door is wide open.   If I recognize the need for the Holy Spirit, I am in a position to know myself better.   Gayle Feick Parishioner
Gayle Feick

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