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Saturday July 29, 2017

Pilgrimage: Endings & New Beginnings From the River Blog, Published July 10, 2017      Canon Heidi Shott of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine joined for a three-day segment, beginning in White River Junction. The pilgrimage prompted her to reflect on what it means to pray with our eyes open:   "Two elements of this pilgrimage were to pray and to paddle, and, at first, they seemed to be mutually exclusive. But since it's impossible to paddle with our eyes closed, we were required to pray with our eyes wide open. We had to watch for rocks, the ripples that indicate fast water, and the boats of fellow pilgrims. There is no separating the praying and the paddling. For a long time I've kept my prayers sequestered from the daily business of living: working, parenting, mentoring, cooking, nagging, gardening, hiking - all the things I do, many of which I worry about constantly - instead of allowing prayer to infuse and, perhaps, defuse my daily routines.   As I drove across New Hampshire toward home, my trusty kayak firmly strapped to the roof, I vowed to live in closer, clear-eyed proximity to the surface of this gorgeous, complicated, fearsome, world."   Reflections will be continued on Saturday August 5

Friday July 28, 2017

 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee, Hymn 376 verse 2   All thy works with joy surround thee, earth and heaven reflect thy rays, stars and angels sing around thee, center of unbroken praise. Field and forest, vale and mountain, blooming meadow, flashing sea, chanting bird and flowing fountain, call us to rejoice in thee.   Take a moment to reflect in the beauty surrounding you today.

Wednesday July 26, 2017

I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains: From whence shall my help come?  Psalm 121:1       True to its name, this Red Bud Tree brightens the knoll, attracting a safe haven for the wild turkeys, the young deer passing by, a resident groundhog who actually chased away a young fox who was resting in the shade, and multiples of flying birds who seek shelter in its colorful branches. It is a safe place to watch the world go by and drink in the beauty of the Uncanoonuc Mountains.   Barbara Mace, Parishioner
Barbara Mace

Tuesday July 25, 2017

Early Sunday evening I was sitting on my beach porch reading the paper. I looked up and saw this view! I had my iPad and captured the this picture. I can tell you right now that I have no doubt about the magnificence of God's gifts He has given us to enjoy. Look around! It's free! Thank you Lord.   Roger Fortier, Sexton
Roger Fortier

Monday July 24, 2017

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

Saturday July 22, 2017

Pilgrimage: Endings & New Beginnings From the River Blog, Published July 10, 2017  The 40 day River of Life Pilgrimage concluded yesterday at Long Island Sound. Pilgrims paddled from the headwaters of the Connecticut River to the ocean - from the Source to the Sea. Led by Mark & Lisa, guides on the water and in prayer, people of all walks of life, ages, and religious affiliation joined a journey of prayer and transformation. As Mark & Lisa write in the concluding pages of the River of Life booklet:   "Our many thoughts, petitions, meditations, hopes, and intentions have woven together into a great river of prayer, flowing forth into the ocean of Divine love. Along the way, we've reconnected our individual lives to the great River of Life.   As we walk, as we paddle, as we listen and trust, we learn to see the presence of the Living Christ in our midst. And do our hearts not burn within us as he opens our souls to the mystery of his presence in all things?"   Where on the river did we encounter that mystery of presence? Where do we encounter it in the course of our daily lives? What will we carry with us from the river?   Below are reflections, observations, and photographs from the final days of the pilgrimage, exploring these questions.   Reflections will be continued on Saturday July 29.

Thursday July 20, 2017

  "Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea." Matthew 13:1   This was the first line of the gospel reading this past Sunday and it immediately caught my attention.  I had skimmed the reading and knew it was really about the parables but this first sentence was the one I could relate to. I was fortunate enough to have two vacations this past month that involved sitting by water! One on Cape Cod Bay and the other a wonderful pond in Maine with day trips to Acadia National Park. Both vacations afforded me time to simply sit by the water. I find the water to be quite restorative; it helps to wash away troubles on one's mind and in the heart. I hope that everyone this summer will have the chance to sit by the water, whether it be the ocean, lake or babbling brook.  Let it wash away things concerning you and bring some sense of peace and wonder.   Kelly Kennerson Parish Administrator
Kelly Kennerson


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