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  • Monday June 12, 2017

      At St. Matthew's, we have been holding an annual outdoor worship for many years, our Mass On the Grass.  One reason to do this is to worship in a natural setting, merging our worship with all of the worship of all the creatures of the Earth.  Another reason struck me this past Sunday when we all gathered on the side of the hill by the Clark's barn.  It made me think of people in biblical times who gathered on a hillside to listen to Jesus.  It is a very primal action to gather together as a body to worship outside of the "church".  It is how the Christian Church started, and it is how St. Matthew's started.  Wherever we gather we are a church, no building required. Benge Ambrogi, Parishioner  
    Benge Ambrogi
  • Sunday June 11, 2017

    The Season after Pentecost is not actually a season with a single common focus, but is simply the weeks between the Day of Pentecost and the First Sunday of Advent.  It is often called "Ordinary Time."  These weeks hold both the slower pace and peaceful quality of summer months and the quicker pace and flurry of activity in the early fall.  These are our "ordinary" days, in which we live the Christian faith in our daily lives.   After Pentecost we settle into the growing season, nourishing the seeds planted at Easter and putting down roots in our faith.       I am the vine, you are the branches.  Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit because,     apart from me, you can do nothing.  You did not choose me, but I chose you.  And I appointed you     to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.   (John 15:5,16a)   How will I use the gift of this new day? How will I notice the glory of creation?   from: Daily Prayers for All Seasons
  • Saturday June 10, 2017

    The Headwaters, Published June 3, 2017   A small group of pilgrims began paddling south from the headwaters of the Connecticut River at Fourth Connecticut Lake this week - the start of the 40 day journey of the River of Life pilgrimage.   They began with a Pilgrimage Blessing:   Dear pilgrim, As you go into the wilderness of the land and of your heart - May you experience the ever-flowing grace of God's presence! May you be immersed so fully in God's love that you learn to let go and swim! May you engage deeply and radically with the natural world, as steward, co-creator, and friend! May you drink anew from the divine source, the stream of living water! And may you be transformed, may the stagnant waters of your spirit begin to flow, and may all which is dead in you rise again!   God is here. The river awaits. Let the adventure begin. from: http://kairosearth.org/category/river-blog/
  • Friday June 9, 2017

    Acts 2-28, where David said: "Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; Thou wilt make me full of gladness with Thy presence."   In these times of "fake news" and "alternative facts," where do we find Truth and Enlightenment? Our country is like an old sailing ship - adrift. The words "loose cannon," "three sheets to the wind," and "rudderless" come to mind. We think David was filled with the Holy Spirit, who was speaking through him...   By being silent and looking inside ourselves, we will hear that voice, which is the Holy Spirit. We will find Truth and Light and our actions will be guided by them. You won't find much Truth and Enlightenment on TV or in the newspapers today, rather rely on your friends and on the Holy Spirit!   May you all find Peace and Enlightenment,   Steve and Rosemarie Fry, Parishioners
    Steve and Rosemarie Fry
  • Thursday June 8, 2017

    "What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!"   The above quote is from the hymn "What a Friend We Have in Jesus". I heard it for the first time in a long time at the funeral of a friend's father recently. The first verse follows:   What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer! Oh, what peace we often forfeit, Oh, what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer!   What a wonderful reminder whether we pray every day or only when we think of or really need it, that it is a privilege to share our pain, our trials, our temptations, troubles, sorrows, weaknesses, heaviness, load of care and share our burdens with God. As the hymn tells us at the end of the third verse: "Though wilt find a solace there."   Joan Alayne Stevens Parishioner
    Joan Alayne Stevens
  • 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

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