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  • Thu Jan 2 2014

    And by the light of that same star, three wise men came from country far. To seek for a king was their intent, and to follow the star where ever it went. (The First Nowell #109 1982 Episcopal Hymnal)   Following Our world constantly seeks out leaders, not followers. Just look at any advertisement for a college or business. Somewhere in the wording your will see that they are the leader in their field, the fastest, the biggest, the brightest. The magi followed the star. They didn't strike out on their own and try to figure out the best way. In fact they didn't even know where they were going. They just followed the star, one day at a time, one step at a time, night after night, watching, waiting, looking for the star. They remind me that I am a follower of Christ-not the leader, not the one making the map. My responsibility is to watch the night sky and look for the light of Christ, and follow the star.   In the darkest part of your life the star of Christ shines. Look for it. Follow it, one step at a time.   Advent/Christmas Daily Meditations on Music: (©2013LinnaeHimslPeterson M.Div.)   Offered by St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Goffstown, N.H.   Click here to listen to The First Nowell
    Linnae Himsl Peterson M.Div.
  • Wed Jan 1 2014

    They looked up and saw a star, shining in the east beyond then far. And to the earth it gave great light. And so it continued both day and night. (The First Nowell #109 1982 Episcopal Hymnal)   Looking Up It is a night for stars. Scattered across the night sky, they dance to the tune of a new year. It is a night for new beginnings. The calendar has turned and we are looking forward to what happens next. It is also the Feast of the Holy Name, when the infant Jesus was brought to the temple for the first time. We use many names for God, and many titles for Jesus. Among the Jews of Jesus's day the holiest name for God, YHWH, was never spoken and rarely written. To speak someone's name, with reverence and love, to whisper it, or shout it with joy, is a gift. It brings them close to your heart and you to theirs. By what name do you call on the Divine One-Father, or Brother, or Christ, or Lord? Is there a name that is closer to your heart, one that reflects Christ's unique connection to you?   Look up today, and whisper Jesus' name with reverence and love. Listen for yours in return.   Advent/Christmas Daily Meditations on Music: (©2013LinnaeHimslPeterson M.Div.)   Offered by St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Goffstown, N.H.   Click here to listen to The First Nowell
    Linnae Himsl Peterson M.Div.
  • Tue Dec 31 2013

    The first nowell, the angel did say, was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay, in fields as they lay keeping their sheep, on a cold winter's night that was so deep. (The First Nowell #109 1982 Episcopal Hymnal)   Angels "In Scripture the visitation of an angel is always alarming; it has to begin by saying, 'Fear not.'" C.S. Lewis   Contrary to popular lore, we do not become angels when we die. Angels are angels and we are not. Scripture describes angels as standing in the presence of God, of being God's messenger's, and of being rather frightening. They seem to carry with them the imprint of God's presence. We are called to stand in God's presence as well. We enter into that presence in prayer, at worship as we taste bread and wine, and when we see Christ in the person before us.  These are holy times, holy places. We stand with the angels there, encircled by the glory and love of God.   May you stand in God's presence today, until you shine with the glory and love of God.     Advent/Christmas Daily Meditations on Music: (©2013LinnaeHimslPeterson M.Div.)   Offered by St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Goffstown, N.H.   Click here to listen to The First Nowell
    Linnae Himsl Peterson M.Div.
  • Mon Dec 30 2013

    See him in a manger laid, whom the angels praise above. Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, while we raise our hearts in love. Gloria in excelsis Deo. (Angels We Have Heard on High #96 1982 Episcopal Hymnal)   Gloria in Excelsis Deo-Glory to God in the Highest! Earth and heaven overlap, intertwine. "The whole world is now God's holy land," (N. T. Wright). Jesus had come to reclaim creation, to put right all that is twisted, damaged, broken. The angels know it. They can see the dawning of glory pouring over the land, reaching out, spilling out. This infant, utterly dependent on others, is the Son of God, the Savior of all creation. Through Jesus, God's kingdom will reclaim all the earth. Glory in excelsis Deo!   What part of your world do you long for God to enter? Offer it to God.   Advent/Christmas Daily Meditations on Music: (©2013LinnaeHimslPeterson M.Div.)   Offered by St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Goffstown, N.H.     Click here to listen to Angels we have heard on high
    Linnae Himsl Peterson M.Div.
  • Sun Dec 29 2013

    Come to Bethlehem and see him whose birth the angels sing. Come, adore on bended knee Christ the Lord, the new born king. Gloria in excelsis Deo. (Angels We Have Heard on High #96 1982 Episcopal Hymnal)   Bended Knee Bethlehem today, as at the time of Jesus' birth, sits at the center of a great and deadly conflict. Violence surrounds us, we hear of it every day, in homes and streets and countries far away. It is tempting to fight back, to try to protect what we have, to drive away people and ideas that threaten us-and then the violence enters our own hearts. Somewhere, somehow, we need to let our defenses crumble, to allow are stiff backs to bend, and to come, with our terrified and broken hearts, to adore the baby in the manger, who is God come to us, come to bring peace to our broken world.   What violence lingers in your heart? Lay it at the manger and accept the Peace of Christ.   Advent/Christmas Daily Meditations on Music: (©2013LinnaeHimslPeterson M.Div.)   Offered by St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Goffstown, N.H.     Click here to listen to Angels we have heard on high
    Linnae Himsl Peterson M.Div.
  • Sat Dec 28 2013

    Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why these songs of happy cheer? What great brightness did you see? What glad tidings did you hear? Gloria in excelsis Deo. (Angels We Have Heard on High #96 1982 Episcopal Hymnal)   Glad Tidings Weddings, birth announcements, passing the bar exam, or getting the promotion, we shout and celebrate the wonderful news! This in unadulterated joy! There are other celebrations that reverse the sorrows that had gone before: the cancer is gone, unemployment is over, or child is born after a miscarriage. These too bring celebration-joyful, yet tinged with a shadow of what it took to get there. As they come to the manger rejoicing, celebrating, the shepherds bring a festival in their hearts. The festival is shot through with the dark colors of an occupied land and a life lived on the edge of hunger, in ever-present poverty. These are the ones that hear the glad tidings, the news that Jesus is born, that God has come to make all things right and whole.   How do you celebrate, today, this fourth day of Christmas? What is Jesus seeking to make right and whole in your life?   Advent/Christmas Daily Meditations on Music: (©2013LinnaeHimslPeterson M.Div.)   Offered by St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Goffstown, N.H.     Click here to listen to Angels we have heard on high
    Linnae Himsl Peterson M.Div.
  • Fri Dec 27 2013

    Angels we have heard on high, singing sweetly through the night, and the mountains in reply, echoing their brave delight. Gloria in excelsis Deo. (Angels We Have Heard on High #96 1982 Episcopal Hymnal)   The Mountains I grew up in the shadow of the foothills of California's coastal range. Houses huddled along the base of the ridge and we knew that up above there were wildcats and peacocks and deer sharing the mountains with the eagles and buzzards. I loved to watch the fog roll over the tops of the hills and settle like some strange liquid, slowly gathering everything into its opaque embrace. These mountains were my mysterious silent guardians. When I've lived in flatlands I found I missed my mountains, the hills that remind me of God's constant guardianship. I'm grateful to be here in the shadow of the Uncanoonucs.   How does where you live speak to you of God?   Linnae Himsl Peterson M. Div ©2013LinnaeHimslPeterson   Click here to listen to Angels we have heard on high
    Linnae Himsl Peterson M. Div
  • Thu Dec 26 2013

    Silent night, holy night, Son of God, loves pure light, radiant beams from thy holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus Lord at thy birth. (Silent Night #111 1982 Episcopal Hymnal)   Light The sun rises late today, and sets again almost before we have a chance to do anything with the day. We seem surrounded by the dark, but as my friends in the southern hemisphere remind me, for them it is the height of summer and the daylight continues well into the evening hours. South or north, summer or winter, we crave the light. The light of the sun strengthens us, energizes us. How much more does the light of God's presence provide us with what we need to continue our journey further into God's light!   As you turn on the lights today, morning and night, allow God's light to fill you and spill over to those all around you.    Click here to listen to Silent Night, Holy Night     Linnae Himsl Peterson M. Div ©2013LinnaeHimslPeterson 
    Linnae Himsl Peterson M. Div
  • Wed Dec 25 2013

    Silent night, holy night, shepherds quake at the sight. Glories stream from heaven afar. Heavenly hosts sing alleluia. Christ the Savior is born.  (Silent Night #111 1982 Episcopal Hymnal)   From Heaven Today is the first day, the beginning act of God's redemption of the world. In Jesus, God comes to us, in flesh and blood, with eyes and ears and baby fingers. This infant, helpless and dependent, is also God eternal and incomprehensible. We have been chosen to receive this gift, the gift of Jesus' presence among us. God has taken the first step. God has not waited for us to sort things out or get our act together. Instead Jesus, God from God and Light from Light, has entered into our messy, damaged world and elected to live here with us, to bring heaven down, in order to lift earth up into the kingdom of God.   How has Jesus' birth changed your life?   Click here to listen to Silent Night, Holy Night     Linnae Himsl Peterson M. Div ©2013LinnaeHimslPeterson 
    Linnae Himsl Peterson M. Div
  • Tue Dec 24 2013

    Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright, round yon virgin mother and child, Holy infant so tender and mild. Sleep in heavenly peace. (Silent Night #111 1982 Episcopal Hymnal)   Holy Infant Velvety darkness, quiet voices singing, candlelight, everyone gathered around the nativity and the altar, the holy infant sleeping amid the animals and angels: Christmas Eve is here. A newborn's cry in the night, a mother's beautific exhaustion, a father's relieved sigh, and glory shines. In a stable Jesus is born, heaven and earth overlap, and so begins the redemption of the world. We are not abandoned to our fate. Emmanuel has come. God is with us. Christ our Savior is born.   Pause and realize that Christ has come to you, to be with you, to know you.   Click here to listen to Silent Night, Holy Night     Linnae Himsl Peterson M. Div ©2013LinnaeHimslPeterson
    Linnae Himsl Peterson M. Div

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