"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
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- 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+
- Pilgrimage: Endings & New Beginnings From the River Blog, Published July 10, 2017 http://kairosearth.org/category/river-blog/ 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
- 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.
- Flat Matt visits the plaster molding workshop at the Saint-Gaudens Historic Site.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Flat Matt enjoying the hospitality of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist at Emery House. Just before Evening Prayer with Rev. Celeste.
- Pilgrimage: Endings & New Beginnings From the River Blog, Published July 10, 2017 http://kairosearth.org/category/river-blog/ 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.