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  • Saturday September 30, 2017

      "Everything has its time - For every thing there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven"  Ecclesiastes 3:15   Today I was gazing at a stately maple tree in our front yard and noticed that the leaves, bearing tints of yellow, were quivering in the breeze. It was as though the tree was holding its breath for as long as it could knowing that if it exhaled its leaves would turn to crimson and loose themselves falling silently to the ground as a harbinger of winter. But when that happens the carpet of brilliant color becomes transformational. Spring will come again all in good time. We need to trust change for it sometimes circles back and gives us another chance.   What are you holding your breath to prevent from happening? Take a chance and let go. The change just might just be glorious.   Joan Alayne Stevens
    Joan Alayne Stevens
  • Friday September 29, 2017

      Over the last year, several groups of parishioners have worked hard to uncover the history of St. Matthew's Church, Goffstown.  Some of the photos will be shared this week in anticipation of our Festive Evensong this Friday, September 29 at 7pm to celebrate our 150 years of ministry.   But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.  Luke 14:13   St. Matthew's builds the ramp so that all may enter in.  Caption reads (top) Dedication offered ? ramp. 9/17/94 (bottom) Children's flower garden.
  • Thursday September 28, 2017

      Over the last year, several groups of parishioners have worked hard to uncover the history of St. Matthew's Church, Goffstown.  Some of the photos will be shared this week in anticipation of our Festive Evensong this Friday, September 29 at 7pm to celebrate our 150 years of ministry.   While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, "Take; this is my body." Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. He said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.  Mark 14:22-24   The captions read: (Top) Old window uncovered & covered awaiting for new one 9/5/86  (Bottom) New window & alterations for new communion rail 8/1/90  
  • Wednesday September 27, 2017

    Over the last year, several groups of parishioners have worked hard to uncover the history of St. Matthew's Church, Goffstown.  Some of the photos will be shared this week in anticipation of our Festive Evensong this Friday, September 29 at 7pm to celebrate our 150 years of ministry.   "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them." Matthew 18:20 St. Matthew's, circa 1970.  
  • Monday September 25, 2017

      Over the last year, several groups of parishioners have worked hard to uncover the history of St. Matthew's Church, Goffstown.  Some of the photos will be shared this week in anticipation of our Festive Evensong this Friday, September 29 at 7pm to celebrate our 150 years of ministry.   Built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God Ephesians 2:20-22   The captions are difficult to read, however it appears photo top left: "Rev. Frederick Battie and children, 1915?". The photo top right: "Rev. Mutton's mother, sisters, and brother here for his wedding. 6/15/1935". The bottom photo of St. Matthew's is marked 1920.       Join Our Mailing List!  
  • Sunday September 24, 2017

    Over the last year, several groups of parishioners have worked hard to uncover the history of St. Matthew's Church, Goffstown.  Some of the photos will be shared this week in anticipation of our Festive Evensong this Friday, September 29 at 7pm to celebrate our 150 years of ministry.   "Then Gideon built an altar there to the Lord, and called it, The Lord is peace."  Judges 6:24a  
  • Saturday September 23, 2017

    Happy 150th St. Matthew's Church   Our "little" church is about to celebrate our 150th anniversary. I am continually amazed at how much we do to strengthen our faith, support one another, and help our community. This could not be done without each and every member of our parish family.   Our program year is up and running and so many step up to support the mission of St. Matthew's on a daily basis. From Sunday school to cooking meals and everything in between.   You are all leaders and I am so grateful to be part of St. Matthew's   Angie Battey, Sr. Warden   May the gift of leadership awaken in you as a vocation. Keep you mindful of the providence that calls you to serve. As high over the mountains the eagle spreads its wings, May your perspective be larger than the view from the foothills. When the way is flat and dull in times of grey endurance May your imagination continue to evoke horizons.   When thirst burns in times of drought May you be blessed to find the wells. May you have the wisdom to read time clearly And know when the seed of change will flourish. In your heart may there be a sanctuary For the stillness where clarity is born.   May your work be infused with passion and creativity and have the wisdom to balance compassion and challenge May your soul find the graciousness to rise above the fester of small mediocrities. May you welcome your own vulnerability As the ground where healing and truth join May integrity of soul be your first ideal, The source that will guide and bless your work
    Angie Battey
  • Friday September 22, 2017

    The Parable of the Bagpipes Source: unattributed   Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life. As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a paupers cemetery in the South Carolina back country.   As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being typical, I didn't stop for directions.   I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late.   I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.   The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.   And as I played "Amazing Grace", the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head was hung low, my heart was full.   As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen anything like that before, and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."   Apparently, I'm still lost, but not as lost as before.   Meditation by Gayle Feick Things don't always go the way we plan. Sometimes that is all for the good. It is surprising each time the way God, in His mysterious ways, does wondrous things.
    Gayle Feick
  • Thursday September 21, 2017

      We thank you, heavenly Father, for the witness of your apostle and evangelist Matthew to the Gospel of your Son our Savior; and we pray that, after his example, we may with ready wills and hearts obey the calling of our Lord to follow him; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
  • Wednesday September 20, 2017

    When we pray for our brothers and sisters who are victims of disaster, such as Hurricane Harvey, it's encouraging to see what wonders God works in the human spirit. Please click on the link below for a glimpse of that spirit. Just wait for the ad to finish, and be sure to watch to the very end, when the Lone Star flag is waving. Celeste+   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF-MtSxapDs    
    Celeste+

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