Keep calm everyone, please, here in church. You are already calm here at church. God is here with you. Autumn Meyers, age 7, written in church on July 16
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- "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
- Rosemarie Fry and Flat St. Matt at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire. A gorgeous day in a beautiful place!!
- Flat St. Matt enjoys an evening campfire in Maine with the Kennerson Family.
- "I've learned People will forget what you said People will forget what you did But they will never forget how you made them feel. " Maya Angelou These words have always meant so much to me and I try to live by them in my encounters with people in my family and community. Trying to put ourselves in another persons shoes can make all the difference in our treatment of the immigrant, the refugee, people of different faiths, the poor just to name a few. I have experienced this in my own life and hold dear the people who could uplift me in dark times. Thank you St. Matthew's for being a place that has been there for so many people. Suzanne Chretien, Parishioner & Vestry Member
- The following was submitted by Joan Alayne Stevens. While cleaning out some files she found one called Inspirational in which she had copied items that spoke to her in childhood and teen years. By Isaac Watts Let not soft slumber close your eyes Before you've collected thrice The train of action through the day! Where have my feet chose out their way? What have I learnt, where'er I've been From all I've heard, from all I've seen? What have I done that's worth the knowing? What have I done that's worth the doing? What have I sought that I should shun? What duty have I left undone, Or into what new follies run? These self-inquiries are the road That lead to virtue and to God.
- From: The River Blog, published June 14, 2017 http://kairosearth.org/category/river-blog/ "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, And succeed in the thing for which I sent it." - Isaiah 55:1-13 Pilgrims have now begun the next stage: "Baptism and Immersion in God." May they receive many blessings on their journey!
- Doesn't dinner taste better when it been blessed? Whether it is the magic of Heaven or the delayed gratification of those few moments together, praying in thanks and for blessings, a stop in our routine and the opportunity to turn inward and away, from the din of the rest of the world, food does taste better after Grace. Don't forget to compliment the cook! They are a "maker" too. Randy Cheyne, Parishioner
- Flat Matt with Rev. Celeste at the baptismal font at Holy Trinity Church in Ashford in the Water, England. Parishioners had just finished a lengthy bell tolling before the service.
- Flat St. Matt has been at Apotheca visiting with Rev. Winnie Skeates!