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  • Wednesday January 31, 2018

    It must be crazy up there in heaven - wherever our prayers go to: "give us this day our daily bread", "please watch over my daughter"," help my mother with her trouble", "how do I get a do-over?"   Imagine if you were responsible to answer just the prayers from your family, or the people on your block, or in a small village in a difficult part of the world.   You would have to respond to every one of them, without revealing yourself, probably creating chains of events to answer those prayers. You need to do it thoughtfully and with love for every requestor. And you have promised to be with each one of us so there are millions - no hundreds of millions of prayers - coming in all day, all night, never ceasing with the day's movement across the continents. How do you do it? How great is God?   I know I would get some help, probably draft my children. I would make sure that all my family knew my promises and felt my promise within them. I would charge them with using my gifts to them to help those in trouble, need, sorrow or sickness. And since many hands make light work, I would make sure they spread my word to others to do the same.   We are all God's children. As surely as Jesus promised us Heaven, he tasked us with performing God's wonders. Someone with a prayer of need is within your reach... or maybe they are someone's daughter needing watching or mother needing assistance. When you reach to help, be confident that God's multiplying power can turn your efforts into miracles.   Randy Cheyne, Vestry Member (reprinted from 2013)
    Randy Cheyne
  • Tuesday January 30, 2018

    It's the mail and messages around Christmas and New Year. These always give rise to feelings about the people who send them, possibly a review of all that the individuals mean to me and why. In the context of the messages of divisiveness that abound from the news about government, friends and acquaintences look mighty good.   In every way, it is the generosity of spirit in people that I count on the most. How about you? I look at myself through that lens as well and know if and when I come up short. At the conclusion of Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address (March 4, 1865), there is the grand charge:   "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and all nations."   Using these words in the context of our present lives, with all the generosity of spirit we can muster, we can curtail the hand wringing and do more hand clasping and use those hands to help.    A Chinook prayer: "May all I say and all I think be in harmony with Thee, God within me, God beyond me, Maker of the trees."   Gayle Feick, Parishioner
    Gayle Feick
  • Sunday January 28, 2018

    This morning in worship (8 or 10am), we will hear about God's power and our response to that power. The Israelites could not deal with being close to God's power so they asked Moses to be their mediator and for God to raise up prophets like Moses to serve in this capacity. In the Gospel lesson, Jesus teaches in the synagogue and heals a man possessed by a demon and those who witnessed both were taken by the power and authority with which Jesus ministered.   Do you experience God's power at work in your life or our world? Where and when? And if not, why do you think that is the case? Where do you fit in to all of it?   My sermon today will explore the issue of power in one way or another.   Peace, Nancy
  • Saturday January 27, 2018

    Reach In Christ, in the life of Christ, we reach forward into greater life, beyond ourselves, beyond our own life into the greater life of Christ. From lesser into greater...Love, in all its manifestations is the ultimate reaching beyond ourselves. - Br. Mark Brown Society of St. John the Evangelist
    Br. Mark Brown
  • Thursday January 25, 2018

    Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle From Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints   Paul, or Saul as he was known until he became a Christian, was a Roman citizen, born at Tarsus, in present-day Turkey. He was brought up as an orthodox Jew, studying in Jerusalem for a time under Gamaliel, the most famous rabbi of the day. Describing himself, he said, "I am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin" (Romans 11:1).   A few years after the death of Jesus, Saul came in contact with the new Christian movement, and became one of the most fanatical of those who were determined to stamp out this "dangerous heresy." Saul witnessed the stoning of Stephen. He was on the way to Damascus to lead in further persecution of the Christians when his dramatic conversion took place.   From that day, Paul devoted his life totally to Christ, and especially to the conversion of Gentiles. The Acts of the Apostles describes the courage and determination with which he planted Christian congregations over a large area of the land bordering the eastern Mediterranean.   His letters, the earliest of Christian writings, reveal him as the greatest of the interpreters of Christ's mind, and as the founder of Christian theology. He writes, "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).   Paul describes himself as small and insignificant in appearance: "His letters are weighty and strong," it was said of him, "but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account" (2 Corinthians 10:10). He writes of having a disability which he had prayed God to remove from him, and quotes the Lord's reply, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore, Paul went on to say, "I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me" (2 Corinthians 12:9).   Paul is believed to have been martyred at Rome in the year 64 under Nero.
  • Wednesday January 24, 2018

    I awoke extra early this morning and instead of tossing and turning I decided to get up and do a little meditation. Quiet meditation is difficult for me, I constantly have to bring my thoughts back to my breath. Sometimes my thoughts race as if on a high speed highway with many exits. This morning, one thought kept coming into my mind. Prepare.   Was it because I needed to prepare for the day, or a meeting I had today or an upcoming trip? As my mind wandered and I kept breathing I realized how much I love this time of year. The time of year between Christmas and Lent. The time of year when I tidy up the things from last year and put them away and start thinking about what is in store for the coming months. While I love all the holiday decorations that go up in December, I enjoy having it all put away. It liberates space and and helps me make room in my heart and soul for the Holy Spirit.   So, I heard your message God. I will take these next few weeks and prepare.   Angie Battey
    Angie Battey
  • Tuesday January 23, 2018

      "Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile."  - Mother Teresa "Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile."  - Mother Teresa  
    Mother Teresa
  • Monday January 22, 2018

    After church yesterday I got home and went out on my deck to enjoy the sunshine. I sat in the chair, my dog laid on the deck. We were both enjoying the warming sun.  I took a deep breath in and could smell the good air. Crisp and clean. Then I thought back to the most recent episode of 'The Crown' that I watched. The storyline focused on the great smog that enveloped London in December 1952. It blanketed the city for 4 days and thousands died as a result of the poor air quality. At the end of the episode, it noted because of that incident, there was greater concern for the environment and the British Parliament created the Clean Air Act of 1956. They joined other countries in recognizing the effects pollution was taking on air quality. Yesterday, on my deck, I was so appreciative of those first people who fought for clean air.   From The Book of Common Prayer, Prayers for the Conservation of Natural Resources - Almighty God, in giving us dominion over things on earth, you made us fellow workers in your creation: Give us wisdom and reverence so to use the resources of nature, that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.   Kelly Kennerson Parish Administrator
    Kelly Kennerson


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