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  • Saturday October 14, 2017

    This is what I have seen to be good: it is fitting to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of the life God gives us; for this is our lot. Ecclesiastes 5:18   Good Saturday morning! Goffstown is hopping! Come into town to enjoy breakfast sandwiches (or lunch) cooked on the grill, good shopping, and try out the new sidewalks on Main Street. The giant pumpkins on the common are always a sight to behold. Please be sure to thank a volunteer that is working today, without their efforts these church and town events would not succeed.
  • Friday October 13, 2017

    Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16 Tomorrow is our annual fall yard and bake sale! The weather forecast shows a glorious day on tap. Twice yearly the Outreach  Committee and friends organize the yard sale to help our neighbors in need.  All the proceeds go to the outreach committee's fund so that they can respond in an emergency situation to someone in need - electric bill, oil need, medication, clothing, rent, car repair, etc.  If you haven't signed up to volunteer, you can still help out by coming down and buying some good yard sale items from 8am-1pm. Most items are 'sold' by donation. Be generous in helping your neighbor.   Kelly Kennerson Parish Administrator   P.S. Volunteers are always on the lookout for the most unique item unpacked. Last year, Natalie Sennett, found and modeled this apron. What will folks fi
    Kelly Kennerson
  • Thursday October 12, 2017

    So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. - John 4:16   If we can believe the love that God has for us then we can begin to believe in ourselves and all in which we are capable.   Dream fiercely Envision Excellence Cherish your creations Exude enthusiasm Be inspired Inspire others Recognize inner beauty Draw on inner strength Look inside your soul Create peace Seek truth Spread joy Embark on adventure Launch new ideas Think big Invoke positives Live fully Reach out Aim high Find happiness Expect the best Be the best    from Believe in Yourself - Leanin'Tree
  • Wednesday October 11, 2017

    "Then God said, 'Let there be light'; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called night. " I was lucky enough to capture God's painting Saturday morning at 7 am along Hardy Road in Bedford.   This is the day God has made; Let us rejoice, and be glad in it.   Steve Fry, Parishioner
    Steve Fry
  • Tuesday October 10, 2017

    Comparison Comparisons always leave us in a bad place. We either judge ourselves better than someone, which is the toxin of pride; or we judge ourselves worse than someone else, which tarnishes our own dignity and may affect theirs. God gives each one of us a story line, and our story is our story, like none other.   - Br. Curtis Almquist Society of Saint John the Evangelist
    Br. Curtis Almquist
  • Monday October 9, 2017

    Encouragement for daily meditations from all (children & adult):   You do not need to consider yourself a writer, but simply an observer of the holy in the routine of life. The thought of an empty piece of paper in front of me, is not comforting - I rarely decide to write a meditation and just do it. The mood often strikes while I am out walking my dogs, or sitting in church, or simply 'being'. An object in nature will catch my eye, or a line from scripture/hymn, photograph or painting, even a movement will sometimes prompt a daily meditation. So... look for God at work around you. Sense the places where God is nudging, inviting, revealing, comforting, challenging, and renewing. Share your reflections in a few sentences.   The meditations are shared daily via Constant Contact to over 250 households (about 65 open them daily) and on our Facebook page. All submissions are proofread prior to publishing and edited as needed. If you have any questions, please ask. If the spirit moves you to write, please share. Many thanks for your consideration.   Kelly Kennerson Parish Administrator Send thoughts to office@stmattsepiscopal.org
    Kelly Kennerson
  • Sunday October 8, 2017

      Today is "Grapevine Sunday" in the church.  Not officially, of course. But the lessons appointed tell about vineyards, vines, and grapes. In the Old Testament readings, the vineyard is the people of God.  Today, we might well see the vineyard as the Church-the Body of Christ in this post-Easter world.  Come and consider the fruit we bear, and how we can put that fruit to its best use. And after the 10:00 service, come to the ministry fair and learn what you can do as workers in the vineyard.           "See you in church,"                    Celeste+
    Celeste+
  • Saturday October 7, 2017

    O come, let us sing to the Lord;     let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Psalm 95:1   Join us tomorrow, Sunday October 8 at 8am for quiet worship. If you'd prefer a service with more 'joyful noise' join us at 10am for a family style folk mass with our junior choir (seen rehearsing here) leading the offertory.
  • Thursday October 5, 2017

    Things speak to us differently at different times in our life. The collect two weeks ago was:   Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.   The phrase that caught me was 'while we are placed among things that are passing away'. The previous Friday we had taken our dog, Pansy, into the vet. We suspected cancer and the doctor confirmed lymphoma. We brought her home and thought we'd have to go day by day. That Sunday morning was a bad one for her and while at church, I thought she would be gone by the time I got home. Dogs are amazing creatures though, she made it through the day, went to bed, and when we woke up Monday morning, she did too! It's been a week and we are still taking her condition day by day. We know that she is passing away and we'll enjoy our last couple weeks with her. Despite her doggy naughtiness, I believe she will endure in heaven. Anyone who has a dog, knows they have beautiful, loving, souls, that stay with us always.   Peace, Kelly Kennerson Parish Administrator
    Kelly Kennerson

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