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  • Tuesday May 30, 2017

    "The Breath of God Within Us" When we speak about the Holy Spirit, we speak about the breath of God breathing in us. The Greek word for "spirit" is pneuma, which means "breath." We are seldom aware of our breathing. It is so essential for life that we only think about it when something is wrong with it. The Spirit of God is like our breath. God's spirit is more intimate to us than we are to ourselves. We might not be aware of it, but without it we cannot live a "spiritual life.' It is the Holy Spirit of God who prays in us, who offers us gifts of love, forgiveness, kindness, goodness, gentleness, peace, and joy. It is the Holy Spirit who offers us the life that death cannot destroy. Let us always pray, "Come Holy Spirit, come." The words above are taken from theologian Henri Nouwen's book "Bread for the Journey". One of my favorite hymns is "Breathe On Me, Breath of God", # 508 in our Hymnal. Submitted by Barbara Carbonneau
    Barbara Carbonneau
  • Monday May 29, 2017

    "We say we want revival . . . but on our terms. We don't pray this way, but this is what our hearts are saying to God: "Come Holy Spirit . . . but only if you promise in advance to do things the way we have always done them in our church." "Come Holy Spirit . . . but only if I have some sort of prior guarantee that when you show up you won't embarrass me." "Come Holy Spirit . . . but only if your work of revival is one that I can still control, one that preserves intact the traditions with which I am comfortable." "Come Holy Spirit . . . but only if your work of revival is neat and tidy and dignified and understandable and above all else socially acceptable." "Come Holy Spirit . . . but only if you plan to change others; only if you make them to be like me; only if you convict their hearts so they will live and dress and talk like I do." "Come Holy Spirit . . . but only if you let us preserve our distinctives and retain our differences from others whom we find offensive." - Sam Storms, Practicing the Power
    Sam Storms
  • Friday May 26, 2017

    During this Easter season, as we prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we're offering a sampling of what others have said about that mysterious 3rd person of the Trinity. Please send in your own thoughts about the Holy Spirit. Celeste+   Sensibly it seems somewhat arrogant to define and explain the Holy Spirit. Often people resort to jargon and nebulous concepts which may satisfy the speaker but rarely communicate enlightenment.   Personally, I never got comfortable with the other name - the Holy Ghost. Somehow it always stirred my thoughts to a Casper-like figure with polka dot holes in the cape. On the other hand, the Holy Spirit evokes a presence in my inner being which supports and sustains me, not only in times of trial and tribulation but in enrichment of me having an ordinary day.   To have a fuller awareness of my potential is not just psychological. It may be the best hope I have of being spiritually activated and actualized. The Holy Spirit transforms us in ways that go beyond definition. It may not be continuous, but the change is joyful.   "Fools give you reasons, wise men never try." from South Pacific: Some Enchanted Evening.   Gayle Feick Parishioner
    Gayle Feick
  • Thursday May 25, 2017

    During this Easter season, as we prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we're offering a sampling of what others have said about that mysterious 3rd person of the Trinity.  Please send in your own thoughts about the Holy Spirit.  Celeste+   The Ascension, by Salvador Dali
  • Wednesday May 24, 2017

    During this Easter season, as we prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we're offering a sampling of what others have said about that mysterious 3rd person of the Trinity. Please send in your own thoughts about the Holy Spirit. Celeste+   The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. Galatians 5:22-23   A tall order, all those fruits of the Spirit, most of mine are rather stunted. I won't say they don't exist, it is just that they never seem to grow to the size I would like them to be. Some are attacked by mold and rot because there was not enough sun, others shriveled for lack of water. Others have gown misshapen because they were tucked up against a rock. I long for those wonderful picture perfect fruits of the Spirit. I wish for my soul to produce consistent crops that will feed both my own heart and those around me. Meanwhile I try to remember that while I do my part, God is the gardener. God and it is the Holy Spirit that provide the sunshine and rain, and will ensure that, in the end, the fruit will grow. It is a collaboration and while I will try to do my part, the Holy Spirit will also be working to create an abundance of "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control".   Where do you notice the Holy Spirit bringing growth in your life?   Linnae Peterson, M.Div.
    Linnae Peterson, M.Div.
  • Tuesday May 23, 2017

    During this Easter season, as we prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we're offering a sampling of what others have said about that mysterious 3rd person of the Trinity.  Please send in your own thoughts about the Holy Spirit.  Celeste+ "Fear not, brothers and sisters, God, who is full of grace and abounding in steadfast love, meets us in our sin and transforms us for God's glory and the healing of God's world. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, your sins are forgiven, be now at peace."  - Nadia Bolz-Weber, Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint
    Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Monday May 22, 2017

    During this Easter season, as we prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we're offering a sampling of what others have said about that mysterious 3rd person of the Trinity. Please send in your own thoughts about the Holy Spirit. Celeste+   What is the role of the Holy Spirit? To fill me with joy:   Joy to displace despair Joy to nudge away doubt and emptiness Joy to help me show others an example of steadfastness and strength Joy to deny futility Joy to help me see the good in others Joy to enjoy wonder as a gift   Fulfillment by the presence of the Holy Spirit is purely personal and yet it enables me to look into and to participate in that wider, deeper space of community and humanity.   Galatians 5:22   Gayle Feick Parishioner
    Gayle Feick
  • Sunday May 21, 2017

    During this Easter season, as we prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we're offering a sampling of what others have said about that mysterious 3rd person of the Trinity.  Please send in your own thoughts about the Holy Spirit.  Celeste+ "Prayer is standing in the presence of God with the mind in the heart; that is, at that point of our being where there are no divisions or distinctions and where we are totally one. There God's Spirit dwells and there the great encounter takes place. There heart speaks to heart, because there we stand before the face of the Lord, all-seeing, with us."  - Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Way of the Heart: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers Come be one with us this morning as we welcome Caleb Henry Erdahl into the household of God and the St. Matthew's community.  Worship at 8 & 10am. Last Parish Breakfast of the program year is served 8:45-9:30am.
    Henri J.M. Nouwen

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