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Wednesday August 16, 2017

  Then our mouth was filled with laughter,     and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations,     "The Lord has done great things for them." Psalm 126:2     The small blue flowers that cover the ground around the base of this Blue Bottle Tree must have planted themselves, because they just appeared one Spring and blended in with the environment. The bottle tree is symbolic of an old custom of placing the empty bottle upside down on a limb so that the warmth of a sunny day will then fill them with the sounds of love, laughter, and memories shared by friends at this place.   Barbara Mace, Parishioner  
Barbara Mace

Tuesday August 15, 2017

  The collect appointed for the feast of Saint Mary the Virgin:  O God, you have taken to yourself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of your incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.           My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; * for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: * the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him * in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, * he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, * and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, * and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel, * for he has remembered his promise of mercy, The promise he made to our fathers, * to Abraham and his children for ever.  Luke 1:46-55

Monday August 14, 2017

Remember that prayer does not consist in making pretty speeches or high sounding or consoling phrases.   Prayer is to be not just one activity among all others in our daily lives, but the fundamental activity in our life.  Repetitive prayers help us achieve a supportive framework and an optimal balance in our existence. At times, we may feel inadequate in our prayer life: all the more reason to pray and to rely on well-learned and often repeated prayers.  Rare would it be to love someone and say, "I love you" only once.  Our Lord God hears with gladness the prayers we pray.   Gilbert K. Chesterton observed that repetition is a childlike characteristic, liking to hear the same story again and again, being reassured of parental love and hearing oft-used phrases. I believe that God smiles on innocence and vitality in our prayers, never finding repeated prayers monotonous or robotic.   Prayer is a time of being WITH God.  We may pray, "Our Father, who art in Heaven," but we are not saying, "I am here and You are there." We may pray, "The Lord is my Shepherd," - but we are not seeing the Lord far away in a field with sheep.  Rather, in prayer and repeated prayer, we are faithfully affirming, "We are in this together."    I believe that repetitive prayer is especially important in times when we are weary, overburdened, in pain or discomfort of mind, body and/or spirit, and when we have simply lost our way.  God blesses our prayers and us while we pray.  We might simply say, "Thy will be done" and trust.   Gayle Feick, Parishioner  
Gayle Feick

Sunday August 13, 2017

Jesus Walking on the Sea of Galilee, Matthew 14:22-33 One of the Five Practices of the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire is "We splash water."  Come and get your feet wet today! We'll hear how Jesus walked on water and inspired his disciple Peter to try to do the same.  And, through the waters of Baptism, we'll welcome a brand new disciple, to St. Matthew's Church. Come and consider what these two events have in common. Celeste+
Celeste+

Saturday August 12, 2017

Pilgrimage: Endings & New Beginnings From the River Blog, Published July 10, 2017   http://kairosearth.org/category/river-blog/  "Though beautiful, Bishop Rob Hirschfeld said the journey wasn't always easy. In the first 100 miles, there was still some snow on the ground, there was no cell service and the temperature dipped to 38 degrees. However, Hirschfeld said the trip was never unpleasant, even when the pack was caught in a storm in Vermont.   "It was raining and we were standing on our life preservers in the middle of a field in case lightning struck the ground and we were looking at each other in silence and we were utterly happy because we were connected with each other," he said. "We've found that even without shelter, we are at home."   Reflections will be continued on Saturday August 19  

Tuesday August 8, 2017

  Flat St. Matt enjoys the view from atop of Brenda's sun hat.  She is joined by our wonderful sexton, Roger Fortier.  Please thank Roger and Brenda for all the work they do keeping our buildings clean and looking good.   Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, Colossians 3:23  

Monday August 7, 2017

Rev. Celeste read this Proper Preface at The Great Thanksgiving yesterday: Through Jesus Christ our Lord; who on the first day of the week overcame death and the grave, and by his glorious resurrection opened to us the way of everlasting life.   Today is Monday, what many of us consider the first day of the week. If Jesus could overcome death on the first day of the week, it's time to up your own game. Is there a personal challenge you're ready to overcome or a goal to achieve? Some personal challenges can be simple - park farthest away from the store and walk, remember to smile at the grocery cashier and bagger, hold the door for someone, be more courteous and bring kindness to someone. Others have a harder challenge - illness to conquer, family relationships to mend, unhealthy habits to get rid of. How will you begin your everlasting life today?   Kelly Kennerson Parish Administrator
Kelly Kennerson

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