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  • Daily Meditation June 19, 2018

    In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you. – Buddhist saying   It all boils down to love. And it’s not only about the end but about the now: how much you love all people and God’s creation now, how gently you live on this earth in this universenow, and how gracefully you share what you have with those who are in need now. Very Christian!   Joan Alayne Stevens (reprinted from June 2014)
    Joan Alayne Stevens
  • Daily Meditation June 18, 2018

    “Earth and all stars, loud rushing planets, sing to the Lord a new song!” (Hymn 412)   I left the office last week after a some rain fell and this caught my eye while walking through the parking lot. My first thought was “Starry Night” by van Gogh because of the way the yellow swirled. I found it quite lovely. I call my piece “Pollen in a Puddle”. It got me to thinking about how a couple of not very beautiful things – a giant pothole and lots of pollen, could combine with water to be beautiful. Your challenge for the day is to find the extraordinary in the ordinary.   Kelly Kennerson  
    Kelly Kennerson
  • Daily Meditation June 17, 2018

    Today is Fathers’ Day and we will be blessed AT OUR 9AM SERVICE to hear from three fathers/grandfather about faith and fatherhood: Mike Domingue, Leo Steffens, and Dennis Tennett.    One of the intercessions in the Lutheran liturgy this Sunday is this prayer for fathers and father figures:   O Most High, your steadfast love and faithfulness sustain your people. Bless fathers and all father figures with such love and faithfulness that children flourish and grow in uprightness and joy. Bless those who long to be fathers and those for whom this day is difficult. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.   For many, it is easy and joyful to celebrate fathers. For others, as this prayer acknowledges, “it’s complicated.” And if we are honest, our most intimate relationships can be complicated - at least at times.   What does love look like at those times? What is the loving way to be in relationship that honors “loving yourself” and the other?    I thank God for all the father figures in my life in addition to my own father. They have taught me what “steadfast love and faithfulness” look like.   Peace, Nancy
    Nancy
  • Daily Meditation June 16, 2018

    As we wind down our program year it's good to reflect and give thanks to those who have made it a success. This weeks upcoming meditations are taken from the Prayers of the People offered last Sunday. Let us give thanks to God for all who offer themselves for the good of our parish and community:   And knowing that whenever we give thanks for wonderful folks, we always seem to forget someone really important, we thank you for all who in quiet and private ways love St. Matt’s and do all they can to make it loving and safe and life-giving for all, we pray, Thank you, Lord.
  • Daily Meditation June 15, 2018

    As we wind down our program year it's good to reflect and give thanks to those who have made it a success. This weeks upcoming meditations are taken from the Prayers of the People offered last Sunday. Let us give thanks to God for all who offer themselves for the good of our parish and community:   For those who support our parish financially, who serve on the vestry, keep track of our finances and kindly take minutes at meetings when no one else wants to, for our delegates to convocation and convention and for others who serve on diocesan committees, we pray, Thank you, Lord.
  • Daily Meditation June 14, 2018

    As we wind down our program year it's good to reflect and give thanks to those who have made it a success. This weeks upcoming meditations are taken from the Prayers of the People offered last Sunday. Let us give thanks to God for all who offer themselves for the good of our parish and community:   For those who help us grow in our faith – our Sunday School teachers and greeters, those who mentor and support our youth, all who help with adult educational offerings and facilitate book discussions and Bible Chats, we pray, Thank you, Lord.
  • Daily Meditation June 13, 2018

    As we wind down our program year it's good to reflect and give thanks to those who have made it a success. This weeks upcoming meditations are taken from the Prayers of the People offered last Sunday. Let us give thanks to God for all who offer themselves for the good of our parish and community:   For those who keep our buildings and grounds the peaceful and spiritual oases they are for so many – for those who tend our gardens, participate in the roadside and parish clean up days, who fix things when broken, assist with technology, paint, repair things when broken, install much needed electrical upgrades, or assist with plumbing needs, who install programmable thermostats, and who snow-blowed and shoveled and salted walkways this past winter for our safety, we pray, Thank you, Lord.
  • Daily Meditation June 12, 2018

    As we wind down our program year it's good to reflect and give thanks to those who have made it a success. This weeks upcoming meditations are taken from the Prayers of the People offered last Sunday. Let us give thanks to God for all who offer themselves for the good of our parish and community:   For all who donate stuff for the yard sales, those who get up super early to put it all out, who help others buy all that stuff, who flip burgers and hot dogs, who clean up afterwards, who count all the coins and crumpled up bills, and who then find ways to give it away in love to our neighbors in need, we pray, Thank you, Lord.
  • Daily Meditation June 11, 2018

    As we wind down our program year it's good to reflect and give thanks to those who have made it a success. This weeks upcoming meditations are taken from the Prayers of the People offered last Sunday. Let us give thanks to God for all who offer themselves for the good of our parish and community:   For all who reach out to those beyond our parish, loving our neighbors as ourselves – those who serve on the Outreach and Social Justice Committees, who help lead and who volunteer at our Community Clothing Center, who volunteer in the community, all who play softball with the women at the women’s prison, who donate food to the Network or raise money for worthy organizations, we pray, Thank you, Lord.
  • Daily Meditation June 10, 2018

    Today marks the end of the Sunday School program year. Teachers and students will plant flowers in our garden and play games and then make ice cream sundaes to celebrate. I want to express my sincerest thanks to Melanie Sherwood and Jenn Gilliland for their leadership in this very important ministry. I would also like to thank all the teachers and greeters who helped make our children feel grow in their faith.   Continuing to grow in our faith is one of three diocesan initiatives which we will hear more about at convention. I hope that each of us will not only encourage our children but take seriously our own faith and how we, too, will grow into the full stature of Christ.   Linnae and Paul Peterson and I are thinking seriously about all the ways that we can help adults do this and we invite your thoughts and help.    Peace, Nancy 
    Nancy

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