The Headwaters, Published June 3, 2017 As Mark and Lisa, the trusted and joyful river guides, reflected, "the wilderness...is the place where our ordinary human confines fall away - our routines, our physical comforts, our habitual thought patterns and our cultural conditioning are disrupted. God invites us to let go, to be broken down and broken open, so that God's own wild presence can speak to us freshly. To bring something new into our hearts and into the world, God needs to first lead us into a place of wilderness and freedom." from: http://kairosearth.org/category/river-blog/
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"The first theory is that if we make the rich richer, somehow they will let a part of their prosperity trickle down to the rest of us. The second theory was the theory that if we make the average of mankind comfortable and secure, their prosperity will rise upward through the ranks." Franklin D Roosevelt I love these words from one of our greatest leaders. As an advocate for the needy I am inspired by his words. We live in a time when the rich seem to have the advantage and the poor are about to suffer because of shifting priorities. Let us join together and spread the word . "There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land." Deuteronomy 15: Jesus loved sinners, the oppressed, and the needy. He showed us that we need to love our all our neighbors . Think about this today. In today's environment there is plenty to think about. God, show us the way. We need you. Roger Fortier Sexton
Yesterday I wrote about what I learned about the Kingdom of God at the St. Matthew's Yard Sale. Today I want to share another Kingdom insight I got at the Goffstown High School Baccalaureate. And this, also is from St Matthew's, because I understand the original idea came from Bill Exner. It was the Heads and Tails Scholarship. The Goffstown Clergy Association gave two $250 grants to graduates who "won" the scholarships - not by good grades, or community service, or even by any particular merit at all. In fact, there was no contest, and no intentional competition involved. The winners (and our own Kathy McKim was one of them!) were simply the last persons standing after successive eliminations by coin tosses. Everybody applauded when the winners were announced, joyful at their good fortune. This was a living parable about God's unconditional love - a love that we don't have to earn, and in fact, one that we couldn't earn even if we tried, because it's available to all. Thank you, Goffstown, for your unique spirit of generosity. Celeste Hemingson
I learned something about the Kingdom of God at the St. Matthew's Yard Sale earlier this month. One of the things Jesus taught is that the Kingdom is characterized by abundance. There is enough to go around for everybody, and all are welcome at His table. What I discovered at the Yard Sale was that there was no price set for the items on sale. Not only that, but customers didn't have to bargain on a price. I have never seen anything like this before, but I quickly got the hang of it. I invited customers to pay whatever they felt the item was worth to them because all the money would be used to help others in financial need. This amounted to us giving the items freely and the customers "passing on" the gift by giving to others. This is a perfect witness to God's abundant Kingdom. As such it is the Gospel in action for all to see. Blessings to St. Matthew's Church for such vivid evangelism. Celeste Hemingson
The Collect for: Adelaide Teague Case, Teacher, 1948 Everliving God, who raised up your servant Adelaide Case, whose compassion and commitment to peace inspired generations of students: Grant that we, following her example, may serve you in our vocations, laboring for your reign of peace, through the companionship of Jesus Christ, your Saving Word; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen. I wondered who was this Teacher officially recognized by The Episcopal Church? I have been thankful to know many good teachers who deserve to be recognized for their commitment to students. A little digging found that she was the First woman appointed to teach at an Episcopal seminary (Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge, MA). Her interests were Christian education and social reform, and she took part in many educational, social and ecumenical movements including "The Episcopal Pacifist Fellowship." - from Holy Women, Holy Men Take a moment and remember one of your favorite teachers. Offer up a prayer of thanks for their patience, endurance and calling.
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14 ....or "Flat Matt" in this case. Where will the children & adults go with Flat Matt this summer?
The Headwaters, Published June 3, 2017 Bishop Rob Hirschfeld writes, "This pilgrimage will be a time when we are asked to be face-to-face with the source of our Existence, the Being that flows through our days, our bodies, our personal and collective histories. Some of us may have been asked, 'What's the purpose of a pilgrimage? What are your goals?' I wonder if Moses felt the same hesitancy if people asked him questions when he came down from Mt. Horeb? I want to be unprotected in my encounter with God, the IS WHO IS AND WILL BE, stripped of the cushions that keep me from fully BEING WHO I AM. I want to see if, apart from my doing in this world, can I live in God's presence and not be consumed? I want deliverance, which the Bible tells me happens, so often, through water. That people look at me askance when I say these things may be an indication that we are indeed on a pilgrimage with God." from: http://kairosearth.org/category/river-blog/
In the 'Church to Go' boxes was a piece of cardstock with a flat St. Matt to color and take with you on your summer journeys. (If you'd like one, please let me know and I will get one to you.) Flat St. Matt made his first appearance at Mass on the Grass last Sunday. The liturgy, fellowship, and food were refreshing and inspiring. The office welcomes your shared photos. "This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it."
Deb Haines came across the following, but we have no idea who to attribute it to...Enjoy this different perspective! Wonder Dusting Day - Today dust off your furniture and books with the knowledge that you are dealing with very ancient dust. It is possible that some of the dust in your home is 4.6 billion years old! Each year four million tons of dust from outer space falls on our planet. Rather than considering dusting a drudgery, light a vigil candle in front of your dust cloth and pray a prayer of awe.
At St. Matthew's, we have been holding an annual outdoor worship for many years, our Mass On the Grass. One reason to do this is to worship in a natural setting, merging our worship with all of the worship of all the creatures of the Earth. Another reason struck me this past Sunday when we all gathered on the side of the hill by the Clark's barn. It made me think of people in biblical times who gathered on a hillside to listen to Jesus. It is a very primal action to gather together as a body to worship outside of the "church". It is how the Christian Church started, and it is how St. Matthew's started. Wherever we gather we are a church, no building required. Benge Ambrogi, Parishioner