Last week repeated.
Time Off: I am taking the next two weeks off: Monday, September 7 through Sunday, September 20. I’m not planning anything special, just hoping to spend a lot of time catching up on rest, reading and enjoying being outdoors.
Sammie Wakefield and Pat Adams will host Compline, Morning Prayer and coffee hour on Sunday mornings. Worship on one of the Sundays I’m away will be Morning Prayer led by our Worship leaders, Gretchen Behr-Svendsen, Cathie Lewis and Lisa Thompson, and the other Sunday will be with the Bishop and whichever parish he is visiting that day. Check the Thursday Memo each week for Zoom information and the bulletin.
Book Study: When I return we will begin a discussion on the book, How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. From the inside book jacket: “Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.”
We will meet on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. beginning on September 23 for six weeks. All are welcome!
Outdoor Eucharist: We will have another outdoor Eucharist on September 27. Details to follow when I return.
Morning Prayer can be found in the Prayer Book on page 79 if they have trouble downloading the bulletin, and that the Zoom link is the same as for every Sunday service.
The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 13, Proper 19, Year A
Collect of the Day We center ourselves for worship in prayer.
O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
First Lesson Exodus 14:19-31
In our first lesson we are shown how God delivered the Israelites from Pharaoh’s pursuing army through a series of dramatic wonders and events. It is impossible to determine the degree to which ancient storytelling has embellished the account of the escaping Hebrew tribes, but it is certain that the success of the escape is attributed to divine intervention. Through God’s evident intercession for the oppressed Israelites, the people come to fear and believe in the Lord and in the leadership of Moses, God’s chosen prophet.
A song of praise to the Lord, who has brought the people from Egypt, through the wilderness, and across the Jordan to the promised land.
The Second Lesson Romans 14:1-12
In this reading Paul calls upon the Roman disciples to live with tolerance for one another’s scruples, recognizing that everything can be done to honor the Lord with whom each Christian has a relationship. Especially should those who are strong and untroubled in their consciences respect the attitudes of the weak in matters such as observing certain days and eating meat. It is possible that there was tension in the Roman church between liberal Gentile Christians and more scrupulous Jewish Christians. God, Paul reminds them, is the one to whom final answer must be given, and the risen Christ is Lord of all.
The Gospel Matthew 18:21-35
In the gospel lesson Jesus bids his disciples to offer a forgiveness which is, for all practical purposes, unlimited, and he tells a parable about a man who, although forgiven much, still himself had no mercy. Jesus has extended to all manner of people God’s amazingly generous offer of acceptance into the kingdom. Those who have been so forgiven must show mercy to others. Their own forgiveness may otherwise be revoked.
For God alone my soul in silence waits;
from God comes my salvation.
God alone is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold, so that I shall not be greatly shaken.
Throughout the ages, humans from all faith traditions have sat in stillness and silence to return to their heart in support of their spirit. There is an inner healing presence available to us when we stop, notice, and allow.
If you are interested in strengthening or building a contemplative practice or seek silence within community, please plan to join others, each Tuesday, beginning September 15th, at 9:00am. Newcomers are welcome at any gathering. No previous meditation experience needed.
Our time begins with a brief sitting practice, facilitated by Christi Humphrey. Christi has lead other groups which gather to explore contemplative practices through meditation, teachings, and discussion. Guided meditations and teachings draw upon the Christian contemplative tradition, monastic spirituality, Buddhist meditation, and self-compassion practices.
If you would like to learn more or have questions, contact Christi Humphrey at email@example.com. If you would like to sample Christi leading a guided meditation visit her blog https://watchingforgrace.wordpress.com/2020/03/21/bringing-compassion-to-these-anxious-times/
Oh when the SAINTS begin to PAINT
The OUTSIDE of our PARISH HALL,
Oh we WANT to be IN THAT NUMBER
When the CHIPS begin to FALL!
Do you want a project with a beginning, middle, and end?
Do you like the “tssst-tst” sound of sandpaper clearing chips of paint off a wall and the swoosh of a brush as new protective paint is applied?
Do you like to see immediate results and rejoice when your job’s well done?
If you answered YES to any or all of the above, then YOU are WELCOME to JOIN THE TEAM to repair and repaint the outside wall of the Parish Hall.
Please phone 323-8245 if you are interested in helping out. (We will begin after the heat waves have passed.)
Lisa Thompson for Buildings and Grounds Committee
For our First Nation people and those in this country who are living in impoverished areas of the Ninth Ward of New Orleans and the inner city areas populated by some of our poorest citizens.
For all those who are on the front lines serving communities during these difficult times.
Updating the Prayer List
Please let Deb know if you want to put someone back on the prayer list going forward. Thank you for helping us keep our prayer list up to date.
There are 267 New Hampshire Historical Markers
How often have you just driven by one of these and wondered what it said. Let me encourage you to stop. You can find a list of markers along with a location map if you click on the link above.
TAKE A PHOTO WITH YOURSELF, PET, WHOEVER IS WITH YOU, LET ME KNOW THE DATE AND TIME OF THE PHOTO. Have FUN and enjoy the ride!
Next Food Pantry: September 17th