Here’s a great mystery: WE are already with the Father. WE are loved by God from the beginning. “They were yours from the beginning,” Jesus says. You may remember in Genesis after each day of Creation, God says it is good, it is good, it is very good – the birds of the air, the fish of the sea, and every creepy crawly thing, it is good. And on the sixth day… read on
Last night the church was dark and bare, like the empty tomb. We heard the story of creation, breath moving over the waters, escape from oppression through the desert wilderness, dry bones wanting to turn back, and manna drawing us on to a land of promise. Then the lights came on, bells rung, altar linens and silver vessels re-appeared. Banners are on the walls. We have spring flowers (Yes, they will even come outside).
The resurrection reminds us we come through a history. We are about more than happy, clappy. Mary, Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome came grieving to do the rites of burial. They fretted walking down the road, ‘Who will roll away the rock?.” Read more…
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.
Enjoy the rest of this… Everybody_Somebody_Anybody_Nobody
… just don’t get used to it. :)
In September Bishop Lane invited a number of congregations to consider forming teams of two to “Pray the Neighborhood” for one year. He asked them to take a walk around their neighborhood for an hour each week, to pray together about what they observed, and, ultimately, to gather the teams to consider how their church might join the mission of God at work in their specific locale.
Recently I asked some of the people who have committed to praying their neighborhood what they have discovered after the first few months.
The Rev. Tim Walmer of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Wilton said,
We saw a large amount of Halloween decorations around the neighborhood: fake tombstones, a zombie or two, spider webs, and lots of pumpkins. So, realizing our church is in a central location, we opened the church doors on Halloween evening and passed out popcorn balls and cookies for the kids and hot cider for the grownups. We had more than 100 people stop by. I don’t have high expectations about them coming on Sunday, but the experience of simply greeting people at the front door of the church was thoroughly enjoyable.
The rector and senior warden, the Rev. Dan Warren and Paul Beaudette, of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Auburn, shared an even bolder, highly un-Episcopal, move. They knocked on a door.
C. Kirk Hadaway
The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society
On Sunday, August 24, Bishop Steve Lane visited with the people of All Saints by the Sea, Bailey Island, at the far end of the Harpswell peninsula. In his sermon he had this, in part, to say:
“The difficulty for us is not in saying the words; it’s not in making our confession of faith. It’s in living out that confession in our daily lives.
So… who do I think Jesus is? I think Jesus is the presence of God among us. Jesus shows us not only that God loves us, but that God came to be with us and to be like us. There is nothing in human life that is unknown to God and nothing that God can not or will not face and transform. Jesus is the sign of God’s embrace of human life and the human condition. And more than that Jesus is the model and the goal of human life. Living the life of faith means to become more and more like Jesus, living our lives following his example, knowing that failure is forgiven and that, with God, all things are possible.
That’s my confession. Not perfect… there’s probably more to say. And I struggle with it. As Christians in every generation have struggled to live out their faith, so I struggle as well. I take some comfort that it has never been easy.”
Isaiah 48:20, Acts 8:5 14-17
1Peter3, John 14:15
Today we are invited to “Proclaim a joyful sound, and let it be heard; proclaim to the ends of the earth the Lord has freed his people!” Isaiah 48:20
Not only has God freed his people through the efforts of his Son Jesus, he promises to send another Advocate, the Holy Spirit. Our God will not leave us alone in this “playground” of life. Take heart!
“In this whole realm, in which Christianity mixes with human affairs every one of us has to meet questions as they arise, feeling one’s way and threshing out the problem as each new thing turns up.” Herbert Butterfield Christian Historian 1972
The apostles got to work quickly to establish the kingdom among the people. Where once they were slow to understand and slow to respond with good sense especially in Gethsemane and during the trial, we now see Phillip going to Samaria, teaching, healing and cleansing. He is soon followed by Peter, John and others of the twelve heading to Jerusalem to teach and heal with the laying on of hands. Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
Psalm 66 1-7 reminds us to lift up our heads and hearts every so often with thanks; let all the earth cry out to God with joy!
1 Peter 3:15-18 calls us to think on why Jesus died…once for all a just man he took on our burden so that we could freely be lead to God.
These scenes played out before us in the biblical narratives may serve to remind us of the movements of our fellow caregivers who bring the healing and the promises of God to the people of God in and around St. Marys’ Regional medical Center? When attending services in my church, St. Michaels in Auburn, I witness the servers there who help to include and embrace those who come to share worship. One can see the smile in God’s eyes and hear God’s voice assuring each patient, each resident, each visitor and each team player, “I will not abandon you as orphans, and I will come to you! John 14:15-18.
It ended with the birds of yellow feather In a riot of bright gold
Circling till the fire has died out circling while his heart rose through the sky
It ended with his heart transformed into a star It ended with the morning star with dawn and evening It ended with his journey to Death’s Kingdom with seven days of darkness with his body changed to light A star that burns forever in that sky. Aztec Chant ~~ concerning the sacrifice of Christ
Elizabeth Lowe BCC
On the first two Sundays of July, the Rev. James Low, former priest at St. Michael’s, will be the preacher and celebrant. On the third Sunday of July we will host visitors from Trinity Church, Lewiston, who will be sharing worship with us. On the third Sunday of August we will worship with Trinity. Our exchange is to better appreciate our mutual ministries