Thursday, June 28, 2018
Message from Kelly+
I’ll defer to the Book of Common Prayer this week, sharing words from the Service of Compline, the Episcopal Church’s “bedtime prayers.”
These prayers were particular favorites of Allan Hohlt’s. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
Faithfully in our common life, Kelly+
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen.
O God, your unfailing providence sustains the world we live in and the life we live: Watch over those, both night and day, who work while others sleep, and grant that we may never forget that our common life depends upon each other's toil; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Message from Kelly+
I went to Tamworth last night, to take part in the service installing the Rev. Caroline Hines as rector there. It was a glorious summer evening: clear sky, cool breeze, the sunset glowing on the hills as the procession gathered outside, ready to sing our way into the service as the summons of the church bells faded.
It’s been a tough week for anyone with a tender soul: As Bishop Rob preached last night, quoting a phrase that’s become common: If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention. I know that you are, like I am, aware of pain or brokenness at some place: in your own life, or in your family, in your neighborhood, in our world.
But, Bishop Rob continued last night, there’s something else just as crucial to be paying attention to, and that is the joy (not happiness, but joy) that Jesus offers those who follow him: Joy he promised to his first disciples even as the Passion loomed, and the joy he promises to share with us: “I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:11).
So: Nurture the joy that crosses your path and honor it as the God-given gift it is. A walk or a talk with a dear friend, a particularly fine batch of strawberries, a good cup of coffee, the nest-full of baby birds growing up in the eaves of the CLC… What’s on your list? Savor it and thank God for it.
And enjoy the company of the Rev. Josh Hill this Sunday, as he presides and preaches at the 9:30 service. (Deacon Maryan will lead our Healing Prayer service at 8 am.) Josh has been the chaplain of the Holderness School for about a year, and is infusing that community with his own contagious energy and joyous faith.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Message from Kelly+
There are signs of growth all around us these days. In the most literal sense, crops in the fields are taller each day, farm stands are offering their bounty, we have home-grown flowers to honor the altar each week, and perhaps your own garden is starting to produce for your table.
Area “Got Lunch” programs get underway within days, to make sure that kids who count on school meals to eat well during the weeks from September to June don’t go hungry during the summer break. Their minds and bodies need that fuel to keep growing all summer long. Sherrill Hall is home base for the Got Lunch program that looks after school kids in Ashland and Holderness. It will be bustling at the end of each week, as will the other sites where our fellow parishioners serve with Got Lunch programs in Plymouth and beyond.
These aren’t “church programs,” per se, but keep this in mind: As people trying to follow Jesus, each one of you who gives to Got Lunch or who volunteers is called to do that caring work not merely as a concerned townsperson. We are called to see Jesus in each hungry person—and in each volunteer we work alongside. And we are called to be Christ-like to those same neighbors. Loving God is utterly tied up with loving your neighbor and loving yourself.
Tonight begins our summer “Spiritual Practices Sampler,” an invitation to grow your spiritual life. We’ll explore arts and activities that can feed our spirits and bring us closer to God. We’ll gather each Thursday from 5-6:30 p.m. at Sherrill Hall. Tonight’s program is on gardening as a spiritual practice, led by Shirley Splaine and Jean Murphy, a perfect way to launch the series.
It’s perfect timing, too, that the parables we’ll hear from Mark’s Gospel this Sunday (Mark 4:26-34) tap images of growth, as Jesus tries to teach his disciples (us included) what the Kingdom of God is like: It is not what you expected, it is not where you expected it, it is not when you expected it: it is astonishing, it is growing, in its own time, towards life, towards transformation, and it is right here, right in front of us, if we will only look.
Thursday, June 7, 2018
No message today due to the Celebration of New Ministry.