Thursday, October 25, 2018
Message from Kelly+
Dear friends, it’s good to be back with you all—just as it was very good to take a time away with family and friends in North Carolina and Virginia last week. That trip reconnected me with my roots in some very particular ways, in the states where I grew up and where I went to college. It was a reminder that some roots are about places, and some about people. And also that people and places change, sometimes dramatically.
Looking forward to our 2019 stewardship season, which will be launching on All Saints Sunday, November 4 (yes, this is one week later than previously announced), I invite you to read and pray with this passage from a letter to the early church, Ephesians 3:16-21:
I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
May we all be rooted less in “things temporal,” and fully in “things eternal”: the steady, unwavering, foundational Love that is God.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Message from Kelly+
No message from Rev. Kelly this week. It will return next week, when she does.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Message from Kelly+
On Sunday, October 14, Holy Spirit & St Marks will welcome the Rev. Sandi Albom as our preacher and presider at both the 8 am and 9:30 am services. Rev. Sandi is part of the clergy team at All Saints in Peterborough, but she is also no stranger to our neighborhood. As part of her call to work in recovery ministry, Rev. Sandi presides each week at a Recovery Eucharist at Plymouth House. That service invites residents of Plymouth House (a recovery retreat that helps people “overcome their addictions, remain sober, and enjoy full, productive lives”) to gather at the Lord’s Table in a way that reflects the healing process underway in their lives. Those communion services are recorded in the parish register of the Church of the Holy Spirit, making those who participate very literally part of our extended Episcopal family here in the Pemi-Baker Valley.
October 14 is one of three Sundays on which various Episcopal churches in New Hampshire will choose to mark Recovery Sunday this year. The Prayers of the People will be informed by the 12 Steps, and (as authorized by Bishop Rob for this service and at other services with a focus on recovery) we will use non-fermented grape juice at the Eucharist.
Addiction, substance use disorder, and recovery touch each one of our lives in one way or another: this is a matter as close as our own families, neighborhoods, and our parish. As the Recovery Ministries Committee writes in their invitation to Recovery Sunday 2018, “We look to this day to pray for others and ourselves as we uncover our own need for God’s grace in the face of the attachments that pull us away from relationship with God and each other. Since addiction is such a deeply spiritual disease, and recovery from addiction a blessed reprieve from spiritual and physical death, what better place than at the celebration of the Eucharist for us to express our hope for those we love and for ourselves, placing the resurrected Christ at the very center of our lives?”
In advance of Rev. Sandi’s time with us, I invite you to read more about her work in this article from the Union Leader and explore these resources on addiction, substance use disorder, and recovery, provided by the Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire.
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Message from Kelly+
Even as you read this weekly electronic edition of news from Holy Spirit and St Marks, Deacon Maryan, our parish administrator Heidi, and I are preparing to mail a printed newsletter to folks who don’t use email regularly and who we don’t often see face-to-face on a Sunday. And just as we want to make sure that our print readers don’t miss out on the updates you get via email, I realized I didn’t want you e-readers to miss out on that message, included below.
God’s church is always bigger than meets the eye. You heard that from the pulpit last Sunday when we celebrated St. Michael and All Angels. You’ll hear it again in about a month, when we celebrate All Saints, and baptize at least one new follower of Jesus, and hopefully more. Embracing a season of renewal—and claiming our place in that always-larger mission of God—is about far more than taking part in the RenewalWorks program, though that’s a powerful tool we’ve been invited to use. (If you haven’t taken part in the Spiritual Life Inventory, please do so right away! Our window to gather this vital information about our spiritual health closes this Sunday, October 7. Here’s the link: https://www.research.net/r/RenewalWorks2159
Embracing renewal means trusting that God is leading us forward…and that God is even now, right now, inviting people to know God’s love through us, through what we do, and say, and show.
From the October Print Newsletter:
It’s a joy to send you this selection of news and photos from your church family. One of the deep truths of Christian community is that no matter what the precise number of friends of Jesus gathered in any one particular place and time, the group is, in truth, always far larger. When we sing the Gloria or the Sanctus in worship, we join in with the saints and angels and their never-ending praise of God. When we hold one another in prayer, those prayers connect us to each other as they connect us all to God. As these beautiful words from the service of Morning Prayer remind us, “You have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name, you will be in the midst of them” (Book of Common Prayer, page 102).
Deacon Maryan, our team of Home Communion visitors, and I always look forward to “bringing church to you” when we visit. (And if you’re reading this, and would like to be visited, please phone the office and let your church know!) In the in-between times, though, please pray for the church, as we pray for you.