Monthly Archives: November 2018

Thursday Reflection 11.29.18

Thursday Reflection
What is God Calling Me To Do?
November 29, 2018
           So the “holiday season has begun! Sooo have you already seen too many of those icky sweet plot-less Hallmark Holiday Christmas type fantasy movies or has your MD warned you about the dangers of sugar overload? Have you paid homage to shopping malls or been plastered to your chair for your online shopping binge? Have you decided (and I can’t) which song on the radio is more likely to push me to drive off into oblivion: the relentless rendering of Burl Ives’ Have a Holly Jolly Christmas or a recent addition to my “I-must-miss-list”: Madonna’s (thinking she is Eartha Kit?) rendering of Santa Baby!
           This is not to be your pre-Christmas post-secular rant! I’d rather offer things to be proud of and grateful for as we Christians are called to move beyond the mundane and proclaim “Good News” to our broken world. I am proud, once again, that the teens in our Confirmation Class are saving up and offering a gift for a child in Haiti. I am so proud that our small parish is going to support two unknown- to- them families with gifts (and food?) so they are not forgotten. I am proud that several members of this parish, on their own, did make the sad but important trip to the bedside of the dying Mary Frances Lynch to say a prayer, sing a song or simply to offer a touch in the hope that she might know that she was not going to die utterly alone.
           I am proud when I am told by more and more folks that this year, they are going to give to charity rather than spend on themselves or giving to those who have so (too?) much already.    I am so proud that this parish, through the inspiration of two vestry members, has made the commitment to establish a food pantry for the homeless and underfed among us. Heck I just watched our border collie this year (with her boundless energy and semi-pathological need to be in charge) pay homage and treat with such soft kindness a very old and fragile street dog – not just greeting her but almost communicating that Abby would be her protector. It’s not “magic” – it is “our bounden duty” as disciples of Jesus.
           If the author of Ecclesiastes was correct, “there is a time and purpose under heaven” for everything, perhaps this is our moment (our time) as believers in the Jesus Movement to show those around us that we all need to take a step back, tone down the language, spend time with those who are alone, spend more time with our own family, and do for those who walk in our midst as if in the shadows. This is that time of year not just to feel special but to BE special for others – “love one another as I have loved you” – our master and Lord has commanded us.
           In some ways this season drives me to distraction, but in others, it gives me pause and makes me hope. Maybe I’ll just not turn on the radio for a while.
Fr. Joe

Thursday Reflection 11.22.18

Thursday Reflection

What is God calling me to do?

Thanksgiving Morning, 2018

Beyond the obvious of wishing each of you a happy feast – a blessed day and perhaps one of the last “acceptable” quasi-religious celebrations allowed in this culture of ours, I offer you the words of prayer coming from our Anglican Tradition.

Happy Thanksgiving

Fr. Joe

Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the

fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those

who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of

your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and

the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with

you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

Thursday Reflection 11.15.18

Thursday Reflection
“What is God calling me to do?”
November 15, 2018
Since we are approaching Thanksgiving, I thought I would have some fun with you? Can you match the following quotes that touch upon being thankful with the author of that quote?
The Answers
True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach.     SENECA
Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.   MAYA ANGELOU
If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.
 MEISTER ECKHART
True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience”.   OPRAH WINFREY
We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives                                JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY
When you have a good friend that really cares for you and tries to stick in there with you, you treat them like nothing. Learn to be a good friend   MARILYN MONROE
THE AUTHORS OF THESE STATEMENTS  (in alphabetical order):
Maya Angelou (Author)
Meister Eckhart (Medieval Philosopher/Theologian)
John F. Kennedy (U. S. President)
Marilyn Monroe (Actor)
Seneca (Ancient Philosopher )
Oprah Winfrey (Author, television personality/ host, philanthropist )
–Fr Joe

Thursday Reflection 11.8.18

Thursday Reflection
“What is God calling me to do?”
November 8, 2018
 Since we are approaching Thanksgiving, I thought I would have some fun with you? Can you match the following quotes that touch upon being thankful with the author of that quote?  HAVE FUN:
True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach.  ___________________
Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good. ________________________
If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough. _________________________
True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.” ____________________
We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives______________________
When you have a good friend that really cares for you and tries to stick in there with you, you treat them like nothing. Learn to be a good friend______________________________
YOU MUST CHOOSE FROM (in alphabetical order):
Maya Angelou (Author)
Meister Eckhart (Medieval Philosopher/Theologian)
John F. Kennedy (U. S. President)
Marilyn Monroe (Actor)
Seneca (Ancient Philosopher )
Oprah Winfrey (Author, television personality/ host, philanthropist )
(I’ll give the proper answers next week!)
–Fr Joe