Sunday, July 1, 2018

Poetry in Ordinary Time: Celebrating Baptism



Baptism

Love's hidden thread has drawn us to the font,
A wide womb floating on the breath of God,
Feathered with seraph wings, lit with the swift
Lightening of praise, with thunder over-spread,
And under-girded with an unheard song,
Calling through water, fire, darkness, pain,
Calling us to the life for which we long,
Yearning to bring us to our birth again.
Again the breath of God is on the waters
In whose reflecting face our candles shine,
Again he draws from death the sons and daughters
For whom he bid the elements combine.
As living stones around a font today,
Rejoice with those who roll the stone away.

-- Malcolm Guite


You can listen to the poet read his work aloud HERE.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Poetry in Ordinary Time: The Forerunner


John the Baptist in the Wilderness
Berner Nelkenmeister, 1495

Yesterday -- June 24 -- was the Feast Day of St. John, the Baptizer.  At this same time of year, we mark the longest day in the northern hemisphere and the shortest in the south: a Solstice.

Here's how British priest and poet, Malcolm Guite, reflects on this day:

St. John's Eve

Midsummer night, and bonfires on the hill
Burn for the man who makes way for the Light:
'He must increase and I diminish still,
Until his sun illuminates my night.'
So John the Baptist pioneers our path,
Unfolds the essence of the life of prayer,
Unlatches the last doorway into faith,
And makes one inner space an everywhere.
Least of the new and greatest of the old,
Orpheus on the threshold with his lyre,
He sets himself aside, and cries, 'Behold
The One who stands amongst you comes with fire!'
So keep his fires burning through this night,
Beacons and gateways for the child of light.

-- Malcolm Guite, Sounding the Seasons


**You can hear this read aloud by the poet HERE.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Yard Sale Time!!



It's that time of year again!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Set up: 8 a.m.

Sale: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

In addition to treasures galore,
there'll be 

Home Baking
&
Coffee

Buy to eat on the spot, or take goodies home!


Now....parishioners...

Did you sign up to help?
"Set up" had several helpers listed
as of May 27

BUT

Shifts and "Take Down" could use some folks!

Can't be there to help?

Bring your gently used sale items to the church
on Thursday and/or Friday.

Please price your items if you can!

See you on Saturday!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Poetry and Music for the Trinity: Malcolm Guite and Steve Bell




Trinity Sunday

In the Beginning, not in time or space,
But in the quick before both space and time,
In Life, in Love, in co-inherent Grace,
In three in one and one in three, in rhyme,
In music, in the whole creation story,
In his own image, his imagination,
The Triune Poet makes for us his glory,
And makes us each the other's inspiration.
He calls us out of darkness, chaos, chance,
To improvise a music of our own,
To sing the chord that calls us to the dance,
Three notes resounding from a single tone,
To sing the End in whom we all begin'
Our God beyond, beside us, and within.

-- Malcolm Guite


Hear the poet read this aloud HERE.

And...you're invited to enjoy Steve Bell's rendition of The Lorica -- a celebration of the Trinity...



Sunday, May 20, 2018

Poetry at Pentecost: Malcolm Guite




Pentecost

Today we feel the wind beneath our wings,
Today the hidden fountain flows and plays,
Today the church draws breath at last and sings,
As every flame becomes a tongue of praise.
This is the feast of Fire, Air and Water,
Poured out and breathed and kindled into Earth.
The Earth herself awakens to her maker,
Translated out of death and into birth.
The right words come today in their right order
And every word spells freedom and release.
Today the gospel crosses every border,
All tongues are loosened by the Prince of Peace.
Today the lost are found in his translation,
Whose mother-tongue is love, in every nation.

-- Malcolm Guite


You can hear the poet read this aloud HERE.



Monday, May 14, 2018

Sneak Peek...

Rev. Robert Sears is on his way!  He has graciously provided us with a photo, so we'll be able to recognize him...

And we wish him safe travels, as well as a smooth transition to his new home.



May the Lord bless Rev. Sears and keep him.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon him,
and be gracious to him.
May the Lord lift the light of his countenance to him
and give him peace.
AMEN.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Poetry for The Ascension: Malcolm Guite


Thursday, May 10, is the Feast of the Ascension this year...and so we pause to reflect with a sonnet that is as much prayer and praise as poem.

Christi Himmelfahrt
-  Gebhard Fugel, c. 1893


Ascension Day

We saw his light break through the cloud of glory
Whilst we were rooted still in time and place,
As earth became a part of heaven's story
And heaven opened to his human face.
We saw him go and yet we were not parted,
He took us with him to the heart of things,
The heart that broke for all the broken-hearted
Is whole and heaven-centred now, and sings;
Sings in the strength that rises out of weakness,
Sings through the clouds that veil him from our sight,
Whilst we ourselves become his clouds of witness
And sing the waning darkness into light;
His light in us, and ours in him concealed,
Which all creation waits to see revealed.

-- Malcolm Guite, Sounding the Seasons

You can listen to the poet read this aloud HERE.