Sermon for Sunday, June 26, 2016

Bible passages: 1 Kings 19:15-16,19-21 and Luke 9:51-62

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In Luke 9, Jesus calls people to follow him. Some come readily but many are unable to follow. They are burdened with family, work or something else that weighs them down. So ask yourself: what is the burden I’m pulling? How might it keep me from following after God today? What would God want me to handle this burden?

CareNet Bottles

Thank you all who contributed to the Mothers’-Fathers’ Day fundraiser for CareNet. We did very well, especially in light of our own pressing need to pay for the new roof. Those of you with bottles at home still, please bring them in or take them to 7 Greenwood Avenue in Concord.

–Fernanda Harrington

Sermon for Sunday, June 19, 2016

Bible passages: Isaiah 65 and Luke 8:26-39

The people who should know Jesus the best often do not understand his mission at all. People we think are far from Jesus often understand him the best. When the demon-possessed man came to Jesus, he knew that Jesus could (1) address his demons, (2) recognize the complexity of his problems, (3) heal him and (4) restore him to health and reunite him with a nation that formerly feared him.

 

Senate Reflection for June 16

20160613_143800I found myself at Saint Anselm College while Donald Trump spoke on Monday. Among all the supporters and protestors, I eavesdropped on two men talking. One guy held a Trump sign. The other wore a Next Gen Climate Change button. Between us, I anticipated the conversation would erupt some kind of throw-down, just like I see on the news.

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3 Ways to Improve the World after Orlando

1. Interfaith Prayer Vigil13445642_1033592013399130_8499560357911151440_n

Tuesday, June 14, 7:00pm
Wesley United Methodist Church
79 Clinton Street, Concord

ALL ARE WELCOME to join our community-wide vigil to pray and mourn those lives lost in Orlando early Sunday morning in another senseless act of violence. Our compassion extends to all who are suffering, especially to those of us who are Muslim and to those of us who are LGBT. All are welcomed, regardless of views about religion. This is a chance to share and grow our love throughout our community

2. Ramadan Dinners

Turkish Cultural Center invites you to the Ramadan Iftar Dinners to share the traditions of breaking the bread around a table for long-lasting friendship, appreciation for diversity, celebrating harmony and peace in the world.

Ramadan is the month of fasting, developing self-control and kindness, a time of comprehensive thanksgiving and charity. It’s a time of training oneself to become a better person spiritually and improving relationships with family, friends and neighbors.

When: 8pm-9:30pm on Sunday, June 19; Saturday, June 25; Sunday, June 26; Saturday, July 2; Sunday, July 3

Where: Turkish Cultural Center, 540 Chestnut Street 3rd Floor, Manchester

3. Multicultural Festivalmulti

Celebrate the diversity of the Capital Region with delicious ethnic foods, cultural performances, engaging activities and much more!

When and Where: Saturday, June 25 at 2 PM – 6 PM, State House lawn

Details: www.concordnhmulticulturalfestival.org

Doris Piper: Rest in Peace

LACONIA – Doris Lillian (Delaware) Piper, 97, a longtime Lakes Region resident and esteemed educator, passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at Havenwood Heritage Heights in Concord, New Hampshire.

Doris was born on July 23, 1918 in Syracuse, New York, the daughter of Wallace E. and Marjorie (Wharton) Delaware. Growing up in Manchester, Doris was an accomplished and determined student. She entered Keene State College when she was just sixteen, graduating in the Class of 1938 with a degree in English. She would also go on to receive her Masters in Education from Plymouth State College. Many years later, Doris would be featured in the documentary Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve: The First Hundred Years of Keene State College (2010). This was apropos, for hers was a life spent in service-to her family and friends, her students, the PEO sisterhood, and to her Episcopal faith. Continue reading “Doris Piper: Rest in Peace”

Traveling this Summer?

Don’t miss out on Sunday worship! Find an Episcopal Church with this search:

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/find-a-church

If you visit a church, bring back the bulletin and pin it to the map on the hallway bulletin board.

Please remember to send your pledge even if you are traveling! Our expenses continue all year long. Drop your pledge in the mail or use your online banking to help.