Monthly Archive for June, 2011

Trinity Sunday, June 19, 2011

by The Rt. Rev. Arthur E. Walmsley

Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell.  Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.  All the saints greet you.  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

The Apostle Paul, to the Corinthian Church, 2 Cor. 13:11-13

Listening to several of our young people talk about their faith on recent Sundays, I have been reminded of my own growing up in a small parish in Massachusetts in the middle of the 20th century.  Like them, I was bit by bit caught up in the congregation, both its youth activities and the worship.  In those days, of course, we did not have opportunity to read lessons, or help administer communion.   And the leadership of worship did not include women or girls, except maybe to help the Altar Guild.  Somehow it rubbed off on me, and I not only became a committed Christian but found myself in seminary and later the rector of a small city parish in St. Louis, Missouri.

Today, there is a lot of concern about how fewer and fewer people in American society are practicing Christians.  Continue reading ‘Trinity Sunday, June 19, 2011’

Ordinary Time Gallery

The Spiritual Life Task Force presents an opportunity for interested parishioners to take part in a summer time exploration of the Sunday Gospel lessons and revelatory art.

You are invited to choose a Sunday during the summer, read the assigned Gospel, find a piece of art or photography that speaks to the reading and write a short meditation or poem that connects the two.   The piece of art and the meditation will then be posted on the appropriate Sunday in the “Ordinary Time Gallery”, the space just inside the glass doors between the Gathering Space and the Worship Space.

A sign up sheet will be on the table in the Gathering Space.  A list of websites where you can find religious art will also be available, however, you are not limited to those sites.   Original art work, photography etc. that open meaning to you in connection to the Gospel reading are perfectly acceptable.

Please limit the size of the art work to 8 1/2” x 11”.   Your meditation or poem should also fit on one 8 ½” x 11” paper.  Questions, more information – contact Marge Burke.

 

 

June 26, 2011 – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

by The Rev. Darrell Huddleston

Jer. 28:5-9; Ps. 89:1-4, 15-18; Rm. 6:12-23; Mt. 10:40-42

This is one of those Sundays when the gospel lesson has been isolated from its context.  Most Bible verses do not live in isolation.  There is context and the context for these three verses is the preceding thirty-five.  Chapter 10:5b-42 is of one piece and it is known as “The Missionary Discourse.

A brief summary of it:

Be alive and active in mission and spreading the “Good News.”

Don’t worry about material possessions.

Don’t worry what others think of you; in fact, you may be hated by others, even by your own family.

Loyalty to God in Christ comes first, even before family.

Don’t fear those who can kill the body, but the one who can kill body and soul.

Pick up the cross and follow Christ.

Trust in God.  If God cares even for the sparrows God will care for us.

Practice hospitality.  In receiving from you they receive Christ.

Let me read just the preceding six verses to give you a sense of what he said: Continue reading ‘June 26, 2011 – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost’

Recognition Day for Atria

On June 12, 2011, one of the many milestones we will be celebrating is the end of the formation year. Each year, the adults in our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program recognize the children’s work during the past year, giving certificates of completion and offering a gift to those who will move into the next level in the fall.

We hope all parents and children can be there for this, as well as to offer Anne God’s blessing as she “retires” as our Level 3 catechist.

The Sunday of June 12 is the feast of Pentecost, the celebration of the visitation of the Holy Spirit to the disciples. In the atria, Pentecost is marked with a special presentation involving a meditation on the gifts of the Holy Spirit and a sharing of the Light of Christ in strengthening us in those gifts.

The children and adults love these celebrations, especially because they involve receiving our own lights – our own candle to watch over – until time when we put them all together on the prayer table and watch the light get bigger and spread. Our lights joined make all the lights more beautiful and stronger.

This will be our final atrium session until the fall. Many thanks to parents and other adults in the congregation who have assisted in the atrium this year. We hope that others will be called to join the adults and children as we deepen our relationships with God.

Summer Worship Schedule

With the retirement of John McCausland as our Vicar, the Vestry in consultation with the Bishop’s office has made provision for Sunday celebrations of the 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist beginning on June 19 and extending into September.  Two members of the clergy will each preside for half the summer Sundays based on their availability, and for emergency pastoral care as possible.

New to Holy Cross will be the Rev. Darrell Huddleston.   A current resident of Concord, he began his ministry as a Methodist pastor in Kansas in 1969 and spent the following six years as an agricultural missionary in Congo and Zimbabwe.  He has served  a variety of congregations as well as the Regional Director of Heifer Project International.  In June, 1998, he was ordained an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts and served parishes in Clinton and Holden, MA.  Since retiring in 2007 he and his wife Bunny have lived, worked or traveled extensively in 27 countries.  They have two adult children.  He assists on occasion at St. Paul’s in Concord, and recently completed an interim assignment at Grace Church in Manchester.

Darrell will alternate with the Rt. Rev. Arthur Walmsley, a member of Holy Cross with his wife Roberta since l997.  Originally from Massachusetts, he served churches in St. Louis, MO, Amherst, MA, New York City, and New Haven, CT.  For ten years during the stormy civil rights and Vietnam era he served as the public affairs officer for the Episcopal Church, and from 1979 to 1993 as Bishop of Connecticut.  The Walmsleys live in an 18th century house in Deering which they have owned for 50 years .  Like the Huddlestons, they have two children.

During the summer, the Vestry through Wardens John Heckman and Heidi Clow will make themselves available to respond to pastoral needs, calling on clergy help as seems appropriate.

Day of Pentecost June 12, 2011

Acts 2:1-21

1 Corinthians 12:3b-13

John 20:19-23

Locked rooms, doors locked for fear, fear of what’s out there, fear of the future. We all know them. We’ve all been there. Fourteen years ago, I made my way down the steep, crooked stairway of the old Holy Cross building. I was wounded, bruised by experiences in my last parish, uncertain whether I had a future in parish ministry. A kind warden at that last parish, an executive placement professional, had given me her company’s battery of outplacement tests and interviews. “Give it up,” she suggested. “Find something else to do.” Would a parish have me?

At the bottom of the steps a little group awaited: Terry Knowles, Peter Ashworth, Nancy Stehno, Laura Starr-Houghton, Diane Beland, two or three others. The vestry/search committee. They too were wounded, bruised. Bishop Theuner was about to shut Holy Cross down, lock the doors for the last time. “Give it up,” he’d said. Could they find a priest to serve them? Fear. Fear of what’s out there, fear of the future. Continue reading ‘Day of Pentecost June 12, 2011’

Easter 7 June 5, 2011

Acts 1:6-14                                                                          

1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11                                                    

John 17:1-11

My original thought was to retire at the end of this calendar year, or in November when I reach the mandatory retirement age in the Episcopal Church. It was my wife Anne who suggested that the Day of Pentecost, next Sunday, would be a better time. It’s the end of the church school year, she pointed out, and it would be smoother to have the interim before the next priest comes take place over the summer, when things are relatively quiet.

What neither of us thought of was how deeply the readings and liturgies of these weeks would speak to transition – transition in your lives and in ours. Liturgically, Jesus has “gone away,” ascended into heaven. We are waiting for what comes next: the “sending of the Holy Spirit.” It is not that I have been Jesus, or Anne and I – or you have been Jesus to us (though of course in a sense we are all Christ to each other, aren’t we?). Jesus remains Jesus. It is rather that departures, loss, transitions, interims are powerful times, full of God as well as of the devil. We are entering into such a time, and these weeks of the Church Year have much to say to us about such times. So, this morning, let us listen. Continue reading ‘Easter 7 June 5, 2011’