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Rector's Reflections

 
Welcome to my blog where I will write my reflections, thoughts and prayers about St. Matthew's and how we together can be Christ's Body in the world.
Mary Grace+
 

The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost 2014


10/16/2014 by Mary Grace Williams



About a month ago, we celebrated St. Matthew’s Day by passing out stones etched with a cross.  These stones were to be a tangible sign of our connectedness to our parish home and a symbol of God’s presence in our lives.  I asked each person to find a special place to put it.  Several people have told me that they keep
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The Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost 2014


10/9/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

During the summer my daughters and I often took my dogs for an outing along Elm Street in New Canaan. This is a popular street for dog walkers since many of the businesses put water bowls outside for those hot, humid days and some storeowners even offer treats for your pet. It is also a great place to shop, as there are a variety of lovely ...

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The Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost 2014


10/2/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

At our June meeting, I posed a question to the Vestry, “Can and should we do less, in order to do more”?  My question came about as I have watched so many of our families with over-scheduled lives struggling to find times of calm and contentment.  It seems that many of us are constantly attempting to manage the multiple ...

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A Letter from your Wardens and Vestry


9/24/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

                                                        

September 23, 2014

To Our Fellow St. Matthew’s Parishioners,

Welcome back, St. Matthew’s! What a summer it has been! Mary

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The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost 2014


9/18/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

Last Sunday, The Rev. Richard Mayberry preached a wonderful sermon on forgiveness.  For those who wanted a copy of it and for those who were not able to be with us here it is:
 
The Rev. Barbara Crafton, Episcopal priest and author tells the story of two women in her childhood church:
 
Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Ralston were the ‘
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The Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost 2014


9/11/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

This week we acknowledge the 13th anniversary of 9/11.  It is hard for many of us as that horrific day of death and destruction is so vibrantly etched into our hearts and minds.  The memories can still be raw and the scars are ever present.  However, for many of our young people, this is just another day that they know about through ...

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The Second Sunday After Pentecost 2014


6/19/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

Late Monday night I returned to Wilton after spending eight days away attending a retreat/conference called CREDO (which translates “I believe”) provided by the Episcopal Church.  During this intense week, 26 clergy and eight faculty members gathered at the Duncan Retreat Center in Del Ray Beach, Florida and explored how to ...

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Pentecost 2014


6/5/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

This has been a week of anniversaries.  Twenty-five years ago on June 4th, hundreds of Chinese students led a pro-democracy protest against the government in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.  Ironically this large square is named after the Tiananmen gate that means Gate of Heavenly Peace.  The world watched in amazement as young students...

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Easter VI 2014


5/29/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

On April 4, 1928, Maya Angelou was born in St. Louis, MO.  Across the state in Kansas City, my father was born on that same day and year.  Needless to say, they both lead very different lives due to the circumstances into which each one was born.  Maya faced an early life of abuse, racism, multiple marriages, and motherhood at a very...

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Memorial Day 2014


5/22/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

As we celebrate Memorial Day this Monday, we honor all those who have died while in active military duty.  This tradition came about just after the Civil War as people began to decorate the graves of both Confederate and Union soldiers who had died while serving in this bloody war that resulted in 600,000 deaths.  This holiday calls us to...

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The Fourth Sunday of Easter 2014


5/15/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

Now that I am entering into a new decade of life, having just celebrated a BIG birthday, it was time for me to get a physical examination.  I confess that it has been a while since I have had a complete physical.  So it was with some trepidation that I set up the appointment to see my internist who has been my doctor for years.  I ...

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The Third Sunday of Easter 2014


5/8/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witness in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. 
Acts 1:8
 
From the beginning of the church we, Christians, have been called to be witnesses to our faith. In today’s world, how and what we witness to can seem a bit
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The Second Sunday of Easter 2014


5/1/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

Sometimes it is easy to forget that Easter is not just a big celebration on Easter Sunday but it is in fact a season that lasts until Pentecost which will be June 8th this year.  So for 50 days we get to have time to reflect on all the ways that we experience the Risen Christ in our lives.  During this season we might strive to be the ...

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Easter 2014


4/24/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

Love Overcame
 
Love overcame

Emerging from a cold tomb

All the truth, majesty and creativity of a living God

Transforming a broken heart

Making a quiet return, in a still and sorrowful garden

The grave stone rolled away, to release redemptive love

Jesus resurrected and restored

Comforts a weeping woman

Speaks with travellers on a
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Palm Sunday 2014


4/10/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

When I lived in Greenwich Village in the late 1970’s, many of the Christian churches would gather in Washington Square Park for an interdenominational Palm Sunday service.  Washington Square Park looked quite different in those days as compared to its pristine, orderly gardens and fountains of today.  In those days, it was filled ...

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