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.
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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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The Fifth Sunday in Lent 2014

4/3/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

My youngest daughter, Kate, is in one of the choral groups of Wilton High School.  This means that she has several mornings when she needs to be at school before sunrise for extra practices as well as several evening rehearsals.   Her concerts usually occur at holiday time that is coincidently my very busy time at the church.  ...

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The Fourth Sunday in Lent 2014

3/27/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

Six years ago while I was renewing my driver’s license at a local AAA office, my daughters asked to see my old license.  I was waiting for the expected comment about my awful photo but instead, my oldest daughter asked, “Mom, why do they have you listed as a male on this license?”  I immediately grabbed it out of her ...

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The Third Sunday in Lent 2014

3/20/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

I love doing the New York Times Monday crossword puzzle.  Mondays are my day off and afford me some leisure time to make a cup of coffee and sit down and concentrate on the puzzle.  Usually I am able to fill in the right letters for all the little boxes without too much angst.  Even when I am not completely sure, I will often put an ...

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The Second Sunday in Lent 2014

3/13/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

In the early hours of last Saturday, Malaysia Airlines Flt # 370 went missing with 239 people on board.  For the past week, there has been a massive hunt for this plane as authorities have assumed that the probable cause of its disappearance was a crash in the South China Sea.  An international, large-scale operation has been engaged in ...

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