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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+
 

Christmas 2014


12/18/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

The story of Christmas is often told best by the beautiful art that has been with us through the centuries.  I saw many of these pieces of artwork - paintings, sculpture, and mosaics when I was in Rome a few weeks ago.  Each piece brought to my mind another perspective of the story of the birth of Christ, with brushstrokes, color and ...

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Advent III 2014


12/11/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

This Sunday, December 14th, marks the second anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in our neighboring Newtown.  On that day two years ago, 20 children, six educators, the mother of the shooter, and the shooter, all lost their lives.  It is a day we will not forget and many of us still have a visceral memory of the ...

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Advent II 2014


12/5/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

Last week I was in Rome, the Eternal City.  My youngest daughter, Kate, and I flew over to see my older daughter, Grace who is spending a semester abroad studying Classics in this ancient city.  Rome is known as an outdoor museum as so many of its treasures are visible by just travelling throughout the city on foot or in a bus or car.&...

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The Reign of Christ Sunday 2014


11/20/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

Do you know the difference between a disciple and an apostle?  If you are not sure, you might want to ask one of our confirmands who had a lively meeting last Tuesday with our two bishops, Ian Douglas and Laura Ahrens.  The evening began as one of the bishops asked for a definition of a disciple. Several of our confirmands eagerly ...

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The Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost 2014


11/13/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

Stewardship Season continues! November 16th is Pledge Sunday and during the services all the pledge cards that have been received will be brought to the altar to be blessed.  These pledge cards are symbols of our offering back to God in thanksgiving for all the blessings that we have received in our lives.  If you are not able to get us ...

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The Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost 2014


11/6/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

Earlier this week, I was talking with someone about what makes us happy.  This conversation began around the topic of our high school students and the apparent stress and anxiety that seem to often permeate their lives.  Gone are the days of being just carefree and being shielded from the responsibilities and burdens of adulthood.  ...

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All Souls


10/30/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

Who does not love Halloween?  Children love to wear costumes and collect candy by going to neighbor’s doors and shouting “Trick or Treat”!  Even we adults can be caught up into the festivities of a night of ghouls and goblins, sometimes donning our own costumes and letting our imaginations go wild.   And ...

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Stewardship Sunday 2014


10/24/2014 by Mary Grace Williams

As our Stewardship Season began this past week, we were fortunate to have with us at St. Matthew’s The Rev. Canon Michael Spear-Jones, Canon to the Ordinary (Bishop's Assistant) of the Diocese of Southern Virginia. The Rev. Spear-Jones spent last weekend with us meeting with the staff, facilitating our Vestry Workshop and preaching at ...

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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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