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October 8, 2017
Isaiah 5:1-7, Psalm 80:7-14, Philippians 3:4b-14, Matthew 21:33-46
Ten years ago Stephanie and I spent a few days with her sister in San Francisco. One afternoon we drove north to Sonoma County in the Russian River Valley to visit a small family owned vineyard. Going in we promised ourselves that we would only buy one bottle of wine, but we ended up with a case of exceptional wine to bring back to Massachusetts. Continue reading
Creation Care Sunday
October 1, 2017
Genesis 2:18-25, Psalm 148:7-14, Revelation 5:11-14, Matthew 6: 25-33
I grew up at 1661 Mt. Paran Road, in northwest Atlanta. Our simple house had three bedrooms and a half finished basement. In the front yard we’d play football and in the woods in back we’d explore fallen trees and the small pond with its crawfish and frogs. We saw the woods as part of our lives. It could be dark and scary but mostly it was fun and fascinating. Young children are content to be part of creation. They see trees and chipmunks, steams and birds, as great mysteries to be explored and enjoyed. As we grow up, we call it “nature” and it becomes something separate from ourselves and over which we have power. We learn that adults can be the Lord of nature. They can make it into whatever suits them. It doesn’t occur to kids to destroy the woods and build a subdivision, but it occurs to developers who made it happen, while we are at college learning other ways to control nature to improve our lives. Many wonderful things like air conditioning and vaccines come from this. But sometimes our lordship runs amok and we make Agent Orange to defoliate the forests of Vietnam and in the process destroy ourselves. Continue reading
All Saints’ former Rector, Paul Twelves, visited and preached here on September 24th, 2017 as part of our 150th year celebration.
Rev. Twelves was the Rector here at All Saints’ Chelmsford for 20 years from 1954 to ~1974/75.
September 17, 2017
Genesis 50:15-21, Psalm 103:(1-7), 8-13, Romans 14:1-12, Matthew 18:21-35
In the 1986 movie The Mission: Rodrigo Mendoza, played by Robert De Niro, is a former slave trader and mercenary, who spends years capturing the native Guarani people of Brazil and selling them into slavery. He kills his brother in a duel over a woman and is thrown in prison where he is visited by Jesuit Father Gabriel who hears Mendoza’s confession. Rodrigo goes with Father Gabriel to start a mission to the Guarani in the remote Jungle. As his penance Rodrigo puts his armor and weapons into a large bag attached to a thick rope that he puts over his neck and shoulder and drags behind him on this mission into the mountainous jungle. Continue reading
A Special Parish Meeting will be held on Oct 15 for a final vote of the new parish bylaws.