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News from Rev. Susan

NOTES FROM THE RIVER GREEN

Dear Friends in Christ:

 

My pattern is to say yes to too much and do too much most of the year.  And then --in the summer--I try to do a lot of rest, connecting with friends and family, rest, napping, hiking, reading and rest in the summer. 

 

It is that season.  So I'll be taking odd days off and working other days instead, taking vacation time and completely disconnecting, working remotely some from New Hampshire (my family's cabin is there-- I am here right now catching my California based Brother and his family for 36 hours), and generally being a lot less efficient and responsive that usual.  

This rest is not only needed, it not only support creativity and energy levels for the marathon that ministry is, it is also what God designed in creating the patterns of the earth, the elements, the plants, the animals and humans.  Sabbath is made for us.  We need it.  It blesses us.  It reminds us we are God's.  

 

If there are matters that need my attention, the staff, Wayne and Anne, Jeff Buck and Megan Ogden know how to reach me.  

PS-- Notes from River Green may take a break here and there too

 

We.  The sermon for this Sunday.  A voice that inspired me is the Rev. Traci Blackmon who spoke at UCC General Synod on Sunday.  Click here to read and link to her speech..

 

You are welcome to join for session two of Poetry and the Good Life this coming monday at 4:00 pm.  Here is a poem from session 1:

 

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
With your one wild and precious life?

--Mary Oliver

 

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Peace and Grace

 

Susan Townsley

 

Pastor, South Congregational Church, Kennebunkport

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