Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Celebrating the life of Webster Harrison, Bates College, '63





Join the Harrison Family, members of the Class of 1963, Football alumni, and Men’s Lacrosse alumni as we celebrate the life of Webster L. Harrison ’63.

Saturday, Oct. 27
10 a.m.

The Peter J. Gomes Chapel
College Street
Lewiston, Maine

Immediately following the celebration, there will be a reception in Perry Atrium, Pettengill Hall.

Web will be honored with a moment of silence at the beginning of the Football vs. Colby game at 1 p.m.

Please let us know that you will be attending the reception by clicking here. Contact Stephanie Dumont at (207) 786-8370 with any questions or to RSVP by phone.



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Monday, September 03, 2018

Your ways are ways of righteousness and truth





Canticle 19 The Song of the Redeemed
Revelation 15:3-4
Magna et mirabilia

O ruler of the universe, Lord God,
great deeds are they that you have done, *
surpassing human understanding.
Your ways are ways of righteousness and truth, *
O King of all the ages
Who can fail to do you homage, Lord
and sing the praises of your Name
for you only are the Holy One.
All nations will draw near and fall down before you
because your just and holy works have been revealed.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Love your neighbor



When Jesus said to love your neighbor, a lawyer who was present asked him to clarify what he meant by neighbor. He wanted a legal definition he could refer to in case the question of loving one ever happened to come up. He presumably wanted something on the order of: "A neighbor (hereinafter referred to as the party of the first part) is to be construed as meaning a person of Jewish descent whose legal residence is within a radius of no more than three statute miles from one's own legal residence unless there is another person of Jewish descent (hereinafter to be referred to as the party of the second part) living closer to the party of the first part than one is oneself, in which case the party of the second part is to be construed as neighbor to the party of the first part and one is oneself relieved of all responsibility of any sort or kind whatsoever."
Instead, Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), the point of which seems to be that your neighbor is to be construed as meaning anybody who needs you. The lawyer's response is left unrecorded.

-Frederick Buechner, Originally published in Wishful Thinking and later in Beyond Words

Glorify the Lord




Canticle 12 A Song of Creation

Song of the Three Young Men, 35-65 
Benedicite, omnia opera Domini

Invocation
Glorify the Lord, all you works of the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
I The Cosmic Order
Glorify the Lord, you angels and all powers of the Lord, *
O heavens and all waters above the heavens.
Sun and moon and stars of the sky, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, every shower of rain and fall of dew, *
all winds and fire and heat.
Winter and Summer, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O chill and cold, *
drops of dew and flakes of snow.
Frost and cold, ice and sleet, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O nights and days, *
O shining light and enfolding dark.
Storm clouds and thunderbolts, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
II The Earth and its Creatures
Let the earth glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O mountains and hills,
and all that grows upon the earth, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O springs of water, seas, and streams, *
O whales and all that move in the waters.
All birds of the air, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O beasts of the wild, *
and all you flocks and herds.
O men and women everywhere, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
III The People of God
Let the people of God glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O priests and servants of the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Glorify the Lord, O spirits and souls of the righteous, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
You that are holy and humble of heart, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
Doxology
Let us glorify the Lord: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.
In the firmament of his power, glorify the Lord, *
praise him and highly exalt him for ever.

Come let us sing to the Lord




Come let us sing to the Lord; * 
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving * 
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God, * 
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the caverns of the earth, * 
and the heights of the hills are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it, * 
and his hands have molded the dry land.
Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, * 
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is our God, 
and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. * 
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice! 
Glory be to the Father and to the Son,
And to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, 
And will be forever. Amen.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Atttention




“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” 

― Simone Weil, philosopher

who died on this day in 1943

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Walter Brueggemann on The Eucharist




“The church is the only community in the world that has as its central symbolic act, an act that is called, “Thanks.” The Eucharist. You know Eucharist is Greek for “Thanks.” And participation in the Eucharist is an act of gratitude for the abundance that the creator God gives to the world.
And I think that the neighborly economy can only be funded by gratitude. It is all a gift! I did not make any of it, produce any of it, it is a gift! But the extraction economy wants to think, “It’s mine!” “I made it, I own it, I can do what I want, I don’t have to be grateful to anybody.”
Which leads me to think that participation in the Eucharist is the most subversive thing we can do.
But notice what the long history of the church has done to the Eucharist. It has siphoned off its danger into something about sin and salvation and getting right with God, rather than a meal for the neighborhood. The African Americans in the United Church of Christ calls the Eucharist “The Welcome Table.” All are welcome, no restrictions. All are welcome because there is more than enough.”
-Walter Brueggemann

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

O Gracious Light


O Gracious Light    Phos hilaron

O gracious light,
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!

Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of Life,
and to be glorified through all the worlds.



This is the day that the Lord has made!