Weekly Newsletter
Castleton/Grafton United Church News for August Week 2

CASTLETON & GRAFTON UNITED CHURCHES -an affirming ministry with a vision of worship, justice, and community outreach, putting people before dogma
-a sponsor of a Syrian refugee family, the 100 mile Diet Event, & with others Haldimand Court housing, and Heavenly helpings.
St. Andrew's at 137 Old Danforth Rd. Grafton ON K0K 2G0 and Castleton at 1815 Percy St. Castleton

Phone: 905 349 2736
  email: casgra@eagle.ca   Web: www.castletongraftonuc.com
(Rev) David Lander
david@lander.ca 905 342 9214

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Very Warm August 2018 Greetings 

Coming Events for Castleton and Grafton United Church

Usual 2017-18 Service Time: Grafton 9:15 a.m. Castleton 11 a.m. (times reverse late Sept)

Sunday Aug 12 2 Samuel 18:5–9, 15, 31–33 John 6:35, 41–51 When in the Depths there is still bread

Wednesday Sept 5, 7:30 pm –Castleton Church Board

Sunday Sept 9, 12:00 – 4:00 100 Mile Diet Event at the Haldimand Arena. Come see what our local vendors have to offer.

Sunday Sept 16 – St Andrew’s Grafton 174th Anniversary guest speaker Rev. Jean Wilson

Wednesday Sept 12, 7:30 pm –Charge Council

Sunday Sept 23 – Castleton United Church’s 154th anniversary guest Speaker Karen Bates

Wednesday Sept 26, 7:30 pm –St Andrew’s Church Board

Sept 28 the Belles of the Barn Celtic Concert at St Andrew’s, $ 15 as a fundraiser for Flight to Hope, our two Syrian families recently arrived.

Sunday Sept 30, Annual Service Time Change: Castleton will be at 9:15 for the next year and St. Andrew’s Grafton at 11

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A few quotes and snippets: A truth that’s told with bad intent Beats all the Lies you can invent. William Blake in Augaries of Innocence

May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow 
May the soft winds freshen your spirit 
May the sunshine brighten your heart 
May the burdens of this day rest lightly upon you 
And may God enfold you in the mantle of His Love. Amen. ~ Traditional Irish Blessing

“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” Jesus

I screamed at God for the starving child, until I saw the starving child was God screaming at me.

It doesn't matter if you can quote the Bible, if you live like you've never opened it. David Alan Campbell

Do unto those Downstream as you would have those Upstream do unto you. Wendell Berry

If Christians don't support Trump they are risking the wrath of God. Trump has been chosen by God. And by rejecting him, they are rejecting God. They could be punished with barrenness, poverty, or even having a gay child. Evangelist Kenneth Copeland

We need leaders not in love with money but in love with Justice. Not in love with publicity but in love with Humanity. Martin Luther King

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people. - Carl Jung

"If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it." ~Richard Rohr

Happiness is the new rich; Inner peace is the new success; Health is the new wealth; kindness is the new cool

"Gravity is the hero of the Universe" ~ Stephen Hawking

“IN MUSIC, IN THE SEA, IN A FLOWER, IN A LEAF, IN AN ACT OF KINDNESS...I SEE WHAT PEOPLE CALL GOD IN ALL THESE THINGS." – PABLO CASALS

To be a Christian is to be a traveler. Spiritually we are always on the move. We are on a journey through the inward space of the heart, a journey not measured by the hours of our watch or the days of the calendar, for it is a journey out of time into eternity. ~ Kallistos Ware

Whatever peace is, we know it best from the empty place in our hearts where it’s supposed to be. Until we find it, we’re all strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Frederick Buechner


"The imitation of Christ is the joyful participation in the sorrows of the world."

People travel to wonder 
at the height of the mountains, 
at the huge waves of the seas, 
at the long course of the rivers, 
at the vast compass of the ocean,
at the circular motion of the stars, 
and yet they pass by themselves 
without wondering. —Augustine of Hippo 354 -430AD

“May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.” ~Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582)

A man who was merely a man, and said the sort of things Jesus said, would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on the level with a man who says he is a poached egg, if he would say he’s bread--or he would be evil. Take your choice. Either this was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. Shut him up for a fool, or fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But cut the patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us." . C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity


"Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean." Maya Angelou

Marriage is like paddling a canoe; if only one person has an oar in the water, all you do is go around in circles. Unknown


"Anybody can become angry--that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way--that is not within everybody's power and is not easy." Aristotle


"Lord, catch me off guard today. Surprise me with some moment of beauty or pain so that at least for the moment, I may be startled into seeing that you are here in all your splendor, always and everywhere, barely hidden, beneath, beyond, within this life I breathe." Frederick Buechner

"The Seven Steps to Stagnation":

1. We've never done it that way before.
2. We're not ready for that.
3. We are doing all right without trying that.
4. We tried it once before.
5. We don't have money for that.
6. That's not our job.
7. Something like that can't work.

"there's probably an eighth step, but we've never looked it up before."

I argue that a “panentheistic” concept of God offers the most adequate way of thinking about the sacred; in this concept, the sacred is “right here” as well as “the beyond” that encompasses everything. This way of thinking about God, I claim, is not only faithful to the biblical and Christian tradition but also makes the most sense of our experience. For there is much in our experience – of nature, human love, mystery, wonder, amazement – that conveys the reality of the sacred, a surpassingly great “more” that we know in exceptional moments. Many of us experience life as permeated and surrounded by a gracious mystery, a surplus of being that transcends understanding, and when we come to know that mystery as God our faith becomes full of meaning and vitality. Marcus J. Borg

The fact that you’re struggling doesn’t make you a burden. It doesn’t make you unlovable or undesirable or undeserving of care. It doesn’t make you too much or too sensitive or too needy. It makes you human. Everyone struggles. Everyone has a difficult time coping, and at times, we all fall apart. During these times, we aren’t always easy to be around —and that’s okay. No one is easy to be around one hundred percent of the time. Yes, you may sometimes be unpleasant or difficult. And yes, you may sometimes do or say things that make the people around you feel helpless or sad. But those things aren’t all of who you are and they certainly don’t discount your worth as a human being. The truth is that you can be struggling and still be loved. You can be difficult and still be cared for. You can be less than perfect, and still be deserving of compassion and kindness. Author: Daniell Koepke.

"We have a fatal weakness: a failure to perceive incremental change. As natural systems shift from one state to another, we almost immediately forget what we have lost. I have to make a determined effort to remember what I saw in my youth. Could it really be true that every patch of nettles, at this time of year, was reamed with caterpillar holes? That flycatchers were so common I scarcely gave them a second glance? That the rivers, around the autumn equinox, were almost black with eels?"George Monbiot

The United Church still hasn't confronted the racism within it 'Let us ensure that the people who sit at the table are there not as guests but as valued members of the family.' By Paul Walfall https://ucobserver.org/columns/2018/07/paul_walfall_general_council/#6003/slide1

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/irreverin/2018/07/the-edge-of-great-change-why-all-the-ugliness-is-still-good-news/#91bSuhzKVZGvi3r4.01

https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/03/08/cry-heart-but-never-break/

https://ucobserver.org/society/2018/06/death_cleaning/

The Bible Project https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVfwlh9XpX2Y_tQfjeln9QA

The “Our Father in Aramaic”, the language Jesus spoke https://www.ucatholic.com/blog/heres-father-sounded-like-language-jesus-spoke/


For those who like poetry:

Two more poems written in the last week or so by friend John Oldham presently in the Parry Sound area visiting from Winnipeg

I will live with faith 
I will live with faith, integrity
As I express my life.
The Spirit of the Mystery
Will guide me to the light.
I will not be overcome by fear
Or wallow in my doubts.
I will sing the ballad of my soul
And will dance and laugh and shout!

I will be a person of good-will.
I will live the kindness way.
I will be a prophet of good news
And embrace the dawn of day.
I will not succumb to dark despair
Or be overwhelmed by pain.
I will trust the promise of the one
Who says: rise up again!

I will venture into the not yet
With a determined hope.
I will meet the challenges to come
As I find the strength to cope.
I will commit to blaze a trail
For others yet to be
Who follow the compassion path
To greet their destiny. John Wesley Oldham #8355th Tuesday August 7, 2018;8-8.16 A.M. inspired by the hymn and tune “I feel the winds of God today“

Life is an Adjustment 
Life is an adjustment 
Ev’ry step we take. 
Many are the challenges 
For Creation’s sake. 
Life is an adjustment 
Regardless of our age 
Teaching us the lessons 
As we become a sage. 

Life is an adjustment 
As we adventure on, 
Drawn by mystic melodies 
Toward the rising sun. 
Life is an adjustment. 
That’s what the Elders say, 
Calling us to venture 
To dawning of new day. 

Life is an adjustment, 
Both perilous and tough, 
Crafting us courageously 
Like diamonds in the rough. 
Life is an adjustment 
As pilgrims of the soul 
Blazing trails into not yet 
On quest to become whole. John Wesley Oldham 8350th poem? Wed. July 25, 2018; 3.57-4.05 pm journal entry beside spouse Marlene in ICU at the Grand Falls-Windsor hospital. Mar had a stroke at the B and B the previous eve and was discharged by the doctor around 4.30 pm.

Let Your God Love You

Be silent.
Be still.
Alone.
Empty
Before your God.
Say nothing.
Ask nothing.
Be silent.
Be still.
Let your God look upon you.
That is all.
God knows.
God understands.
God loves you
With an enormous love,
And only wants
To look upon you
With that love.
Quiet.
Still.
Be.

Let your God—
Love you.
 Edwina Gateley

The Moment

The moment when, after many years
of hard work and a long voyage
you stand in the centre of your room,
house, half-acre, square mile, island, country,
knowing at last how you got there,
and say, I own this,

is the same moment when the trees unloose
their soft arms from around you,
the birds take back their language,
the cliffs fissure and collapse,
the air moves back from you like a wave
and you can't breathe.

No, they whisper. You own nothing.
You were a visitor, time after time
climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming.
We never belonged to you.
You never found us.
It was always the other way round. 
Margaret Atwood

Sabbath

The mind that comes to rest is tended
In ways that it cannot intend:
Is borne, preserved, and comprehended
By what it cannot comprehend.

Your Sabbath, Lord, thus keeps us by
Your will, not ours. And it is fit
Our only choice should be to die
Into that rest, or out of it. -Wendell Berry (born 1934)

 

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