Pastor’s Letter – October, 2013

dirtroad4Dear Friends,

Happy October!

Late September and early October found me driving (and sauntering) in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, areas of Boston and her beautiful “burbs,” and, yes, in our lovely state of Maine, from the coastlines of Blue Hill to the northwestern areas around Bangor, and to the south. I traveled on many lovely country roads, where I saw wild turkeys more often than cars. I ventured through woodlands and new-mowed farm fields, followed rivers, looked across lakes and from harbor-to-harbor bays. My imagination was captured, as it always is, by many miles of stone fences.

Though I saw piles of pumpkins and scarecrow displays, I told myself, “Not yet!” The sun blazed on drying hardwood leaves, dazzling colors of greens, purples, yellows, oranges and reds, as mild autumn breezes lifted still-filled branches.

What beauty we enjoy during “leaf peeper” season! Clear blue skies, huge harvest moon, and “stained glass window-like” leaves. I know by the end of October many trees will have given up their leaves, and bare branches will be the norm. I suspect, too, our nights will be much cooler, and the smell of wood smoke will curl out from many chimney tops.

We live in a state where each season has a distinctive gift to give us if only we have eyes to look and see. Oh, I know, some of you are saying, “What about ‘mud season’ and ‘frost heave weeks’?” But even mushy mud means new growth will return. And, as for, frost heaves — well they make for great conversation starters when we go out to local shops.

“For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies, for the love, which from our birth over and around us lies. Lord of all, to Thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise.” This is the first verse of “For the Beauty of the Earth,” words written by Folliot S. Pierpoint in 1864.

This year, as we travel through October, let us give thanks for the beauty that surrounds us. Let us be open and grateful for the many gifts God has blessed us with, and let us joyfully spread the “autumn glow,” heart warmth of God’s love, to all we meet.

And should you happen to find yourself in Ellsworth, Maine, at 11:00 a.m. some Sunday morning, please know you are invited to open one of our new red doors and join in EUMC fellowship, and yummy treats to fill your tummy (both before and after worship). All are invited. We are a “come as you are,” family-size church. I can honestly say we will greet you with a warm smile — one almost as big as any seen on a jolly jack-o-lantern.

Here is a sampling of what you will find on Sundays in October:

10/06/13: Psalm 37, Opening Hymn: “Through it All,” Hymn of Preparation: “Be Still, My Soul,” Scriptures: Lamentations 1:1-6, Luke 17:5-10; Sermon: “When Will We Ever Learn?”, Holy Communion (all are welcome to come up and receive), Closing Hymn: “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing”.

10/13/13: Psalm 111, Opening Hymn: “Praise to the Lord, The Almighty,” Hymn of Preparation: “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” Scriptures: 2 Tim.2:8-15, Luke 17:11-19; Sermon: “No One Can Chain The Word of God,” Closing Hymn: “Faith of Our Fathers”.

10/20/13: Psalm 19, Opening Hymn: “Go Down, Moses,” Hymn of Preparation: “This is My Song,” Scriptures: 2 Tim. 3:10-4:1-5, Luke 18:1-8; Sermon: “What Does God Require of Us?”, Closing Hymn: “Let There Be Peace on Earth”.

10/27/13: Psalm 805, Opening Hymn: “Now Thank We All Our God,” Hymn of Preparation: “The Gift of Love,” Scriptures: 2 Tim. 4:6-8, 16-18, Luke 18:9-14; Sermon: Humility Or Eating Humble Pie?”, Closing Hymn: “Sent Forth By God’s Blessing”.

Every Sunday we enjoy Gathering music, often played on the piano by Bruce Clark. Our choir director, Amy Briggs, leads the choir in all hymns, including: Introit, Anthem, and Offering. Every Sunday we also have “Time for the Young at Heart” when our Sunday School children (ages 3-13 Wow us with their innocent wisdom).

I hope to see you some Sunday! I’ll be seeing you come November right here on the web. Until then, stay warm, enjoy the beauty, and may God’s many blessings fill your lives.

Pastors Susan Yaruta-Young (Pastor Susan Y-Y)

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