Feb 20, 2019
I enjoy reading the Psalms because they range from hymns of praise to songs of lament. They range from shouts of joy to howls of pain and hurt. Because the psalms reflect the gamut of human emotion they reflect life as we know it. Moments that are wonderful and times of loss and what appears to us as disaster are all reflected in the psalmists’ words.
The late Ann Weems, a poet who suffered great loss in the death of her 21 year old son, Todd, wrote a book entitled “Psalms of Lament.” It is not an easy read, for she can write with great power even about immense grief. But her book reflects, as do many of the psalms, her sense that one can be honest with God, even when one is angry and hurt.
For the health and growth of our spirit life we need to imitate the psalmist and Ann Weems in being honest with God, even when that means sharing our grief as well as our joy, our confusions as well as the certainty of our faith. Don’t worry God can handle our honesty and lead us to the still waters of the 23rd Psalm.
Grace and peace,
So, you know the Ten Commandments, right? But do you know which commandment is the lynchpin of them all? Do you know the one commandment that ties together all the other nine, and without its presence and position in the lineup, there exists a void and separation between the remaining nine other commandments?
If you would like to learn what that all important lynchpin commandment is, just...
Thank you for posting the item about the 2 honor's that Wally received from Senator Chris Sununu. We are very proud of Wally for all his hard work and dedication to public service and service to our church community. He and Nancy were always the definition of "Public Service" at its best. Thank you Wally for your service but also your love of community and friendship.
Wally & Elaine
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"One Exceptional Man!"
Recently our very own Wally Stickney received two well deserved honors. One was a Commendation from the Governor of New Hampshire, Christopher Sununu, and the Executive Council citing Wally's many accomplishments over thirty years of civil service, both at the State and National levels.
Wally also received the 2018 Sununu-Roy Public Service Legacy Award for his years of service to the Republican Party, the Town of Salem, the State of New Hampshire and to the United State of America, itself.
I am sure all of us at the NSUMC know of Wally's many good works and of his endlessly kind, loving and gentlemanly approach to all. Wally has been and still is a blessing to his community and to our church. Let us all unceasingly pray for Wally and his beloved friendship to the church and to all that know him. May God continuously bless Wally in the Power and Love of His Holy Spirit!
Yep! That's right!. Every Saturday afternoon (the 7th day of the week) a Sabbath worship service is conducted in the Hope House of the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church located at 6 Pleasant Street right here in Salem.
This Sabbath worship service is open to all wishing to commemorate God's own Holy Day. And, to remember His Fourth Commandment that, like the other nine, was etched in stone as an "eternal" remembrance. So, let us so “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy."
(Ex. 20:8 NIV)
Please consider joining in Sabbath Day worship with other Methodist at the Hope House at 3:00 p.m. every Saturday afternoon. And, with that being said:
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We have recently come across some interesting history of the North Salem United Methodist Church. To check out some milestone dates and a list of past and present pastors...
...but do you know about God's Week, God's seven day/seven thousand year Week? Consider what Peter wrote in his letter: 2 Peter, Chapter 3:3-4,8-9
"...scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, 'Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.' "
"But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness..."
To read a series of essays on this fundamental and important doctrine of God's biblical 7000 year plan for mankind...
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