To members and friends of the First Church in Jaffrey
In the middle of this pandemic it is almost impossible to talk about the future. Next week and next month seem far away. In my meditation for April 24-25 I’m looking back at the Exodus and reminding us that God provides us manna one day at a time. Give us this day our daily bread. God promises us that God will be with us one day at a time. Take no thought for tomorrow. For the first time in our lives we have to take this quite literally. We have no idea what tomorrow will be but we must trust God today.
One of the things that has helped me the most during this time has been the opportunity to prepare these meditations. I have heard from many of you that they have been helpful to you as well. One of the things I’ve learned about The First Church in Jaffrey is that it is filled with amazingly talented people. The meditations are a TEAM EFFORT. They are a demonstration of how, when we work together, we can produce something far better than what any one of us could do on our own.
CAROL HESS is our producer photographer. GENE FAXON, our Minister of Music, provides music for all the videos. BETSY FEIKER and JANET GRANT have been our soloists. LISA BOSTNAR has been reading the scriptures. GEOFF FRANK has been downloading all the videos onto our web page, and JUDY LESSARD our church administrator, has been sending them out by e-mail.
Thank you to this extraordinary group of people — each bringing very different talents to the table, but each person’s talents making a difference. This seems to me to be church at its best. Incidentally you can watch all seven meditations on the First Church in Jaffrey web page or you can get the most current videos in e-mail from Judy. You can go directly to the church’s YouTube channel, too.
Speaking of the many talents of this church, John Van Ness sent me an essay he had written about the coronavirus. It’s a very thoughtful piece (as you would expect from John) so I asked him if I could share it with the congregation. He agreed. So, here is the link. It also occurs to me that others in the congregation may be inspired by John and feel moved to write something, either poetry or prose, that we could include in future newsletters. This is your invitation to share with us.
Thank you for the opportunity to be your pastor and stay safe and healthy.
HONORING MEMORIAL DAY
The Old Burying Ground is full of ground phlox and other wildflowers today. I could not resist taking many photographs to share with you, and have drawn on a recording of Vivaldi’s Gloria from our Easter Service 2019. Domine Deus seems a fitting tribute to the special occasion and honor for this weekend. Memorial Day is going to be very different in 2020! The video is an opportunity for all to share in a small way the special meaning of this day.
Vivaldi's Gloria Easter 2019
Moderator, the First Church in Jaffrey
Please use the links First Church in Jaffrey provides to draw close to one another among friends, family and other dear ones, or new folks encountered as we explore this new world - Be available in presence we hope, in spirit for those not in physical reach. We urge you to feel hearts open sharing anxieties, joys, hopes, memories, sorrows and questions about how this 2020 JAFFREY summer will unveil.
HOLD, we ask, yes SHARE with those with whom you may have not reached in a while….. share and explore memories, moments of those times and these… Translate what has been meaningful into languages for these times… KEEP the heartbeat as you go….!!! What can YOU do to enrich from lives and experiences?
There is opportunity for A FEAST ! Take a look at this weekend’s videos !
The Seventh Sunday of Easter
David Felton’s message invites us to consume, and to share a message of old and totally today! Recorded in words from Luke, those Biblical thoughts are shared by Lisa Bostnar…. raising thoughts that speak to our times. The answer is personal. Here, explore the matter -- take a minute and mediate. Thanks to our minister Rev. David Felton for sharing his thoughts and to Lisa Bostnar for the reading. Music offered by a team of friends at The First Church in Jaffrey. Photos -- thank you to many who have offered!
Time -- the passage of minutes-hours-days -- has changed. This spring of 2020 Circumstances ask all of us to adjust our lives. Clocks, oh … Not a 3hour change of the watch, but the soul clock, the ambiance clock, the personal need and gratification clock. COMFORT THY SERVANT, that’s you, that’s me, that’s you fill in the name. Easier to say “I need you” in music, offered by the worship Team at the First Church in Jaffrey.
Moderator, the First Church in Jaffrey
No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
EASTER SEASON MEDITATIONS & MUSIC
The Sixth Sunday of Easter
God is Our Refuge and Strength Rev. David Felton 14 May 2020
Creator God, You Are There 14 May 2020
The Fifth Sunday of Easter Mothers' Day
Mothers Akin to Eagles Rev. David Felton 7 May 2020
A Musical Tribute to Mothers 7 May 2020
You Raise Me UP 7 May 2020
The Fourth Sunday of Easter
She Shall Carry You Pastor David Felton 30 April
Hear Thou my Prayer, oh Lord 30 April
The Third Sunday of Easter
Exodus in Our Times Pastor David Felton 24 April
Be Not Afraid 24 April
My Lord, What a Morning 24 April
Second Sunday of Easter
Best Friends 16 April
LENT AND HOLY WEEK
First Church in Jaffrey will not offer Services on Palm Sunday or Easter, in accordance with Governor Sununu’s pronouncement. The church has been closed, but we have created video meditations with music weekly for Holy Week, which you can view by clicking on the underlined texts below.
Palm Sunday Meditations and Music
Lenten Meditations and Music
Notes of Spring 2020, with music by Gene Faxon & photos by Carol Hess