Tom Green

Jun 282014
 

Five years yoked to the Renewal of Saint Anna’s Sweet little chapel

Stone cutter and wood Carver ~ Cemetary tour Guide, singer in choir

While the sun merely Paints Anna’s wonder windows And we worship Him

http://ANNA140628Chapel(B&B)B~rtgSaint ANNA's Chapel

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Jun 122014
 

 

Pentecost 2014 ~ Ollie+

ECHO~ Tom Green

The Holy Spirit’s Liberating Peace to you All ~ Saint Pauls

The Holy Spirit’s Fiery tongues appeared at Each Apostle’s head

Holy Spirit is The Advocate of our truth Helps us trust in Him

Gift of the Spirit Enables us to live in Spirit’s mystery

We live in Spirit Through others whom we know can Help us as we them

 

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Mar 292014
 

 

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Michaelangelo’s

Pieta shows the dead Christ In

His Mother’s arms

 

Before that He was

Dying on the cross after

That He was entombed

 

When He rose from the

Dead He shortly disappeared

Then to Galilee
Where He mingled and

Then dispatched orders to His

Followers.  Fiat.
Pieta 140318 Plus~rtg

 

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Mar 122014
 

Lenten Sonnet

Christ’s Gethsemane Garden agony

Whiplashed body jumps in testimony

Each knifepoint crown thorn draws breathless pathos

Christ falls three times carrying His cross

It would seem determined to capsize

And then it would even deny His rise

But somehow Christ falls and gets up once more

Comes the time to die, the earth in tremblor

His followers joined in a tradition

His Pieta after Deposition

Then Christ was entombed behind a great rock

And when they came to seek Him ~ aftershock

Christ mingled in Galilee soon to send

“Disciple all nations…until times end.”

 

 

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Feb 092014
 

 

Smooth Stones ~ 14 Feb 2014 ~ Bothering 3

 

End is up or down

When I need help I look for

That red telephone.

But, someone told me

That God is not Long Distance.

Just a local call.

If I need a short

Prayer ~ how about I just

Say to Him ~ Help, please.

Or, sometimes I am

In a hurry and leave out

The please, so it’s Halp!

That’s all right, so long

As you don’t forget to say

Merci Beaucoup LORD.

Smooth Stones ~ 140214 ~ BOTHERiNG 3~rtg

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Feb 082014
 

Smooth Stones~ 10 Feb 2014 ~ Bothering 2

 Am I bothering

God? I’m not sure about that.

So, what do you think?

Silly question.  God

Can’t be bothered.  That doesn’t

Sound right.  Let me see…

We can’t bother God.

Or, can we?  We don’t mean to

And yet ~ we need help.

God ~ can You help me?

Of course He can ~ you silly…

Please don’t fluster me.

What do you mean by

Fluster?  Well sometimes I get

Upset.  I don’t know …

Smooth Stones ~ 140210 ~ BOTHERiNG 2~rtg

 

 

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Feb 062014
 

This Thought ~ 6 Feb 14

What is bothering
Me about me that I can
Fix somehow today?

What is bothering
Me about you that I can
Discuss with you now?

What is bothering
You about you that you can
Talk to me about?

What is bothering
You about me that we can
Talk about today?

SmoothStones 140206~rtg

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Dec 222013
 

LOHKU on Christmas 2013 ~ Tom Green
Christmas LOHKU is a series of LOHKU (similar to Haiku although stricter in structure: three lines of 5 – 7 – 5 syllables and less restrained about subject: it can be about anything, not just nature). No connection here among the 12 LOHKU. Each piece stands alone.
We three Kings from far
Come to pay respect to the
Infant Messiah

We three kings afar
Came to visit the real King
Who died for our sins

The Wise men went to
See the Son of Mary and
Joseph, His parents

Joseph and Mary
Surrounded by animals
Met kings on camels

Kings on camels came
To see an infant who came
To set earth afire

A star led the kings
On camels to visit God’s
Son to save the world

The baby Jesus
Was the reason why kings on
Camels came to God

Barnyard animals
Surround Jesus, Mary and
Good old Saint Joseph

Donkeys and camels
Were the blessed animals
Near Infant Jesus

From far away came
Kings on camels following
The Star of Jesus

Why did those Wise Men
Travel a long way to see
A new born baby?

Mary and Joseph’s
Son of God greeted distant
Kings on their camels

131222 Christmas LOHKU~rtg

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Dec 212013
 

A Prayer for Growing Older
Lord, you know I am growing older and will some day be old. Keep me from thinking that I must express myself on every subject and straighten out everyone’s affairs. Keep me from the recital of endless detail and give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains, for the love of rehearsing them becomes sweeter as the years go by. And when I grow weary of hearing of the aches and pains of others, my I endure their recitation patiently. Make me thoughtful but not moody, helpful but not bossy, concerned but not nosey. Give me eyes to see beauty in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people, and give me the grace to tell them so. I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility when others’ memories differ from mine. Teach me that occasionally I may be mistaken. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to dispense it all, but you know, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end. ~ Anonymous (adapted)
131224Y A Prayer for Growing Older~ rtg

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Nov 232013
 

Part II (Chaps 6-10) ~ Part III (Chaps 11-15)

These five words below in caps are chapter headings from the book above. This Post is a continuance of

EPISCOPAL RECEPTION 10/05/13 (by) Tom Green. It is also a completion of JWAE (the book above). The numbers in (parentheses) are page #s.

THANK, SHAPE, WORD, MAP, ROOTS (Part II ~ Chaps 6-10).

THANK (65) “We gather at Communion table not to escape the world’s problems but to escape the world’s answers.” Bishop Arthur Vogel. And the Rev. Chris Yaw chimes in with: “Episcopalians gather to worship God not to please ourselves.” (68)

SHAPE (77) “Episcopalians live our way into a new way of thinking rather than the opposite.” (Koinina Community, 77)

What does it mean that the United States has 5% of the world’s population but consumes 30% of the world’s resources? Somehow that doesn’t surprise me, yet it floors me.

WORD (87) The Bible must be taken seriously but not literally Yaw relates; most agree, yet forget in the heat of discussion. It is also a library for community reading and owned by more, by far, than any other tome. And Yaw also states that: “the Bible is God speaking to us.” (89) In Episcopal Churches four selections are made each Sunday from the Old Testament, a Psalm, the New Testament and a Gospel.

MAP (97) refers to the Book of Common Prayer which guides us in the journey of Christian life. It seems to be the Bible “rearranged for worship.” (98) Note: all unattributed citations belong to the author of JWAE, the Rev. Chris Yaw. The Latin saying “Lex orandi, lex credendi,” translates to “praying shapes believing.” (99)

ROOTS (107) A rough estimate indicates humanity as being at least 1,000,000 years old (108) that humans with brains the size of ours the age of 500,000 years and Christ at 2,000 years ago. This seems a long time ago but, with this backdrop chronology, it provides us with a different perspective. In what way, I’m not sure, but there must be a sermon in there somewhere.

And, speaking of sermons, I checked out one made about Cana. All I know, for sure, about this beloved event, is that Our Lady, the Mother of Jesus, said to the servants after her Son balked at doing anything then: Do as He tells you.” She had absolute Faith in her Son. However. the homily I read had a number of paragraphs about Mary’s experience and feelings vv. Jesus, and her life with Him. At first I felt this sermon had to be written and delivered by a woman. When I sounded out my muse about this I was told not to generalize. But, I was right it was written and delivered by a woman. And my muse is a woman too. What lesson can I draw from that I wondered. Maybe when I jump from an airplane I should pull the ripcord. Anyway that sermon was delivered last January. And I am glad that I found a copy of it since I did not hear its stirring words being delivered. So far I haven’t had to use a parachute.

PART III (Chaps 11-15)

ROPES (119) “The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. Charles Dubois (119)

“History is important because the lives and stories of those who came before us continue to teach and inspire us and people like our parents know the ‘ropes’.” (120) They’ve been there, done that.

PROPHET (129) Here are a few things that we could prepare for when that time comes: “Pick a destination and be open to surprises along the way. Reconcile…with the estranged…it’s called forgiveness.” (131)

Saint Francis of Assisi mentioned love and forgiveness twice in his prayer, everything else only once. That indicates to me the importance of forgiveness And recently somewhere I read that love is found in forgiveness. Prophets are known to “speak truth to power, justice to oppression.” (132)

CONNECT (141) A Kenyan Eucharistic Liturgy says: “I am because we are. We are because He is.” Reminds me of another I like: “I AM love me as I am.” Just in case I add: “But, still I must try to improve.” Get up after every fall.

Chris Yaw tells of visiting the Holy Trinity Church in Dubai where he was handed a bulletin and a book. And he felt right at home although many miles away. (143) That is Connection.

REFUGE (149) Red is the color of many Episcopal Church front doors because that stands for a place of refuge. Red is also the color of Christ’s blood, the sacrifice of martyrs and the power of the Holy Spirit. (150) Besides being a place for those fleeing violence, the Episcopal Church shelters many converts (70% of American members is mentioned. Chris Yaw ends this chapter with this sentence: “I wouldn’t be surprised if the gates to heaven are painted red.” (158)

TREASURE (!59) This chapter heading comes from a friend of the author of JWAE who said: “I think the Episcopal Church is Christianity’s buried treasure.” (160) A recent poll by the Center for American Progress reported: “…that the government should take greater steps to help the poor and disadvantaged in America.” “And that,” said Yaw “was a big reason why this book was written when the Church is in step with 89% of the American people.” (160)

And the Rev. Chris Yaw hopes that I (as a reader of his) begin to understand the Episcopal journey. In my own journey I believe I have grown a bit in my trek from being a nomad to becoming a pilgrim. I Do feel Welcome. My cup brimeth with Joy. And…excuse me… a listener has just called wanting to know who (whom? ~ where is my muse when I need her”)….wanting to know the name of that “Cana” preacher? Oh yes, I have it right here somewhere in my notes…Why it’s someone who live in Essex County, who penned And delivered an inspiring sermon about the Mother of Jesus ~ the rector of Saint Paul’s Church in Newburyport ~ the Reverend Martha + Hubbard.

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