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9/18: Laying on of Hands

The Church’s sacramental Ministry of Healing with the Laying on of Hands and Anointing with Prayer for Healing will offered on Tuesday, 18 during the 5:30 PM Eucharist. We invite you to take part in this powerful ministry.

Merrimack Disaster Relief

Please consider making a donation to the Diocese of Massachusetts for the diocesan disaster relief fund, to assist the communities of the Merrimack Valley, following last week’s explosions and fires. Donations marked Merrimack Disaster Relief can be sent to Diocese of Massachusetts, 138 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02111.

Hospitality: New Issue of Monastic Wisdom Monthly

Have you checked out the August issue of Monastic Wisdom Monthly on Hospitality? One friend writes in, “Thank you so much for these well-expressed insights, these universal Truths that I want to share with others, whether Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim or not.”

The practice of hospitality has never seemed more essential. In our moment in western culture, we assume self-sufficiency. Yet in the desert of contemporary life we are all wayfarers, dependant on the generosity of strangers for survival. None of us can make it alone. Br. Luke Ditewig invites us to the practice of hospitality, which is not simply about sharing meals or shelter, but about receiving and offering sustenance of a much deeper kind. 

We invite you to explore the topic of hospitality through Luke’s reflection, quotes to ponder, suggested practices, reflection questions, and further resources. Read more here >

Emery House Wells

About 35 years ago the SSJE Brothers gave the town of West Newbury permission to draw the town’s drinking water from wells on our Emery House property as a gift from the Brothers. A fresh sign has just been posted by the town.

Schedule Change: 10-11 July

The next retreat day for the Community will be on Wednesday, 11 July. On our retreat days the liturgical schedule is abbreviated. We do not pray Compline publicly the night before (10 July), and nor do pray Morning Prayer or Compline publicly on the retreat day itself. However we do celebrate the Eucharist and pray Evensong as normal (at 12:30 PM and 6:00 PM respectively).

Farewell to Our Summer Seminarians

Yesterday we bid farewell to our three Summer Seminarians: Sam Aldred (St. Stephen’s House, Oxford), John Kennedy (Berkeley Divinity School at Yale) and Elizabeth Phyu (Virginia Theological Seminary). We were pleased to hear each of them preach in the Chapel over the last few weeks. We invite you to check out the wonderful sermons they shared with us:

Who Is Jesus Christ? – Sam Aldred
Reprogramming the Heart – John Kennedy
Shine Your Light
– Elizabeth Phyu

We hope you’ll join us in bidding them farewell and Godspeed.

Many Years!

Congratulations to our Brother David Allen, who celebrated the fifty-seventh anniversary of his profession in our Society on Sunday, July 1. In our Rule of Life, we read: “We pray that seeds planted in many years of faithful life will bear fruit in old age.  Our older brothers will then be able to contribute their experience of what is essential in our life with God, a sense of perspective, wisdom, their appreciation for the community and joy in the younger members. The elders of the community are to be honored as the bearers of our corporate memory who link us with our past.” We hope you will join with us in praying with thanksgiving for Br. David’s continued witness and ministry.

The Laying on of Hands and Anointing

The Church’s Sacramental Ministry of Healing with the Laying on of Hands and Anointing with Prayer for Healing will next be offered on Sunday, 1 July at the 9:00 AM Eucharist and on Tuesday, 17 July at the 5:30 PM Eucharist. We hope that you will join us and partake of this ministry.