The Vegetable Prayer


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Rev. Max Coots “The Vegetable Prayer” (edited)

 Let us give thanks for a bounty of people.

For children who are our second planting, and though they grow like weeds and the wind too soon blows them away, may they remember fondly where their roots are.

For generous friends with hearts as big as hubbards, and smiles as bright as blossoms;

 For feisty friends as tart as apples;

For continuous friends, who, like scallions, keep reminding us that we’ve had them;

 For crotchety friends, as sour as rhubarb and as indestructible;

 For funny friends, as silly as Brussels sprouts

 And serious friends, as complex as cauliflowers and as intricate as onions;

For friends as unpretentious as cabbages and friends, like parsnips, who can be counted on to see you through the winter;

 For old friends, nodding like sunflowers in the evening-time And young friends coming on as fast as radishes;

And, finally, for those friends now gone, but who fed us in their times that we might have life thereafter; for this bounty of friends, we give thanks.

 For loving friends, who wind around us like tendrils and hold us, despite our blights, wilts, and witherings;

And, finally, for those friends now gone, but who fed us in their times that we might have life thereafter; for this bounty of friends, we give thanks.

Accommodating change

At our Church Committee meeting last night we addressed the present concern about the Corona virus and its effect on our church life.

With hope in our hearts, we proceed to fill the April and May Sundays with Lay lead services. Beginning in May we will meet in the Stone Church in Gilbertville. The sign out front says Trinitarian Church. It’s on Rte 32.

In June we are planning a change from potatoes. Instead of the same ole, same ole, we will go summer casual. First, we will begin with coffee, muffins and conversation. It will give us a chance to greet and chat with new folks who drop in to see what we are all about.

Then we could have a song, joys and concerns , a prayer time and a Bible reading. If the leader wishes to add to that, or have a discussion, that’s fine. This eliminates having a lay person have to come up with a “talk”. It would be helpful if our congregation would step forward and offer to take a Sunday. Call the office and leave a message and we will call you back or speak to Marguerite or Susan. See contact info page,

The other idea we tossed around was to simply put out a bowl at the coffee table and people can drop in a quarter or a buck or whatever, to defray the cost of coffee, drinks and snacks . This money does not go into the treasury but into the coffee service coffers to be used for the next week. I personally see no reason why the deacons should have to provide refreshments out of their pocket.

FYI. In the early morning, well, all day, there are wonderfully inspiring and thoughtful talks by really good Bible experts and preachers on AM 101.5. It is a local station out of Worcester. Names like Alistair Begg, John MacArthur, Dr. Jeffress, David Jeremiah. Take up exercise, enjoy your children. Make tents in the living room with card tables and blankets and have a picnic in there. Offer to run errands for a house bound neighbor. Make this time count. And say your prayers.

Feel free to comment or suggest.

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