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;

 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.

Nice turnout for caroling

We had a train of 6 automobiles of singers traipsing from place to place in Hardwick and New Braintree on Sunday Dec 21 after church. We were welcomed in to sing the residents’ favorite carols and that we did, with gusto.

Before that we held a tearful reception for Pastor Deb, to celebrate her time with us, and to say goodbye. Gifts were presented and Mavis Gordon sang a lovely song about God being the God of the mountains and also of the valleys. My interpretation is, He is there for us in the good times and the sad times. Pastor Deb will celebrate the Christmas Eve service as her last for us. I feel I should add that she was in a terrible auto accident last week and totaled her car. Thank God she was able to have walked away from it. We wish her a speedy and complete recovery from her bumps and bruises.

We shall continue on as a church community with various ministers and lay speakers until our Heavenly Father shows us what we should do next.

signed: Follower of Apostle Paul