Cuttyhunk Union Methodist Church
The summer is flying by on this beautiful island and soon I will be returning to the desert of southern New Mexico, refreshed and renewed by this island, the church and its people. This summer has been filled with worship, church fairs, meetings and the busy-ness of island life. I'm still amazed at how BUSY people are on this island! There are so many opportunities for volunteering, socializing, "telecommuting," hosting a succession of visitors, and all the other things that fill our lives (or OVERfill our lives). I'm concerned that some people don't know how to relax and smell the roses and simply enjoy God's beautiful creation. But then I go to Church's Beach and see people totally relaxed, enjoying the sun and sand and waves. I see dogs playing in the surf and children shrieking with delight at the waves. I see people strolling up the hill past the church, enjoying the unfolding view around them. I go down to the Fish Dock and see island natives and "summer people" engaged in conversation. And I smile and thank God for all of it.
This summer the Roman Catholics on the island have been blessed with weekly masses celebrated by visiting priests from Martha's Vineyard. Thank you, Ann Conway, for arranging this! The Episcopalians and others celebrated the birth of Rev. Ned and Bev Prevost's first grandchild and welcomed baby Grace Elizabeth and her parents, Elizabeth and Mike in a special "Thanksgiving for the birth of a child" on Sunday, August 7th. I led a special worship service in the style of the Taize Community on the last Sunday in July, with lots of candles, times of silence, and quiet singing of some Taize chants.
I hope you will join us for worship at the little church on the hill! Or stop in during the week and enjoy the peaceful ambience of the sanctuary. Or even use our "community room" adjoining the sanctuary.
God's peace to all,
Pastor Mary Jane
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From the Lovell's house, complete double rainbows stretched across the sky in the afternoon on August 21 with
the Cuttyhunk Church shining brightly at the end of the rainbow (Cheryl Lovell, 8/21/07)