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Join us for worship Sunday, September 19, 2021, as we welcome our new assigned pastor.
We are now holding hybrid worship in the sanctuary in-person and via zoom. We ask that everyone, vaccinated or not, wear a mask inside the building. All are welcome.
Come meet Rev. Shannon Diana Keeney
"Ahoy, me hearties!" This week brings us International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19. Why am I telling you this? Well, it is fun to add a little "Aaarrr!" to our vocabulary but also because this is a special month to think about dates and calendars. You see this is September. It is the 9th month but its name is Latin for seven. That seems strange until we learn that the oldest known Roman calendar, the calendar of Romulus only had 10 months (Martius, Aprilis, Maius, Junius, Quintilis, Sextilis, September, October, November, and December) Did you know you were so good at speaking Latin?!
It wasn’t until 46 BCE, when Julius Caesar introduced his new Julian Calendar and he added two new months to the beginning that we got January and February. (Quintilis and Sextilis were later renamed July and August in honor of Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar). There was a movement to change the name of September to Tiberius or Antoninus after two Roman Emperors but the name had already stuck and so our seventh month is now our ninth.
A lot of our faith is also rooted in Roman culture. Right from the start we hear Luke 2:1 “At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire.” As Jesus grew, he would have interactions with Roman citizens, soldiers, officers, and even the governor. Most of the times we think about his troubling encounters with Romans but did you remember in Luke 7 that it is a Roman officer whose words and actions compel Jesus to say “I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!” That statement is made after the officer’s servant was sick and Jesus had come to help. Our Bible says, “But just before they arrived at the house, the officer sent some friends to say, ‘Lord, don’t trouble yourself by coming to my home, for I am not worthy of such an honor. I am not even worthy to come and meet you. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.’ When Jesus heard this, he was amazed.” The man had such faith in the power of Jesus that he knew a word from him would change the reality he faced. I pray that not only our months be Roman but also our faith be like this Roman. He showed a model for us all – to know Jesus as our Commander and our Savior. May we trust in his leadership every day of the year. Amen!
Kindness Food Boxes will be ready to be picked up at Jesse Lee Church, Route 17 in Readfield, on Saturday, September 18th, from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Each box contains 20-25 pounds of food! No ID is required, just pull up, pop the trunk, and we will load it for you. Anyone is welcome to pick up a box.
The updated summer food list is to the right.
Jesse Lee MEETING HOUSE
the oldest Methodist church in Maine
Photos from Jesse Lee August 15th Celebration
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Musicians, John, Michele, and Susan
Ice cream social
Musicians, John, Michele, and Susan
The Readfield Methodist Church is responsible for the Meeting House, which was built between 1793 and 1795. And its dedication on June 21, 1795, drew as many as 2,000 people.
The church was originally up on the hill and was moved 500 feet to its present location by 50 teams of oxen. Regular worship services were held here until 1961 when five local congregations combined into one church currently known as the Readfield United Methodist Church in Kents Hill.But the Jesse Lee Meeting House is still the host of Easter sunrise and Christmas Eve services, plus Sunday evening services in the summer and weddings, funerals, and other special events. Many of the services here involve lots of singing, which is very special. The church, partly because it is so historic, is so peaceful and holy, I could sit there for hours.
Our church members are pleased and proud to care for and maintain this very special church.
(excerpt from George Smith's article in the Kennebec Journal 2/19/2020)
Torsey Church at night
Opening presents is exciting and fun. What’s inside? It is the same with spiritual gifts. We may not even know what they are until we unwrap them. Take this simple test to find out what YOUR spiritual gifts are. You could be surprised! You may be able to help the church in ways you didn’t expect---and also gain a little valuable self-knowledge.
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