Category Archives: Messages

Listening, Being Bold, and Looking for the Divine in Everyone, by Nancy Marstaller

Message at Durham Friends Meeting, November 11, 2018 I want to share some thoughts about listening, being bold, and looking for the Divine in everyone. I’ll open by reading Dwight Wilson’s psalm 13 in Modern Psalms in Search of Peace … Continue reading

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“Acceptance,” By Craig Freshley, October 21, 2018

A message given at Durham Friends Meeting on October 21, 2018 by Craig Freshley. About this message, Craig Freshley says “This message is mostly a story – Acceptance was the answer – from the book, Alcoholics Anonymous.” Craig records all … Continue reading

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2018 Epistle of New England Yearly Meeting

Sep 21, 2018 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for … Continue reading

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“Our True Colors,” by Doug Bennett

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, October 14, 2018 Driving to Meeting this morning through the reds and yellows brought on a different message than I had anticipated. “True Colors” was the phrase that rose and settled in my mind. … Continue reading

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“We Are Spirits Having a Human Experience,” by Donna Hutchins

A message given at Durham Friends Meeting on September 16, 2018 by Donna Hutchins Good Morning Friends.  I heard this quote a few years back and it has stuck with me. I think of it often and I thought it … Continue reading

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“Looking for Lake Huron,” by Doug Bennett

Taken from a message at Durham Friends Meeting, September 9, 2018, by Doug Bennett Much of life, I think, is like driving on the Trans-Canadian Highway, or like driving on I-95 or Route 1. You can get somewhere pretty fast. … Continue reading

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“Into Unknown,” by Craig Freshley

Taken from a message given August 27, 2017 by Craig Freshley I’m a pretty good skier, I love skiing fast. Very confident in my comfort zone, I’m experienced and when I’m on the ski slope I know what’s going to … Continue reading

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“Joy in Unexpected Places,” by Leslie Manning

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, June 24, 2018 I want you all to see my coffee cup, which says “It’s a tough world, stay Prayed Up”. Most days, coffee and prayer get me through the day. Alright, coffee, prayer … Continue reading

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“Quaker Values?” by Doug Bennett

Excerpt for a message at Durham Friends Meeting on July 1, 2018 Quakers often talk about Quaker Values in terms of ‘testimonies’ many of us remember with this mnemonic SPICES: Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship. Where did the … Continue reading

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“Continuing Revelation,” by Bruce Neumann

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, May 18, 2018, by Bruce Neumann, Rising Clerk of New England Yearly Meeting I’ve been thinking lately about continuing revelation.             This is one of our basic Quaker tenets, that while there is only … Continue reading

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“Photons Don’t Fail Us Now,” Song Lyrics by Doug Gwyn

April 30, 2018 Former Pastor Doug Gwyn writes, “I’ve been reconnecting with First Friends Meeting in Richmond, where I was pastor for seven years. They have just finished installing solar panels on their roof.  They celebrated the completion of the … Continue reading

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“The Light In Winter” by Jo-an Jacobus

Message at Durham Friends Meeting, April 22, 2018 Today is Earth Day.  The synchronicity of that being the day I give the message was an unexpected fluke.  I was to have given the message last week but things shifted to meet other needs, … Continue reading

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“Follow the Bad Guy?” by Doug Bennett

In a message on an Easter that was also April Fool’s Day, Doug Bennett retold a crime story in which the suspect escaped — and leaves us all with important questions.  Should we follow this ‘bad guy?’  If we do, … Continue reading

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“Listening” by Craig Freshley

March 25, 2018 Craig Freshley brought today’s message at Durham Friends Meeting.  It was about “Listening:” why it’s important we listen to one another.  You can listen to Craig’s message here. And you can learn more about Craig’s Make Shift … Continue reading

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“Overcoming Obstacles” by Roland Gibson

Teacher, what is the greatest commandment? Love the Lord your God with all you heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love our … Continue reading

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“What Were We Expecting from Christmas?” by Doug Bennett

Excerpts from a Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, January 7, 2018 by Doug Bennett This Christmas season I found myself very struck by the passages in Isaiah where the birth of the Messiah is foretold. It was all foretold … Continue reading

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An After Christmas Poem by Howard Thurman

In Meeting today we did a version of Lessons and Carols, alternating carol singing with passages bout the birth of Jesus from the Bible.  The last passage read was this poem by Howard Thurman. The Work of Christmas, by Howard … Continue reading

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“What to Make of the Christmas Story” by Doug Bennett

From a message by Doug Bennett, November 26, 2017 Here is something surprising about the Christmas stories in Matthew and Luke, the only Gospels with Christmas stories: there is never any mention of the Jesus’s birth in the Gospels or … Continue reading

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“Beatitudes for the Future” By Edwin Hinshaw

From a message in November by Edwin Hinshaw A beatitude is prophetic pronouncement of joy, hope and promise used most effectively by Jesus in his teaching. Beatitudes are not peculiar to the New Testament. They are found throughout the Bible. … Continue reading

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“How Can I Help You?” by Craig Freshley

A message by Craig Freshley on November 19, 2017.  You can listen to a recording of it here. Here is a partial text: I’m going to retell a story that I heard from my friend Gary, I’ve colored in some of … Continue reading

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“Transformation Towards Racial Justice” by Nancy Marstaller

From a message by Nancy Marstaller in October, 2017 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to discern what God’s will is—God’s good, pleasing, … Continue reading

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“Setting the Web A-Tremble” by Sukie Rice

An excerpt from a recent message by Sukie Rice in October, 2017 “Humanity is like an enormous spider web, so that if you touch it anywhere, you set the whole thing trembling… As we move around this world and as … Continue reading

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Nuggets from Messages at Durham Friends Meeting in August, 2016

AUGUST 7: DOUG BENNETT: “I’m with Stupid”:  I try to remember that Jesus’s Disciples regularly had difficulty learning what Jesus taught.  I take comfort and guidance in their showing that spiritual learning is hard, and not well or easily captured … Continue reading

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Attracting an Audience

current unit focuses on mass media, and how language is used to reach a certain audience and achieve a certain purpose. I figured that the lessons would be easier to plan and assignments simpler to grade if I helped the … Continue reading

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“A New Smell” – Peter Crysdale

Slowly, silently the molten core bursts Turning everything up side down. Leaving radical amazement- smoke and ash. There are streams of Concern at the heart of existence- bursting forth in places like Bethlehem and Lisbon Falls. Creation is infused with … Continue reading

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“T’was First Day Before Christmas” – Leslie Manning

Created by Leslie Manning and presented at the Christmas Program, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 T’was First Day before Christmas and all through the Meetinghouse Not a creature was stirring, not even the Meeting mouse. The Mitten Tree was hung by … Continue reading

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“Advent 2013” – Peter Crysdale

Advent 2013 By Peter Crysdale Come with me to a little town in the mountains in Austria. The year is 1816. There’s a little church in the town called St. Nicholas. The story goes that the organ was broken. It … Continue reading

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From our Pastor

From our Pastor’s message of Sunday, April 15, 2012 Rufus Jones grew up near here in South China, Maine. In his book “Trail of Life through the Early Years,” he wrote about what it was like to grow up as … Continue reading

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Message on Palestine

Markus Schlotterbeck will be giving the message on Sunday, April 22, about his experiences in Palestine. A potluck follows meeting that day. Markus will also be speaking following the meal.

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From Tess Marstaller

Peace Corps Volunteer, Cameroon Asinge, Friends! At a few degrees above the equator, my Cameroonian village in West Africa can at least depend on one thing arriving with consistency – nightfall at 6:30.  Water in the public taps, phone network, … Continue reading

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