Category Archives: Messages

“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.

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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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A Harvest Dinner & Pies

Durham Friends Meeting invites you to a Blinker Light Block Party 532 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Durham A benefit for LACO Food Pantry in Lisbon 5:30 Saturday, October 1st Donations ($5 – $10 requested) Come and meet your neighbors. Volley ball … Continue reading

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