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REFLECTIONS OF SUCH A SWEET, SWEET DAY! ACKNOWLEDGING THE SERVICE OF NEW MINISTRY

 

Then the Lord restored the fortunes of[a] Zion,
    \we were like those who dreamed.[b]  
 Our mouths were filled with laughter,
     our tongues with songs of joy.

Then it was said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”

 The Lord has done great things for us,

    and we are filled with joy Psalm 126:1-3
 
The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut’s Service of New Ministry
 
St. Luke’s noble ancestors and elders,established June 1844
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Father Richard Dean Meadows, Jr (Priest) and Sister Linda Meadows (wife)
 
 Rev. Matthew L. Brown,
Pastor, Teacher
(Homilist for Occasion delivered a
powerful message of hope and faithful conviction!)
 
Regal Processional for Installation
 
 Applauds from congregation
and The Rt. Reverend Laura J. Ahrens, Suffragan Bishop
during the introduction of St. Luke’s 17th priest of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Father Richard D. Meadows, Jr. and “Joyous” Family
Masterful interpretative dance:
“The Journey to Calling”
by Wes Yarbor
Gospel Medley by Rev. Paulette Thompson-Clinton
 
I Believe I Can Fly, St. Luke’s Steel Band
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*INSTALLATION NOTE WRITTEN FOR THE INSTITUTION AND INDUCTION OF THE 17TH RECTOR OF ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH (NEW HAVEN,CT)
7 PM WEDNESDAY,OCTOBER 30TH, 2013
*”Dearest St. Luke’s Family,
My husband requested that I share a note with you and today it seems that I’d rather sing then write. In my spirit I am singing because finally we’ve arrived at home inConnecticut with you. It’s refreshing and assuring that you also can attest to this! It’s an enthusiasm that seems to be bubbling up! It’s that giddy, offbeat, joyous song about a new day which has evidenced the “goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!” Sandwiched in my spirit are many songs from the traditional to the rousing musical numbers acknowledging that we’ve come this far by faith-all to the glory of God.
Not long ago I traveled with my husband to Hartford, he was conducting business with The Episcopal Diocese ofConnecticut. When he invited me along, originally I thought of it as “tagging along”- an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing afternoon and simply marvel at the fall foliage! This “joy ride” was reminiscent of our past excursions which always seemed to evolve into something much deeper. My hunches were right! Once again it was much more than I could have imagined! After our quick arrival we met and greeted the warm Diocesan staff and before long, we were perusing the aisles of Connecticut’s parish publications, clergy resources and mounds of historic documents.
In The welcome mat was rolled out and there we sat in the historic archives, marveling at the huge collection of books, artifacts and the treasure trove of documents highlighting St. Luke’s amazing heritage. And then it was apparent this was God’s intention! His intended mission that we travel to the Diocesan Archives and see the elder’s vision “up close” on paper, in weathered photographs and be humbled by their massive mission, appreciate their struggles, their  victories and grasp a greater understanding of the immensity of this call to serve St. Luke’s! It was a field trip that I would forever honor. It was as though a flood gate of enlightenment burst while we huddled together reading newspaper clippings, clergy accounts and letters written in the 1800’s, all of it was mesmerizing!  After my husband met with the Bishop I began scouring over the  insightful articles, gazing upon the aged black and white photos, learning of the past church rectors, noted vestry and energetic parishioners.
We were entreated with informative community news, birth announcements, salutations and memorabilia. Loyal and loving seemed to resonate in my spirit. God was once again ordering our steps and giving us a glimpse into how St. Luke’s foundation was layered with dedicated ancestors and a community collectively endeavoring to forge their way leaving an indelible imprint not only in New Haven, the surrounding community but, also Haiti. It’s no wonder we are such an outstanding parish. Oh it gives me such pride and exhilaration that now this HBCU graduate and post VTS seminarian stands on the shoulders of forthright, determined, and insightful individuals.  They were prayer warriors- movers and shakers of their era (affecting us today). Now we will stand confidently with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s 17th Rector, Rev. Father Richard Dean Meadows, Jr. and continue in carving out our history’s next chapters. Yes, our stories will be filled with the complexities of our day, but we will journey with Jesus, shepherded and growing spiritually. In our assured faith walk we’ll be confident that he’s lead of the Lord. And it won’t just be a leisurely ride, but prayerfully an amazing mission.
We are a mission intent on providing intentional ministry for generations to come-erecting lives, loving the Lord and serving our neighbors. Oh St. Luke’s, I thank God for merging our paths and our hearts believing together with a prayerful countenance that with God all things are possible! Oh it’s wonderful to be in the hands of the Lord, come on family let’s sing to the Lord a new song, written for our time.
Trusting in God’s Peace and Blessings,
Linda Mose Meadows”

Shared in Love, Linda Mose Meadows; Blogger, Motivational Speaker and Inspirational Author of: Destined To Receive: Reflections and Devotionals Celebrating The Love of God (Createspace, 2013) and Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises (Tate Publishing, 2007) 
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BRAVE HEARTS

 

GoodnightTurnItUp

Expressive art creation: Turn It Up by Paul Goodnight
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech
There’s a burning in our hearts for change! Around the globe people from all cultures and walks of life have spearheaded a movement that is boldly declaring an end in the US and abroad to the atrocity of modern day slavery. Yes, human trafficking!
This evolving movement is like the drip on a leaky faucet-constant and unyielding; and that means freedom and relief for countless innocent souls.
Not only are there rallies occurring, but supporter’s are gathering in prayer first, producing movies like “I Am Slave”. This movie directed by Film Maker Gabriel Range certainly rattles our comfort zones and demonstrates how unsuspecting Sudanese families are destroyed today because their daughters are abducted, and bartered like grain in a sophisticated social slavery system. They are preyed upon in an underground slavery movement which is rapidly growing. But thank God for determined captives yearning for freedom and  the human rights advocates tirelessly galvanizing others. They are modern day resourceful trailblazers!
 
Because of these trailblazers, there are vanishing sleeping giants-awakening public educations forums are mushrooming, watchmen/watchwomen vigilantly guarding communities and creating unsuspected havens of safety. These Prayer Warriors are mightily flourishing. They are those that feel an urgency-an unction to address this social ill and it’s like a steam roller, rapid firing dominoes causing this evil to topple over! It may be gradual, but oh it’s happening! Good results are occurring just ask Carolina Diplan founder of Home of Change. The Home of Change organization has locations in the United States, Netherlands, Dominican Republic and in Tajikistan, their motto is: Home of Change Restoring Freedom. Ms. Diplan joyfully attests to young girl’s lives being restored and hope birthed for those that had been well acquainted with the brutality of this modern day slavery. Prayers are being answered!
Adamant voices, many outcries of indignation, heartfelt prayers, exhaustive work, capital campaigns, goods, services, and techno savvy organizations are helping revitalize many once shaken communities. They have hunted down many of the human trafficking schemes. It’s a new season; Immigrants are not being victimized so easily. Trustworthy endeavors are more readily available than in the past years. So much good has come as a result of  these efforts to end this dastardly practice of human trafficking! Genesis 50:20 aptly pronounces:
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to
 accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (NIV)
Thank the Lord that many victims and their loved ones voices are not being permanently snuffed out-silenced. How do I know? Well I contend that if the Government Agencies and Non-Profit services that I recently learned of inOrlando are any indication of the host of resources and services that are birthed nationwide, we are certainly moving in a positive direction. So glad that I was invited and attended with friend Dr. Lorraine Harris (an the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. member) the 5th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day: In Our Own Backyard. We ventured around Lake Eola meeting many committed civic and faith based organizers which I have listed below in Resource list, heard spoken artists and singer Evan Taylor Jones (who really crooned Bob Marley’s hit) and witnessed the outstanding Pop Shop and an uplifting skit performed by youth leaders of: It’s Yes School of Performing Arts. Truly it was a day of enlightenment dedicated to educating and eradicate modern day slavery!
The statistics are startling; reportedly there are 27 million slaves in the world. They are young children, teens and yes, even adults which have been abducted, bought and sold right under our noses-stolen from our midst without a trace. But with the help of many, freedom can be more than a dream. With prayers and gifted services slavery can be abolished and the guilty brought to shame. Here are a list of services which may be beneficial to you, your advocacy endeavors and interest groups. Help awaits you!
I pray that freedom will be restored for brokenhearted victims and souls will be stirred to shine a light in dark places. Like everything, change starts with us! Our beloved Dr. Martin Luther King says: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!”
SEVERAL RESOURCES* DEDICATED TO
 HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS
                                            (*Resources located in Orlando-Central Florida)
City of Orlando Police Department
Department of Children & Families
Mexican Consulate Orlando
Orange County Children’s Advocacy Center
Orange County Library System
P.P. Greater Orlando
UCF Victim Services
USCIS- US Citizenship and Immigration Services
360 Foundation
Amnesty International
Chapter 519
Born2fly Project
Boystown of Central Florida
Burning Hearts, Inc.
Child Rescue Network
Covenant House Florida, Devereux
Exodus Cry@OHOP
Florida Abolitionist
Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking
Forgiven Much Ministries
H.O.M.E.
Home of Change
Hope City Ministries of Discovery Church
Images of Glory, Inc.
International Justice Mission
Out of Life, Inc.
Releasing Chains
Students Against Slavery
Chapter of IAHTI
The Hope Mercy Love Foundation, Inc.
The Salvation Army Orlando Area Command
Trafficking In America Task Force
Victim Service Center of Central Florida, Inc.
Women At Risk International
Youth for Human Rights International
Youth With A Mission Orlando
Zebra Coaltion
Prayer of Hope:
Lord we are accountable to you, and endeavor to offer life changing help to those in need. Our hearts are burning with compassion! Save those and provide a lively hope to all that have been victimized, wounded and suffered at the hands of evil. Shine your light on all darkness and let no evil prevail. Give us grace and wisdom on what to do and how to make an impact for the good of your kingdom. Thank you for leading us with purpose and direction and most assuredly with the resources to do your will; we declare that we shall overcome! In Jesus mighty name! Amen, amen!
God Riches Blessings to You, Linda Mose Meadows, Inspirational Author of:
The Blessedness of Believing, A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lesson’s and God’s Promises

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR KING – PAYING TRIBUTE TO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING , JR.

Stone of Hope, Memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
@
National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Frequently people think compassion and love are merely sentimental. No! They are very demanding. If you are going to be compassionate, be prepared for action.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Winner (born 1931)

LET US NOT LOVE IN WORD OR IN TONGUE,
BUT IN DEED AND IN TRUTH.


1 JOHN 3:18
DR. KING WAS AN AMAZING HUMAN BEING, HE WAS WITTY, COMPASSIONATE, AN ORATOR LIKE NO OTHER, A TRAILBLAZER, ANOINTED, INSPIRED, UNAFRAID, CALLED, CHOSEN, A MOVER & A SHAKER, OUR BELOVED, AN AMBASSADOR, A BIBLICAL SCHOLAR, PASTOR, LOVING FATHER, HUSBAND, A PEACEMAKER AND A FRIEND OF GOD – WHO WILL FOREVER BE REMEMBERED!

“WE LOVE YOU DR. KING!”


Date of birth:
January 15, 1929 



Place of birth:
Atlanta, Georgia, United States



Date of death:
April 4, 1968 (age 39)
Place of death:
Memphis, Tennessee, United States



Movement:

African-American Civil Rights Movement and Peace Movement



Major Organizations:

Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)



Notable Prizes:

Nobel Peace Prize (1964) Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977, posthumous)



Congressional Gold Medal (2004, posthumous)



Major Monuments:

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial 



Alma Mater:

Morehouse College


Crozer Theological Seminary

Boston University


Religion:

Baptist



Influences:
Jesus Christ, Abraham Lincoln, Theodor Herzl, Mahatma Gandhi, Benjamin Mays, Rosa Parks, Bayard Rustin, Henry David Thoreau, Howard Thurman, Leo Tolstoy


Influenced:

Albert Lutuli, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton

reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.

Dr. King’s  Historic “I Have A Dream” Speech


Stevie Wonder singing “Happy Birthday” to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Written With Great Admiration by
Linda Mose Meadows,
Motivational Speaker & Inspirational Author of:                                                                                            The Blessedness of Believing 
A Devotional Journey of Life’s and God’s Promises                       http://www.blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/ https://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR KING – PAYING TRIBUTE TO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING , JR.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

LET US NOT LOVE IN WORD OR IN TONGUE,

BUT IN DEED AND IN TRUTH.
1 JOHN 3:18
DR. KING WAS AN AMAZING HUMAN BEING, HE WAS WITTY, COMPASSIONATE,
AN ORATOR LIKE NO OTHER, A TRAILBLAZER, ANOINTED, INSPIRED, UNAFRAID, CALLED, CHOSEN, A MOVER & A SHAKER, OUR BELOVED, AN AMBASSADOR, A BIBLICAL SCHOLAR, PASTOR, LOVING FATHER, HUSBAND, A PEACEMAKER AND A FRIEND OF GOD –
WHO WILL FOREVER BE REMEMBERED!
 
“WE LOVE YOU DR. KING!”
Date of birth:
January 15, 1929 
Place of birth:
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Date of death:
April 4, 1968 (aged 39)
Place of death:
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Movement:
African-American Civil Rights Movement and Peace movement
Major organizations:
Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
Notable prizes:
Nobel Peace Prize (1964)Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977, posthumous) Congressional Gold Medal (2004, posthumous)
Major monuments:
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial (planned)
Alma mater:
Morehouse CollegeCrozer Theological SeminaryBoston University
Religion:
Baptist
Influences
Jesus Christ, Abraham Lincoln, Theodor Herzl, Mahatma Gandhi, Benjamin Mays, Rosa Parks, Bayard Rustin, Henry David Thoreau, Howard Thurman, Leo Tolstoy
Influenced
Albert Lutuli, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton
Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” Speech
Stevie Wonder singing Happy Birthday to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
With Great Admiration,
Linda Mose Meadows, author
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s and God’s Promises

https://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com

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