Mariners Lodge #150 Barnegat, NJ
1Oct/16Off

A Message From The East

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

From the east

 

Brethren,

Four Things

Four things a man must learn to do

if he would make his record true:

to think without confusion clearly;

to love his fellow-man sincerely;

to act from honest motives purely;

to trust in God

and Heaven securely.

  • Henry Van Dyke

Surely Freemasons satisfy the four things required by the poet to maintain a true record as evidenced by your progress through the three masonic degrees. On your first entry into the Lodge you professed your trust in God. This trust was further emphasized in the Charge and Reception Address, and you were charged to be true to yourself and exercise the Golden Rule. The Fellowcraft and Master Mason Degrees continued to stress the duties you owe to God, your neighbor, and yourself. If you follow these precepts, you can not materially err.

Fraternally,

Gregory J. Stevens,WM 2016

2Sep/160

A Message From The East

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

From the east
Brethren,

   The chief architect of Solomon’s Temple was and is often referred to as “The Builder”. The term is also applied generally to the Craft, for every speculative Mason is as much a builder as was his operative predecessor. Masons are also known as moral builders. As the operative Mason spreads the cement to bind the stone, speculative Masons spread Brotherly love, relief, and truth to bind men morally and spiritually. The operative builder builds for a century and the speculative builds for eternity. In this sense, “The Builder” is the most noble title that can be bestowed upon a Mason.

Fraternally,
Gregory J. Stevens, WM 2016

2Jun/160

A Message From The East

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

From the east
Brethren,
 
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter, for there will always be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
 
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
 
Be yourself; especially, do not feign affection. Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
 
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune, but do not stress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
 
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here, and whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
 
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors or aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann 1927
 
Gregory J. Stevens, Worshipful Master 2016
1May/160

From The East

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

From the east

Brethren,
 
Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours, or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you own or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.
 
So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire. The wins and losses which once seemed so important will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end. It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
 
So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured? What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave. What will matter is not your success, but your significance.
 
What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught. What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example. What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone. What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those that loved you. What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.
 
Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice. Choose to live a life that matters. It really matters!
 
Fraternally,
 
Gregory J. Stevens, Worshipful Master 2016
2Apr/160

A Message From The East

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

From the east
Brethren,
 
   Are you a source of light or of darkness? We create our own reality. What we expect from life is what we receive. If we expect and look for the trouble, disagreement, and negativity in situations that is what we are sure to find. If, however, we expect and look for the good, cooperative, and positive outcomes in situations, that is what we will experience.
 
   Life cannot, and does not always go smoothly. We cannot appreciate the good times and the joys that life brings without the rough times and the sadness that must cross our path on occasion. It is our response to these times that defines who we are. It is easy to fall into the trap of negativity or darkness, but, with effort on our part, and the assistance of our brothers, we can instead choose to open our eyes to the light. My brothers, that light is brotherly love. Love is being positive and expecting the best life has to offer.
 
   Love is knowing that where there is hope and understanding, there can be peace and harmony to work together toward a common goal.
 
Fraternally,
Gregory J. Stevens,
Worshipful Master 2016
7Mar/160

A Message From The East

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

From the east
Brethren,
 
Members come to Masonry for many reasons. Because of a relative, because of a friend, because of fellowship, because of curiosity, or maybe because they think they will get ahead. The reason we join is irrelevant. After joining, we found men who treated us with brotherly love. This, in turn, relieved the stress of the day. It also gave us a feeling of self worth and helped us see the true meaning of Freemasonry. The fast movement of everyday life causes a lot of changes in our life styles. We move from one situation to another at such a speed that, most of the time, we seldom see the conclusion of one problem before another one comes. Except if it doesn’t turn out right, then we hear every detail of what went wrong. That is where freemasonry comes in. We come to Lodge to meet new and old friends that demand nothing from us. Thus we demand nothing from our brethren. We teach and are taught a more even way to live and cope with problems. We learn that all that matters is within ourselves. We learn through watching others that a better way to do anything is through Love, Understanding, and Trust. As we speed on through the world, we come to Lodge for a little bit of peace and understanding, we come to slow down, we come because this is: Where the Fast Lane Ends
 
Fraternally,
Gregory J. Stevens, Worshipful Master 2016
1Feb/160

A Message From The East

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

From the east

Brethren,

I want to start this message with a quote I found from an unknown author - “Good ritualistic work is a beauty to behold, but it can only be good if it is rehearsed many times. A play, a movie, or television has been rehearsed many, many times. Hence, many of our brethren stay home to watch television.” My message is simple. I want to invite every member of the lodge to come back to a meeting. There are lots of reasons to stay home on Monday nights, but come on back, and see what you have been missing.

Fraternally,

Gregory J. Stevens, Worshipful Master 2016

3Jan/160

A Message From The East

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

From the east

Brethren,
 
I first want to thank you for electing me as Worshipful Master this year. I also want to thank Worshipful Brother Jeff Rawley for his outstanding service as Worshipful Master in 2015. He is a real motivator and did a excellent job governing the Craft this past year. The work that got done by donations alone (windows, refrigerator, toy drive) was outstanding and speaks to what the members of this Lodge are capable of accomplishing. With help from the officers in this year’s line, I know we can continue this excellent work.I would like to end with this quote from George Washington:
 
“It is most reverently to be wished, that the conduct of every member of the fraternity, as well as those publications that discover the principles which actuate them, may tend to convince mankind that the grand object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race.”
 
Have a happy and healthy New Year.
 
Fraternally,
Gregory J. Stevens,
Worshipful Master 2016
1Dec/150

A Message From The East

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

From the east

Brethren,
First of all, I’d like to thank you for putting your trust in me as Master for the past year. There are many people who helped make this year very successful and I thank you all. We had the pleasure of making many good Masons and I expect that this will continue. We need to continue to remind ourselves that part of being a good Mason is helping people who are less fortunate. With Christmas around the corner I would encourage everyone to support our toy drive, since so many children will go without gifts due to no fault of their own. With the elected line being installed on December 12th, I know the Lodge is in great hands and good things will follow. I encourage everyone to continue to support Freemasonry.
 
Fraternally,
WM Jeffrey Rawley

 

1Oct/150

A Message From the East

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

From the east

Brethren,

With fall coming just around the corner, I hope everyone will enjoy the nice weather before winter gets here. My year is coming to an end soon and I’ve come to find that every decision made by the Master is not going to be universally liked. With that being said, I would like to remind everyone that decisions are made for the benefit of the craft and should not be taken personally. At the end of the day, we should remain united. I would like to personally thank the people that helped with both Pirates Day and Ashes in the Alley. Being active will continue to assure the health and well being of the Lodge.

Respectfully,
WM Jeffrey Rawley