Friday, August 7, 2020

Update from the Diocese of PA




Jesus calls us to love one another. In that spirit, our annual Diocesan Convention will be entirely virtual this year. It will begin with worship on November 6, 2020 and continue with an abbreviated session November 7.  The details are still being finalized but it will focus on essentials like elections and the 2021 budget. While Bishop GutiĆ©rrez’s formal Call to Convention will be issued at a later date, the Convention Arrangements Committee would like you to be aware of the following information at this time.

  • Resolutions that propose changes to diocesan canons or the Diocesan Constitution are due 90 days prior to Convention, or August 10, and should be submitted to Stephen P. Chawaga, Esq., schawaga@episcopallegalaid.org.
  • Other resolutions are due 60 days prior to Convention, or September 8, and should be submitted to the chair of the Resolutions Committee, Karen Lash at klashklash@verizon.net using the format found at https://diopa.org/uploads/attachments/ckdklk0w94i0u2wqs0ff01xa2-resolutions-form.docx
  • Questions about resolutions should be referred to the Chair of the Resolutions Committee, Karen Lash, klash.klash@verizon.net.
  • Pre-convention meetings begin in September. The schedule will be available later in August. Hearings for the 2021 budget are held three times in August – 8/128/20, 8/27. Convention Registration will also open later in August.

The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates to stand for election. Click on the committees below for more information on what that committee does. You may nominate yourself or someone else by contacting the committee chairs, the Rev. Jim Littrell (james.littrell@gmail.com) and/or Dr. Evelyn Partridge (drpartridge@verizon.net) or you may go directly to Member365 and complete the form by September 25.

Positions to Fill:        2 Lay Trustees           3-Year Term

Positions to Fill:        1 Clergy                    3-Year Term
                                   4 Lay Person             3-year Term

Positions to Fill:        3 Clergy                    3-year Term
                                   2 Lay Person             3-year Term
                                   1 Lay Person              Unexpired Term (1 year)
                                   1 Lay Person              Unexpired Term (2 years)

Positions to Fill:        2 Clergy                    3-year Term
                                   2 Lay                         3-year Term

General Convention Alternates
Positions to Fill:        4 Clergy                    3-year Term
                                   4 Lay Person             3-year Term

Church Attorney     
Position to Fill :          1 Lay Person              3-year Term

Board of Trustees                                       
Positions to Fill:        1 Clergy                     3-year Term
                                   2 Lay                          3-year Term

Positions to Fill:        1 Clergy                    3-year Term
                                   1 Lay Person             3-year Term


A reminder: The initial mailing with the Call to Convention will be disseminated by email and by snail mail to those for whom we have no email address. All information after the initial mailing will be shared online only, so those without Internet access are asked to designate a contact who does have email and is willing to print out information.
We look forward to our annual gathering. All updates will be shared in the weekly newsletter and on our main web page.


Convention Arrangements Committee
The Rev. Benjamin Wallis

Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania | 23 E. Airy StreetNorristown, PA 19401

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Baptismal Covenant - Wednesdays at Noon

Baptismal Covenant - Wednesdays at Noon



Join our Rector, the Rev. Peter Carey in saying the Baptismal Covenant together at noon today, and each Wednesday at noon.

Click HERE to say the Baptismal Covenant with Peter via YouTube 


The Baptismal Covenant


CelebrantDo you believe in God the Father?
PeopleI believe in God, the Father almighty,
    creator of heaven and earth.
 
CelebrantDo you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
PeopleI believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
    He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
        and born of the Virgin Mary.
    He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
        was crucified, died, and was buried.
    He descended to the dead.
    On the third day he rose again.
    He ascended into heaven,
        and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
 
CelebrantDo you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
PeopleI believe in the Holy Spirit,
    the holy catholic Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting.
 
CelebrantWill you continue in the apostles' teaching and
fellowship, in the breaking of the bread, and in the
prayers?
PeopleI will, with God's help.
 
CelebrantWill you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever
you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
PeopleI will, with God's help


CelebrantWill you proclaim by word and example the Good
News of God in Christ?
PeopleI will, with God's help.
 
CelebrantWill you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving
your neighbor as yourself?
PeopleI will, with God's help.
 
CelebrantWill you strive for justice and peace among all
people, and respect the dignity of every human
being?
PeopleI will, with God's help.

Monday, August 3, 2020

In the beginning was the Word



John 1:1-18 (NRSV)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.'”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.


Sunday, August 2, 2020

2August2020 ~ Morning Prayer at St Mary's Episcopal Church

2August2020 ~ Morning Prayer 

at St Mary's Episcopal Church



Blessed Morning! Join us for worship and music!

2 August 2020 ~ Morning Prayer, Music and Compline on the 9th Sunday after Pentecost



Good Morning Beloved Parishioners,

Join me for Morning Prayer on YouTube at 10am and Compline at 7:30pm

Morning Prayer

Compline

Enjoy music played by Jonathan Stark, Organist, St Mary's Episcopal Church

Sam Batt Owens' setting of "I come with joy to meet my Lord" (#304 in Hymnal 1982) Alfred Fedak's setting of "O God of Bethel, by whose hand" (#709 in Hymnal 1982) Seth Bingham's setting of "Break Thou the Bread of Life" (#146 in Lift Every Voice and Sing II) John Carter's setting of "How Great Thou Art" (#60 in Lift Every Voice and Sing II) and.... a little bonus piece at the end!

Worship with Bishop Gutierrez
You also may enjoy participating with our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Daniel Gutierrez this morning at 9am for worship, music and preaching.


Collect for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost
Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; 
and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, 
protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, 
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessings to you all!

In Christ's Love,

~Peter+

The Rev. Peter M. Carey, Rector
St. Mary's Episcopal Church

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Baptismal Covenant - Wednesdays at Noon

Baptismal Covenant - Wednesdays at Noon



Join our Rector, the Rev. Peter Carey in saying the Baptismal Covenant together at noon today, and each Wednesday at noon.

Click HERE to say the Baptismal Covenant with Peter via YouTube 


The Baptismal Covenant


CelebrantDo you believe in God the Father?
PeopleI believe in God, the Father almighty,
    creator of heaven and earth.
 
CelebrantDo you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
PeopleI believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
    He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
        and born of the Virgin Mary.
    He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
        was crucified, died, and was buried.
    He descended to the dead.
    On the third day he rose again.
    He ascended into heaven,
        and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
 
CelebrantDo you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
PeopleI believe in the Holy Spirit,
    the holy catholic Church,
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and the life everlasting.
 
CelebrantWill you continue in the apostles' teaching and
fellowship, in the breaking of the bread, and in the
prayers?
PeopleI will, with God's help.
 
CelebrantWill you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever
you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
PeopleI will, with God's help


CelebrantWill you proclaim by word and example the Good
News of God in Christ?
PeopleI will, with God's help.
 
CelebrantWill you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving
your neighbor as yourself?
PeopleI will, with God's help.
 
CelebrantWill you strive for justice and peace among all
people, and respect the dignity of every human
being?
PeopleI will, with God's help.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Church views








7th Sunday after Pentecost

Dear Beloved Parishioners, 
 
Join me today for Morning Prayer and Compline, and also enjoy the wonderful musical offerings from our talented organist, Jonathan Stark.  

Collect for the 7th Sunday after Pentecost

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Almighty God, who created us in your image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Link for Morning Prayer at 10am

https://youtu.be/RBZYBUlml8Q


Musical Offerings from Jonathan Stark

On our YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU9NTjXV4ocl0WBliZyYRuQ


Compline service at 7:30

In Christ's Love, 

~Peter+

What does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God - Micah 6:8

The Rev. Peter M. Carey, Rector
St. Mary's Episcopal Church - Cathedral Road

Monday, July 13, 2020

13 July 2020 ~ Letter from Bishop Gutierrez

13 July 2020 ~ Letter from Bishop Gutierrez

But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.
2 Corinthians 4:7-12

July 13, 2020

For the past two weeks, Jesus, in our Gospel readings, teaches us about God the loving and great sower. We learn of the importance of good soil and seeds and the evildoers' judgment. We are also gifted with the hope of abundance that occurs through preparation, justice, and faithfulness.

Each one of us at one time has ventured into a garden and attempted to plant new life. Within each seed, God has implanted a unique DNA, which holds the promise of great potential. Yet each seed must not only be nurtured; it must be covered over and transformed in isolation. The shell must be broken open for new life to occur.

In many ways, this is our present reality. We are being planted and broken like those seeds and at the same time the possibility of new life and ministry is developing. Yet, we have to endure the elements as the abundance of life is embedded deep within our faith and heart. As we journey forward, we have once again seen evil manifest itself through racism, murder, and hate. And at times it may feel like that evil threatens to overwhelm us. Yet we do not despair. We step forward because we have within our souls the ability to endure, overcome, and bring new life to the world. We do so because God has implanted the same sacred and unique potential that was present in Jesus Christ into our souls. Thus, the passage from Paul takes on greater clarity. We are afflicted and not crushed, perplexed but not despairing, persecuted but not forsaken, struck down but not destroyed.

Now more than ever, amid this endless year, we must reflect on the Body of Christ's strength. God is always most present in the simple and mundane. In the presence of family and friends, on the way to work, working through your faith to find ways to combat injustice, sacredly listening, or sitting at home while holding the health of our siblings up in prayer. As we do this, we must constantly reflect and ask ourselves how do our words and actions demonstrate to a skeptical world that we believe what we proclaim and are truly disciples of Jesus Christ? This is often far more difficult than responding in the ways of the world.

This is also a time to take care of yourself. We have a long path ahead as we deal with COVID and the sin of racism. Check on one another, take care of one another, and love one another. If you feel you are at a breaking point, there is no shame in seeking professional help. We need one another, united in Christ, to walk this path with strength so that Jesus will be visible in our bodies.

Dismantling White Supremacy, Racism and Injustice
I have committed that the presence of racism, hate, and white supremacy, both in us as individuals and as present in our culture and legal structures, is the cross that our diocese will carry. Each month I will keep this at the forefront of our diocesan conversations. We cannot allow the "next" news cycle or a short memory to distract us from the necessity of our call to step into this pain and face this sin.

As a diocese, we cannot speak of healing unless we fully enter into and understand the pain that has occurred. Our work will be long, painful, and honest. The Loving Presence group –a dedicated group of clergy - is developing a covenant as well as short, medium and long-term goals. In a few weeks, they will be expanding the membership so that the laity can build upon their initial work. This ministry is working hand in hand with the Anti-Racism Commission and the Absalom Jones Committee. If we are ever to truly dismantle the sin of white supremacy and systemic racism, we must have a revolution of the heart as a people and as a church. 

COVID
We are currently in the Yellow Phase of our slow re-entry back into in-person worship. I must reiterate that the safest option is always not to gather in-person. For those churches who have prayerfully discerned to wait; we support you. We have seen cases rise exponentially throughout the country, and I will not risk one life in our diocese.  Never fear, God is always present.

There may be some who still believe that we are conservative in our approach. I want to share a story that recently occurred in our diocese. One of our churches was carefully following all of the protocols. One of their parishioners was not feeling well on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, the parishioner seemed to recover and decided to attend the Sunday service. The next day, the parishioner was confirmed positive for COVID. The church subsequently had to suspend worship for three weeks, follow the contact tracing protocols and instruct everyone in attendance to be tested. In the meantime, they were also advised to self-isolate.

Churches are now identified as one of the primary spreaders.  As we continue to discern the most faithful way forward, we are constantly in communication with local government and health officials and our decisions are made with the latest factual information. I will be reviewing the numbers and will decide if we will continue in the Yellow Phase. We will inform the diocese on July 23. I would also like all of us to be prepared for a potential spike in the fall. If that occurs, we will revert to the Red Phase. We have faith and put our trust in God; however, we are taking no chances with the lives of the faithful of this beloved diocese.

Finally, please encourage your clergy to take time to recharge, rest and take vacation. They have been working endlessly during this time caring for you and the church. Although our journey is a marathon, they have been running it like a sprint. 

I pray for you, I love you deeply, and we will be stronger as a church. God is with us, and the Risen Christ is present with us as we grow. Be not afraid. God brings forth the potential of the seeds he planted with in us. And if we press on in faith, we will yield a harvest of love that will transform our world.  

Your brother in Christ,
Bishop Daniel


     
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Sunday, July 12, 2020

6th Sunday after Pentecost


Dear Beloved Parishioners, 

I miss you all, and want you to know that you are in my daily prayers.  
 
Join me today for Morning Prayer and Compline, and also enjoy the wonderful musical offerings from our talented organist, Jonathan Stark.  

Collect for the 6th Sunday after Pentecost

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.



Almighty God, who created us in your image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Link for Morning Prayer at 10am

https://youtu.be/6230vsh5LOM


Musical Offerings from Jonathan Stark

On our YouTube Channel:

https://youtu.be/8w4lqgMKXv0


Compline service at 7:30

In Christ's Love, 

~Peter+

What does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God - Micah 6:8