Thursday, January 31, 2019

You are ever with me

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.

I cannot know for certain where it will end.
nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore will I trust you always though
I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

– Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude (1958)

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The Holy Land Pilgrimage
The Bishop and several members of the Diocese are traveling throughout the Holy Land. Today is day 5 of their pilgrimage. "On pilgrimage we bring things to leave behind, and we find new things to pick up. They become part of us, the journey changes us."Follow us on Facebook for trip photos and information.

The Butterfly Circle (2/7, Holy Nativity Rockledge)
The Butterfly Circle, is a circle of women who will support one another in a safe place for connecting through love, laughter & sisterhood. It meets the first Thursday of the month. More details.

Music that Makes Community(2/15-2/16, St. Christopher's Church, Gladwyne)
This diocesan-sponsored event is meant to help people connect and learn through singing. The Saturday event will be structured around leadership practices and songs for intergenerational worship. More details here.

Absalom Jones Celebration (2/9, Philadelphia Cathedral)
The Right Reverend Carl Walter Wright, Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Services and Federal Ministries, will preach at the celebration. Acolytes needed. More details here.

History and Race (2/23, St. Asaph's)
This is one of four trainings led by the Anti-Racism Commission throughout the year. This interactive workshop session will focus on the roots of slavery in our country from earlier that the time we became a country.More details here.

Parochial Reports and Budget Basics (2/23, St. Timothy's)
Parochial Report got your puzzled? Budgets got you baffled? We are here to help. Come get expert guidance on completing the Parochial Report and the basics of budgeting. The workshop is free.  More details here.
UTO Grants (3/1 deadline)
The focus of the 2019 UTO grants will be crossing boundaries created by race, culture, and economics to create communities that listen deeply and learn to live like Jesus. More details here.

Proposals for Wapiti (4/4 deadline)
In his message to the Diocese from 1/3, the Bishop outlined a timeline for Wapiti. You can read that message here. The deadline for Wapiti proposals is 4/4. The RFP is listed here.

Now Accepting Applications
for Program Grants (4/15 deadline)
Does your congregation have a program or ministry that could use financial support from our Diocese? Have you wanted to start a new ministry or continue an old one, but just do not have the finances to do so?More details here.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Answer readily the call

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

The Light of the World

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Charles Lawrence, renowned stained-glass artist ~ Funeral at 10am ~ Saturday, January 12th

Noted American stained-glass artist and longtime Mt. Airy resident Charles Z. Lawrence died on Jan. 1, at 83. Lawrence, who began his career in 1956 as an apprentice to master craftsman Rudolph Henrick Beunz, was known for a bold, gothic revival style best typified by five windows in the Washington National Cathedral.
In the 1960s, while attending design school at Pratt Institute in New York City, Lawrence worked in the glass department of the Rambusch Decorating Studio where he perfected skills in glass painting and color selection.
In 1968, he went to work for the Willets Stained Glass studio in Chestnut Hill, where he went on complete prestigious commissions for the National Cathedral, the Temple of the Latter-Day Saints, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., as well as the University of Rochester and Penn State University.
In the 1980s Lawrence established his own studio in Mt. Airy, completing additional commissions for the National Cathedral, the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Mt. Airy, St. Mary’s at the Cathedral in Andorra, the Burlington Bridge Commission in New Jersey, and the Gore-Tex Manufacturing Co. in Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Lawrence is survived by his daughter and son-in law Vanessa and Austin Watts of Brooklyn, New York, his daughter and son-in law Tracy and David Cangelosi of Chicago, Illinois, and cousin James Cannon of Frenchtown, New Jersey. A memorial service for Lawrence will take place on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary’s at the Cathedral in Andorra, 630 E Cathedral Rd. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Keystone Care Hospice, 8765 Stenton Ave, Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania 19038.