Thursday, January 23, 2020

Upcoming Events at St. Mary's!


February 23rd
10:00 am - Holy Eucharist Feast of the Transfiguration
11:00 am - Fun Family gathering after Church.
                 We will make paper origami figures to go along with
                 the Bible stories.We will serve hot dogs, desserts
                 and beverages.Feel free to bring friends and family.
                 We will also be burning the palms from last year's
                 Palm Sunday and preparing the ashes for this
                 year's Ash Wednesday.
                 (in Parish Hall)


February 26th Lent Begins ~ Ash Wednesday

4 pm - Distribution of Ashes at Bishop White Lodge

12 noon - Ash Wednesday Service and Distribution of Ashes
6:30 pm - Ash Wednesday Service and Distribution of Ashes


Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent with a special liturgy that invites the congregation into a season of reflective self-examination in preparation for Easter. The emphasis on mortality is not intended to be morbid, but rather to focus our attention on the context in which we and all creation encounter the power of resurrection. 


March 1
11:15 am - Our organist, Jonathan Stark hosts a meeting to
                  brainstorm about music at St. Mary's
                  (in Rector's office)






March 15
11:15 Vestry Meeting
April 26
11:15 Vestry Meeting
May 17
11:15 Vestry Meeting
June 7
11:15 Vestry Meeting

St. Mary's hosts the Philadelphia Theological Institute

We were glad to be able to host the Philadelphia Theological Institute yesterday with their Winter Preaching Day Workshop led by Anna Carter Florence



From the book jacket:
“This book is a gorgeous invitation to experience the Bible as a living thing. Anna Carter Florence nudges the reader, saying ‘Can you feel the breath of it on your skin? Can you see how it moves? Can you hear what it’s saying in your own ear? Can you taste both the bitter and the sweet?’ She knows that if we do this, Scripture will always, always hand over the goods. I’m so grateful for her work, her love of the Bible, and her insistence that in it we find truth.”

Nadia Bolz-Weber
— author of Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People  

“Anna Carter Florence issues a cunning, compelling invitation to her readers, namely, to recover the reading of Scripture as a communal, oral, contextual, dramatic enterprise—as though in a theater. This book is a rich resource for church folk (clergy and laity) who clamor for ‘more Bible’ but do not know how to get it. This is how to do it!”

Walter Brueggemann
— author of Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks








Monday, January 20, 2020

Martin Luther King, Jr.




“If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. And every now and then I wonder what I want them to say. Tell them not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize—that isn’t important. Tell them not to mention that I have three or four hundred other awards—that’s not important. Tell them not to mention where I went to school.
“I’d like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others. I’d like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to love somebody. I want you to say that day that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry. And I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked. I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison. I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr., from his Feb. 4, 1968 sermon delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church, exactly two months before his death

Thursday, January 2, 2020