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.

Monday, December 31, 2018


“We all live lives that are complicated and that at times, with infinite variation, feel overwhelming. But we know people in our immediate world who step beyond themselves, into care. If you know them up close, you know they are not saints or heroes—take note of that, and take comfort. Feel how when you extend a kindness, however simple, you are energized and not depleted.”
-Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, page 136.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Get swept up in the action!

“If God chooses Mary as his instrument, if God himself wants to come into this world in the manger at Bethlehem, that is no idyllic family affair, but the beginning of a complete turnaround, a reordering of everything on Earth. If we wish to take part in this Advent and Christmas event, then we cannot simply be bystanders or onlookers, as if we were at the theater, enjoying all the cheerful images. No, we ourselves are swept up into the action there, into this conversion of all things. We have to play our part too on this stage, for the spectator is already an actor. We cannot withdraw.”
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Mystery of Holy Night