St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania
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What are you doing for Lent?

    Are you “giving up something?” Are you “taking up” something?  A little of both?  Some things to consider: Take up a book.  A classic on the core practices of Christian life is Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster.  This is available through Amazon.com, and I’m so old I read it when it first…

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Readings and Reflections for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Isaiah 40:21-31 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 Psalm 147: 1-12, 21c Mark 1:29-39 Dear Friends, The prophet Isaiah paints a vivid contrast between the Creator of all, who “sits above the circle of the earth” with human princes and rulers.  These rulers may appear powerful in their day, but come to nothing as sure as grass turns to straw. …

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The Bishop is coming to St. Matthew’s

The word “Episcopal” literally means “Bishop.”  We are a church with Bishops, not unlike the Roman Catholic or Eastern Churches.  Other Protestant churches often have leaders or committees with different names who offer very similar leadership to that of a Bishop.   Our current Bishop, Daniel Gutierrez, is still fairly new to our Diocese (the…

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Readings and Reflections for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany

1 Corinthians 6:12-20 1 Samuel 3:1-10 Psalm 139 John 1:43:51 The boy Samuel is destined to be a great prophet of God. But he must first learn how to identify when the word of the Lord speaks and how to respond. Hearing his name in the night, he does not recognize the Lord’s call and thinks he is…

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Readings and Reflections on the First Sunday After Christmas

Isaiah 61:10-62:3 Galatians 3:23-25,4:4-7 John 1:1-18  Isaiah 61 celebrates with great joy the coming vindication/salvation of Zion/Jerusalem.  Vindication, because the people of Israel will be lifted from disgrace and exile and restored as a nation.  Salvation, because they will receive a “new name” as the beloved people of God who are no longer forsaken.  Originally this…

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Christmas This Year: A Meditation

“In the beginning was the Word…in him was life, and the life was the light of humanity. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it…the true light that enlightens everyone has come into the world.” (John 1:1-5,9) It is very easy to see the darkness that is around us. Our…

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