St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

When Christmas isn’t Merry

Thirteen years ago, Christmas was a sad and lonely time for me. My marriage was over, my toddler was living with my ex-wife in another state and I didn’t really feel like Christmas was something I wanted to celebrate. I hoped and prayed for a Christmas Miracle, for my marriage and family to be reunited…

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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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Lessons and Reflections for the First Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 64:1-9 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:24-37 Dear Friends, The new church year begins with Advent – a four week season that looks to the coming of Christ.  The season works “backwards to front” in that it begins with the “final” or “second” coming of Christ, before moving towards our celebration of Christ’s birth or “first” coming at…

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Lessons and Reflections for the Last Sunday of Pentecost – Christ the King Sunday

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 Ephesians 1:15-23 Matthew 25:31-46 The prophet Ezekiel declares a day when God will seek out his scattered and wounded people and judge between the “fat sheep and lean sheep” – the “fat sheep” being those who use their wealth and power to exploit the weak and poor.  The Lord will accomplish this by raising up a new…

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Lessons and Reflections for the 24th Sunday after Pentecost

Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Matthew 25:14-30 Dear Friends, As we come to the final weeks of the church calendar year, we find the Sunday lessons focusing on themes of last things and final judgment. In classic prophetic style, Zephaniah declares the day of the Lord/ day of wrath.  I read “wrath” here not to mean a…

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St. Matthew’s will remember the life of Fr. Vince Liddle

  Our beloved Fr. Vince died yesterday on the Feast of All the Saints, at peace and surrounded by his family.  The Burial Office will be held at 11 a.m. this Saturday, November 4, at Saint Matthew’s.  The family will greet visitors beginning at 9:30 a.m. with a reception following the service at a nearby…

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Mwamba Foundation Directors Visits St. Matthew’s

This Sunday, we were blessed to have Dorcas and the Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Chemengich visit us from their home in Kitale, Kenya.  Dorcas and Emmanuel are the founders of the Mwamba Foundation, a non-profit foundation formed to transform lives and communities in Kitale region of Kenya for sustainable human socio-economic development.  Since approximately 2002, St….

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Lessons and Reflections for the 21st Sunday after Pentecost

Leviticus 19:1-2,15-18 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 Matthew 22:34-46   Chapter 19 of Leviticus describes how Israel is to live as a people who reflect and embody God’s own holiness. In these verses this looks like giving honor to family, to the Sabbath day of the Lord, and shunning false worship. Holiness requires justice in all relationships without favoritism, no…

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The Love of God is never ending

“Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.” Collect for Purity, Book of Common Prayer pg 355   I am…

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Lessons and Reflections for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost

In the reading from Isaiah, we hear the words of God to Cyrus, a foreign ruler, who is nonetheless called “anointed” = called, chosen, and empowered by God for God’s own purposes.  The working of the Lord is not limited to those who believe in or worship him!  The Lord of all can work his plan…

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