St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

Our patronal feast day is quickly approaching.  On Sunday Sept 23, we will be celebrating with a special service at 10:00a.m. followed by a picnic.  Sign-up to attend in the Narthex or by calling the church office.

Readings and Reflections on the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Proverbs 3:1-6 2 Timothy 3:14-17 Matthew 9:9-13 Dear Friends, Matthew 9:9-13 tells the story of Matthew’s call to follow Jesus.  In a culture where rabbis recruited “the best of the best,” it is shocking to see Jesus ask a religiously failed and worldly corrupted man to join him as a disciple. Jesus might well have told the critics of…

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Readings and Reflections on the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 50:4-9a James 3:1-12 Mark 8:27-38 Dear Friends, Isaiah here describes a servant who hears the words of the Lord and offers them to the people who are weary.  However, the speaking of God’s message only brings rejection and hardship to the messenger. Confronted with this reality, the servant trusts God to help and uphold him. In Mark’s…

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Readings and Reflections on the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 35:4-7 James 2:1-10; 14-17 Mark 7:24-37 Dear Friends, The prophet Isaiah speaks words of encouragement to a people who’ve been through disaster and see no light at the end of the tunnel.  “Be strong, fear not! Behold your God …will come and save you.” He paints for them images of eyes being opened, lame men leaping,…

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Reading and Reflections on the 15th Sunday after Pentecost

Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-9 James 1:17-27 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 In the lesson from Deuteronomy, Moses challenges the people to be faithful and careful in keeping the commandments of the Lord their God.  He notes that to do so makes a powerful living witness to the surrounding nations, who will see the wisdom and truth of God’s ways…

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Readings and Reflections on the 14th Sunday after Pentecost

Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 Ephesians 6:10-20 John 6:56-69 The scene given to us in the lesson from Joshua 24 is that of a covenant renewal.  Israel has crossed from the wilderness into the land of Canaan and taken possession of the land.  Having declared his own loyalty and commitment to serve the Lord (in the omitted verses), Joshua…

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Readings and Reflections for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost

Proverbs 9:1-6 Psalm 111 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 Dear Friends, The Book of Proverbs often speaks in terms of opposites – good and evil, wise and foolish.  In today’s chapter, the “simple” are invited to accept wisdom and become “wise”; the “immature” are invited to become people of “insight.”  In this context, wisdom and maturity would…

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Readings and Reflections on the 12th Sunday after Pentecost

1 Kings 19:4-8 Psalm 34:1-8 Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2 John 6:35, 41-51 In this reading from 1 Kings, the prophet Elijah is fed and encouraged by the intervention of angels so that he might make a 40 day journey through the wilderness to the mountain of God. John’s Gospel continues from last week, in which…

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Readings and Reflections for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 16:2-4,9-15 Psalm 78:23-29 Ephesians 4:1-16 John 6:24-35 In the reading from Exodus we hear the story of the people of Israel complaining in the wilderness after the escape from Egypt. They demand of Moses to know how they will get food and water in this place.  God responds to their complaint by providing meat…

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Readings and Reflections for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

2 King 4:42-44 Psalm 145:10-19 Ephesians 3:14-21 John 6:1-21 Dear Friends, In 2 Kings we have the story of Elijah who has twenty barley loaves to set before one hundred people. They all ate and had leftovers.  Barley loaves are small – one loaf would not quite make a meal for one person – but Elijah trusts that the…

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Readings and Reflections for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 23:1-6 Psalm 23 Ephesians 2:11-22 Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Dear Friends, The prophet Jeremiah condemns the leaders of Israel who have failed to act as proper shepherds to the people.  The Lord declares that He personally will gather his scattered and mistreated flock and raise up shepherds who will genuinely care for them. In Mark’s Gospel Jesus welcomes…

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