St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

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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Lessons and Reflections for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 25:1-9 Psalm 23 Philippians 4:1-9 Matthew 22:1-14 The prophet Isaiah describes a day when the Lord God will redeem his people and restore them to the fullness of life.  The great feast on the mountain (Jersusalem) is a vivid picture of this time when death and sorrow are no more.  Isaiah was not likely thinking…

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Lessons and reflections for the 18th Sunday After Pentecost, October 8, 2017

Isaiah 5:1-7 Philippians 3:4b-14 Matthew 21: 33-46 The prophet Isaiah paints the scene of a vineyard that is lovingly established by its owner.  It is clear that the vineyard is the people of Israel who were set free from captivity and established by the hand of the Lord. But the “produce” of Israel has become cries and…

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Saint Matthew’s Day 2017

On September 24th, we celebrated our patronal feast day.  Our annual celebration includes a combined service beginning at 10:00 a.m. and then a parish picnic immediately following.  Each year, it seems the celebration increases in size and this year was no exception.  Over 120 parishioners and visitors joined together for lunch, fellowship, an inflatable obstacle…

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Lessons and Reflections for the 17th Sunday after Pentecost, October 1, 2017

Exodus 17:1-7 Philippians 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32 In the reading from Exodus, we hear the people of Israel contending with Moses over the lack of water. Their complaint to Moses is understood here to mean the same thing as doubting God’s guidance, since Moses is following God’s directions in leading Israel. Yet God demonstrates faithfulness and…

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Photos from our 50th Anniversary Celebration

September 10th, 2017 was the 50th anniversary of the first worship service at Saint Matthew’s.  To celebrate the occasion, the parish held a catered brunch for everyone.  Photos of the event can be found on our flickr site.    

Lessons and Reflections for Saint Matthew’s Day, Sunday September 24, 2017

Proverbs 3:1-6 Timothy 3:14-17 Matthew 9:9-13 Dear Friends, In place of the usual readings for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate the saint for whom both our Parish and one of the Gospels is named – a former tax collector named Matthew. Tax collectors of Jesus’ day were despised for serving the Romans, and making themselves wealthy at the…

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50 years

It began in the living room of Harry and Phyllis Barbin. With them were John and Margaret Vose and Roger and Marilou Haydock, to discuss the idea of a new Episcopal Church in the Maple Glen area. Conversation with Diocesan officials and local parishes followed, and the first worship service of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church…

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Sunday School this Fall

This fall holds many exciting new additions for our children’s religious formation at St. Matthew’s.  We are implementing a toddler atrium space for children from 18–35 months, in addition to welcoming all three-year-olds through fifth graders in the modular unit each week. Thanks to those who worked hard to repair and replace the decking around…

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25 years offering Nursery School

This year the Nursery School will open on Monday, September 11, 2017 and it will be the 25th anniversary year! Twenty five years ago Evelyn Randolph began the nursery school with morning classes and it quickly grew in demand to offer afternoon sessions, lunch bunch and a phenomenal enrichment program. The success of the school…

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