St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

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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Confirmation 2018

    On February 4, 16 young men and women took the step to re-affirm their baptisms during the 10:30 a.m. service.  With the help of mentors and the rector, they spent a year deepening their relationship with Jesus Christ and learning what it means to be called a Child of God.  As part of…

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Readings and Reflections for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany

2 Kings 2:1-12 Psalm 50 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 Mark 9:2-9 Dear Friends, This Sunday that precedes the season of Lent always focuses on the story of Jesus when he is “transfigured” in prayer as recorded in Mark’s Gospel.  Matthew and Luke also tell this story of the experience of a small group of disciples. They see Jesus radiant with a…

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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 Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Deuteronomy 18:15-20  Psalm 111 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Mark 1:21-28 Dear Friends, Deuteronomy 18:15-20. Surrounded by many nations who practiced witchcraft, consulted mediums, or cast fortunes in various ways, Moses reminds the people of Israel that the Lord raises up prophets to guide them, just as Moses himself was led by God to guide Israel.  God…

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Readings and Reflections for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Psalm 62 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 Mark 1:14-20 Dear Friends, The reluctant prophet Jonah, having learned that he could not run away from God (chapters 1 and 2), now follows the Lord’s desire that he go and call the people of Nineveh to turn away from their evil deeds.  The entire city hears 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 for the 1st Sunday after the Epiphany

Genesis 1:1-5 Acts 19:1-7 Psalm 29 Mark 1:4-11  Dear Friends,  The opening words of Genesis point us to the Creator/Father who speaks light into the dark and formless void. The Spirit/wind of God moves over the face of the waters and God brings forth the light and order that allow life to begin.  Mark’s Gospel records the baptism…

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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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