St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania
Ftr. Peter

Letter from Father Peter

Dear friends: It has been my great privilege to serve as your interim rector this past year.  St. Matthew’s is a wonderful, healthy parish that is poised on the frontier, ready to sing new songs of Zion under the leadership of your new rector.  My task has been to challenge you and invite you to…

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Interim Rector’s Message: A Pastoral Letter Regarding the Election and Christian Responsibility

A parishioner said to a friend of mine that he did not like political sermons and my friend replied, “you must not like Jesus then because Jesus was decidedly political.” He said it with his usual humor and a smile. My friend explained he understood being political meant that we understand that Jesus is deeply…

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Interim Rector’s Message: How do we offer ourselves as a living sacrifice to God?

(Reprinted from the September 2020 issue of The Oracle.) Paul says, I beseech you sisters and brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that…

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Comfort for a Church in Times of Crisis: The Book of Revelation

Join Father Peter on Thursdays @ 4:00 p.m. during the months of August through October for a study and discussion of The Book of Revelation. Revelation is one of the more misunderstood and perhaps misused books in the Bible. It was written to the Church by St. John at the end of the first century…

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Sixth Sunday of Easter – Sermon from Sunday, May 17th, 2020

Ftr. Peter’s sermon from our Sunday service via Zoom on Sunday, May 17th. Sermon from our Sunday service via Zoom on Sunday, May 17th. Posted by St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, May 17th, 2020 If you wish to join us on Zoom for next Sunday’s service, please click here for details.

Fourth Sunday of Easter – Sermon from Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

Ftr. Peter’s sermon from our Sunday service via Zoom on Sunday, May 3rd. Sermon from our Sunday service via Zoom on Sunday, May 3rd. Posted by St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, May 3, 2020 If you wish to join us on Zoom for next Sunday’s service, please click here for details.

Second Sunday of Easter – Sermon from Sunday, April 19th, 2020

Ftr. Peter’s sermon from our Sunday service via Zoom on Sunday, April 19th. Sermon from our Sunday service via Zoom on Sunday, April 19th. Posted by St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, April 19, 2020 If you wish to join us on Zoom for next Sunday’s service, please click here for details.

Update – Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

Happy St. Cyril of Jerusalem Day.   We celebrated our first streamed service today, Noonday Prayer! Children, Youth, and Families Our Youth Ministry Coordinator is working on establishing remote education and fellowship opportunities for Saint Matthew’s families.  He and his team will be planning weekly storytelling, crafting, and prayer sessions for children and youth, as well as a discussion…

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Update – Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

A blessed St. Patrick’s Day, St. Matthew’s.   I include a brief reflection on St. Patrick and his most famous hymn below for your reflection.  The hymn number is 370 if you feel like singing.  I am including the more literal text than the one that appears in the Hymnal.  It seems more poetic. My staff…

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Update – Monday, March 16th, 2020

Good afternoon St. Matthews, Yesterday was the is the first time in 40 years of ministry that I have cancelled Sunday services.  But we have not seen a moment like this in my lifetime.  It is clear that this is the appropriate response to protect you our people, particularly those most at risk. We your…

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