St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

 

Announcing our Interim Rector, The Rev. Canon Dr. Peter B Stube

Interim Rector Role: As Interim Priest or Rector, Peter will serve as Rector of Saint Matthew’s Church.  He will provide leadership, pastoral care, teaching, and preaching.  In his Interim Role, Peter will support the congregation in our spiritual growth as we begin to discover and articulate our identity in Jesus Christ.  Peter will support us…

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My Dear Brother’s and Sisters in Christ:

My life and yours (in terms of your life as a member of St. Matthew’s) are about to change.  We will acknowledge this transition on Sunday, June 9.  I chose June 9 as the final Sunday with you because it is the logical end of the program year, and because it is the day of…

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Readings and Reflections for The Day of Pentecost

Dear Friends, This will be the last of the Sunday notes I’ll be sending out as part of the ministry I’ve had as Rector of St. Matthew’s. It has been a joy to be able to reflect on the Sunday lessons with you, and I pray that you will continue in the practice of looking at the…

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Readings and Reflections for the Seventh Sunday of Easter

Acts 16:16-34 Revelation 22:12-14,16-17,20-21 John 17:20-26 Dear Friends, In the Lesson from Acts 16 we hear of Paul and Silas being thrown in prison.  Even when in chains, they live their faith by praying and singing hymns as a witness to the other prisoners.  When an earthquake breaks open the jail, they do not flee but finish…

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Readings and Reflections for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts 16:9-15 Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5 John 14:23-29 Dear Friends, In Chapter 14 of John’s Gospel, Jesus explains the new relationship his disciples will have with him as the risen Lord.  To those who love him and continue with his teaching, Jesus says that he and the Father will come and make their home with them.  Even…

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Readings and Reflections for the Fifth Sunday in Easter

Acts 11:1-18 Revelation 21:1-6 John 13:31-35 Dear Friends, In John’s Gospel, Jesus speaks with his disciples on the evening before his death and resurrection, telling them of his coming glory.  By means of his death on a cross, Jesus is going to God and the events that follow (his resurrection and the Easter faith of his…

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Readings and Reflections for the Third Sunday of Easter

· Acts 9:1-6, (7-20) · Revelation 5:11-14 · John 21:1-19 Dear Friends, John’s Gospel continues the accounts of Jesus’ resurrection appearances with a scene on the shore of Lake Galilee.  While the disciples are fishing, an unrecognized Jesus directs them to a catch of fish.  Upon recognizing the Lord, they come ashore and join him for a breakfast.  This…

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Readings and Reflections for the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

· Luke 19:28-40  (Palm Liturgy) ·  Isaiah 50:4-9a   (Passion Liturgy) ·  Philippians 2:5-11 ·  Luke 22:14-23:56 ·  or Luke 23:1-49 Dear Friends, The title of this Sunday reveals the conflicting themes that we attempt to address on one morning:  The festive entry of Jesus into Jerusalem set alongside the suffering and rejection of Good Friday.  Perhaps the Prayer Book editors wanted to…

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Readings and Reflections for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

· Isaiah 43:16-21 · Philippians 3:4b-14 · John 12:1-8 Dear Friends, The prophet Isaiah describes the promise of the Lord who prepares for the restoration of his people by making a way for them in the desert.  The Lord will do a new thing that refreshes and restores a people who had been defeated and exiled. In John’s Gospel we hear of…

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Readings and Reflections for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

 Joshua 5:9-12  2 Corinthians 5:16-21  Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Dear Friends, Luke’s Gospel gives us the precious story popularly called “The Prodigal Son,” although the true central figure is the Loving Father, who has two sons. No single story told by Jesus may have been able to so succinctly summarize his entire ministry. He tells it to…

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