Saturday, March 25, 2017

"Demand structural changes that favor the reign of God" ~ Archbishop Oscar Romero

"The church is obliged by its evangelical mission to demand structural changes that favor the reign of God and a more just and comradely way of life. Unjust social structures are the roots of all violence and disturbances. … Those who benefit from obsolete structures react selfishly to any kind of change."
Archbishop Oscar Romero, November 1979. Today is the anniversary of his martyrdom.

hat tip to Sojourners online

Feast of the Annunciation

Images by He Qi and Jan Oliver-Schultz, courtesy of Bishop Tom Ely of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont

The Annunciation

Pour your grace into our hearts, O Lord, that we who have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ, announced by an angel to the Virgin Mary, may by his cross and passion be brought to the glory of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Join the Bishop's Bible Challenge!

Having read the entire Bible a few times earlier in my own journey of faith, I know the benefits (and challenges!) of working your way through this Holy text.  About a month ago, I joined in with Bishop Gutierrez and the Diocese of Pennsylvania and the "Bishop's Bible Challenge" to read the entire Old and New Testaments in one calendar year.  I encourage you to join in with this great effort.  There are also ways to connect with other good folks in the Diocese of PA who are working their way through the Bible.  Give it some thought and prayer, and consider joining us!



The Rev. Peter M. Carey

Join the Bishop's Bible Challenge! 


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"Together the diocese is reading the Bible,
bringing God into our lives, and it is transformative."   
~Bishop Gutiérrez

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 Begin with today's reading or an earlier one!
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Monday, March 20, 2017

An unfinished church

“So, you have discovered that St. Mary’s is an unfinished church. Those soaring arches and unfinished upper walls are awaiting completion with timeless patience. The symbolism of the unfinished structure is a parable. The Church is not yet finished either. The Church is as unfinished as is every human soul. We, the Church, have not yet become all we are called to be. St. Mary’s is beautiful in its incompleteness.” 

~Marjorie R. Maurer

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Rev. Peter M. Carey Called to be Rector of St. Mary's Episcopal Church ~ Philadelphia

The Rev. Peter M. Carey called to be Rector of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Philadelphia in the Diocese of Pennsylvania

The Reverend Peter M. Carey
Appointed Rector of St. Mary’s

It is with great joy that we announce the appointment of the Reverend Peter Michael Carey as Rector of St. Mary’s Church.
Peter comes to us from Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, FL where he served as Chaplain, Rector and Pastor at the coeducational Episcopal School of 1,300 students for the past three years.
Peter is a native of Middlebury, Vermont and earned a B.A. degree from Bates College, an M.Ed. from George Washington University, and a Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. Peter is no stranger to the Philadelphia area; from 2000-2004 he was a religion and history teacher at Episcopal Academy.  During his time here he served occasionally as liturgist and preacher at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Chestnut Hill.  Peter was sponsored for seminary by the Diocese of Pennsylvania and was ordained to the diaconate at the Philadelphia Cathedral.  
After seminary at Virginia Theological Seminary, he served as Head Chaplain at St. Catherine’s Episcopal School in Richmond, VA, then as Associate Rector at Emmanuel Episcopal Church and as Senior Associate Rector at St. Paul’s Memorial Church, both in Charlottesville, VA.   In these roles he collaborated with the rectors to lead the parishes, taught a variety of Christian formation classes, served as preacher on a regular basis, and assisted in church finance and administration.
He will be joined at St. Mary’s by his wife, Lisa, a career independent school educator.  Their children, Zach (14), Sam (11) and Lily (9) are excited to join the St. Mary’s family this summer. In his leisure time, Peter enjoys reading, cycling, and hiking with family.

Peter’s appointment is the result of more than a year of hard work and dedication by our Discernment Committee:  Joanne Ey (co-chair), Elizabeth Lowther (co-chair), Valerie James, Pat Sirianni, Christine Snyder, Emily Starr, Virginia Trimble, Olivia Van Osten, and Abby York. We offer our sincere thanks to them for their tireless efforts.
Peter brings rich and varied liturgical, pastoral, and academic experience and an upbeat, engaging personality to St. Mary’s.  We eagerly look forward to him joining us on Trinity Sunday.
Yours in faith,

The Vestry of St. Mary’s

Keep us, Lord

Collect for the Third Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Have mercy

Collect for the Second Sunday in Lent

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Live in justice and peace

Grant, O God, that your holy and life giving Spirit may so move every human heart that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.