Friday, August 11, 2017

Prayers for peace in Charlottesville!

Prayers for peace in Charlottesville!





Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy 
defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the
love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.



Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours
of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and
chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Look down, O Lord, from your heavenly throne, and
illumine this night with your celestial brightness; that by
night as by day your people may glorify your holy Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Visit this place, O Lord, and drive far from it all snares of the 
enemy; let your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in
peace; and let your blessing be upon us always; through Jesus 
Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Forward Movement Announces Major Discipleship Conference at St. Thomas, Whitemarsh!

I am really looking forward to this conference on Discipleship which is being held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Whitemarsh, not too far at all from St. Mary's - Cathedral Road.  I heard rave reviews from the earlier "Evangelism Matters" Conference put on by Forward Movement, and I am encouraging all of our Vestry and other ministry leaders to attend the conference.

Check out the registration link below, and I hope to see you there!

~Peter Carey+



Forward Movement Announces Major Discipleship Conference

Forward Movement is pleased to announce the Discipleship Matters conference for 2017.
Episcopalians will gather October 16-18 at St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, for a conference focused on helping leaders create a culture of discipleship in their congregations.
The conference will explore Christian formation for discipleship, scripture engagement, habits of daily prayer, serving the poor, and sharing the Good News. Built on the model of the very successful Evangelism Matters conference held in Dallas in November 2016, this conference will offer keynote presentations, workshops, and networking time, and will be undergirded with Eucharist and the Daily Office. The conference will include findings from RenewalWorks, a research-based Forward Movement initiative that has identified key catalysts for spiritual vitality in congregations and for individuals. A focus on discipleship is one of those primary catalysts, based on research from nearly half a million participants across the country.
“In our work with RenewalWorks, we have learned a great deal about how to encourage spiritual growth and deeper practices in congregations,” said the Rev. Jay Sidebotham, director of RenewalWorks. “This conference gives us a wonderful way to share practices that work.”
The conference will begin at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 16, and conclude at noon on Wednesday, October 18. Conference sessions will be held at St. Thomas, and participants may stay in nearby hotels or travel from their homes, if local. Registration opens in mid-July, and more details will be available then, including keynote speakers and workshop sessions. To learn more about the conference or to sign up for updates, visit renewalworks.org/events.
The people of St. Thomas’ Church look forward to hosting Discipleship Matters, said the Rev. Marek Zabriskie, the church’s rector. “We have been transformed by scripture engagement in our church, including of course, The Bible Challenge. We are excited to share what we have learned and to offer hospitality to conference attendees.”
Forward Movement is a ministry of the Episcopal Church that seeks to inspire disciples and empower evangelists. With offices in Cincinnati, Ohio, Forward Movement offers online resources, digital products, books, pamphlets, and its flagship devotional, Forward Day by Day. Learn more at www.forwardmovement.org.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Ode to Joy!




Hymn: Joyful, joyful

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
hearts unfold like flow'rs before Thee,
Opening to the Sun above,
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness,
fill us with the light of day!
All Thy works with joy surround Thee,
Earth and heav'n reflect Thy rays,
stars and angels sing around Thee,
center of unbroken praise:
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
Flow'ry meadow, flashing sea,
singing bird and flowing fountain,
call us to rejoice in Thee.
Thou art giving and forgiving,
ever blessing, ever blest,
well-spring of the joy of living,
ocean-depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother,
all who live in love are Thine:
Teach us how to love each other,
lift us to the Joy Divine.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

My Own Heart, by Gerard Manley Hopkins



My Own Heart

My own heart let me more have pity on; let
Me live to my sad self hereafter kind,
Charitable; not live this tormented mind
With this tormented mind tormenting yet.
I cast for comfort I can no more get
By groping round my comfortless, than blind
Eyes in their dark can day or thirst can find
Thirst’s all-in-all in all a world of wet.
Soul, self; come, poor Jackself, I do advise
You, jaded, let be; call off thoughts awhile
Elsewhere; leave comfort root-room; let joy size
At God knows when to God knows what; whose smile
‘s not wrung, see you; unforeseen times rather—as skies
Betweenpie mountains—lights a lovely mile.
“My Own Heart” by Gerard Manley Hopkins. 
Posted today at The Writer's Almanac

Monday, July 24, 2017

From Seth Godin: "Be the different one"

Always thought-provoking, Seth Godin has another wonderful thought for today, "Be the different one"



Leonard Nimoy created one of our culture's singular fictional characters. Gene Roddenberry gave him the opportunity, but it was Nimoy who developed Spock.
A key moment came in one of the first episodes. Everyone on the bridge was freaking out about something or other, and Spock's line was a simple word: "Fascinating."
Nimoy first delivered it in the same excited, scared tone as everyone else.
The director took him aside and said, "be the different one."
Easy to say, difficult to do.
By being the different one, Spock became a character for the ages, and changed the center of gravity for the series' narrative.
The same thing could be said for your career, or the impact your organization makes.


Sunday, July 09, 2017

Come to me




Locusts And Wild Honey
Come to Me

Refrain:

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy burdened, and I shall give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart. And you’ll find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

1. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall never be in need. Fresh and green are the meadows where he gives me rest. Refrain

© 1971 The Benedictine Foundation of the State of Vermont, Inc.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

General Thanksgiving



General Thanksgiving

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks
for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies,
that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to your service,
and by walking before you
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

O ruler of the universe, Lord God



Canticle 19 The Song of the Redeemed
Revelation 15:3-4
Magna et mirabilia

O ruler of the universe, Lord God,
great deeds are they that you have done, *
surpassing human understanding.
Your ways are ways of righteousness and truth, *
O King of all the ages
Who can fail to do you homage, Lord
and sing the praises of your Name
for you only are the Holy One.
All nations will draw near and fall down before you
because your just and holy works have been revealed.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom




A Prayer of St. Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Collect of the Day



Collect of the Day: Proper 8

Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.