Friday, March 31, 2017

Streams of living water



" 'If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow within him.'  

John 7, v. 37-39


Monday, March 27, 2017

The Light enters




Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.
The wound is the place where the Light enters you.
Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.

~Rumi

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Give us bread, Lord

Collect for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Annunciation




The Annunciation by Andrei Rublev (early 15th century)
In the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Moscow



Courtesy of "The Byzantine Legacy" 

"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!

Blessings,

Peter+

The Rev. Peter M. Carey
@revpetermcarey






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 GutiĆ©rrez

 Please join us! Go to App Store and download the Diopa Bible App on your smart phone.

OR - 
Register on our website at  www.diopa.org - Bishop's Bible Challenge
Listen during your daily run or commute to work
 Begin with today's reading or an earlier one!
For additional information call the Offices of the Diocese at 215.627.6434  

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 in the Diocese of Pennsylvania

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



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.

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

Move every human heart



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.

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.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Come quickly to save us!


Collect for the First Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Friday, March 03, 2017

make us instruments of your peace




A Prayer Attributed to St. Francis

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Sing to the Lord



A prayer for this Lenten morning, "sing to the Lord," "shout for Joy," "raise a loud shout," and "kneel before the Lord our Maker"!!


Venite

Psalm 95:1-7

Come let us sing to the Lord;*
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving*
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God,*
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the caverns of the earth,*
and the heights of the hills are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,*
and his hands have molded the dry land.
Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,*
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture
and the sheep of his hand.*
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!