Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Psalm 2


Psalm 2

Why do the nations conspire,

    and the peoples plot in vain?


The kings of the earth set themselves,

    and the rulers take counsel together,

    against the Lord and his anointed, saying,


“Let us burst their bonds asunder,

    and cast their cords from us.”


He who sits in the heavens laughs;

    the Lord has them in derision.


Then he will speak to them in his wrath,

    and terrify them in his fury, saying,


“I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.”


I will tell of the decree of the Lord:

He said to me, “You are my son;

    today I have begotten you.


Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,

    and the ends of the earth your possession.


You shall break them with a rod of iron,

    and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”


Now therefore, O kings, be wise;

    be warned, O rulers of the earth.

Serve the Lord with fear,

    with trembling kiss his feet,

or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way;

    for his wrath is quickly kindled.

Happy are all who take refuge in him.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Plans for November 15th and 22nd

For Quiet Confidence

O God of peace, who hast taught us that in returning and

rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be

our strength: By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee,

to thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou

art God; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Dear Beloved Parishioners,

I hope you are well; quite the rainy days we've been having.

After conversations with the Bishop, and due to the dramatic spike in cases in Philadelphia and the region, we will be going to fully online services at St. Mary's this week and next.   

We am hoping that if we take this respite from meeting in person, the situation may be better after the 22nd.  We shall see.  

We will have Morning Prayer at 9am on our YouTube Channel on Sunday and we will have Morning Prayer with music and homily at 10am, also on our YouTube channel.

This is not what I had hoped to be doing at this point, and I am sad about not meeting in person, but the cases and the positivity rate give me much pause.  Philadelphia schools are remaining online only, and Montgomery County and Delaware County are also looking like they will be taking a step back due to the present health issues.  Many other churches in our Diocese are also taking steps to respond to the current situation as well. 

Please pass the word, especially to those folks who have joined us in person, but who may not be online.

Blessings to each of you,


The Rev. Peter M. Carey, Rector
St. Mary's Episcopal Church - Cathedral Road