30 November 2018

Seth Godin on why we work with jerks

“But he paid extra”, by Seth Godin

We come up lots of reasons to work with jerks.

We take an investment from a jerk investor instead of a kind one.

We accept a job from a bully instead of someone who will nurture and challenge us with worthwhile work.

And we take on a customer who denigrates our team and our work instead of embracing the good ones…

The most common reason is that they pay us more. A better valuation, a better hourly rate.

That’s not a good enough reason. We pay for it many more times than we get paid for it.

28 November 2018

Advent Study of Luke

Advent Study of Luke
Book available on amazon.com or from the Rector

3 Sessions
Sunday ~ 9 December 2018 ~ 9:00am-9:45am
Sunday ~ 16 December 2018 ~ 9:00am-9:45am
Sunday ~ 23 December 2018 ~ 9:00am-9:45am

25 November 2018

Advent Wreathmaking Fun!

Christ the King Sunday

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Christ the King Sunday

Some images of Christ the King

21 November 2018

Draw our hearts to thee


“Sink your generosity deep into our lives
that your muchness may expose our false lack
that endlessly receiving we may endlessly give
so that the world may be made Easter new,
without greedy lack, but only wonder…
Finish your creation, in wonder, love and praise. Amen.”
-Walter Brueggemann

20 November 2018

Life is short . . .

We have the chance to encounter Christ

Each of us is made in the image of God. That’s why we have the chance to encounter Christ in every person we meet – especially those on the margins.

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

18 November 2018

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front By Wendell Berry

By Wendell Berry

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.

So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.
Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed.

Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.
Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.

Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion – put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.
So long as women do not go cheap
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep
of a woman near to giving birth?

Go with your love to the fields.
Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
in her lap. Swear allegiance
to what is highest in your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
you didn’t go. Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.
Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front” from The Country of Marriage, copyright © 1973

16 November 2018


The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless. — Alan Watts

15 November 2018

Give thanks


I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I cannot accept not trying.
- Michael Jordan

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It's a wrap! 235th Convention Recap
A rundown on some ideas laid out by the Bishop, resolutions that passed, people honored, the music and more.Read more here.

Caminos Publishes
The Diocesan magazine, with stories of faith, hope and revival, is available online. Read about resources available for churches, programs, Latino outreach, and more. Read the magazine here.

Community Clergy Training: Helping Veterans Access Care and Resources (12/3, Cranaleith Spiritual Center)
This free, two-day, interactive training is co-sponsored by the Cranaleith Spiritual Center and the National VA Chaplain Center. Contact hours will be offered for completing this training. Read more here.

Early Shopping across the Diocese
Christmas Bazaars, lunch with Santa, handcrafted gifts and jewelry. Here is our short list of upcoming events.Read more here.
An Invitation to Clergy of Medium-Size Churches (12/11, St. Peter's Glenside)
Clergy who serve middle-sized churches are invited to join together for conversation and sharing. Lunch provided, please RSVPFor more details.

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14 November 2018

Post Convention Gratitude from Bishop Gutierrez

The Rt. Rev. Daniel G. P. GutiƩrrez
XVI Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania


It is I who must begin….
Once I begin, once I try –
here and now,
right where I am,
not excusing myself
by saying that things
would be easier elsewhere,
without grand speeches and
ostentatious gestures,
but all the more persistently
– to live in harmony
with the “voice of Being” as I
understand it within myself
– as soon as I begin that,
I suddenly discover,
to my surprise, that
I am neither the only one,
nor the first,
nor the most important one
to have set out
upon that road..
Whether all is really lost
or not depends entirely on
whether or not I am lost.
-Vaclav Havel, former President of the Czech Republic