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Showing posts from October, 2016

Come and See. Trinity Oxford, All Saints Rhawnhurst, Memorial Church of St. Luke's Bustleton, All Saints Torresdale

“Paul was devoted to a Person not to a cause.  He was absolutely Jesus Christ’s, he was nothing else, he lived for nothing else.  ‘For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.’” Oswald Chambers.  My Utmost for His Highest. 
Is the church dying?  Not in the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania.  Each place that I visit, there is energy to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.  There is an abundance of faithfulness.  A willingness to move beyond the past and build the Kingdom.  No other message matters but the saving grace of Jesus Christ.  It is real, it is alive, it is our call.  Our priests, deacons, and laity, are asking the question:  “what is God calling us to do in the world?”
This path in our pilgrimage was the Pennyback Deanery, and I was accompanied by Dean Jon Clodfelter.  One thing you can say about our beloved Dean -  he can maneuver the streets of Philadelphia with skill and precision that would make stunt drivers jealous.

Consecrations, Confirmations, Installations, First Day of School and Michaelmas

Thank you for the messages of encouragement on the blog postings.  I will keep the blog posts coming.  Together, we are filled with His hope and sharing our beautiful stories.  We are building the Kingdom of God in the Diocese of Pennsylvania.  As a mid-week option, I am sharing pictures and brief descriptions of  official visitations and events. I strive on each pilgrimage visit and visitation to listen, learn and serve. 
St. Peters and St. Philip-in-the-Fields
I had the privilege of officiating at the service for the consecration of the memorial garden at St. Peter.  This moving ceremony was the culmination of the union of St. Peter Glenside and St. Philip-in-the-Fields.  The congregations of the two beloved community worked together to merge into one vibrant family.  The ceremony highlighted the hard work, love, and effort of the two congregations.   

The music was joyous; the celebration filled with laughter.   You could see that amidst the rejoicing and the tears, the congregation b…