Jesus, Ashes

The readings for Ash Wednesday are:Psalm 51:1-17;  Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 103:8-14; II Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21.

Pastor Jay began his sermon series: Our Surprising Savior: The Unexpected Side of Jesus. Together we explored Jesus, Ashes in worship this evening.

You can listen his sermon here:

This night, marked by the Cross of Christ and living in its shadow: Remember that you (and Jesus) are dust, and to dust you shall return.


Mountaintops, Plains, and a Life of Faith

The readings for the Transfiguration of Our Lord are: Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; II Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-43.

You can listen to Pastor Jay’s sermon here:

A blessings as we turn our faces toward Jerusalem and the Lenten Fast:

All shall be Amen and Alleluia.
We shall rest and we shall see.
We shall see and we shall know.
We shall know and we shall love.
We shall love and we shall praise.
Behold our end which is no end.
(Prayer by St Augustine of Hippo)

Love Beyond the Hurt

The readings for the Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time are: Genesis 45:3-1, 15; Psalm 27:1-11, 39-40; I Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50; Luke 6:27-38.

Pastor Emmanuel Philor was our guest preacher. An ordained pastor in the Church of God of Prophecy and Volunteer Coordinator for Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network, Pastor Emmanuel was with us to tell about this vibrant partnership and to open the Word for us. You can listen to his sermon here:

Trees and Hearts and Faith

The readings for the Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time are: Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; I Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26.

We welcomed Pastor Schaunel Steinnagel as our guest preacher. Pastor Schaunel is Associate Pastor of Welcome Church. You can learn more about their fantastic ministry as a congregation without walls here in Philadelphia by visiting their website: or you can find them on Facebook at:

You can listen to Pastor Schaunel’s sermon here:

Join us at 2:00pm for a Benefit Concert for Welcome Church!

Waiting Fulfilled

The readings for the Presentation of Our Lord are: Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 24:7-10; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40.

You can listen to Pastor Jay’s sermon here:

The Presentation of Our Lord falls 40 days after the Nativity of Our Lord. It is the culminating feast in the Christmas cycle. The ancient church held a tradition of blessing candles on this day. Coming from Simeon’s canticle that today—in the Temple of God—he saw the Light of God, it is traditional to dedicate the candles that will be used to adorn the altar of the congregation in the coming year. Taking into account all the ways that God is made known in our midst, we will also bless the communion vessels and linens.

A blessing for the candles in your home:

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, ruler of the universe. Your Glory fills the skies and your Light shines in our hearts. Bless these candles which we will burn in our homes. Remind us always that they are but glimmers of your bright majesty. Give us hearts that burn with your justice and mercy and lives that shine with your radiance. We ask this through Jesus Christ, the Bright Morning Star.