You may be an ambassador to England or France
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes
Indeed you’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody
~ Bob Dylan, “You Gotta Serve Somebody” from Slow Train Coming (1979)
Every year I discern a theme to guide my pastoral, teaching, and preaching work at St. Martin’s. For 2017-2018, I want to focus on “Serving One Another.” Three “D’s” will form the outline of this work. (Read the full “From the Rector’s Desk”)
Building disciples begins with reading, prayer, and conversation with others in the path of discipleship. Below, please find some opportunities to expand your discipleship horizons.
Reading with the Rector: Being Disciples by Rowan Williams
The Rector loves to read and loves to share meaningful books that inspire faith with you. In Reading with the Rector we will enjoy a close reading that mines the riches from Rowan Williams’ short and accessible Being Disciples. How do we live a life where we constantly open ourselves to the intimacy and guidance of the Risen Jesus? This is the life of discipleship according to Williams. My goal is to explore discipleship with the group, and to encourage discipleship as a relationship that will nurture and support the life that is fully alive to God.
Discipleship Matters Conference
This national conference will explore Christian formation for discipleship, scripture engagement, habits of daily prayer, serving the poor, and sharing the Good News. Built on the model of the very successful Evangelism Matters conference held in Dallas in November 2016, this conference will offer keynote presentations, workshops, and networking time, and will be undergirded with Eucharist and the Daily Office. The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel is one of the presenters at this conference. Brought to you by Forward Movement and RenewalWorks. Discounted registration until August 31. Learn More!
Discipleship Reading List
Are you intentionally fostering your own spiritual growth? Are you seeking to love Christ more dearly and follow Him more nearly? Here are some books that will be food for your journey.
After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters by N.T. Wright
Streams of Living Water: Essential Practices from the Six Great Traditions of Christian Faith by Richard J. Foster
Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ by Eugene H. Peterson
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music
10:00 a.m. Parish Forum & Kairos
10:15 a.m. worship.together
Holy Eucharist for families with young children
11:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist
Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.
We would love to have you join us.
This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.