Lenten Reflections 2016

Each week, people on our subscription list will receive an email link to a brief podcast to help deepen participants’ entry into the walk toward Jerusalem. Spoken reflections by St. Martin’s parishioners and staff are accompanied by music from the church choir. These weekly devotions are appropriate for all ages, including families with young children.

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2016 Meditations

Lent 5: Letting Go

Greg Williams

Parishioner Greg Williams experiences the loss of letting go as he makes plans to leave Philadelphia and his precious church home.
Music: Chancel Choir of the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields sing William Byrd’s “Miserere Mei”.

Lent 4: Ash Wednesday Surprise

Cary Nicholas

A cloud of goldfinches served up a raucous surprise to Parishioner Cary Nicholas on Ash Wednesday this year.
Music: Chancel Choir of the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields sing William Byrd’s “Miserere Mei”.

Lent 3: Diving into the Deep End

Barbara Dundon

Parishioner Barbara Dundon remembers being 8 years-old, trying to summon the courage to dive off a diving board into the deep end of the pool.
Music: Chancel Choir of the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields sing William Byrd’s “Miserere Mei”.

Lent 2: Raise Me Up

Martha Crowell

St. Martin’s parishioner Martha Crowell talks about a recent struggle with depression and the friends who offered support, without her even asking.
Music: Chancel Choir of the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields sing William Byrd’s “Miserere Mei”.

Lent 1: Paper whites

Lorraine Webb

Parishioner Lorraine Webb found comfort in a bowl of blooming paper whites during a difficult time in her life.
Music: Chancel Choir of the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields sing William Byrd’s “Miserere Mei”.

2015 Meditations

Lent 7: Snow Angel - a light in the darkness

The Rev. Callie Swanlund

The Rev. Callie Swanlund is reminded of a “snow angel” she encountered in an accident years ago as she keeps vigil with parishioners in distress.
Music: Choir of the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields sing William Byrd’s “Miserere Mei”.

Lent 6: Dream Vision

Michael Blakeney

As a child, Michael Blakeney had a personal encounter with Jesus through a dream so vivid it has stayed with him to this day.
Music: Choir of the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields sing William Byrd’s “Miserere Mei”

Lent 5: Quiet and Stillness

Anna Meyer

Anna Meyer makes a lot of noise in her profession. Lent, for her, is about finding calm in the quiet and stillness.
Music: Anna Meyer

Lent 4: Wilderness

Peter Hill

Peter Hill, now living on the prairie not far from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, reflects on the meaning of “wilderness” in his life.

Lent 3: Grace Notes

Andrea Fine

Parishioner Andrea Fine describes the appearance of “grace notes” at a dark time in her life.
Music: Choir of the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields sing William Byrd’s “Miserere Mei”

Lent 2: The Outsider

Brenda Dixon-Gottschild

Brenda Dixon-Gottschild reflects on the role of Jesus as “outsider” and how we can learn from his example of radical acceptance.
Music: Choir of the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields sing William Byrd’s “Miserere Mei”

Lent 1: Thin Soup

Barb Ballenger

In this Lenten meditation, Barb Ballenger explores how we might do well to emulate the role of the “disobedient servant” in John Shea’s classic tale. The opening story is adapted from Shea’s “The Obedient and Disobedient Servants” found in The Legend of the Bells.
Music: St. Martin’s choir sings William Byrd’s “Miserere Mei”

Check out our meditations from Lent 2014!

Regular Sunday Service Schedule

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

Other Days

Morning Prayer is offered at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Mid-week Eucharist is offered at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Choral Evensong with sermon is held at 5:00 p.m. on the first Sundays of the month from October to June in the Church.

We would love to have you join us.

Location

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.


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