Reading with the Rector

The Rector is a voracious reader and enjoys discussing books, particularly important books of current topical relevance, in community. These are short courses, usually on Wednesday nights after SUPPER at St. Martin’s. Books discussed have included a variety of short stories by Flannery O’Connor, Invitation to Love by Thomas Keating, Humanity Before God by William Schweiker, Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, and Blessed are the Organized by Jeff Stout.

The Rector Recommends

Reading selections for Lent 2019

During community hour we are offering three books for sale for lenten reading at $10 suggested donation, each.

A Resurrection Shaped Life by Jake Owensby
“Through intimate stories and open-hearted reflections on the gospel, the author tenderly shows us how to enter, just as we are, into Jesus’ promise of new life.” Owensby is the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Western Louisiana. 

How Can Anyone Read the Bible? by L. William Countryman
How do you take those first steps into reading the Bible? The library of books we call the Bible is intimidating to the new reader and Countryman finds a gentle way to ease beginners into the text. If you are “Bible Curious” but not sure how to begin this is the book for you this Lent. 

What is Christianity? by Rowan Williams
This is “a little book for all who wonder what the Christian faith is all about, and what difference it really makes.” The former Archbishop of Canterbury may be one of the great theologians of our age, but he can also speak to faith in plain and playful language that opens up the faith to any reader. 

Also recommended, purchase on your own:

From Whom No Secrets Are Hid: Introducing the Psalms by Walter Brueggemann
In this accessible and enjoyable volume, the great Old Testament scholar explores the psalms as a profound resource for prayer. We pray and sing the songs every Sunday. This book is an opportunity to enrich your understanding of the psalms.

Christianity & the New Spirit of Capitalism by Kathryn Tanner
Professor Tanner is one of the Rector’s favorite theologians and she just happens to be an Episcopalian to boot. In this book, Tanner starts from Max Webber’s monumental question; “What prepared humans to embrace the disciplines of capitalism in the first place?” She reflects on this question in light of the alternative discipline and moral resource of the Gospel and holds out hope that the church can be an alternative source of moral authority and vision to at least bring balance to the worst of depredations of capitalism which seems to be amoral at best and immoral at its worst.

Regular Sunday Schedule

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:15 a.m. worship.together (Eucharist for preschool families)
9:15 a.m. Parish Forum & Christian Education (Kairos)
10:30 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.

Compline is offered at 7:00 p.m. on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, in the Church.

Choral Evensong is offered at 5:00 p.m. on 1st Sundays, Oct.-June, in the Church.

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.

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