As I looked around the circle, everybody’s eyes were filling with tears.

The Rev. Beth Hixon

Beth Hixon recalls what it felt like to distribute prayer shawls to people in two of the Mayan villages at the end of their medical mission.

After we had worked in a particular village for a couple of days—we had two days in three different villages – we gave prayer shawls to two of the villages that were connected with churches. And we kind of gathered them at the end of the second day with the priest. And we had a little sheet of paper that went with each prayer shawl. And we gave the prayer shawls to the priest and basically explained that the people who knitted those prayer shawls knitted them with very intentional prayers for their community and for the people who might be sick in their community. And that the prayer shawls were intended for those who needed the warmth and the sense of love and care with which they were created.

And in the process of giving them, giving these prayer shawls over to this community, we were able to kind of weave in that we felt like we now have a relationship with the healthcare providers. And what was really beautiful about it was that as I looked around the circle everybody’s eyes were filling with tears. And it was just one of those moments when time pretty much stands still. And you realize that something really important is taking place on a relational level. They got it.

And I think part of the reason that they really got it is because, you know, they’re communities that do an awful lot of creation of fabric, they do weaving. And they understand what goes into it. Now I, sort of, I mean I made this up, but I sort of got the impression that they’re always the ones who are making fabric for others, even if they’re selling it. I got the sense that maybe nobody has ever actually offered them something that they totally value because they know what goes into it.

So it was quite a moving, it was, you might say it was a small thing but I don’t think it was small. And I will probably never ever forget that, standing out there, outside the parish hall where we did our clinics, kind of way up there in the air there, you know, with the mist and the clouds and the people, and these really wonderful people that are giving of their time and their knowledge and their skill. And we did something together only knowing one another for two days. It was a God moment, no question about it.

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.

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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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