HOLY DAYS IN MAY
Wednesday, May 1 - Saint Philip and Saint James, Apostles
Thursday, May 9 - Ascension Day
Friday, May 31 - The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
These days will be celebrated on the Tuesdays in the
week they appear at the
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist and Healing service in the chapel.
The Day of Pentecost - May 19
On Pentecost, as we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the first disciples, we will hear the reading from the Acts of the Apostles in various languages.
We are looking for people who are willing to read the lesson from Acts 1-11 in languages other than English. We will be doing this at both services. Please call Maria Tjeltveit at 610-434-0155 or email, email@example.com to let her know if you would like to read.
Historical Note: We have a copy of the Acts of the Apostles reading in 11 different languages handwritten by The Rev. Morris W. Derr, who was a priest associate at Mediator in the 1970s. He helped his father build the original altar for Mediator’s new church in 1913. He handwrote an entire Bible over the course of a little over two years. He sounds like the kind of person we are looking for in a Missioner for Growth, as he saw his gift in growing congregations from mission churches to parishes. In 41 years of ordained ministry he averaged 18 baptisms and 13 Confirmations each year, according to The Church of the Mediator: A History, by Marlene Yocum. You can read more about The Rev. Derr in her book. Some members of the church remember him from when he was an honorary associate here at the end of his life in the 1970s.
MAY 26, 9:00 a.m., in the Commons Room
Our first Contemporary Service, modeled on the 321 Contact service at the Cathedral, in April was a great success, with 93 people crammed into the Commons Room. We are doing the service again on Trinity Sunday, May 26, at 9:00 (which is the time the service is held in other churches). We are exploring the possibility of doing this service once a month, beginning in the fall, perhaps on the 4th Sunday of the month at 9:00. We invite everyone to join us for this second trial service and to give feed-back to members of the Worship Commission: Sharon T; Ron E; Sydney D; Patricia Gr; Neil ; Martha F; Marlene Y; Clint Miller; and Maria Tjeltveit.
Maria is also looking for a few people to help plan the service for May 26th. If you would like to be a part of the planning team, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org before May 7.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW FOR OUR FALL RETREAT!
God’s Grace& Our Prayer
Our Prayer & God’s Grace
"You have heard; now see all this; and will you not declare it? From this time forward I make you hear new things, hidden things that you have not known. They are created now, not long ago; before today you have never heard of them, so that you could not say, "I already knew them." (Isaiah 48:6-7 NRSV)
Participants will experience Taize Prayers at worship and Lectio Divina. During quiet time, one may choose prayer beads, labyrinth, books on prayer, faith walk guide, or silence. The three presentations will move from Creation & Recreation in Baptism to Conversation with God to Praying with and for Others.
Where? The Convent of St. John the Baptist, Mendham, NJ When? October 11-12, 2013
The Rev. Jane Gaeta, D. Min., Assisting Priest at Trinity, Bethlehem, will serve as presenter. Ordained October 26, 1985, she is a Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, licensed by Bishop Paul Marshall to officiate in this Diocese. In addition, she holds a M.Div. degree from Trinity Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, and an STM in Spiritual Direction from General Theological Seminary in New York City. In addition to serving as a chaplain and as Pastor of several congregations, she has also taught at George Mercer School of Theology, Garden City, NY, and briefly as adjunct Professor at General Seminary.
We are applying for a grant to cover some of the cost of the retreat, so mark your calendars now and look for more information in future Media-Rites!
Lehigh County Conference of Churches Soup Kitchen
Mediator's group serves on the 4th
Wednesday of every month and always welcomes new volunteers to join
them. Work begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends around 1:30 p.m.
Call Pat G. for more information.