Deepening Our Faith

At St. Mary’s we are exploring new ways for all ages to learn and grow deeper in faith, so that we might follow Jesus more closely.

St. Mary’s has begun a Celtic Evening Prayer service with music shared by members of St. Mary’s Celtic jam group. We are using a service from the Iona Abbey in Scotland; the words are beautiful and meaningful and emphasize connection to the Divine through the natural world.  We gathered for the first of these prayer services on October 9th.  If you are intrigued by the idea of Celtic spirituality, please join us for the November 6 and/or December 11th Celtic evening prayer service in the sanctuary.


Easter Chorales

On May 18th St. Mary’s Music Program and Christian Formation Team partnered once again for a presentation by Dr. Heather Paisar on the Easter Chorales found in J.S. Bach’s Orgelbüchlein. The event had engaged attendees, and ended with a very thoughtful Q&A session.

A Journey with Luke

Photo oil on canvas by Claude Vignon ca. 1610

In a recent Christian Formation survey, many St. Mary’s members expressed an interest in studying books of the Bible. With Advent 2021 we began the lectionary cycle “Year C” which uses the book of Luke extensively. Written in an almost journalistic style, to reach as many people as possible, the gospel of Luke is full of human interest stories and compassion. It seemed like a good time to have a Gospel read-along, immersing ourselves in the whole book, exploring it together and encouraging each other in engaging with scripture daily.

For our guide we used A Journey with Luke edited by Marek P. Zabriske, which divides Luke into 50 manageable daily readings.

Race and Social Justice Summer Series – In Summer 2022 we studied the intersection of race and social justice in a month-long Wednesday night series.  Each session will meet from 7-8pm on Zoom, and will include clips from selected videos, small and large group discussion, and potential action steps we can take individually and as a congregation to support those who are working for justice for these groups.