Entries by msutherland

Worship Resources for December 12, Advent 3

Sermon from Mark+. Who Are We Waiting For Advent is a time that refocuses our attention on the spiritual virtue of hope. Hope is the universal aspiration of the human heart. Regardless of differences in the imagined outcome -hope is a universal of the human spirit. I’ve mentioned before that one of my fatalistic Irish […]

Lent 2020

The 2020 Lent Program Weekly Schedule Tuesday through Thursday at 9am – Morning Prayer Thursday Evenings 5:30-6:30pm -Meditation Hour via Zoom click here for invite– for more on meditation visit here and and on how to meditate visit here. Lent and Social Justice This Lent we will also do something aiming to have a practical […]

Embedding the Bible -The Good Book Club

In 2020, our main program as part of our strategic objective of embedding the Bible in parish life will be to follow the Forward Movement program The Good Book Club. Each week the latest link to the monthly Bible reading program will appear here. You can find three week’s worth of readings so plug into […]

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

This service reaches back to the days of the Abrahamic Accord – a relationship between Christian and Jews on the East Side. The Accord has ceased to function for some time now, yet the interfaith Thanksgiving service has continued, alternately hosted by Temple Beth-El and St Martin’s. Attendance has been falling each year at this […]

Vestry Matters

Nominating Committee News  We are seeking nominations for the positions of Senior and Junior Warden, Treasurer, Clerk, and one Vestry member.  Our parish bylaws require that the Rector and Wardens appoint a nominating committee at least eight weeks before the Parish Annual meeting which is traditionally held the last Sunday in January. Our parish custom […]

Help St. Martin’s continue its work

  Leave an Enduring Legacy by Contributing to Saint Martin’s Endowment Since it opened its big red doors at 50 Orchard Avenue in 1922, Saint Martin’s has brought to the Greater Providence area a thoughtful approach to Christianity; one that combines the beauty of traditional Episcopal liturgy with vigorous outreach programs and a striving for […]

Days 134-141 editorial comment

The books of I & II Chronicles seems to start the whole story we have read through Samuel and Kings all over again. But we will note how different Chronicles is. It’s a more one-sided version of the story of Israel told only from the perspective of the Southern Kingdom of Judah. Clearly written during or after […]

Day 127-133 Editorial

Now the rest of the acts of Ahab and all that he did, ….are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel? So ends the First Book of the Kings. The period covered by First and Second Kings is a period of fragmentation with a series of very unsatisfactory kings […]

Day 114 Editorial Comment

The story of the rape of Tamar (2 Samuel 13) is one of the most horrifying episodes in the Hebrew Scriptures, arguably second only to the story of the rape, murder and dismemberment of the Levite’s concubine in Judges 19. These “texts of terror,” a term coined by theologian Phyllis Trible, leave the reader stunned […]

Day 110 editorial comment

Luke, in Acts chapter 7 reports the death of Stephen. Stephen was one of those who in chapter 6 we learned were entrusted with the social and pastoral support of the members of the community, especially among the poorer Hebrew Christians. These men were called servants or diakonoi and are the first in the ministry […]