100 Things We Love About St. Philip’s


In 2020, St. Philip’s commemorates its 100th year as the Episcopal presence in New Hope. In celebration, our parishioners collected the top 100 favorite things they love about St. Philip’s.

This fall, we’ll produce a 12-month 100 Things calendar. Each month will feature eight or nine items from the list, along with photos of the church and the parish. We’ll offer the calendar for sale to raise funds to benefit St. Philip’s ministries.

Listed below are 100 things we love about St. Philip’s. Here’s to our next 100 years!

1. We’re 100 years old!

2. Chilly winter mornings in the sanctuary

3. Prayers of the People

4. Subzero Delaware River blessings

5. People from all walks of life worship in harmony

6. We are boldly incarnational

7. Sitting quietly before Holy Eucharist begins

8. An inclusive and inviting community

9. Collecting food for the homeless, including our Blessing Box

10. The warm, sincere feeling of love when we offer one another the sign of peace

11. How our church’s presence is felt – and respected – throughout New Hope

12. Our Cube Altar

13. Praying for fellow parishioners when they’re in need – and when they aren’t

14. We collect bras!

15. Our service and dedication to the vulnerable

16. Our always-burning Sanctuary Lamp above the Tabernacle Box in the church window

17. That we, the Body of Christ, treat one other with loving dignity and honest care

18. It’s impossible to get lost in the shuffle at St. Philip’s

19. Laughter before the service

20. Laughter during the service

21. Laughter after the service

22. How gleefully Father Michael sprinkles us with holy water (asperges!)

23. Outdoor Stations of the Cross

24. Easter time and beautiful Easter flowers

25. Eastertide traditions, such as foot washing and the Great Vigil of Easter

26. References to the Holy Land, relics, Peanuts and Star Wars

27. That every member of our church community cares about one another in a truly genuine way – a rare gift

28. Spirited Easter egg hunts

29. Ashes to Go

30. Quiet Sunday mornings at 8:15

31. Musical Sunday mornings at 10:15

32. Our welcoming red door

33. The labyrinth in our front yard, which many walk in prayer or meditation

34. Sunday services adorned with flowers from our parishioners’ gardens

35. Morning Prayer

36. Evening Prayer

37. Picture-perfect weddings and baptisms

38. Marching in the Pride Parade behind our St. Philip’s banner (and cool cars!)

39. Our active participation in Peacemeal

40. Hot and humid First Sunday Potlucks

41. Making new friends – and, sometimes, life partners

42. When our tiny church building pops into view while approaching in your car

43. Stump the Priest

44. Barbara W.’s secret-recipe coffee cake

45. The rumble of the motorcycles on River Road

46. Summer at St. Philip’s

47. Our simple wooden cross

48. Folder drives for The Simple Way

49. Adult Formation

50. Being uplifted by the voices of our choir

51. The wide range of voices of our readers

52. We’re the only church with a Labyrinth Master

53. Running into fellow parishioners outside of church

54. The smiles when a certain redheaded child appears

55. Morning sunlight through the church windows

56. Our tiny sacristy

57. Sending “Write for Rights” letters to support the oppressed

58. Blessing fire engines (St. Michael) and vehicles (Elijah the Prophet)

59. Visitations from the bishop and other guest clergy and speakers

60. A church so picturesque passersby stop for a photo

61. The people of St. Philip’s, who are so alive and connected and help one another have faith

62. Our dedicated vestry

63. That we go out to do the work God has given us to do

64. That our community is so generous – with gifts, time and talents

65. The sound of our ancient Steinway

66. St. Philip’s t-shirts to wear in the Pride Parade (or at any time)

67. Livestreaming – and reaching new followers around the world

68. That Michael sticks to the message of the Cross, not the headlines

69. Annual Meeting giveaways

70. Crisp autumns at St. Philip’s

71. The anticipation of and preparation for Holy Eucharist on Sunday morning

72. The St. Philip’s bumper stickers and Be Peace buttons

73. "The Peace of the Lord be with you. ... And also with you.”

74. The way Michael – along with many parishioners – kept us all in community during the pandemic

75. Spiritual retreats to the Holy Cross Monastery

76. The communion of saints

77. The liturgical tradition of the Episcopal church

78. Annual house blessings (K.M.B.)

79. Praying with St. Philip on the road and at home

80. Blessing cats, dogs, chickens and turtles on St. Francis’ Day

81. Our beloved bell, calling us all to service

82. Fond memories of past events and actions – from the AIDS Walk to Krist Kindl Markt

83. Dropping off frozen turkeys at the parish house

84. Close friendships and a caring community

85. Our participation in New Hope’s Outdoor Sculpture Project

86. Volunteers who clean our church, bake communion bread and manage the bookkeeping

87. Our annual sock drive for the homeless

88. Diaper drives for Mexico

89. Lupe’s glorious array of hats

90. Our memorial garden that reminds us of beloved parishioners

91. Our varied (and sometimes unusual) concert series

92. When Michael reads out the names of online parishioners during Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer

93. Yes, we are a real church

94. The glorious candlelit walkway on Christmas Eve

95. The hallowed AIDS Memorial Quilt hanging in our sanctuary

96. Transporting supplies for Code Blue

97. Peaceful snow-kissed Sunday mornings

98. The glow and warmth of crowded Christmas Eve services

99.  Our beloved priest

100. Everyone is welcome, and we really mean it!