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.
Each week over the next 12 weeks, we’ll post eight or nine favorite St. Philip’s items, progressively building up our top-100 list.
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