- How can I translate my faith into a more authentic, intentional expression of who I am?
- How can I use my faith to work for a more just, equitable, sustainable and peaceful society?
- How do I find my way forward – and not lose heart – in a world that often feels broken?
Practicing “radical hospitality”
Before communion at each mass, the Reverend Michael R. Ruk, rector of St. Philip’s, says these words: “Jesus invited everyone to His table, so all are invited to His table today.”
This sums up St. Philip’s approach to both worship and community. There are no litmus tests. All are welcome, and we really mean it: artists and accountants, Republicans and Democrats, LGBT and straight people, those of other faith traditions and of no tradition. No exceptions.
Worship at St. Philip’s
We are a vibrant, welcoming and growing congregation, worshiping in a circa 1810 former one-room schoolhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Whether it’s a normal Sunday Eucharist with about 80 people in attendance or a special mass bursting at the seams, worship at St. Philip’s has an intimacy and immediacy that is anything but institutional.
Yet St. Philip’s is also a sacrament- and prayer-centered church adhering in identity and mission to the greater Episcopal Church USA. We follow the contemporary service found at www.lectionarypage.net.
Walk the walk with us – one step at a time.
Service is an important part of our commitment to be “boldly incarnational” in the world — whether through cooking for the monthly Peacemeal dinner, participating in CB-VOL, writing in support of prisoners of conscience throughout the world or “simply” caring for the pastoral needs of people inside and outside our community.
So, come walk the walk with us. Visit us on a Sunday or a holy day. Join us for one of our service events. Take part in the discussion at an adult forum between Sunday masses. Or simply sit quietly in our memorial garden or take a walk in our outdoor labyrinth.
At St. Philip’s, everyone is welcome – and we really mean it.
Three friendly reminders from the vestry about customs of the parish:
1. Small is beautiful – and requires all hands on deck.
Although St. Philip’s has the activity level of a large parish, we have the paid staff of a small one, as follows:
- One full-time priest
- One (very) part-time musician
- Snow-removal and lawn-care professionals as needed
- No church secretary
This calls each of us to share deeply of his or her time, talent and treasure to make St. Philip’s the parish we want it to be.
2. Regular time off allows our priest to recharge batteries.
A full-time priest in the diocese is supposed to take:
- 4 weeks of vacation a year
- 2 weeks of continuing education a year, including Sundays
- 2 days off a week (the actual days are flexible and may vary week to week)
There is a shortage of supply priests in the Bucks Deanery. This means that lay volunteers are needed to lead morning prayer when the priest is away.
3. The parish house is also our priest’s home.
True, the parish house belongs to all of us and hosts various church-related activities. But it is also our priest’s home — a place of relaxation and retreat. Accordingly, please:
- Limit calls to 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., except in emergencies.
- Call before coming to the parish house.
Michael is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in an emergency. In urgent situations, please use his cellphone number: 215-688-1796.