Weekly Reflections

St. Margaret's Weekly Reflection

WEEKLY REFLECTION | April 7, 2024 – Second Sunday of Easter B

Mother Laura expresses gratitude for the efforts put into making Holy Week and Easter worship meaningful, emphasizing the importance of community involvement in parish life. She informs the parish about upcoming events, including a diocesan education day and AED/CPR training, urging participation for community enrichment and potentially life-saving skills.

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WEEKLY REFLECTION | March 31, 2024 – Easter B

Mother Laura reflects on the profound significance of Easter, emphasizing the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection and the anticipation of her own resurrection, expressing joy and enthusiasm for the 50-day celebration ahead. She encourage others to join in the festivities with ringing bells, singing hymns, and shouting “Alleluia” repeatedly.

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WEEKLY REFLECTION | March 24, 2024 – A Field Guide to Holy Week Worship

The Field Guide to Holy Week Worship outlines the customs and arrangements specific to the period from Palm Sunday to Easter Day, highlighting the importance of adapting liturgies to the parish’s customs while considering deeper spiritual currents and safety measures due to COVID. Services throughout the week, including Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Day, are described with instructions for participation, emphasizing moments of reflection, silence, and joyous celebration of the Resurrection.

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WEEKLY REFLECTION | March 3, 2024 – Third Sunday of Lent B

This Weekly Reflection contains important announcements and updates for the congregation, including the deadline for Easter flower orders, a request for opinions on diocesan reunification, and a call for poll workers in Emmaus precincts. Additionally, it highlights upcoming events, such as the Holy Week schedule and the installation of new carpet in the church.

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WEEKLY REFLECTION | February 25, 2024 – Second Sunday of Lent B

In this excerpt, Mother Laura reflects on recent global hardships but finds solace in local efforts to combat food insecurity. She highlights the participation of farmers connected to St. Margaret’s/Emmaus in the Lehigh Valley Food System Coalition, emphasizing the importance of community action in addressing societal challenges.

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WEEKLY REFLECTION | February 25, 2024 – Reflection of Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday worshipers gather worldwide, bearing diverse life experiences symbolized by the ashes on their foreheads, each individual reflecting on personal vulnerabilities and gratitude amidst the ancient reminder of mortality. As they embark on the Lenten journey, they are called to recognize the shared humanity, fragility, and resilience in themselves and others, finding glimpses of God’s presence in the faces of fellow travelers along life’s paths.

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WEEKLY REFLECTION | February 18, 2024 – First Sunday of Lent B

In times of despair, reflecting on the state of the world can be overwhelming, but it’s important to channel those feelings into positive action, no matter how small, inspired by the motto of the Episcopal women’s order Daughters of the King. This Lent, instead of being discouraged, let’s consider how even the smallest efforts can make a meaningful difference in the lives of others, guided by the desire to serve and improve the world in the name of Christ.

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St. Margaret's Weekly Reflection

WEEKLY REFLECTION | January 28, 2024 – Epiphany 4B

The passage discusses the significance of St. Margaret’s Annual Meeting Day, which is compared to the secular New Year’s Day but occurs at the end of January. The community reflects on the past year, sets goals, and comes together for prayers, songs, and Eucharist. Mother Laura emphasizes the importance of unity, gratitude for blessings, and seeking wisdom as they enter the new year, inviting everyone to join the joyful day on February 4.

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WEEKLY REFLECTION | January 21, 2024 – Epiphany 3B

As tax season approaches, Mother Laura emphasizes the moral duty to pay owed taxes while highlighting the importance of thoughtful allocation of funds to support meaningful causes. She also discusses strategies, such as utilizing Required Minimum Distributions (RMD), to reduce taxes and contribute to charitable causes, emphasizing the potential impact of such actions.

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