PRAY.THINK.LOVE. St Matthew’s Episcopal Church Rule of Life


Rejoice always. pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.             1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

We are called to pray to God – Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer – honestly and humbly presenting our lives.  Prayer is communication in its purest form; it is developing a relationship with God by talking, listening and resting in silence.


Blessed Lord, who caused all holy scripture to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of eternal life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen                 Collect, Book of Common Prayer

Episcopalians are fond of saying we don’t have to “park our brains at the door”.  All are urged to read the Holy Scriptures – but even more than read them … we are called to engage them with our whole being.  And, not just scripture but the Patristic Fathers, the Monastics, the Mystics. Contemporary writers – we wrestle with what each of them has to say about our historical faith and how we apply that to our contemporary, individual lives.


A new commandment I give you: Love one another, As I have loved you, so must you love one another.                John 13:34

Love is how we live our faith in our daily lives – in our homes, families, schools, workplaces, communities.  It is what we are called to do Monday-Saturday after we worship God on Sunday and are sent out into the world.  Love is the practice of our experience of God.              

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