Anglican Poets: William Wordsworth, Sonnet XLVI
"SONNET XLVI"
Glory to God! and to the Power who came
In filial duty, clothed with love divine,
That made his human tabernacle shine
Like Ocean burning with purpureal flame;
Or like the Alpine Mount, that takes its name
From roseate hues, far kenned at morn and even,
In hours of peace, or when the storm is driven
Along the nether region's rugged frame!
Earth prompts—Heaven urges; let us seek the light,
Studious of that pure intercourse begun
When first our infant brows their lustre won;
So, like the Mountain, may we grow more bright
From unimpeded commerce with the Sun,
At the approach of all-involving night.
William Wordsworth was an English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature. As the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, he is celebrated for his profound connection to nature and his remarkable ability to capture the beauty of the natural world in his poetry.

Born into a devout Anglican family, Wordsworth's early years were steeped in the traditions of the Anglican Church. He attended grammar school and later pursued higher education at St. John's College, Cambridge. Although he did not complete his degree, his time at Cambridge exposed him to a wealth of intellectual and religious ideas that undoubtedly influenced his evolving worldview.

Throughout his life, Wordsworth faced a series of personal tragedies, including the loss of his brother and four of his children. These experiences deepened his Christian faith, leading to a more active engagement with his religious beliefs as he aged. Later in life, he wrote to a friend, “The religion of gratitude cannot mislead us. Of that we can be sure, and gratitude is the handmaid to hope, and hope the harbinger of faith. I look upon Nature, I think of the best part of our species, I lean upon my friends, and I meditate upon the Scriptures, especially the Gospel of St John; and my creed rises up of itself with the ease of an exhalation yet a fabric of adamant.”
 
-      Jami Blakeley
Notes from the Staff: Raja Reed
Remember me hounding you about filling out a directory form with the promise of a new Church Directory? Well, I am thrilled to share that Phase I of our Church Directory project has been successfully completed, thanks to your cooperation. After what felt like a long journey, we now have a convenient solution to access our updated directory promptly. Here's how you can get started:

1. Download Instant Church Directory App: To access the St. Mary's Church Directory, simply download the Instant Church Directory app. It's incredibly user-friendly and available for free on both the Apple App Store and Google Play.

2. Verify Your Email: Upon installing the app, you'll be prompted to enter the email address you provided on your directory form. Once verified, you'll gain full access to our Church Directory.

3. Update Your Information and Add Your Photo: Take a moment to review your information and make any necessary updates. You can also upload a photo directly through the app. If you prefer, I am more than happy to assist in uploading your photo for you. I will print hard copies once all the photos are submitted.
4. Need Assistance? Contact Me: If you encounter any issues during the process or have questions, don't hesitate to reach out to me. I'm here to help and ensure everyone can make the most out of our new Church Directory.

I truly believe that this app is the key to having an easily accessible and up-to-date directory right at your fingertips. Let's embrace this technology together and strengthen our sense of community at St. Mary's.

Thank you for your cooperation and support throughout this project. Together, we've made our Church Directory easily accessible, ensuring that everyone stays connected.
Blessings,
Raja
Meet the Music Team: Megan Moore
I grew up in the Dallas-Forth Worth metroplex as a Baptist. When I came to the Kansas City area to attend college at William Jewell, I became engrossed in a diverse education that taught me more about my religion and spirituality than I knew was possible. 
 
During my time in undergrad, I was a Choral Scholar at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral under the guidance of Canon John Schaefer. It was here where I fell in love with the musical and liturgical traditions of the Episcopal Church, and I haven’t turned back since. 
 
My work at St. Mary’s began in August of 2017, right around the same time Father Charles first arrived. I have seen St. Mary’s grow and change in this time, and have developed some of my most meaningful relationships within our very walls. St. Mary’s is an incredibly special place, and I am honored to be a part of its journey week in and week out. 
Stewardship
We invite every member of our parish community to embrace the opportunity and blessing of making an annual commitment to sustain our ministries. When you are invited to contribute financially and actively engage in our parish life, consider it an act of gratitude for the gifts bestowed upon you by God. Your financial support not only covers the daily expenses of our parish but also fuels our outreach initiatives, connecting us with and supporting the wider community.
 
Blessings,
Raja
Feast of St. Luke
On Sunday, we will commemorate the Patronal Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist with Low Mass at 8:00 AM and High Mass at 10:00 AM. 

St. Luke the Evangelist, often depicted as a physician, holds immense importance in Christianity. As the author of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament, he provided invaluable accounts of Jesus Christ's life, teachings, and the early Christian Church. Additionally, his dual role as an evangelist and physician underscores the significance of spiritual healing and the compassionate care he likely provided, emphasizing the holistic approach to health and well-being in Christian teachings.

St. Luke, evangelist and physician, also holds a special place in our hearts at St. Mary’s, serving as our Proto-Patron or First Patron Saint. Our history is intertwined with his legacy, as our church was originally founded as St. Luke’s Church in 1854 in the frontier trading town of Kansas City. Inspired by St. Luke's compassion for healing, the church established All Saints Hospital in 1882 under the guidance of the Rev. Henry Jardine, which eventually evolved into the renowned St. Luke’s Hospital, now a vital part of the Saint Luke’s Health System. While our first parish building stood at 8th and Walnut in downtown, a generous benefactor donated land at 13th and Holmes, leading to the construction of our current worship space in 1887, with the condition that our name and patronage be changed to St. Mary’s.
 COLLECT FOR THE FEAST OF ST LUKE
 
“Almighty God, who inspired your servant Luke the physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of your Son: Graciously continue in your Church this love and power to heal, to the praise and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.”
Podcast: All Things Episcopal
Do you have an interest in the Episcopal Church?
How about podcasts? Well look no further...

The Campus Ministry Commission for the Diocese of West Missouri has just completed their first series of "All Things Episcopal." Here is a little bit of info about this wonderful project, as well as the link to the podcasts for your listening enjoyment.

"All Things Episcopal" is a platform to talk about the Episcopal faith and introduce some basics about the Episcopal Church, including why we do some of the things we do that may sometimes be a mystery (or even an obstacle) to those new to our church. The intended audience for this podcast is college students and young adults, especially those who may be coming from outside our faith tradition.

"All Things Episcopal" features several well-known people from our diocese, including a few episodes with St. Mary's own Justin Smith and Fr. David Wilcox.

We hope you will enjoy!
St. Mary's Survey
As you know, we recently agreed to move forward with HolyCow! Consulting to help us plan our future. Beginning Sunday, we will be asking the parishioners at St. Mary's to participate in the first step, which is to conduct a congregational assessment. This assessment will provide a clear picture of who we are as a church and what directions are most important for our future. The tool we'll use is the Congregation Assessment Tool (CAT), which will provide key indicators of our congregational health along with areas of challenge and potential growth. It will help us to collect and understand the range of views that exist at St. Mary's and the possibilities, willingness, capacity and energy for moving our ministry into the future.

If you have provided us with a current email address, you will receive a web link to complete the assessment online. If you would prefer to take the assessment using a paper copy, please stop by the office, and we will provide one for you along with a self-addressed stamped envelope.

NOTE: If there is only one email address for all members of your household, it may be tempting to have one person take the survey on behalf of the family. However, please be sure your spouse and all young adults living in your home have an opportunity to complete the survey. INDIVIDUAL INPUT is key to our gaining insight into overall perceptions and experiences.

Please set aside enough time to answer all the questions. This will take about 30 minutes. All survey responses are strictly anonymous.

Thank you for your willingness to be a part of this congregational assessment and for helping to build the future of St. Mary's.

If you have questions, please contact Sharon Hunter-Putsch or Raja Reed.
Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer
Place: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in St. George Chapel

Dates: First Saturdays

Time: We will gather a little before 10:30 AM so that we can begin our time of reading and centering prayer promptly at 10:30 AM. These sessions will end no later than noon, if not before.

Lectio Divina (Latin for "Divine Reading") is a traditional monastic practice of scripture reading, meditation, and prayer, intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God's word. Centering prayer is a silent way of opening to God's presence and action within us, beyond thoughts and words.

Both are practices that fell away from common usage except for those who were in monastic communities. In recent years, Christian leaders have rediscovered these valuable practices that were originally intended for all Christians. Ideally, these practices lead us into a more attentive and listening mode, a space in which we are more open to hear the voice of God in Scripture and in our personal lives.
To begin the first few sessions, your facilitators will be Brian Cowley, Nancy Wagner, and Deacon Lynda Hurt. That being said, this is not a study but a group exercise, in which we will all be participating as learners.

There is no need to reserve a spot but come when you can and join us in this “sitting and listening.
The Bishop Search
As the Diocese of West Missouri starts searching for the next bishop, our 47 congregations are offering a special prayer for this process.

O Creator God, giver of every good gift, look graciously on us in the Diocese of West Missouri and guide us as we discern our call of a new bishop. O Jesus, be present in our discernment, and lead us to a shepherd who will invite us to live out the Gospel every day. O Holy Spirit, inspire us with your wisdom, and kindle our hearts with the fire of your love, that we may be renewed as we prepare to welcome the ministry of our next bishop. This we ask trusting in You. Amen.
Morning Prayer Zoom Link
This is a reminder that the Morning Prayer zoom link has been updated! If you'd like to attend the 7:30a.m. virtual morning prayer, you can click on the link found on the worship schedule page.

The zoom link is also available here.
Artist's Inspiration Hour
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Artist's Inspiration Hour Tuesday's @ 6:30 p.m.

Do you have an artistic goal? Is there a medium you wish to explore? Do you find it rather hard to stay focused to explore or complete art projects? Won’t you consider joining the St. Mary’s Artists’ working group, via Zoom. We will meet weekly on Tuesday’s at 6:30 PM CST. Come to discuss an ongoing project or proposed project for which you want feedback or encouragement. Please also join us if you are looking for ideas or inspiration. 

For questions, or more information, contact Sylvia Augustus.

Click here to join.
Get Added to the Newsletter!
Have something you'd like to promote, or have any questions? Please send all of your inquiries and ideas to our Communications Coordinator, Zach Phillips by Wednesday of each week for the following week.

You can reach out to him at communications@diowestmo.org or by clicking here.
Lectionary Bible Study
Please turn to Track 2 at the top of the page.

This Sunday's Bible Study e will gather at 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. again next week in the Downstairs Classroom, often referred to as the AA Room. Here is the link to the readings:

Check out previous sermons here!
Parish Prayer List

Mary Beveridge, Richard Herndon, Laura Moats, Bernie, Kent Howerton, Dan, Ruby, Peg, Jamie, Milo, Tracy, Raja Reed, Meredith Pritchard, Scott Wilcox, Julie O’Rourke Zaveral, Collette Drane, Brian Hunter, Mark Starks, Irene Gould, Nancy Warren, Mary Parrish, George Vinnie, Michael Heiner, Jeanie Lillard Frank, Bonnie Haupt, Dan, Sandra Lee, Merton Shatzkin, Matthew Plummer, Michelle, Michael, Jake, Kendra,  Charlie, Corrine, Michael Frost, Shylee Bradford-Bevis, Lolit Moore, Bre Baker, Don Clark, Cathy, Sharon Johnson, Connie, Fr. John Biggs, John Stanks, Glenn & Darlene Moore, Paul Powell, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. 
     
To add a name to the prayer list, please email Raja.
Service Times
Sundays 
Low Mass at 8:00 a.m.
High Mass at 10:00 a.m.
 
Weekdays 
Low Mass at 12:00 p.m. (M,T,Th,F)
Private Confessions at 5:00 p.m. (Wed.)
Low Mass at 6:00 p.m. (Wed.)
This Week in the Church Calendar

Friday, October 20 | Feria
Saturday, October 21 | Feria
Sunday, October 22 | Feria
Monday, October 23 | Saint James of Jerusalem, c. 62
Tuesday, October 24 | Hiram Hisanori Kano, 1986
Wednesday, October 25 | Tabitha (Dorcas) of Joppa
Thursday, October 26 | Alfred the Great, 899

Click here to pray the Daily Office! Click here for information about the lesser feasts, including Mass readings and short biographies of the saints.
Clergy and Staff

Priest-in-Charge

Assistant Priest-in-Charge

Deacon
 
Rector Emeritus

Sacristan/Master of Ceremonies

Verger

Parish Administrator

Communications Coordinator
Music

Director of Music/Choirmaster
 
Choral Assistant

Organist

Vestry

Ms. Sharon Hunter-Putsch, Senior Warden
Mr. Philip Lofflin, Junior Warden
Ms. Sylvia Rose Augustus
Ms. Erika Darling
Ms. Betty Iorg
Dr. Michael Prucha
Ms. Kristi Seaton, Clerk

Ms. Lenna Taylor, Treasurer
                                               

Postulants for Holy Orders

Dr. Brian Cowley
Mr. Richard Liantonio
To the Glory of God and in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Saint Mary's Episcopal Church

1307 Holmes Street
​Kansas City, Missouri 64106

Telephone

(816) 842-0975