Anglican Poets: John Mason Neale
ALL GLORY LAUD AND HONOR (Gloria, laus et honor)
All glory, laud, and honor
 To Thee, Redeemer, King!
To Whom the lips of children
 Made sweet Hosannas ring,

Thou art the King of Israel
 Thou David's Royal Son,
Who in the LORD'S name comest,
 The King and Blessèd One.

The company of Angels
 Is praising Thee on high,
And mortal men, and all things
 Created make reply.

The people of the Hebrews
 With palms before Thee went
Our praise and prayers and anthems
 Before Thee we present.

To Thee before Thy Passion
 They sang their hymns of praise;
To Thee now high exalted
 Our melody we raise.

Thou didst accept their praises;
 Accept the praise we bring,
Who in all good delightest,
 Thou good and gracious King.

John Mason Neale (1818-1866) was a distinguished English clergyman, scholar, and hymn writer, celebrated for his profound influence on the Anglican Church and Christian liturgy. Born into a deeply religious family, Neale showcased remarkable intellectual prowess from his early years, excelling in classical studies and later earning a degree from Trinity College, Cambridge.

During his time at Cambridge, Neale was profoundly shaped by the Oxford Movement, a high church faction within the Church of England that evolved into Anglo-Catholicism. As a priest, he served as the warden of an almshouse and played a pivotal role in establishing an order of women in the Church of England dedicated to nursing the sick. Despite these efforts, Neale faced vehement opposition due to his Anglo-Catholic beliefs. He endured incidents such as physical attacks, including being beaten during a funeral, and endured a fifteen-year inhibition by his Bishop. Tragically, he succumbed to tuberculosis at the age of forty-nine.

Neale's most enduring legacy lies in his translations of ancient and medieval hymns into English. Recognizing the immense value of these hymns in conveying Christian doctrines and spirituality, Neale's translations preserved numerous hymns that might have otherwise been forgotten, making them accessible to a broader audience. His translations were renowned for their poetic beauty and profound theological insights. Notably, The Hymnal 1982 features 28 translations by Neale, marking the highest number of contributions by a single author. Among his works are the beloved hymns “Good King Wenceslaus” and “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”

In addition to his hymnological contributions, Neale was a prolific writer and historian. He authored numerous books on ecclesiastical history and theology, showcasing his scholarly expertise. Despite enduring significant health challenges, including a severe lung condition, Neale remained steadfast in his dedication to his literary and religious pursuits, leaving behind a lasting impact on the Christian musical and theological landscape.

- Jami Blakeley
Notes from the Staff: Dr. Anthony Maglione
Greetings St. Mary's Family!

I can hardly believe I'm in the midst of my ninth year leading the choir for our beautiful worship services. It is a joy to come to church every Sunday and be greeted by warm smiles and pleasant conversations. As you may imagine, the choir is deep in preparation for upcoming services! You'll hear some fabulous anthems, including the beloved "If Ye Love Me" by Thomas Tallis! We will begin our preparations for Advent and Christmas soon, so if you know someone who might be interested in contributing to worship through music, please put them in touch with me. We'd love to see all our seats filled in the quire.

God bless,

Meet the Music Team: Lenette Johnson
I have been an Episcopalian for almost 40 years. I was a staff singer for Grace and Holy Trinity for 34 years, being blessed to sing under the leadership of Canon John Schaefer and singing in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.

After John left the Cathedral, I retired from my post. Fiona Schaefer began asking me to come to St. Mary’s. She was very persistent, and after a while I thought maybe the Holy Spirit was also urging me to attend. I did attend one Sunday and became enamored of the service, the music, and the diverse congregation. I began attending regularly and also became a reader.

I felt drawn to St. George’s Choristers and asked Tony if I could join. He graciously agreed, and it has been a marvelous journey. I’m so thankful that he agreed to an extra alto.

St. Mary’s is a special place with the liturgy, the people, the space, and the dedication to social justice.
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.
Allhallowtide - is the period in the liturgical calendar when we honor all the Saints, both those celebrated and those unknown, and recall the memories of all the Faithful Departed. This sacred time commences with Evening Prayer on October 31, known as All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween), and culminates with All Saints’ Day.

Tuesday, October 31
Evening Prayer and Benediction, 6:00 PM

Wednesday, November 1
Low Mass, 12:00 PM

Wednesday, November 1
Sung Requiem Mass, 6:00 PM

Thursday, November 2
Low Mass, 12:00 PM at Forest Hill Calvary Cemetery

Sunday, November 5
Low Mass, 8:00 AM
High Mass with Asperges, 10:00 AM
All Souls is a day to remember our loved ones who have passed on.

As a way to honor our deceased, we welcome anyone to bring a photo or memento of their loved one to be placed on our "Day of the Dead" altar that will be located in the Columbarium on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

Additionally, please provide any names to be remembered to our Parish Administrator, Raja Reed. They will be read at our Sung Requiem on the Eve of All Souls.

"Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. And let light perpetual shine upon them."
Halloween Potluck
Meet the Artists: Philip and John Lofflin
“Finding Light: A Photographic Journey,” featuring the photography of our Junior Warden, Philip Lofflin, and his father, John Lofflin, is currently on exhibit in the Parish Hall. Please join us on November 2, at 6:00 p.m., in the Parish Hall for a reception and meet the artists!
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
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 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
Low Mass at 8:00 a.m.
High Mass at 10:00 a.m.
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 27 | Feria
Saturday, October 28 | Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Apostles
Sunday, October 29 | James Hannington, 1885
Monday, October 30 | Maryam of Qidun, 4th c. or John Wycliffe, 1384
Tuesday, October 31 | Paul Shinji Sasaki & Philip Lindel Tsen, 1946 & 1954
Wednesday, November 01 | All Saint's Day
Thursday, November 02 | All Soul's Day

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


Assistant Priest-in-Charge

Rector Emeritus

Sacristan/Master of Ceremonies


Parish Administrator

Communications Coordinator

Director of Music/Choirmaster
Choral Assistant



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

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