September 1, 2023





September 10 - The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Spoken - Cathedral

9:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Contemporary - Cathedral

10:45 AM Holy Eucharist w/Music - Cathedral & Virtual

12:30 PM Santa Eucaristia en Español -

Cathedral &Virtual


September 13

9:00 AM Holy Eucharist & Healing - Sayre Chapel

Service Bulletin in English
Boletín de servicio en español

Jesus disappointed Peter but TRANSFORMED his idea of success | Sermon by the Very Rev. Jon Stratton

See this week's sermon from the Very Rev. Jon Stratton! Sunday Worship is streamed live every week at 10:45am here on Facebook as well as on the...

Watch last week's sermon HERE!

Set up a meeting with Fr. Jon - During his first year at Nativity, Fr. Jon is looking to meet one-on-one with as many parishioners as he can. This is a great opportunity to get to know our new Dean as well as share your own story with the Cathedral's newest pastor. If none of the times listed work for you, feel free to email Jon to set something up. He can be reached at 

To set up a meeting click here.

Meet with Reverend Maryann - Want to chat? Need to talk about something? Book a meeting with our curate, the Rev. Maryann Sturges. To set up a meeting click here.

Covid Level GREEN — Masks optional. We have been following the CDC’s guidance for masking recommendations based on Covid-19 Community Levels. The Community Level in Lehigh and Northampton counties is now LOW, or level GREEN. At this level, people may mask at any time depending on your personal circumstances. Please remember to stay up-to-date with Covid 19 vaccinations.

Please see our website for complete guidelines. 

Parking in the lower lot is reserved for handicap only. Parking is available in the upper lot, in the New Street garage at 324 S. New Street, at the Fourth and Wyandotte lot Sundays until 1 PM, and on the street along Fourth Street and in the 400 block of Wyandotte Street.

Sunday School at Nativity

Sunday School for children and youth (pre-K - 12th grade) will kick-off on September the 17th. It will run from 9:45 AM - 10:30 AM. 

Nativity Fall Worship and Sunday Schedule

Beginning Saturday, September 9th, Nativity will offer Saturday evening services every Saturday

at 5:00 PM. Nativity will offer a traditional Anglo-Catholic service on the 1st Saturday of the

month in Sayre Chapel, a Celtic Eucharist on the 2nd Saturday of the month in the Nave, a

simple Spoken Eucharist on the 3rd Saturday of the month in Sayre Chapel, Celtic Spirituality on

the 4th Saturday of the month in the Nave, and an Experimental Liturgy on the rare 5th

Saturday of the month in either the Nave or chapel.

Come for breakfast!


Join us on Sunday, September 10, at 9:00 AM in Sayre Hall.

Get to know the various ministries of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity at our Ministries Fair!

Do you love to sing? Have you thought about singing in a choir? Would you like to know what a Verger does (or is, for that matter)? Or maybe you love to knit, in which case you’d like to know more about our knitters’ group, Yarns of Love. Perhaps you’d like to volunteer.

Come and find out more about the things that are happening in this place, because this is a happening place!

Healing and Wholeness

Those who are in need of healingLillian Lewis; Robert; Susan Mast; Carol Czechowski; Bebe Lockwood; Dolores Cauller; Peggy Hilgert; Marion Chapman; Martha Golfphin; Emilia Isaacs; Tracy Kehoe; Carol Trexler; Jon Knauss; Cornelia Miller; Judith Warner; James Reader; Lois Turner; Madeline Orellana; Cameron Arcario; Carl Chegwidden; The Rev. Gwendolyn-Jane Romeril; Kate Sukla; Barry Bowman; Tim Peetz; Judy Trickey; Anne Nicodemus; Loretta Lockner; Presiding Bishop Michael Curry; Jan Beer; Bill Cauller.

Those serving in the military and places of danger – Nicole Albertson, Carlos Xavier Orellana, J.D., Oriana Marcial

Parish Cycle of Prayer Matthew, Britney, Benjamin, Philip, Maureen Schenkel; Robert III, Hunt, Robert Jr. Schenkel; Fred Schuler; Adam, Emily, Meg Seltzer; Elizabeth Shields.

The Church and the World St. Luke’s Cathedral Portland, Maine; St. John’s, Palmerton and the Constitution & Canons Committee; Kajo Keji, St. Paul Bori Parish; The Church of Ireland; the outreach ministries of Nativity, especially Gideons and all who work for biblical literacy throughout the world.

For our Partner Cathedral – Emmanuel Cathedral in Romogi, for Pianaleh their Dean, and for the

people of that Cathedral church, that we may grow stronger in our partnership and in our faith.

Praying our Light to Shine! Praying our way to hope with Anglican Prayer Beads. An offering from our Ministry of Healing and Wholeness.

In the 1980’s a group of Episcopalians set out in group contemplative prayer using beads. The experience is similar to the Roman tradition of praying the rosary but unique in that there is a more meditative focus. This type of prayer will deepen and transform your devotions into a richer spiritual experience. Yet more transformative is to do so in community with Cathedral companions and our friends! Prayer beads are not required. Contact the church office for beads 610-865-0727 or email

Prayer Bead Meditations: Monday Evenings at 7 PM

Live virtually on Zoom

Meeting ID: 811 2302 4927

Passcode: 785220

Mindfulness Meditation Class Mindfulness Meditation Class is being held in person in the Good Shepherd Chapel on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm! The one-and-a-half hour class allows time for explanations, three 20 minute meditations (a 20 minute Guided Relaxation, 20 minute Walking Meditation, and 20 minute Silent Meditation) and discussion. The class will be led by Dr. Kevin Siddons. People new to meditation and seasoned meditators are all welcome. Masks are optional and supported. Newcomers are always welcome!

Our Healing Ministry resumes at the Cathedral 

As available, there will be a healing team at the front and/or in the chapel to offer prayers for healing, laying on of hands as requested and/or anointing with oil. If there is a team present, please do avail yourself of this opportunity during the distribution of communion. Shalom.



Sunday, September 17th, 2023

2:00 to 4:00 PM

(Registration begins at 1:30 PM)


Sayre Hall

Cathedral Church of the Nativity

321 Wyandotte Street

Bethlehem, PA 18015


Come For Fellowship and Refreshments

Share a story that touched you of giving of your talent or from the recipient’s side.

Bring samples of your work to display along with your favorite patterns. (No copyright materials please unless permission has been given.)


Please R.S.V.P. the names of those attending by September 6

Sally Snyder 610-442-7576,

or Cathedral Church of the Nativity 610-865-0727

If you know of a new Prayer Shawl or Charity Knitting Group who would like to attend, please send contact information to We would like to include as many as possible.

Devotional Gathering - Neighbor Love

Joining with interfaith representatives of those who belong to a faith community (or not), we unite around the mystery of life in gratitude, and in the pursuit of peace, beauty, and justice. Bring a neighbor

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Join Nativity's Bible Study! Our Fall Bible Study will start on Tuesday, September 12 at 9:15 am in the Goodwin room. The Bible Study will be led by Rev. Maryann. We will be reading the Book of Romans. Please contact her at for more information. 

Hi Nativity Moms!

We are restarting our meetings for the Nativity Mom's Group. Please JOIN US on Sunday, September 17, at 9:45AM to 10:30AM following the Contemporary Service. We will meet every 3rd Sunday of the month, in the Goodwin Room above Sayre Hall. Please forward this to anyone that might be interested in coming to our meetings.

Hope you can make it!

Nativity encourages you to attend these events and support Bloom. We work closely with Bloom and believe in their mission to empower women to heal and create a new future. 

Artist Gathering: Mark your calendars! The Cathedral Artists are hosting an artist gathering on Wednesday, September 20, from 6:30-9pm in Room 22 above Sayre Hall. Bryana Beaird will be leading us in a relaxed master study painting session based on one of Georgia O'Keefe's abstract artworks. Bring your own art supplies (paints, brushes, painting surface, etc.) and feel free to invite a few friends. 

If you'd like to come, but are a beginner and don't have any supplies, we'd love to have you! Just reach out to Bryana at so we can make sure we have some extra materials on hand for you.

Nativity Altar Guild - Our Altar Guild is looking for additional members. You can learn how to set up the Eucharist and how we keep the services going smoothly. Please reach out to our contact person, Catherine Alling, by email at or let Dean Stratton or Rev. Maryann Sturges know that you are interested in volunteering. 

The LGBTQIA Spirituality Group - Are you looking to connect with others on the common ground of queerness and Christianity? The LGBTQIA Spirituality Group meets on the last Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Dining Room! For more info and to stay in the loop, reach out to Vinny at

Plastic bag recycling - The Creation Care Ministry at Nativity is DISCONTINUING our plastic bag recycling ministry. Please continue to recycle your plastic bags using the recycling bins at most local grocery stores. For questions or comments contact Cathy Bailey

Creation Care TIP of the week: Moving? Or getting a new refrigerator? Call PP&L to recycle your old refrigerator; they will pick it up and send you a check for $35!

Please contact the Director of Administration, Christa Warda via email at or by calling the Cathedral office 610-865-0727 regarding the items found.

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Friday, September 8

10:00 AM Thrift Shop - open until 2PM

Saturday, September 9

9:00 AM Altar Guild Prep - Cathedral

10:00 AM Thrift Shop - open until 1PM

5:00 PM Celtic Eucharist - Cathedral

Sunday, September 10

8:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Spoken Service - Cathedral

9:00 AM Holy Eucharist, Contemporary Service - Cathedral

9:00 AM Breakfast and Kick-Off Sunday - Sayre Hall

10:45 AM Holy Eucharist, Traditional Service with Organ - Cathedral & Virtual

12:30 PM Sagrada Eucaristía en español - Cathedral & Virtual

Monday, September 11

7:00 PM Prayer Bead Meditation - Zoom

Tuesday, September 12

9:15 AM Bible Study - Goodwin Rm

10:30 AM Staff Meeting - Room 23

7:00 PM ESL Classes - Rm 21, 22 and Sayre Hall

7:00 PM Property Committee Meeting - Rm 23

Wednesday, September 13

9:00 AM Holy Eucharist & Healing, English - Sayre Chapel

10:00 AM Thrift Shop open until 2:00 PM

1:00 PM Yarns of Love – Dining Room

6:00 PM EfM Meeting - Rm 21

7:00 PM Mindfulness Meditation - Good Shepherd Chapel

7:00 PM Choir Rehearsal - Choir Rm

Thursday, September 14

10:00 AM Thrift Shop Open until 2:00 PM

7:00 PM ESL Classes - Rm 21, 22 and Sayre Hall

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