We are located in the Lower Northeast Philadelphia at
4442 Frankford Avenue,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19124.
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We gather for worship:
9:15 am Bible study
10:00 am Worship
Wednesdays at 10:30 am (Ecumenical Worship)
St Mark's Church, Frankford
4442 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19124
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We're here to welcome you. Please stop by during these hours:
Monday, Wdnesday & Friday 10am - 2pm
Call 215-535-0635 for an ofice apointment or for other matters.
The image of the three legged milking stool is important in Anglican theology; if one leg is too long or short it is very difficult for the stool to function as a stool. In the high-country of my
ancestral home Switzerland, one occasionally finds a one legged milking stool, which requires the milk-maid to use her two legs to form the other legs of the stool. In this later image the legs can
bend at the knee for her to function in her local context; this too is important: as we must be able to see what is happening around us.
One of the reasons that I enjoy this imagery is that as an Anglican, and student of traditional Anglican theology derived from the teachings of among others, Richard Hooker (1554-1600), where the three legs of the stools represent: Scripture, tradition, and reason. I am, we are, invited to share in the general theology that the Word of God, may be read alongside that of the church and should be read with the intention of understanding what God is revealing to me or us alongside my or our spiritual ancestors, who might have been wandering Arameans, disciples, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and to read mark and inwardly digest the word of God, through the lens of the God-given reason in a context that is relevant in the 21st Century.
A life lived in balance is also important. Another way to visualize this imagery is to think in terms of how God has called us to live a balanced life. Worship as the sole function of the church would be out of balance; discipleship without worship sounds short-sighted; and, a church where the love of God is not modeled by serving others as Christ serves us feels ludicrous to me. Worship, Discipleship, and Service must be balanced if we are to live out the call of Christ.
This imagery might also be helpful in understanding God’s revelation to us: one leg of the stool might represent our understanding that God created us, as well as, or alongside the universe and that all human beings were created in the image of God and that we all have value and that there are no disposable people in the eyes of God. Another leg might be seen as representing covenant. We are in covenant with God because God has invited us to be in covenant with God. A covenant, unlike a contract, is an irrevocable bond between God and us. Third, that we are all called by God to use our God-given gifts to further God’s work in this broken and sinful world. Each of us probably understands our call in a different way, but all humanity is called by God to participate.
The Mission of the Church Is the Mission of Christ
To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
To respond to human need by loving service
To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth