Back from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Bishop Daniel Gutiérrez will be visiting St. Andrew’s in Yardley on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at the 10:15 AM service. This service will be outdoors under a large tent on the grounds across the street from the church, between 47 and 55 W. Afton Avenue. Please dress and plan accordingly.
The Rt. Rev. Daniel G.P. Gutiérrez, is the 16th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. The Episcopal Diocese in Pennsylvania is comprised of 134 churches in five counties. He is the only fully Hispanic bishop in The Episcopal Church. Bishop Gutiérrez is known for flinging open the doors and resources of the church to serve all, helping Episcopal churches across the Philadelphia area transform into vibrant hubs of spiritual learning, healthcare, social services, and community life. Following the epidemic of recent shootings in El Paso, Dayton, and now Philadelphia, Bishop Gutiérrez has been increasingly outspoken about the faithful witness of the church in the face of gun violence, white supremacy, and poverty. Gutiérrez will bring this emphasis on the church’s role in a changing world to Yardley on September 29, when he visits St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church to preach and lead confirmations in a service open to the entire local community.
Bishop Gutiérrez is the co-convener of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a group of nearly 100 Episcopal bishops who have come together to explore means of reducing the appalling levels of gun violence in our society, and to advocate for policies and legislation that save lives.
“St. Andrew’s has such a history of building justice and being a hub for the local community – from making and distributing thousands of meals every year through our Aid for Friends program, to helping refugees from Syria and Bosnia settle in the US, to hosting hundreds of people every week at one of the many recovery meetings held at the church – and pretty much everything in between,” said the Rev. Hilary Greer, Rector of St. Andrew’s Church in Yardley. “We are delighted to have the bishop with us on September 29 to inspire and challenge us to consider how God is calling us to act in the face of some of the greatest challenges of our day. This is the heart of what it means to live our faith. We invite the entire community to join us.”
We invite you to join us on Sunday for service and coffee and to meet the Bishop and the Rev. Hilary Greer. The service at St. Andrew’s will begin at 10:15 am on Sunday, September 29. The service will be followed by a block party on the stretch of church property near Lake Afton, with games and food available for all. “All are welcome!” emphasizes Greer.