‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’ (Matthew 13:52)
It is impossible to describe the present day Schwenkfelders without mentioning the past. Palm Schwenkfelder Church derives its name and its heritage from a 16th century Reformation leader named Caspar Schwenckfeld von Ossig. Schwenckfeld was a Silesian nobleman who became involved in the Protestant Reformation soon after it began in 1517. Schwenckfeld championed the spirituality of religion, spiritual interpretation of the Bible, freedom of conscience, separation of church and state, and an ecumenical church that unites all Christians. He believed that the true Christian church consists of all those who worship God in spirit and in truth, whether or not they adhere to one doctrine. We try to embody that spirit at Palm Schwenkfelder Church. Many of our members were raised in non-Schwenkfelder churches and bring different religious backgrounds with them. People come to Palm because of its welcoming atmosphere, engaging worship services, and emphasis on building a personal relationship with Christ.
At Palm we celebrate our faithful heritage and our 55-year connection to the United Church of Christ, but also embrace the calling of Christ today. Over the last month as a congregation we have sponsored the First Monday Meal at Pennsburg UCC, shared a Progressive dinner for our confirmation class and their mentors, continue to engage in daily prayer wherever you are and whatever you are doing at noon, welcomed The Dogs of Falkner Swamp for a concert benefiting our Relay for Life Team, completed another cycle of Community Lenten services, and journeyed through Holy Week culminating with the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. Christ is indeed risen, and the Holy Spirit continues to guide Palm Schwenkfelder Church as we bring out of our treasures both what is new and what is old. To learn more, visit our website.