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From Sr. Warden, Skip LaPointe, March 28, 2020:
Good morning everyone, I hope everyone one is well and keeping occupied at home! I know we are here, Catching up on several projects including my garden, spring cleaning, and some paining. This Sunday 3/29 we will be broadcasting Morning Prayer on Facebook Live. I have had to set up a new Facebook page for St. David’s and the link to this is: I have been told that you do not need to have a facebook account to view the service but I suspect it will work better if you do have facebook and go to this link and like the page. I do know if you like it you will receive a notification when we go live. The service will start at 10:00 am and will start with a few minutes of prelude music to allow everyone to connect in. Please bear with me as this is new and we are probably going to have some kinks with the technology. The service will remain on the facebook page and can be viewed later. I am also working to figure out other platforms to be able to post the services on our website. NOTE: LINK FOR THE SERVICE IS BELOW IN BLUE BOX.
Sunday, March 29, Morning Prayer Live from St. David's on facebook. Go to this link at 10:00 am Sunday morning. The link will remain actively streaming even for later viewing
Service Bulletin for Sunday Service, March 29 at right
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We have posted the next video in my weekly video homily series which the diocese will be producing for the duration of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. This week I share my reflections on the Propers for the Fifth Sunday of Lent (3/29/20) in a sermon entitled "Not a Martha Moment, but a Cyprian Moment". The video is available at this link - https://youtu.be/ErKU02-dsTc.
In this Sunday's Gospel (John 11:1-45), we are presented with the familiar story of the raising of Lazarus from the dead. When Jesus visits Lazarus's sister Martha at the tomb after Lazarus's death, Martha in her grief cries out, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died" (John 11:21). Similarly, in this time of coronavirus uncertainty, we can claim that if God were present people would not be contracting the virus, losing their jobs or facing a myriad other hardships. I refer to this kind of response as a "Martha Moment".
In juxtaposition to a "Martha Moment", I talk in my homily about Cyprian, who served as bishop ca. 250 A.D. in what is now modern day Tunisia during the time of a deadly plague which afflicted the Roman Empire. Rather than blame God for this horrible plague, Cyprian encouraged his people to use the opportunity to share with others the hope and promise of eternal life. This fearless, outward-focused response is what I refer to as a "Cyprian Moment".
Cyprian and other Christian leaders like him have faced epidemics like the COVID-19 coronavirus throughout history. To learn more about this topic, I strongly encourage you watch "Epidemics: How the Church Has Responded through History", a free webinar led by Dr. Philip Jenkins. You can access the webinar at this link - https://vimeo.com/400340768/afdb5c0c87.
I believe that we have two choices in how we react to the current COVID-19 situation. We can either have a "Martha Moment", reacting with blame and fear or, instead, we can have a "Cyprian Moment", reaching out to serve and minister to those in need.
Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Grace to you,
Dear Friends of St David's,
“What a difference a day makes, 24 little hours.” It seemed so strange for me to be watching television on a Sunday morning. However, that is just what I did. I was treated to a few good inspiring sermons and some I turned off quickly.
As of last Tuesday I was willing and able to have had services this morning. Unfortunately that all change when Presiding Bishop Curry and our Diocesan Bishop Brewer said all churches will be closed, and I respect their authority.
Disappointed? Yes! However I understand all the reasoning even though like you I wish it weren’t so. We need to stay together as a community of faith trusting that God is in charge whether we understand it or not. In the Book of Isaiah we read, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
So what do we do, as a church, since we don’t have a physical building to go to on Sundays and Wednesdays, as we wait for the threat of the virus to disperse. First and foremost we pray for our church family and our extended church family; for those who are ill, for those who care for them; for families who are grieving; for supplies to be available; for a vaccine or a cure be made available just to name a few. Holy Spirit will guide you in your prayers.
Second: Make telephone calls to see if those who sit in the same pew as you or those around you are well or in need of anything. If you should hear of a need please let me know. I know there are members of our congregation doing that now as well as the Daughters of the King (DOK) but nothing brightens up a day for someone to get a phone call and hear the words are you ok and I’m praying for you.
Third: Take care of yourselves both physically and spiritually. The television gives you enough physical advice so I will only add spiritual. Read your Bible; pray and ask God what is the scripture saying to me and then pause and listen. Watch live streaming and listen to TV evangelist, but be selective. Talk with a friend and share a sermon you heard or a Bible verse that has meaning “for such a time as this.” Our Book of Common Prayer (BCP) has some wonderful prayer services that one can read: Morning Prayer Rite I (BCP pg 37) or Rite II (BCP pg 75) each is followed by Noon Day Prayer and Evening Prayer and Compline BCP 127.
So until once more we can say, “What a difference a day makes, 24 little hours;” and this time it is in our favor . . .
May the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen
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8:00a Holy Eucharist I
9:15a Adult Education
10:15a Holy Eucharist II
5:00p Informal Eucharist
6:30p Bible Study
Bring a bible and a friend to Wednesday Bible Study.
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
Details on Events are available on the calendar by clicking the event. Weekly and monthly regularly scheduled events are on the calendar page.
Lenten Soups Suppers:
Friday, Feb. 28- April 3 at 6pm
Stations of the Cross And Order of Compline Services:
Friday Feb 28-April 3 at 7pm.
Maundy Thursday (4/9): 7 pm
Good Friday (4/10):
12 noon : Liturgy and Veneration of the Cross
1:00 pm: Stations of The Cross
2:00 pm: Seven Last Words of Christ
7:00 pm: Liturgy
Easter Sunday (4/12): 8 am and 10:15 with a trumpeter at both services.
With brunch at 9:00 between the two services.