Thursday, November 19, 2015
Friday, November 6, 2015
Thursday, October 1, 2015
As I write this note to you, it is the first day of Autumn. The hours of light and darkness are equal
and the earth is in balance. Our collect for last Sunday reads as follows:
“Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly;
and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast
to those that shall endure…” BCP. 234
There are so many things in our own lives and in the world around us that pull us away from our
faith in God, it is good to remember these words. At a time when creation is changing and plants
and animals will begin their winter hibernation, we are reminded that life naturally ebbs and flows.
We see that our present circumstances will not always be as they are and appreciate what we
have right now, knowing that life changes faster than we can imagine.
All through these changes, the one thing that endures is the love of God for each of us and for
creation. As we change, as our lives and loves change, God is the one constant. This knowledge
helps ground me as life swirls around me and change comes either too soon or not soon enough.
God’s promises endure and the love of God is the one thing we can count on.
Let’s not hold too tightly to our daily worries and concerns, our prejudices and judgments, our own
faults and the faults of others. Life is too short for that. And the problems our world is facing are
So…do we just sit back and say “God loves, me and I don’t need to worry about anything else”?
No…of course not! We are to pray as if God is in charge and work as if we are”! The love of God
will see us through and give us what we need to confront the problems we face. We give what we
can, we build wells through ERD, we support those trying to help the refugee crisis in Europe, we
pay attention to the environment, we write to our prison pen pals and we do our best to care for
God’s creation. And we pray. Thanking God for all we have been given and for the love that
Would you like to learn more about the power of prayer? Please join me on Saturday, November
15, for an afternoon entitled “Enriching Your Prayer Life” where we will learn about prayer, about
how to focus on God’s enduring love and strengthen our relationship with God, which is our sure
foundation. Our labyrinth will be open for walking and prayer all afternoon.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Dear Friends, W hen you hear the word “ministry” what do you think of?? Many people immediately assume that it means the work of a “professional” minister—or deacon. That is an unfortunate misconception. The “priesthood of all believers” is an important theological concept in the Anglican tradition and one that often gets forgotten.
Our ministry at St. David’s is not just about the rector or the deacon, or the priest associate or the seminarian. It is about ALL of us working together to cooperate with God’s mission in our world. It is the work we do here at church and in the name of our church, but it is also much more than that.
As Christians, everything we do in life can be considered our ministry. Our care of the animals in our homes and in the wild, our gardens, even doing the dishes, all are our ministries. Marriage is a ministry that many are called to, and when God’s love and commandment to love one another are consciously and prayerfully included, life together works much better. Certainly for parents, caring for children and bringing them up to love Jesus and their neighbor is an important ministry. Caring for elderly parents and neighbors can be more fulfilling and less frustrating when thought of in terms of ministry. I could go on and on….I hope you see that everything we do in our lives is an opportunity to bring the love of God in Christ into the world.
When we see our interactions with others and our work, both at home and in our professional lives, as ministry, we are more aware of God’s presence everywhere and in everything. This is the reality of our lives as Christians; ministry is not restricted to activities in our church building or by our clergy. Ministry is life—it takes time and prayer, but it is the stuff of everyday life.
Everything we do can be a part of God’s mission of bringing love and reconciliation to our world. You and I are a part of that mission, and with God’s help, we can do our part in bringing the Kingdom to fruition.
Blessings to each of you for a summer of refreshment, rest, lots of fun, safe travel and enriching time with those you love. That’s ministry!
Blessings, Karin +
Monday, June 22, 2015
They Met to Read the Bible
ST. CHRISTOPHER 126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52 ("Beneath the Cross of Jesus")
They met to read the Bible,
they gathered for a prayer,
They worshiped God and shared with friends
and welcomed strangers there.
They went to church to speak of love,
To celebrate God’s grace.
O Lord, we tremble when we hear
What happened in that place.
O God of love and justice,
we thank you for the nine.
They served in their communities
and made the world more kind.
They preached and sang and coached and taught,
And cared for children, too.
They blessed your church and blessed your world
With gifts they used for you.
We grieve a wounded culture
Where fear and terror thrive,
Where some hate others for their race
And guns are glorified.
We grieve for sons and daughters lost,
For grandmas who are gone.
O God, we cry with broken hearts:
This can’t continue on!
God, may we keep on sowing
The seeds of justice here,
Till guns are silent, people sing,
And hope replaces fear.
May seeds of understanding grow
And flourish all our days.
May justice, love and mercy be
The banner that we raise.
Tune: Frederick Charles Maker, 1881
Text: Copyright © 2015 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
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Permission is given for free use by local churches and in ecumenical services.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
“Come Holy Spirit and set our hearts on fire” is a prayer often recited before a sermon is preached. We have just celebrated the coming of the Holy Spirit at the Feast of Pentecost. Coming fifty days after Easter, the Holy Spirit breathed new life into the small group of disciples left behind when Jesus ascended into heaven. The beginning of the Church!
On the Day of Pentecost, we celebrated the coming of the Holy Spirit in a big way at St. David’s. The Right Rev. George Councell, XI Bishop of NJ, was with us for a service of confirmation, reception and reaffirmation. AND Mrs. Ruth Councell was with us as we celebrated receiving the final set of the liturgical hangings and altar paraments commissioned by St. David’s. The red hangings for Pentecost and Palm Sunday are glorious! We are so grateful to her for sharing her artistic gifts with us. I am very grateful to all of you for the donations that have made our collection of liturgical banners and vestments possible. We celebrated as 3 young people were confirmed and 6 adults received and reaffirmed!
The disciples were so filled with the Holy Spirit, that even though Jesus was no longer with them, through “a spirit of adoption”, they became Children of God. And so we are. Children of God and heirs of God with Christ (Romans 8:14-17). As the Church, we are the Body of Christ and also Children of God. All this because of the presence of the Holy Spirit, received by the disciples over two thousand years ago. But that was not a “once for all” event. The Holy Spirit still breathes life into our church and the church all throughout the world. I believe that that is the reason, despite our obvious human failures, that the church still exists. Because the Holy Spirit breathes new life into her and into each of us as disciples of Christ.
St. David’s has experienced this new life in so many ways over this past program year. Meirs Hall has led us into new life, new community, new ways to serve and into new fellowship with one another. Our new Community Garden will provide nutritious vegetables for those who receive food from RISE as well as those within our church. We have welcomed new members over the past year whose gifts have given new life to our worshiping and serving community. Our new Way of St. Paul team will help breathe new life into our lives as disciples and into our efforts to form new disciples. The Holy Spirit is definitely moving in our church and in her people.
I hope each of you will come to church during the month of June to see the fire of the Holy Spirit writ large in our new liturgical banners. Our church is on fire! And we pray…
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Amen.