How Much Faith Matters

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How Much Faith Matters

How Much Faith Matters

I pray that you and yours are safe and well and warm on these cold January days. I pray, too, that some of the light of Christmas continues to shine in your life to give you hope and to allow you to bring hope to others. For the light of God that is in us, however small or dim, brings light to our lives and to the lives of everyone around us.

We are living in a year in which we are focusing on Faith Matters. It’s the theme or focus we’ve taken up for the year as a way to learn more about our faith in terms of what we Christians believe about God and how we are to live our lives…

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Facing all the Epiphanies

Facing all the Epiphanies

Yesterday, January 6, we remember two anniversaries. In our church calendar it is the Feast of the Epiphany, where we celebrate that God’s Messiah, Jesus Christ, was made visible to all the peoples of the earth. Yet our church celebrations do not happen separated from our earthly time.

It feels a little like an elephant in the room to not name that January 6 is the one-year anniversary of the insurrection at the US Capitol. Last year, and throughout the entire pandemic it feels like there have been several epiphanies, revealings or uncoverings, and not all of these are positive.

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Facing all the Epiphanies

New Year Reflections

Merry Christmas! We’re still right in the middle of this Christmas season, no matter what the secular world tells us, but also, Happy End of 2021!

I am not sure if I should say that with excitement and joy, tentative trepidation, a sigh of relief. I do say Happy End of 2021 and Happy 2022 with faith that God is going to keep showing up no matter that 2022 will bring.

But I am pretty sure that many of you, like me, are okay with the year 2021 ending.

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Whomever Takes the Son

Whomever Takes the Son

This Advent we have shared many wonderful experiences as we have prepared our hearts for the coming of the Son. As the waiting grows shorter, I am reminded of a wonderful old story I heard many years ago, a story that sums up these last few days of Advent anticipation. I have no idea who first told it, but for me this story brings all into focus.

The story is about a father and son who were devoted art collectors. Their love of art was only eclipsed by their love for one another. As we might expect, when the young man was called off to war, there was much anxiety and many tearful farewells….

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Rejoicing in Lost Sheep Found

Rejoicing in Lost Sheep Found

Our Advent observances are well underway, and I am sure that you thoroughly enjoyed this year’s Christmas Market. Of particular interest to me was “The Bethlehem Petting Zoo.” I so enjoyed watching my young friends from St. David’s Episcopal Day School delight in the animals. It all reminded me of the wonderful book my friend The Rev. Geneva Butz wrote in 1988 about her experiences with the Christmas Crèche at Old First Reformed Church at Fourth and Race Streets in Philadelphia. The book is called Christmas Comes Alive! and is full of stories of Geneva’s experiences with the live animals, from the time the farmer dropped them off until Christmas Eve.

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Letter from the Clergy – April 22nd

Easter Season Sermon Video Click below to hear The Rev. Alexander McCurdy’s sermon preview for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, April 25th, 2021. Dear People of St. David’s, my Dear Fellow Sheep, In most contemporary contexts, being addressed as a sheep is not... read more
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