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May 15, 2020
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A Message from Father Chuck

Chuck Treadwell - May 15th
Click for a video message from Father Chuck about changes to improve the online worship experience, celebrating our high school seniors, and the creation of a St. David's re-opening task force.
Online Worship
St. David's campus remains closed as directed by Bishop Andy Doyle of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. We will not offer in-person worship services or formation at this time. Please join us for  Sunday worship  and  weekly classes online
Prelude begins a few minutes before the liturgy
9 a.m. -  Liturgy of The Word   |     DOWNLOAD BULLETIN
We will recognize graduating high school seniors during this service.
             Children's Chapel directly following service 

The Book of Common Prayer:  English and Spanish  

Visit our Pastoral Care page for support, resources, and information about reconciliation. Our clergy is available for pastoral care and prayers.

Eric Mellenbruch
Associate Director of Music and Organist Eric Mellenbruch offers the St. David's community a weekly enriching guide to the music heard during our weekly services.   
Sixth Sunday of Easter | Sunday, May 17

'O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises...'

Thus the Church prays Sunday as it prepares to celebrate the Ascension of Our Lord (mentioned in the Epistle) and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (prefigured in the Gospel), the fulfillment of Christ's promises to abide in the Church and the hearts of the faithful. The hymn 'Blessed Jesus, at thy word' echoes these petitions: 'Let our hearts and souls be stirred now to seek and love and fear thee... drawn from earth to love thee solely'. We ask - quoting the language of the Creed - 'Light of Light, from God proceeding, open thou our ears and heart; help us by thy Spirit's pleading.' 

The German original of this hymn is much beloved, no doubt aided by the simple yet effective melody which underscores the ababcc rhyme scheme but also achieves its own memorable shape through an ababcb phrase structure. Of the many arrangements of this hymn, this week we hear settings for organ by J.S. Bach (who briefly served in the same parish in Mühlhausen where the tune's composer had earlier worked) and Bach's cousin J.G. Walther.

'Like the murmur of the dove's song' is an invocation of the Spirit by Episcopal priest-poet Carl Daw. Each stanza describes the Spirit by building strongly upon a series of parallel constructions: like... (a list of similes); to... (a set of recipients); with... (a list of attributes and activities); each ends with a refrain, and the refreshing tune closely follows the shape of the text, the second phrase building sequentially upon the first to a climax that is resolved melodically, harmonically, and rhythmically in the refrain.

Ascension Day | Thursday, May 21

The accounts of the Ascension in Luke's Gospel and Acts of the Apostles put into vivid, physical terms what is already explored in the Epistles to the Ephesians and the Hebrews; these images are echoed in the prayers and psalmody appointed for the feast and in several excellent hymns (see also 435 and 460).

Prominent among these is 'See the Conqueror mounts in triumph', whose first stanza draws upon Psalms 24, 68, and 104, and its second upon the Lucan narrative. These celebrate the Son's triumphal entry into heaven, his return to his rightful place beside the Father, having defeated death.

The third stanza turns to the aforementioned Epistles, where we read of the Ascension's ultimate import: the Son not only took on human flesh, but took that very flesh, wounded yet redeemed and transformed, to the Throne of God; thus the renewed Creation of which Christ is the first fruits becomes part of heaven itself. Our poet concludes: 'Mighty Lord, in thine ascension, we by faith behold our own.'

Our other hymn, 'The Lord ascendeth up on high', covers some of this same ground, but it touches upon another aspect of the Ascension: 'Our great High Priest hath gone before, upon his Church his grace to pour.' Our Lord tells his followers that he must depart so that his promise may be fulfilled; the divine presence discernible by the physical senses must yield to that perceptible through faith, for the increase thereof; the Son's power, once concentrated in his single human body, will now be dispersed among his Body, the Church, and his Body, the Sacrament. 

Finally, we are promised that Christ will come again 'in the same way that he ascended'. What is this way? With blessing, says St Luke. And then will be completed what we even now affirm: 'there we sit in heavenly places, there with thee in glory stand.'
Giving to St. David_s
We are very grateful to the generosity of parishioners and friends like you who are financially supporting the mission-critical ministries of St. David's right now in these historic times. Of course, there are many who are scaling back due to the economy. For those people, please let the church know of your situation by emailing Let us know if you would like a call from clergy, or if there is a way we can help. We are all in this together, even though we are apart.
For those who are able to give to St. David's now, thank you for helping ensure we have the resources needed to offer virtual worship and formation. For some of us, we are getting a stimulus check from the government which we did not expect. If you are able, please consider donating all or a portion of your stimulus check to St. David's to help us as we pivot to new ways of spreading the love of God.
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Thank you for your generosity to God and St. David's Episcopal Church.
St. Davids in the Episcopal Community
CEEP Webinars Featuring St. David's Directors 

Lori Blewett
Director of Communications
April Kerwin 
Director of Stewardship and Planned Giving
On Wednesday and Thursday of this week the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes (CEEP)  Network offered two webinars for Parish Leaders with panelists from  St. David's.  St. David's Director of Communications Lori Blewett spoke on the panel for
What's Next? What stays and what goes? A Webinar on Parish  C ommunications. 
The panel discussed the past 8 weeks of digital worship, pragmatic and strategic next steps, framed always in formation, discipleship, evangelism, and pastoral care.
April Kerwin, Director of 
Stewardship and Planned Giving spoke on  Offertory in Parishes During COVID-19: A Stewardship Webinar  sharing real-time lessons learned during physical-distancing, common qualities of parishes that are getting it right, provisions of the CARES Act, and tactical tips for charting a plan forward. Read more about the CEEP webinars here.
Online Adult Formation
Classes are open to new participants unless otherwise noted. Join us!
8:30 a.m. |
Sunday Meditation
10 a.m. Classes:
WEDNESDAY: 5:30 p.m. | Evening Prayer 
     6:30 p.m. | Bible Study
Online Youth Formation
  • 10 a.m. | Sunday Youth Formation
  • 6 p.m. | High School EYC Online
  • 5:30 p.m. | Middle School EYC Online
All-Austin EYC on Instagram: Join together on one platform for community-wide Morning Prayer, Youth EYC news, and posts with encouraging and light-hearted content on  Instagram at @austin eyc.

Contact Director of Youth Ministry Jenny Campbell for the links to online 
Sunday Youth Formation, weekly middle and h igh school EYC, and to be added to the newsletter or GroupMe lists.
Celebrating St. David's Graduating Seniors
Join us, this Sunday, May 17, when our graduating high school seniors will be celebrated and offered a blessing during our 9 a.m. worship service.
  • Charlie Riley
  • Clara Young
  • Gabriela Cabrera
  • Hannah Moehnke
  • Lydia Heisel
  • Novella Marble
  • Stephen Shearer 
  • Winn Philpott
Online Children_s Formation
  • Click here for downloadable Sunday Formation
    • Sunday School in a Box
      • Alleluia Coloring Poster
      • Lessons from Miss Elaine & Mr. Rex (Preschool-K) 
      • Lessons from Miss Mary (4th-5th grade)
    • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: Miss Christy's Notes from The Atrium
Weekly live videos from the St. David's Facebook page:

  • 7 p.m. Bedtime Stories & Prayers
  • 11 a.m.: Lessons & Songs 

Contact Director of Children's Ministry Amanda Wischkaemper

Children and Youth Summer Program Dates
Online Music Camp | June 1-5
Online Vacation Bible School
| August 10-14
Online Youth Mission Trip
|  Sundays in July, f irst meeting: July 5, 7-8:30 p.m.
Camp St. David's | Aug. 24-28, Aug. 31-Sept. 4, in-person

More information to follow. To join mailing list email Amanda or Jenny.
Click here to see a video message about summer programs
Fellowship and Outreach
Online Fellowship Groups
Click on the links below for more information or to contact a group leader:

Men's Group - Next meeting May 28 at 7 p.m.

Women's Group - First online meeting June 3 at 6 p.m.

Around the Parish
Nan Hazel
Remembering Nan Hazel
While the in-person service for Nan Hazel is for family only, the family has set up a Zoom meeting for those who would like to see and hear the service. Use the link and password found below  to access the service and to help celebrate Nan's life and resurrection.

Saturday, May 16, 9:55-10:55 a.m. CDT
Click for Zoom Link
Password: 5eWa2RCyV7 
Trinity Center Communications and Volunteer Coordinator Diane Holloway
Gifts for Trinity Center
Diane Holloway wrote on Facebook this week about a recent gift to Trinity Center

" More blessings: 50 beautiful hand-sewn masks from the Thankful Hubbard Chapter of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). Project Coordinator Charlsa Bentley personally delivered them to thank us for our work and help keep us safe. Thank you, DAR and Charlsa!"

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