The Third Sunday of Easter

Earth Day

All of us are creative in some way. We create poems and gardens, comfortable homes, solutions to problems, we knit and build things. I believe that we are surely inspired to create because our Creator plunked us down into the middle of an astonishing creation, planet Earth. April 22 is Earth Day, but perhaps it’s more of a day to repent than to celebrate. Yet, even with daily reminders of all that’s wrong, please don’t forget to be awed by God’s handiwork, because that awe might be our best hope for change.


Splendor and honor and kingly power are yours…for you created everything that is, and by your will they were created and have their being, so we’ve been singing during this season of Easter in the opening canticle (after the processional hymn and collect). Change begins with very small steps, whispered ideas, vague hopes. Those are the things that fuel the real work of making things better. If peace begins with loving your neighbor, perhaps changing the habits that cause us to abuse God’s creation can begin with song. A small, crazy idea, but I believe there is power in singing about what we believe.


Sunday’s choral offerings celebrate the renewed life of this Easter season. We’ll sing about Eden and stars, the beauty in God’s creation, and the sweetness of spring. At 11:15 the choir will sing a setting of this poem by George Herbert:

Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright, 

The bridal of the earth and sky; 

The dew shall weep thy fall to-night, 

For thou must die. 


Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses, 

A box where sweets compacted lie; 

My music shows ye have your closes, 

And all must die. 


Only a sweet and virtuous soul, 

Like season'd timber, never gives; 

But though the whole world turn to coal, 

Then chiefly lives. 

All ends. All dies. The sweet day, the sweet rose, the sweet spring. Evening dew signals the end of day, a rose’s roots are buried as in a grave, and spring, like music, has its cadence (closes). But the soul lives, like seasoned wood that eventually turns to coal, giving hope that it burns on to provide warmth and light for the next generation. George Herbert speaks across the centuries, giving us beautiful words that teach us to appreciate these fleeting spring days, this fleeting life, and this fragile earth, our island home.

Sonya Subbayya Sutton,

Interim Director of Music

The 9:00 a.m. service premieres on YouTube at 8:45 a.m. and remains available afterwards. If you are worshiping virtually, you may follow along with the service bulletin. See the Church Calendar below for the complete Sunday schedule.

Preaching on Sunday April 23: The Rector

Items most in need include:

Grains (oatmeal, rice, and pasta)

Proteins (canned tuna, salmon, chicken, beans, and peanut butter)

Canned fruits and vegetables

Paper products (toilet paper and paper towels)

Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and deodorant)

Feminine hygiene products (especially pads and liners)

Baby products (baby food, diapers, and wipes)

Although we encourage you to stock the pantry anytime, the Outreach Committee would also like to ensure a more sustained commitment to the community with a weekly sign-up. You are invited to sign up to stock the pantry by using the SignUp Genius.

The Pantry is located on E. Fairfax St. beside the pathway leading to the church doors.

Questions? Please email Meredith Fath.

Thank you for supporting our community!

Are you considering whether The Falls Church is the right place for you to make a spiritual home? Are you curious about what it means to make your place here, or in any spiritual home? Would you like to learn more about what The Falls Church has to offer and what you might bring into this community?

If your answer to any of these questions is “Yes!” (or even a qualified “maybe”), we invite you to join the first session of a three-part workshop that will help introduce newcomers to one another, to this spiritual community, and to the Episcopal church. We’ll journey together and learn from each other in a safe and inclusive dialogue designed to foster spiritual exploration and identify practical ways to become more involved.

The workshop will be facilitated by Fr. Burl and parishioner Kim McCleary. The first session begins on Sunday, April 23, 2023, from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m in the Parlor. Part 1 focuses on establishing relationships and will be an important foundation for the other two sessions. We ask that anyone considering participating in the workshop series attend this first session. If you are interested but can’t attend on Apr. 23, we will be running another class in the fall.

Please register to attend by emailing Ellie. Need more information to determine whether this workshop is a good fit for you? Please email Fr. Burl or Kim McCleary.

Spring Series Dates:

Part 1: Sunday April 23 from 4:00-5:30 p.m.*

Part 2: Sunday April 30 from 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Part 3: Sunday May 7 from 4:00-5:30 p.m.

*Participation in part 1 is required to attend parts 2 and/or 3.

To sign up via Realm, click here.

Sunday, April 23rd, Nursery and Children's Chapel are provided in both services. Formation Hour is intergenerational! Everyone is invited.

Register For Hogwarts Vacation Bible School 2023

Hogwarts VBS Prefect registration via Realm

In the Community

Come see TFC's own Lilly Cornelius as part of St. Andrews Players' performance of Whistle Down the Wind

This musical, which is suitable for viewers of all ages, is a parable about faith, conviction and the fragile optimism of youth. Shows are April 28 and 29, May 5 and 6 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church (4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington VA).

For more information, and to make a reservation to see the show, click here.

The Falls Church Calendar

For events from April 17 to 30, click here

Parish Prayer List

Please use the Prayer List in your prayers for each other and the world. 

Praying for each other and the needs of the world is a powerful way to love our neighbors as ourselves! This week's Prayer list.

Click here to email Father Matthew and add someone to the prayer list.

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Falls Church, VA 22046
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