Invitation: Reception of Novice to the Community of the Gospel
By Lee Davis
At our weekly ESC online Eucharist service for Sunday, September 6 (to be recorded at 2 P.M. Friday, September 4) I will be received as a novice in the Community of the Gospel. I invite you, as my Christian family, to join me via YouTube or on the Eastern Shore Chapel Facebook page when those links are made available. This is another revelation that God does work in mysterious ways. After joining the community in April, 2019, I have prayed and studied hard to reach this next step in my walk with Christ. My sincere and humble thanks to each of you who have shared in my journey through the years at Eastern Shore Chapel, to Father Cameron and Rev. Julia for their support and offering to make this service possible, and finally of course to dear Heidi who has been most patient and understanding and who has held my hand the whole way.

The Community of the Gospel is a non-residential monastic community in the United States and the Bahamas. We do not live in convents or monasteries but in the world. Our members try to help each other build a closer relationship with Christ, thereby allowing our true selves to emerge. For us, monasticism is one form of living the Christian life, which we base on our baptismal vows and live out through daily prayer, reflective study, and service to others. The monastic life is not to be considered an ancillary activity, but a foundation for everything we do in life. Our charge is to awaken to the presence of God within, so that we can know, love, and serve God.

Although we are primarily a non-residential group of men and women, young and old, we journey together as one in spirit with Our Lord. We believe that our purpose is to awaken to God's wisdom and love, and to shape our lives following Gospel principles. The expression of our personal mission in life is a response to the love of God, who made each of us in a unique way. We join together with the whole church to share our journey and our resources as we are able, and to mutually encourage each other's faith journey.

The Community of the Gospel has canonical standing with the Episcopal Church and is a full member of the National Association of Episcopal Christian Communities.

I joined the Community after hearing my friend David Wynne mention it. After some initial discussion and completion of an application I was accepted as a postulant and a new phase of my spiritual journey began. There was a rigorous formation process involving lots of reading, prayer and many, many written exercises. I was inspired by the discipline and the routine and was spiritually fed by the material to which I was being exposed. This step into the novitiate is another on my spiritual journey. More prayer, more study and more service lay ahead. Full profession is down the road, God willing. I am thankful that God has called me to this place, at this time, and am humbled by the opportunity.
ESC Getting Spruced- Up This Summer
By Marty Thumel

Take a close look at these pictures. Yep, those ladders and paint coverings are in the narthex (entryway) at Eastern Shore Chapel.
Our entire campus is in the process of being painted. The color is white – a beautiful warm, inviting white. The narthex looks like a new room. The floors have been cleaned and buffed. They are back to the original slate.
Now, let’s talk about the hallways, classrooms and offices. You name the room and our incredible and talented sexton, Rusty Seamans, has most likely been there in the past six months.

Rusty has had a paint brush in her hand since COVID-19 closed our campus in March. Her goal: “I want to say I have painted every wall in this church.” And she is living her goal. 
She started being her creative self and got color on her mind, and painted the library in the Parish Day School bright colors. Even painted the window sills and frames a bright red. The children are going to love the new look. I know I did when seeing it for the first time.

When we return to campus down the road, look around and see what a bright, shiny church looks like. Please say thanks to Rusty for her wonderful talents and her desire to make ESC look new again. She is definitely succeeding.

When you see Rusty – give her a thumbs up. If she has a paint brush in her hand, don’t stand still too long... she’s a woman on a mission!
Join Rev. Julia for Saints & Themes on Thursday

Join Rev. Julia on Thursday at 10am for a new saint! Click here to join the discussion. Meeting ID: 820 1112 3045, Passcode: Saints.
First Friday Men’s Breakfast is this Friday!

This is it! Our first meeting in person, for those who are comfortable, will be THIS FRIDAY, September 4. The meeting begins at 7:30 sharp and ends no later than 8:30. We will gather by the outdoor chapel, weather permitting. Foul weather will move us into the Parish Hall. A light breakfast will be provided. Masks are required and we will practice proper social distancing. NO SINGING! Brad Croteau will be joining us to share his journey since he left us and will give us a glimpse of what the future may hold for him – and for his new bride. The readings for Sunday may be found here. (Printed copies will be available.) This is going to be a celebratory morning, to say the least. Join us won’t you?
Music for Pentecost 14
By Martin Sunderland, Organist & Music Director

For today’s hymn, listen to an arrangement of “All creatures of our God and King,” arranged by John Rutter. This is one of ESC’s most favorite and rousing hymns. Soon, I hope, we will gather and sing together this powerful hymn tune and text.
The ESC choir sings Ubi caritas by Ola Gjeilo during our Maundy Thursday Service. However, the text is certainly appropriate for today’s Gospel that asks us to seek reconciliation and forgiveness when controversy exists when our thoughts and minds are divided. The following performance, is expertly sung by only eight singers. Listen to the purity of sound and unity in ensemble.
Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est. Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor. Exsultemus, et in ipso jucundemur. Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum. Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero. Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est. Simul ergo cum in unum congregamur: Ne nos mente dividamur, caveamus. Cessent iurgia maligna, cessent lites. Et in medio nostri sit Christus Deus. Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est. Simul quoque cum beatis videamus, Glorianter vultum tuum, Christe Deus: Gaudium quod est immensum, atque probum, Saecula per infinita saeculorum. Amen.
English Translation:
Where charity and love are, God is there. Love of Christ has gathered us into one. Let us rejoice in Him and be glad. Let us fear, and let us love the living God. And from a sincere heart let us love one. Where charity and love are, God is there. At the same time, therefore, are gathered into one: Lest we be divided in mind, let us beware. Let evil impulses stop, let controversy cease. And in the midst of us be Christ our God. Where charity and love are, God is there. At the same time we see that with the saints also, Thy face in glory, O Christ our God: The joy that is immense and good, Unto the World without end. Amen.
Today’s organ voluntary “Nun danket alle Gott” BWV 657, translated “Now thank we all our God”, is written by J. S. Bach. The chorale tune and hymn can be found at #397 in the 1982 Hymnal.
Virtual Sunday School resumes on September 13

We are excited to get back to Sunday School this fall! Our first day will be September 13 by Zoom. Classes will be organized as follows:
  • Godly Play: Ages: 3 years - 1st Grade 
  • 2nd - 5th Grade
  • 6th - 8th Grade 
  • 9th -12th Grade

Anyone with a child ages 3 through 1st grade, who would like to receive a link to the Zoom Godly Play can email

If you are interested in helping, attending or if you have any questions please contact:
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Bridges Two Faiths in Kosher Jesus
(Gefen Publishing House. 2012. Pp. 263.)
By Israel Zoberman
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, dubbed by Newsweek magazine as “the most famous rabbi” in America, has already distinguished himself through his twenty-six books that were translated into eighteen languages, as well as his national visibility with his media programs. An Orthodox rabbi, Boteach, to his credit, does not shy from tackling sensitive and controversial subjects, with his previous book, Kosher Sex, receiving wide acclaim. This unorthodox Orthodox rabbi seeks to apply traditional Judaism to our changing contemporary world in an engaging and relevant way.

In his book, Kosher Jesus, the author pursues the laudable goal of getting Christians and Jews closer to each other following a historical gap of estrangement and enmity, in face of the giant strides in recent decades toward rapprochement and healing. Boteach offers a well-written scholarly volume that is far from dry and is accessible to all, one that both honors and is critical of the two sides. It is bound to further the sacred cause of interfaith dialogue, leading toward mutual respect and growth without compromising one’s uniqueness. This book is a resource suited for study by members of the respective faith groups and hopefully also in mixed settings.

It is no wonder that the author chooses to focus on Jesus, the central and divine symbol of Christianity, who for two millennia was an enigmatic figure for the Jews, representing a Church bent on converting them by force if necessary. Relying upon Jewish and Christian sources, Boteach relays that Jesus’ Jewishness as a rabbi and devoted son of his people Israel is beyond doubt. He was a courageous patriot who, like his Jewish contemporaries, sought to rid his occupied homeland of the physical and spiritual menacing presence of the Roman legions whose ruthlessness meant to impose tight control. Pontius Pilate’s outlandish brute conduct prompted his extraordinary recall summons by Emperor Tiberius in 36 C.E. “He cared little about due process or justice. He was a tyrant who represented the deadly authoritarianism from which the Jews sought relief. The truth is that Pilate was nothing less than the Hitler of his time…” (p.82).

Thus, concludes Boteach, the sole responsibility for Jesus’ trial and death falls on the Romans and Pilate who regarded Jesus as a dangerous rebel. Execution by excruciatingly painful crucifixion was reserved for political prisoners and Jesus was deemed to be one. If fellow rabbis wanted to hurt Jesus, they could do it earlier by turning him over to King Herod. The charge of deicide (the killing of God), leveled against the Jews by the Church, held them collectively responsible for all time for Jesus’ death and caused them much suffering for so long. It took a Holocaust for the Church to reconsider along with the enlightened leadership of Pope John XXIII during the Second Vatican Council in the 1960’s, to remove the deadly deicide charge. The Polish Pope John Paul II, who fought the Nazis, took further historical steps of reaching in love and appreciation to the Jewish people. He was the first Pope to visit a synagogue, and a mosque, recognizing the State of Israel in 1994. My own former Congregation Beth Chaverim, whose founding rabbi I am, was the only world’s synagogue to meet from 1985-1995 in a Catholic facility, Church of the Ascension in Virginia Beach.

It is the author’s assessment that the Gospels do not reflect the political Jesus but the spiritual one in order not to upset the Roman authorities. In the process, the Church began distancing itself from its very Jewish roots toward Roman acceptance of the nascent Church. Colorfully stated, “In the formative years of Christianity the Church fathers went to great lengths to rip fetal Christianity away from the Jewish womb in which it had been nourished. After they had done so, they transplanted it into a Roman surrogate.” (p.126).
Boteach, admiring Jesus the rabbi and political activist, urges his fellow Jews to reclaim Jesus (Making him Kosher, “fit”) as a great son though not divine, while imploring Christians to reclaim Jesus in his Jewish humaneness. The author most ably builds a common bridge of harmonious new beginnings. Let us walk it together.
Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman is founder and spiritual leader of Temple Lev Tikvah in Virginia Beach. It meets at the Church of the Holy Apostles, the world’s only Roman Catholic and Episcopal Church. Zoberman is honorary senior rabbi scholar at Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach.
Chapel Pantry needs your help
By Kay O'Reilly, Chapel Pantry Director

The Chapel Pantry served 287 families on Saturday, another very busy day! We will be open as usual Labor Day weekend and we expect to be busy again.
Please bring in the egg cartons you’ve been saving! We are experiencing a shortage of egg cartons because we’re purchasing many of our eggs in bulk, then repacking them into dozens. Our abundant supply of empty cartons has disappeared and we desperately need more. Please ask your neighbors to save cartons, too! You can bring them to the pantry anytime and leave them outside under the Farmer’s Market if no one is here. Please bring them in as soon as possible.
We also still need eggs, dozen packs preferred until we replenish our supply of empty cartons.
This year alone the Pantry has helped nearly 20,000 individuals experiencing food insecurity. We can only do this work because of the dedication of our volunteers. It takes many hands to prepare multiple bags of food for hundreds of families each week, and we need more help:
  • Thursdays 11 to 4 for re-packing eggs, sorting food and packing bags
  • Fridays 10 to 5 for packing bags of fruit, veggies, bread and meat
  • Saturdays 11 to 3 for set-up and distribution
Volunteers do NOT need to stay the entire shift. Come for an hour or stay all day. This is mostly outdoor work, with masks and social distancing rules. Contact Kay O’Reilly at cell number 757-323-7495 or
As always, thank you for your generous support of the Chapel Pantry ministry!
Parish Book Store: Resources for families

The school year begins, but it is a school year fraught with unknowns and uncertainty. What better time to pray? The Parish Book Store has a number of resources for families to use to pray together. Among our titles are 365 Meditations for Families, God of My Heart: A Prayer Book for Youth, and Call on Me: A Prayer Book for Young People. Call us for an appointment (757-425-0114) to peruse our other titles and items. Or order from via our website.
Thursday Morning Daily Office in the outdoor chapel

LIVE and the ESC Outdoor Chapel, every Thursday morning at 7:30. Join us won't you for the morning Daily Office. Face masks required, social distancing and no singing - but it's better than nothing. Bring your Prayer Book if you have one, if not follow along on your cell phone. Or, you can join us live on ZOOM meeting number: 562 715 368 Password: John1513. We are on ZOOM every morning but Sunday. Join us won't you?
Daily Morning Prayer via ZOOM

Join us on ZOOM for the Daily Office every day at 7:30 AM (except Sunday). ZOOM meeting number 562 715 368, password: John1513 (You can also join us live in-person in the outdoor chapel at ESC on Thursdays). Everything you need is provided!
Evening Prayer via ZOOM

Join us each evening for Evening Prayer every Monday through Friday at 7:30 PM via ZOOM. Just go to and enter meeting number 869 9363 5805, and password: Ex1414. Hosted by David Wynne.
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