The Fifth Sunday of Easter

A message from our Seminarian

As the academic year ends, so too does my time as the seminarian at The Falls Church. It has been such a fruitful year for me to learn and serve among you! I am deeply appreciative of the support and encouragement I’ve received from the clergy, staff, and congregation. I’ve seen the image of God in this place, in each of you, and for that I am grateful.


Jesus tells us in the Gospel of Matthew, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there among them.” I’ve certainly encountered Jesus in the midst of this community: in the worship we’ve shared, the handshakes and check-ins after services, and the formation, fellowship, and service in which we’ve participated. There is good, holy, generative work being done here. The Christ-centered witness that each of you demonstrates, both in this place and in the wider world, is a testament to the way in which the Holy Spirit is working in and through you to build God’s kingdom a little each day.


This summer I’ll head home to serve a parish full-time, where I’ll further develop skills related to pastoral care, liturgical planning, and preaching. I’ll return for my final year at Virginia Theological Seminary in the fall. God willing and the people consenting, I’ll be ordained a deacon in December and a priest the following summer. Your prayers through my continued formation are much appreciated.


I’ve been blessed to be formed in this place and am thankful for the role each of you played to shape me for priestly ministry. I’ll be praying for the continued good work God is doing in each of you and at The Falls Church.


Cory Irwin


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 May 7: The Rector

Join us for a special formation hour THIS SUNDAY, May 7, featuring guest speaker Kirk Gibson, Director of Development at Shrine Mont. Registration will open for our 2023 parish retreat at Shrine Mont with a special price for registering on the day. We will be taking payment via check and Realm.

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Sunday, May 7, Children's Chapel, Nursery, and Children's Formation Classes are back. Check out what the children will be learning about in classes below:

Register For Hogwarts Vacation Bible School 2023

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Ways to serve

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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 May 1 to 14, 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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