Welcoming everyone to walk through our doors on the journey to Christ
Beloved, let us love one another,
for love is of God.
Whoever does not love does not know God,
for God is Love.
In this the love of God was revealed among us,
that God sent God’s only Son into the world,
so that we might live through Jesus Christ.
In this is love, not that we loved God but that God loved us
and sent God’s son that sins might be forgiven.
Beloved, since God loved us so much,
we are also to love one another.
For if we love one another, God abides in us,
and God's love will be perfected in us.
~Canticle, " A Song of God's Love 1 John 4:7-11
Worship at St. David's Services:
In - Person
8am and 10 am
as well as streaming
online at 10 am
Please find the service at the following links
Registration for the
8:00 In-Person Service
Registration for the
10:00 In-Person Service
Sunday 10:00 Service on: Zoom
Sunday 10:00 Service on Facebook Live:
Please see link below
in Participation Quick Links
St. David's Episcopal Church
Asset Mapping is a new buzz-word in the business and consulting world. Often, a business will look at the problems it faces, and those charged with mapping a way forward will despair at the size of the hill to be climbed. Asset mapping approaches the problem from the other end, by asking first what assets are already present.
At the first conference we ran for the pastors in the Diocese of Mpwapwa in Tanzania, we took the pastors out to a vacant field and asked them to map the assets. There was a dilapidated old chicken coop nearby. An electrical line ran overhead. There was a water spigot at the edge of the field. There were sticks lying around, and empty water bottles. Once they had made their list of assets, we asked them what kind of use they might put the field to. Some saw the possibility of brick-making with the water source. Others saw the possibility of bee-keeping, making a hive out of the sticks lying about. There were many good ideas.
Later in the conference, we used the story of Jesus feeding the multitude in the wilderness with the five loaves and two fish, as an example of big results from small beginnings. We asked the pastors to think about the story, and tell us what they saw in it. One of the pastors jumped up enthusiastically, and said “When Jesus asked his disciples what they had, he was asset-mapping!” Bingo.
I’m convinced that in every situation, God has already given the gifts necessary for the ministry God calls us to. As we prepare for our Rogation Day (pray for good weather!), and discerning how St. David’s moves forward, we can begin with a gift-assessment, or an asset map. What gifts has God already given us? It could be as boring and as seemingly useless as empty water bottles – some of the pastors imagined that those water bottles could be punctured and buried as a kind of simple irrigation system for growing vegetables in that field – not a use I would have thought of.
What gifts has God given us? We have useable space. We have a bunch of pianos. We have gifted people, who bring a wealth of experience to the table. We are in a beautiful setting. That’s just the start of what can be a long list.
The next question is where our gifts meet the needs of the community (and which community are we talking about). St. David’s has a long history of commitment to music and the arts. At the present, we have access to a pool of talented musicians, and people who have studied music and taught music. This may provide us a hint of a direction to go (we also have lots of pianos, and a fantastic organ). Maybe a music studio here at St. David’s?
God has given the gifts, and invites us to be stewards of those gifts. Like Jesus feeding the multitude in the wilderness, if God blesses the gifts, they will accomplish much more than we can imagine. Let’s think about that list, and then begin to ask God to bless it.
A time of praying for remembrance,
Rembering that our lives, and the seasons,
are in God's hands.
Dear Friends of St. David’s Episcopal Church:
Following a one (1) year hiatus of being able to join together we have returned to In-Person Worship, and on May 9th which is Rogation Sunday, we find it to be an appropriate time to take the next step in Faith ! Following the 10:00 a.m. Service, we shall as a group, with social distancing, process around the church perimeter remembering that our lives, and seasons, are in God’s hands.
We will begin our journey starting in the Memorial Garden, where we shall offer up prayers of remembrance, then proceeding to various places along the way, stopping to offer up prayers of thanksgiving and remembrance. Concluding our journey in the courtyard where we will join together in a feast, while maintain social distancing.
St. David’s will provide meat, rolls, beverages (coffee, tea and lemonade), condiments, and disposable tableware. Everyone attending is asked to bring a dish to share.
Bring a lawn chair, too.
Below is the link to sign up for JUST the Celebration, please indicate what type of dish you are bringing, the total number of guests in your party, and the full names of your guests. If members of your party are members of St. David’s they should make their own reservation with a notation that they are part of your reservation.
Reserve you table here:
In keeping with best practices we are putting out a Covid-19 vaccination survey. Please click the link to participate: Click Here
Making a Reservation for Sundays is easy!
- On or after 5 PM on Sunday, you can go to St. David’s website, www.stdavidscny.org and click on the time you wish to attend on the next Sunday. It will take you to a Google document for you to complete.
- In the ‟ Monday Mailer ”, you can click on the time you wish to attend and complete the Google document to make your reservation.
- In the ‟ Friday Newsletter ” you can also click the time and complete the Google document.
- If at any time you have a problem or question; or if you are interested in being on the ‟ Automatic ” reservation system, contact David Burgess. Phone: (315) 875-3572 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Particapation Quick Links
Getting involved in our services is making this darn pandemic tolerable,
at least on Sundays and a few other moments.
We invite everyone to help us in making our community stronger than ever through prayer. As you may know we have become acquainted with Zoom and Facebook Live to help bring us together to commune with each other. Please use these links to sign up to participate in our different prayer services and gatherings.
Sunday service participation for May: Click Here to sign up
To sign up for Sunday Service click on the links above
If there are questions on how to sign up for Sunday participation or daily prayers please contact either Cherie
If you are already pre-registered for every Sunday,
or are a lay participant,
please don't register again to lessen the confusion of redundant reservations..
Contact St. David's
Contact information for, Parish Office
St. David's Episcopal Church-14 Jamar Drive DeWitt, NY 13214
Office hours Monday -Thursdays 9:00am-12:00pm or by appointment
Keep in your prayers:
Msr. Robert Yeazel
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Shortest, probably earliest, and almost curt in places: these are all characteristics of Mark’s Gospel and this is his feast day.
It has been almost 40 years since I was in seminary, trying to figure out who and what made this person tick, but this one fact stuck with me. Mark uses the word “immediately” 40 times in the Gospel. His sense of urgency permeates this work. And though we know almost nothing about the who, where, what, and when of this man, we know this- He wanted us to get to the point and get there NOW. His point, of course, was Jesus is the son of God and if you follow him, your life will be forever transformed. Period.
As I am writing my piece this morning, we are celebrating Earth Day and I have dutifully gone to my What’s App and sent messages for this beautiful planet and our need to care for it. As I did that, it gave me pause to think about Mark and his Gospel: his calling to us with a sense of “Right Now” and the importance of doing something “immediately”.
The symbol of the lion for Mark comes from its Gospel opening, describing John the Baptist as the voice of a messenger preparing the way, ”the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,” urgently
I am reminded of another evangelist today, her pungent, right now, message, stinging a bit and calling us to get up out of our lawn chairs and beach things, and start picking up the earth. Could be Mark, but it is not. Right. It is tiny Greta Thunberg. Out to save the world. And just like Mark, she just may do it.
God bless the urgent ones, who save us from our complacency and give us rich blood for the high adventure of having something at stake in our lives-like maybe following Jesus and saving the world.
by Liz Goodyear-Jones
Virtual Bible Study
Tuesday, May 4th Bible Study this week
Please join us Tuesdays at 7pm. Our normal Bible Study continues this week by virtual meeting because of the limitations the Covid-19 virus has put on all of us.
A zoom link with be emailed to anyone who has expressed an interest..
Join by Zoom:
Meeting ID: 393 321 833
Call the Church Office to request a Zoom invitation to our weekly Bible Study, which is held on Tuesday's at 7 pm.
We are trying to be sure that our prayer list is as updated as possible and certainly don't want to remove someone that should be on it. If you know of someone who should be removed please let the office know. Thank you.
* If you or a family member is sick or in the hospital.
* You are planning a meeting or scheduling an event so it can be placed on the church calendar.
* A baby is expected in your family.
* You want to arrange a baptism, affirmation of baptism, wedding or house blessing.
* When a family member has died.
* Your telephone, email or address is changed or if you are planning to move locally or out of town.
* You feel the church can help you in any way.
(Community of DeWitt Friends in Service Here)
Is a volunteer transport service to medical and dental appointments at no cost for residents of the Town of DeWitt. For more information please visit our website
If you'd like to have flowers on the altar in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a special occasion please contact the office (315-446-2112).
Plants at St. David's
Our plants at St. David's are on a set watering and feeding schedule. The flower guild asks that ONLY guild members attend the plants.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Ian Kirkpatrick, Parishioner (1)
William Sovik, friend of Kurt Finkbeiner (2)
Rector In Office
(Office Physically open Mondays )
10 a.m. Service
May 24 ~
May 31 ~ Memorial Day
Parish Office Closed
The Samaritan Center can our help in other ways:
Donations are needed to service for our Samaritan Center clients
$100 seems to be the average
Any amount would be accepted
Pre-packaged cookies are needed and can be
dropped off at the church while Kristen is there
The Samaritan Center is also in need of these items:
- Prepackaged cookies
- To go containers
- Plastic forks & spoons
- Bottled water
- Bottled juices
- Sandwiches or any kind on any bread
- And the "bad" plastic bags if anyone cares to give them up
If you are dropping off something to be picked up please contact Linda ahead of time so she knows whether to stop to pick up items.
Thank you for all you have done so far. Please be safe yourselves.
Good Morning Everyone,
We're putting together a virtual coffee hour as part of our Sunday Services. Please send me either individual pictures of yourselves or you and your spouse if applicable, Click Here to send the pictures to my my email for St. David's projects.
May 2, 2021
An angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.” So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:
“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
and like a lamb silent before its shearer,
so he does not open his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.”
The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?” He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.
1 John 4:7-21
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God's love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.
By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.
God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, "I love God," and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.
Jesus said to his disciples, ”I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”