Welcoming everyone to walk through our doors on the journey to Christ
7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written:
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.”[a]
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
~ 2 Corinthians 7-10 NIV
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
Password is proper17
Sunday 10:00 Service on Facebook Live:
Please see link below
in Participation Quick Links
The Daily Office
Over the last several months, I’ve been making a study of the revision of the Daily Office (Morning and Evening Prayer) in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. The Standing Liturgical Commission (the body responsible for submitting revisions) spent a great deal of time (decades) in study of the eucharistic liturgy, and very little time studying the daily office. The eucharistic service in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer underwent a drastic revision from previous editions of the Book of Common Prayer, while the daily office remained much the same.
The theological programme governing most of the changes to the eucharist was the insight that in the ancient church, the eucharist had been understood as the extension of Christ’s heavenly high-priestly ministry in history. The church, acting corporately, shared in Christ’s high priesthood in offering his and its sacrifice to God on behalf of creation.
For anyone who lived through the revision, the “feel” of the eucharist changed dramatically. Before 1979, the eucharist had been a wordy affair (with the exhortations, the long prayer for the whole state of the church, etc.) with most of the words on the lips of the priest. After 1979, the eucharist involved much more scripture (and Old Testament reading and a psalm), and much more participation of the gathered community. It is much easier to see the eucharist as the corporate act of the gathered church in the 1979 BCP than in all previous books.
No such theological insight governed the changes to the daily office. Essentially, the Standing Liturgical Commission simply tried to make the offices more flexible, but did not see them as part of Christ’s ongoing high-priestly office.
Thomas Cranmer had designed the offices to expose the laity to great chunks of scripture, with each reading being essentially a chapter of a book of the Bible, with two readings in the morning and two in the evening. But Cranmer always understood the office as a public office, not a private devotion. He expected the laity to come to church morning and evening every day of the week! Whether or not that ever happened in his time, it certainly won’t happen in our time.
This doesn’t mean that we can’t maintain a sense of the corporate prayer of the church, even if we celebrate the offices at home. If both eucharist and daily prayer participate in Christ’s high-priestly prayer on behalf of the world, then the Prayers of the People should serve a sort of focal point of our Sunday celebration (kudos to the MCs who do a fine job of expressing our concerns). The daily office, then could serve as way for all of us to be thinking about how we might pray on Sunday.
I meet virtually with a group of scholars every other week, and we are working on another book in which we will propose changes to the daily office to make this aspect of it (participation in Christ’s high-priestly office) more obvious.
I have always imagined the Prayers of the People on Sunday with many voices adding their prayers. If we each spent some time in the week leading up to Sunday thinking about how we might pray on Sunday, more might be prepared to add their voices on Sunday. You can join me on Facebook each morning at 6:40 for Morning Prayer, or find your way into the office in the Prayer Book. The Daily Office, Rite Two, begins on page 75 (though almost invariable begin with the invitatory on page 80). The Daily Office lectionary begins on page 934 in the BCP. Directions for the Daily Office can be found interspersed in the service and on pages 142-144.
Blood Drive September 24th 2021
We Have A Critical Need
It is imperative that we get as many people as possible for our drive. There is a critical shortage in CNY this year so please ask everyone to donate, and ask their friends to kindly sign up too. It is an easy process and most people can be out in a hour.
Here is the link to our drive.
Or go to the Red Cross Donate and type in stdavidsdewitt
All those who come out to give blood in September will receive a coupon via email for a free haircut, courtesy of Sport Clips Haircuts. Terms and conditions apply: rcblood.org/Sport-Clips
· Plus when you help the Red Cross tackle the need by donating blood Sept. 13-30, you’ll receive a limited-edition college football T-shirt, while supplies last.
We will also need fols to sign up for Set-up on Thursday the 23rd as well as 3-4 people to help with the drive on the 24th.
As always if we cold get a few kind hearted bakers and cooks to provide lunch it would be much appreciated.
Picnic Scheduled - Yah Hoo
When: September 19th
Where: Ryder Park DeWitt Town Hall Pavilion
Time: 11:00 Church, Picnic to follow
The electronic sign-up form will go out at the end of the month
. if you have questions please contact Cherie Finkbeiner
We look forward to seeing you all and getting together with our sister parishes once again.
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 SEPTEMBER: 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
Everyone is invited to participate in bringing our newsletter to life. If you have an opinion, article, idea, event, organization or any other relevant topic of interest, please let us know. This is everyone's newsletter, we welcome your participation.
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.
Many years ago, a sweeping history of Australia was published called The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia’s Founding, by Robert Hughes. It told the story of how England shipped convicts to Australia’s harsh terrain in the 18th and 19th centuries, making it a continent not only wrested from its indigenous people but built by basically convict labor. One could be sent to Australia for seven or even fourteen years for stealing a loaf of bread—just like the “crime” that was the centerpiece of Les Miserables. Those who were deemed to have broken the law were seen as unredeemable.
Some might say everyone who breaks the law is a criminal who deserves to be punished—and even cast out. Those who say things like that, at the same time, we probably all know people who behave unethically while using the law as a cover, and also people who break the law in order to follow what they consider to be the greater dictates of their consciences. Laws are meant to strengthen societal bonds and relationships—not tear them apart.
In our gospel for this coming Sunday, Jesus’s critics are scandalized by the fact that Jesus’s followers do not perform the ritual washing of the hands all the way to the elbows that was the tradition that developed from the Torah over the centuries. Yet, their criticism stems not from concern, or the wish to help someone who does not know better. Instead, their criticism means to cast doubt on the holiness of this holy man and his followers. If they don’t even wash their hands before eating, how good of a teacher must this Jesus be?...
By Rob Gieselmann
Virtual Bible Study
Tuesday, August 31st 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
- Mark 7:24-37
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.
* 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
John and Dottie Reiffenstein
Nita Pierson, Former Parishioner (1)
Roberta Heirath, Friend of Bill and Marcia Hannett (4)
September 2 ~ parish office closed
September 6 ~ Labor Day, parish & rector office closed
September 19~ ESE Picnic
September 20 ~ Vestry
September 24 ~ Red Cross Blood Drive
During this time of pandemic, St. David’s has continued to support the Samaritan Center. Since we haven’t been able to be together to make sandwiches, we have supported them with a monthly cash donation. They have been extremely grateful for our support, and we would like to continue it until such time as we can make sandwiches again. If you would like to help St. David’s with that effort, you can write a check and put “Samaritan Center” on the memo line, and we will use that to support our monthly donation.
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,
As of June 6th we have returned to In-Person Coffee Hour, which will be either in the Air-Conditioned Parish Hall or outside in the Courtyard weather permitting. Hosts are needed and can be signed up on the lay participation link or by contacting David Burgess at (315) 875-3572.
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: email@example.com
August 29, 2021
Song of Solomon 2:8-13
The voice of my beloved!
Look, he comes,
leaping upon the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
My beloved is like a gazelle
or a young stag.
Look, there he stands
behind our wall,
gazing in at the windows,
looking through the lattice.
My beloved speaks and says to me:
"Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away;
for now the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth its figs,
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away."
Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God's righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.
But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act-they will be blessed in their doing.
If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
When the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written,
‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
teaching human precepts as doctrines.’
You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”
Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.” For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”