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1Happy are those who find wisdom, and those who get understanding, for her income is better than silver, and her revenue better than gold.
~ Proverbs 3:13-14
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Advent and active contemplation
Advent is the season of waiting; waiting and preparation. Well I remember as a kid how the days seemed to crawl by like cold molasses. Advent calendars didn’t really help, but only made too clear that only one day had gone by. Now, of course, it seems the time passes too quickly. That’s why I am grateful for the season of Advent. At least in our worship, we can slow the passage of time.
But Advent is for preparation, as well. We don’t often think of contemplation as a form of action; we tend to think of it as a quiet and still form of prayer. We imagine a dark room with a candle in front of an icon, or sitting cross-legged and chanting a few simple syllables. The ancient tradition, however, thought of contemplation as something much more active. Contemplation is the act of seeing the whole of creation and all of its individual aspects as fully illuminated with the divine light.
The ancient tradition taught that, since creation was simply the outpouring of the love of the Trinity beyond itself, all of creation was suffused with the divine energies. Each creature has its own purpose for existing in the praise of the Creator, and the divine energies flow through that creature in praise. Each stone, each tree, each star, each galaxy has its purpose in the divine creation. If God had wanted only one word of praise, God would have created only one creature, but God desired the full chorus of praise, and so created all the creatures in their infinite variety.
Contemplation is the discipline of seeing each creature’s participation in that chorus of praise, and then rendering thanks to God for the beauty of that song. In our eucharistic prayer, we join our voices with angels, archangels and the whole of creation when we sing, “Holy, holy, holy.” That song is the ultimate act of contemplation.
Each creature has its own unique purpose in the divine plan, its own unique reason for existence. The ancient tradition called that the logos of each creature. Logos is the Greek word that means word, or purpose, or reason. It is the word from which English gets its word logical. The divine Logos, the Second Person of the Trinity, shared in the divine act of creation, giving each creature its own logos, through which it also participates in the divine life. Contemplation is the discipline of training the attention on the logos of each creature, and how the divine energies work through it.
This means that contemplation can be very difficult. People who rub us the wrong way, People who irritate us, even people we hate, have their own logos within Logos of creation. They may certainly hinder the divine energies, but the goal of contemplation is to see the divine energies flowing through them even despite their hindrance – and then render thanks to God for their part in the great divine chorus of praise.
In Advent, we await the incarnation of the Logos of all creation, the Second Person of the Trinity. Our sin had hindered the great chorus of praise, and so prevented our awareness of the purpose of creation, but God was not willing that we should be forever separated for the song of creation, and so the Logos entered into creation. As we contemplate the birth of Jesus, the Incarnation of the divine Logos, we train ourselves to see the logoi (the plural of logos) of all creation. We await the dawning of the light in our darkness. This is not a passive waiting, but training our vision to see the divine not just in Christ, but in every rock, every tree, every ripple in every stream, in every star, and galaxy. Jesus entered into creation to restore our vision of the divine energies flowing through the whole of creation, and thus restore us to our part in the divine chorus of praise.
Come Holy Spirit, may truth be spoken and heard. Give us ears to hear and courageous hearts to respond. Amen.
What an exciting and memorable weekend. Our first virtual Convention together, our first virtual worship in a Convention together. This has been a weekend of firsts for us, and we are so grateful and I’m very indebted to all who made it possible, especially the technology. It is an amazing thing that we have the ability to gather together across distance and through a virtual medium, that we are still communities of faith gathered in God’s name and that yes, in this virtual reality, God abides with us. We are gathered and we were brought together by God for a purpose, and so we rejoice...
Continue to read or hear Bishop DeDe Convention Sermon: Click here
Listen or read Bishop Curry's opening comments to this years diocese convention,
Hello to Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe and to all of the clergy and lay delegates who gather together for this, the 152nd Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York. On behalf of your brothers, sisters, and siblings who are The Episcopal church, wherever we may be found, I bring you their greetings, assure you of their love and their prayers. Grace to you and peace from God our Father, in the Lord Jesus Christ...Click to continu
Blood Drive December 4th is Next Week!
Reminder: We are in a CRITICAL need situation!
It is vitally important that we share, telland recruit donors all your friends and family, you may save a life. Special procedures and precautions are in place so it is very safe to give blood as always. Everyone who donates will receive a T-Shirt from the American Red Cross. Please spread the word, Thanks!
As the winter season looms before us we are asking you to sign up to give the gift of life at our next American Red Cross Blood Drive, December 4th from 2:00pm – 7:00pm.
Winter is a vital time of need for blood. It is when our supply is very taxed and this year it is especially vital.
Here is the direct link to sign-up:
As a 'thank you', donors who come to give blood Nov 15-Dec 15 will be automatically entered for a chance to win an Outdoor Living Experience, powered by Propane!* Prize includes a propane powered pizza oven, fire pit, outdoor heater and stipend towards propane.
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 Yeazal
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.
There is only one reason for the monk’s existence: not farming, not chanting the psalms … not fasting, not manual labor, not reading, not meditation, not vigils in the night, but only God.
And that means: love. For God is love. If we love [God] we possess [God]. Everything else about the monastic life is only a means to an end. (Thomas Merton, The Waters of Siloe, Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1949)
Perhaps to paraphrase Paul, farming will cease, chanting will cease… fasting and reading will cease, as will vigils – they, too, will cease. Now abide faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love.
I wonder whether the greatest temptation to the religious practitioner, be they lay or cleric, is be to confuse what one does in the name of God for actually loving God, trading the activity of religion for the heart of religion...
Written By Rob Gieselmann
Virtual Bible Study
Tuesday, December 1st at 7:00pm
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
Please email the Church Office to request a Zoom invitation to our weekly Bible Study, which resumes next Tuesday at 7 pm.
Our stewardship drive is done. Yes it was a strange one as this whole year has turned out to be. All our holidays have been different, our travek has changed along with our shopping and how we do business. The one thing that has not changed is the devotion and care the St. David's congregation shows to the community of Christ and to our own community.
Through all this confusion and turbulents of this year, you have stayed dedicated to our church and mission. A huge thank you and warm hug for your commitments.
Most of our pledges are in, again thank you for showing your dedication. St. David's is stable because of you. You have allowed our mission to go on and our community to continue to gather and do good works. We ask that if you have not pledged or turned in your pledges that you do so, Thank-you!
Stewardship is not only monetary though. As this year has presented many changes in our lives we did not forsee it presents changes for us too in our time and talent stewardship needs.
We are in search of a new treasurer. Denise Mako has done a tremendous job bringing our books and finances in line. She is a large part of our success and stability. Denise is a no nonsense treasurer holding us and our bottom line to the levels that have made us successful. Let's continue her hard work with a new treasurer. Please talk to Dan and Denise if you can help us out.
Carol Murphy also will no longer be able to help us with the MC job. Carol has moved to Skaneateles. we will miss her thoughtful and kind presence at St. David's. Carol id not the only MC at St. David's, but in order to make things easier, more MC's are needed. Please consider joining the small group we have to serve with Dan at the alter.
1 Peter 4:10 - As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:
* 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
Cherie and Kurt Finkbeiner
Mary Moran, Friend of Denise Mako (2)
Corinne Farnham, Parishioner (3)
Rector In Office
(Office Physically open Mondays )
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 wheter to stop to pick up items.
Thank you for all you have done so far. Please be safe yourselves.
St. David's Court
Here are some of the items needed for the End of the Year Drive at St, David's Court. Please have them in by December 8th
Ivory bar soap
Laundry detergent pods
Canned tuna fish
Stamps and envelopes
Thanks so much for your continued support!
Return to Virtual Worship:
As the infection rates continue to rise in our region and around the US, Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe has announced updates to the Diocesan COVID-19 response for all parishes.
These new guidelines go into effect on Sunday, November 29, 2020. We expect to follow these guidelines through at least January 1, 2021; they may be modified prior to that date.
Key elements of the updated COVID-19 guidelines include:
- We will no longer be using "steps" or "phases" but will follow a unified response plan that will be updated, as necessary. We will continue to notify parish leaders of updates by email and in clergy and wardens' meetings.
- Indoor in-person gatherings are suspended.
- Live-streaming and recording worship from within the church is permitted.
- Outdoor and “drive-in” gatherings, with Holy Eucharist, are permitted.
- Essential community outreach ministries continue.
Services at St. David’s will return to a Virtual format on our Facebook Page (Facebook/StDavids) every Sunday at 10am, with a Virtual Coffee Hour to follow around 10:45am on Zoom.
We are still in need readers and special music. Please contact Pastor Dan or Nick Fields if you’re interested in reading or providing special music.
It’s important to remember your fellow parishioners in your prayers during this difficult period of time. Thank you for keeping our communities safe, and for responding with creativity and love in this difficult time. May God continue to be with us as we learn to love God, one another, and all God has created.
November 26 ~ Thanksgiving -No Office Hours
December 4 ~ Red Cross Blood Drive @ St. David's
Good Morning Everyone,
We're putting together a virtual coffee hour as part of our Sunday Services. Can you 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.
November 29, 2020
O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,
so that the mountains would quake at your presence--
as when fire kindles brushwood
and the fire causes water to boil--
to make your name known to your adversaries,
so that the nations might tremble at your presence!
When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect,
you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
From ages past no one has heard,
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who works for those who wait for him.
You meet those who gladly do right,
those who remember you in your ways.
But you were angry, and we sinned;
because you hid yourself we transgressed.
We have all become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth.
We all fade like a leaf,
and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
There is no one who calls on your name,
or attempts to take hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us,
and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.
Yet, O Lord, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord,
and do not remember iniquity forever.
Now consider, we are all your people.
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind-- just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you-- so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Jesus said, “In those days, after that suffering,
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will be falling from heaven,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”