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Lord, open unto me. Open unto me light...for my darkness. Open unto me courage...for my fear. Open unto me hope...for my despair. Open unto me peace...for my turmoil. Open unto me joy...for my sorrow. Open unto me strength...for my weakness. Open unto me wisdom...for my confession. Open unto me forgiveness...for my sins. Open unto me love...for my hates. Open unto me thy Self...for my self. Lord, Lord, open unto me! Amen.
Howard Thurman (1900-1981)
Worship at St. David's Services
In person services be held outside
Sundays @9 am in the courtyard for up to 25 people.
An email will be sent out Saturday Evening if we have to cancel.
In this case the online service will be at 10am.
Please bring your lawn chair and mask.
Sunday Services on St. David Episcopal Church Face Book page at 10 am
Please see link below on left of page
St. David's Episcopal Church
What can I do?
I’ve been reading Ibram X. Kendi’s
Stamped from the Beginning
, a history of racist ideas in America. It’s a big book – just over 600 pages. And it’s depressing. I never realized how many of our institutions are intentionally racist. Even the church. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, biblical scholars floated theories that Black people were not descended from Adam and Eve, but from apes. Of course, Charles Darwin’s theory helped with that. Even Charles Darwin thought that Black people were evolutionarily inferior.
In that sense, it is encouraging to see our society at least trying to address racism. I am rather surprised that there are still protests on the streets of our cities this many weeks after George Floyd’s death. In the past, we have protest for several weeks, and then lost interest as the news cycle has moved on to other things. But here we are.
The depressing part, though, is the enormity of the task. Can we ever really atone for our original sin? And so, our temptation is simply to set the work aside. In that regard, the protests on our streets, and our government’s reaction to them is a blessing, because it is keeping the situation before our eyes. We cannot turn away.
I believe the Christian Gospel has something to say about situations like this. When God saw the enormity of the world’s sin, God did respond with a grandiose act, and display of mighty power, but with the Incarnation of Jesus. I’ll give a little preview of my sermon this week. Jesus compares the Kingdom of God with a mustard seed, which though small, grows into a bush which gives shelter to birds; or to a little bit of yeast which a woman hid in three measures of flour. That’s about ten gallons of flour! and it leavened the whole mass. The kingdom is also like a treasure a man finds in a field, and buries again. He sells everything he has and buys the field.
The mustard seed and the yeast are small things with great effect. We may not think we are doing much, but we never know the results which may be hidden from us. Jesus, as part of God’s plan for atoning for our sin, gave himself away, and that one death in an out-of-the-way corner of the Roman Empire changed everything.
Like the man who discovers the treasure, when we experience the kingdom, we will give up everything to attain it. I guess you could say the bug has bitten me. I’m not sure what I can do, but I take courage that that little bit of yeast that the woman hid in ten gallons of flour leavened the whole mass. That’s a lot of bread.
There is a quote that is a paraphrase of the Talmud’s commentary on Micah 6:8. Micah 6:8 reads, “What does the Lord require? Only to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Rabbi Rami Shapiro comments, “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Walk humbly now. Do justly now. Love mercy now. You are not expected to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.” We are not expected to complete the work, because God has done that in the Incarnation, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But we must strive to live in the kingdom now.
I will be on vacation Sunday 16 and 23 August. I will record Morning Prayer services for those Sundays and stream them on Facebook. There will be no in-person worship on those two Sunday. The Vestry meeting for August will be moved from 24 August to 31 August.
July 26, 2020
In person services be held outside
Sundays @9 am in the courtyard for up to 25 people.
Reader this week is
See link below
To get The Book of Common Prayer:
No in person worship until further notice
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:
Tethered by Hope
I was sitting in a chair on the deck, looking broadly over hills of mown grass. Families gathered at the edge of the grass with balls and chairs and time. The afternoon sun was a balloon without string, drifting lazily towards the horizon. The day felt both empty and full, summer at its best. Not hot, not cool, just right.
Without warning, industrial sprinklers popped-up out of the lawn and sprayed water in a semi-circle of thirty, forty foot radius. Children – five, six, nine years old – began running around, dodging near to and jumping away from the water to tease it, playing chicken with the water, pretending to try to stay dry, yet getting wet all the same. Drops at first, then spray as they stuck fists and hands into the water. Eventually, the children dropped all pretense and ran straight into the spray. Water pushed them and splattered as halos around them...
By: Rob Gieselmann
Virtual Bible Study
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
to request a Zoom invitation to our weekly Bible Study, which resumes next Tuesday 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 should be removed please let the office know. Thank you.
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 all love our grounds and the plants that live in our sacred space at St. David. Kathy Hughes has done a great job keeping up with our beloved plants, but she is stepping down from this big job after the summer.
to help her and if you can help this fall in coordinating the care of our foliage.
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
Lance and Susan Parry
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic we have not been making our sandwiches, Instead Linda has been buying the items necessary and bringing them to the center for them to make the sandwiches.
But we can 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
Thank you for all you have done so far. Please be safe yourselves.
Need Help? Want to help?
During this unprecedented time, you may find yourself wanting to help out, or needing a little extra help. Several people at St. David’s have volunteered to help our more vulnerable members. If you have difficulty getting groceries, those volunteers would be happy to pick up a curb-side order for you, and deliver it to your house. We can also help you place an order for curb-side pick-up, if you’ve never done that before. If that would be helpful to you, please call Cherié Finkbeiner at:
Or Email Cherie:
Do you have a sewing machine and some extra fabric?
Syracuse School food workers need masks for handing out take-home meals.
Our own Jim Slayton will deliver them.
Click the link below to find a pattern.
If you can make some masks, put them in a ziplock bag and drop them in the blue bin on the Church porch, and Jim will make sure they get to the people who need them.
Let us know if you can help out.
July 26 am Service in person and online.
July 27 Vestry
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,
to send the pictures to my my email for St. David's projects.
July 26, 2020
Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?” Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah’s eyes were lovely, and Rachel was graceful and beautiful. Jacob loved Rachel; so he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.” So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.
Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.” So Laban gathered together all the people of the place, and made a feast. But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob; and he went in to her. (Laban gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her maid.) When morning came, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?” Laban said, “This is not done in our country—giving the younger before the firstborn. Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.” Jacob did so, and completed her week; then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel as a wife.
The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.
What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all day long;
we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Jesus put before the crowds another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
“Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”