Welcoming everyone to walk through our doors on the journey to Christ
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
26 it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
~Lamentations 3: 22 - 25 NIV
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as well as streaming
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God is God
A few weeks ago, in my newsletter article, I wrote about the Revised Common Lectionary, and how the lessons are chosen. We are following the Semi-continuous Track, reading both Old Testament and Epistle lessons “in course.” In the Old Testament, we’ve been working our way through the story of Saul and David. We’ll hear the story of David and Bathsheba, and of Absolom’s revolt against his father. We’ll hear of Solomon building the Temple, and then we’ll several weeks’ lessons from Wisdom Literature (Proverbs, Job). Wisdom Literature is connected to the royal court, basically serving as advice for young men entering the service of the king. The Book of Proverbs provides training for young men on how to behave at court (the famous passage about the Good Wife, which we will read in September, is meant to help the young men marry well, so they can get ahead at court).
The typical message of wisdom literature is “if you do good, you will do well.” The Book of Job, though written in the style of other wisdom literature, challenges that basic message. Job does good, but all sort of bad things happen to him. His friends try to tell him he must have messed up, and that is why he is suffering. Job refuses their advice and insists on his innocence. I believe Job was written after the Exile as a response to the Book of Deuteronomy (which hammers home the point that if Israel messes up, God is going to punish them).
One of the things I love about the Old Testament is the variety of voices included, often contradictory voices. We will read a short snippet of the Book of Ruth, which I believe is written in response to the Book of Ezra. As the Jews returned from Exile in Babylon, Ezra insisted that they be able to trace their ancestry back to someone who was carried away into Exile, and that all the men who had remained behind and married foreign women now divorce them. Ruth tells the story of a Moabite woman who became the great-grandmother of King David.
The Bible holds up these various points of view, and feels no real need to resolve the conflicts, almost as if the final editors of the Old Testament were saying to the readers, “You decide.” Reading the Old Testament “in course” gives us the opportunity to hear this wide variety of voices, that the old way of reading hid from us.
Also, reading the Epistles in course, we get to hear of the great conflicts that rent the early Church: should Gentiles be included in the fellowship of the saints, or can only circumcised Jews become Christian? That conflict nearly split the Church in two, and it was only the destruction of the Temple and the displacement of the Jerusalem (Jewish) Church that finally resolved the issue. We will also hear early Christian authors struggling to understand the nature of salvation: is it present, or only in the future?
We tend to think of the Bible as monolithic – with a single message. Reading it on its own terms opens our eyes to the struggles of earlier generations to understand what God was saying to them. I find that quite comforting – when we aren’t quite sure what God may be saying to us, we can read in the pages of the Bible the same confusion on the part of God’s people in ages past. We can be encouraged by their struggles and disagreements that our own struggles and disagreements won’t finally stymie God’s plan of salvation. God is God, and the humans who have written the story of God’s interaction with God’s people are only too human. And yet the story rolls on despite our frailties and misapprehensions. And the Bible certainly makes for exciting reading.
Blood Drive 24th September
Red Cross Dire Need
I know it is a bit early for our next blood drive, but I wanted to say something about it to encourage you to sign up in the next few weeks to give at another location. The Red Cross is in dire need of blood right now!
If you are a regular donor you can give every 56 days, 112 for power red donations.
St. David's parish hall is too warm during the summer for drives so we refrain during June, July and August, but we encourage you to donate elsewhere to help those who really need you now.
Don't Forget Tonight!
We are finally here, our 1st, 1st Friday dinner since the pandemic. We hope to see you all!
As we slowly return to some form of normalcy we want to kick-off with a mid-summer dinner/BBQ.
Cost is $12.00 per person.
Our Kick-Off Dinner/BBQ will be on Friday, July 16th, 2021
Appetizers start at 6:00 p.m. with Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
We will offer Dine-In or Take-Out
Reservations are required:
Last day to make a
reservation is July 11th
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 JULY: Click Here to sign up
Sunday Service Participation for AUGUST: 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.
Filling the Gaps
A few years ago, my daughter Katie and I traveled to the Catalan region of Spain with her godparents, my dear friends Joe and Joanie. The trip was a gift from Joe and Joanie for Katie’s graduation We spent most of our time in Barcelona, but we also took a side trip to Girona and Figueres.
Girona, in particular, is fascinating. Founded in 79 AD, Girona has been defended (and conquered) repeatedly, primarily due to its strategic location along major thoroughfares in the Roman, Moorish, and Holy Roman Empires. Walls have been crucial to the town safety, and there are a series of them built across the centuries as the town grew. Walking along Girona’s cobbled streets, which are themselves works of art, you can observe walls that are 1500 years old, a beloved reminder to the people of this town of their resilience.
In some places, gaps are visible between the stones. In some of the bigger walls, artists have created small figurines like the one above– carved like an atlas (a support column carved in the shape of a man common in Greco-Roman architecture) in a charming show of whimsy. This particular atlas appears like he is trying to resume his position holding up the wall above him. Yet, he is no more than 6 inches tall in the middle of a wall that soaring over twenty feet high. But what we noticed most was how he is perfectly positioned for the gap he is in, symbolizing resilience and initiative...
Rev. Leslie Scoopmire
Virtual Bible Study
Tuesday, July 20th 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.
* 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
July 16 ~ 1st Friday Supper Appetizers at 6PM Dinner at 7pm
July 26 ~ Vestry
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 in the Courtyard weather permitting. While we have all enjoyed the Virtual Coffee Hour, the time has come for another step towards normalcy. Hosts are needed and can be signed up on the lay participation link or by contacting David Burgess.
We are still collecting new, updated photos or you and your spouse if applicable, Click Here to send the pictures to my email for St. David's projects.
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
July 18, 2021
2 Samuel 7:1-14a
When the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.” Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that you have in mind; for the Lord is with you.”
But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?” Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me.
Remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called “the uncircumcision” by those who are called “the circumcision” —a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands— remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.