Welcoming everyone to walk through our doors on the journey to Christ
19 Open for me the gates of the righteous;
I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord
through which the righteous may enter.
21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
you have become my salvation.
~Psalm 118: 19-21
Worship at St. David's Services:
8 am and 10 am
as well as streaming
online at 10 am
Please find the service at the following link.
Join Sunday 10:00 Service on: Zoom
Sunday Service on Facebook Live;
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St. David's Episcopal Church
During this pandemic, it has been said that we should not return to normal, once the virus is under control, because “normal” wasn’t working. Whether in the church or in politics, we have said that the pandemic has lessons to teach us that we need to learn – things like racial inequity in access to health care and all kinds of services, an economy that disfavors essential workers, a kind of selfishness that has difficulty doing anything for the good of others. In the last 2 weeks, we have seen evidence of another aspect of “normal” that isn’t working – gun violence. I think this is again a symptom of a political system that is frozen in time. I have no idea what a political solution might look like, but clearly many would like to see something change, and yet change seems impossible.
We are entering Holy Week, the most sacred days on the Christian calendar. At our Lenten book study this past Tuesday, someone asked plaintively, “Why doesn’t God intervene?” I think many of us would like to ask that question about all kinds of difficulties, large and small, from a loved one’s illness, to a global pandemic.
The answer is that God has intervened in the person of Jesus Christ, the Word incarnate. We expect God’s intervention to be big and flashy and unmistakable – miraculous, a show of divine power. Instead, what we get is Holy Week. In the Biblical narrative, God tried a big, flashy, powerful intervention once to deal with human sinfulness – Noah’s flood. It didn’t work. Humans were just as sinful after the flood as before. Tragedies followed on after another, just as before. At that point, God promised never again to destroy humanity with a flood.
As Christians, we believe that rather than a display of force, God’s intervention in the human cosmos looks like the Incarnation. God chooses to enter the human scene personally, rather than alter it from the outside. And we all know how that ends. The forces of human evil nail Jesus to the cross. But God being God, that is not the last word. Jesus rises from the dead, and returns to the divine life of the Trinity. And now, we know that that life spills over into the human realm. We, too, can participate in the life of the Trinity through baptism and the worship life of the Church. We can offer ourselves for the life of the world, just as Jesus offered himself, knowing that we too will be taken into the dance of love that is the life of the Trinity.
Holy Week allows us to rehearse for that great dance of love, to learn the steps of self-gift, given and received. For us humans, it is broken down in time, so that we walk through it sequentially, whereas for God, it is all true all at once: offering and blessing, given and received.
Easter doesn’t make much sense without Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. If we don’t know the gift offered on the cross, we can’t appreciate the gift received on Easter. This pattern may very well frustrate us – we want to be able to change the world for the better, to establish a new normal, and do it right now. Instead, we learn that we have to walk through tragedy, but assured that Jesus walks with us, and that tragedy is not the last word. And, then we can learn to live as if the resurrection is real, that God’s final word is now, and by living that way hold up the hope of a new normal, and begin to live toward it. This is the hope of Holy Week.
All services are in person
also on Zoom and Facebook live
Palm Sunday 8:00am
Palm Sunday 10:00am
Meeting ID: 864 9664 7199
Maundy Thursday at
Meeting ID: 822 6184 9149
Good Friday at Noon
In-Person at St. Alban's (no registration required)
Meeting ID: 861 6653 6484
Good Friday at 7:00 p.m.
Meeting ID: 831 7791 8793
Meeting ID: 848 4205 0608
Masks and social distancing required
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, March 14th you can go to St. David’s website, www.stdavidscny.org and click on the time you wish to attend on March 21st. 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
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:
Click the link to sign up for Sunday Service: Click Here
Bible Study: "We Shall Be Changed: questions for the post-pandemic church
To join Bible Study: Click Here
Coffee Hour Zoom: Click Here
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 dont register again to lessen the confusion of redundant reservations..
March is Red Cross Month
Please ask all your friends and family to pass the word about the March 31st Blood Drive
All the links are here to make it easy on you and them. The Red Cross hash said they are in essential need for blood, let's help fulfill the need.
The Red Cross is testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies. As part of this effort, plasma from standard blood donations that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions.
It is important to know the vaccine you received as they are collecting that data.
• Medical conditions and emergencies don’t stop for a pandemic. You can help by encouraging others to sign up to donate blood
Help can't wait! You can help ensure that patients have lifesaving blood products available for emergency & everyday medical care. The need for blood doesn't stop, even during a pandemic. Your donation is essential.
All participants will receve a $5.00 Gas Gift card from Mirabito Gas Stations
We will need a few people to help set up on Tuesday, March 30th at 12:00 pm and about 5 people to work shifts during the day on Wednesday between 1:00 and 8:00. Call the office: 315-446-2112, email St. Davids or email Cherie
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.
The Garden Walk of Holy Week
She Thought he was a Gardener
In 1511, the German artist Albrecht Dürer fashioned a woodcut of Mary Magdalene’s encounter with the resurrected Jesus as depicted in John 20:15. She has come to the garden tomb looking for Christ’s body, instead she finds a very much alive Jesus and she thought he was the gardener.
This phrase is not a throw away line as most of us assume. It is of cosmic significance! Jesus is indeed the gardener of the new creation.
In the book of Genesis, God creates the garden of Eden, and sculpts Adam and Eve out of its soil to tend and care for it. (Genesis 2:15). It is here that God, the cosmic gardener, comes to walk, to enjoy and interact not just with the caretakers but with all creation. (Genesis 3:8) When Adam and Eve sin they are expelled not just from the garden but also away from this beautiful, intimate relationship they once enjoyed with God.
Journey from the Garden of Suffering
Journey from the Garden of Suffering
Fortunately God did not abandoned creation or those created to look after it. The journey of Holy week is a journey back into the garden of God.
Jesus suffering began in the garden of Gethsemane, a garden where his agony is poured out in drops of blood like sweat, that seep into the earth. His pain is symbolic of the pain and suffering that became a part of Adam and Eve’s lives when they were expelled from the garden of Eden.
Journey Through the Garden of Death
On Good Friday there is another garden. Jesus, the second Adam, dies at Golgotha and John notes: in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden. (John 19:41) The garden is a place of death, and Jesus death is like the planting of a seed: Unless a seed is planted in the soil and dies it remains alone, but its death will produce many new seeds, a plentiful harvest of new lives (Jn 12:24).. .
By Christine Sine
* 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
Elizabeth Gibbs-O'Donnell friend of Dave and Sherry Tyler (2)
Betsy Stone, friend of Bill and Marcia Hannett (4)
Rector In Office
(Office Physically open Mondays )
March 25 ~ parish office closed
March 28 ~ Palm Sunday
April 1 ~ Maundy Thursday W/ESE
@ 7pm ESE Hosted and Live Streamed by St. David's
April 2 ~ Good Friday w/ESE
Hosted and Live Streamed by St. David's
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.
Easter Flowers and Music
If you are interested in donating flowers and/or music for our Easter Service please provide
DONATION IN MEMORY OF:
DONATION IN THANKSGIVING FOR:
The Parish Office will need the information no later than MONDAY MORNING
MARCH 29, 2021.
PLACE INFO IN THE OFFICE OR EMAIL
A check can be made out to St. David’s Church and placed in the office or mailed to PO Box 261 Dewitt, NY 13214 Please specify in the memo “Flowers/Music”
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.
March 28, 2021
4The Lord Godhas given me
the tongue of a teacher,
that I may know how to sustain
the weary with a word.
Morning by morning he wakens—
wakens my ear
to listen as those who are taught.
5The Lord Godhas opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious,
I did not turn backward.
6I gave my back to those who struck me,
and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
I did not hide my face
from insult and spitting.
7The Lord Godhelps me;
therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint,
and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
8he who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries?
Let them confront me.
9aIt is the Lord Godwho helps me;
who will declare me guilty?
5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
6who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
7but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
8he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.
9Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
10so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.