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Social Justice Sunday

This Sunday is the Last Sunday after the Epiphany and the final Sunday before the Lenten season begins.  It is also Social Justice Sunday at Saint George's.  We will be blessed to have the Reverend Melanie Mullen, Director of Reconciliation, Justice and Creation Care for the Episcopal Church, USA, as our guest preacher and forum speaker.  Melanie is on Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's staff.  I hope that you will be able to come to a service as well as the 9:30 a.m. forum to hear about the vitally important social justice ministry of our National Church. 

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Diaconal Ordinations

Dear Friends,

I am really looking forward to the diocesan diaconal ordination on Saturday, March 2nd at 10:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd, Burke.  Saint George's is blessed to have three of the five ordinands, Crystal Hardin, Daniel Johnson and Amanda Kotval.  Crystal is a former Senior Warden and discerned a call to the priesthood here.  Daniel is our current seminarian and has been with us for the last two years.  Amanda was with us last summer.  It is great honor for all of us to be a part of shaping these future priests.   

Saint George's has a long history of having wonderful seminarians…

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Love is patient; love is kind;

This Sunday our 2019 vestry will be commissioned after spending Friday and Saturday at Roslyn Retreat Center in Richmond.  Please pray for our vestry as we begin this new year together.  We have a wonderfully diverse leadership group:  Mary Yuhas, Anne Norloff, Seton Droppers, Ed Mott, Katie Wells, Manuel Figallo, Lyn Crawford, Suzanne Stephens, Ike Emejuru, Preston Findlay, Margret Hjalmarson and Mike Giaquinto.  

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Sunday, a wonderful day

This Sunday will be a wonderful day in our life together.  We will have our Annual Meeting at 9:15 a.m. in the parish hall.  I hope you will come to elect new vestry members and hear about all of the wonderful things that God has been doing in our midst- everything from amazing stewardship news to meeting our new Director of Operations to an exciting Organ Report.  

This Sunday is also the Feast of our Lord's Baptism.  We will reflect on the meaning of Jesus' baptism when a voice from heaven declared "You are my Son, the beloved; with you I am well pleased" and think about how our baptisms signify that we are each God's beloved.  We will have the great joy of baptizing Elliott and Alice Debevoise at the 10:30 service.  We'll also recognize the 10 people who were confirmed and received at Saint Michael's last Sunday.  

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Feast of the Epiphany

This Sunday is the Feast of the Epiphany.  The story of the wise men from Matthew 2: 1-12 has been the inspiration for many artists, poets and theologians over the 2,000 years of Christian history.  

The wise men represent our yearning for God, that desire that each of us is born with to experience the infinite in this finite world.  T.S. Eliot captured this longing beautifully in his famous poem,  The Journey of the Magi, written in 1927, a year after he began an intentional journey of Christian faith.  

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God is at work

Advent 4 beckons and the Nativity of our Lord awaits!  This Sunday we hear the story of Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth's house.  The two women are both expecting and they invite us to anticipate Christmas with wonder, love and praise.  

I always marvel at the mystery of Jesus gestating in Mary's womb.  To think that God chose a human being to literally bring God's Son into the world.  That is stunningly beautiful and mysterious.  We are invited to ponder these things between now and Christmas.

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The beginning of Advent

I am feeling very grateful for Abraham Lincoln's 1863 proclamation making it a national holiday set aside for giving thanks for all of God's blessings.  It is such an enduring gift to us.  It's especially significant that he issued this proclamation in the midst of the Civil War.  He had the sense that setting a day apart for giving thanks was especially important during such a protracted time of intense suffering and divisiveness. …. It's important for us to remember the origins of the national holiday this Thanksgiving, especially given the fractiousness of our times. …. Gratitude is a wonderful way to counter divisiveness. When we live from a grateful center, we have the strength to face the challenges of life without losing hope.  When we really focus on gratitude, the light of Christ encircles those challenges and helps us to see that God is with us through every joy and every challenge.  

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Happy Thanksgiving

I am feeling very grateful for Abraham Lincoln's 1863 proclamation making it a national holiday set aside for giving thanks for all of God's blessings.  It is such an enduring gift to us.  It's especially significant that he issued this proclamation in the midst of the Civil War.  He had the sense that setting a day apart for giving thanks was especially important during such a protracted time of intense suffering and divisiveness. …. It's important for us to remember the origins of the national holiday this Thanksgiving, especially given the fractiousness of our times. …. Gratitude is a wonderful way to counter divisiveness. When we live from a grateful center, we have the strength to face the challenges of life without losing hope.  When we really focus on gratitude, the light of Christ encircles those challenges and helps us to see that God is with us through every joy and every challenge.  

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