Category: Worship

Blog: Psalm 121, Journeys, and Angry Cats

I’ve been the Rector of St. Paul’s, Richmond for a little over two weeks. Just prior to that, Matthew and I pulled up stakes in Indiana. We said goodbye to the people of Trinity, Bloomington and headed east. Our cat, Francis, was my travel mate for the two-day journey. He was not as excited as […]

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Weekly Encouragement: A Change in Season

“That we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Romans 1:12 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Have you felt it? There has been a coolness and a dryness in the air for the last several days. We’ve been sleeping with the windows open—always a joy. Walking Finn, I’ve noticed the first visible sign of autumn. The […]

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Weekly Encouragement: “Continue the Encouragement”

“That we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Romans 1:12 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, As you have read these blog posts from week to week, have you noticed the series title and Bible verse, above, that have been guiding my reflections and my ministry during my six months at St. Paul’s? They […]

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Weekly Encouragement: At Home

“That we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Romans 1:12 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Two weekends ago I went home to the area where I grew up. I was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and have lived about half of my life there. My mother and brother still live there, as well […]

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Weekly Encouragement: “A Little Child Shall Lead Them”

This “weekly encouragement” post was written by guest blogger, the Rev. Bruce Birdsey. Bruce, an ordained Episcopal priest, sometimes acts as celebrant for our Noonday Worship in the Chapel downstairs, and was kind enough to assist with our service this past Sunday. Please enjoy this special “guest” post! “That we may be mutually encouraged by […]

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Weekly Encouragement: Give us Grace

Weekly Encouragement “That we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Romans 1:12 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, This past Sunday, a friend of St Paul’s parish honored, through the donation of flowers at the Moses window, the Buffalo Soldiers. They especially honored Mr. Robert Damell, Sexton of St Paul’s for sixteen years, […]

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Weekly Encouragement: Spiritual Gardening

“That we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Romans 1:12 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Lynn Ellen and I are not great gardeners, nor do we have much bare ground at our home upon which to garden. We do grow lots of basil in pots and yearly make enough pesto alla genovese […]

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Weekly Encouragement: Creating a Home Altar

“That we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Romans 1:12 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Do you have any kind of a home altar or other place of spiritual focus in your home or garden to be an intentional reminder of your relationship with God? You probably already have some religious or […]

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Weekly Encouragement: Politics + Prayer

“That we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Romans 1:12 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, I was asked to give the Invocation prayer today for the Virginia Senate, at the opening of the General Assembly’s special session on gun control. I was told that my prayer could be no longer than one […]

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