We are a small Episcopal Church on the banks of the Rappahannock in Port Royal, Virginia. We acknowledge that we gather on the traditional land of the first people of Port Royal, the Nandtaughtacund, and we respect and honor with gratitude the land itself, the legacy of the ancestors, and the life of the Rappahannock Tribe. Our mission statement is to do God’s Will in all that we do.

From the Diocese of Atlanta – Jesus is the difference between Life and Death

From Bishop Wright “In all my years of officiating at funerals and memorial services, I have never seen the deceased walk out of the cemetery or columbarium, but I have seen my share of resurrections! I have seen people bury their spouses and live in a tomb designed by grief until new companionship brings new love, life, and joy. I have watched parents bury their infant child and speak of feeling forsaken by God, just like Mary and Martha, and, in one calendar year announce a new pregnancy, new faith and new hope. I have seen the sudden death of a beloved friend, make people rethink their own existence. I’ve seen a funeral of one, give new faith and life to many. From those experiences and so many more, I think I understand when Jesus says, “Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” The image here is of Jesus walking towards us in grief and loss–Jesus walking towards death to make resurrection. This was different and more than Mary and Martha imagined. Sure, they believed in the distant cosmic resurrection when the Messiah comes and all death is defeated, but this was resurrection up close, in their family, in their community. If anything really dies in this story it is four things: the fantasy that faith in Jesus means we are exempt from mortality; that in sickness and death we are abandoned by God; that death and resurrection are in a perennial competition as equals; and that death means there is an absence of resources for God to work with. The transferrable vitality of this story to us, is the truth that God does God’s best work with sick, despairing and dying things!”