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, who are still here, and we honor with gratitude the land itself and the life of the Rappahannock Tribe. Our mission statement is to do God’s Will in all that we do.

Sunday Links, Sept 10, 2023, Pentecost 15, Season of Creation II

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  • Location – 823 Water Street, P. O. Box 399, Port Royal, Virginia 22535
  • The Season of Creation returns

  • Sun. Sept 10, 2023, 11am Church service – Eucharist
  • Serving:

    Lector: Andrea Pogue
    Chalice Bearer: Alice Hughes
    Altar Cleanup: Andrea Pogue

  • Lectionary link
  • Sun. Sept. 10, 2023 Pool Party at the Davis’, 2PM-4PM.

  • Tues, Sept 12, Sacred Ground Group meeting. 7PM on Zoom.

    Zoom Link Meeting ID: 854 8811 5724 Passcode: 539098

  • Ecumenical Bible Study, Wed., Sept 13. 10am-12pm, Parish House Reading Lectionary for Sept 17, Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
  • Thurs, Sept. 14, Vestry meeting, 2PM in the Parish House.

  • Thurs, Sept. 14, Holy Cross Day, Sept 14, 2023

    Coming Up – Sept. 17

  • God’s Garden —A gathering of children ages 5-9. Sunday School activities and fun, led by Elizabeth Heimbach in the Parish House, 10:30AM.
  • All articles for Sunday, Sept 10, 2023
  • About the Season of Creation – Since the 1980’s, the Eastern Orthodox Church has designated this time each year to delve more deeply into our relationships with God and with one another in the context of the magnificent creation in which we live. The Catholic Church and Church of England also recognize this season. Various churches across the United States also celebrate the Season of Creation.

    The central focus of the month is on God – God as Creator. In his letter to the Romans, right up front, Paul makes this statement. “Ever since the creation of the world, God’s eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things that God has made.” We know a lot about God simply by paying attention to God’s creation. And Jesus, who came that we might have life, and might have it more abundantly, used his own attention to and love of the natural world in his teachings and parables, to help the people around him find the abundant life that can become ours through him. To be with Jesus through scripture and through the bread and wine is also to see and to know God the Creator of heaven and earth.

    The goal in worship then is to deepen our understanding of God as Creator, to celebrate God’s role as Creator, and to examine and deepen and widen our own relationships with God, creation, and with one another. In particular we need to work to recover the original splendor of the earth.

    An example – Look around your neighborhood where the human influence has been positive and negative on nature. Celebrate the former and do something about the latter.

    “Jesus was intimately involved with the natural world. When he spoke of God and God’s Kingdom, he almost always pointed to the natural world: seeds, the harvest, the clouds, vines, weeds, sheep, fire, water, lilies, bread, wine. Walk out into God’s wonderful creation – and be touched by the very hand of God.”

    –Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE