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.

Rev. Tom Hughes Sermon Summary, All Saints, Nov. 5, 2023

We are not yet what we shall be. That’s one of Tom’s favorite Bible phrase

“Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed.”
1 John 3:2

What happens along the way when you are transformed and you become saintly? You are set apart by God. To be transformed in God, you are beyond the law and beyond history. You are unique from any other creature from anyone who has ever been.

That’s what we want to be though we can be side-tracked. We don’t live by the standards of other people but live by what we learn from God.

To be this complete person we have to be honest with ourselves and God, open and without self-deception and that’s why we confess our sins. We need to be free of those things.

We are not controlled by things of this earth. To have our direction of how we live in this world come from God. That’s what sets us apart. What we want to be is genuine, not fake open with ourselves and God.

You are blessed if you adhere to the Beatitudes

We need to open ourselves to God in our lives and let God take the wheel The extent in which we do that is how real or genuine we are. The light of God is shining through them.

Who are these people robed in white? They are robed in the Holy Spirit. We know that is what we should be

The vision is that we are in that parade right now. We know what we shall be, the very creature God meant for us to be. This is the best outcome on the time on this earth and for eternity.