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.

The Big Picture – Trinity Sunday, May 26, 2024

More photos from Sunday.

This occasional series will capture a key, yes the big picture, from a Sunday. So why this one ? We don’t always have this many servers! Secondly there is joy in the faces. Yes, it was posed but they were primed and ready to go. It was quick and expressions could be overlooked. Thirdly, these pictures lead elseshere on Sunday – the lighting of the candles, the Gospel reading and the sermon. Some of the key areas. These are the service leaders! They are ready for the procession and next things to happen.

Sermon, Trinity Sunday, May 26, 2024 – “Imagination”

John 3:1-17

“Nicodemus Visiting Jesus” (1899)- Henry Ossawa Tanner

I spent last week in the Outer Banks.  While I was there, I visited the Wright Brothers National Memorial, one of the Outer Banks national parks.  What an inspiring place! 

Back in the early 1900’s, Wilbur and Orville Wright, two brothers from Dayton, Ohio,  were fascinated with the idea of human flight.  Although many had experimented with gliders, and Samuel Langley had created powered model gliders, no one had ever figured out how to fly in a manned, heavier than air machine that could leave the ground under its own power, one that could move forward without losing speed and land on a point as high as that from which it started.

The Wright brothers began to explore all that had already been done regarding human flight.  Wilbur wrote to the Smithsonian.    After studying the information they received from that institution, the brothers realized that they had as good a chance as anyone to be the ones to make human flight possible. 

So they got busy, and for the next four years, they tested current theories about aerodynamics, many of which didn’t work.  They developed their own theories, and devoted themselves to the goal of human flight, determined to be the ones who would turn the dream of human flight into reality.    

The Wrights imagined success at what until then had been an unreachable goal.  They had faith in themselves.  And they worked hard to make what they imagined become reality. 

As they got closer to realizing their dream, the two searched for an isolated spot with unrelenting wind, high dunes and lots of sand for soft landings where they could try out their ideas about flight.

On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur lifted off for the first time in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, in their invention, The Flyer.  That day was the first time that anyone had ever flown in a manned, heavier than air machine that could leave the ground under its own power, move forward without losing speed and land on a point as high from which it had started.     

The Wright brothers’ dreams had become reality.  But even these two dreamers probably could not have imagined that only  sixty-six years later, people would take what the Wright brothers had accomplished, would add their own dreams and hard work, and would fly all the way to the moon.  Incredible!  Only sixty-six years—from the windy, white sandy dunes on the coast of North Carolina, to the charcoal gray dusty surface of the moon, thanks to incredible imagination and the hard work by so many to make the dream of people walking on the moon a reality. 

One thing I really appreciated about the museum exhibit at the Wright Brother’s memorial was the emphasis on imagination, for imagination is the source of all creativity.  God imagined the universe into being, from the farthest galaxies to the tiniest living microscopic life on our planet. “O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all the things thy hands hath made…..”  Not only the universe, but we ourselves have been brought to life from God’s imagination.

The whole Bible is the story of what God imagines for creation and the reality of what really happens—God’s imagination distorted by our own desires, and we can use the word “sin” as shorthand for that corruption that continually threatens to destroy us and our planet. 

Which brings me to Jesus, the ultimate imaginative act of God.  Nothing else having gotten through to us, God imagines God’s self in human form, and as we Christians believe, Jesus is born as one of us, lives as one of us, and dies as one of us. 

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Sunday Thoughts, May 26, 2024

As Catherine mentioned in the service we had most of the people confirmed or received here from last week’s Pentecost. (We had 26 at the service today). Catherine also thanked the congregation for helping with the care for Thom Guthrie who died May 8, 2024. It was the hospitality that was the key combined with music opportunities, singing and some organ playing. Positive upbeat service

The sermon continued the Pentecost theme of the coming of the Holy Spirit. “ Spirit is God’s imaginative creativity, a constant wind blowing over, around and through the chaos in which we find ourselves living,  a wind bringing life out of death.  “God’s Spirit is a constant wind of creative imaginative love that will blow through us if we open ourselves to that wind.  The Spirit blows away our blindness.  The Spirit is a cleansing wind that purifies our hearts.  The Spirit frees our imaginations so that God’s creative power can work through us-“Glory to God whose power working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.” 

We have to sacrifice the comfortable ways we have built for possibly better ways provided by the Holy Spirit.

The Trinity is the Central Mystery of the Christian Faith and Life 

The genius of Trinity is that a Nicene Creed created over a long period solved the doctrinal problems for the most part until 1024 when the Orthodox split. It’s how we learn to work with others is the key.

Sunday Links, May 26, 2024

First Sunday After Pentecost May 26, 11am, Trinity Sunday, Memorial Day Sunday

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  • Staff and Vestry
  • Servers, May 26, 11am
    Lector: Ben Hicks
    Acolyte:Chester Duke
    Chalice Bearer: Johnny Davis
    Altar Clean up: Elizabeth Heimbach
  • Tues., May 28, CERVE meets at 4PM, Macedonia Baptist, 7187 Macedonia Rd, Woodford, VA 22580
  • Wed., May 29, Ecumenical Bible Study, Parish House, 10am-12pm  Reading Lectionary for Second Sunday after Pentecost
  • Thurs., May 30, Sacred Ground, 7PM on Zoom Meeting ID: 836 3707 5049 Passcode: 345258
  • Coming up!

  • Sunday, June 2, 9:30am–We welcome The Rev Shirley Smith Graham, the Diocesan Transitions Minister, to St Peter’s to talk about the search for a new priest.
  • Shred-It, Wed., June 12, 1:30pm
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