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.

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, 1963

Here are 2 minutes of archival footage from the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom that celebrates the people who made the march possible – inspiring us years later to keep working, marching, and fighting for jobs, freedom, equal rights, liberation, and inclusivity

Sunday’s Thoughts – Jan 14, Epiphany 2 – “Calling” and the “Fig Tree”

It was cold but clear Sunday after a week of heavy rain. Back in 2018 we have pictures of ice on the river. No ice now.

Attendance was 31 which was exceptional. A number were guests.

The 2nd Week after the Epiphany – Jesus calls the first disciples this week.- Andrew and Nathanael and next week it is Simon (Peter) and Andrew as well as James and John

It is 2 weeks after Christmas when Jesus was born and important to realize what has taken place.  

Jesus has been born,  the shepherds visit, the Magi visit,  Joseph & Mary’s flight to Egypt with Jesus , Herod has children killed, Jesus’ family returns to Nazareth,  Jesus in the temple at age 12, John the Baptist preaches and baptizes, Jesus’ baptism, Jesus’ temptation –,  John the Baptist identifies Jesus as the Messiah , Jesus begins to gather followers. As Jesus says in Matthew  “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). 

So how old is Jesus? – About 30. He has 3 years to preach.  It is estimated that after he has 18 months left when the disciples are called to be apostles. Not much time considering the tasks to be done!

The following information on the disciples comes from  a wonderful book by John F. MacArthur Twelve Ordinary Men How the Master Shaped his Disciples for Greatness, and What He wants to do with You

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