Epiphany 2020


Worship

Sunday Worship, 9 a.m.
Children’s Chapel – Sundays, 10 a.m.
Compline – A sung service of Evening Prayer – Sundays, 8 p.m.

  • 1/6/21 – Feast of the Epiphany, 7:30 p.m.
  • 1/10/21 – Liturgy of the Word (First Sunday of Epiphany), 9 a.m.
  • 1/17/21 – Liturgy of the Word (Second Sunday of Epiphany), 9 a.m.
  • 1/24/21 – Liturgy of the Word (Third Sunday of Epiphany), 9 a.m.
  • 1/31/21 – Liturgy of the Word (Fourth Sunday of Epiphany), 9 a.m.
    • Feast of the Rev. Sam Shoemaker, 7:30 p.m.
  • 2/7/21 – Liturgy of the Word (Fifth Sunday of Epiphany), 9 a.m.
  • 2/14/21 – Feast Day of St. David’s, 9 a.m.
    • We will mark the day of our patron, Saint David of Wales, by observing the Feast Day of St. David in our liturgy and music. Intertwined on this day will be Legacy Sunday to honor all the saints in our parish who have left a lasting legacy.

Legacy Sunday

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021

As a large, active parish with a sizable, historic church campus, St. David’s has strategic opportunities that are sometimes beyond the reach of a budget funded with annual giving requests. Our parish endowment, which is managed by St. David’s Episcopal Church Foundation, provides useful enhancement to our budget. Endowment is permanent, with gift principal working for our parish through time.

The Sumners Legacy Society recognizes those who have made a bequest or other planned gift from their estate. These can be gifts of any size and can be structured as a dollar amount or percentage. They can also be distributed from insurance policies, annuities, and 401(k) accounts.  

For more information contact April Kerwin at April.k@stdave.org or 512-610-3546.

Special Service

Feast of the Rev. Sam Shoemaker

Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate the life and witness of Rev. Sam Shoemaker with a service lifting up the themes of recovery, addiction, and the freedom from those things that may keep us in bondage, regardless of our orientation, offered through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.


Pray

Wednesday Evening Prayer

Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.
Join St. David’s worship leaders for weekday Evening Prayer. 

During this virtual event we will hear Martin Luther King, Jr. read portions of his “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” followed by a time of reflection and prayer on how we can honor his legacy by continuing the work he began. You are invited to stay for the entire hour, or just part of it, as your schedule allows.


Learn

Epiphany Bible Study

Sunday Clergy-led Bible Study
Register for one, or all four classes in the series.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study
Please join Father Cameron and/or Father Chuck on Wednesday evening at 7P for Bible study. During Epiphany, the group will study “The Beatitudes” (Matthew 5:3–12).


Epiphany Adult Classes

CLICK HERE to learn more about Journey Groups

Without Buddha I Couldn’t Be a Christian

Monday evenings, 7-8 p.m.
Jan. 4, 11, 18, & 25

It would seem Buddhism and Christianity differ greatly. Buddhist world views diverge so radically from Christian perspectives. Yet many Christians have found that engagement with the Buddhist tradition has strongly enriched their Christian practice. Learning from Buddhism depends on whether one emphasizes the differences or the similarities. This group will focus on spiritual practices from both traditions, including both the practice of meditation and the engaged practice of transforming the world to relieve suffering. Each group session will bring the teachings of Jesus and the Buddha into dialogue. Topics will be announced several weeks before each session.  No basic knowledge of Buddhism is necessary.  Please join us for one or all sessions.  There is no book, but group leader Santi will provide materials for each session.

Leader: Santi Rodriguez, Seminarian

*White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity

Thursday evenings, 7-8:15 p.m.
Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, and 11

*This class is recommended for people who have already begun to look at their own relationship with racism and/or have already completed the Racial Healing Circle curriculum through the Beloved Community.  

Many of us who identify as white recoil at the idea that there is such a thing as white Christianity. In this book group, we’ll read Robert P. Jones’ White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity to discuss this challenging topic. Our discomfort will be a starting point as we engage with the history, the theology, and the socio-political ramifications of white Christianity in the U.S. Jones makes a powerful argument for repair, based on research from the Public Religion Research Institute. We’ll consider a wide variety of Christian denominations while keeping an eye on ourselves as Episcopalians. We’ll ask hard questions and help each other understand and appreciate the ways this book challenges us. 

Book: Robert P. Jones, White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2020.

Leader; Lize Burr, MAR

Exploring Religion through Art

Wednesday evenings, 6-7 p.m.
Jan. 13-Feb. 10

Join us for a fun exploration of religion through a variety of art mediums including, painting, sculpture, performance art, prints, and more. Each exploration is interactive and different. You may attend when you are able without feeling obligated to attend all the scheduled dates. Bring your curiosity and questions. Each exploration will begin with a short introduction to one piece of art, the artist, and a silent mediation as we gaze upon the art. We will share our experience of the art and have fun!  No materials or prior experience required. All levels welcomed.

Leader: Sandra Bravo, LPC

Medieval Reading Group: The Poem of the Cid

Thursdays, 10:30-12:30 p.m.
Jan. 14-Feb. 4.

Medieval Reading Group crosses the Pyrennes this winter to study the Spanish national epic, The Poem of the Cid (El Cantar de mio Cid), the 12th-century story of a great warlord (Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar) who fights at various times for both Christian and Muslim rulers. “Cid” comes from the Arabic word sidi, meaning “sir” or “my lord,” and roughly translates as “leader.” Regarded today as the founder of Spanish identity, the Cid was actually a much more ambiguous hero, living at the time of La Convivencia, the much debated 700-year period when Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived side by side on the Iberian peninsula. We’ll read the bilingual Penguin Classics translation by Burton Raffel.

Leader: Charles Calhoun

Racial Healing Circles through Beloved Community

Sunday afternoons, 2-4 p.m.
Jan. 17 – April 18 (no meetings for Spring Break and Easter)

This offering consists of two integral parts: 1) three sessions devoted to building the trust among participants that is important for sustaining discussions on difficult topics, conducted in a safe, loving Christian environment, in which everyone will have opportunities to share personal experiences about racial issues they may have experienced; followed by 2) nine sessions examining the history and consequences for Native Americans, African Americans, Latino Americans, and Asian Americans, of the dominance of Americans of European descent during the discovery, settlement, and development of the U. S., even up to the present time. A policy of avoiding present-day U. S. politics in group discussions has proven to be sound. Each dialog circle will consist of 10-12 individuals. Multiple topics will be discussed, by groups of two, four, or the entire dialog circle, depending on the subjects to be addressed. A maximum of two dialog circles can be accommodated, so space may be limited.

Leaders: Doug Bell and Pete Rose lead the St. David’s Beloved Community team. Dialog circles will be led by trained facilitators (not necessarily Doug or Pete).

Weekly Homework: About two hours of preparation weekly, consisting of one video (about one hour), and selected readings, provided in the Sacred Ground curriculum (accessed individually by link). Participants will also be given two books for ongoing reference during the course.

ENDORSEMENTS: The first offering of this course (Fall, 2020) met with widespread enthusiasm [see comments below by long-time St. David’s member Janet Sawyer]:

“I signed up for the class hoping to learn ways to promote racial connections and make St. David’s and me a part of this change. What a shock! I found that so much that I thought I knew and stood for was filled with great ignorance. The readings, films, and conversations with all participants brought a new sense of purpose and a determination to learn more and help others share in what I have gained. Take this class! It will change your life!”

Connect

All-parish gathering on Zoom, Mother Katie’s Celebration, Dec. 20, 2020

Annual Parish Meeting
Sunday, Jan. 31, 10 a.m.

The 174th Annual Parish Meeting of St. David’s Episcopal Church will take place on Sunday, Jan 31, 2021. The Annual Parish Meeting gives the parish community a chance to learn more about the ministries, programs, outreach efforts, and financial overview of St. David’s Church. During the meeting the Annual Parish Report will be presented and all parishioners in good standing are welcome to vote in the election of five Vestry members for 3-year terms and a Diocesan Council representative for a 4-year term.

Invite a Friend to learn about St. David’s

Virtual Newcomer Coffee Hour

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021
If you are new to St. David’s and want to get to know us and meet others who are exploring the church, this gathering is for you! Zoom registration link

Virtual Newcomer Classes

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021
New to St. David’s and looking to know more about us? Want to meet others who are also new? This class is for you! Email Amy.M@stdave.org if you are interested in joining. Zoom registration link

Listen

Sacred Voices Concert Series
Sunday, Feb. 6, 1 p.m.

JOIN US AT 1 PM EACH MONTH WHEN THE CONCERT PREMIERES ON FACEBOOK

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