About the Episcopal Church

Watch this three-part interactive exploration of the Episcopal liturgy, with a particular focus on the service of the Holy Eucharist. For those new to the Episcopal Church or curious to know more! Led by The Rev. Santi Rodriguez and Dr. Amy Moehnke.

Reference: The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) English | Spanish

Download Session Handouts

Exploring the Episcopal Liturgy – Session One

Exploring the Episcopal Liturgy – Session Two

Exploring the Episcopal Liturgy – Session Three

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2022 Annual Parish Meeting

Sunday, Jan. 30, 10:15 a.m. Crail Hall
The parish of St. David’s Episcopal Church will gather for the annual meeting. The meeting will be viewable as a Zoom webinar for those who register. At the meeting, parishioners will learn about our ministries, outreach, and financial report for 2021, as well as plans for 2022. We will hold an election with on-site parishioners in Crail Hall for vestry members and for Diocesan Council delegates and an alternate. There will be no other formation during the meeting.

The 2021 Annual Report will be made available before the meeting.

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Bulletin Archive | 2021

Dec. 26, 2021, First Sunday After Christmas

Dec. 25, 2021, Christmas Day

Dec. 24, 2021, Christmas Eve

Dec. 21, 2021, Blue Christmas

Dec. 19, 2021, Fourth Sunday of Advent

Dec. 12, 2021, Third Sunday of Advent

Dec. 5, 2021, Second Sunday of Advent

Nov. 28, 2021, First Sunday of Advent

Nov. 24, 2021, Thanksgiving Eve

Nov. 21, 2021, Christ the King

Nov. 14, 2021, Twenty-fifth Sunday After Pentecost

Nov. 7, 2021, All Saints Day Observed

Nov. 2, 2021, All Soul’s Day Requiem

Oct. 31, 2021, The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

Oct. 24, 2021, The Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

Oct. 17, 2021, The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

Oct. 10, 2021, The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Oct. 3, 2021, The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sept. 26, 2021, The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sept. 19, 2021, The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sept. 14, 2021, Feast of Holy Cross Day

Sept. 12, 2021, The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sept. 5, 2021, The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Aug. 29, 2021, The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Aug. 22, 2021, The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Aug. 15, 2021, The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Aug. 14, 2021, Pride Worship Service

Aug. 8, 2021, The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Aug. 1, 2021, The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

July 25, 2021, The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

July 18, 2021, The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

July 11, 2021, The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

July 4, 2021, The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

June 27, 2021, The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

June 20, 2021, The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

June 13, 2021, The Third Sunday after Pentecost

June 6, 2021, The Second Sunday after Pentecost

May 30, 2021, Trinity Sunday

May 23, 2021, The Day of Pentecost

May 16, 2021, Seventh Sunday of Easter

May 13, 2021 – Feast of the Ascension

May 9, 2021, Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 2, 2021 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

April 25, 2021 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 24, 2010 – Confirmations

April 18, 2121 – Third Sunday of Easter

April 11, 2121 – Second Sunday of Easter

April 4, 2121 – Easter Sunday

April 3, 2021 – Great Vigil of Easter

April 2, 2021 – Good Friday

April 1, 2021 – Maundy Thursday

March 28, 2021 – Palm Sunday

March 21, 2021 – Fifth Sunday in Lent

March 14, 2021 – Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 7, 2021 – Third Sunday in Lent

Feb. 28, 2021, 9 a.m. – Second Sunday in Lent

Feb. 21, 2021, 9 a.m. – First Sunday in Lent

Feb. 17, 2021, noon and 7:30 p.m. Ash Wednesday
7 a.m., Noon, 4 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.Virtual Imposition of Ashes

Feb. 14, 2021, 9 a.m. – Last Sunday After Epiphany
Feast of St. David – Observed

Feb. 7, 2021, 9 a.m. – Fifth Sunday After Epiphany

Jan. 31, 2021, 7:30 p.m. – Feast of the Rev. Sam Shoemaker

Jan. 31, 2021, 9 a.m. – Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

Jan. 24, 2021 – Third Sunday After Epiphany

Jan. 17, 2021 – Second Sunday After Epiphany

Jan. 10, 2021 – First Sunday After Epiphany

Jan. 6, 2021 – Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Jan. 3, 2021 – Second Sunday After Christmas

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Prayers of the People | 2021

Week of Dec. 26, 2021
Week of Dec. 19, 2021
Week of Dec. 12, 2021
Week of Dec. 5, 2021
Week of Nov. 28, 2021
Week of Nov. 21, 2021
Week of Nov. 14, 2021
Week of Nov. 7, 2021
Week of Oct. 31, 2021
Week of Oct. 24, 2021
Week of Oct. 17, 2021
Week of Oct. 10, 2021
Week of Oct. 3, 2021
Week of Sept. 26, 2021
Week of Sept. 19, 2021
Week of Sept. 12, 2021
Week of Sept. 5, 2021
Week of Aug. 29, 2021
Week of Aug. 22, 2021
Week of Aug. 15, 2021
Week of Aug. 8, 2021
Week of Aug. 1, 2021
Week of July 25, 2021
Week of July 18, 2021
Week of July 11, 2021
Week of July 4, 2021
Week of June 27, 2021
Week of June 20, 2021
Week of June 13, 2021
Week of June 6, 2021
Week of May 30, 2021
Week of May 23, 2021
Week of May 16, 2021
Week of May 9, 2021
Week of May 2, 2021
Week of April 25, 2021
Week of April 18, 2021
Week of April 11, 2021
Week of April 4, 2021
Week of March 28, 2021
Week of March 21, 2021
Week of March 14, 2021
Week of March 7, 2021
Week of Feb. 28, 2021
Week of Feb. 21, 2012
Week of Feb. 14, 2021
Week of Feb. 7, 2021
Week of Jan. 31, 2021
Week of Jan. 24, 2021
Week of Jan. 17, 2021
Week of Jan. 10, 2021
Week of Jan. 3, 2021

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Feb. 5-6 | Eckhardt Mission Series 2022

The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Topic: Looking for Jesus in the Real World

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright became the 10th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta in 2012. Since his election, he has been a vocal and active leader in the community, addressing the Georgia legislature about gun control, advocating against the death penalty, and supporting programs for underprivileged youth. He teaches about the importance of love and of justice and continues to lead the diocese to be one of service and faith and always on the mission for the Kingdom of God.

Registration is required for dinner. Lecture recordings will be available about a week after the event on stdave.org/eckhardt.

Saturday, Feb 5

Sunday, Feb. 6

  • 9 a.m. Bishop Wright will preach in worship service, Historic Church
  • 10 a.m. Lecture
  • 4 p.m. Lecture in Bethell Hall
  • 5 p.m. Happy Hour, Sumners Hall
  • 6 p.m. Dinner, Sumners Hall
  • 7 p.m. Lecture, Bethell Hall
  • 11:15 a.m. Bishop Wright will preach in worship service, Historic Church.

Parking is free for special events and worship at St. David’s.

Childcare is available by contacting Laura Faulk.

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Church Childcare Update

Sunday Church Childcare

Sundays 8:30 a.m.-12:30, Ages 2 mo.-3 yrs, 1st floor.
Temperature checks and a brief health form completion will be required for participants. Masks are required in St. David’s buildings. We look forward to seeing you! For more information please contact childcare coordinator Laura Lancaster Faulk.

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Epiphany 2022

Eckhardt Mission Series

Speaker: The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

UPDATE: The Eckhardt lectures will be moved to Bethell Hall and recorded

Saturday, Feb. 5

Sunday, Feb. 6

  • 9 a.m. Bishop Wright will preach in Historic Church
  • 10 a.m. Lecture Bethell Hall
  • 11:15 a.m. Bishop Wright will preach in Historic Church.

Learn more about Bishop Wright and the Eckhardt Mission Series.

Annual Parish Meeting

Sunday, Jan. 30, Crail Hall and Zoom, 10:15 a.m.
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.

Members on-site at the meeting will elect five Vestry members for three-year terms. In addition, we will elect two Diocesan Council delegates and one alternate. One delegate position is for an unexpired term, the others are for a four-year term.

We will have no other formation or breakfast. Pastries and coffee will be available.

Update: To watch via Zoom webinar please register early and a link will be emailed to you.

Adult Classes

Sunday Lectures – 10 A.M. Zoom/Crail C

Feb 13 – (NEW LECTURE) Pilgrimage and Hiking as Spiritual Practice. Presented by the Rev. Angela Cortiñas. This lecture will explore both pilgrimage and hiking as a means to reconnect with the awe and wonder of the divine, creation, and each other. It will explore pilgrimage and its correlation to our own spiritual journeys as well as how we can achieve both mental, spiritual, and physical wholeness through it. 

Feb 20 – Angels and Demons: What do scripture, tradition, and reason have to say?
The Rev. Santi Rodriguez will explore the fundamental teachings on angels and demons from their creation, nature, and function to their appearances in the Old and the New Testaments. 

Feb 27 – Anti-Racism Task Force, “I will, with God’s Help: Helping Texas to Vote” 
Voting is the cornerstone of democracy, a fundamental way for the voices of the people to be heard, and a Christian obligation. Join the Task Force on Anti-Racism as they affirm the theological foundation of their work on voting access: removing obstacles to registration, participating in Get Out The Vote efforts, and making sure that the voices of all communities are heard. 

Wednesday Night Bible Study

Jan. 5-Feb. 23, The Gospel of John, 6:30-7:30 pm, Zoom/Library

Fr. Chuck, Fr. Chad, Fr. Dan, Fr. Santi, Dr. Amy, and Dr. Mona will take turns teaching through the Gospel of John during the season of Epiphany

Exploring the Episcopal Liturgy

Sundays, Jan. 9-23, 10 a.m., Zoom/Bethell Hall

Three-part interactive exploration of the Episcopal liturgy, with a particular focus on the service of Holy Eucharist. For those new to the Episcopal Church or curious to know more! Led by The Rev. Santi Rodriguez and Dr. Amy Moehnke.

Watch the series online

Children & Youth

Welcome New Director of Youth Ministry

Our new Director of Youth Ministry, Kelsey Cooper, starts on Jan. 1 and will be introduced to the community during worship services on Jan. 9. Youth are invited to join Kelsey in the Youth Room on Sundays for formation at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays for Middle and High School EYC (Episcopal Youth Community) at 5:30 p.m.

Social Groups and Serving the Community

Laundry Love

Join volunteers 5:30-7:30 p.m. at SpinZone, 2424 S. Congress Make a mundane chore an evening of joy. You’ll hand out quarters/ soap, entertain children, serve snacks. Contact laundrylove @stdave.org.

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Britton Gregory

Britton Gregory
2021 Vestry Member

There’s so much…where do I start? There’s formation, the communities that I’ve had the privilege to be a part of through young adults ministry and — now that I’m a little older — the Middle Place. I’ve made so many friends, learned so much.  

There’s the fellowship my children have had through St. David’s youth. My children would be the last to call themselves religious…but they were made welcome anyway. We even got to play a Narnia-themed Dungeons and Dragons game together at a youth lock-in! Not every church is so nerd-friendly! 

There’s the fact that when the pandemic hit, St. David’s rapidly made the transition to a virtual service, which not only allowed me to continue to worship from home, but also from Houston or anywhere else I went!  

But as I thought about all those things, I realize — I’ve been a member of Saint David’s for 15+ years now, as a young adult, as a parent, as an older adult, whether in-person or staying at home, and as a nerd — and at every turn, St. David’s met me where I am, in ways as grand as our building and as intimate as dungeons and dragons at a youth lock-in. So, the question isn’t “why do I give?” — the question is, “how could I not?” 

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HOME Ministry

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Music Notes | The Feast of Christ the King

Eric Mellenbruch Associate Director of Music and Organist

The Feast of Christ the King was instituted in the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Pius XI in 1925 to remind the faithful of their allegiance to God rather than to earthly rulers (specifically, Mussolini) and was taken up by other communions in the ecumenical consensus that followed the Second Vatican Council. The title is not used in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, and the occasion is not a feast properly so called but is a privileged Sunday, always the last one after Pentecost before the beginning of the Advent season and a new liturgical year.

The liturgy at 11:15 begins with the Introit for this feast, taken from the heavenly acclamation in the fifth chapter of the Revelation to St John: 

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain

to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might

and honor and glory and blessing.

(The music for this Introit, needed for the newly appointed feast, was adapted from an existing Introit – just as many other chants have been adapted and appropriated as occasions have demanded over the centuries. It is also heard, at both 9:00 and 11:15, in an organ volutary by 20th-century French Benedictine Paul Benoit.)

The Introit sets the tone for the liturgy and for our understanding of Christ as King: he is the one who ‘came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many’, as Sts Matthew and Mark, and our Prayer Book, put it, and his power flows only thence. From the beginning, the present feast has indeed reflected the ambivalence of Our Lord towards the monarchical imagery that often, understandably, attaches itself to religion and religious figures. The Gospel originally appointed for this feast (now read in Year B, the current year, of the three-year lectionary) is the scene of Jesus before Pilate: Christ is being hailed, or mocked, as the ‘King of the Jews’ but seems reluctant to take on the title, being more interested in truth than (earthly) power.

Another passage from the Revelation, this time from the first chapter, serves as the Epistle; it offers a striking list of the attributes of this most curoius king – he is ‘the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth…who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father’ – before looking to his return:

Look! He is coming with the clouds;

every eye will see him,

even those who pierced him;

and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail.

This passage forms the basis of one of Charles Wesley’s best hymns, ‘Lo! he comes with clouds descending’ [57], titled ‘Thy Kingdom come’. The most striking stanza of all, however, is the third, which affirms not only that the ascended and then returning Christ still bears the signs of his sacrifice, but also that those wounds are sign and means of his glorification:

Those dear tokens of his passion

still his dazzling body bears,

cause of endless exultation

to his ransomed worshippers;

with what rapture, with what rapture

gaze we on those glorious scars!

Though an alternative tune is provided in the Hymnal, Wesley’s hymn has been set from the beginning to the tune ‘Helmsley’, whose composer is not known with certainty but may have been Martin Madan, who also wrote part of the hymn ‘Hail, thou once despisèd Jesus’ and was an influential hymnal compiler and editor. Ralph Vaughan Williams’s arrangement transforms the somewhat trivial 18th-century tune into an exceedingly grand piece of music that, however much attention it draws to itself, is also a worthy vehicle for Wesley’s words.

The Gospel for this day also offers an opportunity to sing a very fine devotional hymn that otherwise is usually sung only on Palm Sunday: ‘My song is love unknown’ [458]. Published in 1664 by Samuel Crossman, an Anglican (and sometime Dissenting) clergyman, it was not used as a congregational song until the 19th century. The intensely personal and emotional text – written in a mood one might call ‘dumbfounded’ – makes excellent use of the chosen stanzaic form: four lines of 6 syllables each, rhymed abab, followed by four lines of 4 syllables each, rhymed cddc. In every stanza the last four lines contain a contradiction (‘but…’, ‘then…’, ‘yet…’) or an intensification and personalization (‘who am I’, ‘O my friend’, ‘What may I say?’, ‘This is my friend’) of the first four, and the many contradictions, reversals, and ironies are also evoked formally in the cddc rhyme. The text is admirably supported by a tune written for it by John Ireland in 1919, which, sensitive to Crossman’s many enjambed lines, combines lines 3–4, 5–6, and 7–8 into one musical phrase each.

Our entrance hymn, the excellent ‘At the Name of Jesus’ [435], was covered in the notes for this same Sunday last year, November 22. Our postcommunion hymn is ‘Crown him with many crowns’ [494], whose well-crafted tune beginning with a fanfare-like gesture (which, however picturesque, does suit the dactyl at the beginning of the stanza) is probably responsible for most of its popularity; nevertheless the text admirably conveys Christ’s incarnation, Passion, and exaltation, and above all his ‘wondrous name of Love’.

The closing voluntary is the last movement, ‘Acclamations’, of the Suite Médiévale by 20th-century French composer Jean Langlais; it is based upon the text and chant of what are sometimes called the ‘Royal Acclamations’, a set of prayers for the Church that, among long litanies and other prayers, includes lines such as the following:

Christ conquers, Christ reigns, Christ commands. 

Give ear, O Christ…King of kings, our King, our Hope, our Glory… 

To him alone be authority, praise, and rejoicing, through the ages of ages… 

Let the peace of Christ come! Let the reign of Christ come! Thanks be to God. Amen. 

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