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5/28 Weekly Update

To the Beloved Parish Family, Many of you, like me, might be interested in your genealogical roots. During this time of stay-at-home orders, I have been more careful about taking my Friday off and have spent some additional time researching my ancestry with some recent successes. (I finally have located the death certificate for one of my maternal great-grandmothers – 102 years after her death). Genealogy satisfies basic human curiosity for some of us –- it’s a curiosity that I…
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Weekly Update 5/21

To the Beloved Parish Family, As our fast from in-person worship continues, many Episcopalians are experiencing the longest absence of the Eucharist we’ve experienced in years, even our lifetime. Most of us, I suspect, long for the Eucharist. Interestingly, this desire to receive the Eucharist reflects a significant shift in the Episcopal Church during the latter part of the twentieth century. Before the introduction of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, it was typical for churches to have a service…
Musician's Corner

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee [Musician’s Corner]

Henry J. van Dyke 1852-1933 Henry J. van Dyke was a noted author, poet, clergyman, and academician.  Following in his father’s footsteps he became a Presbyterian minister.  After twenty-seven years of ministry, he accepted a position at Princeton University as professor of English which he held for twenty-three years. In the 1910s, he became the US ambassador to the Netherlands.  He continued his writings which included over seventy books.  Written in 1907 and based on Psalm 71:1-23. The hymn Joyful,…