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Discerning Hearts Newsletter

Posted by on September 8, 2021 in Member Profiles, News, TEC_News | 0 comments

News from the Episcopal Community

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Pat Davis

Posted by on July 22, 2021 in Member Profiles | Comments Off on Pat Davis

Pat Davis

I am a cradle Episcopalian who loves the liturgy of the Episcopal Church. I love the spiritual closeness and connection to God that participating in the eucharist offers me.  I am a Cancer survivor so  maintaining closeness with my family, friends and church spiritual community is very important to me.  I am a licensed therapist in solo private practice in Va. Beach I offer individual and family therapy and also run an out patient substance abuse program in my office that is sanctioned by the Chesapeake Bay ASAP.

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The Fire of Pentecost

Posted by on June 10, 2021 in Archives, News | Comments Off on The Fire of Pentecost

The Fire of Pentecost

And when the days of Pentecost were drawing to a close, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a violent wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as of fire, which settled upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in foreign tongues, even as the Holy Spirit prompted them to speak (Acts 2, 1-4). Pentecost—the infilling of the apostles with the Holy Spirit—the birthday of the church… a...

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Pentecost 20201 Bishop Duncan

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Pentecost 20201 Bishop Duncan

Dear Sisters in Christ,The Season of Pentecost is upon us. It is the “long season” in the Church’s year and will last until the 4 weeks of the Advent Season preceding Christmas. At one time this season was referred to as the Trinity Season. Pentecost references the Holy Spirit coming down upon the Apostles and their empowerment as Disciples to preach and teach the Gospel of the Risen Lord Jesus to all people “…even to the ends of the earth!”The Gospel challenges all of us to not only proclaim the Gospel but also to live it out in our lives....

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An Easter Message from Nancy Young

Posted by on April 5, 2021 in Featured, News | Comments Off on An Easter Message from Nancy Young

An Easter Message from Nancy Young

Alleluia, Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!On this most holy day, we rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus who destroyed death and brought to us new life.Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life, those who believe in me, even though they die will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” John 11:25-26Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened the gate of everlasting life; Grant that we, who celebrate with joy this day of the Lord’s...

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Easter Message from Bishop Duncan

Posted by on April 5, 2021 in Chaplain, Featured, News | Comments Off on Easter Message from Bishop Duncan

Easter Message from Bishop Duncan

“ALLELUIA!” “CHRIST IS RISEN!” “THE LORD IS RISEN INDEED!” “ALLELUIA!” Dear Sisters in Christ,Central to our faith is that “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!” In the early Church it was dangerous to be a follower of Jesus. Christians were often persecuted, enslaved and executed for sport and amusement. That the faith survived is testament to those who believed and risked everything that we could ever imagine.We give thanks for those who, nevertheless, witnessed to their faith and preached the Gospel that we now are...

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“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” BCP p. 265

Posted by on February 16, 2021 in Archives, Meditations | Comments Off on “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” BCP p. 265

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” BCP p. 265

Lent begins with the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday and with a reminder of our mortality. This year we need no reminder of our mortality. Over 465,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, and every night when we click on the news, we learn of more deaths, more hospitalizations, and more variants of the coronavirus. Probably everyone has at least one friend or family member who has died from COVID-19 and its complications. Lent is traditionally a time of serious reflection on the life and death of Christ and on our personal spiritual...

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Lenten Message from Bishop Duncan

Posted by on February 16, 2021 in Archives, Chaplain | Comments Off on Lenten Message from Bishop Duncan

Lenten Message from Bishop Duncan

The 40 Days of Lent     Dear Sisters in Christ,       We are about to enter the Season of Lent. We prepare not only for Holy Week and the Easter celebration, but also for deepening our personal spirituality. I have over many years observed this time with prayer, fasting and good works in their many forms and outcomes. In my journey I have found this helpful in the physicality of focusing on not just “good works” but also deepening the areas of where I need to grow. It is not always easy. I am an extrovert. The Pandemic forces all of us to...

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Epiphany

Posted by on January 5, 2021 in Archives | Comments Off on Epiphany

Epiphany

Where is he who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him. Matthew 2:2 The Feast of Epiphany commemorates the journey of a group of wise men from the East who realized that something unusual was happening in the night sky and began a pilgrimage to find where and to whom the star would lead them. What they found was the Christ, and when they did, they worshipped him. The word “Epiphany” comes from the Greek word “epiphaneia” which means “manifestation.” The Feast of Epiphany...

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Epiphany 2021

Posted by on January 5, 2021 in Archives, Chaplain | Comments Off on Epiphany 2021

Epiphany 2021

Dear Sisters in Christ, During this Pandemic I “feel” that time is moving very quickly which is odd; I would have thought I would be experiencing time dragging out and painfully slow. It seem to me that even with time on my hands it is moving rapidly. In an interesting way time to just sit and be and think is appealing to me. In short doses of course! (I am an extrovert!)We are all on a journey and like the “Wise Men” we move forward in different ways; sometime by returning from where we began. Just as we are told they returned home, but by...

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