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Easter 2021: Resurrection Moments

Outdoor Worship - May 2, 2021

Happy Easter!  Yes, like Christmas, Easter is a Season not just a day.  There are seven Sundays of Easter before we get to Pentecost – our Feast Day.  This time between Easter Sunday and Pentecost are often referred to as the Great 50 Days of Easter.  What are you doing to make them great?  Have you thought about your “resurrection moments”?  Times in your life when things have been transformative, and something “changed” for the better.  I hope that reflecting on the situations from your past is providing you with additional resilience in this time of pandemic.

Epiphany 2021: Star Words

Star Word 2021

Happy 2021!  We made it to the new year, getting passed a year like no other.  2020 was a stressful and frustrating time for so many reasons and yet there were most certainly gifts that have come out of our pandemic-time.  Who would have thought we’d livestream our worship services and have the pleasure of people from across the state (and even in other states) join us on a Sunday morning?  Anything truly is possible with God.

Michaelmas 2020: Holy Ground

Outdoor Sunday School

We truly are living in extraordinary times; each day I am realizing that things our “similar but different.”  Our church services and events continue to happen in uniquely different ways, but I am finding we are still connected as a church family.  Our Gathering Sunday was a great example of that.  We were blessed with wonderful weather, great music (thank you Sung-Hae Jung, Ruth Kim and Ema Mitrovic) and a fantastic outdoor Eucharist (with some people participating online).  Things were different (masks, no congregational singing, no handholding, physical distancing, etc.)

Holy Week 2020: Stay Connected

Tamasik Photo

During the first Sunday in Lent (March 1) I asked the question, “What will be different?”  It was my way to remind us to do something intentional for this season when we focus on looking inward.  I had no idea, at the time, that on the second Sunday in Lent (March 8) we would be forced to discourage hugs and handshakes, and on the third Sunday (March 15) we would be “fasting from public worship.”  [Click here or photo to read more.]

A Reflection on the Start of Lent

It's been awhile since I wrote something on FJ's blog, largely because I often lament over the act of writing.  I enjoy it, but often struggle with the time and focus to get something typed.  Today I am using Nike's theme and saying "Just Do It."

PRE-ADVENT ***Take Some Time to Pause***

Pre-Advent Candles

"Slow down you move too fast" might be lyrics to a song that some of you will know.  Familiar or not with the song, you are sure to connect with the need to take some time to reflect.  I might rewrite the next line of the song as "you got to make Advent last."  Advent, you ask?  Yes, you know the four Sundays before Christmas.  It's the Church's intentional time to prepare for the coming of the Christ-child.  Yes, you are correct, it is not four weeks before Christmas yet (yes, you are right Momma Jane).

Living As Active Citizens

The Active Citizen Continuum

Each day at the close of our work, after preparing dinner for each other, our team-lead, Joanna Eliasof, leads us in a reflection.  For Day 4, she spoke to us about the continuum of our contribution to society.  She explained that there are four possible categories, and we are probably each at multiple stages at various times in our lives.  There is not a “better” stage; however, our passion and commitment to a social justice issue will determine where we see ourselves within the following:

Being A Beloved Community of Active Citizens

Holy Spirit Verona Mission Trip 2018

In July 2017, I joined eleven Verona residents on a Mission Trip to Grace House on the Mountain in St. Paul, VA.  This Episcopal Church sponsored organization hosts groups of caring individuals weeks at a time to complete construction projects in the surrounding towns and neighborhoods.  Grace House is owned and operated by the Diocese of SW Virginia, but is open to any group of active citizens wanting to make a difference.

Will You Wrestle With Me?

Jacob and God

“When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.” – Genesis 32:25

Will you wrestle with me? by Father Jerry (FJ) Racioppi

Probably not a question you would expect me to ask, but you are sure to know that I am not speaking about physical wrestling.  My question really is: Will you let me walk with you as we wrestle with faith together? 

An Open Letter from the Reverend Jerry A. Racioppi

This is the first entry in what has been renamed "FJ's Blog" (formerly known as our "Mission Trip Blog").  From time to time Father Jerry will write his thoughts on various subjects.  In this entry he shares information about the message and experieince we strive to provide in our great Sunday School offerings.


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