25 December 2013

Get the kid his peaches...snagged from Fiat Lux!

A wonderful story.  Well-worth a few minutes of your time.  I snagged it from JimR at "FiatLux" Blog

A Christmas story: Get the kid his peaches

Here, friends, is a Christmas story worth telling. This is an old column that ran in the Los Angeles Times by Al Martinez, who I think is one of the greats for a lot of reasons. I love this column every time I read it and I hope you will, too.  And explains why a lot of us went into newspapers back in the days before cell phones, the internet and focus groups. And if you want to know why I think the priesthood and journalism are closer than many people think, this has something to do with it. My newspaper buddy Bob Schmidt sent this around again tonight, so thanks Bob!  Here goes. Enjoy:

Christmas Story
By Al Martinez

IT happened one Christmas Eve a long time ago in a place called Oakland on a newspaper called the Tribune with a city editor named Alfred P. Reck.

I was working swing shift on general assignment, writing the story of a boy who was dying of leukemia and whose greatest wish was for fresh peaches.

It was a story which, in the tradition of 1950s journalism, would be milked for every sob we could squeeze from it, because everyone loved a good cry on Christmas.

We knew how to play a tear-jerker in those days, and I was full of the kinds of passions that could make a sailor weep.

I remember it was about 11 o'clock at night and pouring rain outside when I began putting the piece together for the next day's editions.

Deadline was an hour away, but an hour is a lifetime when you're young and fast and never get tired.

Then the telephone rang.

It was Al Reck calling, as he always did at night, and he'd had a few under his belt.

Reck was a drinking man. With diabetes and epilepsy, hard liquor was about the last thing he ought to be messing with, but you didn't tell Al what he ought to or ought not to do.

He was essentially a gentle man who rarely raised his voice, but you knew he was the city editor, and in those days the city editor was the law and the word in the newsroom.

But there was more than fear and tradition at work for Al.

We respected him immensely, not only for his abilities as a newsman, but for his humanity. Al was sensitive both to our needs and the needs of those whose names and faces appeared in the pages of the Oakland Tribune.

"What's up?" he asked me that Christmas Eve in a voice as soft and slurred as a summer breeze.

He already knew what was up because, during 25 years on the city desk, Reck somehow always knew what was up, but he wanted to hear it from the man handling the story.

I told him about the kid dying of leukemia and about the peaches and about how there simply were no fresh peaches, but it still made a good piece. We had art and a hole waiting on page one.

Al listened for a moment and then said, "How long's he got?"

"Not long," I said. "His doctor says maybe a day or two."

There was a long silence and then Al said, "Get the kid his peaches."

"I've called all over," I said. "None of the produce places in the Bay Area have fresh peaches. They're just plain out of season. It's winter."

"Not everywhere. Call Australia."

"Al," I began to argue, "it's after 11 and I have no idea . . .”

"Call Australia," he said, and then hung up.

If Al said call Australia, I would call Australia.

I don't quite remember whom I telephoned, newspapers maybe and agricultural associations, but I ended up finding fresh peaches and an airline that would fly them to the Bay Area before the end of Christmas Day.

There was only one problem. Customs wouldn't clear them. They were an agricultural product and would be hung up at San Francisco International at least for a day, and possibly forever.

Reck called again. He listened to the problem and told me to telephone the secretary of agriculture and have him clear the peaches when they arrived.

"It's close to midnight," I argued. "His office is closed."

"Take this number down," Reck said. "It's his home. Tell him I told you to call."

It was axiomatic among the admirers of Al Reck that he knew everyone and everyone knew him, from cops on the street to government leaders in their Georgetown estates. No one knew how Al knew them or why, but he did.

I made the call. The secretary said he'd have the peaches cleared when they arrived and give Al Reck his best.

"All right," Reck said on his third and final call to me, "now arrange for one of our photographers to meet the plane and take the peaches over to the boy's house."

He had been drinking steadily throughout the evening and the slurring had become almost impossible to understand.

By then it was a few minutes past midnight, and just a heartbeat and a half to the final deadline.

"Al," I said, "if I don't start writing this now I'll never get the story in the paper."

I won't forget this moment.

"I didn't say get the story," Reck replied gently. "I said get the kid his peaches."

If there is a flash point in our lives to which we can refer later, moments that shape our attitudes and affect our futures, that was mine.

Alfred Pierce Reck had defined for me the importance of what we do, lifting it beyond newsprint and deadline to a level of humanity that transcends job. He understood not only what we did but what we were supposed to do.

I didn't say get the story. I said get the kid his peaches.

The boy got his peaches and the story made the home edition, and I received a lesson in journalism more important than any I've learned since.

I wanted you to know that this Christmas season.

Al Martinez is a former reporter and columnist for The Oakland Tribune, from 1955 to 1971, The Richmond Independent and Los Angeles Times to now. Born in Oakland, he also has written several novels, for television and the movies. This article first appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 25, 1986.

23 December 2013

The Greening of the Church at St. Paul's Memorial, Charlottesville!

The "Greening of the Church" yesterday at St. Paul's Memorial Church, in preparation for Christmas!  What a wonderful group of folks we have who did some amazing arrangements of greens all over our beautiful church!

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey

22 December 2013

To everything there is a season

To everything there is a season ...

I have decided to take some Sabbathtime away from SantosWoodcarvingPopsicles.  What started nearly 7 years ago as a place where I would write, reflect, and share about my thoughts and observations has gone through a few changes in focus.  From my years at St. Catherine's School to my years at Emmanuel Church, Greenwood, and now at St. Paul's Memorial I have found that I am writing less and less in this place, and am posting and reposting more and more of other people's writing and postings.  After these 6+ years I am considering beginning something anew, but have decided to take a bit of time away, and to do this intentionally, rather than let it flicker and wane.  I have enjoyed having this as a place to share my thoughts and as a place where I could share writing that didn't fit into sermons, newsletter articles or published essays.  For now, however, I will step back from SantosWoodcarvingPopsicles, beginning on December 24th I will close down the blog.  Perhaps it will arise in some new form, we shall see.

Blessings to all who have followed the blog from time to time over the last 6+ years.

With Love and Prayers,


"Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy." Exodus 20:8

"Remember the Sabbath by keeping it holy." ~ Exodus 20:8

15 December 2013

Stir up your power

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

13 December 2013

Draw near

My heart cries out to you, O God. Please draw near to me. The moment I reach out for You, I find You reaching in for me. Circle us, Lord. Keep darkness out, keep light within. Keep fear without, keep peace within. Keep hatred out, keep love within. 

(From Celtic Worship Through the Year)

12 December 2013

Yours is the day, O God, yours also is the night

Yours is the day, O God, yours also the night; you established the moon and the sun. You fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter. Psalm 74:15,16

11 December 2013

Confirmation Class in the New Year

Confirmation Class in the New Year

 If you are interested in being confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church when Bishop Gulick visits us in the Spring, we will be offering a confirmation class on Wednesday Evenings for six weeks in January and February. (January 8th – February 12th from 7pm-8pm.) This class will be taught by our Senior Associate Rector, Peter Carey and is open to young people 14 years and older as well as adults. The class will have some homework and participants should be willing to commit to the class for the entire six weeks.

If you are interested in taking the six-week class, please be in touch with Peter by January 1, 20014 by email at peter.carey@stpaulsmemorial.org or by phone in the Parish Office so he can speak with you about your interest and get you materials before we begin on January 8th.

09 December 2013

Five VTS professors honored with Endowed chairs

Congrats to my former professors who were honored by Virginia Theological Seminary with Endowed Chairs!  Wonderful!

Five Professors Honored with Endowed Chairs


Media Contact: Curtis Prather
Tel: 703-461-1782
Email: cprather@vts.edu

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Upon recommendation of the Dean and President, the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., the  Virginia Theological Seminary Board of Trustees unanimously appointed five members of the Seminary faculty to endowed chairs at their November 13 meeting.
“Without exception, all these professors have published significant works and served the Church with distinction. The Board was pleased to vote in favor of the resolution that authorized these chairs,” said Markham. “Please join me in congratulating these recipients on this appropriate recognition. Their contributions and accomplishments make VTS a strong and vibrant seminary.”
The Rev. Anne Katherine Grieb, Ph.D.  was appointed to the Meade Chair in Biblical Interpretation. Grieb came to Virginia Theological Seminary in 1994 and is Professor of New Testament.  After graduating from VTS in 1983, she earned a doctorate degree at Yale and taught at Bangor Theological Seminary before returning to teach at VTS. In her twenty years of service at Virginia Theological Seminary she has been a participant in the Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission, a member of the Anglican Communion Covenant Design Group and now serves on the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order. Grieb is the author of The Story of Romans: A Narrative Defense of God's Righteousness (Westminster John Knox Press, 2002) as well as co-editor for The Word Leaps the Gap (Eerdmans, 2008).
The Rev. James Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D. was appointed to the Arthur Carl Lichtenberger Chair in Pastoral Theology and Continuing Education. Hawkins came to VTS in 2000 as Professor of Pastoral Theology and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. Currently, he is Vice President for Institutional Advancement and oversees the Lifetime Theological Education office at VTS. Hawkins also serves as President of the North American Committee of St. George’s College, Jerusalem, and honorary associate at Immanuel Church-on-the Hill, Alexandria, Va. The author and editor of several books, including Episcopal Etiquette & Ethics: Living the Craft of Priesthood in the Episcopal Church (Church Publishing, 2012) as well as The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Anglican Communion (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), Hawkins has an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School and a Ph.D. in American Religious Studies from Duke University.
The Rev. Joyce Mercer, Ph.D.  was appointed to the Arthur Lee Kinsolving Chair in Pastoral Theology. Mercer came to Virginia Theological Seminary in 2006 after serving as a faculty member of Graduate Theological Union in California and Union Theological Seminary in the Philippines. Mercer is currently Professor of Practical Theology. She completed a doctorate at Emory University, earned a D.Min. from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago; a Master of Social Work from the University of Connecticut; and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA for twenty-eight years, Mercer is the author of several books including GirlTalk Godtalk: Why Faith Matters to Adolescent Girls-And Their Parents (San Francisco, Jossey Bass, 2008) and Welcoming Children: A Practical Theology of Childhood (St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2005).
The Rev. Katherine Sonderegger, Ph.D. was appointed to the William Meade Chair in Systematic Theology. Sonderegger came to Virginia Theological Seminary in 2002 and is currently Professor of Theology. In her eleven years of service at VTS, Sonderegger has published work on assessing the thought of Karl Barth and is currently writing the first volume of her systematic theology. In addition, she serves on the editorial board for International Journal of Systematic Theology, New Studies in Dogmatics. She completed her doctorate at Brown University; earned a D.Min. and STM from Yale and an A.B. in Medieval Studies from Smith College. Sonderegger is the author of several articles and papers, and the book That Jesus Christ was Born a Jew: Karl Barth's 'Doctrine of Israel' (Penn State Press, 1992).
The Rev. John Yueh-Han Yieh, Ph.D. was appointed to the Molly Laird Downs Chair in New Testament. Yieh serves as Professor of New Testament having joined the faculty in 1995. In his eighteen years of service, he has written and contributed to a number of books, articles and essays on the Gospel of Matthew, Johannine Epistles, Revelation and Chinese biblical interpretation. Yieh earned a Ph.D., M.Phil. and an M.A. in religious studies specializing in New Testament from Yale University;  an M.Div. from Taiwan Theological Seminary; and an M.A. from Fu-Jen Catholic University. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, Yieh is currently the President of the Ethnic Chinese Biblical Colloquium and is Moderator of the Chesterbrook Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in Falls Church, Va. An associate editor of the Chinese Union Study Bible series, Yieh is also the author of Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of Matthew (Morehouse Publishing, 2012).
With a combined seventy years of service to Virginia Theological Seminary, the five professors receiving an endowed chair join a distinguished history of Christian educators at VTS who have received this honor, including current colleagues Stephen L. Cook, Ph.D., Amelia J. Gearey Dyer, Ph.D., the Rev. Robert W. Prichard, Ph.D.  and Timothy F. Sedgwick, Ph.D.
"I would also like to extend my thanks to the Rev. Melody Knowles, Ph.D., our vice president for academic affairs,” added Markham. ”She spoke movingly about the ways in which faculty can be recognized by an institution and explained that beyond tenure and movement from assistant to associate to full professor, the highest accolade that an institution can bestow is the invitation to occupy an endowed chair.”
Founded in 1823, Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church. The school prepares men and women, representing more than 40 different dioceses and nine different countries, for service in the Church, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas. Visit us online at www.vts.edu.

08 December 2013

Who makes these changes?

Who makes these changes?
Who makes these changes?
I shoot an arrow right.
It lands left.
I ride after a deer and find myself
Chased by a hog.
I plot to get what I want
And end up in prison.
I dig pits to trap others
And fall in.

I should be suspicious
Of what I want.

06 December 2013

Bishop Mariann Budde on the death of Nelson Mandela

Bishop Mariann Budde on the death of Nelson Mandela:

By Mariann Edgar Budde
While we’ve known that Nelson Mandela has been near death for some time, still the news of his death is saddening. We have lived our entire lives with Mandela’s moral example in front of us. I remember as a seminarian standing outside the South African embassy listening to Bishop John T. Walker demand Mandela’s release from prison. I remember the joy I felt the day Mandela walked out a free man with dignity and grace, and how the whole world felt redeemed when he was elected president.

The good people of this diocese, who lived through and took part in the anti-apartheid struggle, now have partnerships and close friendships throughout South Africa. Today we join together in, holding Nelson Mandela’s family and the South African people before God in prayer.  We join the world in grief and gratitude, and we rededicate ourselves to the values Mandela demonstrated that we can, in fact, live by, even when it costs us everything.

Plans are underway across the globe to honor Nelson Mandela’s life. You can be sure our diocese will take part in the mourning and the remembrance. As soon as our plans are complete, I will let you know.

The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, D.Min.
Bishop of Washington

Dear Friends,

Remembering a great day at Grace Episcopal School for Malcolm Lester's Installation last year

A year ago, I had the great privilege to help to "install" my old friend, Malcolm Lester, as the Head of School at Grace Episcopal Day School in Silver Spring, Maryland.  It was a homecoming of sorts for me because I served as a seminarian intern at Grace Church, Silver  Spring, while I was in seminary.  It was wonderful to see old friends and to meet the current bishop of Washington, The Rt. Rev. Marianne Budde.

05 December 2013

"Not bitterness, but joy!" ~ Nelson Mandela

Here's what Nelson Mandela said to Vermont's senator, Patrick Leahy in Washington in 1994:

"Patrick, because of my imprisonment I was able to lead my country out of apartheid. For that I do not feel bitterness, but joy"

hat tip goes to my friend Olivier Knox who posted this on his Twitter page: https://twitter.com/OKnox

01 December 2013

Cast away the works of darkness

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

26 November 2013

Keep watch, dear Lord

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or
weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who
sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless
the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the
joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen.

24 November 2013

Let us sow love

A Prayer Attributed to St. Francis
Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

22 November 2013

C.S. Lewis addresses the nation on the BBC during WWII

C.S. Lewis ~ 1998-1963

The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good,
but that God will make us good because He loves us;
just as the roof of a sunhouse does not attract the sun because it is bright,
but becomes bright because the sun shines on it.

~C.S.Lewis (1898-1963)

19 November 2013

Be joyful

Psalm 100 
1Be joyful in the LORD, all you lands; *
serve the LORD with gladness
and come before his presence with a song.
2Know this: The LORD himself is God; *
he himself has made us, and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
3Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise; *
give thanks to him and call upon his Name.
4For the LORD is good;
his mercy is everlasting; *
and his faithfulness endures from age to age.

18 November 2013

A new heaven and a new earth

Revelation 21:1-8 (NRSV)
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 

"See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them as their God;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
4 he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away." 

5 And the one who was seated on the throne said, "See, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true." 6 Then he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death."

No. 12 UVA Men's Soccer receives NCAA Bid! Wahoowa!

No. 12 Men's soccer receives NCAA bid

Cavaliers will face winner of Delaware/St. John's

Junior midfielder Eric Bird leads Virginia with 15 points on the season

The No. 12 Virginia men’s soccer team received a No. 8 seed to the NCAA tournament and a first round bye Tuesday. Virginia will host the winner of a first round matchup between Delaware and St John’s at Klöckner Stadium Sunday.
The Cavaliers lost Sunday in the final of the ACC tournament, dropping a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to No. 4 Maryland on an own goal in the 88th minute. Virginia’s loss was just its second in its past 16 games — a run which included wins against No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 9 Wake Forest in the ACCtournament. Before Friday’s wild 3-3 overtime victory against Notre Dame, the Cavaliers had only given up three goals in their previous six games.
Virginia will not find out its opening round opponent until Thursday, when St. John’s travels to Newark, Del. to take on the Blue Hens. The Cavaliers will play the winner three days later in Charlottesville. Should Virginia advance, the team will still have a tough road to reaching the quarterfinals in Philadelphia — the Cavaliers’ portion of the bracket includes No. 1 seed UCLA and No. 9 seed and Big East champion Marquette.
The ACC landed six teams in the Tournament, the most of any conference in the country. Virginia has now received a bid to the NCAA tournament in 33 consecutive seasons, the longest current streak of any school in the nation. The Cavaliers have won six national championships, most recently in 2009.

16 November 2013

UVA Women's soccer rebounds, routs St. Francis 5-0

Women's soccer rebounds, routs Saint Francis 5-0

Cavaliers roll to NCAA Tournament's second round with sublime performance Friday

Freshman Makenzy Doniak has added another dangerous weapon to the Virginia offense. The Chino Hills, California native was named the TopDrawerSoccer.com national Women’s College Player of the Week, becoming the third Cavalier to earn the award in school history.

After tallying its first loss of the season one week ago to in-state rival Virginia Tech, the top-seeded Virginia women’s soccer team got back to its winning ways Friday, trouncing Saint Francis (Pa.) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 5-0.
Virginia (21-1, 13-0 ACC) asserted its dominance early in the match and never gave the Northeast Conference champions a chance. Before the first half was at its midpoint, the Cavaliers had already recorded 13 shots — two of which resulted in goals. Sophomore forward and leading scorer Makenzy Doniak tallied two goals in a two-minute span to break the game open for Virginia.
Doniak’s first goal came in the 19th minute when she finished a beautiful feed from senior midfielder Kate Norbo from deep inside the Saint Francis box. The Cavaliers immediately regained possession after the strike and launched another flurry of shots at Red Flash freshman goalkeeper Abbey Collins. Though she was able to briefly hold Virginia at bay, she was merely delaying the inevitable. When Collins attempted a soft clear out of the box, Doniak easily intercepted it and put the shot away for her 17th goal of the season.
“We saw that they try, at times, to play the ball out of the back with their goalkeeper,” coach Steve Swanson said. “So we were aware of that, so [Doniak] did a great job of jumping all over that one,”
Saint Francis (13-8-1, 7-1-0 NEC) was unable to halt Virginia’s momentum, which continued to build throughout the half. The Cavaliers put on a passing clinic and made a usually tough Red Flash defense look porous. Saint Francis gave up an average of just 1.24 goals per game prior to Friday’s matchup, but Virginia nearly tripled that number by the 31st minute after junior midfielder Morgan Brian added the team’s third goal of the half.
“Our chemistry is the biggest thing that sets us apart from other teams,” Doniak said. “We connect defense to midfield to the forwards, and I think that shows. We trust each other on and off of the field and that has made a difference this year.”
Although the offense — which registered 20 shots on goal in the game’s first 45 minutes — stood out in the first period, the team’s defensive play was also impressive. Virginia allowed just one shot in the period as Saint Francis was rarely able to generate offensive chances.
The Cavalier defense — seniors Shasta Fisher, Annie Steinlage and Morgan Stith and sophomore Emily Sonnett — successfully kept Red Flash standout senior forward Tesa McKibben, the NCAA’s active leader in career points, in check. McKibben is the only player in NCAA history to win four consecutive conference player of the year awards, but she was held to just one shot on goal in her final collegiate game.
The second half was virtually identical to the first. The Cavaliers increased their overall shot count from 20 to 30 less than 15 minutes into the second period and played as they pleased deep in the attacking third. Saint Francis dropped all of its players back in an effort to clog the middle and limit chances. Virginia countered by consistently throwing long crosses into the box from the flanks — a strategy which became increasingly more effective as the game wore on.
“Our ball movement was very good,” Swanson said. “Sometimes when teams drop back that far, you stop playing as fast as you could and should, and we didn’t do that. We found the space, which was on the flanks at that point, and we got some good goals off of crosses.”
The tactic finally paid dividends in the 63rd minute, when junior midfielder Danielle Colaprico’s cross from the far side of the field found Doniak charging into the box. The sophomore headed home her 18th goal of the season to complete a hat trick. Virginia was not done, however, and 20 minutes later sophomore forward Brittany Ratcliffe headed in another cross from senior defender Molly Menchel to push the lead to five.
“My hat trick really speaks to how well we played as a team tonight,” Doniak said. “I give all of the credit to my teammates because we worked really hard as a team.”
The Cavaliers will hope to repeat Friday’s 37-shot performance when they take on Georgetown at Klöckner Stadium Nov. 22 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at 7 p.m.

Published November 16, 2013 in FP testSports

13 November 2013

12 November 2013

Splendor and honor

Canticle 18 A Song to the Lamb Revelation 4:11, 5:9-10, 13
Dignus es
Splendor and honor and kingly power *
are yours by right, O Lord our God,
For you created everything that is, *
and by your will they were created and have their being;
And yours by right, O Lamb that was slain, *
for with your blood you have redeemed for God,
From every family, language, people, and nation, *
a kingdom of priests to serve our God.
And so, to him who sits upon the throne, *
and to Christ the Lamb,
Be worship and praise, dominion and splendor, *
for ever and for ever more.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

11 November 2013

UVA Field Hockey and UVA Women's Soccer get NCAA Tournamant Bids

Two Virginia squads get NCAA tournament bids

No. 1 women's soccer gets top overall seed, while No. 4 field hockey is fifth seed

Freshman Lucy Hyams was named ACC Freshman of Year after tallying 5 goals and 10 assists on the season

Junior midfielder Morgan Brian leads the Cavaliers in points, with 12 goals and 14 assists

The No. 1 women’s soccer team and the No. 4 field hockey team each earned at-large bids to their respective NCAAtournaments. Both teams suffered early exits from the ACCTournament during the weekend, but the women’s soccer team was still awarded the No. 1 overall seed, and the field hockey team was awarded the fifth overall seed. The top four seeds in both tournaments all went to ACC teams.
The women’s soccer team (20-1, 13-0 ACC) finished the regular season as the only undefeated and untied squad in the country and have held the No. 1 ranking since September. The Cavaliers set a new school record with 20 consecutive wins en route to earning their first top-four national seed since 2004.
The Cavaliers earned the top seed in the ACC Tournament, but fell to Virginia Tech in the semifinals by a score of 4-2. The four goals allowed in the game were the most all season and was more than the Cavaliers had allowed in the previous nine games combined. All-ACC first-team sophomores forward Makenzy Doniak and defender Emily Sonnett scored the two Virginia goals in that game. Junior midfielder Morgan Brian, also a first-team All-ACC selection, tallied an assist in the game.
Virginia will play St. Francis in the opening round of 32 teams and host games through the quarterfinals. The Cavaliers could face No. 15 Georgetown, No. 20 Penn State and ACC foe Wake Forest, among others, on their way to the semifinals in Cary, N.C.
The field hockey team (15-5, 3-3 ACC) comes off a 2-1 loss to Duke in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals. The Cavaliers beat the Blue Devils (14-6, 3-3 ACC) earlier in the season, and could have an opportunity to face the team a third time to decide the season series. The Cavaliers must first get past No. 12 Massachusetts while fourth-seeded Duke would have to defeat New Hampshire to set up a rematch between the teams.
Senior forward Elly Buckley, an All-ACC selection, leads the Cavaliers on offense with 20 goals, while freshman Lucy Hyams holds the Virginia midfield and was named the ACCFreshman of the Year on Monday.
The field hockey team opens tournament play Saturday at 2 p.m. in Durham, and women’s soccer opens at Klöckner Stadium Friday at 7 p.m.

Published November 11, 2013 in FP testSports

Thank you veterans!!

It is Armistice Day, also known as Veterans' Day,  and on this day at 11:11 on the 11th of the 11th month, the First World War ended - the "War to End All Wars" certainly was not.  Today, we remember and honor our veterans, and we pray for those who are serving in the military.

Thank you.

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey

Here are two prayers from the "Prayer Book for Soldiers and Sailors" which the Episcopal Church gave to those in military service, and was published in 1943   See more HERE

 FOR THE NATION    O eternal God, through whose mighty power our fathers won their liberties of old; Grant, we beseech thee, that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain these liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

FOR ALL IN THE SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY    O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

09 November 2013

UVA Lacrosse Holds Flag Football Tournament to Honor Former Player Will Barrow

UVA Lacrosse Holds Flag Football Tournament to Honor Former Player Will Barrow

UVA Lacrosse Holds Tournament to Remember Former PlayerPosted: Nov 09, 2013 7:09 PM ESTUpdated: Nov 09, 2013 7:12 PM EST 

Members of the University of Virginia men's lacrosse team held a flag football tournament to honor the life of a former teammate.
Teams from several universities along the east coast played in the fifth annual Will Barrow Memorial Flag Football Tournament Saturday at Lambeth Field.
The friendly games raised funds for the UVA help line - an anonymous and confidential telephone service. Organizers say it's a positive way to remember their teammate - who took his own life in 2008.
"He was such an awesome leader, awesome teammate, and when everyone comes together for a cause like this - from other teams, it just brings everyone together for a good cause," said UVA lacrosse player Bobby Hill.
Each tournament has raised about $10,000 since the event started five years ago.

07 November 2013

God in the thick of our day-by-day lives

God is right there in the thick of our day-by-day lives...
Trying to get messages through our blindness
as we move around down here knee-deep
in the fragrant muck and misery and marvel of the world.

Frederick Buechner in The Magnificent Defeat

A Nation of Wimps! ~ what are the spiritual effects?

I wonder about the spiritual effects of the way that we are overly controlling our children and youth...and the ways that we need to get a grip and let them fail once in a while...have some independence...and let them have some freedom!

A Nation of Wimps
Parents are going to ludicrous lengths to take the bumps out of life for their children. However, parental hyperconcern has the net effect of making kids more fragile; that may be why they're breaking down in record numbers. 
By Hara Estroff Marano, published on November 01, 2004 - last reviewed on February 19, 2013
A Nation of Wimps
Maybe it's the cyclist in the park, trim under his sleek metallic blue helmet, cruising along the dirt path... at three miles an hour. On his tricycle.  
Or perhaps it's today's playground, all-rubber-cushioned surface where kids used to skin their knees. And... wait a minute... those aren't little kids playing. Their mommies—and especially their daddies—are in there with them, coplaying or play-by-play coaching. Few take it half-easy on the perimeter benches, as parents used to do, letting the kids figure things out for themselves.  
Then there are the sanitizing gels, with which over a third of parents now send their kids to school, according to a recent survey. Presumably, parents now worry that school bathrooms are not good enough for their children.  
Consider the teacher new to an upscale suburban town. Shuffling through the sheaf of reports certifying the educational "accommodations" he was required to make for many of his history students, he was struck by the exhaustive, well-written—and obviously costly—one on behalf of a girl who was already proving among the most competent of his ninth-graders. "She's somewhat neurotic," he confides, "but she is bright, organized and conscientious—the type who'd get to school to turn in a paper on time, even if she were dying of stomach flu." He finally found the disability he was to make allowances for: difficulty with Gestalt thinking. The 13-year-old "couldn't see the big picture." That cleverly devised defect (what 13-year-old can construct the big picture?) would allow her to take all her tests untimed, especially the big one at the end of the rainbow, the college-worthy SAT.  
Behold the wholly sanitized childhood, without skinned knees or the occasional C in history. "Kids need to feel badly sometimes," says child psychologist David Elkind, professor at Tufts University. "We learn through experience and we learn through bad experiences. Through failure we learn how to cope."  
Messing up, however, even in the playground, is wildly out of style. Although error and experimentation are the true mothers of success, parents are taking pains to remove failure from the equation. 
"Life is planned out for us," says Elise Kramer, a Cornell University junior. "But we don't know what to want." As Elkind puts it, "Parents and schools are no longer geared toward child development, they're geared to academic achievement."  
No one doubts that there are significant economic forces pushing parents to invest so heavily in their children's outcome from an early age. But taking all the discomfort, disappointment and even the play out of development, especially while increasing pressure for success, turns out to be misguided by just about 180 degrees. With few challenges all their own, kids are unable to forge their creative adaptations to the normal vicissitudes of life. That not only makes them risk-averse, it makes them psychologically fragile, riddled with anxiety. In the process they're robbed of identity, meaning and a sense of accomplishment, to say nothing of a shot at real happiness. Forget, too, about perseverance, not simply amoral virtue but a necessary life skill. These turn out to be the spreading psychic fault lines of 21st-century youth. Whether we want to or not, we're on our way to creating a nation of wimps. 
Read it all HERE at Psychology Today

06 November 2013

Fall rides in central Virginia

It has been quite an amazing Fall here in central Virginia!

Here are a few photos from some of my recent bike rides:

03 November 2013

Readings for tomorrow's Bible Study at CVille Coffee

Haggai 1:15b-2:9
Psalm 145:1-5, 18-21 or Psalm 98
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Luke 20:27-38

The Lessons Appointed for Use on the

Sunday closest to November 9

Proper 27
Year C

Track 1

Haggai 1:15b-2:9
Psalm 145:1-5, 18-21 or Psalm 98
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Luke 20:27-38

The Collect
O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Haggai 1:15b-2:9

In the second year of King Darius, in the seventh month, on the twenty-first day of the month, the word of the LORD came by the prophet Haggai, saying: Speak now to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of the people, and say, Who is left among you that saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Is it not in your sight as nothing? Yet now take courage, O Zerubbabel, says the LORD; take courage, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; take courage, all you people of the land, says the LORD; work, for I am with you, says the LORD of hosts, according to the promise that I made you when you came out of Egypt. My spirit abides among you; do not fear. For thus says the LORD of hosts: Once again, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land; and I will shake all the nations, so that the treasure of all nations shall come, and I will fill this house with splendor, says the LORD of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the LORD of hosts. The latter splendor of this house shall be greater than the former, says the LORD of hosts; and in this place I will give prosperity, says the LORD of hosts.

Psalm 145:1-5, 18-21, Page 801, BCP

Exaltabo te, Deus

I will exalt you, O God my King, *
and bless your Name for ever and ever.
Every day will I bless you *
and praise your Name for ever and ever.
Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; *
there is no end to his greatness.
One generation shall praise your works to another *
and shall declare your power.
I will ponder the glorious splendor of your majesty *
and all your marvelous works.
The LORD is righteous in all his ways *
and loving in all his works.
The LORD is near to those who call upon him, *
to all who call upon him faithfully.
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; *
he hears their cry and helps them.
The LORD preserves all those who love him, *
but he destroys all the wicked.


Psalm 98, Page 727, BCP

Cantate Domino

Sing to the LORD a new song, *
for he has done marvelous things.
With his right hand and his holy arm *
has he won for himself the victory.
The LORD has made known his victory; *
his righteousness has he openly shown in the sight of the nations.
He remembers his mercy and faithfulness to the house of Israel, *
and all the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.

Shout with joy to the LORD, all you lands; *
lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing.
Sing to the LORD with the harp, *
with the harp and the voice of song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn *
shout with joy before the King, the LORD.
Let the sea make a noise and all that is in it, *
the lands and those who dwell therein.
Let the rivers clap their hands, *
and let the hills ring out with joy before the LORD,
when he comes to judge the earth.
In righteousness shall he judge the world *
and the peoples with equity.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17

As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you, brothers and sisters, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as though from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here. Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come unless the rebellion comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one destined for destruction. He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring himself to be God. Do you not remember that I told you these things when I was still with you?
But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. For this purpose he called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.

Luke 20:27-38

Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus and asked him a question, "Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; then the second and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her."
Jesus said to them, "Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive."

Optional parts of the readings are set off in square brackets.
The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.
The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.

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