A New Instrument of Praise
, February 5, 2018
In the fall of 2012, organ consultant Jonathan Ambrosino visited Christ Church to give us an assessment of the 1975 Austin Organ in our church. His detailed report analyzed the condition of our organ as well as its limitations. He noted that the instrument should likely continue for another decade before requiring any major attention, but also noted that the organ is not musically remarkable, lacking in “character, variety and loveliness of tone,” and that its appearance “gives itself away as a child of the Modern Movement. Rather than echoing the ornamental grammar of its surroundings, it gives the impression of an industrial object.” Guest organists over the past 13 years have all made similar comments.
The Alexandria Shooting
, June 14, 2017
My prayers are lifted today for those injured in the shooting incident in Del Ray, particularly Steve Scalise, Zach Barth, Roger Williams, Matt Mika, David Bailey and Krystal Griner. I also raise my prayers to God for those who rushed in to help, particularly the U.S. Capitol Police, Alexandria Police, and medical personnel, who regularly put their own lives in jeopardy in order to protect and save the lives of others. I grieve for our communities, for innocence lost and for a delicate peace broken. I pray for the shooter and for the anger and brokenness that lead him to believe that violence was his only recourse.
Christ Church is the Best
, April 20, 2016
A young elementary school aged member of Christ Church wrote about Christ Church for her class assignment. Read the perspective from the eyes of a younger member of Christ Church. I thought I should share this because as the title states “Christ Church is the Best.”
The Church at Work
, April 7, 2016
Last week, Sunday School resumed after taking a two-week hiatus for Holy Week. Around 8:45, Sunday School Leaders returned to pick up their rosters and make last minute preparations in their classrooms, while Room Parents stopped by to drop off snacks. As 9:00 a.m. drew ever closer, children and their families came down the stairs and made their ways to their classrooms.
The Consecration of a New Chapel
, October 14, 2015
What does it mean to consecrate something? At the Holy Table, the priest, along with the assent of the people, consecrates the bread and wine and after that somehow mysteriously they hold the presence of Jesus Christ where before they were merely Taylor Cream Sherry and paper-like wafers of bread. The priest is the presider, but it is God who does the actual transforming. Perhaps that is similar to consecrating the new Immanuel Chapel at Virginia Theological Seminary. The old chapel went up in flames five Octobers ago.
Keep on Keepin' On
, September 9, 2015
Through the course of this summer many of us have had the opportunity to step away from the “usual” and the “everyday” with a bit of what the British call "holiday". Holiday affords us the time and occasion to explore a bit beyond ourselves, to travel, to see what we have never seen, or perhaps to see something again with newly awakened and opened eyes; to see what’s really there. For many, holiday is the chance to read.
Be a Tourist
, May 27, 2015
Graduating from Virginia Theological Seminary last week brought my parents to town over Memorial Day weekend. When visitors come, I feel the obligation for them to experience Washington D.C. by visiting museums, monuments, memorials, etc. Even though they were able to see many of the area attractions, one of their favorite parts of the week occurred at Christ Church.
Ministry & Infrastructure
, April 22, 2015
My time is starting to wind down at Virginia Theological Seminary as a graduating senior, and I will transition to full time ministry at Christ Church as a Ministry Resident. This also means my time will slowly come to an end working in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching. I like to think that the CMT is a hidden gem at VTS where some innovative faith formation work happens in the digital realm. We look at churches, dioceses, and organizations across the country for great ideas that need to be shared while simultaneously developing our own content on our various content platforms.
, August 27, 2014
One of the wisdoms of transitions, I am learning, is to have mentoring conversations with powerful coaches in order to leave this amazing congregation and so many I have come to love—to leave well. The most helpful discussion I have had has been with my ingenious predecessor, Mark Anschutz. His advice was so insightful; I thought it would be useful to report to you.
The Word is Near You
, August 13, 2014
While you all were worshipping at Christ Church in Alexandria on Sunday, I was celebrating the Eucharist at Christ Church in Bethel, Vermont. This is the church my parents attend in the summer, and my dad, a retired Episcopal priest, often helps them out by taking the Sunday services. Once a summer, they get the Gillespie tag-team – I am invited to celebrate while my dad preaches.