In the News

The Role of Religious Faith in Charitable Giving

Some of you may have participated in last week’s Giving Tuesday.  A phenomenon that has spread over the past few years through social media’s influence, the day aims to be a counterpart to “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” urging people of all faiths to mark this season of festivity with acts of generosity to those in need and to organizations Read More

Christmas at St. Francis

St. Francis Episcopal Church invites you to join us for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services.  Our 5pm service on Christmas Eve is a family service, timed perfectly to allow you to celebrate Jesus’ birth and then head to your family celebrations.  Children are encouraged to participate in the service, but we do have childcare available.  This service is usually Read More

St. Francis Thanks its Veterans

St. Francis thanked its veterans during our Veterans’ Day Service this month.  We are grateful for all the men and women who selflessly serve our country in times of war and peace. Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day Read More

Managing Well

Last weekend, I went an apple butter boil, an old family tradition, at a cousin’s farm in my hometown.  By the bubbling kettle, I struck up a conversation with another cousin, Robin.  She plays the organ at Mount Carmel Methodist Church, a mile or two up the road in Shanktown, Maryland, a place that doesn’t make it onto the road Read More

The faith of an alto: remembering Grandma

My family and I are very grateful for your many warm expressions of condolence as we mourn the death of my grandmother, Jeanne Corwell.  It was my privilege to preach the sermon at her funeral this past Thursday.  I entitled it, “The Faith of an Alto,” and it focuses on how many decades of choral singing expressed something important about Read More

The Intrinsic value of human life

The intrinsic value of human life is a principle that undergirds our legal and political systems.  Though occasionally tested and challenged today, we often assume that this belief is a basic human moral intuition, shared by all people across time.  In an engaging and provocative recent essay from Notre Dame’s Church and Life journal, David Bently Hart argues for this Read More

The Episcopal Church lost one of its great lights when Richard Wilbur died on October 14, aged 96.  Wilbur was one of the greatest American poets of the twentieth century, our nation’s second poet laureate, twice awarded with the Pulitzer Prize. At a time when his rivals often seemed to need vulgarity and extremism to attract public attention, Wilbur wrote Read More

In our Wednesday morning study of Romans this week, we discussed the powerful way that our traditional Anglican liturgy expresses the Gospel.  We acknowledge our deep and abiding sin, but discover anew in Absolution and Sacrament, God’s abundant mercy, that “grace in which we stand” (Rom 5:1).  A recent article at Covenant by my friend Fr. Brandt Montgomery explores “The Read More

Uncertain Times: Martin Luther’s Remedies for the Soul

Designing an exhibition to commemorate the Reformation’s 500th anniversary is a fairly heroic task for any gallery.  Far more art was destroyed than created in the sixteenth century in those European lands that embraced the teachings of Luther, Calvin and Cranmer.  But the Walters Art Gallery has made a humble but probing attempt in its single-room exhibition, “Uncertain Times: Martin Read More

Growing in God’s Grace

St. Francis is growing! Just one year into the life of Potomac Parish under the leadership and inspiration of our new Rector, we see signs of growth all around: thought-provoking sermons and forums to deepen our relationship with Christ; many opportunities to use our time and talents in Christ’s name; and new families joining our church family. We are truly Read More