The Rev. Daniel Velez Rivera, Vicar St Gabriel's is a bilingual (English and Spanish), multicultural, and inclusive church in the Diocese of Virginia.
We follow the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to love God above all things and our neighbors as ourselves. Therefore, all are welcome in this place with no conditions or exceptions. Join us at 10am for worship in English at the Belmont Ridge Middle School. Coffee hour right after service. Join us at 3pm for worship in Spanish at St. Gabriel's @ St. James, 14 Cornwall Street NW, Leesburg. Welcome, ¡[email protected]!
Mission: Lets encounter God, build meaningful relationships, and make a difference in the world together!
Operating as usual
Join us for Storytime! Today we are listening to “I Am Perfectly Designed”, a story about learning to love ourselves just as we are!
Read by Author: Karamo Brown and Illustrated by: Anoosha Syed
Question~Pregunta: “What is one thing you love about yourself?”
“Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8
“Sin embargo, Señor, tú eres nuestro padre; nosotros somos el barro, tú nuestro alfarero; ¡todos fuimos hechos por ti mismo!” Isaías 64:8
A father and son share memories, talk about their feelings and find strength in being exactly who they are. Watch Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices, only o...
Register for this webinar on October 1!
BFL/VEA catechists Canon Myra B. Garnes and The Rev. Yoimel González Hernández, will share from their experience of walking with Black and Latino congregations engaged in a deep dive into forming lives of meaning and purpose.
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Join us for Storytime! Today we are listening to “Antiracist Baby”, this book will help us discover simple steps we can use to be antiracist.
Author: Ibram X. Kendi; Illustrator: Ashley Lukashevsky; and Read by: Kendrick Sampson
Question~Pregunta: “What are some of the things you can do to be antiracist?”
“Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? I will with God’s help.” (Book of Common Prayer, Holy Baptism)
“Lucharás por la justicia y la paz entre todos los pueblos, y respetarás la dignidad de todo ser humano? Así, lo haré, con el auxilio de Dios.” (Libro de Oracion Comun, Santo Bautismo)
Learn nine simple steps to becoming antiracist so you can teach others in your life to do the same. Watch Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices, only on Netfli...
Join us for Storytime! Today we are listening to “The Day You Begin” A story about being unique.
Author & Reader: Jacqueline Woodson; Illustrator: Rafael Lopez
Question~Pregunata: “What makes you so fabulously different from everyone else you meet?”
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.” Psalm 139:14
“Te alabo porque estoy maravillado, porque es maravilloso lo que has hecho. ¡De ello estoy bien convencido!” Salmos 139:14
Finding the courage to share your story can connect you to others — even when you feel all alone. Watch Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices, only on Netflix,...
Book Club: Storytime!
During the summer our Book Club went to the movies. We watched documentaries and movies to help us discuss: race, racism in the U.S., privilege and actions we can take to help dismantle racism in the church, our community and the country. Now we want to take some time to celebrate Black voices and culture. From Sunday, September 20th through Sunday, October 4th we will watch one episode a day from the new Netflix series: “Bookmarks:Celebrating Black Voices” hosted by Marley Dias. The series highlights Black authors and celebrity guest readers and will provide us an opportunity to continue our discussions as a church and with our family and friends. The series is family friendly and available to stream on Netflix or for free on YouTube. Each day we will post an episode to our page or you can watch on your own schedule. We will gather on Zoom on Monday, October 5th at 7:00pm for everyone to share their favorite book and discuss the series.
Today we are watching the Trailer for the series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuLk5Kx5mVw
“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
“Yo sé los planes que tengo para ustedes, planes para su bienestar y no para su mal, a fin de darles un futuro lleno de esperanza. Yo, el Señor, lo afirmo.” Jeremías 29:11
It’s storytime with Lupita Nyong’o, Common & more! Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices only on Netflix September 1st. Watch Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voic...
[email protected] a la Misa con San Gabriel en Leesburg VA. Este es el 16to domingo después de Pentecostés.
Welcome and thank you for joining St. Gabriel´s Episcopal Church in worship on this 16th Sunday after Pentecost!
The late John Fitzgerald Kennedy once said, “while on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”
The sacred cause of liberty and justice, dignity and equality decreed by God and meant for all has been advanced because while on earth Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made God’s work her own. Because of her the ancient words of the prophet Micah to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God have found fulfillment. May we follow in her footprints. May she rest in the arms of the God who is love and the author of true justice.
Rest In Peace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Shalom.
[email protected] al Santo Rosario que ofrece la Iglesia San Gabriel, puede poner sus peticiones para ser leido durante el Rosario
Weekly E-Trumpet: September 18, 2020 - https://mailchi.mp/d3c5dc6e9dd6/weekly-e-trumpet-sep-18
The Secret Kindness Agents
We give thanks to Bob, Kate, Jerien and Anne, our donors and our drivers who shared their time and heart to serve in our Alleluia~Aleluya meals ministry this week. If you want to join in the work, and the fun, please use this signup: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0548a9a822a1fa7-alleluia
signupgenius.com Alleluia ~ Aleluya is a joint ministry of St. Gabriel's ~ San Gabriel and St. David's Episcopal Churches. Each Monday from 4:30-6:30pm we gather donations of fresh produce and other needed grocery items (donation drop off is at the Annex of St. David's- 43600 Russell Branch Parkway, Ashburn). O...
Meditation for the 15th Week after Pentecost, The Rt. Rev. Susan Goff
"Forward to Church"
In many congregations, September includes a "Back to Church" Sunday. At least it did in pre-pandemic days. Then, it was back to the program year, back to Sunday school, back to the habit of attending worship after a summer that might have included a vacation from church. This year, in the throes of continuing changes due to the novel coronavirus, I hear people speak longingly about going "back to church." Usually what they seem to mean is, back to the way things used to be before the pandemic.
I invite us to shift our language, to shift the direction of our focus. Instead of talking about going back to church, let's plan to go forward to church. I suggest this for a number of reasons.
The language "back to church" suggests that we've been away since March, and that is simply not the case. Our congregations have been worshipping faithfully all these months, some with live-streaming of services from the church building or from another location, some via ZOOM or Facebook Live, some worshipping in person outdoors. Many of our congregations have continued to serve the wider community through hands-on ministries, particularly enhancing food security for vulnerable individuals and families. We never stopped going to church during this pandemic. We never stopped being the Church. So the language of "going back" suggest something that isn't true.
Soon, congregations in parts of the Diocese where health district benchmarks have been met may begin to gather in person inside the church building, following strict distancing and other protocols. Other congregations in those health districts have chosen not to gather in person, given that the limit on the number of people who can gather would prevent the entire congregation from being together. Those congregations choose to wait until everyone can worship in person safely. In both situations, the language of "going back" isn't accurate or helpful, since entire congregations cannot worship together until a vaccine is developed, approved and widely used.
Even more important, there is no going back because we are being changed in this time. The Church is being changed. As we learn new ways of worshipping together when we are not in person together, we find that our worship includes people who had not come to church before. Family members from far away join in. People who, for whatever reason, have not felt safe walking into a church building are clicking onto online worship and finding spiritual nourishment. We are in a profound moment of evangelism, of sharing our faith experiences and sharing the love of Jesus with others. We'd be faithless to turn back from that.
We are being changed as we hunger for the Eucharist during a time of fasting from the sacrament. That hunger is revealing much about what is deeply important to us. It is revealing to us that Jesus is present not only in the bread and wine, but in other daily and ordinary experiences -- in the smile of a child, in the text from a friend that is full of assurance, in a phone call from a church member who simply asks how we are. Jesus who revealed himself after his resurrection in the simple act of breaking bread reveals himself to us in simple and ordinary ways every day.
As we celebrate the Eucharist with less frequency in this time of pandemic, we are experiencing anew the breadth of our Episcopal tradition and heritage. We are a people of "word and sacrament." As we participate in the sacrament less frequently for a time, we are rediscovering the depth and wonder of the word as we participate in the daily offices -- Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer, Evening Prayer and Compline. I've heard from more than a few faithful Episcopalians who had never prayed Compline before this pandemic and who have found in it deep peace at the end of the day.
We've also been learning that Church is a whole lot more than a building. Before the pandemic, I imagine that when most people heard the word "church," they immediately had a visual image of a building with a cross and a steeple. Once this pandemic is over and we've learned what God is teaching us in this time, I hope that when people hear the word "church" they'll picture community and service in the world.
We are being changed -- for the better. There is no going back. Instead, let's go Forward to Church. Forward into the new ways that God is shaping us. Forward into our church buildings with renewed commitment to going out. Forward into our church buildings with increased attentiveness and responsiveness to those who are not in the building. Forward into our church buildings with hybrid worship that feeds those present in person and those who cannot be present in person. Forward into our church buildings and forward into the world for the sake of the love of Jesus.
What will Forward to Church look like in your congregation and in your setting? How will you go Forward to Church for the sake of a world so in need of Jesus' healing grace and love.
For Christ For This Time For All Time
Bishop Susan Goff
Episcopal Youth Ministry
Misinformation, Disinformation, and Fake News. Oh My! This April article from The Episcopal Office of Government Relations may be helpful in talking with teens as we move into the final weeks of campaign season. Check it out!
Gracias la predicadora de hoy, Dra. Sandra Montes. El sermon en espanol.
Sermón del Dr. Sandra Montes, Fundación de la Iglesia Episcopal y Union Theological Seminary/EDS, New York.
We thank Dr. Sandra Montes for being our guest preacher and honored guest at coffee hour today. Here is her sermon in English.
This week's sermon, for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, is delivered by Dr. Sandra Montes of the Episcopal Church Foundation and Union Theological Semi...
[email protected] a la Santa Misa de hoy, 15to domingo después de Pentecostés con la predicadora de hoy, Dra. Sandra Montes
God bless you on this 15th Sunday after Pentecost with St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, Leesburg, VA
Who are you to pass judgment on another? ~ ¿Quién eres tú para criticar de otro?
Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. Those who observe the day, observe it in honor of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honor of the Lord and give thanks to God.
We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written,
"As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall give praise to God."
So then, each of us will be accountable to God.
Reciban bien al que es débil en la fe, y no entren en discusiones con él. Por ejemplo, hay quienes piensan que pueden comer de todo, mientras otros, que son débiles en la fe, comen solamente verduras. Pues bien, el que come de todo no debe menospreciar al que no come ciertas cosas; y el que no come ciertas cosas no debe criticar al que come de todo, pues Dios lo ha aceptado. ¿Quién eres tú para criticar al servidor de otro? Si queda bien o queda mal, es asunto de su propio amo. Pero quedará bien, porque el Señor tiene poder para hacerlo quedar bien.
Otro caso: Hay quienes dan más importancia a un día que a otro, y hay quienes creen que todos los días son iguales. Cada uno debe estar convencido de lo que cree. El que guarda cierto día, para honrar al Señor lo guarda. Y el que come de todo, para honrar al Señor lo come, y da gracias a Dios; y el que no come ciertas cosas, para honrar al Señor deja de comerlas, y también da gracias a Dios.
Ninguno de nosotros vive para sí mismo ni muere para sí mismo. Si vivimos, para el Señor vivimos; y si morimos, para el Señor morimos. De manera que, tanto en la vida como en la muerte, del Señor somos. Para eso murió Cristo y volvió a la vida: para ser Señor tanto de los muertos como de los vivos.
¿Por qué, entonces, criticas a tu hermano? ¿O tú, por qué lo desprecias? Todos tendremos que presentarnos delante de Dios, para que él nos juzgue. Porque la Escritura dice:
«Juro por mi vida, dice el Señor,
que ante mí todos doblarán la rodilla y todos alabarán a Dios.»
Así pues, cada uno de nosotros tendrá que dar cuenta de sí mismo a Dios.
Weekly E-Trumpet: September 11, 2020 - https://mailchi.mp/ce87cb9f1b62/weekly-e-trumpet-sep-11
El Santo Rosario con San Gabriel, ¡[email protected]! ¡A orar se ha dicho!
This is what our packing looks like for our meals ministry. A signup genius will be available in your e-Trumpet if you would like to serve. You must sign up if you want to volunteer, we can only accommodate 4 people each week to properly socially distance, we wear masks and gloves, both available on site if you need them. We pray, we pack, we love our neighbor ❤️
Thank you to the Alleluia Meals Ministry volunteers who came out to assist on Labor Day. Kondeh Greaves and her son R.J., L.A. Hurst, David Sheatsley, Mathew Verghese and Jerien Okoh-Tisch who stopped by to help clean up. Due to your generosity all of the Back to School bags were filled! This week 75 families are being served and size 1 diapers are needed.
|Monday||12:00 - 17:00|
|Tuesday||10:00 - 15:00|
|Wednesday||10:00 - 15:00|
|Friday||10:00 - 17:00|
|Sunday||14:30 - 17:00|
|Sunday||09:30 - 12:00|