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
Happy New Year's from St. Gabriel's
Weekly E-Trumpet: January 2, 2021 - https://mailchi.mp/63414ca4b726/weekly-e-trumpet-jan-2
Tomorrow Monday, December 28 : there *WILL BE* free lunch at Ampersand 11:30 am-1pm.
338 E Market St. Leesburg.
There will *NOT* be dinner prepared by Grace to Go in the parking lot of San James' Leesburg. Christmas blessings!
Mañana lunes 28 diciembre:. *SI* habrá almuerzo gratuito en Ampersand 11:30am-1pm.
338 E Market St. Leesburg.
*NO* habrá cena preparada por Grace to Go en el estacionamiento de San James' y San Gabriel, Leesburg. ¡Felicidades! 🙏🏽
¡Felicidades, gracias por unirse a la Misa de este domingo navideño!
Merry Christmas from the congregation of St. Gabriel's in Leesburg, VA
Weekly E-Trumpet: December 26, 2020 - https://mailchi.mp/a5d363cec1a9/weekly-e-trumpet-dec-26
Misa de Navidad con San Gabriel, Leesburg, VA
washingtonpost.com That means there are no insignificant or pointless lives.
Merry Christmas Eve from St. Gabriel's in Leesburg, VA Welcome to the celebration!
St. Gabriel's wishes you a blessed Christmas!!!
Links for tonight's Christmas Eve service (in English) at 5:30pm:
Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/StGabrielsEpiscopal/
Phone (929) 436-2866:
Meeting ID: 103 425 672
Thomas Alexander of Arkansas, a member of Executive Council and the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of The Episcopal Church, plays Good Christian Friends, Rejoice (Hymn 107 in the 1982 Hymnal) by Johann Sebastian Bach. Alexander, who is director of music and organist at St. Francis in Rutherfordton, NC, made the recording at Christ Church, Greenville, South Carolina.
youtube.com Deputy Thomas Alexander of Arkansas, who is a member of Executive Council and the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music, plays Good Christian Friends, Rej...
Christmas Blessings! - ¡Bendiciones de Navidad!
Click here for Fr. Daniel's Christmas letter.
Haga clic aquí para la carta navideña del Padre Daniel.
The Episcopal Cafe
Cathedral Shrine of the Transfiguration, Diocese of Virginia, Shrine Mont (Photo by Pete Nunnally) https://shrinemont.com/about-us/the-cathedral-shrine-of-the-transfiguration/
SEND US YOUR SILENT NIGHT PHOTOS!
Take a candlelight photo of yourself or your family and we will include it in our candlelight "Silent Night" during the Christmas Eve service. It doesn't need to be anything fancy or formal, just a clear photo with you and a candle like the one below. We'll make a slideshow that will play when we sing "Silent Night" during the service. Email your photos to [email protected] and make the subject of your email Silent Night. Photos must be received by Tuesday evening, December 22, as we will finalize the service screens on Wednesday morning.
Saludos de parte de San Gabriel en este cuarto domingo de Adviento
The annunciation of Mary, go messenger of the Lord, Saint Gabriel, !!!
What a difference a year makes! But you know what? The Vestry had a wonderful virtual Christmas gathering this week, we prayed, we reflected on the year, we talked about the incredible Gospel ministries taking place at St. G's, and the unity of our congregation...blessed in 2020!
Weekly E-Trumpet: December 19, 2020 - https://mailchi.mp/6cd01bfe2336/weekly-e-trumpet-dec-19
Rio Grande Borderlands
“A promise is a commitment, spoken or written—often viewed with disbelief—that in the future a specified deed will be done (or not done). The only way to receive a promise is to believe it.” - The Rev. Mike Wallens, Co-Chair of Rio Grande Borderland Ministries
It is the second day of our celebration of Las Posadas - a nightly remembrance of the journey of the Holy Family. To download today’s meditation is on La Promesa, or Promise, and read Mike's full reflection, visit our website at riograndeborderland.org/lasposadas #rgbmadvent
You are invited to join a webinar on the unequal burden that Low-Income Northern Virginians face regarding housing costs. The webinar is free, please register here:
cfnova.org The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
Here is the link for the ordination service: https://fb.watch/2rp3373be4/
Here are some more photos of Rev. Philene's ordination to the Sacred Order of the Priesthood! December 17, 2020.
The Rev. Philene at her ordination! La ordenación del la Rvda. Philene. ¡Dios bendiga tu ministerio! Watch the ordination recording, este es el enlace de la Misa de Ordenación.
Loudoun to Host Virtual COVID-19 Update with Health Director December 17 at 6pm. Loudoun County will host a virtual live COVID-19 question-and-answer session with Health Department Director Dr. David Goodfriend on Thursday, December 17, 2020, from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m.
The live event will provide an opportunity to hear from Dr. Goodfriend about the latest trends and developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic and to ask questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms, testing, vaccines or other timely topics.
Members of the public may participate in the virtual meeting in two ways:
Facebook Live: The event will be livestreamed on the Loudoun County Government page at Loudoun County Government
Webex Events: The event also can be accessed live via the internet through the county’s virtual meeting platform, Webex. For meeting details and a link to join the meeting, visit loudoun.gov/remoteparticipation.
Questions may be submitted in advance through the scheduled event on Facebook.
loudoun.gov Loudoun to Host Virtual COVID-19 Update with Health Director December 17
loudounnow.com Fr. Daniel Velez Rivera, of St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Leesburg, took a call from Loudoun Cares in mid-March asking
Thanks to everyone from St David’s and St. Gabriel’s for attending Virtual Bingo for Abundance on Sunday night. We raised over $1200 for the Alleluia Ministry! It was such a fun, festive evening.
Our guest preacher this past sunday is an alum of the Episcopal Service Corp. would you like to learn more? December 29th there is a virtual open house open to all.
Know someone- college senior/ newish graduate looking for their next step? This Open House may open some possibilities! Pass the word. Join us yourself.
The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia
Bishop Brooke-Davidson's Meditation for the Third Week of Advent: Rejoice
The third week of Advent is upon us. The rose-colored candle has been lighted, many of us have done our Christmas decorating and are doing what we can with whatever holiday traditions we can manage. Candles and cocoa have been deployed. And still the world grows darker, as we move nearer to the winter solstice. An enormous snowstorm, they say, is on the way. The COVID map of Virginia is mostly red. Our political scene is -- well, I don’t have an adjective for it, not even one of the unprintable ones. We will not be able to worship in person on Christmas in the usual manner, crammed into bright candlelit sanctuaries stuffed with poinsettias and French horn players and fidgety children. Most of us will not gather with extended family. Some of us confront illness, unemployment, or even death.
That’s the way things are.
And, our ancient lectionary (and our Advent wreath traditions) tells us, “Rejoice!” Most years, we just – rejoice! We acknowledge that some people are having a “blue Christmas” and make space for them, but the dominant mood is merry. This year, it just sounds – well, exhausting, like we are supposed to “fake it till we make it,” and we were done with that sometime around the Fourth of July. We need the treasure hidden in these texts, usually overlooked, but ours to excavate. We need something that feels like more than just going through the motions.
There are keys in this week’s readings from Isaiah and John, but it’s Paul who says, “Rejoice!” in the present tense:
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (i)
Behind the greeting-card sentiment, there’s a small church in conflict, whose future is uncertain. They’ve written to ask the bishop – well, the apostle – to speak to the vestry and straighten it all out. Paul isn’t writing a Christmas sermon; he’s writing in response to people who are frustrated and upset. Paul gives some advice and some encouragement about the specifics, and then he says: most importantly, rejoice. Rejoice because Christ has risen from the dead. The rest comes and goes, but hope cannot be killed – though politicians and mobs and priests tried, and good people ran and hid. God had the last word. Rejoice, and (continues Paul) behave like the bearers of that really good news:
Try to get along with each other. My friends, we beg you to warn anyone who isn’t living right. Encourage anyone who feels left out, help all who are weak, and be patient with everyone. Don’t be hateful to people, just because they are hateful to you. Rather, be good to each other and to everyone else. (ii)
One optimistic letter to a fledgling church is good, but it’s not what makes Paul inspiring in these times. It’s that he sticks to this theme, playing variations on it over and over, in very challenging circumstances. It is not the optimism of a beginner; it’s the wisdom of one who has endured, and for years. From an imperial prison he later writes to the Philippians in almost identical words,
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (iii)
Paul acknowledges in the letter that his joy is not the result of comfort and plenty in the moment:
I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (iv)
From his cell, in this same letter, Paul uses the word “rejoice” seven times. And the same expression, the same admonition, comes up in his final letter, written in Rome at the end of his career and his life. in anticipation of his execution:
Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. (v)
I commend all of Chapter 12 of the letter to the Romans to you – a template for how to live the Christian life in times of imperial madness and chaos. But for this Third Sunday in Advent, the point is this: “REJOICE” points to HOPE, not to current material comfort or pleasant times. “Rejoice” is Paul’s persistent reminder that our present troubles, in any time, are not the final story. “Rejoice” is Paul’s shorthand for, “Yes, I am sorry for your pain. I feel it, too, believe me. But – Christ rose from the dead! Rejoice!”
These are the days for remembering that God delivers us in ways we cannot imagine, let alone predict. God comes among us in a workingman’s family in a town people laugh at. God uses feisty teenage girls to bring his justice and mercy into the world. God brings sight to the blind, sound to the deaf, words to the mute, justice to the prisoner, mercy to the marginalized. As his mother will sing next week, the Lord brings down the haughty from their thrones and fills the hungry with good things. And best of all, we are all invited into the project.
Where is our hope? Our hope is in the name of the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth, and he is about to be born – in Bethlehem, in Nazareth, in Rome, in Richmond, in Nomini Grove. If you can remember to leave your heart open – in you.
It’s not just a rose-colored candle. It’s the way things REALLY are, if we have eyes to see it.
Every blessing in this crazy, confusing, holy season. May God’s love invade your heart, your home, your life, keeping the flame of hope burning brightly in your soul through the dark of winter and into the promise of springtime in this life and the glorious habitations of light in the next.
Bishop Jennifer Brooke-Davidson
i Thessalonians 5:16-18 NRSV
ii Thessalonians 5:12-15 CEV
iii Philippians 4:4-9 NRSV
iv Philippians 4:11-13 NRSV
v Romans 12:12. NRSV
Are you, or is someone you know, in need of a prepared meal to go? Grace To Go meals will be available this evening (and every Monday evening) beginning at 4:15pm in the church parking lot of St. James' Episcopal Church Leesburg, VA (14 Cornwall Street NW, Leesburg). The potential for snow on Wednesday might affect the LCPS meals service for our school aged children. We hope some folks can pick up a chicken dinner for their family in preparation. **Please wear a mask when picking up your meal.
¡Bendiciones y [email protected]! San Gabriel, Leesburg, VA
There is still time to sign up for tonight's Virtual BINGO being hosted by St. David's Episcopal Church and School. A FUNdraiser to support our joint ministry Allelulia~Aleluya. A great way to have fun while serving your neighbor! *Must be signed up by 1:00pm today to join in the fun.
signupgenius.com Join us for a fun night of virtual bingo! Prizes will be awarded. Must be present to win! All proceeds benefit the Alleluia Ministry of St. David’s and St. Gabriel’s Church which provides food and other necessary supplies to families in need. Please sign up below, including your name, e...
Advent Blessings! St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, Leesburg, VA
TODAY! Free Covid-19 testing event at Potomac Falls High School, 46400 Algonkian Parkway, Sterling, from 10am to1pm. No insurance or appointment is required. Be prepared to complete a registration form that asks for general information and current symptoms, if any. Results are private and your information is never shared with immigration. Get in line early to make sure you get your free test!
¡Hoy! Pruebas de Covid-19 gratis en Potomac Falls High School, 46400 Algonkian Parkway, Sterling, entre 10am y 1pm. No necesita ni cita, ni seguro médico. Este listo para llenar un formulario de información general y relacionado a sus síntomas. Los resultados son privados y nunca se comparte su información con inmigración. ¡Llegue temprano a la fila y asegúrese de recibir su prueba gratis!
Weekly E-Trumpet: December 11, 2020 - https://mailchi.mp/5ada0503326b/weekly-e-trumpet-dec-11
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Mission trip dates are April 1to April 10, 2020. Call CHS and ask for Pastor John 703 726 0777. Must be 13+ to go. Ask for rules) cost is $1,600.
To make ready a people prepared for the Lord
Furnace Mountain Presbyterian Church is a small but vibrant community of believers in Northern Virginia. We celebrated our Centennial two years ago and are eager to see what God has in store for us!
Helping people through English and citizenship classes. We are currently based at Evergreen Church in Leesburg, VA.
Leesburg Community Church has been an integral part of Leesburg and Loudoun County, VA since 1884. We are a growing, evangelical congregation with a passion for serving each other and the surrounding community in the name of Christ Jesus.
We are an orthodox Anglican church. As a community of believers in Jesus Christ, we are an expression of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. We use the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. Come join us!
19227 Gleedsville Road in Leesburg, VA Sunday Morning Worship begins at 10:00am with a children's church for children K-6th grade. Experience the Cross Embrace the Lost Live the Life
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Believers Baptist Church
We are becoming followers of Jesus-One with God and each other-Ministers to all the world.
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