Saint Joseph’s Episcopal Church, aka “the little church with the big red doors”, is located on Main Street between Ninth and Iredell Streets in Durham, NC, across from Duke University’s East Campus. Our community life is rooted in the sacraments, daily prayer, study of the Scriptures, and fellowship with members, friends and neighbors inside and outside our walls. Following the example of our patron Saint Joseph, we want to make our church home a place of warm hospitality grounded in God’s love, and to take that love out into the world.

We welcome all people to Saint Joseph’s Episcopal Church regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.  All persons are welcome wherever they are on their faith journey and life journey. To learn more, please visit our  Welcome Statement

Announcements for this week

The Second Sunday After Pentecost

If you are a newcomer or a visitor — welcome! Please fill out a contact card found in your pew. Let’s get to know one another! St. Joseph’s is a place of worship, prayer, fellowship, and study. We normally pray Morning Prayer at 7:30 a.m. and Evening Prayer at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please join us for prayer and fellowship whenever you can. The “poor plate,” located by the baptismal font at the entrance to the church, funds our fellowship and outreach ministries. Thank you for your gifts!

If you wish to add or change entries to those remembered in our Prayer Ministry, please use the prayer list in the back of the church on Sunday.  If something arises during the week, please notify Dolores (drgab@msn.com) and Karen (kclaybarfield@gmail.com).

Please note: All our Communion bread is gluten free.  Bathrooms are available in the parish house throughout the morning.  Large print editions of the BCP are available from the ushers.  Please mute all communication devices.

Clergy schedule: Karen will be on vacation from June 15 through June 23and in western North Carolina to officiate a wedding on the 24th. For pastoral care please contact Louane at 919-651-0339LFrey716@aol.com.  James can be reached at jamestoddemail@gmail.com or on his cell phone (919-593-3227), but goes on vacation beginning June 22nd.

This year’s Pauli Murray service at St. Titus Episcopal Church will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28.  All are welcome!

Collection for St. Joseph’s community in need: We invite you to bring any of the following items and place them in the basket at the back of the church for our breakfast and outreach needs; these items are part of the offerings of our life and labor:

  • ground coffee
  • paper towels
  • toilet paper
  • tee-shirts
  • quick grits

Ministry Opportunities: (Contact)

  • Lead Morning and/or Evening Prayer (James)
  • Assist with breakfast (James)
  • Clean parish hall weekly (Friday or Saturday) (Karen)

With Karen out of town, there will be no Healing Eucharist this Wednesday.


Do you like the great outdoors? The vestry would like to take over managing our parking lot which is currently rented to Whole Foods and Blacknall.  To do this we need to walk the parking lot once a day to make sure each car parked there is one with a hang tag on it.  If you would be willing to take about 10 minutes once a week to help us out, please let Karen know.  Any time of day will work!  Thank you.

St. Joseph’s Weekly Schedule

Monday, June 19

Morning Prayer 7:30 a.m.
Evening Prayer 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 20

Morning Prayer 7:30 a.m.
Evening Prayer 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 21

Morning Prayer 7:30 a.m.
Evening Prayer 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 22 (Alban, First Martyr of Britain)

Morning Prayer 7:30 a.m.
Evening Prayer 5:30 p.m.

Friday, June 23

Morning Prayer 7:30 a.m.
Evening Prayer 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 25 (The Third Sunday after Pentecost)

Holy Eucharist 10:30 a.m.
Fellowship time following

Fifth Sunday of Lent–The Rev. Karen C. Barefield

Ezekiel 37:1-14
John 11:1-45

In the name of the one, holy and living God:
who was, and is, and is to come. Amen.

Jesus wept.

This past week I came across a picture of the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
Standing in front of the wall was Pope Francis.
The upper part of his body was bent forward;
his right hand was outstretched, touching the wall…perhaps placing a folded piece of paper with a prayer written on it in one of the cracks between the massive blocks of limestone.

The Western Wall is sometimes called “The Wailing Wall,” or the “Place of Weeping.”

Standing behind the Pope some 10 or 15 feet was a Jewish man, patiently waiting, watching… as the Pope prayed.

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Fourth Sunday of Lent — Dr. Joel Marcus

Gospel: John 9:1-41

Collect: Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


 The story of the man born blind in John 9 is one of the most artistic compositions in the Gospels. John loves to set up a story as he does here: to show Jesus confronting a single representative individual with his incomparable claims about his own person. Think of Nicodemus in chapter 3. Think of the Samaritan woman in chapter 4. Think of Doubting Thomas and Mary Magdalene in chapter 20. And then think again about our story of an unnamed blind man in chapter 9. Continue reading

Third Sunday of Lent, Yr A–The Rev. Karen C. Barefield

John 4:5-42

O God of mercy, lead us into the way of all truth,
comfort us in our sorrow
and bring us to life everlasting. Amen.

The day was unbearably hot…
the sun directly overhead…
the heat was absolutely oppressive at this noon hour,
even the scorched earth begged for just a drop of water.

At this hour there are no locals to be found.

All the women know to come early in the cool of the new dawn to draw their water for the day.

And all those who missed the morning cool will just have to make do until evening when the sun begins to set and loses its heat once again.

However, one woman – a Samaritan woman – specifically chooses this time to come to the well.

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1st Sunday of Lent, Yr A– The Rev. Karen C. Barefield

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Matthew 4:1-11

In the name of the one, holy and living God:
who was, and is, and is to come. Amen.

I have heard the story told that there is a village somewhere on the African continent where if someone in the village commits a crime, that person is brought into the center of the village while all the villagers gather around them.

And then the villagers proceed to tell this person all the good things about them.

They embody an infusion of love to counteract the destruction of sin.

Today, on this first Sunday of Lent, we hear the story of Jesus being led into the wilderness by the Spirit to be tempted by the devil.

But let us remember that before entering the wilderness, he is first claimed as God’s beloved at his baptism.

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Ash Wednesday, Yr A–The Rev. Karen C. Barefield

Joel 2:1-2,12-17
Psalm 103:8-14

In the name of the one, holy and living God:
who was, and is, and is to come. Amen.

Blow the trumpet in Zion!
sound the alarm on my holy mountain.
Blow the trumpet in Zion;
sanctify a fast;
call a solemn assembly;
gather the people. (Joel 2:1; 2:15)

On February 7th Bishop Anne sent out a Lenten letter, which began with this passage from Joel.

I will not read her entire letter but do want to share some of it with you…in part because she is our bishop, and I think it’s important to hear what she has to say…and in part because she speaks so clearly with spiritual wisdom and guidance for these times:

“Dear People of God,

“Lent is fast approaching. And I use the word fast intentionally.

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Fifth Sunday After Epiphany — The Rev. Karen C. Barefield

Isaiah 58:1-12    
Matthew 5:13-20

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, our Strength and our Redeemer. Amen.

“You are the salt of the earth….
You are the light of the world.”

What if we read these words not as a challenge or a demand but as a promise?!
Not “you better be the salt…”
or “you must be the light,”
but “you already are.”

You already are the salt of the earth.
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Third Sunday After Epiphany — The Rev. Karen C. Barefield

Isaiah 9:1-4                                                  
Matthew 4:12-23

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, our Strength and our Redeemer. Amen.

“When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee.
He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea,
in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali….” (Mt 14:12-13)

Of the four Gospel writers only Matthew includes these geographical details.

Jesus moves his residence from Nazareth to Capernaum to fulfill the prophecy in Isaiah:
“There will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.” (Isaiah 9:1)

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Christmas Eve — The Rev. Karen C. Barefield

Isaiah 9:2-7
Luke 2:1-14

In the name of the one, holy and living God:

in whom we live and move and have our being. Amen.

In those days when Barak Obama was President and Donald Trump was President-Elect, and while Pat McCrory served as Governor, some immigrant farmers were working in the fields, and an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people; to you is born this day a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord….

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6 Pentecost — The Rev. Karen C. Barfield

2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
Luke 9:51-62

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, our strength and our redeemer. Amen.

Elijah and Jesus are on the final legs of their journeys,
and they have disciples in tow….
disciples who follow along without knowing the destination or, even, the way to it,
but, they are following along as faithfully as they can.

Elisha follows Elijah from Gilgal to Bethel to Jericho to the Jordan.

And at every point along the way, Elijah tells Elisha to “stay put” because the Lord has sent him further along the journey.

Elisha doesn’t know where he’s going, but he is committed to going the whole journey with Elijah wherever it leads. Continue reading