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.
The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
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!
Please remember that Daylight Savings Time begins next Sunday. As always, spring forward.
In the name of the one, holy and living God. Amen.
Here in this holy place
we are safe to rest for a while.
For palpable is the movement of the Holy Spirit among us.
We gather today in the loving embrace of the Triune God:
confident in God’s care of us –
the God who nourishes us out of [Her] goodness,
who leads us like a Shepherd to the true and living waters,
and who teaches us to love through [Her] everlasting love.
Surely it is God who saves us…
we will trust in Him and not be afraid.
How often do we stop long enough to rest for a while in God’s loving embrace, confident in God’s care for us? Continue reading
Like to do laundry? Given the number of COLD nights, many of our homeless neighbors have been staying overnight in the parish hall. If you would be willing to take home some pillow cases/sheets/blankets sometime during the week, wash and return them to the church, please let Karen or Blake know. Thanks!!
Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27, 1 Cor 3, Matt 4:12-18
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Is 9:1).
These words from the great Prophet Isaiah are a pivotal communication of our Lord’s work in the world. They are stirring, and come bellowing off of the page: Those who walked in darkness have seen a great light.
Think about darkness and about light. We live in a world today where darkness is something hardly ever seen. Lights litter our cities, our streets and our homes. We light our cars and put lights in our children’s rooms. Darkness is a rare – and sometimes coveted – thing. What does it mean, then, for Matthew to say that these people have walked in darkness, when many today seek darkness in the wilderness as a prize and a rest from the lights of our lives? Who, we ask as people who spend almost every hour in light, are these people who walk in darkness? Surely not us. Surely not this city.
“The people” – Matthew writes, showing the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy in Jesus – “who walked in darkness have seen a great light.”
We must ask, then, who are these people? Wherefore this darkness? And, importantly, whence this great light? Continue reading
O God, who has come as a Light to the world,
illumine our hearts and our minds
that Your glory may be revealed to the world through us. AMEN.
“What are you looking for?”
Jesus asks this question to two disciples of John the Baptist.
Jesus was walking down the road and walked past John the Baptist and two of his disciples. At that moment John the Baptist proclaims of Jesus, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!”
When Jesus notices that these two disciples have fallen in line behind him, walking the road with him, he turns and asks them this question: “What are you looking for?’
All of us sitting here today could very well ask each other the very same question.
“What are you looking for?” Continue reading
In the name of the one, holy and living God: Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifying Spirit. Amen.
It is a curious question that has stumped many over the ages: Why was Jesus baptized?
If Jesus was without sin, and John’s baptism was about repentance, why in the world was Jesus baptized by John?
John himself tried to stop Jesus, protesting: “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
But, Jesus answers: “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.”
Perhaps Jesus was baptized because as God became human to live and die as one of us, Jesus was baptized as we are. Continue reading
St. Joseph’s is decorated for Christmas!
It’s never too early to be thinking about spring if you’re a gardener! On Saturday the 9th several of us spent the day at St. Joseph’s doing work we hope will pay off sometime in Lent. We spread compost and grass seed on the front lawn (or, rather, where we hope a front lawn will be), planted flowers — crocuses, daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths — in new beds beside the path to the front door, and did some general groundswork and maintenance. Thanks to everyone who helped, especially to Jamie, our Junior Warden, for organizing everything, and to Monty for picking up the compost!