|Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011- Celebration and Remembrance||April 17, 2011|
|ECW at the Prayer Retreat April 14, 2011||April 15, 2011|
|Small Groups Thrive, April 10, 2011||April 10, 2011|
|Life returns, April 10, 2011||April 10, 2011|
|Lent 4 – April, 4, 2011||April 3, 2011|
|Maturing in Service.. Morning Prayer March 27||March 27, 2011|
|Welcome back and thanks, while continuing through Lent, March 20||March 21, 2011|
|Journey into Lent, March 8-13, 2011||March 14, 2011|
|Ash Wednesday Service – Cross Dedication March 9||March 10, 2011|
|Entrances and Exits March 6||March 6, 2011|
Title:Baptism of McKenna R. Long Jan. 2, 2011
Today 48 of us celebrated the baptism of McKenna R. Long, the daughter of Alexander V and Elizabeth Long, and granddaughter of Alex and Nancy Long.
Baptism is about bringing one into the Christian Community and the exchange of gifts. As was noted in the sermon "This (Baptism) is God’s great gift to us—the gift of unity, offering us God’s way of being in the world, a way that seeks wholeness through community as opposed to division, destructive power, and oppression." "… And so we bring him our gifts,our transformed hearts and our gifts of loving, healing, and serving the world in His name. "
The sermon noted how the wise men travelled home on a different route from that requested by Herod. By accepting the Baptismal covenant, we will also travel along a different road – away from Herod’s violence and strife and toward reconciliation and healing in this world.
The Long family came bearing gifts.The family participated in the service – Justin as acolyte, Laura as reader. Nancy performed a duet with Marily Newman in a series of pieces entitled "Away in a Manger Medley." Alex and Nancy invited the congregation back to their home after the service for a wonderful luncheon reception in their home with ample kinds of oriental food.
A fitting conclusion was a rainbow that appeared over the Rapphannock in mid-afternoon.