Fr. Daniel Morgan - John 21 - April 25th 10:30AM

By , April 25, 2010

Fr. Dan preaches on John 21 (There was a problem with the recording. The audio is quieter than normal).

  • Repentance
  • Obedience
  • Action

Where is your relationship with the Lord? Is it first?

Do you see every moment as a teachable moment?

Turn away from the things that are distracting you from God.

Fr. Daniel Morgan - John 21 - April 25th 8:45AM

By , April 25, 2010

Fr. Dan preaches on John 21 (There was a problem with the recording. The audio is quieter than normal).

  • Repentance
  • Obedience
  • Action

Where is your relationship with the Lord? Is it first?

Do you see every moment as a teachable moment?

Turn away from the things that are distracting you from God.

On the Mark April 25th 2010

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New Creation

II Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;  the old has gone, the new has come!”  

When we begin with Christ there are two major realities at play:  first, we are transformed and we live a new life in Him;  second, we are daily being renewed so that our growth and development each day is drawing us closer to His likeness every day.  We can no longer look back and say we look just like we did yesterday, because in Christ, TODAY, we are new creatures!

As we begin our new adventure, I have every confidence that what God is calling the Morgan family to, and St. Paul’s to, will be met with His life-giving Spirit, His dynamic growth, and His joyful presence.  It is our responsibility to live into the new thing that He is calling us to, and not to hold on to the stuff of the world that tends to keep us from moving forward in growth.  The future will always stretch us, but God will always meet us there if we are willing to go where He calls us.  It is there that He will bless us and pour out His favor and anointing.

The passage concludes with this:  “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us.  We implore you on Christ’s behalf:  be reconciled to God.” [II Corinthians 5:20].  If there is anything that I could hope to have encouraged in you over the past eleven years, it is to be right (“reconciled”) with God.  If you are right with God, you will naturally draw others into reconciliation with Him.

Let us grow together;  let us love with wild abandon;  and let us be His ambassadors.

Richest Blessings in Christ,


The Rev. Daniel C. Morgan

Associate Rector

Fr. Daniel Morgan

To know Christ and to make Him known



April 21, 2010

Dear St. Paul’s:

We write to you with great news that will bring the mixed emotions of joy and sadness. 

Father Dan has accepted a call to be the next Rector of All Saints Church in Dale City, Virginia.  All Saints is the home of The Right Reverend John Guernsey, Bishop of the Anglican Communion Network for the Diocese of the Holy Spirit, which serves the Mid-Atlantic states.  John’s responsibilities far exceeded his ability to run both a diocese and a church (which he has tried to do for the past several years) and so for almost a year now, they have been searching for his successor.

After much thought and prayer Dan accepted this call.  It was clearly a match of all the gifts we have seen develop in him over the years and he is ready to face the challenges of this new position.  It is this kind of news that we as a body need to celebrate with the Morgan’s as they launch into this new adventure.  It is also sad to say goodbye to a family that is so much a part of who we are.  We will make sure we take ample time to celebrate with them before they go.

What does this mean for St. Paul’s in the future?  It means that just as God has called the Morgan family away, so too, He will provide for our needs and call us into a new era of ministry here.

All Saints Church is much like St. Paul’s:  it is a “three streams” ministry of catholic, charismatic and evangelical.  And like us, All Saints is important to the life and welfare of the changing and growing dynamic of The Episcopal Church and The Anglican Communion in North America.  There may well be more strong points of connection between our churches as we seek to plant churches, train leaders, grow spiritually, and live joyfully as God’s ambassadors to a lost and broken world.

It has been said that St. Paul’s is a battleship like an aircraft carrier, as it trains, develops, and deploys leaders in the church.  All Saints is positioned to be just that kind of deployment station as well and we need to stay linked to others who function in the same way we do.

We are blessed to have had Dan for eleven years now, and we will be blessed to see what God has for him in the years ahead.  Stay tuned for an opportunity we will plan sometime in the weeks ahead to celebrate the Morgan’s new adventure.  They will be with us this Sunday so don’t miss the opportunity to wish them well.

Blessings and Peace,

Christopher                                       Dan

The Rev. Christopher P. Leighton                                          The Rev. Daniel C. Morgan

Rector                                                                                     Associate Rector




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On the Mark April 18th 2010

First Things First

The origin of this phrase is self-evident.  Have you ever run aground, or scraped bottom, as a result of letting other things crowd out that which is of first importance?  Jesus, our Master, spoke so eloquently about keeping first things first, when He said, Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness;  and all these things shall be added unto you.”  [Matthew 6:33 KJV]

What are the things that you need to place first in your life?  How are you keeping those first things as priority one?  Do you believe that God is even more committed to you keeping first things first than you yourself are?

For instance, the first commandment tells us to worship God above all, and to have no other gods or conflicting allegiances.  In Jesus’ summary of the law, He says the first commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength.  If you have placed Jesus first in your life, it means that He lives in your heart.  His Spirit is at work in you, helping you to keep first things first.

St. Paul’s Church will keep the priority of knowing Christ and making Him known, no matter what happens.  We face the future with confidence because we place first things first.

Your brother in Christ,


The Rev. Christopher P. Leighton


Fr. Daniel Morgan - Job 42:1-6 April 11th 2010

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Fr Dan preaches on Job 42:1-6.

Putting the cart before the horse.

The scriptures today are about doubt.

Job Ch 42 verse 1- 6, Revelation Ch 1 verse 1 -19, John Ch 20 verse 19 -31

Are you so fixated on what you think is right you are not able to hear from God?

Have you submitted to Him in such a way the you are willing to seek the truth over all things?

Do you think God is big enough to answer your deepest questions?

On the Mark – April 11th 2010

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Operation “In” Gratitude

Has anyone else ever noticed that when you separate the word ‘ingratitude” from its first syllable, it becomes “in gratitude”?  A 180-degree change in meaning, with the simple detachment of a prefix!

This leads me to question:  If it’s so easy to make the shift on paper, could it be just as easy to make that same shift in my personal outlook?

I think the answer is “yes”.  Like the flip of a switch that transforms a room from dark to light, the flip of the switch in my heart can make the difference between chronic misery and total contentment.

Example:  I lost my job in a layoff last October.  My husband suffered a knee injury at his job the very same week and has  been out of work ever since. By choosing “ingratitude” I could rightly say, “This economy’s a disaster, our financial outlook is grim, and p.s., I can’t believe that after 20 years in the workforce and an advanced degree, the Department of Labor is telling me I’m only entitle to xxx a week!   However, if I choose to move in gratitude, it’s just as easy to say, “Thank God I have the safety net of an unemployment check, that my husband can collect workman’s comp, and that we still have a roof over our heads and food on the table.”  (And p.s., last year’s financial setback could translate to this year’s tax return!)

My situation is minor compared to that of so many others.  I think of the hundreds of thousands in post-earthquake Haiti who are suffering beyond comprehension and yet are still praising God…

I’ll admit this “be thankful in all things” idea isn’t exactly original.  Some might even call it cliché.  But I’m convinced that when put to the test, it’s possible to grab hold of gratitude in every situation. The key to living in gratitude isn’t the stuff for which we’re grateful – rather, the key is to recall the One to whom we’re grateful.  Job of the Bible said it best:  “We take the good days from God – why not also the bad days?” [Job 2:10, The Message]  Job, who lost his kids, his entire estate, and his health, was able to step back from the horror his life had become and still bless God, acknowledging that God gives and takes away.

I think it’s that momentary detachment (just like the prefix) that enables us to acknowledge not only what we’ve been given, but the One who gives it.  The result?  Living “in gratitude.”


Lisa Schell

Fr. Christopher Leighton - Easter Sunday - April 4th 2010

Easter Sunday

On the Mark February 4th 2010 - Easter

“I Will Sing Unto the Lord for He

Has Triumphed Gloriously!”

We sing praises to God for He has triumphed gloriously.  Defeated is death;  overcome is evil;  sin is forgiven and illness is healed.  Jesus is risen, Alleluia!

St. Paul’s, you have kept the season of Lent and put off the old in order to put on the new.  New we are challenged by the risen Lord Jesus to live in the power of His resurrection.  The Lord offers us power to live for Him and for others.  Miracles follow as we know Christ and make Him known.

The Easter season, which lasts this year until May 23, is the time to emphasize the victorious life.  As you sing the Lord’s praises today be conscious of His great love for you.  Let’s celebrate the new life we have in Christ!

“Sing to the Lord a new song;  sing to the Lord, all the earth.  Sing to the Lord, praise His name;  proclaim His salvation day after day.  Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all the peoples!”  [Psalm 96:1-3]

May your Feast of the Resurrection be blessed by the One who is Himself the Resurrection and the Life.

Your brother in Christ


The Rev. Christopher P. Leighton


Jan Nel - Maundy Thursday April 1st 2010

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Yan Nel preaches at the Maundy Thursday service.

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