The Rev. Canon David Lovelace has been rector since 1996 of the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist in York, Pennsylvania.
Earlier David served parishes in Rocky Mount and Belhaven, North Carolina, and for 14 years was rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Newnan, Georgia.
David earned degrees from Ferrum Junior College and Emory and Henry College, as well as a master of sacred theology degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, and a master of divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria.
"Come away to a place where there are no cell phones, your iPad will not work, a place where you can rest and be recharged." An attractive sounding invitation in the midst of our fast-paced, over-scheduled, information-filled days. Our busyness seems to preclude time for family meals, in-depth conversation with friends, times to just sit still for a few minutes in the silence. We seem to enjoy the hectic pace of our lives for seldom do I meet someone who is eager to tell me about their down time, but I do often hear stories of busyness. Our culture supposes that activity and accomplishment are better than rest. We identify ourselves to one another most often by what we do rather than who we are. I find myself easily slipping into a rhythm of activity that allows little time for refreshment of body and soul. Sabbath, meaning literally "to cease," is a gift that invites us to step away from our over scheduled, busy lives and experience rest. An invitation to escape to a place apart where one can find Sabbath is enticing.Read full transcript...