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A Sermon on Pentecost: A Birthday Celebration of Sorts?

“When the day of Pentecost had come…. suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind….and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:1-3 Ps. 104:25–35, 37; Acts 2:1–21; I Cor. 12:3b–13; John 20:19–23 Several decades it has now been since I first heard a priest proclaim from the …

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An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 5/30/20

Dear People and Friends of St. James, Despite every effort on my part to want to ward off the belief that a new normalcy is being established, daily patterns move us all subconsciously [to] that direction nevertheless.  In my own instance, attendance at and participation in Zoom meetings establish patterns.  Further, the failure of my …

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Sermon: The Foreseeable Future, 5/24/20

  Ps 68:1–10, 33–36; Acts 1:6–14; 1 Peter 4:12–14, 5:6–12; John 17:1–11 When the apostles had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’  Acts 1:6 At some point in the 1990s, I chanced upon a TV show called Early Edition.  It was a series …

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An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 5/22/2020

Dear People and Friends of St. James, In addition to the attached meditation for the Seventh Sunday of Easter [see separate post], I use this opportunity to share with you all information which may be of interest to you as it affects our common life at St. James.  This will be posted on our Facebook …