Sermon, 1/29/23: A Case of the Appropriate Vocabulary

4 Epiphany Psalm 15; Micah 6:1–8; I Corinthians 1:18–31; Matthew 5:1–12 Hear what the Lord says: ‘Rise, plead your case… Micah 6:1 The words spoken by the Prophet Micah, “Hear what the Lord says: ‘Rise, plead your case’” caused me to recall a line which I heard in a TV criminal series, when a witness …

Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 1/30/23

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION ALERT!!! We three men of St. James are,Bearing cake we travel not far! Join us on Sunday next, after Eucharist in St. Francis Hall to help us celebrate our birthdays which, so we discovered, are closely aligned.  Come and let us be merry.   Signed: David Olsen …

Sermon, 1/22/23: Take me to your Leader!

3 Epiphany Psalm 27:1, 5–13; Isaiah 9:1–4; 1 Corinthians 1:10–18; Matthew 4:12–23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.  Matthew 4:23 As I have reflected with you over these last weeks about the direction of our …

Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 1/23/23

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, As the weather outside my study’s window takes on the appearance of winter, several thoughts of importance to our common life come to mind: Because the winter season always brings an increase in contagious illnesses, e.g. the common cold, you are reminded that, should you feel ill, please …