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An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 9/19/20

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. James, While spending some time this past week, alone, in the resplendent and spacious sanctuary which defines St. James and listening to the muffled sound of traffic on Broadway and after returning home to read an email from a friend-musician in a not too distant parish who inquired about …

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Sermon on 9/13/20: The Devil’s in the Details!

15 Pentecost Psalm 114; Exodus 14:19 – 31; Romans 14:1 – 12; Matthew 18:21 -35   Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.”  Matt. 18:22   And so, we begin the countdown or, more precisely and more accurately, the “count-up”:  486…, 487…, 488…, 489…, 490!  That …

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An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 9/12/20

 Dear People and Friends of St. James,   Although the autumnal solstice is still ca. 9 days away (22 September), summer [is unofficially over]. I know this because this week, via emails, telephone conversations, zoom meetings, and pastoral letters such as my own, priestly colleagues have indicated the difficulties of resuming our typical fall parochial activities. …