An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 6/27/21

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Dear Members and Friends of St. James,

I confess to a return to something in our common life that resembles some aspects of a normal to which I and others are accustomed, even as one parishioner remarked today that some things have changed.  My inner response to that welcomed recognition of change was “Alleluia. We are facing forward, into the future.”  I opine that some changes would have occurred, just in the natural flow of things and due to the “normal” demands of our common worship.  But our senses are more keen due to our current pandemic.

Changes:

  • Since our reopening, we welcome each Sunday new faces and pray that we refrain from the expected Episcopal welcome, which is to leave newcomers to announce themselves to us.
  • Thanks to the collegiality of a neighboring rector and parish, we are favored with a diversity of musical instruments.  The violin, played by a young man from St. John’s Church – Arlington, has reminded us that joyful worship in biblical history included myriad instruments.
  • Even as we move into our “normal” summer reduction of activities, we are poised to extend our mission by offering accommodations to a third AA group.  Please note: AA for men currently meets Tuesday, 7:30-8:45pm, and Thursday, 7:15-8:30pm.  These groups are anonymous, according to gender, open to walk-ins, but limited to those suffering from alcohol addiction. Please confirm meeting type, day, and time at a site such as https://aaboston.org/meetings?tsml-day=any&tsml-region=somerville or https://findrecovery.com/aa_meetings/ma/somerville/

Hampered by restrictions due to Covid-19, vestry held today its first in-person meeting since the Annual Meeting.  I am pleased to report that serious and thoughtful discussions are being held and actions undertaken, regarding how best move forward, so as to secure our continued presence in Teele Square. 

I bid you pray for the Church catholic, but appropriately for our parish as intoned in the Collect for today, the 5th Sunday after Pentecost:

Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

I bid you pray always for those in our parish, as well as those others known and unknown to us, who participate in the ministry of scientific research and healing of illnesses that impact community. 

May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be with and remain with you and those whom you love this day and for ever. Amen

Your fellow traveler in The Way,
CEB+