An open letter from Rev. Clarence, 8/1/20

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Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. James,

As too often we equate the term “news” primarily with a recitation of events with negative outcomes, I recall that there are times when “no news is good news.”  That is surely the case this week, in our continued isolation physically from each other.  Unfortunately—no bad news—I was this week not able to make at least my once-a-week drive over to our beloved site on the corner of Broadway and Clarendon Avenue.  However, as our junior warden, whose responsibility extends beyond merely taking care of our buildings and grounds, has not called to the contrary, I will assume that ‘no news is good news.’

Your devotion and commitment to our mission, to stand as a place of welcome to all in Teele Square at the top of Clarendon Hill, continue to inspire me.  Our collector continues to collect our pledges and our treasurer continues to remit payments to those who/which supply us with still much needed services, even as we are not able to assemble.  And I continue to rejoice, when I make my rounds of telephone visits, that you all are sustaining as well among yourselves contacts.

And as I give thanks to and for you all, I recall St. Paul’s admonition to and supplication for the Galatians: “Let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.  So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”  (Gal. 6:9)

Pray for those who care for those who cannot care for themselves.  Pray for our own nation and for all the nations of the earth.  Pray for peace.

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 may the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be with you and those whom you love this day and for evermore.  AMEN

Your fellow traveler in The Way