An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 5/15/21

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, Because I am pleased to report no major development or change in our common life, I share with you several prayers from our Book of Common Prayer that have this week forced their way into my mind.  I pray that you also might find them beneficial. For Ascension …

An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 5/8/21

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, Such updates as they are are centered on discussions of how we may meet diocesan guidelines for regathering for in-person liturgies. Our regathering shepherd/liaison, a member of St. John’s Church, Chelsea is, so I learn, acquainted with St. James and our area in Somerville. For that reason, although …

An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 5/1/21

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, In an earlier communication from our Bishops (Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts) regarding reopening after Covid-19, when it became clear that Easter, the Celebration of Feast of the Resurrection, could not be held as traditionally observed, the hope was that we could look forward to regathering after 19 April.  …

An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 4/24/21

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, Like many of you, I, too, relish those days which allow me to engage in more than superficial reflection.  Absent Zoom meetings—although troubled deeply by the continuing, if not acceleration of death(s) at the hands of our law enforcement officers—I was able this week to spend more time …

Sermon, 4/18/21: When Seeing Is Not Believing!

3 Easter Psalm 4​Acts 3:12 – 19​I John 3:1 – 7​Luke 24:36b – 48 While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, Jesus said to them, ‘Have you anything to eat?’ Lk. 24:41 Aside from my early youthful years, when, on a Saturday with parental permission, I would accompany childhood friends to the …

An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 4/17/21

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, Sighs of joy and relief probably escaped your lips, as you awakened to discover that the snow which had fallen has melted and the temperature is again upward bound. I share other news which, so hope I, will bring positive thoughts for your consideration. Your senior warden and …