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An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 8/8/20

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. James, This week the Episcopal Bishops of the Episcopal Dioceses of Massachusetts sent to clergy, wardens and officers of parishes an updated enhancement of guidelines for reopening of parishes for in-person liturgies.  I refrain from repeating them all here, as they are many and explained in great details.  I …

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

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 …

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Sticks and Stones: A sermon on 8A Pentecost, 7/26/20

Ps. 105:1 – 11, 45b; Genesis 29:15 – 28; Rom. 8:26 – 39; Matt. 13:31 – 33, 44 – 52 “’Have you understood all this?’ They said to him, ‘Yes.’” —Matt 13:51 It wasn’t true then, and it is not true now!  In another era, I recall hearing my contemporaries say, when they got into …

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An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 7/25/2020

8 Pentecost: Sticks and Stones Dear Good People and Friends of St. James, As I listened this morning to the weather forecast for today, Saturday, and for tomorrow, Sunday, 26 July, it occurred to me that exactly a year ago, our forecasters had suggested that we shelter in place. We shelter this year again in …

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Hope: A Sermon from Rev. Clarence on 7 Pentecost​

Psalm 139:1 – 11, 22 -23; Genesis 28:10 – 19​; Romans 8:12 – 25; Matt. 13:24 – 30, 36 – 43 For the creation waits with eager longing…Romans 8:19 Like the Burma-shave signs posted in another century along our nation’s highways, there is another sign that, according to Paul’s letter to the Romans and Jesus’ parable about …

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An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 7/18

Dear People and Friends of St. James! It would appear that life is assuming, more and more, a new normal, except of course for the frightening increase of COVID-19 cases through our land, but especially in our south.  I bid your prayers, as always, that our leaders will lead, recognizing that leadership extends beyond self-centered …

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Sermon, 7/12/20: The Value of a Checklist

From Rev. Clarence on 6 Pentecost, 12 July 2020 A Ps. 119:105 – 112; Genesis 25:19 – 34; Romans 8:1 – 11; Matt. 13:1 – 9   He who has ears, let him hear.  Matt. 13:11 It should not be, but often is, very astounding that words which one has heard for decades leap out from …

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4 July, Independence Day: A Handshake with God

A sermon on 5 Pentecost, 5 July 2020   Psalm 145; Deut. 10:17-21; Hebrews 11:8-16; Matt. 5:43-48 By faith Abraham sojourned in the land of promise, as in a foreign land. … Hebrews 11:9   In some church circles, there is the general expectation that the job of a preacher is [to] make his or …