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From Rev. Clarence, Palm Sunday, 4/5/2020

  Psalm 31:9 – 16; Isaiah 50:4 – 9a; Philippians 2:5 – 11; Matthew 26:14 – 27:66 “After a little while some of the bystanders came up to him and said to Peter, ‘Certainly, you are also one of them, for your accent betrays him.’”  Matt. 26:73 Today is Palm Sunday.  And how often have …

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A Letter from Rev. Clarence, 4/3/2020

Good People and Friends of St. James! I attach* my reflections (the usual 95 minutes!) on the Passion Gospel according to Matthew [that] you would have heard had we been able to meet on Sunday next in public, i.e. in-person worship.  I confess to you that I gave serious thoughts to the permission of our …

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Thoughts on 5 Lent, 29 March 2020

From Rev. Clarence, Ps. 130; Ezekiel 37:1 – 14; Rom. 8:6 – 11; Jn. 11:1 – 15 When one reads or hears too often the same thing, a certain familiarity threatens to set in and lull one into a “hearing but not hearing” mode.  So it is often with the chapter-long rehearsal of the Lazarus …

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A letter from Rev. Clarence, 3/27/20

A letter from Rev. Clarence, 3/27/2020 Good people and friends of St. James! This epistle is sent you with much longing and hope that we are all observing the mandates issued by diocesan, local, and state authorities for the good of us all during these days and months of crisis. This particular weekly is especially …

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Invitation to Prayer, Wed., 3/25/20

The Episcopal Church (here) has sent out the following invitation. All Christians Invited to Pray on Wednesday, March 25th March 23, 2020 Episcopalians are invited to join with Christians around the world as together we join in praying the Lord’s Prayer on Wednesday, March 25 at noon in our own time zones in response to …

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An Update from the Bishop and Rev. Clarence, 3/21/2020

From Rev. Clarence.   Good People,   I send you all greetings of the day, a day on which the sun shines brightly, reassuring us of continuation and connectivity, even as we remain sequestered and removed from each other. For the sun shines on us all. I forward to you the latest communication [see below] …

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A Letter from Rev. Clarence, 3/19/2020

19 March 2020 My dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Two years ago, almost to the date, you invited me to join then your, but now our, faith community as Bridge Priest. Coming from an academic environment, I thought, what a strange title since, in my theology, all priests serve as bridges for God’s people as …

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Closure as of 3/16/20

As a part of our larger society, and to aid in curtailing the spread of COVID–19, St. James Church has postponed until further notice all public worship and meeting of parochial and public use of its facilities. State, local, and diocesan mandates have been received and shall be followed. To do anything less is to …

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About our ESL during the Pandemic, 3/14/20

Dear ESL students, St. James wants to help slow the coronavirus pandemic. Because the City of Somerville has closed their offices, our schools, and libraries for two weeks, we are also closing our free ESL classes until further notice. We hope this will keep our friends and neighbors healthy and possibly help save lives.   …

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In the Interest of Public Safety–Closures as of 3/13/2020

Due to the rapidly changing advance of the corona virus, until further notice all on-site parish and social meetings, including ESL and AA, will not be held in the parish buildings.  Coordinators and conveners are advised and encouraged to have participants connect using on-line access. We apologize and pray that we will not only be …