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An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 9/19/20

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. James, While spending some time this past week, alone, in the resplendent and spacious sanctuary which defines St. James and listening to the muffled sound of traffic on Broadway and after returning home to read an email from a friend-musician in a not too distant parish who inquired about …

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Sermon on 9/13/20: The Devil’s in the Details!

15 Pentecost Psalm 114; Exodus 14:19 – 31; Romans 14:1 – 12; Matthew 18:21 -35   Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.”  Matt. 18:22   And so, we begin the countdown or, more precisely and more accurately, the “count-up”:  486…, 487…, 488…, 489…, 490!  That …

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An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 9/12/20

 Dear People and Friends of St. James,   Although the autumnal solstice is still ca. 9 days away (22 September), summer [is unofficially over]. I know this because this week, via emails, telephone conversations, zoom meetings, and pastoral letters such as my own, priestly colleagues have indicated the difficulties of resuming our typical fall parochial activities. …

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An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 9/5/20

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, My first obligation in my weekly update is to inform you of the death on 17 August of long-time member, Mrs. Margaret McDonagh. Hindered because of failing health, Margaret had been unable for some time to be present at Eucharist. She was laid to rest on 24 August. Social …

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An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 8/29/20

  Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. James, The sun continues its daily run and our hours of light diminish, as we lean towards fall.  This certainty is not cause (at least, not for me) for a darkening of our mood.  Rather, during these days and months of living with a pandemic and witnessing before …

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Sermon on 12 Pentecost, 8/22: Hidden in Plain Sight

  Ps. 124; Exodus 1:8 – 2:10; Romans 12:1 – 8; Matthew 16:13 – 20 He then gave his disciples strict orders not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.  Matt. 16:20 From 2008 to 2012, [U.S. television streamed] a drama/comedy that bore the title “In Plain Sight.”  The series, located in Albuquerque, New …

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An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 8/22/20

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. James, Here is my weekly update.  I send you all warmest greetings. As summer has moved beyond its zenith, communications in many parishes and at diocesan level have turned to the typical end-of-summer, plans-for-fall-and-beyond parish activities. Although we at St. James choose to remain in Phase One of our …