Sermon, 6/12/22: Do Numbers Always Add Up?

Trinity Sunday Psalm 8; Proverbs 8:1 – 4, 22 – 31; Romans 5:1 – 5; John 16:12 – 15 Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever. Canticle 136 Ask someone younger than twenty-five what a slide rule is, chances are, you will receive a …

Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 6/12/22

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, There is this week very little to report, which is a clear sign that summer, although not yet officially declared, has set in. Worship, however, has not taken a holiday. As noted many times in the past and repeated herein, we continue to observe diocesan guidelines regarding Covid-19, …

Sermon, 6/5/22: Should we hold our tongue?

Pentecost Psalm 104:25 – 35, 37; Acts 2:1 – 21; Romans 8:14 – 17; John 14:8 – 17, 25 – 27 I state the obvious. Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Pentecost. Should we even initially not know anything at all about Pentecost, we can see visually that today signals a change. Our liturgical …

Letter from Rev. Clarence, 6/5/22

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, You find attached [separate post] my reflections on this most important holy day in our liturgical calendar. Spoiler Alert: Pentecost makes us aware that, to use a sport’s reference, the ball of spreading the Good News of God’s redemptive and loving care for the creation is in our …

Our Outreach, 2022

For all who are interested:All meetings at St. James were cancelled during the pandemic; things are just beginning to open up again. Precautions against the spread of Covid are still being taken. ESL meetings are just beginning to be discussed. For those interested in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, please check for locations, dates, and times listed …

Sermon, 5/29/22. Ascension: A Contract Renewed!

7 Easter (Sunday after the Ascension) Psalm 97; Acts 16:16 – 34; Rev. 22:12 – 14, 16 – 17, 20 – 21; John 17:20 – 26 After he, Jesus, had said this, he was lifted up before their very eyes, and a cloud took him from their sight. They were gazing intently into the sky …

Letter from Rev. Clarence, 5/29/22

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, I share the following information. The Right Reverend Barbara C Harris: I am pleased to be able to further the announcement that after almost two years, our diocese, hindered by Covid-19 restrictions, is able to invite the people of the diocese to a Service of Thanksgiving for the …

Sermon, 5/22/22: A Christly Valediction

6 Easter Psalm 67; Acts 16:9 – 15; Revelation 21:10, 22 – 22:5; John 14:23 – 29 Peace is my parting gift to you, my own peace, such as the world cannot give. Set your troubled hearts at rest, and banish your fears. John 14:27 On Thursday of this week, we observe the Feast of …

Letter from Rev. Clarence, 5/22/2022

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, I post as usual the homily which I delivered this morning at Eucharist. Its focus is on the Feast of the Ascension, which we observe and celebrate on Thursday of this week. That Holy Day carries personal significance, for it is the day over many decades, on which …

Sermon, 5/15/22: For the love of God, just do it!

5 Easter Psalm 148; Acts 11:1 – 18; Revelation 21:1 – 6; John 13:31 – 35 Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. John 13.34 Chances are, no matter where in these United States you were born, or grew up, or worked, chances are you have heard, perhaps yourself even …