Sermon for 2/21/21. Lent: Past, Present, and Future

1 Lent Psalm 25:1 – 9            Genesis 9:8 – 17         I Peter 3:18 – 22         Mark 1:9 – 15 God said to Noah, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.’ Genesis 9:17 How can it be, we ask, that we got …

An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 2/20/21

Add New Dear Members and Friends of St. James,  I send to you, as usual, my thoughts regarding the lectionary readings of the day, as well as concerns and ideas of our common life. Should you find time to glance at my homily [see separate posting], some of you may find yourselves (i.e., your ideas) …

Sermon, 12/14/21. True or False: Shape-shifters Are Real?

Last Epiphany Psalm 50:1 – 6  ; II Kings 2:1 – 12; II Corinthians 4:3 – 6; Mark 9:2 – 9 He [Peter] did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Mark 9:6 During this seemingly never-ending period of “lockdown” due to the Coronavirus pandemic, I, like many of you, have had—enjoyed actually—long …

An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 2/13/2021

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, I post to you my thoughts regarding the lectionary of the day, the Last Sunday after Epiphany.  Also, because I anticipate the Annual Meeting, where we will have conversation regarding the State of the Parish, I do not herewith make additional observations.  I wish and pray for you …

Sermon, 2/7/21: When are Comestibles Not Comestibles?

5 Epiphany Psalm 147:1–12, 21; Isaiah 40:21–31; I Corinthians 9:16–23; Mark 1:29–39 “To the weak I became weak.  I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some.”  I Cor. 9:22 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of …

An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 2/7/21

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, My update to you this week shall be marked with an unusual brevity.  The rationale is that on Sunday next, 14 February, 12:00 p.m., we meet via teleconference in ANNUAL MEETING.  At that time, we will all have opportunity not only to hear reports of activities from the …

Sermon for 1/31/21: Evangelion? What in the world is that?

4 Epiphany Psalm 111; Deuteronomy 18:15 – 20; I Corinthians 8:11 – 13; Mark 1:21 – 28 Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and in earth.  Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns …

An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 1/29/21

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, Strive as hard as I/we may, I recognized (i.e. I admitted to myself this week) that, even as I thought initially of our journey through this coronavirus pandemic as temporary, a certain normalcy has insinuated itself into my/our lives.  The longevity of the pandemic and the trauma that …

An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 1/23/21

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, As this is the first note to you since my Staycation, I wish to bring you up to date on several important items of concern. And as always, I invite your comments and questions. OUR CAMPUS: I have returned to my habit of spending at least one day …