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10 Pentecost: Luke 12.49–56 Truth or Dare?

From The Rev. Clarence E. Butler 18 August 2019 St. James Church, Somerville, MA Luke 12.49 -56 Truth or Dare? From stories told us by grandparents, parents, relatives, teachers, clergy, you and I have a different image of Jesus of Nazareth, from the one which intrudes this morning into our thoughts. Both prior to his …


Thoughts on 3 Pentecost, 6/30/2019

3 Pentecost 30 June 2019 St. James, Somerville Luke 9. 58  Foxes have their holes and birds their roosts, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head. In approximately four weeks hence, we will observe the Sacrament of Baptism, the first time since you have privileged me to serve among you and, …


Rev. Clarence on Pentecost

Rev. Clarence on Pentecost from 26 May 2007, Trinity Church, Geneva, New York Last week, as I drove over to the office, I listened to WCRB, a radio station which tags itself as “Classical Music Boston. One of its announcers, in a game of trivia, posed the question: X County in California has a population …

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6 Easter, 5/26/2019, Regarding Jesus’ Valedictory

From Rev. Butler on 6 Easter, 26 May 2019 Jesus’ Valedictory: John 14. 23 – 29 There is a word in the English-speaking world that is rarely heard these days. And that word is “farewell.” It has its origin in the Old High German “far wol,” which can be translated as “travel strong” or “travel …


Next SOUP of the MONTH CLUB, 5/29/2019

The folks at St. James Episcopal Church invite you to our FREE! SOUP OF THE MONTH CLUB What: A monthly, light dinner of a variety of delicious homemade soups Where: 1170 Broadway (enter through the courtyard door on Clarendon) When: beginning 6:00 PM, Wednesday, May 29, 2019 How much: Nothing! This is a community service …


From Rev. Clarence on 3 Easter, 5/5/2019

From Rev. Clarence on 3 Easter 5 May 2019 St. James, Somerville Columbine, Oklahoma City, Charlottesville, Christchurch, Sri Lanka, Yemen, Pittsburgh, Orlando, Sandy Hook, Charleston, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana: This is Eastertide, a time of great joy and celebration for Christians throughout the world, as well as for non-Christians who are joyful because they know …

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An Easter Message: Rev. Clarence, 4/21/2019

Easter, 21 April 2019, St. James Episcopal Church, Somerville, MA My sermon this morning has three parts: 1) a stating of the problem, 2) the resolution of the problem, and 3) its implication for us. However, first I give you my title for today’s Resurrection Story as told by John. “Mary Magdalene and the case of …


Happy Easter! 2019

The Lord is risen. Alleluia! We invite you to join us for Easter service: Easter Day, 21 April, 10am. A festal celebration of Christ’s Resurrection followed by a light brunch and an Easter Egg Hunt for the younger generation   Come. You are welcome at all times at St. James, but especially during this holy season.


An Eastertide Missive from our Priest, March 2019

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER 2019 Dear Members and Friends! I write to you during what my priest’s calendar terms “Mid-Lent,” but not as one with a long face as in mourning, or wearing “sack cloth and ashes.”  Rather, I write to you as one filled with great joy, not a joy based on the realization …